Olive Garden

Twin Cities, Minnesota

2.1 / 7 votes

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Olive Garden is a popular American restaurant chain specializing in Italian food.

Olive Garden is a popular American restaurant chain specializing in Italian food. Generally billing itself as a traditional family restaurant with Old World-inspired dishes, Olive Garden is popular among business groups, as well as non-family social functions. Founded in 1982, today there are over 667 Olive Garden locations throughout the United States and Canada.
Olive Garden restaurants have a stereotyped generic Italian-American atmosphere, utilizing wine bottles, bright colors, lots of foliage in their decor, and background music consisting of "Italian" standards such as "That's Amore" and "Volare"

One Olive Garden signature is their breadsticks. The number of breadsticks brought to a table is exactly one more than the number in the party, the reasoning being that no one in the group will want to seem selfish and take the remaining breadstick, even though breadstick refills are free and unlimited. Meals are served with a choice of soup or salad, both unlimited. Three soup choices are generally available, including minestrone and pasta fazool. The large house salad is brought to table with serving utensils, allowing guests to portion it out among themselves. It generally contains lettuce, onions, tomato, olives, pepperoncinis, and croutons, and is served with vinaigrette.

Added by zzzzzz on Dec 14 05 (last updated Oct 9 07)

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I was just reading the info of Olive Garden on this site and decided to look more at the official website of Olive Garden to determine if they had anything vegan. They say nothing is "wholly vegetarian or vegan" depending on your beliefs and defintions. However, I found this Q&A about the salad dressing nutrition info:

"What is the nutritional content of your salad dressing?
Each two (2) tablespoon serving contains the following: 80 calories; 70 calories from fat; fat 8 grams; saturated fat 1 gram; cholesterol 5 mg; sodium 510 mg; carbohydrates 2 grams; protein 0 gram. "

My understanding is that all pure vegan foods do not contain cholesterol. This quote from their website indicates even the salad dressing has 5mg of cholesterol per serving and thus in my opinion making it non-vegan. Sadly, it looks like I won't even bother going to any Olive Garden as they just don't seem to be vegan friendly.

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Chains are not my favorite, but family members enjoy this and we have eaten here often. I always enjoy the salad or minestrone soup and whole wheat linquine. It is not outstanding but does provide an option that is ok with a variety of people. I do find it a bit uncomfortable having the teenage wait staff pushing wine on me at lunch, but, oh, well.

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  • Italian


  • Large Group-Friendly



11am - 10pm
24 hours
11am - 10pm

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