Restaurant Review Of Olive Garden, Collegeville

Restaurant Review of Olive Garden, Collegeville Pennsylvania

On March 12th, I took a friend to the Collegeville Olive Garden for a birthday lunch.  We arrived at about 1:45 pm.  The restaurant was very busy but we were seated right away.

Our server Mayra was very nice.  She came to our table quickly, told us about the specials and took our drink order while we narrowed down which delectable treats we might choose.  She was back in a short amount of time with the drinks.  Mayra then proceeded to take our order.  The birthday girl decided on Braised Beef & Tortelloni.  I ordered Seafood Alfredo pasta.

Mayra brought us salad and garlic breadsticks (worth going just for that).  In a rather short amount of time the entrees arrived.  Actually, a little too soon but the food was hot and by the time I finished grazing on salad and breadsticks the food was still nice and warm.  I like a good 15 minutes to eat my salad before my entrée arrives.

The food was delicious.  The portions were just right and nicely presented.  My Seafood Alfredo was full of shrimp and scallops.  My friend’s braised beef was tender and delicious.  She used a bread stick to clean out her bowl.  We both made happy plates.

Mayra also refilled our salad bowl and was generous with the grated cheese!  My friend remarked several times that the coffee was delicious.  They bring you an urn so you can refill your cup at your convenience.  Mayra also kept my iced tea glass full.  She got points for that.

The ambience and décor were very nice.  Everything was clean and the staff was efficient.  All in all a very pleasant dining experience.

I give two thumbs up and look forward to a return visit!

Restaurant Review Of P.F. Chang’s Collegeville

This afternoon I was treated to lunch at P.F. Chang’s new location in Collegeville.  I helped some friends with their computer so they treated me to lunch.  Like that kind of tech support barter 🙂

We arrived around 11:30 a.m. and the restaurant was already full and taking names.  However, there were empty tables in the bar area.  One of the servers came into the lobby and offered us immediate seating in the bar.  Now that restaurants are NON SMOKING in PA, that’s not a problem anymore.

The table was very small, but since there were three of us, we utlized the empty chair for storage, LOL!

The decor and feel reminded me of Brew Moon at the KOP mall.  An upscale, contemporary bistro look.

Our server was excellent!!  He was attentive and friendly without being overbearing, too chatty or a clown.  He was familiar with the menu and offered helpful suggestions.  He wasn’t pushy either!

We all tried their Iced Tea.  Ginny and I had the Mango flavored and Charlie had the Fiesta flavored.  It was very good.  The waiter kept our glasses full without having to be asked, which is something I expect.

I ordered the Mu Shu Pork (a personal favorite), Ginny had a Shanghi Shrimp with garlic sauce and Charlie had Sweet and Sour Pork.

We also ordered an appetizer to nibble on while we waited for our food to arrive.  We ordered the Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps.  It was very good and the filling was plentiful.  The only thing I didn’t like was that you had to make the wrap yourself.  They provided four pieces of lettuce and you had to do the deed.  There was plenty of filling left over which was nice.  I would have preferred the wraps to have been made for me.  Just sayin….

The food came in a reasonable amount of time.  It was hot, nicely executed/presented and the portions were good.  We all ordered the brown rice which was also perfectly cooked!

My only complaint was the pancakes for the Mu Shu were too flimsy.  The first one fell apart so I doubled up the next three.  I ate the rest with my fork.  I heard no complaints from my lunch companions and everybody made a clean plate!  Ginny’s shrimp were nice looking and Charlie was very happy with his pork.

They brought over the dessert tray and since we were all on the full side, we opted for their own version of a dessert shooter called mini dessert.  I believe they had Strawberry Cheesecake and I had Tiramisu.  The other dessert portions are MAMMOUTH!  They easily serve 2 – 3 people!

P.F. Changs also offers a number of gluten free selections, dinner for two which is four courses for $39.95 and a kids menu.

I give P.F. Chang’s Collgeville two thumbs up.  Make sure you make reservations!  It fills up fast!