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About Us

  • Industry

    Restaurants/Food Service

Who we are
Olive Garden is a family of local restaurants focused on delighting every guest with a genuine Italian dining experience. We are proud to serve fresh, high quality Italian food, complemented by a great glass of wine. We offer a comfortable, home-like setting where guests are welcomed like family and receive warm, friendly service. This passion is fueling Olive Garden's tremendous success. Founded in 1982, Olive Garden is now the leading Italian restaurant in the casual dining industry.

Founded in 1982, Olive Garden is a division of Darden Restaurants, Inc. Olive Garden was originally developed by General Mills Restaurants, a division of General Mills, Inc. In June of 1995, General Mills spun off its restaurant division into Darden Restaurants, Inc.

In January, 1995, Olive Garden President Brad Blum took his first "whirlwind tour," visiting Olive Garden restaurants throughout the country. He held numerous meetings with diverse groups of Olive Garden frontline employees in order to improve communication, share ideas, and set priorities. After meeting with and listening to many servers, line cooks, bartenders, prep cooks, dishwashers, hosts/hostesses and other employees, Brad realized the need to develop a set of Olive Garden principles that have become a guiding force for how we work and what we value. The employees always voiced the same two requests at every meeting: Hold us to High Standards Treat Us with Respect From these simple words, the Olive Garden Principles were born–the philosophical touchstone for all Olive Garden employees.

Commitment to Diversity
Olive Garden celebrates and promotes diversity throughout the company and the community. We celebrate the distinctions that our employees bring to the workplace, including race, gender, religion, age, disability, and sexual orientation. Blind to any of these, we treat and expect everyone to be treated with equal respect. When you work at Olive Garden, you are held to high standards, both in terms of how you treat customers and how you treat fellow employees. Just as we put a great deal of energy and time towards making customers feel at home, we go a long way to make sure that when you work here, you're family–and are treated as such.

Hospitaliano (R)
If you were to consult an Italian dictionary or ask an Italian on the street for the definition of Hospitaliano!, you wouldn't get an answer. Hospitaliano is our passion for 100% Guest Delight. We take pride in doing it right the first time. We value everyone as family and friends.

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental
  • 401(k)
  • Other Retirement (ESOP, Profit Sharing)
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Stock Ownership Plans
  • Tuition assistance/reimbursement
  • Disability Programs
  • Vision
  • Life Insurance