Bellevue >Food & Dining > Maggiano's Little Italy
Average Fare for High Prices. Not necessarily worse than Armondo's in Renton--not necessarily better. Maggianos used to give a beautiful variety of breads (i.e. flatbread, molasses, sourdough, etc) prior to your meal, but decided to cut back; and now they have fallen into the "mediocre at best" rank, alongside Armondo's--featuring one type of bread. At least Maggiano's will heat the bread vs. Armondo's. Surprisingly, the Bellevueites along with those who venture into this beautiful city, still patronize this over-priced restaurant. You will often find yourself waiting for a table--but to be expected along that avenue of restaurants on a Friday or Saturday evening.
Wonderful food and customer service. I went with my family and we ordered the family style dinner. The food was delicious and our waiter was very friendly and helpful. A little pricey, but worth the money.
Great food for the price-- problems are addressed.
Have been here a number of times... food is very good and the prices make it a good deal. Really nice ambiance with wood pillars, darkened dining area, classic decorations.
Over time have experienced a few 'bumps' such as poor service with a large party. Once mentioned to a manager, however, they go out of their way to apologize and make us happy. Will always return!
Great Food, Fantastic Service.
My husband and I tried this restaurant last night for the first time and loved it. We were going to see a movie across the street, and had our choice of restaurants, all of which looked good. We settled on Maggiano's because of their extensive menu and very reasonable prices. We were very pleasantly surprised. The server was quick, friendly and attentive the entire time. The food was perfectly flavored; I had whole wheat pasta w/marinara sauce and a gorgonzola salad. My husband had their fantastic tomato soup and salad - we were impressed!
Keep up the great work guys...we'll be back.
Terrible service and mediocre food. I visited Maggiano's once and that was one time too many. The service was atrocious and had boundary issues. Our server kept complaining to us about having to work on a nice day and how he wished he was still on vacation while the manager told us about how our server was in trouble for doing sometime out back that he wasn't supposed to. The food came in huge portions and was nothing special. The dining room was crowded and loud, I was dining with 5 friends and we had difficulty hearing each other the entire time. Please, don't waste your time and money.
Nice Atmosphere, Nice People, Good Food, Great Portions, recommend!.
A friend referred us to Maggiano?s. We called and made reservations for 6:00 (Friday 4/11/08) but then we read all of your mean reviews here on CitySearch and almost cancelled our reservation. We decided to try it because of the convenient location, and we are so glad we did. The restaurant is very nice, the people were great (and friendly), and the food was great! The portions are ridiculously large, and the prices very reasonable. You'd spend more at the OG and not have nearly the quality/taste/ambiance Maggiano?s has. The atmosphere is nice, yet not too proper that we wouldn?t bring our kids sometime. They were ready for our reservation, and validate parking from across the street.
We?ll be back!
The food smelled great, however the service was abysmal. I say smelled great, because after waiting for ten minutes in the lobby while there were plenty of available tables, and then another ten minutes sitting at a table in the restaurant where we didn't even get a busboy to come over and fill our water glasses, we walked out. This is the first time I've ever walked out of a restaurant. Seriously, how hard would it be to just stop by and say, "I'm sorry, but we're understaffed, someone will be right with you."
Both my husband and I have worked service industry and we were completely disgusted by the lack of service. Which is sad because we had been considering having our anniversary party there on the recommendations of others.
1st timer, pretty good experience. This was my first visit to Maggiano's. I've always passed by it and it looked pretty cool so I thought I'd try it out. Was pretty crowded Saturday night, luckily I had reservations. Atmosphere is pretty cool, but felt very "chain-like" which it is. Service is very good and efficient, but everyone seems to be in a hurry. Tried out the "Family Style" with 3 other people, didn't realize how big of portions we were going to get. Food overall was maybe 6/10, nothing special but maybe we just chose bland foods. I haven't had much experience in Italian food so I cannot compare it to others, but I believe Maggiano's isn't anything special. It's fun to go to but the food is average and a bit heavy.
Pros = Service friendly, restaurant clean
CONS = Relatively noisy, food is bland and forgettable
NB - ALL food arrived luke warm
Caesar salad = Good!
Whole roasted chicken = lttle/no lemon or rosemary flavor
Pesto sauce = watery
Eggplant entree = tomato sauce tasted canned (yes..really)
Conclusion: Better to try TULIO in downtown Seattle....
Avoid at all costs. Do not come here. Hour wait even with reservations! Mediocre food.. We went her as a group of 4. I had reservations for 8pm. We showed up at 7:55 and was told to wait until it was closer to our reservation time. I went back up at 8pm and she said that she'll let us know when it would be time to be seated. There was ALOT of people waiting and I noticed on the screen that they were still seating 7:30 reservations. I asked the hostess and was told they were running 25 minutes behind but that they were just getting caught up. We had to catch a movie afterwards. I told her if it was only 25 minutes we would wait. 8:30, our buzzer stil had not gone off, I went up and asked again, she said they were behind 25 minutes obviously having forgotten I was an 8pm reservation. I told her that it had been well past 25 minutes for our reservation time, she said it would be a little bit longer, but not much. At five minutes till 9pm we were seated. We were not comped anything - no drinks, not a single entree or dessert. The campagne ordered during the meal was flat. And the food was bad, comparable to the Olive Garden. I will never come here again. You HAVE reservations for a reason. How do restaurants get almost a full hour behind? GREEDINESS. Sure, you can't always anticipate how long people'll be eating, but you shouldn't overbook. And obviously this is a trend as I had stopped in another time to try this place and it was also overpacked then. Don't go here. There's alot of options in Bellevue and even in the same complex. You will be disappointed.
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