Maggiano's - Willow Bend
Maggiano's - Willow Bend

Maggiano's - Willow Bend

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.maggianos.com/
  • Phone: 9727810776
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Johnny Poche
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Maggiano's delivers! Just place your order, and we'll take care of the rest. All delivery orders include: table coverings, plates & utensils, a complete setup to keep the food warm throughout your event, party-sized pans providing generous portions for all of your guests. Please call 972-781-0718 to schedule your delivery. Orders must be placed by 7 p.m. for next-day delivery. Minimum order required. Delivery fee applies.

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: A private lot is also available.
A word from Maggiano's - Willow Bend
Welcome to Maggiano's Little Italy in Plano, TX, conveniently located at the Shops at Willow Bend. Our 288-seat dining room is ideal for group lunches, festive gatherings and romantic dinners for two. Maggiano's specializes in serving lavish portions of authentic Italian-American cuisine served family-style. Our menu is large and varied, offering a great selection of homemade pastas, signature salads, prime steaks, fresh fish and memorable desserts.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Maggiano's - Willow Bend reviews from OpenTable diners
282 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (187)good for groups (159)kid-friendly (87)romantic (84)fit for foodies (71)great for lunch (66)notable wine list (49)neighborhood gem (44)hot spot (34)great for brunch (32)vibrant bar scene (16)late-night find (9)scenic view (5)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Great evening!
    Sharon
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We celebrated our daughter's 20th birthday at Maggiano's - Willow Bend. We have been to this location many times and will be back many more. We ate family style and the food was delicious and plentiful. Our server was attentive and made my daughter feel special all night. Thanks for a great family celebration!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Frequentdiner
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great food as always. Only issues is the noise level at this popular restaurant
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A perennial favorite
    GandR
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    A great place to celebrate special occasions. Tasty entrees and a great wine list.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Food - Fabulous Lite Menu
    HappyDinerZ
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We've always enjoyed Maggiano's menu ... but the lighter alternatives they now offer have taken Italian dining to a whole new level! This past weekend, we discovered that it IS possible to truly enjoy GREAT Italian food ... with fewer calories! My wife had the "lite" version of the Chicken picatta and, I had the light chicken parmigano ... both were deliciously outstanding! We cannot exclaim enough about the food ... but we'd be remise if we didn't also acknowledge that the service was wonderful, too! At prime dining on a Saturday evening ... the place was bustling. But, even in the midst of all the activity, our server was attentive, responsive, professional, friendly and very caring. Needless to say, we WILL be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    Superyeesh1
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This was our fourth experience at Maggiano's. Overall it was a very enjoyable time. The only thing we have noticed is that the last two times the service has been a little slow. We felt we were "forgotten" after the main course was served. We had to asked for extra water AND we waited longer for dessert. It was long enough that everyone in our party made comments about how long it was taking just to get refills on our drinks. We even stopped at the bar for after dinner drinks and it seemed that it took at least ten minutes after we sat down before a waiter came by to take our order. Other than that...it was a very enjoyable evening. We will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A perfect place for a celebration
    andiros
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Celebrated another birthday here, and once again it was the perfect place! Table was ready when we arrived, service was quick and portions (would have liked a little more in my salad) were a good size. My MIL (it was her birthday) likes the idea of taking home the 2nd dinner. I ordered the lighter take chicken piccata--it was very good, and filling! The birthday cookie plate is always a nice treat. In addition, we ordered a slice of the chocolate cake to share...yum!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad Service
    Nomore
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This is my second time.....again we had a bad experience...waiter not attentive, food overcooked, no attention to details do not think will be going back
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • food4thought
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was what we have grown to expect from Maggiano's, large portions, great flavor. The lighter fare was a welcome choice for a few in our party. Relieved to have reservations, we were led to our table promptly while others were being told 1 1/2 hour wait. Our server was attentive. The noise level, although impeding relaxed conversation, added a festive feel to a birthday celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Food and Service
    Foodreviewer
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We visited Maggiano's for my birthday dinner. The food was fantastic, the portions generous and the service excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We brought some first time friends with us and they were very impressed as is everyone we bring. Being able to get just what we want to eat is a great thing. I want just fish and veggies and I am able to get just that every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Meeting with Client
    JShep
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Never thought of Maggianos for a quick dinner meeting with a client but it was great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BAD, Very disappointing experience!
    BillK
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Had an extremely pleasant waitress who answered questions & took our order. A few minutes later she returned with a waiter who was taking over our table as her shift ended. He was TERRIBLE! He only did clean up & didn't take care of our table. Later we asked a waitress walking by to find our waiter & tell him we needed him, she advised SHE WAS OUR WAITER and would assist us. We asked her for something, and we NEVER got it. Simple things like water not filled, cold food, burnt and very small Salmon, salad had limp lettuce, no bleu cheese, & little dressing. Had to ask to see manager, he took the problem to kitchen and we never saw him again, but almost **30 Minutes** later our "corrected" food arrived at our table. Never saw manager again!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable
    goodeats
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Always great food, always consistant. Enjoyed a great dinner good wine and was not rushed. Perfect dining.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent service
    maggianosfan
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Our server Megan is awesome. Food was fabulous. We had an excellent time.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    somebody
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    It was a great time with my girly friends. Thanks for your service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    tctexasksu
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I had a friend in from out of town and had never heard of Maggiano's so we went and she absolutely loved the food and wine list and to top it off, our service was unbelievable as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Personal opinion
    JMarqu33
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food and service was all good. However, the wait time was a bit much considering we had reservations set for 7:30 and were not seated until almost 8:30pm. The purpose of making reservations was to avoid the excessive wait times. Especially since there are very few seats for those waiting in and outside of the lobby.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Review of dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Met a friend for lunch on Saturday to treat her because she had done a favor for me. We had a great time. First time either of us had dined at Miggano's and we were treated like royalty. Definitely calls for a return dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and amazing service.
    Lynbury
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great food and as usual amazing service. Table wasn't great as we were sat in an annexe near the front door.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Experience!
    Luckycharms
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We spent a delightful evening with friends and had a terrific waiter - wish I could remember his name. Our meals were all delicious and we are looking forward to our next dining experience there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    Hungryman
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I've been to Maggiano's many times in Austin, so I knew what to expect. I was not disappointed. Everything about it was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More than meets the eye....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We love going to Maggiano's for special events, but we have found there is a lot more to the place than a great special meal. They have brought out lower calorie dishes that are just magnificent. Also, regardless of when you come in, if you order from their "Classics" menu, you get to take another dish home with you. Since I have been watching my calories, I only eat half a plate in the first place, so when you factor in being able to take home another dish, for around $13, I am getting 4 meals worth of food. Until now, I never thought of a really nice dinner place as being a frugal place to eat out at, but it can be done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't go there for your birthday
    notsohappydiner1
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We booked a reservation to celebrate my aduly son's birthday. We informed the waiter it was his birthday when we sat down. The dinn we came and we ntional with no birthday acknowledgement. We learned from others th as t he should have received some lemon cookies, etc. to celebrate. There was nothing. Huge dissapointment. Ambience not worth it. All in one huge room almost touching person at next table, like cafeteria. Not high on my list. One good feature was they give you a second meal to go for purchase of one meal.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dependable service and food, but...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We live Maggianos but thus trip the Cesar salad had little or no dressing or cheese and the lettuce was wilted. This was unusual as normally the food is impeccable. Other than that it was a typical great experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I will be back
    luvitalian
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This is a great place. It's very welcoming with wonderful food and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderfully Predictable
    Monsignor
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    One of our favorites, my family and I try to dine at Maggiano's weekly. The service is typically top notch and the food quality very high. Their pasta dishes are excellent as are their meat and fish dishes. Other notables are their salads and bread. Of course how can you go wrong with a take home full portion pasta meal with purchase of a qualifying meal? Qualifying meal includes adult pasta dishes. We are also happy to have learned that Maggiano's has gluten free pasta which is truly tasty! Many GF pastas out there are just so bland and tough that it's no fun to eat pasta. Kid friendly offerings includes pasta dishes which are quite generous portions for the kids! Kids meals also include a little sweet after dinner too which is nice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great First Experience
    foodage
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Wife and I went for lunch. This was our first time visiting this restaurant. The service was wonderful and chef Ryan provided us with personal attention. The food was very good and delicious. We took advantage of the wine by the glass special. I would recommend the Rossa. It took us a few minutes of explaining by our waiter to understand that when we ordered pasta that they also give you a meal to go. Amazing. We picked different items than what we ordered. We will definately be back! I would bring a business client to this restaurant. I also noticed that they had private meeting rooms for larger groups.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disapointing
    Lonestarpds
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Not what it used to be. We did the infamous Family Style, which has been altered too many times. Less options, and more expensive. The chicken parm was dry and thin. Rediculously thin. The taste of everything seemed bland. The crowd that used to be dressy to semi-formal is now extremely casual. It felt more like Chili's. Teenagers by them selves. Lots of families with kids in shorts and t-shirts. The romance is gone, as well as the class of the entire experience. Sad to see it Dimenished.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not coming back
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I have been to this location several times, but the upscale feeling is gone. We took our son and daughter to celebrate going away to college. The veal piccata was gummy and GREASY. Can you believe that?! My bet is that the veal went through a few thaw-freeze cycles. In fact, it felt like we were eating gluten steaks smothered in vegetable oil (That was a vegetarian fare that as an omnivore I thought I would never have the unfortunate chance to taste again). The caesar salad was bland, and when we asked our server she said it depended on the person that prepared it! The bathrooms were, on top of that, DIRTY! I dare not describe their condition here. Maggiano's has lost the image of caché it had... in our minds.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Cutting costs = cutting quality
    Srdev
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Maggiano's has decided to cut a few corners to save a few pennies. And it shows: - they no longer provide the herb mix for the olive oil dip. They give you a bottle of olive oil, salt and pepper at the table. - they don't offer fresh cracked pepper on salads. - the bruschetta is now topped with some nasty "plastic"-looking shreds of Parmesan cheese, instead of fresh. The bread is a very skinny loaf - no more fresh Parmesan on your pasta dish. Instead they have the Parmesan "powder" in a container at the table. No better than a pizzeria, at 3x the price. It's a good thing this place is attached to a mall, in a city that doesn't know Italian food. Otherwise it'd be out if business in a month. Instead, there was a 90 min wait for walk-ins
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impeccable Customer Service
    JoefromTexas
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Maggiano's never disappoints in food or service. We went for my Mothers birthday with a group and the chef Carlos was gracious enough to make her FAVORITE dessert, their pumpkin cheesecake.... Their food and customer service are without compare in my opinion... Highly recommended
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional service and great food
    Dejfans
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We sat at the bar while we waiting on our table. The bartender introduced himself and asked our names. After about 15 minutes the bartender invited us to stay and have our dinner at the bar. So we obliged. The food and service was exceptional!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    Fantastic
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    These wasn't my first time visiting this restaurant. I meet this young lady & our first meet & greet was here. I wish I had made the reservation in a more private area so we could have had a better time getting to know one another. We talked before however not face to face. The food & wine selection was great. She enjoyed & we plan to visit again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tried and true
    discerningdiner
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Maggiano's remains popular because it always provides a great dining experience. The food and service are very good visit after visit. There are some especially good values on the menu, such as the classic pastas that provide a dish served at the restaurant plus an extra pasta to take home. Maggiano's also offers many of its dishes prepared lighter with fewer calories. I especially liked the Lighter Take Chicken Piccata. My table also ordered the chopped salad, chicken parmesan, gnocchi with Italian sausage, and four cheese ravioli. Maggiano's cheerfully accommodates changes to their dishes to satisfy taste preferences or food allergies. Service is friendly without being intrusive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We have a regular date night here and we absolutely love it. It never ever fails us. My favourite dish is the mushroom ravioli and my husband loves their spaghetti meatball. The cheesecake is just to die for!! The staff are always friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was good, not great but was tasty. The service was probably the most notable part of the evening. I would recommend it for a nice night.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I like the food. Leave your kids at home, no one wants to hear them.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    joebobbriggs
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I brought a new friend to Maggiano's for dinner and, although busy on a Sunday evening, the food was superb and the service by Linda was excellent. We ordered bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms, lasagna, and the special bow tie pasta, and cheesecake for dessert. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious pasta
    mjnt
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Maggiano's is a favorite special occasion restaurant. Always delicious food and great service. Love the special that includes dinner at the restaurant and a take home dish for later in the week. The spinach artichoke dip as an appetizer and four cheese ravioli for an entree are favorites. If you aren't too full, try the toasted pound cake - warm pound cake, topped with ice cream, caramel bananas and fudge. We share this as a great way to end the meal. Our servers are always courteous and allow for a leisurely pace to the meal if you want.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Date Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was my first time here. It was, also, a first "real" date with someone whom I am very interested in dating. The evening was fantastic. Everything was great, even though I messed up the reservation. We will definitely be back. Thanks, again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.