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Posted by Ernest M. S. on 08/31/2007
If you can get past the menu that insults your intelligence, the steaks here are not bad, IF they are cooked the way you ordered them. Keep in mind that if you are on a low-sodium diet, they dredge everything in salt, particularly the baked potatoes and the special bizarre coatings you can get on their steaks. Portions are almost too large, so be careful when you order (I know Americans don't care about over-eating). Keep in mind that everything is quite overpriced, especially the drinks (Americans seem not to care about that, either). One slice of cake, if you get to dessert, will do for four people. Wait staff is slow, and because there is barely minimal cave lighting, you can't see them and they can't see you. Good luck with the service (or seeing your food). Nonetheless, it is what it is -- an acceptable steak house. For a bit more, however, you might want to try something non-chain.
Posted by Debbie the Eater on 05/10/2007
My expectations were low...surely this self-proclaimed chain steakhouse would be nothing more than the TGI-Friday experience with an Australian Accent tacked on. Well, yes and no. Strictly chain in it's ambience and waiter service, the menu held no surprises from standard appetizers to to-be-expected desserts. But the QUALITY of the ingredients was outstanding. Everything is prepared simply because there's no need to doctor a perfect piece of meat, chicken, or shrimp. Equal attention is paid to the sides, including perfectly steamed broccoli and beautifully sauteed string beans. The chocolate in the dessert sundaes along made my party agree that a return visit is in order. (Also...spacious seating and no sense of being rushed)
Posted by Anonymous on 04/11/2007
Not considering value (my work paid), I felt the talapia, veggies, bread...and of course the blooming onion were all good. No surprises - just what you expect when you order from a national chain. Will order again.
Posted by DB on 02/07/2007
I've always liked Outback and it was a joy to find one in Manhattan. I was used to crazy lines to get in but not here. The steaks are nicely done, not too big or too small, the staff friendly and you know exactly what you are getting. I love the Bloomin Onion and I can not say enough about the garlic mash. I always get the filet and not once in all the years of my going to assorted Outbacks all over the place, have I been dissappointed with one. No it isn't a "real" steakhouse, but it's good value for the money and I always recommend them.
Posted by suburban dynamite on 12/03/2005
Steaks are right on, cheese fries, word! You know what you're getting into when you hit the spot so don't front, no surprises just good consistent sizzling steaks and fat potatoes with everything on em...and how come nyc restaurants can't do all the southern transplants a favor and offer us ranch and bleu cheese dressing on our romaine salads, if you're tired of mesclun greens and 1000 vinigrettes, get over to 23rd street...word! PS-- frosty mugs, that's all i'm sayin'
Posted by HandM on 09/13/2005
We've been coming here a couple times a month for the past year or so. At first we were hesitant to visit because there are so many great non-corporate restaurants in the area, but curiosity got the better of us, and since our first visit we have only had great experiences. The food is always fresh and cooked perfectly, the drinks are tasty, and the portions are generous. For an appetizer, try Tassy's chicken or the coconut shrimp. If money is no concern, try the prime cut filet, it's the best thing on the menu. For dessert, you have to try the brownie sundae. The atmosphere leaves a bit to be desired; it can be very dim and the music seems to skip on occasion.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/20/2005
There are certainly no "bargains" to be had here, average tasting steaks at prices that are too high for what they offer. For a couple of dollars more one would be better off going to a "real" steakhouse where at least they might even offer something to a vegeterian. Now I know one might say what is a vegeterian doing in a steakouse but that is exactly what my partner is, and does not mind going to such places. Most places do accomodate with something on their menu but all they could offer him was lettuce and soup. Disappointing,