For a true taste of Italy, drop-by Carrabba’s Italian Grill. This restaurant chain has been serving popular Italian-American cuisine for over 30 years, providing a great location for families and couples to relax, unwind and explore one of the world’s most beloved cuisines. Carrabba’s food is affordable, it’s fresh, and it can be found in over 250 locations across the United States.
Locations: Approximately 250
Owner: Bloomin’ Brands
Founding Location: Houston, Texas
Italy is home to some of the best ingredients in the world. Their unique location is perfect for growing the freshest produce, and creating the finest wines. And Italian cuisine has also been steadily created over thousand of years.
As a result, a trip to Carrabba’s is a trip through Italian culinary history. This “Italian Grill” serves the freshest and most authentic Italian dishes, with food that wouldn’t look out of place in a Napoli pizza parlor, a Rome cafe, or a Florence fine dining restaurant.
The first Carrabba’s Italian Grill opened a day after Christmas Day 1986. John Charles Carrabba and his uncle Damian Mandola were the two founders. Shortly after opening their first restaurant in Kirby Drive, Houston, Texas, they opened a second nearby.
The restaurant was named in honor of Rose Carrabba, a family member, and it was later shortened to Carrabba’s. The brand grew steadily in its first few years, and received a boost in the 1990s.
In 1995, Carrabba’s was acquired by Bloomin’ Brands, then known as Outback Steakhouse, Inc. This company was founded as a parent company for the aforementioned steakhouse chain, and when that chain grew, so did Bloomin’ Brands. Today they are one of the biggest food companies in the world and are responsible for over 1,500 restaurant locations.
It may surprise you to learn that Italian food is not the most popular ethnic food in the United States. Chinese food and Mexican food are both more popular on the whole. But this cuisine is certainly up there, and you’ll struggle to find a Chinese dish or Mexican dish that is more popular than everyone’s Italian favorite, pizza. Carrabba’s has played on the adoration since it was first founded in 1986, and there is no shortage of delicious pizzas on the menu.
In fact, if you drop by on Wednesday you can enjoy their Pizza & Wine Wednesday promotion, combining pizza with another thing that Italians are famous for. All pizza on the Carrabba’s menu is wood-fired, and you can create your own from a choice of delicious ingredients.
It’s not all about pizza though. This is a casual dining restaurant with a varied menu. It’s not Domino’s or Papa John’s. You can choose from a selection of seafood and steak dishes, going surf and turf Italian style; a choice of poultry and pork; an assortment of sumptuous sides; and some authentic, sweet, creamy Italian desserts.
There is also an extensive drinks menu at Carrabba’s. The Italians love their wine and a pizza or pasta dish isn’t complete without a vintage red or a fruity white. If you’d prefer something a little sweeter, there are also cocktails and sangrias, made with authentic Italian flavors and giving you the taste of the Med in a glass.
Carrabba’s Secret Menu
We’ll be honest with you: when it comes to casual dining restaurants, we don’t look forward to sourcing secret menu items. The secret menu was born in the fast food world. It is at home in chains like McDonalds, Five Guys and In-n-Out Burger. That’s why these secret menus tend to be so much bigger than the likes of the Olive Garden secret menu or the Melting Pot secret menu.
There are exceptions to that rule, and we love it when we discover these. Such was the case with the fiery and fantastic Nando’s secret menu, and it’s also the case with the Carrabba’s secret menu.
Rumor of the Carrabba’s secret menu has spread throughout the online community for a few years now. And we’re here to tell you that it does exist, and it is as interesting as those rumors suggest. The Carrabba’s secret menu makes for a great treat, a great way to surprise yourself if you’re a regular diner. It’s also a great way to impress your friends, and show them you know what you’re talking about (just don’t overdo it, no one likes a show off).
SO, checkout our Carrabba’s Secret Menu page and prepare to unlock the secrets of the Carrabba’s menu for yourself.
Carrabba’s Menu Prices
Carrabba’s menu prices are a little higher than some competing restaurants like Macaroni Grill. But the Carrabba’s menu is roughly in line with the Olive Garden menu, and the quality of food is also the same. You really do get what you pay for here. The food is prepared and cooked fresh, with produce that any passionate Roman would be proud of.
You will pay between $15 and $20 on average for a main meal, whether it be a big dish of pasta or a pizza with sides. Once you add some drinks and sides to your order, maybe add a dessert or two, you can expect to go over $50 per person. This may be a little too much for some budgets, but if you’re happy to pay that little bit extra for good quality food, it’s well worth it.
To see a full list of Carrabba’s Menu Prices for yourself, just visit our page. Here you will find the complete Carrabba’s menu, including up-to-date prices on everything you will find in the restaurant.
Carrabba’s Nutrition and Calories
It has been said that the Mediterranean diet is the healthiest diet in the world. They love their food in this region and they eat a lot of it. They also eat foods that are big on fats and carbs, which goes against what many “diet experts” advise when you’re trying to lose weight. But it works for them, and it has been proven to help you feel and look better, to extend your life-span and to reduce all kinds of illnesses. And if you eat in moderation, then you should be able to safely control your weight as well.
Because Carrabba’s is authentic Italian food, it’s mostly good for you. There fat mainly comes from the olive oil, which is very good for you. The carbs come from the pastas and breads, which are good for the most part (and are okay in moderation when they are not).
Of course, this is a restaurant, so you will find a little more salt, sugar and oil in these foods than you would in traditional home cooking. But there are healthier options available on the Carrabba’s menu as well. There is also an extensive gluten-free menu, and a menu for meals that add up to fewer than 600 calories.
To see these menu options for yourself, and to see how much fat, salt and everything else is in your meal, read our Carrabba’s Nutrition Info page. Here you will also find information on the gluten-free options that they offer, as well as options for vegans and vegetarians.
Carrabba’s is very big in Florida and is one of the largest chains in that state. This is a surprise considering it didn’t launch here, but customers in the Sunshine State have really taken to this Italian-American chain. All Carrabba’s locations can be found in the United States, with no International restaurants currently on the roster. They have established a presence in 32 states across the country, including:
- New Jersey
- New York
Carrabba’s Store Hours
Carrabba’s hours differ depending on location. However, as with all chains, there tends to be some uniformity across the board. In most cases you will find that it opens at 11:00am and closes at 10:00pm. But it depends on the day, as well as the location.
To give you an idea of when you can expect Carrabba’s to open and close, take a look at the following times. These were taken from several Florida and Texas locations, all of which followed the exact same timetable:
- Monday: 11:00am to 10:00pm
- Tuesday: 11:00am to 10:00pm
- Wednesday: 11:00am to 10:00pm
- Thursday: 11:00am to 10:00pm
- Friday: 11:00am to 11:00pm
- Saturday: 11:00am to 11:00pm
- Sunday: 11:00am to 9:00pm