Denver >Outback Steakhouse
8601 W Cross Dr, Littleton, CO | Directions 8012339.614868 -105.093515
M-Th 11am-10pm, F-Sa 11am-10:30pm, Su 11am-9pm
Neighborhoods: Southwest Denver, Marston
I forgot... no chain restaurants – I received a gift certificate to Outback Steakhouse which I was very excited about. I had not been there in years and I am not big on chain restaurants. My experiences there before were good and the food was good. So, I was pretty excited to take my girlfriend there and have a good dinner.
When we arrived the hostess greeted us and right away turned her attention to her colleague to finish what she was saying to her. Just kinda rude in general, but... whatever... that happens all the time anywhere you go. I felt that we could live.
So anyway, the waitress is fantastic and is very responsive with everything. Everything is going well until... the steaks come out. Now for those that don't know, Outback Steakhouse is a steakhouse. To me that means that their specialty is steak. So the first steak (my girlfriend's) comes out and it is "well done" instead of the medium that she had ordered. My girlfriend explains this to the waitress and the waitress happily agrees to take it back. We wait the 10 min it takes for the new one and it comes out. The manager brings the steak out and watches my girlfriend cut into the steak to make certain it is prepared correctly. It was, so we tell him everything is great. He proceeds to only look at me the entire time and tells me if we need anything just to let him know. He does not really address or acknowledge my girlfriend. I thought he was professional and very nice about everything, but it did somewhat piss my girlfriend off.
She takes a bite of her steak, and does not like the Teryaki sauce they have marinated the steak in. I give her the "give me a break look" and she suggests that I try it. I do. I don't think vinegar and sugar counts as Teryaki sauce, but maybe we are just too picky. I agree with my girlfriend and tell her it does not taste good.
The waitress comes back and we embarassingly explain the situation. We both agree that the steak is not good. She looks at us like, "Oh well". I tell her that we will pay for it and she accepts. We did not contact the manager or gripe. I don't want to go back period. They gave us excellent service but did not seem to care if we came back. It was in the actions. The waitress even had the nerve to say, "Sorry.... come back next time and we will be better". What?!? Really? So she even admits that it will be better next time suggesting that it was no good herself.
I felt picky here, but... shouldn't a steak, a "Steak" be good? I forgot... we are talking about he Mcdonald's of steak houses. Next time I get a gift card to a place like this, I will go sell it at the place to a die hard chain restaurant lover for 1/4 of what it was worth. Maybe I would just give it away instead of wasting my time to drive all the way there. I don't know. I know this. I will never return to an Outback Steakhouse ever again.
The Littleton location by SW Plaza Mall is solid – Over the years the Outback on Wadsworth is consistently great in all aspects. Great food, good service, clean. The people who operate this location have always done a great job.
Australian tchotchkes and brews give this quintessentially American restaurant a distinctive Down Under flavor. – In Short
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.
Fresh Food, Great drinks, Unbelievable Service – I've eaten at outback many times and it never ceases to amaze me how good the food is. They will make anything how you ask them and they have an awesome happy hour. I usually don't eat salads out but theirs is so fresh and crisp and doesn't make me ill later. Their Chargrilled Ribeye is one of the best flavored stakes I've had in my life, seriously.
We go here for the hostesses. – Please this is a cliche to end all cliches. It's so cliche that you end up wanting to talk in an Australian accent just to make it less so. Due to the long wait and popularity (and therefore lack of originality) they wisely hire, hot nubile young hostesses. They dont smile as much as they should, but they are well shaped and please to the eye... which is important in an age when men can't enjoy a good chunk of nearly raw beef without someone mentioning a colon.
G'day, G'deal! – We've been eating at Outback at least three times a month for two years. That says it all. Great food, consistent quality, great value, great service.
Worthy – Perhaps because this place is a chain, my expectations were not that high when my family visited. But I found their steaks to be better than expected, and overall the experience was a good one. The quality of the food didn't blow our minds, but the variety, and especially the choices for kids made this a steakhouse that a family can visit. Not too expensive, and no real ambience to speak of, but worth a visit. NOT, however, a place that makes steaks anywhere near the quality of a Brook's or a Ruth's Chris.
Disappointed – On chain resturants, the quality of the food and service probably vary from place to place. We have tried this restuarant on 2 different occasions and the food was nothing to rave about but the cost was higher than most steak restuarants and had a long wait.
No thanks – There are a lot of steakhouses that I would go to before the Outback.
You've GOT to be kidding! – Outback Steakhouse rated above Ruth's Chris or Brooks? What are people in this city used to eating anyway?
I have lived in Denver all my life and listened to the city being refered to as an overgrown cowtown, a cultural wasteland and an oasis of bad cuisine. I seeing a chain store like Outback rated highly on the ten best steakhouses list makes me wonder if all of Denver's bad press might be well deserved.
At least Outback's food isn't quite as bad as the accents on their commercials!
Perhaps if the local steakhouses painted their sirloins orange and blue?
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