Tukwila >Food & Dining > Outback Southcenter
Australian tchotchkes and brews give this quintessentially American restaurant a distinctive Down Under flavor..
Boomerangs, Aussie flags, kangaroo portraits and faux aboriginal art honor the homeland's wilderness, but Outback delivers a polished version of rusticity with varnished blond-wood booths with matching wainscoting and casually uniformed waitstaff. Besides more than a half-dozen cuts of steak, diners can pick from large-portioned entrees like ribs, chops and shrimp or chicken "on the barbie." The Bloomin' Onion, a large onion dipped in batter and deep-fried, is an appetizer with a following.
All hype... no value. Should've stayed "down under". I've given this hyped up place the benefit of the doubt more times than I care to admit. The food is awful and way overpriced. My Aussie friend's comment was "How emabrassing". If you do decide to ignore the warnings, be sure to avoid anything with chicken, fish, steak, or pork. The steamed vegetables were tasty and the baked potato was pretty good. They do have a good "Bloomin' Onion", too - but still... I can get that cheaper elsewhere.
Doesn't Know How to Cook Chicken. If you go here, avoid any chicken dish. Their line cooks don't seem to be knowledgeable about the protocol on cooking a juicy piece of chicken. Our chicken was not only dry, but it stuck in our throat. Thank heavens for water.
So-so Service With Soo Good Steaks. It can get pretty noisy in here - this mid-priced steak house is a hot spot. There's not a huge selection of steaks. I highly recommend the Victoria's Filet, but the Outback Special and Outback Style Prime Rib are also very delicious. The Prime Minister's Prime Rib, however, was very plain. The Bloomin' Onion was only 1/2 of the size as in the picture, and was mostly fried batter. The Coconut Shrimp is great, and the marmalade sauce is worth keeping for the steak. Try the strawberry margarita (blended)! Of course this is a mid-class steak house, and unfortunately, the service has had its share of hit and miss. Ive been here for dates, hanging out with the buddies and a birthday The Outback is a great casual fill for any of these situations if you dont mind the 10-20 minute wait.
Pan Fried Steaks. The Outback Steakhouse is a fun loud place, that would be perfect if they char-broiled their steaks. I can't beleive a good steakhouse would pan-fry a steak on purpose. Thats what we have to do at home when we can't barbecue.
Never going back to the Outback!.
My fiance and I have been to the Outback many, many times. We have always returned due to the consistency of great food and great service. BUT--Tonight was horrible! I had to send my steak back, but not just once, TWO TIMES! The service was awful and when the manager was sent out he hardly said a word. The entire experience from start to finish was awful and we left feeling very unsatisfied.
Think twice before you take a trip to the Outback!
meaty-licious. If you go to this restaurant on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night, expect a fairly long wait to be seated. If you are in the mood for a slab of beef, you will not be disappointed. If members of your party want something other than that, they may be disappointed in the selection. Much like many other steak chains in the area.
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