Every now and then you have to get out of the house and enjoy a dinner that you don’t have to prepare or cleanup after. Ya feel me? We were recently treated to dinner at Carrabba’s Italian Grill and it was such a fun family date night out! I’ve always been a fan of Carrabba’s (their Alfredo is the BEST), but we hadn’t been in quite a while so I was excited to check it out.
I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad experience at Carrabba’s, but the staff at the Jacksonville Beach location was excellent. Everyone was so friendly and they treated Daisy like a princess, and let me tell you – I’ll be a forever customer if you treat my daughter like she’s the only child on the planet (I’m sure most moms would agree with that sentiment). We got there in time for happy hour, so I ordered a tasty Pomegranate Martini (my FAV!) and Jimmy had a beer. We taught Daisy to cheers us and that’s all she wanted to do the rest of the night. It was so cute!
Shortly after we received our drinks our server brought out freshly baked bread straight from the oven, along with their famous oil and herbs for dipping. Lots of places do bread – very few do bread like Carrabba’s. I ordered an Italian Salad to start, and Jimmy went with the House Salad. I forgot how much I love that Italian salad … it’s perfectly dressed and has lots of fresh and crunchy veggies. Can someone bring me one right now, please?
I had quite the dilemma ordering my entrée. Their Pasta Carrabba is one of my top five favorite meals on the planet, the Chicken Bryan is soooo good, and the Chicken Marsala sounded so yummy. The server recommended the Marsala with a side of Fettuccine Alfredo instead of the veggies, which was the perfect compromise. It was DELICIOUS. That mushroom sauce … ohmygosh I want it right now. It’s slightly tangy and just absolutely perfect. Jimmy was his plain Jane self and ordered Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, which he always has when we eat Italian, and said it was awesome. Of course it is – what’s not delicious when you top it with half the brick of Parmesan cheese! We ordered Daisy her own kid’s spaghetti and you would have thought the girl struck gold. She was SO excited about it! And I must say, it was pretty adorable watching her tiny self go to town in a giant bowl of pasta with no end in sight. (Sorry for the mess, Carrabba’s team!) Dessert was a no-brainier – it’s basically a law that you have to get the Tiramisu. It’s perfection.
Needless to say, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and left stuffed and happy. Daisy and I were both set to have lunch for the next day, thanks to the leftovers from our very generous portions.
In addition to our excellent experience and delicious food we indulged in, I wanted to share a few highlights I was excited to find out about with you:
- Carrabba’s now offers delivery! This is such a great option for those nights you don’t want to cook, but don’t want to drag the family out to a restaurant either. Delivery starts at 4 p.m. every day, and is available for all of Carrabba’s signature dishes. This just became available in Jacksonville, so be sure to check to see if they deliver to your address.
- You can enjoy a three-course meal starting at just $12.99 after 3 p.m. on Amore Monday. Meaning every Monday, you can treat yo’self to a soup or salad, an appetizer or dessert, and one of several tasty entrees, all priced between $12.99 and $18.99. Heck yeah!
- They offer a fabulous happy hour, including everything from draft beers for $2 to specialty cocktails and martinis for $5. I highly recommend the Pomegranate Martini – it’s been a favorite of mine since I turned 21!
- For busy mamas who would rather spend time with their family than slave away in the kitchen every night like myself, they now offer Family Bundles (which is such a genius idea!). You can choose from ten different Family Bundle options such as Spaghetti & Meatballs, homemade Lasagna, Chicken Parmesan, or Chicken Marsala — and each bundle comes with a family-sized serving of warm bread and fresh salad of your choosing, starting at only $7 per person – and is also available for delivery!
*All valid at participating locations.
You can learn more about these and other special offers at your local Carrabba’s HERE. Thank you so much for having us, Carrabba’s! We can’t wait to come back for family date night round two!