About Us

About us About us

Our Company

Darden’s family of restaurants features some of the most recognizable and successful brands in full-service dining — Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Yard House, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and Eddie V’s. We own and operate more than 1,800 restaurants and are proud to employ nearly 160,000 team members, making us one of the 50 largest private employers in America. Together, we create memorable experiences for more than 320 million guests annually in hundreds of communities across North America.

Our Mission

To be financially successful through great people consistently delivering outstanding food, drinks and service in an inviting atmosphere, making every guest loyal.

Our Values

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Being of Service

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Inclusion & Diversity

 Respect & Caring


Respect & Caring

 Integrity & Fairness


Integrity & Fairness

Teamwork


Teamwork

Excellence


Excellence

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Always Learning, Always Teaching

Our History

Darden’s roots can be traced to 1938, when our founder, 19-year-old Bill Darden, opened his first restaurant. Called The Green Frog, the 25-seat luncheonette in Waycross, Ga., promised “Service with a Hop.” He understood that excellent service would be vital to the success of his restaurant, he treated everyone equally and he welcomed all guests to his tables.

The casual-dining pioneer’s commitment to superior service rings true today — more than 80 years later — in each of our restaurants across North America. His strong values form the bedrock of Darden’s culture. Serving others is at the heart of our business, and we never forget it.

Executive & Brand Leadership

Darden is led by one of the most experienced leadership teams in the industry.

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Board of Directors

Darden’s Board of Directors is composed of veteran business leaders.

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Doing Business With Darden

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