At Olive Garden, choice is always on the menu. We’re all more conscious of the need to have healthy options for our families and ourselves. As the world’s largest and most beloved family restaurant, we feel it’s more important than ever to provide these options.
We know healthy meal options are important for your family and we’ve committed ourselves to offering a variety of choices available everyday. We also want you to love everything you eat at Olive Garden, so we make sure our smart dining options have all the delicious flavor your family desires.
Because of this we’ve made a pledge to focus on three key areas:
- We've enhanced the nutrition credentials on our children's menus to make sure they'll grow up big and strong
- We will reduce sodium across all of our offerings
- We will reduce our total calorie footprint
You can learn more about the pledge that Olive Garden and the other brands in the Darden family have made by visiting the Darden website
We all have different tastes and nutrition needs. But we all want the same thing - lots of choice and variety! Whether you're eating light or in the mood to indulge, we take pride in giving choices and letting you decide. That's why we make nutrition information for our food readily available to help inform your choice.
View and print the nutrition facts for our wide range of delicious offerings.
How is your nutrition information calculated?
We analyze our menu items either through calculated analysis (a sophisticated software program) or by chemical analysis (sending multiple samples to be tested in a lab). There are many factors that go into deciding which method to use, including the type of food, preparation, and information from our suppliers. Both types of analyses are based on the standardized recipes we use in our restaurants every day. As our chefs make changes to a recipe, we make the changes to our analysis. We know we can never make the exact same dish twice, but our approach to nutrition analysis helps ensure the nutrition we report is representative of what will be served in the restaurant.
Are your nutrition results accurate?
Yes! Providing nutrition information that helps you make your dining decision is something we take very seriously. While we are confident in the nutrition information we disclose, the numbers will vary due to the inherent variability in food and food preparation. Even with a dedicated team, standardized recipes and best-in-class nutrition analysis, we can't promise you that the nutrient content of each meal will be exact every time - but we can promise you that we've done everything we can to get them as accurate as possible.
What is a serving of soup?
The serving size for all soups is 8 fluid ounces. ToGo orders receive 16 fluid ounces.
What is a serving of salad?
One serving is about 5 ounces. The amount of salad served depends on the number of guests in your party. For a party of 1 to 2 guests, about 10 ounces would be served (so ½ of the bowl would be one serving).
How many calories are in a breadstick if I ask for it to be prepared without the garlic topping?
The breadstick with the garlic topping is 140 calories. One breadstick without garlic topping is 120 calories.
What is the nutrition content of your low-fat dressing compared to your regular dressing?
Our low-fat dressing has 25 calories and 350 mg of sodium per serving. Our regular dressing contains 80 calories and 500 mg of sodium per serving. One serving is one fluid ounce.
Do you have special handling procedures for gluten-free pasta?
Yes. We have special handling procedures for our gluten-free pasta. The gluten-free pasta is cooked in a sanitized kettle, rather than the pasta cookers that we use to cook our other pasta. This pasta is then held separately until ordered. At that time it is added directly to the sauté pan to avoid cross contact with other pasta or pasta water.
What does gluten-sensitive mean?
The menu items we call "gluten sensitive" are our menu items that are made without gluten-containing ingredients. We do not claim these items are "gluten free" because we have not chemically analyzed them to confirm if they meet the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) definition of "gluten free" (< 20 parts per million of gluten). While we do have processes and procedures in place to minimize cross-contact with other gluten-containing foods, these items may not be suitable for our guests who are highly sensitive to gluten.
Please know that our "gluten free" pasta does meet FDA's formal definition of gluten-free.
What is the gluten-free pasta made out of?
The gluten-free pasta is made from corn flour and rice flour, and we import it from Italy.
Is the dairy in your breadsticks in the bread or in the garlic topping?
There is no dairy in our breadsticks or in the breadstick topping. The garlic topping is made from margarine.
Do your breadsticks contain egg or dairy?
No. The breadstick - made with our without the garlic topping- does not include egg or dairy. The garlic topping is made with margarine.
Do your breadsticks contain sesame?
No. Our breadsticks do not contain sesame.
Is your Caesar dressing pasteurized or does it contain raw eggs?
The eggs in the Caesar dressing are pasteurized.
Is your Italian salad dressing gluten-free?
There are no gluten-containing ingredients in the dressing. However, gluten is present in the facility where the dressing is made. Please be sure to tell your server if you are avoiding gluten when you order your salad so that we can leave off the croutons.
Does your Italian salad dressing contain alcohol? Such as cooking wine?
No. Our salad dressing does not contain alcohol.
Does your pasta contain egg?
No. Our pasta does not contain egg, but our filled pastas like Cheese Ravioli and Ravioli di Portobello do have egg, and all of our pastas are cooked in the same pasta cooker.
Does your pasta contain dairy?
No. Our pasta does not contain dairy, but our filled pastas like Cheese Ravioli and Ravioli di Portobello do have dairy, and all of our pastas are cooked in the same pasta cooker.
Is the minestrone soup vegan?
Minestrone soup does not contain any animal broth but it does contain butter.
Are any of your soups dairy-free?
Yes. The Pasta e Fagioli does not contain dairy products.
Does your marinara sauce contain dairy?
Yes. The marinara sauce does contain dairy.
Does your Alfredo sauce contain egg?
No. Our Alfredo sauce does not contain egg.
Do your sauces contain alcohol?
The following sauces do not contain alcohol: Alfredo, Asiago Garlic Alfredo, Marinara, Five Cheese Marinara Creamy Bacon and Sun-Dried Tomato, Creamy Carbonara, Primavera, and the Kids Tomato Sauce.
Do your soups contain alcohol?
Our Minestrone soup contains alcohol (cooking wine). Our other soups do not contain alcohol.
Do you have alcohol in your tiramisu?
Our tiramisu does contain a coffee liqueur, but according to our dessert supplier, the majority of the alcohol content is cooked off when baked.
Do you have any menu items that do not contain garlic?
Given the role of garlic in Italian cuisine, garlic is used in many of our dishes. The following menu items do not contain garlic. If a dish or menu item is not on this list, please assume it contains garlic.
Appetizers, Soup and Salads
- Chicken & Gnocchi Soup
- Garden Salad with Oil/Vinegar (no croutons)
Do you use MSG in your foods?
- Cheese Ravioli (no sauce)
- All of our pastas do not contain garlic (however, all of our pasta sauces do contain garlic)
Kids Entrées: Mac & Cheese
Our food recipes do not use added MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) and, based on information from our suppliers, MSG is not added to any of the ingredients we use. However, certain foods and ingredients naturally contain glutamate or glutamic acid (such as tomatoes, milk, cheese, mushrooms and certain yeasts and proteins).
If I do not consume pork and/or alcohol, what can I eat?
of dishes that contain pork and/or alcohol is based on the most current information from our food suppliers. While we use safe food handling procedures, it is possible for food items to come into contact with other ingredients during preparation and/or cooking processes.
Lighter Italian Fare
Taste the lighter side of delicious at Olive Garden. Explore our Lighter Italian Fare menu, with delicious new entrées all 575 calories or less.
View the Lighter Italian Fare Menu
Smart Dining Tips
Whether you're looking for a low calorie entrée or a simple indulgent dinner, we have plenty of variety on our menu for you to choose from.
Here are some additional tips to help you make the delicious choice that's right for you:
Try our delicious low-fat salad dressing, which is half the calories of our regular dressing!
We have a variety of diet sodas, iced teas, light beers and skinny cocktails that will quench your thirst without all of the calories
We will gladly substitute whole wheat linguine for any pasta or fresh vegetables for any side – just ask!
If you can’t resist dipping our famous breadsticks, choose our freshly made marinara sauce, which is lower in calories and fat than Alfredo or Five Cheese Marinara sauce.
Ask for a To-Go box when ordering your meal. Separate your meal into what you’ll enjoy in the restaurant and what you plan to take home. Or, just ask your server to box it up for you.
Our Dolcinis (mini desserts which are all under 300 calories) let you end your meal with a sweet treat without going overboard. Or, share one of our full-sized desserts with a friend.
At Olive Garden, we’re committed to making the dining experience of every guest, including our guests with food allergies, an exceptional one. That’s why we are proud to provide this information to help you make an informed food selection.
The information we are able to provide details which menu items contain the most common allergens and intolerances, based on the information provided by our suppliers. We work to keep this information as up-to-date as possible, and suggest you check our allergen information each time you dine with us.
Because all of our dishes are prepared-to-order, our normal kitchen operations may involve shared cooking and preparation areas. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that any menu item can be completely free of allergens. Items cooked on our grill or in our fryer present a special risk for cross-contamination, so we’ve clearly identified those for you.
Do you have procedures in place to minimize cross-contact in the kitchen?
Yes! When you tell your server that you have a food allergy, they will add this information to your order. This will alert the kitchen that you have a food allergy and will trigger several processes, including changing their gloves and serving utensils. Each of our managers has completed a food safety course, which includes basic information about food allergies, in addition to safe food handling practices.
Even with processes and procedures in place, we are mindful that we are not an allergen-free facility. As such, we cannot guarantee that any item is free of any allergen. While we regret that this may disappoint some guests, we feel strongly about being transparent about what we can and cannot guarantee.
Why don't you provide information on allergens other than the "top 8?"
Because the FDA requires and regulates allergen labeling for the "top 8" (milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat), we can source this information from our suppliers. Because we recognize that our guests may be allergic to other ingredients, we are working to collect more allergen information from our suppliers.
Who can I call if my questions cannot be answered by the allergen guide? And how quickly can you get back to me?
If your questions cannot be answered by the allergen guide, please contact us online at www.olivegarden.com/contact-us or by phone at 1- 800-331-2729 (Monday - Friday between the hours of 10am - 4pm Eastern). Depending on your question, we will need two weeks to investigate the answer.
What kind of oil do you use in your fryer?
We use 100% canola oil in our fryers. Our oil suppliers have indicated that this oil is highly refined and, per FDA, does not include any soy protein. However, it is up to each of our guests to determine if it is safe for them to consume.
Do you have a separate fryer to avoid cross-contact of allergens?
No. We do not have a separate fryer at this time. This means any food that is in the fryer can come in contact with most of the major allergens, including: wheat (and gluten), shellfish, dairy, soy and egg.
PLEASE inform your server that you have a food allergy when dining with us. If you have any questions about this information, we'd welcome you to call or email our Guest Relations Department in advance of dining with us so that we may try to assist you. Please know it may take us several days to research your request. Contact us online or call 800-331-2729 Monday - Friday between the hours of 10am - 4pm Eastern.
View and print allergy information for our menu.
Vegetarian & Vegan Menu Suggestions
This chart of vegetarian and vegan menu suggestions is based on the most current information from our food suppliers. For these purposes, vegetarian is defined as not including meat, stock or gelatin, stock or gelatin from an animal. Vegan is defined as not including animal meat or any animal by-products. We've also outlined if the item contains egg, dairy or cheese (and what the source of the rennet is- microbial, animal, or vegetable). Because many of our recipes contain poultry, meat and fish products, our kitchens are not "animal free." While we use safe food handling procedures, it is possible for any food item to come into contact with animal products during preparation and/or cooking processes. If a dish or item is not on this list, you can assume that it is not vegetarian or vegan.