$9.95 Never Ending Pasta Bowl & $14.99 Endless Shrimp

It’s that time of year again –Never Ending Pasta Bowl season at Olive Garden! Sure, pasta is easy to make at home but Olive Garden has the best Alfredo sauce, ever. I wouldn’t miss a chance to eat a plate {or two} of my favorite pasta dish, with no effort on my part!

Now in it’s 17th year, the Never Ending Pasta Bowl is a seasonal favorite that allows you to create your own pastas dish, then have unlimited bowls along with unlimited soup or unlimited salad and breadsticks. At just $9.95 per person, the promotion is a  pretty good deal, if you ask me.

We visited Olive Garden this past Saturday, after a night out at the movies with the family. Going to Olive Garden for the seasonal special makes sense when you have 5 hungry people! I’m not so sure eating a ton of pasta at 9:30 in the evening was the BEST idea, but it sure was delicious, plus we missed the usual pasta-lovin’ crowd! Everyone was able to pick their favorite combination and every combo was delicious!

olive garden never ending pasta bowl
(August 13 – October 7) $9.95 Never Ending Pasta Bowl Options – over 30 combinations!
To start, choose a pasta from six classic shapes:
• Spaghetti • Fettucini • Whole Wheat Linguini • Penne • Linguinni  • Angel Hair •
Then, pick one of the five sauces:
• New Chianti Three Meat • Classic Alfredo • Marinara • Meat Sauce • Five Cheese Marinara •
Finally, add an optional choice of an unlimited extra for $2.95:
• Meatballs • Sausage • Roasted Chicken •

While we waited for our pasta to arrive, we enjoyed the large bowl of tossed salad, it was served family style with Italian dressing and freshly grated Parmesan. We all love the warm bread sticks, they are so good! We had to be careful not to fill up on them before the pasta arrived! My favorite is the Penne pasta with Classic Alfredo sauce, topped with roasted chicken and freshly grated Parmesan cheese — oh was it ever good!

My daughter gets the same dish but with Fettucini noodles, which is also Olive Garden’s most popular combination. The meatballs that my son and hubby ordered on their spaghetti and marinara were HUGE! T’s girlfriend had  a big plate of Angel hair with Alfredo, she said it was delicious. All of the kids gave a big thumbs up to the Wild Berry Smoothies they ordered.

olive garden never ending pasta bowl

family dinner at olive gardenA word of warning — the Never Ending Pasta Bowl special is popular, very popular! Be prepared to wait a few minutes before being seated. We had only a 10 minute wait at our last visit, which was fine. When we tried to go over Labor Day Weekend, the wait was 45 minutes! I’m sure this had to do with it being a holiday weekend as well, just something to be aware of! There were people lined up outside, inside and sitting in cars! It’s that good! 

Red Lobster Logo

If you’re not a huge pasta fan, how about some shrimp? Or, more importantly — Endless Shrimp at Red Lobster! The Endless Shrimp promotion is now in it’s 13th year! Last year alone, there were 373 million individual shrimp served to the 6.6 million guests who visited a Red Lobster for the Endless Shrimp. That is a LOT of shrimp! My son and I could do some damage to a few plates of shrimp!

Along with the endless plates of shrimp, the meal also comes with a choice of salad and unlimited Cheddar Bay Biscuits. Oh, those biscuits! I love them!

(August 13 – November 4) $14.99 Endless Shrimp options include:

 • Teriyaki • Parmesan Crusted • Garlic Shrimp Scampi • Shrimp Linguini Alfredo • Hand-Breaded Shrimp • 

endless shrimp

Where to buy and how to stay in touch!

Use the Olive Garden locator or the Red Lobster locator to find a participating restaurant near you. To keep up to date with promotions like this one, check out the Olive Garden Italian Restaurant Facebook page and the Red Lobster Facebook page. You can also find @olivegarden and @redlobster on Twitter.

Coupon Alert!

Now through September 16th at Olive Garden, purchase an adult entrée and you’ll receive a kid’s meal for FREE. Print the free kid’s meal coupon and go celebrate not having to cook, WooHoo! Limit of two kid’s meals from the kid’s menu per 2 adult entrees each visit. Valid in U.S. and Canada for kids ages 12 and under.

Win a $30 Red Lobster Gift Card!

I’ve got the perfect date night for you right here! One lucky reader is going to win a $30 Red Lobster card! Use it to sample the Endless Shrimp, or any other favorite dish. Take someone special with you and enjoy!

Entry is super easy using the Rafflecopter form below. Just complete the first mandatory entry to open up a bunch of optional extra entries! Giveaway is open to U.S. ages 18+ only and will end on September 28th 2012 at 12:01am est. Please read the official rules at the bottom of the Rafflecopter form.

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  1. 1
    Leann Lindeman says

    I do not eat shrimp.. however I love Red Lobster!! I alaways order the wood grilled salmon.

  2. 3

    I would eat the fried shrimp or the scampi probably…who knows. As long as it has shrimp in it! :)

  3. 4

    Teriyaki Grilled Shrimp

  4. 5
    Evalyn Scott says

    Its too hard to choose!

  5. 6
    Mary Beth Hewitt says

    Parmesan Shrimp – MMMM

  6. 7

    thank you for the giveaway! i love lobster all the way!

  7. 8

    Teriyaki Grilled Shrimp

  8. 9

    im going with salmon!

  9. 10
    olivia rubin says

    the coconut shrimp is great with cheddar bay bisquits

  10. 11

    The Teriyaki Grilled Shrimp sounds lovely

  11. 12

    I’d like to try the Teriyaki Grilled Shrimp
    Thank you!

  12. 13

    Shrimp Linguini Alfredo

  13. 14

    The parmesan shrimp sounds awesome

  14. 15
    susan hartman says

    Teriyaki is always my favorite.

  15. 16

    Hand-Breaded Shrimp

  16. 17

    I’d probably try the hand-breaded shrimp.

  17. 18

    I have all natural remedy for eating too much pasta at 9:30pm. :) I don’t want to spam your blog, but ask me about my FatFighter. :)

  18. 19
    Ashley Hatten says

    Parmesan shrimp sounds good!

  19. 20

    Garlic shrimp scampi! I’ve always loved the shrimp scampi at Red Lobster.

  20. 21

    I love the shrimp scampi!

  21. 22

    I like the Parmesan Shrimp

  22. 23
    Robyn Galloway says

    Maybe the garlic shrimp scampi!

  23. 24

    I personally don’t eat shrimp, but my husband would love the Parmesan Shrimp!

    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

  24. 25

    i would love their hand breaded shrimp and i just love the biscuits!

  25. 26

    Garlic Shrimp Scampi

  26. 27

    The Shrimp scampi..that’s one of my favorites!

  27. 28

    I would get the endless shrimp!

  28. 29

    My family loves Red Lobster. My first 2 options would be Scampi and Alfredo.

  29. 30

    I would like to try the Teriyaki Grilled Shrimp.

  30. 31

    shrimp scampi

  31. 32
    Thomas Murphy says

    I want to try Teriyaki Grilled Shrimp

  32. 33

    parmesan shrimp!

  33. 34
    kelly tillotson says

    parmesean shrimp

  34. 35

    Hand-Breaded Shrimp… if I am eating out I want fried…lol

  35. 36

    Garlic Shrimp Scampi

  36. 37
    Amanda Sakovitz says

    Shrimp Scampi!

  37. 38

    The Garlic Shrimp Scampi, yummmm!

  38. 39
    apple blossom says

    Teriyaki Grilled Shrimp

  39. 40

    Baked shrimp and cheese for sure. I miss the old recipe with the rice and brocolli mix baked ontop

  40. 41

    I am allergic to shrimp, but my husband would love the Parmesan shrimp!

  41. 42

    Teriyaki Grilled Shrimp

  42. 43
    Mary Happymommy says

    Garlic Shrimp Scampi

  43. 44
    Rebecca Shockley says

    I would like the the coconut shrimp

  44. 45
    Tiffany Christie says

    Parmesan shrimp…yum!

  45. 46
    Ashley turicik says

    I would love to try the shrimp Parmesan

  46. 47
    april yedinak says

    shrimp linguine is my fav

  47. 48

    Teriyaki Grilled Shrimp!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  48. 49
    Laura Jacobson says

    Oh I would love the Fried Shrimp and Shrimp Scampi!

  49. 50
    Jennifer Marie says

    I may try Teriyaki Grilled Shrimp

  50. 51

    Parmesan shrimp

  51. 52

    Fried Shrimp. Thank you. Jerri Davis

  52. 53

    my family loves shrimp so i wouldnt mind trying them all!!! YUM-YUM!!!

  53. 54

    Shrimp Linguini Alfredo

  54. 55

    Would get shrimp scampi

  55. 56

    i want to try the Teriyaki Grilled Shrimp

  56. 57

    I think I’d choose Parmesan Shrimp.

    Thank you.

  57. 58
    Renee Richardson says

    I would love the Hand-Breaded Shrimp. Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

    fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

  58. 59
    PinkySwayers says

    I would like to try the Teriyaki Grilled Shrimp option. Thanks for the giveaway!

  59. 60
    Rasheda Wilson says

    Garlic Shrimp Scampi is my FAV! Yummm I could taste it now!

  60. 61
    Deborah Wallin says

    Garlic Shrimp Scampi

  61. 62

    Parmesan Shrimp!

  62. 63
    Virginia Rowell says

    breaded shrimp and garlic shrimp scampi

  63. 64
    Allison Downes says

    I would love to try the Parmesan Shrimp

    Thanks for the tasty giveaway!

  64. 65
    Megan Cromes says

    parmesan shrimp.

  65. 66

    I’d start with the Shrimp Linguini Alfredo
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  66. 67

    I’d like to get the Teriyaki Grilled Shrimp.

  67. 68

    hand breaded shrimp

  68. 69
    christine jessamine says

    i love the Teriyaki Grilled Shrimp

  69. 70

    I would like to try the Teriyaki Grilled Shrimp

  70. 71

    parmesean shrimp

  71. 72
    Tami Vollenweider says

    I would love Shrimp Scampi

  72. 73
    Teresa Moore says

    I would choose the Shrimp Scampi…love their Shrimp Scampi!

  73. 74

    I’d order the Teriyaki Grilled Shrimp.

  74. 75

    Teriyaki Grilled Shrimp

  75. 76

    I would start with Parmesan Crusted & Garlic Shrimp Scampi

  76. 77
    Rachel Wright says

    Do I have to order shrimp? I’m really not a big shrimp fan, Though I don’t hate it, it is just not a favorite of mine. but I have never been to red lobster, and I have never tasted lobster, I’ts one of those things I would like to try, just to say I have tried it, and to know if I like it or not.

  77. 78

    We love the scampi!

  78. 79
    Kristie Betts says

    Not a lobster fan, my parents are I would give this to them

  79. 80

    I would try the Garlic Shrimp Scampi!

  80. 81

    Mmmm….Garlic Shrimp Scampi!!

  81. 82

    Teriyaki Grilled Shrimp

  82. 83

    The Parmesan Shrimp – yum!

  83. 84

    I would try the Parmesan Shrimp

  84. 85

    the hand-breaded shrimp!

  85. 86

    Garlic Shrimp Scampi.

  86. 87

    I would try the Parmesan Shrimp first.

  87. 88

    Teriyaki Grilled Shrimp!

  88. 89

    i would get lobster

  89. 90

    I would get the teryaki grilled shrimp

  90. 91

    Endless Garlic Shrimp scampi….yum. making my mouth water.

  91. 92

    I would have to make a last second decision between the teryaki and parmesean.

  92. 93

    teriyaki grilled shrimp

  93. 94

    I would pick the Hand-Breaded Shrimp.

  94. 95

    Parmesan Shrimp


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