Frequently Asked Questions


Olive Garden Videos

Tara Gray
Olive Garden Media & Communications
(407) 245-5642

Please direct all non-media inquiries to:
Guest Relations

(800) 331-2729

Investor information can be found here:
Investor Relations


  • Carmel, IN (Dec. 2013)
  • Melrose Park, IL (Dec. 2013)
  • Houston, TX (Jan. 2014)
  • Lakewood, CO (Feb. 2014)
  • Tampa, FL (Feb. 2014)
  • West Hills, CA (May 2014)
  • Everett, WA (July 2014)
  • Chicago, IL (Sept. 2014)
  • Bronx, NY (Sept. 2014)

  • Where will you be building future Olive Garden restaurants?
    • On the right column of our News & Media Page, we list coming soon locations.  These are updated constantly, so check anytime for the latest information!  Actual locations and opening dates are subject to change. If your city is not listed, we hope to be coming soon.

  • How can I purchase your Gift Cards?
    • Purchase Gift Cards online by clicking here: Gift Cards or by calling 1-800-248-4935 (US); 1-888-888-3341 (Canada).

  • How can I check the status of my gift card order?
  • How do I get the balance on my Gift Card?
    • You may find balance and expiration information by visiting https://gift.olivegarden.com or by calling the telephone number on the back of your card and following the instructions.

  • Does Olive Garden offer discounts on gift card purchases?
    • Discounts are offered on purchases of gift cards on the following amounts:
      $500-999 5% discount
      $1000 & More 10% discount

      Call our Gift Card Center to order these discounted cards:  800-248-4935 (US),  888-888-3341 (Canada)

  • Where can I get a coupon?
    • Several times a year we have coupons in metropolitan-area newspapers. We also have occasional offers on our Facebook page or in our email newsletter – please join these online communities for more information!

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  • Where can I find more about your Sweepstakes?
    • Our Culinary Tour of Italy Sweepstakes occurs in the spring.  Visit www.olivegardensweeps.com for more information, and to find out about this year’s winners.

  • Where do I fill out a survey of my visit?
    • The survey website is listed on your receipt.  There is a unique code on your receipt which is needed in order to complete a survey

  • Do you offer discounts to organizations?
    • As we look for ways to give back to our guests, investing in our communities is one of the best investments we can make.  Our restaurants serve their communities through a variety of local efforts. Rather than offer a discount to one particular group of guests, we believe our responsibility is to make sure we’re providing the best dining value possible to every guest who joins us for lunch or dinner.

  • How do I purchase some of the decorative items seen in Olive Garden?
    • Nearly everything in our restaurants is custom ordered. We have a proprietary clause with our vendors that prevents the sale of these items.

  • Where can I purchase the music played at Olive Garden?
    • The music played in our restaurants is a custom arrangement for our restaurants and is not available for purchase.

  • What are the hours of operation for Olive Garden?
    • Most restaurants open at 11:00 a.m. for lunch. Dinner is served beginning at 4:00 p.m. Our practice is to serve our dinner menu all day on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. As a courtesy to guests who ask, we will provide a lunch menu at any time. Normally, lunch is served only Monday through Friday from 11:00 to 4:00. Closing hours on Sunday through Thursday are 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. There are some regional variations and new restaurants are open for dinner only during the first few weeks of operation. Please contact your local Olive Garden by telephone for specific information.

      To find your nearest Olive Garden Location click here.

  • Holiday Hours
    • Olive Garden restaurants are closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day to allow our team members to spend time with their family and friends. Depending on the amount of business on the day before these holidays, the restaurants may close early. We leave this decision to the discretion of the management team. Please contact the restaurant directly for the scheduled closing time the day before Thanksgiving or Christmas Eve.

  • Do you take Reservations?
    • Most Olive Garden locations seats on a first-come, first served basis.  Some locations are testing call-ahead seating – please contact your restaurant directly to find if this option is available there.

  • Does Olive Garden offer To Go! ordering online?
    • We do not currently offer To Go! ordering online, but you may place your order by telephone. Please view our ToGo! menu.

  • Do you have a Kids Menu?
    • The Passport to Fun kids activity booklet and menu is available at our restaurant for children aged 12 & under. You can also view our kids menu items online .  All kids items come with a choice of side and drink.

  • Celebrations
    • An all-occasion cake is available for purchase to help you celebrate any occasion. The chocolate cake serves from four to six people. Please contact a restaurant manager for more information.


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  • How do I make a request for a donation?
    • Olive Garden donates to charitable causes that benefit the community. Donation requests can be submitted in writing to the general manager of your local Olive Garden. This includes requests for donations of gift certificates or food.

      Request should be on your organization’s official letterhead, including the organization’s full name, address, phone and fax numbers. State your donation request, when it is needed and how it will benefit the community. Please submit written requests 30 days prior to the date the donation is needed. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to honor every request that we receive. Please accept our apology in advance if we are not able to fulfill your request.


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  • Employment Verification
    • Contact our vendor, The Work Number, at 800-367-2884 or via the company's Web site, www.theworknumber.com . Our Employer Code is 11533.

  • Employee Information
    • If you’re looking for information pertaining to your own employment, please contact the following departments directly by telephone.

      • Benefits: 888-374-3343
      • Payroll: 407-245-4400
      • Employee Relations: 800-932-2558
  • Employment Opportunities
    • We are always looking for new members of the Olive Garden family. Please check our Career Opportunities page to learn more and to apply online for both Management and Team Member positions at any Olive Garden Restaurant. For information about management positions and employment at the Restaurant Support Center, click here .

  • Employment Opportunities — New Locations
    • We are pleased to know you are considering employment with Olive Garden. About 30 days before the restaurant opens there will be a banner at the restaurant indicating that the restaurant is "Now Hiring." Please visit our website to apply online after that sign is posted. For opening dates, please contact Guest Relations via our Contact Us form or at 1-800-331-2729. Our office hours are Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. EST.


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  • Does Olive Garden offer franchise opportunities?
    • Click here to learn more about restaurant franchising.

  • Where can I obtain an annual report?
    • You may download an annual report by visiting the Investor Relations section of our parent company's website, Darden Restaurants ( www.darden.com ). If you prefer a pre-printed copy be mailed to you, please email your request via our Contact Us form or call Guest Relations at 1-800-331-2729. Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET.

  • Stock
    • Darden Restaurants, Inc. stock is traded on the NYSE under code DRI.

  • Student Information
    • Thanks for thinking of Olive Garden for your school project. Our website, (and the website of our parent company, Darden Restaurants), contains valuable information that may be incorporated into your school presentation. Please browse the information available and use the material for your project.

  • Real Estate
    • If you have questions or comments about the sale or purchase of real estate, please contact our Real Estate Department at 407-245-4555.

  • Advertising Vendor Inquiries
    • All Media proposals are coordinated by Starcom Worldwide in Chicago at 312-220-3535.


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