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Olive Garden

Certificate of Excellence
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2261 US Hwy 70 SE, Hickory, NC 28602-5165
+1 828-345-1015
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was invited for a family diner here. My first thought was, "of all the great places to eat, you picked Olive Garden." To start things off, we had a 45 minute wait. The food here is over priced, but simply average quality. We ordered calamari for an appetizer. It tasted like something bought from the frozen food section of... More 

Thank Justin Q
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Several couples decided to have a special dinner out together and we chose Olive Garden. The food and service was great. Good place to eat.

Thank Sudie B
Statesville, North Carolina
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220 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had not been to an Olive Garden in awhile and had gotten gift cards for Christmas, so we decided to give it a try. We went in with an open mind, hoping to have a nice dinner, so our expectations were low. We went on a Friday night and it was really crowded, which we expected, but the lobby... More 

Thank dclmom34
Lenoir City, Tennessee
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Food wasn't good. The chicken marsala was very dry, wasn't stuffed at all. Tasted like it just cam out of a box. The shrimp with the other dish we had was under cooked and the dish was very salty. We ran out of drink for 5 minutes before it was refilled. We were not offered more salad or bread sticks.... More 

Thank dnelson135
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53 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Sat at the bar, Sara L was my server, and she was awesome! Awesome food, very attentive server, and enjoyed all the soups on this cold day! General Manager was also visible and going around making sure staff was ok. Was glad to see that support as it doesn't happen often in some places!

Thank Matt M
Conover, NC
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92 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

I love Olive Gardens salad, it is so delicious... I go for the salad. My last visit was great our waitress was attentive and personable. I usually order soup and salad for about $10. The Zuppe Tuscana is a great tasting potato soup with bits of sausage and kale. You can get as many refills that you desire. The pastas... More 

Thank Ladyjb3
Martinsville, VA
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56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

This is one of the best Olive Gardens that I have eaten ate! Food was delicious and staff was very nice! Our waitress was phenomenal!!! We were there celebrating my Mom's 94th birthday and our waitress made my Mom's night!!! Our waitress let her pick out a dessert and brought the cheescake over with a candle in it!! About half... More 

Thank Jane N
Hickory, North Carolina
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45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Just like Cracker Barrel or Red Lobster, you know what you are going to get here. The service was a little on the slow side but nothing bad.

Thank beachwedding2017
Arden, North Carolina
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309 reviews
197 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

From the pleasant, helpful and very attentive server named Shateesa to the delicious and huge meal we split, and still left stuffed, this older and smaller Olive Garden was exceptional. Most Olive Gardens are good, but sometimes servers are more interested in selling you wine or the food is prepared more on the average side; not so here. Other than... More 

Thank PGinNC
Hickory, North Carolina
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Asiago cheese fettuccine was awesome for lunch, soup and breadsticks for $9.99 all you can eat. A lot of food plus got a take home bowl with bread. Service was great, knowledgeable server & very personable, Cynthia was here name.

Thank Teresa0802

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups
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: 2261 US Hwy 70 SE, Hickory, NC 28602-5165
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Hickory
  • Phone Number: +1 828-345-1015

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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?