Friday, April 2, 2010

Call Ahead Seating - Gamble At the Olive Garden

Hmmm.... What are your thoughts on Call Ahead Seating? Does it really work? Do you get a table faster when you call ahead or if you just get there along with everyone else? I took my niece to Olive Garden this evening for her birthday dinner. I went ahead and did the call ahead seating thing and was told 30 minutes. When we arrived 10 minutes later and checked in, they told us we still had 30 minutes. Waste of time? Tonight it was.

So we enjoyed a fantastic meal even though our plans to call ahead did not work out. We were seated and our server was Todd U. At first he seemed a little out of sorts, but became better as the meal progressed. We started off with drinks, my usual iced tea w/no lemon ($2.30)and my niece tried a NA Strawberry Mango Margarita ($4.10). I ordered a side of Alfredo dipping sauce ($2.95) with our freshly baked garlic bread sticks. These bread sticks are the one reason why people come here, not for the pasta or other Italian style dishes, but for those sinfully irresistible garlicky bread sticks. Yummm....

My choice of entree this evening was my usual favorite - Grilled Shrimp Caprese ($16.25). I love the combination of the angel hair pasta, fresh basil, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. Soooo good! If you haven't tried it, you must.

Overall, dinner was quite good and our server, Todd U. took very good care of us. He boxed up our dinners, provided extra bread sticks and was super friendly. We made sure our tip reflected the great service.

Most of the time you can't go wrong here. However, Call Ahead Seating is a gamble.

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