Hope you dont get sick too !. I am a frequent flier to this area and have ate at this resturant previously. This chain is popular in our home town. We have had dinner here before and were not impressed. Last night we deciced to try again as it was close to our hotel and we are familiar with the menu. My boyfriend was in the bathroom for an hour last night, and his stomach was still upset this morning. I am kinda glad i just had salad. I gave 2 stars for the SERVICE only. 1st dinner= food was bland and over cooked, 2nd = got sick.. dont think there will be a third.
A chain, really, are you really that unoriginal?.
Mac Grill, is mediocre at best. I give it a lower score cause it's a chain. I was forced to go here for lunch one day by my boss and it wasn't very good. We had the calamari app and it was still cold from being frozen and over seasoned to try and cover the freezer burn. I then had a pasta dish with a white sauce, capers, chicken, sun dried tomatoes and something else and it wasn't very good. The chicken was way over done and the sauce needed a good amount of salt and pepper to actually taste, which surprised me compared to their calamari.
GET OUT there people, try something different, try something local at least then you know it's going into a hard working neighbor's pocket rather than some huge company or rich local guy.
You call that Pesto? Ick!.
I did the build your own pasta dish thing, cool right? Wrong! My pasta came with a one inch puddle of olive oil in the bottom of it and few flecks of basil floating around somewhere in there (I couldn't taste it). It was basically an olive oil soup. I would rather have done shots of motor oil.
And to top it off they have some douche with a Donny Osmond-esque coif pretending to sing opera. Goofy haircut plus a musical theater stint in high school does not a tenor make.
You would be better off with a can of Chef Boyardee.
I am a server at this particular Macaroni Grill.
First of all, to the genius that compared us to Maggiano's: We are owned by the same company, use the same ingredients, and have roughly the same menu. Maggiano's has more ambiance. That's the only real difference.
the lowdown on the Mac Shack is this: If you like decent Americanized Italian food and don't want to pay a ton, this is a good place to go. It can get a little noisy what with the kids running around, and us having an open kitchen so if you're looking for something quiet, you might want to go elsewhere.
And on a personal note...
For those of you who don't know, ESPECIALLY those of you from out of the country, waitstaff make roughly $3.30 an hour and depend almost completely on your tips as a living wage.
Wonderful singers. Took a friend for her birthday and a waiter sang happy birthday in Itialian in an operetic voice. Wonderful!
yum. very good food, well worth the money and drive, I would reccomend this to anyone looking for a good meal for not too much money.
Very Good. It was my first time there, and I was very pleased with it... Our waiter was kind of interesting, but overall, it was a very good experience!
If you like chain food. Doesn't hold a ligtht to places like Maggiano's or Pataleoni's. Prices are good but the food sometimes is only so-so.
MAGNIFICO. WE LOVE MACARONI GRILL. FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY OR JUST THE 2 OF US. no, IT MAY NOT BE ROMANTIC, BUT WE HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO WRITE LITTLE LOVE NOTES OR DRAW HARTS ON THE TABLECLOTHS, WITH THE CRAYONS THEY PROVIDE. WONDERFUL FOOD AND SERVICE. HAVE NEVER BEEN DISAPPOINTED.
Better Than Most . . .. Even though this is a chain, it has some of the best food around! There is a huge choice, seafood, pasta, chicken and veal. I've had veal picatta all over the country and Mac Grill has the best. Their salmon dishes are excellent and the bread is wonderful. The only downside is the seating--there are no booths, and the stone floor makes it quite noisy. You also have to watch where you are seated. If you are under a ventilator, you will freeze and food cools off quickly. Still, the food is worth it and moderately priced. A winner!