STOCK OPTION GRANT
This certifies that [name] has an option to purchase **[number]* shares of Common Stock, no par value, of Darden
Restaurants, Inc., a Florida corporation.
The following documents are provided in electronic format on the compact disc (“CD”) accompanying this Certificate: (i) a Non-
Qualified Stock Option Agreement (the “Award Agreement”), which is incorporated into and made a part of this Certificate;
(ii) the Darden Restaurants, Inc. 2002 Stock Incentive Plan (the “2002 Plan”); and (iii) a Prospectus relating to the 2002 Plan.
Paper copies of the foregoing are available on request directed to the Company’s Compensation Department. This Certificate is
governed by, and subject in all respects to, the terms and conditions of the Award Agreement and the 2002 Plan. This
Certificate has been duly executed, by manual or facsimile signature, on behalf of Darden Restaurants, Inc. Grantee is not
required to execute this Certificate, but has ten days from the grant date indicated on this Certificate to notify the Company of
any issues regarding the terms and conditions of this Certificate and the related Award Agreement; otherwise, grantee will be
deemed to agree with them.
This Notice of Stock Option Grant has been duly executed, by manual or facsimile signature, on behalf of Darden
DARDEN RESTAURANTS, INC.
2002 STOCK INCENTIVE PLAN
NON-QUALIFIED STOCK OPTION AGREEMENT
This Non-Qualified Stock Option Agreement is between Darden Restaurants, Inc., a Florida corporation (the “Company” or
“Corporation”), and you, the person named in the attached Notice of Stock Option Grant (the “Notice”). This Agreement is
effective as of the date of grant set forth in the attached Notice (the “Grant Date”).
The Company desires to provide you with an opportunity to purchase shares of the Company’s Common Stock, no par
value (the “Common Stock”), as provided in this Agreement in order to carry out the purpose of the Company’s 2002 Stock