Red Lobster is an American casual dining restaurant chain that is owned and operated by Darden Restaurants, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida. The company also has operations in Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and Japan. As of May 29, 2011, there are 698 Red Lobster locations worldwide.

Red Lobster was founded in 1968 by entrepreneurs Bill Darden and Charley Woodsby. Originally billed as a "Harbor for Seafood Lovers", the first restaurant in Lakeland, Florida, was followed by several others throughout the southeast. In 1970, General Mills acquired Red Lobster as a five-unit company. With new backing, the chain expanded rapidly in the 1980s.




Red Lobster Holiday Seafood Celebrations

Just in time for the holiday season, Red Lobster is introducing its Holiday Seafood Celebration, a limited time event featuring a variety of new special dishes, new seasonal cocktails and a new seasonal dessert.

The Holiday Seafood Celebration features a mouth watering dish for every seafood lover, with several exciting new options to choose from. Those who crave variety will love these dishes.

New! Grand Seafood Feast, featuring four different types and preparations of seafood a Maine lobster tail with a white wine and butter sauce, a crab hollandaise­ topped lump crab cake, a garlic grilled red shrimp skewer and Red Lobster’s signature shrimp scampi.

The New! Wild­ Caught Lobster­ and­ Shrimp Trio is also a great choice, featuring a wood ­grilled Maine lobster tail topped with Norway lobster mac ­and ­cheese, paired with a garlic grilled red shrimp skewer and panko crusted red shrimp with Red Lobster’s classic cocktail sauce.

And, surf ­and ­turf lovers can savor the New! Crab Oscar Surf and Turf, with the choice of wood grilled sirloin or New York Strip topped with a mushroom demi ­glace and paired with a crab hollandaise topped lump crab cake.

Peppermint, a flavor often associated with the holiday season, is also featured in both a brand­new dessert and a cocktail during this year’s Holiday Seafood Celebration. 

The New! Peppermint Brownie Sundae features a warm brownie served with vanilla ice cream, topped with a chocolate peppermint sauce, whipped cream and crushed peppermint candy.
And, the  New! Peppermint Winter Frost combines Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur, Crème de Cacao and decadent peppermint, topped with whipped cream and crushed peppermint candy. Guests seeking something a bit sweeter will enjoy the New! Blackberry Amaretto Sour with freshly muddled blackberries, DISARONNO and house sour mix.

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