Apr 012007
 

Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Features: Bar, On-Site Parking

Locations: Bloomington, Burnsville, Coon Rapids, Maple Grove, Maplewood, Oakdale

Addresses & Maps:

Bloomington– 4701 American Blvd W. Bloomington, MN 55437 (952)841-4044

Burnsville– 1451 County Rd 42  Burnsville, MN 55306 (952)898-4200

Coon Rapids– 150 Coon Rapids Blvd Coon Rapids, MN 55443 (763) 786-1089

Maple Grove– 12520 Elm Creek Blvd N Maple Grove, MN 55369 (763) 420-9699

Maplewood– 1749 Beam Avenue Maplewood, MN 55109 (651) 773-0200

Oakdale– 8367 3rd Street N.  Oakdale, MN 55128 (651)264-1447

Roseville– 1525 County Rd C Roseville, MN 55113 (651) 638-9557
Saint Louis Park– 5235 Wayzata Blvd Saint Louis Park, MN 55416 (952) 544-4423

Links: Olive Garden website  

Atmosphere: One look at the house wines lining the walls, and there should be no doubt this is an Italian restaurant!  Cozy, warm and dimly-lit are the words I would use to describe the atmosphere.  Several small sections of the dining area offer privacy and romance.

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How cute is this little indoor courtyard that greets you upon entry? The perfect place to have a glass of wine while waiting for your table!

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Menu: Warm breadsticks and Italian house salad are brought out almost as soon as you place your meal order

Appetizers include brushetta, stuffed mushrooms, smoked mozzerella, calamari and shrimp scampi.

Entrees include classic Italian recipes such as lasagna, fettuccini alfredo, ravioli, manicotti, spaghetti and linguini, and chicken or eggplant Parmigiana.

Not in the mood for pasta? No worries…there are a variety of Italian pork, beef and chicken dishes as well.

Price guide: Appetizers: $6-10  Classic recipes $9-12 Meat entrees: $15-20

What I ordered: Baked Manicotti with a delicious blend of cheeses…so much cheese in fact, that I needed to order a meatball to balance it out a little.  Very rich.

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My companions ordered the Tuscan Garlic Chicken (Pan-seared chicken breasts with roasted garlic, red peppers and spinach in a white wine and garlic cream sauce, tossed with curly fettuccine).  Absolutely delicious, I will order this dish next time.  The huge cloves of garlic laced throughout the dish are a garlic-lovers dream, a vampire's nightmare. 

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and the Stuffed Chicken Marsala (Oven-roasted chicken breast stuffed with Italian cheeses and sun-dried tomatoes, topped with mushrooms and a creamy marsala sauce. Served with garlic parmesan mashed potatoes.)  Another delicious dish!

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Service: Our waitress was very nice and friendly, patient throughout the ordering process.  She offered suggestions and offered us samples of the house wines.  She was very friendly and prompt in checking on us.

Overall Impression: The food and atmosphere at Olive garden is pretty much the same at every location you would visit. 

  10 Responses to “Olive Garden ~ Bloomington, Burnsville, Coon Rapids, Maple Grove, Maplewood, Oakdale, Roseville, and Saint Louis Park, MN”

  1. Olive Garden is a wonderful mid cost family restaurant, I love their Zuppa Toscano soup, this is my wifes’ favorite place to go. For a family type restaurant, the service is always great, I am amazed at the longevity of some the wait staff, they love to work there and it shows. Always love the fall when they have there endless pasta bowl promo. Try the stuffed mushrooms as an appetizer, they’re fabulous.

  2. About the only thing I can palate here is the salad. After finding tinfoil in my food once from the bag my food came out of I was turned off. Don’t be fooled by their $6 glasses of wine either- the entire bottle costs them $3.

  3. The starter salad that is never ending is GREAT!!

  4. Ya know, I agree! I have worked hard on this blog to put information out
    there for people to use….no one pays me to do this! Yet 3/4 of the
    comments I get are people needing a place to vent a bad experience they
    had. I have never claimed to be a food critic, I just enjoy food and
    dining. Recommendations are always welcome

  5. Why are #’s 1 and 3 so angry that other people have the capacity to enjoy life? Are they so unhappy that they need to look down on people who aren’t “cool” enough to hate Olive Garden, or people who eat at Denny’s, in order to make themselves feel better?
    If this is their way of trying to educate us about what is authentic Italian food, I’m sure we would all appreciate a recommendation for an alternate restaurant in the area, or even simply a link to a website featuring great authentic Italian food.

  6. The food is consistent because it isn’t hard to open a can of sauce or nuke some noodles.
    You enjoy eating there because to you it is a nice night out.
    Olive Garden is a complete joke when it comes to quality of food.
    The first post was 100% dead on. Olive Garden is popular here but laughed at by anyone with half a brain, half a heart, and at least common sense to know what good food is.
    But you go on eating there Angela. Maybe some day you can get a raise and move on up to a Denny’s

    • Why are you still judging people on where they eat? Its FOOD. How about we move on from middle school?

      <<I have a suggestion, you should try and find a restaurant that serves cannoli's for a desert! I've looked everywhere and can't find a single restaurant that serves them. Thanks!

  7. True Italian needs to relax a little and not be so offensively rude when posting to respond to someone’s OPINION!
    I always enjoy eating at Olive Garden. I have had them offer samples of wine occasionally when I go there, but not very often.
    The food is always consistent, and quite frankly, when most people think Italian, the dishes here are what comes to mind. We may be “wrong,” but our Italian friend didn’t bother to point out better authentic restaurants that one should go to in the area….

  8. You think because of the crappy cheap looking wine bottles on the wall that makes an Italian eatery? I hate to break this to you but Olive Garden is as far from Italian as possible. The wine list sucks, the food is NOT Italian, and the staff has one thing in mind. Try to sell as much wine as possible. I would never order wine at this place because:
    1) It sucks
    2) It sucks
    3) It sucks
    The food i drowning in cheese or some microwaved sauce so that eliminates it from being true Italian.
    Next thing you are going to believe is that Taco bell is true Mexican or that Red Lobster is truly good seafood.
    God, you are just naive

    • As a former Olive Garden Manager, You are not a true Italian. No, not all of the entress are true “Italian.” American’s couldnt handle true Italian food so they put an american twins on it. Just like Mexican restaurants do! They do make all soups, sauces, and Lasagna’s fresh daily as with all the other food. As far as the wine, The Principato’s are made especially for the Olive Garden (in Italy)! Plus their wine list has a variety where everyone will find something they like. In your case, they do not carry Boones farm.

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