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Olive Garden

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5223 State Route 251, Peru, IL 61354-1002
+1 815-220-0903
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Ottawa, Illinois
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201 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

I can't say the Olive Garden has ever been one of my go to places but we did stop there occasionally if we were in the area an we were hungry. I can guarantee you that this stop today will be my last visit to an Olive Garden. The food was simply atrocious. We ordered two dishes, rigatoni with pesto... More 

Thank blackfootcamp
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

I-80 is covered in snow with limited visibility as we are driving home. Very happy to see a Olive Garden along the way. Soup salad and breadsticks was a welcoming warm lunch. Great service as they got us in and out in 30 mins. Much better than fast stop for sure.

Thank Michael F
Leland, Illinois
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37 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

This is my 4th time to this Olive Garden and it will definitely be my last. Each time has been worse. But I am reviewing this last awful experience. I asked to sit in a warm area. The hostess put me by the front entry door. I said, "this is a warm spot?" She replied no but it is convenient.... More 

Thank TiaJean
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

I've been to various Olive Gardens all over the country, however this particular Olive Garden had piping hot breads sticks, freshly prepared pasta and delicious salad(and I'm not much of a salad eater). Although it was extremely bus, especially for a Tuesday afternoon, the service was fast, the staff was kind(they even have a manager walk by every table to... More 

1 Thank LuvNewNew
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118 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Our server was Evan and he was polite and efficient. We really liked our meals. Had take out box and the food was still hot in it.

Thank Ohioillinois
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 October 2016

Decor is not what I have seen in other Olive Garden pictures, kinda boring inside. Best thing about the dinner was the salad and breadsticks. Not overly impressed. Probably won't go back.

Thank xcaligirl
LaSalle, Illinois
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23 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016

we live in this area now and I cook Italian myself, and also there are some really original restaurant options in this area, so olive garden seemed like an odd choice for us, with it being a chain that specializes in dishes I can cook pretty capably myself. but it's been many years since I went to an olive garden... More 

Thank monica392
DeLand, Florida
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

We had a large group with us and were seated promptly. Most of us ordered soup and salad, which was so nice since this town loves fried food. Service was super. This is the 3rd time we dined here while in town for the boat races. Always return....

Thank Sherri L
Zionsville, Indiana
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104 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

Visited the local Olive Garden as Visitors to the local area. My European colleagues requested noodles, so we went to Olive Garden. Positive response on appetizers including stuffed mushrooms, ravioli and calamari. Salad was a highlight, very fresh. Didn't touch the breadsticks (no comparison to fresh bread in Europe). Pasta was good including shrimp Alfredo and shrimp scampi. Salmon was... More 

Thank wood7indiana
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

Very disappointed. Ordered the chicken piadina and bruchetta to go...picked up order and gave a 4 dollar tip. When I got home the piadina was burnt with no sauce as advertised.

Thank Valorie C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5223 State Route 251, Peru, IL 61354-1002
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Peru
  • Phone Number: +1 815-220-0903

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?