257 Centereach Mall, Centereach, NY 11720
DescriptionThe Olive Garden, Centereach, is located at 257 Centereach Mall, Centereach, NY. The large parking lot has five accessible spaces close to the street-level, double door main entrance. An entryway and another set of double doors lead to the large, welcome area.
Each of the dining areas had tables and chairs that have ample space between them. One area has a full-height bar.
Multi-stall restrooms have a large, accessible stall, accessible sinks and a baby-changing station.
- Attraction Type: dining
Number of accessible spaces: five
Location of accessible spaces: close to main entrance
Surface of lot: paved
Distance to venue: close
Transportation to venue offered: na
Places to rest: benches outside of main entrance
Paths and walkways: concrete sidewalk
Location of accessible entrance: main entrance
Doors: street-level, double doors
Number of floors: one
Steps and staircases: na
Width of aisles: extremely spacious
Places to sit: tables, booths, full-height bar
Location of restrooms: off of lobby area
Type of restroom: multi-stall, with large accessible stall and accessible sinks
Ease of entry and exit: ok
Baby changing station: yes
Available food services: lunch, dinner
Friendliness of staff: extremely friendly
Years ago, my parents loved going to the Olive Garden. It was always a pleasant experience to go with them when I visited. Since their passing, I had not been to an Olive Garden. That changed today, when I met a friend for lunch at the Olive Garden in Centereach. The choice of restaurant was made by my friend, who is an electric wheelchair user – actually she uses a type of scooter. It was easy to see why this was a very good choice. From the street-level, double-door entrance, to the large welcome area (with benches) to the large dining areas with lots of room between tables, this venue is easy for anyone to navigate. The amount of space between tables also makes for easy conversation. We were able to sit comfortably and not worry that we were in anyone’s way. I was happy to see that there were several other groups that included people with mobility challenges, (walkers, and another wheelchair user.) The Olive Garden seems to have made an effort to accommodate “all,” which is wonderful. Anyone can go and enjoy a lovely meal with very pleasant service, without worrying about getting in, where to sit without disturbing others, etc. What a great concept!
There are five accessible parking spaces in the large, paved lot. A concrete sidewalk gets you to the main entrance. There are several benches outside, as well as in the large welcome area. There are at least four dining areas, one of which has a full-height bar.
Our server, could not have been nicer, or more accommodating. She did everything she could to make sure we had everything we wanted. Although the food may not be “true” Italian, our lunch specials were excellent. A large salad and homemade breadsticks came with each lunch order. Not only was the salad fresh, it had croutons, olives, jalapeños, tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions accompanying the lettuce. The breadsticks were just as good as I remembered them. Our main courses, Eggplant Parmesan and spaghetti were good as well. We were too full for dessert, so fresh brewed coffee made for a perfect ending!
Multistall restrooms are located off the welcome area. There is a large, accessible stall and baby-changing station, as well as accessible sinks.
All in all, this was a perfect spot for a relaxing lunch for both of us.
As always, we at Destination Accessible, advise you to check a venue’s website, www.olive garden.com, when planning a visit to “know before you go,”
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