The Costa Rica Restaurant Review

Outback Steakhouse - Restaurant Review

mnsrconnoisseur | 13 May, 2009 16:54

Outback Steakhouse is a well-known international chain focusing on American Cuisine (despite its Australian theme).

I went to Outback with a party of eight people, on a Friday afternoon. We were seated immediately, and there was a steady stream of customers entering and exiting throughout the period of time that we were there. The waiter that attended us was polite and very attentive to our demands to bring additonal food and beverages.

Along with our drinks (I had my usual Bavaria dark beer) we had a veritable spread of appetizers including ribs, chicken wings, pumpernickel bread (which was a welcome change from the usual bread that is served in most restaurants in Costa Rica), and Outback's famous Bloomin' Onion, which is a large onion that is breaded and deep fried, and cut as though it is a flower in bloom. All of the appetizers were very good, the onion being especially tasty.

For my main course I had steak and shrimp fajitas, which were served on a sizzling hot metal plate. There were tortillas, tomato salsa, avocado, and sour cream on the side. I would call them typical run-of-the-mill fajitas, but lets face it, fajitas at most restaurants often leave something to be desired either in terms of quantity or presentation. Not so here. I was thoroughly satisfied and received the amount of food that I expected, with a pleasant presentation, and all the desirable extras with which to stuff the tortillas. I asked for the steak part of the fajitas to be rare, and rare it was. Outback gets extra points for following instructions. I can't say how many times I have asked for my meat to be "almost still breathing" and end up getting it back almost well-done.

The other diners that were with me all had steaks, ribs, and other similar dishes -- all appearing well prepared and of healthy proportions. According to my recollection of the menu, all of the main dishes that we ordered were similar in price, running between $20 and $30 each. Of course that is before tax, and that did not include the drinks and the appetizers. I didn't get a close look at the prices of the appetizers, but they were not particularly inexpensive.

Once again the tab for this meal did not end up in my lap (because the meal was coincident with a hosted conference that I was participating in), and I am glad that it did not. My one criticism of Outback Steakhouse is that the prices are probably a little bit on the high side. The quality and quantity of food is definitely consistent, though. I have not been disappointed in anything I have eaten there thus far.

If you are unconcerned with the amount of money that you are going to spend (short of a real classy meal at an upscale restaurant), and are more concerned with getting food that will meet your expectations, Outback Steakhouse is a very reasonable choice.


Note: In Costa Rica, Outback Steakhouse is located in Plaza Itskatzu, which is on the opposite side of the autopista from Multiplaza and the Cima Hospital in Escazú.

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