Romano's Macaroni Grill - University

3.7
161 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Inspired by Italian trattoria cuisine, culture and conversation, Romano's Macaroni Grill believes every meal is a chance to celebrate and toast to life, pasta and of course, vino! Every meal is started off right -- with a bottle of wine at the center of the table, encouraging guests to pour as they please while exploring the extensive menu of handcrafted Italian classics. Macaroni Grill restaurants feature an open kitchen that allows guests to see its fresh ingredients and preparation techniques that blend Italian traditions with progressive culinary inspiration, in a polished casual atmosphere.
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AngelaM
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Understaffed, bland food, furniture in disrepair.

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Disappointed
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

The last couple of visits to this restaurant have left me wishing for previous times when the staff acted like they really cared about customer satisfaction. I remember when the bread was brought o the table warm. Now it still tastes good but is cold. On this last visit, not once did our waiter offer to refill our beverages. My first disappointment with service I chalked up to perhaps a one-off, so I determined to give them another chance. However, the second visit showed no improvement. Perhaps part of the problem is an inability to hire enough people, but at this rate I don't see this restaurant staying open much longer.

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DavidS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

I typically love Macaroni Grill, but this location on the night we went had terrible staffing issues. At 7:15 pm on a Saturday night they were turning people away and not seating them as they didn't have enough cooks, nor wait staff to handle it. We got seated because we had a reservation. It was 20 minutes (and a few inquiries by me) before a wait staff member came by my table. It wasn't just because of staffing - it was because the folks employed didn't understand the term hustle. There was a lack of enthusiasm. Seems like the staffing they could find wouldn't typically be offered a job, but was this time because of the staffing problems. And prices are way up because of inflation. Almost not worth eating out any more.

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vipDenverDolans
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

After waiting over an hour after we ordered, we inquired how much longer until our dinner was going to be ready. They hadn’t started making it yet. We left without eating. There was a party of 4 sitting next to us and they also left without eating because they had been waiting an hour and a half since ordering. Our waiter was apologetic, but still!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
West Palm Beach
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The personnel was super bad and they said that I did not have any reservation.

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DeeG
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Took too long to get our food. When we asked why they said they has a lot to go orders. Food is not so good.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Reopening after covid has hit them hard. Very short staffed. Overall the food was excellent which made up for the low waitstaff. Still worth going if your willing to be patient.

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vipSambalina
Dallas
55 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Well we were enjoying a nice quiet lunch table of 35 to 40 was seated right behind us. They were very loud as a large group can be - But I felt like when they seated us they should’ve warned us.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

It was nice with our two young boys.

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ROBIKEN
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an old standby for us before we left New Jersey. We did not even realise there was a location here in Texas and really enjoyed the evening. Incredible waitress named Andrea Who seem to anticipate our every need, and we are pleased to see many of our favourites still on the menu! So happy they withstood the pandemic And we hope that they are there for many years to come. Crispy brussel sprouts a...their unusual take on Fried mozarella... Then wonderful offerings of pastas!! Great stuff

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a nice lunch. The ambiance was very relaxed and we had a great experience with fantastic service, delicious food, and exceptional value.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Nothing notable, just not that good. I didn’t see the value for the cost. Our server was friendly and attentive, left a healthy tip. But I doubt we will make a return to this place. Typical chain restaurant with profit being king rather than quality.

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DeborahH
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been a long time since I had been to Macaroni Grill but it was a great experience - food was very good, service was also very good!

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BeckyH
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food with good friends. Love the bread and olive oil 💕

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KimberlyW
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

The service was fast but the food did not taste fresh. It tasted like it had been reheated. Fettucine alfredo - hardly any sauce and chicken tasted bland.

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MARK
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

My wife and I used to love this place but they closed the nearest location. Its as good as I remember. Full house and understaffed but the bar tender stepped up and gave us great service. Food was wonderful and my wife got a free birthday dessert.

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DebbiG
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Server was a bit slow and the food was ok

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AmyleaW
Memphis/West TN
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I ordered pasta Milano. Pasta was not fully cooked and the dish was missing the artichoke hearts. My husband ordered the salmon, which was crispy on the outside and not fully cooked in the middle.

I’m sorry that I don’t remember the waiters name. He did a fine job.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the second we got there to the moment we walked out everything was great. Truly enjoyed our server, he was top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Wasnt great not sure if the are short staffed or just normal. No host so had to wait for a server to notice and seat you. Server and food then also took a while, won’t be back.

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NikiJ
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitor was awesome!!! He was very friendly and attention to detail.

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ROBERTB
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice and very romantic for myself and my wife. Recommend it highly, service was great.

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LindaG
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Romano Macaroni Grill has excellent service ,food and comfortable seating. I had the rack of lamb with mash potatoes and mushroom sauce, It was delicious !

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I was very disappointed in the service and the quality of the food.
Sadly I would not go back.

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DavisS
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Pasta was under seasoned and overcooked. Didnt eat a third of it, when I complained all I got was.."here is salt and pepper"

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DonaH
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

3 if dined and service was excellent by willie . Food was good and plentiful.

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GaryE
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious, ordered crispy Brussels sprouts and butternut squash pasta and seafood ravioli and all was really delicious even reheated, had an order to go also and was amazed when opened bag and even found a loaf of bread and dipping oil and parmesan cheese, very thoughtful to have included the extras and didn’t expect it, wish you hadn’t closed all locations in Minnesota, always excited to get to texas for my favorite restaurant the macaroni grill.

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LaureyM
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were actually early for our reservation and was seated immediately. Our waitress was very professional and friendly. Our food arrived on time perfectly as we finished our salads. The food was delicious as I had remembered. Will be returning again!

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PhyllisP
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Social distancing was observed and masks were properly worn. The waitress was excellent and very attentive. I was disappointed they don't carry bowtie pasta any longer, but the food was excellent. Overall it was a great experience and we will be back!

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vipTimandSue
Dallas
19 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thankss for great service from "Kat" one of the managers

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vipTimandSue
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food and great service espcially from "Kat" one of the managers

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DanS
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We were celebrating our 34th anniversary, but it was our first time at the University location. We were very happy to have chosen Macaroni Grill and very satisfied with this particular experience.

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vipElizabethB
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very quiet. Not a lot of patrons due to holiday and Covid.

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vipMatthewH
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Employees were not wearing mask when serving the food and making the food.

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CharlesW
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were celebrating our wedding anniversary. Our server was great & the service was very good. It was very quiet & the restaurant was very clean . I was very impressed with the whole experience. The server satisfied all of needs.
Had a great meal also.

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vipTimandSue
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding. We can count on fast, friendly and helpful staff and hot ,tasty foodd. This is our favorite restaurant.

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vipTimandSue
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our visit is always good! The staff is so friendly and the food is always tasty and hot. This is our favorite restaurant .

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vipTimandSue
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always good. we love eating here. the staff is always so friendly and we love the food.

FAQs

Romano's Macaroni Grill - University does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Romano's Macaroni Grill - University also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (817) 336-6676.

Romano's Macaroni Grill - University is rated 3.7 stars by 161 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.