August 31, 2004

Mr. Doug Wentz
Darden Restaurants
5900 Lake Ellenor Drive
Orlando, FL 32809

RE:         Schedule 13G

Enclosed pursuant to Rule 13d-1(b) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 is
a report on Schedule 13G. It reports beneficial ownership by American Express
Trust Company in Common Stock of Darden Restaurants as of December 31, 2003.


/s/ Mark Ellis
    Mark Ellis
    Vice President



                             Washington, D. C. 20549

                                  SCHEDULE 13G

                  Under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934

                               Darden Restaurants
                                (Name of Issuer)

                                  Common Stock
                         (Title of Class of Securities)

                                 (CUSIP Number)

The information required in the remainder of this cover page (except any items
to which the form provides a cross-reference) shall not be deemed to be "filed"
for the purpose of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 ("Act") or
otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section of the Act but shall be
subject to all other provisions of the Act.

                               CUSIP NO. 237194105

1)   Name of Reporting Person American Express Trust Company

     S.S. or I.R.S. Identification                      IRS No. 41-1346942
     No. of Above Person


2)   Check the Appropriate Box Not Applicable if a Member of a Group


3)   SEC Use Only


4)   Citizenship or Place of Organization Minnesota


     (5) Sole Voting Power                              -0-
     ---------------------                              --------------
     (6) Shared Voting Power                            11,828,433
     -----------------------                            --------------
     (7) Sole Dispositive Power                         -0-
     --------------------------                         --------------
     (8) Shared Dispositive Power                       11,828,433
     ----------------------------                       --------------

9)   Aggregate Amount Beneficially
     Owned by Each Reporting Person                     11,828,433


10)  Check if the Aggregate Amount in
     Row (9) Excludes Certain Shares                    Not Applicable


11)  Percent of Class Represented by
     Amount in Row (9)                                  7.171%


12)  Type of Reporting Person                           BK


1(a)  Name of Issuer:
                                                 Darden Restaurants

1(b)  Address of Issuer's Principal
                                                 5900 Lake Ellenor Drive
      Executive Offices:                         Orlando, FL 32809

2(a)  Name of Person Filing:                     American Express Trust Company

2(b)  Address of Principal Business Office:      928 AXP Financial Center
                                                 Minneapolis, MN 55474

2(c)  Citizenship:                               American Express Trust Company
                                                 is a trust company organized
                                                 under the laws of the state of

2(d)  Title of Class of Securities:              Common Stock

2(e)  Cusip Number:                              237194105

3     Information if statement is filed pursuant to Rules 13d-1(b) or 13d-2(b):
         American Express Trust Company is a bank defined in section 3 (a) (6)
         Of the Act (15 U.S.C. 78c)

4(a)  Amount Beneficially Owned as of December 31, 2003: 11,828,433

4(b)  Percent of Class: 7.171%

4(c)  Number of Shares as to which such person has:

      (i) Sole power to vote or to direct the vote: None

      (ii) Shared power to vote or direct the vote: 11,828,433*

      (iii) Sole power to dispose or to direct the disposition of: None

      (iv) Shared power to dispose or to direct the disposition of: 11,828,433**

* American Express Trust Company is the trustee of certain employee benefit
plans, which are subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974,
as amended ("ERISA"). Shares of the issuer's Common Stock are held in trust for
the benefit of employees in the plans. As of December 31, 2003, the trustee held
11,828,433 shares of the issuer's Common Stock on behalf of the plans, of which,
5,103,697 had been allocated to plan participants. The Plan trustee votes shares
allocated to participant accounts as directed by participants subject to Section
404 of ERISA. All Shares allocated to participants for whom no voting
instructions are received, and all unallocated shares held by the plan, are
voted in the same proportion as the trustee votes shares for which it did
receive voting instructions.

** Shares of Common Stock are held in the issuer's employee benefit plans in
various accounts and were allocated by source of contribution (employer, the
predecessor to the employer or the employee). Shares of Common Stock held by the
trustee on behalf of the plans may be disposed of by the plans or the trustee
only in accordance with the terms of the plan.

5    Ownership of 5% or Less of a Class:

                                Not Applicable

6    Ownership of more than 5% on Behalf of Another Person:

     All of the  securities  are  beneficially  held by American  Express  Trust
     Company in its fiduciary  capacity,  as trustee of certain employee benefit
     plans.  As a result,  participants  in the plans are  entitled  to  receive
     dividends or proceeds from the sale of shares reported in this Schedule 13G
     in accordance with the terms of the plan.

7    Identification  and  Classification  of the  Subsidiary  Which Acquired the
     Security Being Reported on by the Parent Holding Company:

                                Not Applicable

8    Identification and Classification of Members of the Group:

                                Not Applicable

9    Notice of Dissolution of Group:

                                Not Applicable

10   Certification:

     By signing below I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief,
     the securities referred to above were acquired in the ordinary course of
     business and were not acquired for the purpose of and do not have the
     effect of changing or influencing the control of the issuer of such
     securities and were not acquired in connection with or as a participant in
     any transaction having such purposes or effect.

         After reasonable inquiry and to the best of my knowledge and belief, I
     certify that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete
     and correct.

                                                  American Express Trust Company

Dated: August 31, 2004                            By /s/ Mark Ellis

                                                     Mark Ellis
                                                     Vice President
                                                     Telephone:   (612) 671-1919