Free Writing Prospectus

Filed pursuant to Rule 433

Supplementing the Preliminary Prospectus Supplement dated October 5, 2011

to Prospectus dated October 6, 2010

Registration No. 333-169789



Dated: October 5, 2011


4.50% Senior Notes due 2021   
Issuer:    Darden Restaurants, Inc.
Size:    $400,000,000
Expected Ratings:   

Baa2 by Moody’s Investors Service, Inc.

BBB by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services

BBB by Fitch Ratings

Trade Date:    October 5, 2011
Settlement Date:    October 11, 2011 (T+3)
Maturity Date:    October 15, 2021
Interest Payment Dates:    April 15 and October 15, beginning April 15, 2012
Coupon (Interest Rate):    4.50%
Price to Public:    99.601%
Benchmark Treasury:    2.125% due August 15, 2021
Benchmark Treasury Price / Yield:        102-00+ / 1.90%
Spread to Benchmark Treasury:    +265 basis points
Yield to Maturity:    4.55%
Redemption Provisions:    In whole or in part, at any time, at the Issuer’s option, at the greater of (i) 100% of principal amount or (ii) discounted present value at the Treasury Rate plus 40 basis points
CUSIP / ISIN:    237194AJ4/ US237194AJ45
Joint Book-Running Managers:   

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated

Wells Fargo Securities, LLC

SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc.

U.S. Bancorp Investments, Inc.


Comerica Securities, Inc.

Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.

Fifth Third Securities, Inc.

Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Loop Capital Markets LLC

Mizuho Securities USA Inc.

The Williams Capital Group, L.P.

Note: A securities rating is not a recommendation to buy, sell or hold securities and may be subject to revision or withdrawal at any time.

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