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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.