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

Reviews by the General Public

Excellent as usual, 7/17/2015
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....:-)

Service? I don't think so
Reviewer: Rex Schmitz from San Jose CA
I have eaten at Outback Steakhouses from Denver to Spokane to San Diego and everywhere in between and have always been very happy with their service and their food. They have the best steaks and their potato soup is amazing. Service has always been outstanding and waiters and waitresses have gone above and beyond to assure that your meals are served quickly. All and all the Outback gets 5 stars for food and service nationwide. And then there is the Santa Barbara Outback. I was in SB on business and checked my GPS for places to eat. I was excited that there was an Outback so headed there for dinner. I was told they were very busy and there were no tables available so was seated in the bar area. While sitting there I saw 4 vacant tables in the restaurant. I sat for 27 minutes and no one approached me to take a drink or food order. As it turned out I walked out and down the street to another restaurant. If youíre looking for fast friendly service at the SB Outback donít bother going there.

Not what I expected
Reviewer: trish from Santa Barbara, CA
I had a gift card for Outback. It's not the kind of place I normally frequent but I tried it anyway. The front desk staff was very nice and seated us quickly. We chose the bar area (in a booth) which I think was our first mistake. The service was SLOW. I'm not sure if the guy was new but during dinner my boyfriend had 3 beers throughout our stay. Each time he waited a long time, and each time the bartender had to remind the waiter to bring the beer which had been sitting at the waiter station for some time. We ordered a shrimp appetizer which was small but good - but served on some barbequed lettuce which was gross and dry. Then ordered steak from the menu, but the description didn't say anything about it being a few slices of meat, pre-sliced? It was weird. My sweet potato was all soggy and plopped and squished into a small side dish. We were going to get dessert but somehow we lost our waiter for a LONG time and we just asked for the check, got dessert on the way home. The bill was expensive. I would MUCH rather spend a tad bit more and go to Ruth Chris - the atmosphere, service and food is 20x better.

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