Olive Garden Menu Costs

When you say “Olive Garden,” you say Italian food. This is a restaurant chain with an Italian-American-specific menu. The mission of this restaurant is to provide a welcoming dining atmosphere with delicious food inspired by the Italian kitchen. This restaurant provides family-style, casual dining and prides itself in catering to families. The customers are considered family by this restaurant. Their menu has a large variety of options you can choose from like salads, soups, steaks, and pasta dishes.

In time this restaurant experienced a quick expansion and became the leader in the Italian-themed restaurants’ industry across the United States. There are more than 800 Olive Garden restaurants all over the world.

At the same time with the restaurant’s expansion, the menu has also extended and is permanently improving while keeping the guest’s favorites permanent. The items are constantly changing in order to make sure that the customers are experiencing something new every time.

In the preparation of the food items offered, this restaurant uses only the freshest ingredients and focuses on the unique Italian flavors. There are traditional Italian dishes, but also new inspiring dishes. The menu contains a large list of appetizers, entrees, desserts, and wines as well.

The main goal of Olive Garden is to make every guest feel like they experienced the taste of modern Italy once they walk inside this restaurant.

Olive Garden Menu

APPETIZERS

Lasagna Fritta $8.99
Fried parmesan-breaded lasagna, with parmesan cheese and marinara sauce as a topping, and creamy alfredo.
Stuffed Mushrooms $7.69
These are baked with mozzarella, romano, parmesan, clams, and herb breadcrumbs.
Spicy Shrimp Scampi Fritta $9.19
The spicy shrimp is lightly breaded and fried, tossed with garlic and spicy cherry pepper sauce.
Classic Shrimp Scampi Fritta $9.19
The classic shrimp is also lightly breaded and fried, tossed with garlic and a white wine butter sauce.
Spicy Calabrian Wings $9.29
Tossed with minced garlic and chili peppers from Calabria in southern Italy, these crave-worthy wings have a satisfying zing. Served with our tangy gorgonzola sauce.
Artichoke Fritti $6.69
Artichoke hearts lightly battered and fried and topped with Italian cheeses. Served with citrus aioli dipping sauce.
Bruschetta Caprese $7.39
A traditional topping of roma tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, pesto, extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic drizzle.
Smoked Mozzarella Fonduta $8.69
Oven-baked smoked mozzarella, provolone, parmesan and romano cheese.
Spicy Calamari $9.69
Spicy calamari, lightly breaded and fried with cherry pepper slices and red pepper flakes. Served with parmesan-peppercorn sauce and marinara.
Classic Calamari $9.69
Lightly breaded and fried. Served with parmesan-peppercorn sauce and marinara.
Crispy Risotto Bites $6.29
A bite-sized blend of Italian cheeses and rice, lightly fried and served with marinara sauce.
Create A Sampler Italiano
Choose from: calamari, stuffed mushrooms, fried zucchini, chicken fingers, fried mozzarella or toasted beef and pork ravioli.
Create A Sampler Italiano (2 Choices) $9.69
Create A Sampler Italiano (3 Choices) $11.69
Extra Breadsticks!
Enjoy a freshly-baked, Olive Garden Favorite. Add an extra dozen or half dozen breadsticks to your online order.
Half Dozen Baked Breadsticks $3.19
Dozen Baked Breadsticks $4.99
Dipping Sauces for Breadsticks $3.69
Freshly prepared marinara, homemade alfredo, or five cheese marinara, served warm.
Grilled Chicken Flatbread $8.99
With mozzarella, roasted red peppers, and basil with alfredo and garlic spread.
Pizzaiola Flatbread $7.59
Italian sausage, pepperoni, roasted red peppers, basil, and homemade marinara with a blend of four Italian cheeses.
Mediterranean Flatbread $8.99
Basil pesto and olive oil, topped with a blend of four Italian cheeses, artichoke hearts, olives, capers, roasted red peppers, and garlic.

CLASSIC LUNCH COMBO

Soup, Salad & Breadsticks $6.79
Their famous house salad, choice of homemade soup and warm garlic breadsticks.
Tuscan Trios $10.39
The Soup, Salad & Breadsticks classic lunch combination at Olive Garden becomes a Tuscan Trio when you add one of 9 irresistible add-on menu item options. Choose from a variety of signature Salad Toppings, Mini Pasta Bowls, or Italian Small Plates.

SOUPS & SALADS

Their Famous House Salad $6.29
Tossed with their signature Italian dressing.
Chicken & Gnocchi $5.59
A creamy soup made with roasted chicken, traditional Italian dumplings, and spinach.
Pasta e Fagioli $5.69
White and red beans, ground beef, tomatoes, and tubetti pasta in a savory broth.
Minestrone $5.69
Fresh vegetables, beans, and pasta in a light tomato broth – a vegetarian classic.
Zuppa Toscana $5.69
Spicy Italian sausage, fresh kale, and russet potatoes in a creamy broth.

CUCINA MIA!

Cucina Mia! $10.29
Create a new Italian classic with your choice of pasta (Bucatini, Cavatappi, Tri-Colored Vegetable Penne, Giant Rigatoni, Whole Wheat Linguine, Gluten-Free Rotini), homemade sauce, and an optional addition of a topping of your choice!

CUCINA CLASSICA

Chicken Parmigiana $15.99
A classic with their homemade marinara and a side of spaghetti.
Eggplant Parmigiana $13.49
Lightly fried, topped with homemade marinara and melted mozzarella. Served with a side of spaghetti.
Spaghetti with Meat Sauce $11.49
Their traditional meat sauce is made fresh every morning with pan-seared beef and Italian sausage.
Spaghetti with Meatballs $13.99
Traditional meat sauce seasoned with garlic and herbs over spaghetti with meatballs.
Spaghetti with Italian Sausage $13.99
Traditional meat sauce seasoned with garlic and herbs over spaghetti with Italian sausage.
Spaghetti with Chicken Meatballs $14.99
Traditional meat sauce seasoned with garlic and herbs over spaghetti with chicken meatballs.
Cheese Ravioli $12.49
Filled with a blend of indulgent Italian cheeses, topped with your choice of homemade marinara or meat sauce and melted mozzarella.
Ravioli di Portobello $13.49
Filled with portobello mushrooms, topped with creamy smoked cheese and sun-dried tomato sauce.
Tour of Italy $17.49
Three OG classics all on one plate! Chicken Parmigiana, Lasagna Classico, and their signature Fettuccine Alfredo – all with homemade sauces made fresh every morning.
Lasagna Classico $14.39
Prepared fresh daily with layers of pasta, parmesan, mozzarella, pecorino romano, and their homemade meat sauce.
Five Cheese Ziti al Forno $12.79
A baked blend of Italian cheeses, pasta, and their signature five cheese marinara.
Fettuccine Alfredo $13.29
Their sauce is made fresh every morning with parmesan, fresh cream, and garlic.

LIGHTER ITALIAN FARE

Chicken Abruzzi $15.99
Grilled chicken in a savory broth with cannellini beans, fresh kale, bell peppers, yellow squash, and zucchini.
Citrus Chicken Sorrento $11.99
Tender, grilled chicken breast in a citrus honey glaze, inspired by the Italian city of Sorrento, famous for its lemon groves. Served with lightly seasoned broccoli, artichokes, and roasted vegetables.
Garden Primavera $8.39
Roasted zucchini, red bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes tossed with tri-colored vegetable penne in homemade basil pesto and marinara sauce.
Garlic Rosemary Chicken $11.49
Marinated grilled chicken breast topped with garlic and rosemary. Served with garlic-parmesan mashed potatoes and spinach.
Ravioli di Portobello $10.49
Ravioli filled with portobello mushrooms, topped with creamy, smoked cheese and sun-dried tomato sauce.
Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad $10.99
Grilled chicken over fresh romaine in a classic Caesar dressing topped with shaved romano cheese and baked parmesan cheese crisps. With a choice of soup.

LUNCH TRADITIONAL FAVORITES

Chicken Scampi $12.49
Bell peppers, red onions, and chicken tenderloins sautéed in a roasted garlic cream sauce, over angel hair.
Chicken Parmigiana $11.29
Marinara and melted Italian cheeses over a lightly fried parmesan-breaded chicken breast. Served with spaghetti.
Eggplant Parmigiana $9.99
Hand-breaded, lightly fried eggplant topped with marinara and melted mozzarella cheese. With a side of spaghetti.
Spaghetti
Their meat sauce is prepared fresh daily with garlic and herbs.
Spaghetti with Meat Sauce $8.99
Spaghetti with Meatballs $10.99
Spaghetti with Italian Sausage $10.99
Spaghetti with Chicken Meatballs $11.99
Fettuccine Alfredo $9.49
Their sauce is made fresh daily with parmesan, fresh cream, and garlic.
Chicken Alfredo $12.49
Sliced grilled chicken atop their classic fettuccine alfredo.
Seafood Alfredo $13.49
Sautéed shrimp and scallops tossed with creamy fettuccine alfredo.
Cheese Ravioli $8.49
Topped with your choice of marinara or meat sauce, and melted Italian cheeses.
Five Cheese Ziti al Forno $9.49
Italian cheeses, ziti pasta, and their five cheese marinara baked golden brown.
Lasagna Classico $10.49
Prepared fresh daily with layers of pasta, Italian cheeses, and their homemade meat sauce.
Tour of Italy $17.79
Three OG classics all on one plate! Chicken Parmigiana, Lasagna Classico and their famous Fettuccine Alfredo.

CHICKEN

Grilled Chicken Toscano $14.99
Brushed with sweet red wine sauce. Served with fresh spinach and creamy parmesan risotto with tomatoes.
Chicken Scampi $15.39
Bell peppers and red onions sautéed with chicken tenderloins in a creamy scampi sauce. Served over angel hair pasta.
Chicken & Shrimp Carbonara $18.49
Sautéed seasoned chicken, shrimp, and bucatini pasta tossed in a creamy carbonara sauce with bacon and roasted red peppers.
Chicken Alfredo $15.39
Sliced grilled chicken and their signature, homemade alfredo sauce over fettuccine pasta.
Stuffed Chicken Marsala $16.99
Creamy marsala wine sauce with mushrooms over grilled chicken breasts, stuffed with Italian cheeses and sun-dried tomatoes. Served with garlic-parmesan mashed potatoes.
Chicken Marsala $16.49
Sautéed chicken breasts in a savory sauce of mushrooms, garlic, and marsala wine. Served with a blend of roasted potatoes.
Citrus Chicken Sorrento $15.49
Tender, grilled chicken breasts in a citrus honey glaze, inspired by the Italian city of Sorrento, famous for its lemon groves. Served with lightly-seasoned broccoli, artichokes, and roasted vegetables.
Chicken Abruzzi $15.99
Grilled chicken in a savory broth simmered with cannellini beans, fresh kale, bell peppers, yellow squash, and zucchini.
Garlic Rosemary Chicken $14.49
Caramelized garlic cloves and rosemary atop marinated grilled chicken breasts. Served with garlic-parmesan mashed potatoes and fresh spinach.
Chicken Carbonara $17.49
Sautéed chicken and bucatini pasta tossed in a creamy carbonara sauce with bacon and roasted red peppers.

BEEF & PORK

Steak Gorgonzola-Alfredo $16.49
Grilled steak medallions over fettuccine alfredo tossed with gorgonzola cheese and fresh spinach. Finished with a balsamic drizzle and sun-dried tomatoes.
Braised Beef & Tortelloni $15.49
Tender slices of slow-braised beef, portobello mushrooms, and asiago-filled tortelloni tossed in basil-marsala sauce.
Parmesan Crusted Filet $21.99
6 oz premium center cut topped with a creamy parmesan-alfredo crust. Served with a blend of roasted potatoes.
Steak Toscano $20.99
12 oz choice center cut New York strip brushed with herbs and olive oil. Served with garlic-parmesan mashed potatoes.
Center Cut Filet Mignon $20.99
6 oz premium cut filet, seasoned with Italian herbs and grilled to perfection. Served with parmesan-garlic broccoli.

SEAFOOD

Salmon Bruschetta $19.99
Grilled salmon filet topped with bruschetta tomatoes and basil pesto, served on seafood risotto with sautéed shrimp.
Baked Parmesan Shrimp $15.99
Ziti pasta and succulent shrimp baked in a creamy parmesan sauce, topped with toasted parmesan breadcrumbs and tomatoes.
Seafood Alfredo $16.79
Creamy, homemade fettuccine alfredo tossed with succulent, shrimp and scallops.
Pappardelle Pescatore $17.79
Sautéed shrimp, bay scallops, and clams tossed in a creamy, red pepper seafood sauce with asparagus, tomatoes, and pappardelle pasta.
Baked Tilapia with Shrimp $16.79
Delicate white fish and shrimp baked with a white wine sauce and served with parmesan-garlic broccoli.
Herb-Grilled Salmon $17.99
Filet brushed with rosemary, parsley, oregano, and olive oil. Served with parmesan-garlic broccoli.
Shrimp Carbonara $8.99
Sautéed shrimp and bucatini pasta tossed in a creamy carbonara sauce with bacon and roasted red peppers.
Shrimp Alfredo $16.49
Creamy, homemade fettuccine alfredo tossed with sautéed shrimp.

SANDWICHES & FLATBREAD COMBINATIONS

Chicken Parmigiana Sandwich
Parmesan-breaded chicken breast, fried and topped with Italian cheeses and marinara sauce. With parmesan-garlic fries.
Chicken Parmesan Sandwich (half) $7.99
Chicken Parmesan Sandwich (whole) $10.49
Italian Meatball Sandwich
Sicilian meatballs with alfredo, marinara sauces, and Italian cheese. With parmesan-garlic fries.
Italian Meatball Sandwich (half) $7.49
Italian Meatball Sandwich (whole) $9.99
Grilled Chicken Flatbread $8.49
Chicken, mozzarella, roasted red peppers, and basil with alfredo and garlic spread.
Pizzaiola Flatbread $8.49
Italian sausage, pepperoni, roasted red peppers, basil, and homemade marinara with a blend of four Italian cheeses.
Mediterranean Flatbread $8.49
Basil pesto and olive oil, topped with a blend of four Italian cheeses, artichoke hearts, olives, capers, roasted red peppers, and garlic.

KIDS

Meals come with a side and drink.
Tomato Sauce with Choice of Pasta $5.99
Pick your favorite pasta with tomato sauce! Add protein for an additional charge.
Meat Sauce with Choice of Pasta $5.99
Alfredo Sauce with Choice of Pasta $5.99
Pick your favorite pasta with alfredo sauce! Add protein for an additional charge.
Cheese Ravioli $5.99
Italian cheese-filled ravioli with tomato sauce.
Cheese Tortelloni $5.99
Italian cheese-filled pasta with tomato sauce.
Kids Pizza $5.99
Toppings: Cheese, Pepperoni, Sausage, Black Olives, Onions, Mushrooms.
Chicken Fingers & Pasta $5.99
Lightly breaded chicken tenders served with spaghetti and tomato sauce.
Macaroni & Cheese $5.99
Pasta shells in a creamy cheese sauce.
Dolcini (mini dessert) $2.79
Piccoli Dolci “little dessert treats,” layered with cake, mousse, pastry creams, and berries.
Sundae $1.99
Vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup, whipped cream, and a cherry.
Peach-Mango or Strawberry Smoothie $2.29
A frozen blend of fruit purée and creamy non-fat yogurt.
PROTEINS
Sauteed Shrimp, Meatballs, Grilled Chicken $1.00
SIDES
Broccoli, Grapes, Mashed Potatoes, Fries
BEVERAGES
1% Milk, 1% Chocolate Milk, Raspberry Lemonade, Orange Juice, Apple Juice, Cranberry Juice
Sub for a Peach-Mango Smoothie or Strawberry Smoothie $1.35

DESSERTS

Tiramisu $6.99
The classic Italian dessert. A layer of creamy custard set atop espresso-soaked ladyfingers.
White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake $6.99
Raspberry-swirled white chocolate cheesecake topped with slivers of white chocolate.
Lemon Cream Cake $6.99
Delicate white cake and lemon cream filling with a vanilla crumb topping.
Black Tie Mousse Cake $7.49
Rich layers of chocolate cake, dark chocolate cheesecake, and creamy custard mousse.
Chocolate Mousse Cake $5.49
Rich chocolate brownie topped with a layer of creamy chocolate mousse.
Zeppoli $6.99
Soft, traditional Italian doughnuts dusted with powdered sugar, served with chocolate sauce for dipping.
Dolcini
Piccoli Dolci “little dessert treats”, layered with cake, mousse, pastry creams, and berries.
Choose 1 $2.99
Choose 3 $7.49
Apple Tuscan Bread Pudding $6.49
Warm, rustic Italian bread pudding baked with York Imperial apples, then topped with caramel and rich vanilla cream.

BEVERAGES

Fountain Drinks $2.99
Choose from Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Sprite, Dr. Pepper, and Minute Maid Limeade.
Fruit Juices $2.99
Choose from Apple, Cranberry, Orange, and Pineapple!
Caramel Hazelnut Macchiato $4.49
Caffè la Toscana Coffee with DiSaronno Amaretto, caramel, and hazelnut syrups, topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce.
Lavazza Espresso $3.00
Caffè Mocha, Caffè Latte, Cappuccino, or Frozen Cappuccino $4.00
Herbal & Flavored Hot Teas $2.49
Acqua Panna Spring (1/2 Liter) $2.19
Acqua Panna Spring (1 Liter) $3.29
San Pellegrino Sparkling (1/2 Liter) $2.29
San Pellegrino Sprarklin (1 Liter) $3.29
Strawberry Smoothie or Peach-Mango Smoothie $4.39
Raspberry Lemonade or Bellini Peach-Raspberry Iced Tea $2.99
Fresh Brewed Iced Tea $2.99

Brand History

On 13 December 1982 the first Olive Garden restaurant was opened By General Mills, Inc. in Orlando Florida. The restaurant chain expanded in a rapid way and by 1989 there were 145 restaurants open and ready to serve. This restaurant was one of the customers’ favorites and became a top leader in the full-service Italian-themed restaurant industry in America. The sales were colossal and the company was considered to be a fast-growing brand under the administration of General Mills, Inc.

In 1995 Olive Garden became part of Darden Restaurants, a restaurant holding company that branched out from General Mills, Inc. These days Darden Restaurants still owns Olive Garden and this is the most valuable restaurant in this company portfolio.

Darden announced in February 2011 that it is planning to open more than 200 Olive Garden restaurants in the near future. The company’s representatives also said that they intend to expand on the international markets as well. In order to achieve this goal, they were willing to start licensing franchising partnerships.

During that period, sales had greatly decreased and Darden had to make considerable efforts to bring back the restaurant’s success. This effort represented the introduction of the online ordering options, the creation of a new logo, the restaurant design was inspired by the Italian “farmhouses” and new items were introduced on the menus as well. The slogan changed from “Good Times, Great Salad, Olive Garden” to “When you’re here, you’re family”. As for today, the slogan of this restaurant is “We’re all family here”.

There are more than 800 Olive Garden restaurants across the entire world. There are many locations in the United States, including Utah, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, New York, Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Arizona. There are also Olive Restaurants in Puerto Rico, New Mexico, and Canada locations like Winnipeg, Alberta, Manitoba, British Columbia, Langley, and Edmonton. Other places where you can find Olive Garden are United Arab Emirates, Peru, Malaysia, Brazil, Kuwait, El Salvador, and Mexico.

Aside from offering an Italian feel experience through food, Olive Garden is involved in community projects and helps those in need. For example, since 2003 they donated more than 66 million pounds of food through the Darden Harvest Program. Also, every day the restaurants prepare the surplus food and donate it to local shelters or other charitable organizations. The restaurant is part of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program as well.

Our Review

Olive Garden PastasOlive Garden menus contain a large variety of Italian-American dishes for both dinner and lunch. The restaurant is different from the others because of the menu specials. The main dish is, obviously, pasta and you have the option to “Create Your Own Pasta Bowl”.

The cost of the popular special “Never Ending Pasta Bowl” is anywhere between $10 and $12. For the breadstick sandwich lunch duos, you will have to pay $10 to $12. For the classic Italian options from the lunch menu you will have to pay $10 to $15 and for the one from the dinner menu, $14 to $18. Some of the food options you can choose from include fettuccine alferdo, chicken parmigiana, lasagna classico, ravioli di portabella and lasagna classico.

If you pay attention to how you eat, the Olive Garden restaurant has a “Lighter Italian Fare” menu for you, that contains items that are under 575 calories and cost anywhere between $10 and $15. Some examples include herb grilled salmon, garlic rosemary chicken, and citrus chicken Sorrento. Vegetarians can choose from a large variety of salads and soups.

Olive Garden also has a menu for kids 12 years old and under.

The costs of the appetizers are anywhere between $7 and $10 and include bruschetta caprese, calamari, and spicy shrimp scampi fritta. Of course, there are unlimited breadsticks.

The Desserts menu contains dolcini, cheesecake, zeppoli, and tiramisu. The prices are anywhere between $5 and $10.

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The guests’ favorites are the salads and soups, and the most recommended is the garlic rosemary chicken. With these orders, you will get unlimited breadsticks.

The service at the Olive Garden restaurant depends on the location, with some offering better services than others. You can not make a reservation at this restaurant and you will have to wait pretty much to find a place. Though, they offer an online waitlist option so the customers can save a place in line before arriving at the restaurant.

The opening hours depend on the location as well. Though, in general, the restaurant is open from Sunday till Thursday from 11:00 a.m. till 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. till 11:00 p.m. Lunch can be served from Monday to Friday until 4:00 p.m. You can serve dinner all day long on Saturday and Sunday.

You are able to also order online or take out. The Olive Garden restaurants offer catering services upon request.

The Olive Garden is a very popular restaurant all over the world, well known for its Italian cuisine dishes.

Olive Garden FAQ

Is Olive Garden closed on Thanksgiving?

The short answer is yes, You will find that Olive Garden is closed during the Thanksgiving celebrations. You will also stumble upon a closed Olive Garden during Christmas. This decision was based on the fact that Olive Garden wants its staff to enjoy holidays with family instead of working.

Does Olive Garden offer specials?

Yes, Olive Garden does offer specials. To find out more, go on their official website and look for the eclub. This is where they offer their early bird specials.

Where can I get a coupon for Olive Garden?

If you sign up for their eclub and become their fan on Facebook you can get quite a few deals and discounts on these two channels.

Does Olive Garden offer discounts on gift card purchases?

Yes, you will be entitled to discounts on gift card purchases at Olive Garden. The discounts usually range between 5% and 10% depending on your order.

Does Olive Garden offer To Go ordering online?

Yes, you can order online from Olive Garden in a To-Go system. You can visit their official website for more information about the ToGo online ordering system from Olive Garden.

Does Olive Garden have a catering menu?

Yes, Olive Garden does have a menu for catering. You can visit their official website to find their catering menu.

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