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Italian Garden
1636 13th Street
Sun-Thurs: 11am-10pm
Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm

We have had several requests to check this place out, so we did! The newest hot spot is located in the downtown area on 13th Street across from the City of Lubbock offices. It is an Italian dive that is quickly becoming a local favorite.

The three founders of LITL went to Italian Garden on a Saturday night. It was busy, but no wait at the time. The first thing we noticed was all of the wine bottles on the tables, but no wine on the menu! It turns out that Italian Garden is BYOB (bonus – no corkage fee!). One of us promptly made our way to the nearest store to grab a bottle of red wine. The waiter provided us wine glasses and even opened the bottle. Our table was greeted with water and some homemade garlic rolls. The three of us ended up going through two baskets of bread (oops). It was a challenge deciding what entree to get, as they all looked so delicious. The choices included cheese ravioli, pizza, chicken fettuccine, shrimp alfredo, chicken marsalsa, cannelloni, lasagna, and many other Italian dishes.

Italian Garden

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All of our meals came out looking wonderful. The quality is the best I’ve had in Lubbock at an Italian restaurant. Everything is homemade, even down to the salad dressings. The sauces tasted fresh and the portions were perfect. We did not try the dessert but we hear you must get the tiramisu. Worried about price? Don’t worry. The entrees are reasonable. Our dishes were about $8 – $10 each. You would expect to pay that and more at Olive Garden/Carino’s. And trust us, IG will give them some competition.

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Curious about the atmosphere? As mentioned before, it has a dive type feeling. However, that makes the atmosphere comfortable and unpretentious. The dim lights give it a nice vibe. It is simple and classic Italian food. The restaurant can accommodate large groups, but make sure to call ahead. The set-up is primarily 4 person booths, but there are some tables. The night we were there, two large groups were seated and seemed just fine. Italian Garden does take card/cash (despite some rumors) and you pay at the counter! They also deliver daily 11am-2pm and 5pm-close.

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8 Responses to Italian Garden

  1. charles adams

    now, now. watch out who you call a dive. the Italian Garden is one of my favorites. it’s nice, safe, clean and directly across from city hall. you want the names of some great dives, i can point out a lot but Italian Garden falls under the great category but not the dive category.

  2. Alexa

    Charles, a dive isn’t a bad thing – we really enjoyed Italian Garden as you can see from our article! Thanks for your comment.

  3. MICHELLE

    THIS PLACE IS MORE THAN AMAZING!!! THIS IS MUST TRY WHEN IN LUBBOCK. FOOD IS SO AWESOME AND PREPARED WITH HEART. IT BLOWS AWAY ALL THOSE DISGUSTING (MICROWAVABLE) ITALIAN CHAINS IN TOWN!! ON OUR WAY THERE TODAY!!!

  4. Ann

    Yes, this place is great. The cannoli is exceptional. I have not tried the pizza yet, but some friends did and said it was good, too. Hope they get support and can stay in business a long time!

  5. Anne

    We go there regularly and love everything we have eaten! The BYOB is a huge plus for us and our friends, because it cuts down on the expense of going out and ordering a bottle(s) of wine. We LOVE Italian Garden! I’m happy to see it busy, because we went the first two weeks they opened and it was just us and another lady who was reading a book at a table while she ate. Now it is usually pretty lively!

  6. Ricky

    My wife and I tried the Italian Garden and it was very good. Thanks for the tip. Best Italian food in town.

  7. Ash

    My husband and I went there last week. Amazing food. Homemade fresh garlic bread comes out to your table prior to ordering food. The pasta sampler was very small, about two bites of lasagna, manicotti, and cannelloni. Just enough for me though. The pink sauce (alfredo and their marinara mixed) does cost, just keep that in mind. They didn’t tell us that the sauce cost extra. All in all it was delicious and we will be going back.

  8. Dian

    Without a doubt the BEST Italian food in West Texas. Been there 3 times within a month w/several friends now it is their favorite. food is phenomenal. Going this weekend.

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