Houston >Food & Dining > Olive Garden
12711 Gulf Freeway, Houston, TX | Directions 7703429.615698 -95.214253
Sun - Thurs: 11:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M., Fri - Sat: 11:00 A.M. - 11:00 P.M.
Neighborhoods: Southbelt/ Ellington
Get a taste of togetherness, one bite at a time, with Olive Garden's New! Tastes & Toasts of Italy Menu. A festive selection of small plate appetizers, just $4 each, weekdays until 6pm. Pair them with wine, beverages and friends.Meet up for New! Grilled Chicken Spiedini. Catch up over New! Crispy Risotto Bites. Pass around the New! Parmesan Roasted Asparagus. Share an order of New! Pizza Fritta Napoli. Invite your friends for Olive Garden's New! Tastes & Toasts of Italy Menu. Limited time offer. Prices may vary in NYC and Alaska.At Olive Garden, you’ll enjoy a warm and welcoming dining experience every time you visit. Explore our full menu of appetizers, entrées, desserts, wines and specialty beverages. Plus, our children’s menu, gluten-free and new lighter fare options mean there’s something for everyone at Olive Garden.
New Buidling, Decor and Menu add a Nice Upbeat tempo – We recently ate at the new Olive Garden location at Bay Area Blvd and Gulf Freeway, and were happily surprised. I had not eaten at an Olive Garden in several years. However following Hurricane Ike's passing thru Houston two weeks ago, there were not many places open out here in the Clear Lake area. The new decor, menu and wine list were notably different and improved from the O.G. days I remember. We were seated in a booth in the bar area, which had a pleasant country tone to the surroundings and furniture. I would have opted for different tiles and wallpaper, to give it a more "Italian" flare, versus a country kitchen look. But the interior is very comfy and cozy, and the food was very good as well. I had the Gorgonzola steak with pasta, which was abosutely wonderful. My fiancee had a chicken dish served with knocchi pasta, which she gave a "thumbs up" as well. Paired with a good red wine, and followed by the chocolate tart cake with the liquid chocolate center, is was hard not to be fully content. The waiter's service was a little lacking and not highly polished. However it was only the 2nd day that this new location had been open. So the slightly "rough around the edges" service was highly understandable. It will improve with a little time and experience.
Traditional dishes and all -you-can-eat salad, soup and bread sticks are the draw at this upscale-casual Italian restaurant. – In Short
Established in 1982, this chain gained a following for its laid-back atmosphere and generous portions. Patrons settle into comfortable booths and tables in dining rooms with plants, artwork and décor reminiscient of the villas in the Tuscan countryside. Starters include scampi, sausage or pepperoni pizza, and several soup choices, as well as a signature seafood dip (crab, shrimp, cheese and marinara). Entrees include classics like lasagna, fettuccine Alfredo and chicken parmigiana. There are also "Garden Fare" options, which promise 30 percent fewer calories.
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