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Outback Steakhouse
5690 Calle Real, Goleta
Phone: (805) 964-0599

Reviews by the General Public

Just terrible; this place has really gone downhill, 1/21/2017
Reviewer: Greg from Santa Barbara, CA
Haven't eaten at Outback in many years, thought we would give it a try on a special occasion. The food was just terrible! The bleu cheese salad came out as brown-tinged, wilted iceberg lettuce that tasted as old as it looked, with a "meatball" of bleu cheese sitting on top. And the filet mignon was even worse. Zero tenderness or flavor, just a hard slab of tasteless beef. Also, and this is a minor point, but Outback used to try to create a nice low-light ambience. Now there's a bright LCD computer thingy at your table that replaces at least 50% of what a waiter does (order food, pay bill, etc). What's next, pick up a tray and order at the counter?

An answer to Service? I don't think so
Reviewer: Scott from Lompoc CA.
6PM. Reservation for 2 on Grad Weekend. Well fed. Great service. Out the Door, Happy& full by 6:53 PM. You shouldn't walk into a busy Popular Restaurant and expect instant service.Try calling ahead like most people; and Quit Whining!!!

Excellent as usual
Reviewer: Chuck from Santa Barbara, CA
As usual, I went to Outback on my birthday (75) and had my usual dinner (15 oz rare roast beef, baked potato with everything, French onion soup, and a frozen margarita (well, ok, two, since I had a designated driver this year). Everything was just excellent; so good in fact that I decided to do this occasionally on un-birthdays as well (which was today). It was just as good, except I think I'm going to try 12 oz. next time- I think I'm starting to slow down. But what a way to go!!

Chowder Ok
Reviewer: Glenn from Buellton
Finally tried the Chowder, it was Ok, not better than Mac's who I think has the best in town and I would give the nod to Brophy's also over this place. Just had some extra spices in it that tried to kick it up a notch but not really traditional and not to my liking.

Another Birthday
Reviewer: Chuck from Santa Barbara, CA
Another Birthday, another 16 oz Prime Rib (rare), baked potato with everything, French onion soup, and a frozen Margarita (with salt). Another 5 stars..... I'll be back... (hopefully)... :)

Worst steak I've ever had
Reviewer: Charlotte from Goleta
Went to a Birthday party at Outback...dread! How bad can a Ribeye steak be? Well, once again they managed to serve up a disappointment. I have never seen a Ribeye cut 1/4" thick! Thin and grissley...what a joke! The Bluecheese salad dressing had hardly any flavor, the baked potato was hard and mealy, and that squishy, Wonderbreadesque Squaw bread with margarine.... Gag! The highlight of the highlight of the dinner was the Clam Chowder, the Best in S.B.? Hell no! but it was decent, good clam presence and liked the spicy kick, could have been a bit creamier though... But not bad though. The next time I get roped into going to The Outback, I will probably order just the

Reviewer: Barbara from Santa Barbara, CA
There are A LOT of resturants in SB and I always forget about Outback...since they won SB Best Clam was back on my radar...I don't think I have ever had a bad meal there! I went there on Saturday and order the Bloomin' Onion and of course the Clam Chowder and it was the BEST EVER!!! The service was amazing, they are always friendly and fun. Oh and the bread YUMMY!!!! Go to Outback!!!

Prime Rib Again
Reviewer: Chuck from Santa Barbara, CA
Well, I did the Prime Rib (16 oz.) again for my 72nd birthday. I always have the French onion soup, baked potato with everything and a frozen Margarita with salt, and it all was just perfect. The service was great even though it was very busy (graduation weekend), and I am now home again to sleep it off, and hibernate until next year.

Salt lick!
Reviewer: Charlotte from Goleta
My nine year old daughter and I both had the lamb chops and they were delicious but the sauce was a pre-fab Knorr salt lick powder and water "sauce" yuck! The mashed potatoes were inedible they were so salty!! My daughter agreed about the salt issue. When I complained to our waiter, he said that he had never had a complaint about the food being too salty in the 7 years of working there!! And I consider myself someone who likes salty food! But the food at Outback is fast food like salt lick! I will go back for the lamb, no sauce and baked potatoe!

A very nice evening
Reviewer: Janet from Santa Barbara, CA
Celebrated a family birthday here last night. All the food was good and not too expensive. GREAT waiter!!! Just the right amount of attentiveness and leaving us alone. No extra charge to bring a birthday cake and have them bring it out with a candle. Very nice evening.

just an ordinary burger
Reviewer: Frank from Santa Barbara, CA
They seemed to have changed their burger formula. The burger used to be heavily spiced, which I liked. Now, it's just a regular burger. But for $10 I expect more. I'm not really inspired to go back.

Prime Rib
Reviewer: Chuck Keyser from Santa Barbara, CA
Outback is one of my favorite places to eat (along with Fresco Five Points and Giovannis's Pizza), but I only restrict myself to once a year or so at Outback, usually on my birthday. But today after a week of dieting and step aerobics (no grace or dignity), I had had enough. I always get the 16 oz. prime rib rare with the french onion soup and a couple of frozen Margaritas (with salt). Prices have indeed gone up, and I was curious to see if the portion sizes had changed. Sheesh! What a magnificent piece of rare prime rib! The French onion soup and black bread were great as usual, and I really do miss the Margaritas the rest of the year. Service was great, too - everything came quickly and at just the precise moments. But enough of this; I have to go hibernate....:-)

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