Outback Steakhouse

Last Activity: Jul 8th, 2015

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Outback SE 17th Fort Lauderdale

Location

1801 SE 10th Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 523-5600
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Critic's Rating

Rating2.9
Food
Service
Ambiance
Value
Last Review: 07/02/15

Information

HoursMon-Thu 10:30am-10:30pm, Fri 11:30am-11pmandlt;brandgt;Sat 3pm-11pm, Sun 3pm-10:30pm
Dress CodeCasual CCYes
AlcoholFull Bar Entree PricesModerate
OutdoorNo ReservationsNo
Happy Hour3pm-7pm 2 for 2 well drinks, wine by the glass, call drinks, $1.95 drafts, $3.50 Margaritas

Pros

Excellent Value
Good Steaks
Bread and Salad with your Meal

Cons

Choice Beef
Clunky Service
Place is a Zoo at peak Dinner Time

Insider Tips

Open for Lunch, 7 Days

Critic's Review

With a perpetual stream of 15% off coupons from outback, it's a no-brainer to come here once in a while. We all know what outback is all about, so I'll make this quick and dirty.

The hostess predictably tried to steer me to the empty bar; I asked for a nice, big booth. Tea arrived with 2 lemons; not the usual big chain haul.

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I ordered the Steakhouse Salad, which is described as:

Seared Sirloin, mixed greens, Aussie Crunch, tomatoes, red onions and Danish Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

I ordered the steak medium rare. It came out in 15 minutes.

Outback Steak Salad

Outback Steak Salad

The salad had very little dressing on it so I asked for extra. Unfortunately the dressing wasn't very good; too sweet and very little taste of blue cheese. It wasn't what I expected at all.

Outback Salad Dressing

Outback Salad Dressing

The caesar is great at Outback, but their other dressing are all too sweet. Whoever started the idea of putting sugar (or honey) in salad dressing should be badly beaten.

My server was clunky and disorganized. When he brought out my check, he left it on the top of the booth across from me. I'm not sure if he just forgot about it, or what. I had to get up and fetch it, rather than wait for him to find his way back to the dining room.

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A good deal with 15% off, but I think I'm sticking to the ceasar salads at the Outback.

Conclusion

The outback is a good value and they have an extensive menu. You get salad and bread with your meal, just like old times. Stay away from their fancy new recipes and still to the basics and you'll be fine.
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Review 11/22/13

After lunch at a high priced restaurant that serves entrees with no bread or sides, I decided to try the polar opposite. I used to practically live at a place called Boulder Creek back on Long Island (owned by the Sbarro People); they were sued by Outback for copying the concept, but they prevailed.

Outback practically brags about serving "choice" beef, which is what you get in the supermarket and any other restaurant that doesn't advertise USDA prime. The key here is VALUE; You get the full meal experience; the way it used to be before greedy restaurant owners conspired to rip off their customers.

They remodeled this place a couple of years ago, and they did a nice job. Some outbacks can be like eating in an old barn (or a Longhorn Steakhouse), but this one is nice.

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I didn't want to eat at an empty bar and there was nothing on TV, so I got a booth. The dopey hostess put me in a section across from big booths, where she'd be seating families with screaming kids when they started to roll in for early dinner on the lunch menu. With 3 open tables, she seated a women with 4 small kids right next to me; I picked up my menus and moved down. You really can't get good help these days.

I ordered an iced tea with extra lemon; it was delivered without sweeteners or the extra lemon. There's no sweeteners on the table; this is the kind of place where people fill their pockets with them if they leave them out, I guess.

Outback Iced Tea

Outback Iced Tea

The sirloin and lobster tail special was over; the big thing this month is that they have bone-in steaks; ribeye, "NY" Strip. I decided on the 6oz sirloin with shrimp for $13.99, which comes with 2 sides. I also ordered a side caesar salad; they give you $1 off a side salad. Note that at lunch time, you can order from either the lunch or dinner menu, and the lunch menu is really no bargain. The 6oz Sirloin with shrimp is $12.99 and they only give you 1 side (and no $1 off a salad), so the dinner "combo" is really a much better deal. The lunch menu is really just a dumbed down dinner menu, offering the 1/2 rack of ribs at the same price at the dinner menu without the full rack open, which is only $3. more. The lunch menu really makes no sense.

With the 2 sides you also get a mini-loaf of bread with nice soft butter.

Outback Bread

Outback Bread


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I had enough food so I wasn't eating bread; I just had a taste. Not bad, fresh. Kinda sweet. I love the caesar salad here.

Outback Caesar Salad

Outback Caesar Salad

I usually order extra dressing on the side, but I'm off my outback game. There was enough; the dressing is fantastic if you like it more garlicky than anchovy. Push aside the croutons and it's garlicky good.

The steak came out; I'd ordered the sweet potato with butter, no cinnamon. The butter is sweet enough; and they don't cheat you either.

Outback Sirloin with Grilled Shrimp

Outback Sirloin with Grilled Shrimp

One reason I get the bread is that I use the butter for the vegetables. Nicely steamed; I like that they have broccoli; Boulder creek only had "mixed veggies" and there's always some squash or zucchini that I didn't want. The steak was seared and perfectly medium rare.

Outback Sirloin

Outback Sirloin

The shrimp, obviously, were a mistake. There was a time when you got 4 jumbo shrimp, but now they give you the 4 sad-looking medium ones. They're only $3, but I wouldn't order them again. But the steak was great with just 1 small piece of gristle on the end. For $16.98 this was a lot of pretty good food. Better than what you get at a lot of restaurants.

Outback: The way things used to be.

Review 6/19/12

I hadn't been to the outback in a while; the last time I got a pretty gristly steak and I wasn't very happy with it. Service at the bar wasn't very good.

But I returned for lunch to try one of their lunch combos; you can get a combo of a salad or soup with a few half sandwich choices for $8.99. It also includes a soft drink, which is a pretty good deal. I was going to get the sausage and white bean soup with the filet sandwich, but I decided on the wedge salad instead of the soup.

One good thing about Outback is the bread and butter, although I wasn't eating a whole loaf of bread today.

Outback Bread

Outback Bread

The salad came out almost instantaneously; In fact it came out before the Iced Tea.

Outback Wedge Salad

Outback Wedge Salad

It's a pretty big salad. I was wondering if I was getting a half salad, but this was full sized. It would be been really great without the "balsamic drizzle", which made it too sweet. I don't know if you can order it without the drizzle, but if I ever order it again it's a dealbreaker if you can't.

The sandwich came out when I was almost done with the salad.

Outback 1/2 Filet Sandwich

Outback 1/2 Filet Sandwich

The sandwich was pretty small. I was glad I ordered the salad, because if I got this with a cup of soup it wouldn't have been enough food. Frankly it wasn't very good. Not the best filet, and only about 3 chunks. And I really like this kind of sandwich on garlic bread rather than the rosemary foccacia that this had.

All in all, not a bad lunch. $9.53 for the whole deal. No crowds or waiting at lunch either; particularly at this time of year.

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Outback changes their happy hour and every location is different, so we just removed them from the directory. Be sure to call to find out when and what it is, or just go somewhere that has their happy hour on their web site.