Frequently Asked Questions
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What is Darden?
Darden is the world's largest full-service restaurant company with annual sales of more than $8.5 billion.  Through subsidiaries, Darden owns and operates more than 2,100 Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V's and Yard House restaurants in North America, employs more than 200,000 people and serves more than 425 million meals annually.
Where is Darden headquartered?
Darden is headquartered in Orlando, Fla.
How many brands does Darden own?
Darden owns eight brands:
How many restaurants does Darden operate?
Through subsidiaries, Darden owns and operates more than 2,100 restaurants that generate more than $8.5 billion in annual sales.
Where can I get information on Darden’s CEO and executive team?
Biographical information on our Executive Leadership is available here. To learn about our Board of Directors, please click here.
How long has Darden been in business?
Bill Darden, the company’s founder, opened his first restaurant in 1938 in Waycross, Ga. It was a 25-foot-by-30-foot luncheonette named "The Green Frog" that featured "Service with a Hop." He opened the first Red Lobster in 1968 in Lakeland, Fla. General Mills acquired Red Lobster in 1970 before spinning off Darden Restaurants, Inc. in 1995 as a publicly traded company. For a look at the history of Darden, please click here.
How can my company do business with Darden?
Please visit Doing Business with Darden.
How do I verify employment at Darden or one of your brands?
To verify employment, please contact our vendor, The Work Number, at 800-367-5690 or via their Web site, www.theworknumber.com/verifiers. Our Employer Code is 11533.
What is Darden's mission?
Darden’s core purpose is "to nourish and delight everyone we serve." For information about our core values, click here.
How long has Darden been a public company?
Darden became a public company in May 1995 as a result of a spin-off from General Mills.
How many people does Darden employ?
Darden employs more than 200,000 people. For more information on employee stories, click here.
Where can I find information on available job opportunities?
We’d love to introduce you to all the exciting career possibilities at Darden. For more information, please visit our Careers section.
Does Darden have an internship program?
Yes. The Darden Restaurants MBA Internship Program provides students an opportunity to work side-by-side with professionals and executives within one’s chosen field of Marketing or Finance, as well as gaining valuable hands-on experience.

For more information, click here.
Does Darden sell gift cards?
Yes. Please visit our Gift Cards section for more information.
Where can I get recipes for menu items?
Our brands post some recipes on their websites. Please check your favorite brand's website for more details.
Does Darden offer franchise opportunities?
Click here to learn more about restaurant franchising.
How is Darden addressing the issue of sustainability?
Food is essential to life. But few people stop to consider how the food we eat was grown, processed or transported. We are a company with a deep respect for our planet. We know our focus on sustainability makes good business sense and is the right thing to do. For more information on our commitment to sustainability, click here.
What is Darden’s commitment to diversity?
For more than 40 years, Darden has embraced diversity and inclusion as a business imperative. We respect and cherish the distinctions our employees bring, including diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, national origin, sexual orientation and religion. Darden commits to attracting, retaining, engaging and developing a workforce that reflects our diverse customer base. Today, about 42 percent of our employees are minorities and about 52 percent are women. Both percentages rank above average in our industry.

Within the broader community, we’re known as a corporate citizen committed to inclusiveness and truly making a difference. We constantly work toward enhancing diversity in our workforce, among our suppliers and through the community organizations we support.

For more information on our commitment to diversity and inclusion, please click here.
What is Darden’s commitment to philanthropy?
Through the Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation, corporate contributions and employee volunteerism, Darden strives to make a meaningful difference in the communities where we live and work. And every day our restaurant teams make an impact by tirelessly giving of their time, talent and money to support the local communities they serve. To learn more about our philanthropic efforts, please visit our Community section.
Where can I find a Darden restaurant near me?
You can find the nearest Darden restaurant by visiting our Restaurant Locator.
How can I provide feedback on my Darden dining experience?
Your comments are important to us and we invite you to share them. For more information or to contact Guest Relations, please click below on the brand you are interested in.
Does Darden provide nutritional information for its menu items?
Nutritional information is available on each of our brand’s websites.