Modesto >Food & Dining > Olive Garden
2200 Plaza Parkway, Modesto, CA | Directions 9535037.671031 -121.037341
Sun - Thurs: 11:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M., Fri - Sat: 11:00 A.M. - 11:00 P.M.
Get a taste of togetherness, one bite at a time, with Olive Garden's New! Tastes & Toasts of Italy Menu. A festive selection of small plate appetizers, just $4 each, weekdays until 6pm. Pair them with wine, beverages and friends.Meet up for New! Grilled Chicken Spiedini. Catch up over New! Crispy Risotto Bites. Pass around the New! Parmesan Roasted Asparagus. Share an order of New! Pizza Fritta Napoli. Invite your friends for Olive Garden's New! Tastes & Toasts of Italy Menu. Limited time offer. Prices may vary in NYC and Alaska.At Olive Garden, you’ll enjoy a warm and welcoming dining experience every time you visit. Explore our full menu of appetizers, entrées, desserts, wines and specialty beverages. Plus, our children’s menu, gluten-free and new lighter fare options mean there’s something for everyone at Olive Garden.
Traditional dishes and all -you-can-eat salad, soup and bread sticks are the draw at this upscale-casual Italian restaurant. – In Short
Established in 1982, this chain gained a following for its laid-back atmosphere and generous portions. Patrons settle into comfortable booths and tables in dining rooms with plants, artwork and décor reminiscient of the villas in the Tuscan countryside. Starters include scampi, sausage or pepperoni pizza, and several soup choices, as well as a signature seafood dip (crab, shrimp, cheese and marinara). Entrees include classics like lasagna, fettuccine Alfredo and chicken parmigiana. There are also "Garden Fare" options, which promise 30 percent fewer calories.
Olive Garden is exactly what you think it is. – It's affordably priced, Americanized Italian food. However, I *love* it. I really recommend their salad. The dressing is one of my favorite Italian dressings ever. Of their soups, all are good, but I especially like the zuppa toscana (potato/sausage) and the pasta e fagioli (pasta/beans/tomato base). I particularly enjoy their create a sampler as an appetizer that can appeal to anyone. Often, I get it as my meal. Of their appetizers, I recommend all the tried and true favorites - the chicken parmigiana, chicken or seafood alfredo, chicken alfredo pizza, etc. Obviously, I recommend their alfredo sauce. If you do get the chicken parmigiana, either order the lunch portion or split it with a friend. It comes with two chicken breasts and plenty of pasta (you can substitute fettucine alfredo for the spaghetti).
This particular Olive Garden has friendly, cheerful service. I would avoid it on a Friday or Saturday night or Sunday midday (they're always swamped!), but otherwise, the wait is usually minimal. The food is plentiful, the atmosphere relaxed. It's a great place to take your family.
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