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Darden Restaurants









Orlando, FL


About Darden Restaurants

Known for its casual dining restaurants, Darden Restaurants is the largest full-service restaurant company in the world, with approximately 2,000 locations and over 190,000 employees. Darden, a Fortune 500 company, owns dining chains such as Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, and Red Lobster as well as other various brands. Based in Orlando, Florida, the company operates in all 50 states and also owns restaurants in Canada.

Products & Services

In total, Darden owns 8 restaurant brands, each with a unique dining concept. Red Lobster is a seafood based theme featuring popcorn shrimp, calamari, crabs, and of course lobster. Italian-themed Olive Garden offers a hospitable and casual environment along with Italian cuisine. LongHorn Steakhouse presents a menu of steaks, fish, and other meats. Caribbean-inspired Bahama Breeze specializes in popular Latin flavors while Seasons 52 provides a more upscale and business environment for socializing. Fine dining restaurant, The Capital Grille, offers wines, steaks, and other award-winning dishes. Eddie V’s is a seafood restaurant with a lounge setting. Lastly, Yard House presents a selection of beers coupled with an American menu.


Darden Restaurants began with the opening of Red Lobster Inns of America, founded by Bill Darden. The restaurant was a success and quickly expanded to other locations. Due to lack of resources, Darden sold his chain to General Mills. Under General Mills, the chain was transformed into a more family-friendly layout and Darden was installed as company manager. Red Lobster grew from 5 locations to nearly 400 under General Mills. Darden then launched Olive Garden in 1982. Towards the end of the century, General Mills spun off Darden and by that time Darden Restaurants was operating more than 1,200 locations. The company introduced more restaurants after its spin off and most recently it acquired the Yard House.

Job Opportunities

Today Darden is a public corporation and parent to several foodservice subsidiaries. Careers with Darden are available in restaurants and restaurant support centers. Roles vary from management positions to corporate jobs.

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