Waterloo, IA 50702
About Red Lobster
Here at Red Lobster, we’re passionate about serving our guests great seafood. It’s why we go the extra mile to bring you the best dining experience possible. Our fishermen take pride in catching only the highest quality seafood and the freshest fish. Our grill master uses perfect flavors, cooking seafood and steak over a wood fire grill. Our servers pull out all the stops to make every dining experience feel extra special. It’s our passion; it’s our pride. Because at Red Lobster, We Sea Food Differently. ℠
We know the secret to great seafood is quality and freshness
That’s why we’ve insisted on the finest seafood the sea has to offer since we opened our first restaurant in 1968. Since then, lots of things have changed. But one thing hasn’t, and that's our relentless pursuit of quality and above all... freshness.
Company founder Bill Darden opened his first restaurant, The Green Frog, at age 19. From the beginning, Bill’s restaurants focused on quality and service. With a passion for seafood, it was only a matter of time before Bill and his team opened the first Red Lobster in Lakeland, FL in 1968.
By the early 1970s, the company expanded throughout the Southeast, establishing Red Lobster as the leader among seafood and casual dining restaurants. “Our biggest competition back then was the kitchen stove,” said Joe Lee, a key member of that early crew who later went on to become CEO and chairman, leading the company through much of its growth.
As it reached more parts of the country, Red Lobster continually introduced guests to fresh dishes that quickly became favorites, with many guests getting their first taste of calamari, snow crab, and Key Lime Pie here, and not to mention the fact that it is where popcorn shrimp was invented.
In 1995, after decades of success and growth, Red Lobster, together with Olive Garden and later Bahama Breeze, became part of Darden Restaurants, with Joe at helm until 2005, when he turned the reins over to current CEO and Chairman Clarence Otis.
Over the years, our passion for seafood and delicious experiences has kept Red Lobster evolving. Our menu has grown and changed with our guests’ taste and our ability to bring the best sea to your table. The atmosphere has evolved to keep up with the times and to provide our guests with a comfortable place to dine, enjoy and celebrate. But even as Red Lobster continues to grow we remain dedicated to the standards of excellence and excitement for the sea that inspired Bill Darden in the first place.
Today, there are over 680 Red Lobster locations in the United States and Canada. Our reputation as seafood experts is known the world over. And we’re still as excited as ever to give you a great meal and feed your passion for seafood.
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