In 2022, the famous Italian restaurant Olive Garden opened its first branch in the Philippines. The restaurant delighted food enthusiasts who knew about Olive Garden or wanted to try something different.
At the beginning of this year, Olive Garden hopes to share its Italian hospitality with more diners through another branch in an essential shopping and leisure destination in Metro Manila. Diners can enjoy warm and hearty food with Olive Garden’s newest addition which could easily seat 113 guests.
“We are excited to open our second branch in the Philippines in a span of three months, on the heels of the success of our maiden store at the Mall of Asia. We are very pleased about the enthusiastic welcome that Filipinos accorded Olive Garden, and we look forward to expanding the brand in more locations soon,” said Greg Balogh, the Regional Operations Director of Darden Restaurants.
Olive Garden, a division of Darden Restaurants, has more than 900 restaurants globally. In the Philippines, they work alongside The Bistro Group to bring new flavors, such as Olive Garden, to Filipino diners.
“What we have with Darden Restaurants, Inc., the company behind Olive Garden, is a collaboration that’s been very positive from the start. We are happy to be working with them on building the brand and growing the business locally,” said The Bistro Group’s President, Jean Paul Manuud.
After Glorietta 3, The Bistro Group promises to open another Olive Garden branch in the Philippines. But that’s a story for another time. Let’s focus on their recent addition.
Since most mallgoers know that the Glorietta 3 layout can be confusing to those with little to no experience, it’s fortunate that Olive Garden positioned its second branch in an accessible location to avoid disorientation. Guests can simply enter via the entrance of Glorietta 3 and go two floors up. The restaurant is right beside the escalator on the third floor.
Like all Olive Garden restaurants anywhere in the world, a rustic stone passageway welcomes guests inside to its comfortable and cozy interiors with warm elements and olive green accents. The interior design emanates the Italian countryside with its earth tones and natural textures.
Moreover, since Olive Garden prides itself on giving diners a unique experience, one section of the restaurant has a clear view of the outdoors.
Yet aside from the view and ambiance, people return to Olive Garden for its food and overall dining experience. After all, only a few Italian restaurants offer never-ending soup, salad, and breadsticks to guests.
Some drinks are also refillable, but Olive Garden offers alcoholic beverages with a refreshing twist to satisfy its diners’ taste preferences.
Like its maiden branch in SM MoA in Pasay City, Olive Garden in Glorietta 3 also serves menu classics like chicken alfredo, chicken parmigiana, and lasagna, perfect for hungry diners. In the meantime, the menu also has a sharing option because, more than anything, Olive Garden aims to be a family dining destination.
The restaurant assures that they use fresh, quality ingredients in making their dishes.
Olive Garden’s second branch opened on January 9, at the third level of Glorietta 3 in Makati City.