Everyone loves Olive Garden - it's the one place my friends and I can agree upon for get-togethers. They have all kinds of italian dishes - pasta, pizza, antipasto, meats... and endless salad and bread sticks. Usually I'm not a big salad fan, but they have the best salad dressing and delicious crutons and other extras in the salad - I eat platefulls of it!
It's romantic but it's also a good place to take kids. The booths are private so sound doesn't travel as much, so you can feel free to chat and let your kids make a little noise. They have a nice kids menu with foods that every kid loves- pizza and spaghetti.