Does Olive Garden Take Apple Pay? (In The Restaurant) Updated November 2022


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Growing up, we were always taught never to do business over the phone and never store our credit card information anywhere. Now, all the helpful tips and advice have all been thrown out the window. 

Now, almost all business is done over the phone or using our phones while we are on the go.

You can order food from local delivery services, pay from your food from fast food restaurants, order things from retail stores to be delivered right to your front door, and much much more. All from your own IOS devices.

Apple has an app that allows you to keep up to twelve debit and credit cards stored on your phone. Also, to use the cards stored in your phone, you just need to hold your phone (or watch) near a card reader that accepts Apple Pay. 

You can then make a mobile payment to anyone or anywhere without having to carry a wallet or purse full of cards.

Apple Pay is a safe payment option since they are dynamically encrypted. This means that next time you go to pay at your favorite restaurant, your card information won’t get hacked. 

With that being said, do most restaurants and stores accept Apple Pay as a contactless payment method? Will Olive Garden take Apple Pay as a legitimate payment method? 

Olive Garden accepts Apple Pay as do almost all major fast food restaurants. Olive Garden accepts payments via Apple Pay in their restaurants as well as on their mobile app.

Does Olive Garden Take Apple Pay? (In The Restaurant)

Most Olive Garden restaurants are equipped to accept Apple Pay as a payment method. The next time you go to dine at Olive Garden, you can leave the wallet in the car and just pay with your phone or Apple watch instead.

Apple Pay doesn’t have any extra fees or subscription charges that you have to worry about either. You can simply upload your debit/credit cards (and gift cards too) to your mobile phone and pay at virtually every store and restaurant using that device.

One major downside to Apple Pay, Android Pay, Google Pay, etc. is that if you lose your device it could cause some serious issues. To avoid that make sure to set up a strong password on your device (please don’t use 1,2,3,4!) as well as on your Apple, Android, or Google account.

Having a strong password (that isn’t used elsewhere) will mean that even if your phone is lost you don’t have to worry about canceling all of your credit and debit cards.

What Fast-Food Chains Allow You To Pay With Apple Pay? 

Have you ever been standing in line, waiting to pay the cashier when someone just holds the phone over the card reader? They never pulled out a wallet, purse, or anything. They simply held their phone over the card reader and they were good to go. 

They paid their bill with their phone. They were most likely an Apple Pay user, a Google Pay user, or a Samsung Pay user.

Apple Pay is becoming widely popular as a payment method. Not only can you pay with your Apple phone or watch, but you can also send money to other Apple users as well. 

Many restaurants, gas stations, and stores are updating their card readers to accept Apple Pay as a method of payment. You can see if most stores accept Apple Pay by looking for the Apple Pay logo at the register. 

Virtually all popular restaurants (and many local restaurants) currently take payments from your Apple wallet and you can pay with your Apple watch or your iPhone using touch ID or face ID.

Here is a list of some of the most popular fast-food restaurants that accept Apple Pay. This is not a complete list but it is some of the most popular ones that take it.

  • Arbys
  • Applebees
  • Baskin-Robbins
  • Buffalo Wild Wings (BWW)
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Chili’s
  • Chipotle
  • Dairy Queen
  • Domino’s
  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • El Pollo Loco
  • Famous Dave’s
  • Firehouse Subs
  • Fuddruckers
  • Jack In The Box
  • Jamba Juice
  • Jersey Mike’s Subs
  • Jimmy John’s 
  • Johnny Rockets
  • KFC
  • Little Caesars
  • McDonald’s
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Panera Bread
  • Panda Express
  • Papa John’s
  • Pizza Hut
  • Popeyes
  • Red Robin
  • Starbucks
  • Subway
  • Sonic
  • Taco Bell
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • TGI Fridays
  • Wendy’s
  • White Castle

Not all locations may have updated their equipment to accept Apple Pay and more restaurants and stores are adding the capability all of the time. 

Currently the only major fast-food chain that doesn’t take Apple Pay is Burger King. That will likely change sooner rather than later though and Burger King will likely soon be the latest restaurant chain to accept mobile payments from your iPhone (or other mobile devices).

How Do You Set Up Apple Pay? 

Having Apple Pay on your phone eliminates the need to carry your wallet. Apple Pay eliminates that frustrating moment where you are in the store and realize your wallet isn’t. 

Your dilemma now is where to leave your cart so no one touches it, all while you run out to the car and grab your wallet. Gone are the days of finishing a delicious meal and convincing your waiter you are not about to dine and dash; you just forgot your wallet in the car. 

You leave your relatives behind as collateral, reassuring the wait staff that you will be right back to pay. 

Having Apple Pay on your phone can save you from ever needing your wallet again. 

To download Apple Pay on your phone, follow these easy steps. 

  • Make sure you have an Apple device. You can have Apple Pay on any compatible device that has the latest iOS. Typically, you won’t take your iMac into the store and pay with that. However, you can just tap your watch by the card reader and your items will all be paid for. 
  • You will need an active debit card or credit card. Not only can you sync up your debit cards, but credit cards as well. Any active card can be saved in your Apple Pay wallet. You can store up to 12 cards on new devices. Some older devices can only hold up to eight cards. 
  • You will need an Apple ID. Typically, if you own an Apple device, you already have an Apple ID. All your information and settings are saved to your specific Apple ID. 
  • Open the wallet app on your phone and follow these steps. 
  • Tap on the add button and when prompted, choose either debit card or credit card. 
  • The following screens will ask you to put in your card’s information. 
  • You will need to verify your bank or credit card issuer’s information. 

If you are adding Apple Pay to your Apple Watch, the app will require you to place a lock code on your watch. The method for adding a card to Apple Pay on your watch is the same as the steps above. 

Is Apple Pay Hard To Use? 

Apple Pay is becoming widely accepted as a form of payment in stores, restaurants, and gas stations. You can also use Apple Pay online instead of adding your credit card numbers to make online purchases. 

Though this may sound like a convenient way to pay, is it an easy way to pay? 

Apple Pay is easy to use once you have all your information stored in the wallet app. When you are ready to make a purchase in-store, all you need to do is double-click the side button on your phone. 

This action will prompt your wallet to open and your preferred card is ready to be used. You will need to put in a passcode or use your face ID to confirm you are about to make a purchase. 

Hold your phone close to the card reader just like you would a credit card. And just like that, you are all checked out and ready to go. 

Final Thoughts 

Being able to pay with your phone will save you from carrying around an excessive amount of cards in your wallet. All your cards can be conveniently stored on your phone and ready to pay for anything with just a double-tap. 

Hannah R.

Hey, I'm Hannah and I'm the founder of Get Eatin'.

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