Olive Garden is a family-friendly Italian-American restaurant with a wide range of pizzas and pasta dishes on the menu. The food is known for being hearty and comforting, and the menu seems to have something for everyone—but are there vegetarian options at Olive Garden, or are the main menu choices heavy on the meat? We investigated so you don’t have to.
According to the online menu and allergen information, there are 19 vegetarian items at Olive Garden. To start with, you’ll be able to enjoy Olive Garden’s signature Breadsticks—always a family favorite. We also recommend the Minestrone Soup or the Famous House Salad. Next up, you can’t go wrong with the delicious Eggplant Parmigiana, but other vegetarian options at Olive Garden include Fettuccine Alfredo, Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce, or a Cheese Pizza. Alternatively, create your own pasta and choose from 5 different sauces.
The vegetarian dishes at Olive Garden are marked on the menu to make things easy for its diners, so if something doesn’t have “(V)” noted next to it, it probably contains a hidden animal product. This is particularly true of desserts; you should watch out for gelatin in things like the Black Tie Mousse Cake and the Chocolate Brownie Lasagne. There are 6 vegetarian desserts at Olive Garden, including the classic Italian dish Tiramisu, so order one of these instead.