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“Tried again”
Review of Olive Garden

Olive Garden
Ranked #49 of 305 Restaurants in Visalia
Cuisines: Italian
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Reviewed 9 July 2016

We went for lunch but did not make the same mistake as last time. Last time we went about the time they opened thinking we would beat the lunch crowd. Long time to get served.
This time we went about 12:30. Not very crowded and only had to wait about 5 minutes. This time we had the soup and salad. Salad is good as always. We had the Minestrone and Zuppa toscana. They were also good. One problem was the breadsticks. Maybe not their problem but a bread prob, when they sit for awhile, they get hard.
This time all went OK. Will be back for lunch.

Thank jbees
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Reviewed 6 May 2016

My husband and I went to the Olive Garden Restaurant in Visalia yesterday, on Thursday, May 5, 2016 for lunch. We thought we would beat all the lunch crowd so we arrived at 11:10 am. Very few cars were in the parking lot so we knew we had arrived at the right time before all the crowds arrived.
Upon entering the restaurant, there were only two couples before us so we sat down to wait to be seated. Finally at 11:30am, we were seated and then when complaining to the hostess about waiting for 20 minutes when most tables were empty, she told us the wait was because there were only a few waiters and waitresses on duty so the wait was for other staff to come on duty for work at 11:30am. I explained to the hostess the reason for coming in early to eat was to beat the lunch crowd and now the whole front waiting room was full and her reply was "well this is a Mother's day holiday weekend you know." "I said exactly, that was why their management needed to learn how to schedule the staff to be at work during the busiest times so there would be no waiting for the early crowd, especially during a holiday period" This was a first for us because we have never eaten at a restaurant where we had to wait for the staff to start their shift times before being seated to eat.
This restaurant is always busy and the wait times can be over a hour wait time, which is why we very rarely eat here. It now has proven to be a fact that it doesn't matter what time a person arrives to eat there, you will wait for the crowds of people to be seated or you will wait for the staff to arrive to start their shift.

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Thank Carol B
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Reviewed 17 March 2016

Upon entering tnis restaurant, we notices it was old. Plaster had fallen off walls and decor old and needed replacing. We have eaten at many Olive Garden restaurants so know usually the food and service are good. We inquired about the condition and were told they were renovating the restaurant! There were fewer customers than in most Olive Gardens and I think it was due to the condition of the establishment. We had a soup and salad and added another salad. I appreciate the restaurant not charging the full price for a side salad. Food was good but probably would not return, if I lived here, until the remodel was completed.

Thank Terri M
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Reviewed 16 October 2015

As usual, the food was delicious, the service excellent and the food came out fairly fast considering the place was almost full. There is always a line up waiting to get in no matter what time you arrive. We've eaten at quite a few Olive Gardens across the States and Canada and the food always tastes delicious no matter which restaurant you eat at. This is a testament to the chain's dedication to consistent quality in all it's restaurants.

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Thank Luv2travel_RS
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Reviewed 3 September 2015

Good fast attentive and upbeat service despite being busy. Good reliable food. Reasonable prices. Fun at the end paying by machine. Kept us amused.

Thank ak433
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