Carrabba's Italian Grill

★★★★☆
  • 4821 Capital Blvd

    Raleigh, NC 27616

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  • 919-871-0001

About Carrabba's Italian Grill

Hours
Sunday 12:00PM - 10:00PM ,Monday 4:00PM - 10:00PM ,Tuesday 4:00PM - 10:00PM ,Wednesday 4:00PM - 10:00PM ,Thursday 4:00PM - 10:00PM ,Friday 4:00PM - 11:00PM ,Saturday 12:00PM - 11:00PM

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Food is "ok" not bad, not great......

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★★★★★

Food is "ok" not bad, not great......

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Excellent Every Time.\r
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Takeout or dining in - always great. We are always a group of 4 and the services is good. IF I could say something negative, it would be the servers are hit or miss.\r
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The food is always good and you will

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★★★★★

Excellent Every Time.\r
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Takeout or dining in - always great. We are always a group of 4 and the services is good. IF I could say something negative, it would be the servers are hit or miss.\r
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The food is always good and you will

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Not worth it. Ate there tonight for the first time in about two years. The place has gone down while the prices have gone up. Among the other things I didn't like:\r
* The amount of bread they bring you has decreased, and it's now brought

3
★★★★★

Not worth it. Ate there tonight for the first time in about two years. The place has gone down while the prices have gone up. Among the other things I didn't like:\r
* The amount of bread they bring you has decreased, and it's now brought

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OVERPRICED, PLAIN FLAVORING, VERY VERY POOR SERVICE, SLOP FOR FOOD!!!!!b I WOULD RATE a BIG 0 if I could!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jason
Cary NC

3
★★★★★

OVERPRICED, PLAIN FLAVORING, VERY VERY POOR SERVICE, SLOP FOR FOOD!!!!!b I WOULD RATE a BIG 0 if I could!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jason
Cary NC

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I just had to write a new review for this place! My husband and I are regulars at this Carrabba's. Steve and Mike the managers are always willing to fix something you don't like and are very fast about it. Parmesan cheese does not come on everything like one of the older post says, but they offer it. Everything always tastes great and if something does go wrong, it is fixed immediately. I have only been unhappy with their service once and it was an extreme case of a new waiter with an attitude. I spoke to Mike about it and have not had the issue again. Let's face it, humans are unpredictable and sometimes things get messed up but Carrabbas staff have set a high standard.

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★★★★★

I just had to write a new review for this place! My husband and I are regulars at this Carrabba's. Steve and Mike the managers are always willing to fix something you don't like and are very fast about it. Parmesan cheese does not come on everything like one of the older post says, but they offer it. Everything always tastes great and if something does go wrong, it is fixed immediately. I have only been unhappy with their service once and it was an extreme case of a new waiter with an attitude. I spoke to Mike about it and have not had the issue again. Let's face it, humans are unpredictable and sometimes things get messed up but Carrabbas staff have set a high standard.

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I actually worked at a Carrabbas in NJ. I am one picky eater and i have tried more things at this restaraunt than I ever have in my life. A) The chicken soup- not made with a tomato base. Its chicken stock w/ fresh chicken breast may I add. B) Anywhere you go they season your steak, perhaps the seasoning was a bit too tasty for your husbands liking. C) The skin of a potato is the most nutritonal part and at least you know they aren't fake like most places. As far as service goes, I cannot completely defend it because some servers just s uck. However the extensive training that they put us doesnt gaurentee a great server.
I have worked there for 3 years. I made some great regulars. And I also had some miserable people that were hungry and just wanted to take out their frustrations because their life s ucks. The trick is, if you find a server that is amazing, ask them their name, tip them at least 20%, and ask for them next time. If you take care of them, they WILL take care of you. I always took care of my regulars, an extra beer here, a dessert on me, just something that made their day a little better because they made mine by just coming in. And if you like a server, talk to them, ask them about life, joke with them...we do have personalities ya know.
Carrabba's is probably one of the best restaraunts I have worked in. I absolutely love their food, and to those who says its not real italian, who cares, it taste great to me. Anything off the grill is amazing. And they pretty much try to meet your needs no matter what. I would have to say dont ever be afraid to try something. Because worst case scenerio, we'll make ya something new or send ya home with something delicious. And if you dont like something say parmesan cheese or grill seasoning....SAY IT! This way you dont end up like that other lady hating your food.

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★★★☆☆

I actually worked at a Carrabbas in NJ. I am one picky eater and i have tried more things at this restaraunt than I ever have in my life. A) The chicken soup- not made with a tomato base. Its chicken stock w/ fresh chicken breast may I add. B) Anywhere you go they season your steak, perhaps the seasoning was a bit too tasty for your husbands liking. C) The skin of a potato is the most nutritonal part and at least you know they aren't fake like most places. As far as service goes, I cannot completely defend it because some servers just s uck. However the extensive training that they put us doesnt gaurentee a great server.
I have worked there for 3 years. I made some great regulars. And I also had some miserable people that were hungry and just wanted to take out their frustrations because their life s ucks. The trick is, if you find a server that is amazing, ask them their name, tip them at least 20%, and ask for them next time. If you take care of them, they WILL take care of you. I always took care of my regulars, an extra beer here, a dessert on me, just something that made their day a little better because they made mine by just coming in. And if you like a server, talk to them, ask them about life, joke with them...we do have personalities ya know.
Carrabba's is probably one of the best restaraunts I have worked in. I absolutely love their food, and to those who says its not real italian, who cares, it taste great to me. Anything off the grill is amazing. And they pretty much try to meet your needs no matter what. I would have to say dont ever be afraid to try something. Because worst case scenerio, we'll make ya something new or send ya home with something delicious. And if you dont like something say parmesan cheese or grill seasoning....SAY IT! This way you dont end up like that other lady hating your food.

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My wife and I love(d) this place, food used to be great and service "o.k.", but the last experience we had was just awful. Our waiter (Samson) was just dying for the tables around us and pretending we didn't exist, it seemed like he was doing us a huge favor just by looking at us, he was slow, distracted and had that "Homer Simpson" face (and attitude). The shrimp appetizer we ordered was perfect, as usual, and we shared one dinner plate, he didn't ask if we wanted the dish split into two plates or an extra plate, the chicken "Rigatoni Martino" we had was not even O.K. I don't know if they changed the management staff at the Capital Blvd. location but the owners of this restaurant should pay attention to some items in the menu, develop a better training plan, something more "customer satisfaction oriented" and that guy Homer...ooops!, I mean Samson needs to be fired and sent to wait tables at the Golden Corral or at a Chinese Buffet.

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★☆☆☆☆

My wife and I love(d) this place, food used to be great and service "o.k.", but the last experience we had was just awful. Our waiter (Samson) was just dying for the tables around us and pretending we didn't exist, it seemed like he was doing us a huge favor just by looking at us, he was slow, distracted and had that "Homer Simpson" face (and attitude). The shrimp appetizer we ordered was perfect, as usual, and we shared one dinner plate, he didn't ask if we wanted the dish split into two plates or an extra plate, the chicken "Rigatoni Martino" we had was not even O.K. I don't know if they changed the management staff at the Capital Blvd. location but the owners of this restaurant should pay attention to some items in the menu, develop a better training plan, something more "customer satisfaction oriented" and that guy Homer...ooops!, I mean Samson needs to be fired and sent to wait tables at the Golden Corral or at a Chinese Buffet.

Pros: Delicious bread

Cons: Service, service, service!!!

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Parmesan cheese on everything whether you like it or not!
I've been to this restaurant about 5 or 6 times, and I can only remember getting good food once. (The first time that I went). I remained optimistic until this time. They are not consistently good.
My husband took me here again on Friday night (July 28). I was seated facing the kitchen door next to the bar, at the back of the place.
The waitress brought us tea and bread, which turned out to be the highlight of the meal. We ordered the crab cakes appetizer. Finally it came, and they were cold, burnt and undercooked, and they had some kind of tomato/Parmesan sauce with them. Yuck! Immediately after receiving the "crab", the salad and the soup that he ordered arrived. The salad was mostly spines of crappy lettuce, and the dressing was parmesan again. The soup was a tomato chicken soup, and he didn't eat it. So far, only the bread has impressed him. Finally, the entrees came. I got lasagna, he got filet mignon. His steak was smothered in spices that he detested. The broccoli was plain, and didn't have a cheese sauce, and the mashed potatoes still had the skins on. The lasagna was like Chef Boyardee, and the sickening overpowering stench of old parmesan was overpowering. I ended up throwing away the leftovers. Not even my dog would eat it. Everything that we ordered was bad. I woke up sick later that night.

I hate this place, and do not recommend it, unless you like nasty food, I wouldn't waste my time, or my money.

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★☆☆☆☆

Parmesan cheese on everything whether you like it or not!
I've been to this restaurant about 5 or 6 times, and I can only remember getting good food once. (The first time that I went). I remained optimistic until this time. They are not consistently good.
My husband took me here again on Friday night (July 28). I was seated facing the kitchen door next to the bar, at the back of the place.
The waitress brought us tea and bread, which turned out to be the highlight of the meal. We ordered the crab cakes appetizer. Finally it came, and they were cold, burnt and undercooked, and they had some kind of tomato/Parmesan sauce with them. Yuck! Immediately after receiving the "crab", the salad and the soup that he ordered arrived. The salad was mostly spines of crappy lettuce, and the dressing was parmesan again. The soup was a tomato chicken soup, and he didn't eat it. So far, only the bread has impressed him. Finally, the entrees came. I got lasagna, he got filet mignon. His steak was smothered in spices that he detested. The broccoli was plain, and didn't have a cheese sauce, and the mashed potatoes still had the skins on. The lasagna was like Chef Boyardee, and the sickening overpowering stench of old parmesan was overpowering. I ended up throwing away the leftovers. Not even my dog would eat it. Everything that we ordered was bad. I woke up sick later that night.

I hate this place, and do not recommend it, unless you like nasty food, I wouldn't waste my time, or my money.

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My wife and I called ahead on a Wednesday night and were seated immediately. Everything visible was in good shape -- clean and orderly. Our waiter, Konstantine, was quick, helpful, and even humorous.

We got salads; they arrived within a minute or so. The dressing for the Caesar and for the House seemed very similar, but we liked them in both cases. The food arrived quickly, too; we had the Rigatoni Martino. The dish was very good, and hot.

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★★★★★

My wife and I called ahead on a Wednesday night and were seated immediately. Everything visible was in good shape -- clean and orderly. Our waiter, Konstantine, was quick, helpful, and even humorous.

We got salads; they arrived within a minute or so. The dressing for the Caesar and for the House seemed very similar, but we liked them in both cases. The food arrived quickly, too; we had the Rigatoni Martino. The dish was very good, and hot.

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The first time I'd ever met my future In-laws: they had traveled from PA to visit their son, my fiancee. We went to Carrabba's that night. We liked this place and my husband arranged an "engagement" to me there. Our favorite server is Bess. She is a delight, really down-to-earth and honest type of person. Don't know her personally but she does a really good job at serving and making a dining experience a good one.
Anyways, the night that we went went out to dinner with my future in-laws the front doors of Carrabba's swung open and the hostess (Her name is Nicole) JUMPED on my husband!!!!! Like a monkey, all arms and legs wrapped around him. My husbands' parents were shocked, I was, too. The next time we went there (with my mother and sister) the same girl (Nicole) was working. She almost did the same thing.... my husband ignored her when she shouted out his name. The whole night was uncomfortable as she kept passing our table and making gestures. Carry-out is pretty good and I don't think she works there anymore.

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★★★★☆

The first time I'd ever met my future In-laws: they had traveled from PA to visit their son, my fiancee. We went to Carrabba's that night. We liked this place and my husband arranged an "engagement" to me there. Our favorite server is Bess. She is a delight, really down-to-earth and honest type of person. Don't know her personally but she does a really good job at serving and making a dining experience a good one.
Anyways, the night that we went went out to dinner with my future in-laws the front doors of Carrabba's swung open and the hostess (Her name is Nicole) JUMPED on my husband!!!!! Like a monkey, all arms and legs wrapped around him. My husbands' parents were shocked, I was, too. The next time we went there (with my mother and sister) the same girl (Nicole) was working. She almost did the same thing.... my husband ignored her when she shouted out his name. The whole night was uncomfortable as she kept passing our table and making gestures. Carry-out is pretty good and I don't think she works there anymore.

Pros: 8 out of 10 times the food is great. Bess ~ terrific server!

Cons: Lazy/slow bartenders, tacky hostesses

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Very good food and service. I recommend over Olive Garden though a little pricier. Try the cavatappi as an entree, its a little spicy but super delicious!

2
★★★★★

Very good food and service. I recommend over Olive Garden though a little pricier. Try the cavatappi as an entree, its a little spicy but super delicious!

Pros: Great food

Cons: Very busy at dinner hour

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Had reservations for 6 at Apex location. Very clean, but dimly lit facility. Not as wide of a variety of pizzas and pastas as I expected. At least 4 different servers/supervisors came to ask about the quality of the food.
Salads were okay. Chicken marsala was a nice big serving. Everyone in our party left full and satisfied. Would recommend for family dinners.

*Waitresses/servers were definitely being trained the night we came.

2
★★★★☆

Had reservations for 6 at Apex location. Very clean, but dimly lit facility. Not as wide of a variety of pizzas and pastas as I expected. At least 4 different servers/supervisors came to ask about the quality of the food.
Salads were okay. Chicken marsala was a nice big serving. Everyone in our party left full and satisfied. Would recommend for family dinners.

*Waitresses/servers were definitely being trained the night we came.

Pros: Nice location, No dress code, Prompt service

Cons: Above avg. price, Not enough selection

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Mmmm. Food is yummy. From the bread to the salads to the main dishes. Love it! Atmosphere is great too. Highly recommend.

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★★★★★

Mmmm. Food is yummy. From the bread to the salads to the main dishes. Love it! Atmosphere is great too. Highly recommend.

Pros: Yummy food, Atmosphere

Cons: Not enough of 'em

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A typical chain restaurant so don't believe this is the "best Italian food Raleigh has to offer". However, it's not bad - service is OK and very polite. Atmosphere is like a gym, but again, this is a chain place not meant for a romantic evening with a date and is usually very busy. I've been to several and would not discourage them. Food is grilled and on the spicy side and portions are generous.

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★★★☆☆

A typical chain restaurant so don't believe this is the "best Italian food Raleigh has to offer". However, it's not bad - service is OK and very polite. Atmosphere is like a gym, but again, this is a chain place not meant for a romantic evening with a date and is usually very busy. I've been to several and would not discourage them. Food is grilled and on the spicy side and portions are generous.

Pros: clean, decent service, good locations

Cons: always crowded, noisy

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terrible bad service food was terrible. Will never go back!

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★☆☆☆☆

terrible bad service food was terrible. Will never go back!

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Made reservation with a surrey man. Arrived and was given a pager,waited 30 minutes.Waiter was good. Terribly overpriced for value. Sorry not romantic. So noisy we had headaches. Seated next to party of 15; 7 were under 4 and all crying because they were tired. It was after 9 pm. Thought our food would never arrive. It didn't. It was dropped on the floor 10 feet from our table. I expressed my disapprovement to the manager (surrey man I made reservation with) he became very defensive and could only say we are doing the best we can. Each person's meal then came at a different time. One was cold; the tasted burnt. The second manager took the cost of the main entrees off the bill. We gave the waiter a tip to cover the entire bill and left our worst dining experience in a long time behind.

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★☆☆☆☆

Made reservation with a surrey man. Arrived and was given a pager,waited 30 minutes.Waiter was good. Terribly overpriced for value. Sorry not romantic. So noisy we had headaches. Seated next to party of 15; 7 were under 4 and all crying because they were tired. It was after 9 pm. Thought our food would never arrive. It didn't. It was dropped on the floor 10 feet from our table. I expressed my disapprovement to the manager (surrey man I made reservation with) he became very defensive and could only say we are doing the best we can. Each person's meal then came at a different time. One was cold; the tasted burnt. The second manager took the cost of the main entrees off the bill. We gave the waiter a tip to cover the entire bill and left our worst dining experience in a long time behind.

Pros: good waiter, good bread, one good manager

Cons: one terrible, too noisy, too expensive for val

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So we checked out the new place on High House; it was good food; a bit on the expensive side. I recommend but they need to increase the portion size just a bit for the money. Overall; good place-in particular for a business meeting if need be.

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★★★★☆

So we checked out the new place on High House; it was good food; a bit on the expensive side. I recommend but they need to increase the portion size just a bit for the money. Overall; good place-in particular for a business meeting if need be.

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Carrabba's is one of the best restaurants Raleigh has to offer.... I LOVE THEIR FOOD... and have never ever been disappointed at their food, service or atmosphere! :) Definitely worth the money!!!

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★★★★★

Carrabba's is one of the best restaurants Raleigh has to offer.... I LOVE THEIR FOOD... and have never ever been disappointed at their food, service or atmosphere! :) Definitely worth the money!!!

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The food here is the best around. Also the wait people make sure that your drinks are refilled. I have eaten in this ane and one in Wilmington and both give the same great food and service.

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★★★★★

The food here is the best around. Also the wait people make sure that your drinks are refilled. I have eaten in this ane and one in Wilmington and both give the same great food and service.

Pros: great food, good service

Cons: long wait, need more parking

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You can't go wrong here -- everything is delicious! The fried calamari appetizer is the best I've ever had. The only problem is that the entrees are so large, I can't finish them. (Oh well, Carrabba's for lunch tomorrow!)

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★★★★★

You can't go wrong here -- everything is delicious! The fried calamari appetizer is the best I've ever had. The only problem is that the entrees are so large, I can't finish them. (Oh well, Carrabba's for lunch tomorrow!)

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The best in Raleighwood. sit in front od the wood fired grille prep area for all of the action you could want! The nice bar with locally fresh CBC Pale Ale on tap -- always a ++.
If it was not great, why is there always such a crowd watiting to get in?

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★★★★★

The best in Raleighwood. sit in front od the wood fired grille prep area for all of the action you could want! The nice bar with locally fresh CBC Pale Ale on tap -- always a ++.
If it was not great, why is there always such a crowd watiting to get in?

Pros: CBC Pale Ale on tap, GREAT FOOD, Good service

Cons: too popular

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This place stimulates the senses in the smells of grill, ambience of people enjoying the food and sounds of the grill sizzling. When I was there, twice during the week dinner time, there wasn't a long wait, about 15-30 min. It has curb size carryout. The surf/turf, soups, pasta, and pizza were all perfection both time.

2
★★★★★

This place stimulates the senses in the smells of grill, ambience of people enjoying the food and sounds of the grill sizzling. When I was there, twice during the week dinner time, there wasn't a long wait, about 15-30 min. It has curb size carryout. The surf/turf, soups, pasta, and pizza were all perfection both time.

Pros: grilled food

Cons: busy weekends

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