February 14, 2005

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, 2004.


/s/ Mark Ellis
    Mark Ellis
    Senior Vice President


cc: Horace Dawson


                             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)

                                December 31, 2004
            (Date of Event Which Requires Filing of this Statement)

Check the appropriate box to designate the rule pursuant to which this Schedule
is filed:

           This Schedule is filed pursuant to Rule 13d-1(b)

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                  10,998,699      
       -----------------------                  ----------------
       (7) Sole Dispositive Power               -0-             
       --------------------------               ----------------
       (8) Shared Dispositive Power             10,998,699          
       ----------------------------             --------------------

9)     Aggregate Amount Beneficially
       Owned by Each Reporting Person           10,998,699


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


11)    Percent of Class Represented by
       Amount in Row (9)                        6.996%


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 as defined in section 3 (a)
       (6) of the Exchange Act (15 U.S.C. 78c)

4(a)   Amount Beneficially Owned as of December 31, 2004: 10,998,699

4(b)   Percent of Class: 6.996%

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

       (i)   Sole power to vote or to direct the vote: -0-

       (ii)  Shared power to vote or direct the vote: 10,998,699*

       (iii) Sole power to dispose or to direct the disposition of: -0-

       (iv)  Shared power to dispose or to direct the disposition of: 

* 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, 2004, the trustee held
10,998,699 shares of the issuer's Common Stock on behalf of the plans, of which,
5,095,587 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 plans, 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:

       American Express Trust Company (AETC) as Trustee of certain Darden
       Restaurants Retirement plans ("Plans"), is reporting, on this Form
       13G, securities which are beneficially owned by the Plans. AETC, as
       Trustee, has shared voting power to such shares identified in this
       form for the benefit of the Plans and disclaims beneficial ownership
       of all shares held by the Plans.

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: February 11, 2005               By  /s/ Mark Ellis

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