Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass

Breaking Down This Good Deal

Olive Garden Never Ending Pasta Pass
August 13, 2019

Imagine an online offer for a restaurant chain that is so tempting it sells out in one second. That actually happened with the return of the Olive Garden's Never Ending Pasta Pass.

The original Never Ending Pasta Pass in 2014 was so popular that it crashed Olive Garden's website, and the passes sold out within 45 minutes. In 2017, with improved website capabilities, the 22,000 passes sold out in one second after going on sale, while the limited Annual Pasta Passes offered in 2018 also sold out in one second. This year, Olive Garden released 24,000 passes at 2pm ET on Thursday, August 15th, 2019 — and for the first time there were 50 Lifetime Pasta Passes available, too. All the passes sold out within a second.

What makes this deal so popular? For one thing, it is a spectacular deal for regular patrons of the Olive Garden. In essence, it is the Never Ending Pasta Bowl extended over multiple visits for a limited period of time — unlimited pasta bowls spread out over nine weeks – one week longer than 2018.

There are two types of Never Ending Pasta Passes. For $100, the same price as previous years, the Never Ending Pasta Pass entitles the Passholder to unlimited bowls of pasta, salad or soup, and freshly baked breadsticks over a nine-week period (September 23rd through November 24th). The average individual would only have to eat at the Olive Garden eight or nine times to get their money's worth. You can only redeem your pass for dine-in meals. Other dining guests do not receive the offer and are rung up on separate tickets. Even gluten-free pasta is included in the deal, but drinks and gratuity are not included.

It's possible to dine multiple times a week and save hundreds of dollars over the course of nine weeks — although you may need to buy a new wardrobe after realizing that your clothes do not fit anymore — so it is no surprise that the passes are popular. It is also no surprise that the supply is limited. While you may have had 24,000 chances at buying a pass, they would only be on sale for 30 minutes — or until they sold out. Olive Garden recommended visitors join the waiting room on PastaPass.com at 1:55pm to ensure they got a pass before they sold out.

When visitors bought their passes, they could also opt in to upgrade to a Lifetime Pasta Pass, which offered unlimited servings of pasta, sauce, and toppings from the Never Ending Pasta Bowl menu, as well as unlimited soup or salad and breadsticks, for the rest of their lives! Olive Garden estimates that a Lifetime Pasta Pass would be paid off by the 45th bowl of pasta. The first 50 Passholders who completed the purchase and opted in were eligible to upgrade their Pasta Passes to Lifetime Pasta Passes for an additional $400 each.

The lucky few who managed to purchase a pass will receive their pass in the mail as a personalized, non-transferable card to be presented upon ordering. As with any scarce and valuable item, Pasta Passes show up on eBay or Craigslist periodically. However, if you choose to buy one anywhere outside the Olive Garden website, you do so at your own risk. Olive Garden reserves the right to check identification. If you cannot produce ID, the restaurant may not allow you to redeem the pass. You may buy a pass for someone else, but be sure to put the recipient's name in the "Name to be printed on Pass" field on the checkout page, so that their pass matches their ID.

If your mouse was not fast enough this year or you did not even know about the promotion until it was too late, you may have another chance next year, so bookmark their promotional page on the Olive Garden website. If you missed out on this year's Pasta Pass promotion, you can take solace in the fact that you can still eat at the Olive Garden as a periodic treat, and that your clothes still fit.

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Erin | 10.05.15 @ 13:58
I never even knew this pass existed. I guess I need to get out more, but that would be a lot of eating out to make it worth it.
Debbie | 10.05.15 @ 13:59
I don't think anyone should eat out that often. In our house its a treat, Home cooked meals are so much more economical and healthy
Steffanie | 10.05.15 @ 14:00
I have never heard of this, but don't eat there often enough for it to be worth it.
Daniel | 10.05.15 @ 14:03
I am not sure I go out to eat there enough for this to be worth it but I do like never ending pasta so this is something great to keep in mind. Could make a nice gift.
Nancy | 10.05.15 @ 14:03
That doesn't even sound good to me. My daughter tried for it though.
Sarah | 10.05.15 @ 14:04
Well... that is very interesting.
Kathryn | 10.05.15 @ 14:05
As much as I love Olive Garden I will need to have some variety in my food. I can't eat the same thing over and over. Plus.. The closest Olive Garden is maybe 3 hours away?
Jonathan | 10.05.15 @ 14:06
I dunno the cost, but if you frequent this place it could be a great deal.
Elaine | 10.05.15 @ 14:07
Wow it is a shame that I wasn't aware of this pass. Hubs would have loved it.
irene | 10.05.15 @ 14:09
The thing is, how much pasta can one person really eat? Plus it is so cheap to just make it at home if you want it that bad.
Sara | 10.05.15 @ 14:11
You know I would have loved the pass.... Except for the fact that Olive Garden is about an hour away. And soup, salad, breadsticks and pasta would get old fast. Though if you frequent the place it could be a nice thing.
Angie | 10.05.15 @ 14:11
I didn't know about this promo either - I think I'd have a hard time getting my money's worth as I probably wouldn't go often enough.
Meredith L | 10.05.15 @ 14:13
I do not think this kind of promotion is healthy on any level. You have people who take advantage of the system, overeaters, people looking to make an extra buck and then the restaurant is overwhelmed, as you've read here. It would be like selling a pint of beer for 5 cents. Imagine the rush...but at what cost?
Jackie | 10.05.15 @ 14:14
Never ending pasta wouldn't be a good deal for me. I like lots of variety in the foods I eat.
Owen | 10.05.15 @ 14:17
It is a great deal when you eat there a lot
Kate | 10.05.15 @ 14:19
That is a lot of pasta that a person would need to eat to make it worth the cost. We don't eat out much. It is considered a special occasion to go out and eat. I have three kids so by the time we pay for all five of us its just way to expensive..
Kate | 10.05.15 @ 14:19
That is a lot of pasta that a person would need to eat to make it worth the cost. We don't eat out much. It is considered a special occasion to go out and eat. I have three kids so by the time we pay for all five of us its just way too expensive..
Leah | 10.05.15 @ 14:19
Love me some Olive Garden pasta. I can never eat more than a bowl though.
Beverly | 10.05.15 @ 14:22
I remember when they did the pass, I only wished I lived closer so I could have taken advantage of it.
Courtney | 10.05.15 @ 14:30
I don't remember them ever doing the pass... but I love the never ending pasta bowl!
Amanda | 10.05.15 @ 14:32
We love Olive Garden but this is just too much ,no way could we ever eat enough to make the cost worth it, or would want to. I can barely eat half of a small portion, so most would be wasted. Then you have the can you really eat that much pasta all the time. I would grow sick of it very quickly.
steven | 10.05.15 @ 14:33
I guess the pass would be beneficial if you eat pasta quite a bit. Especially the take out portion. Because then you could do that and take it and split it with family.
Carla | 10.05.15 @ 14:40
This sounds like an awesome deal if you were one of the lucky few to get it.
Tina | 10.05.15 @ 14:51
I certainly don't eat out enough to make it a good deal, but kudos to those who got to experience it!
Wanda Langley | 10.05.15 @ 14:55
I love Olive Garden but not enough to buy one of these passes. I eat there maybe 4-5 times a year.
Heather | 10.05.15 @ 14:57
I cannot believe it sold out that fast. I guess if you would eat there enough to make it with it it would be a great deal. I love the OG but I don't think I'd we t to eat it everyday of that promotion.
Britt | 10.05.15 @ 14:59
I have actually wanted one of these REALLY bad
Bobbie | 10.05.15 @ 15:03
I remember a news story from 2014 where one guy used his pass to help feed the hungry. I love Olive Garden, but not enough for an unlimited pass. I'd get tired of the food after a short amount of time.
Chrisitna | 10.05.15 @ 15:08
I think this is crazy! Who needs to eat that much pasta!????
Kamie | 10.05.15 @ 15:11
I could have made this pass worth it. LOL! One way or another, but I also would need the $100 to spend.
Rychana | 10.05.15 @ 15:21
I got the email from Olive Garden telling me about this offer. I'm not sure I would eat enough pasta to make it worth the money.
Kyle | 10.05.15 @ 15:28
I want one of these oh so bad
Jo Ann | 10.05.15 @ 15:35
George | 10.05.15 @ 15:44
I don't care much for Olive Garden. This is not worth all that.
Jill | 10.05.15 @ 15:45
i have not heard of this before! I love OG! I would love to get in on this next time!
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