Going to Outback is always a treat, especially if you’re in the mood to grub on something indulgent and flavorful. They’ve got all the steakhouse essentials – cuts of all shapes and sizes, fluffy mashed potatoes, and seafood sides. But how in the world do you narrow down your options when you’ve got so many of them to choose from? From appetizers to entrees to desserts, we’re giving you the rundown on the absolute best food and drinks you can get at Outback Steakhouse. Because face it – who wants to spend a half hour scouring the menu when you could be sipping a cocktail and catching up with friends? We’re most definitely not ranking these items based on nutrition (Outback is not the best option for healthy food, anyway) – the results are about taste and taste only.
We also realize not all of you are steak lovers, so we’ve thrown in some alternate dinner options, too. Bon appetít!
If you’re in the mood for a classic steak dinner, Outback’s ribeye is a no-fail option. You can order this 12- or 15-ounce steak cooked however you’d like, though the experts recommend it done medium with just a touch of red in the center. You’ll also get the option of pairing the seasoned steak with two of your favorite sides. If you can’t pick, try the dressed baked potato (loaded with butter, sour cream, bacon, cheese, and chives), along with a salad or soup.
Seared Peppered Ahi
Oh, fancy. This ahi tuna appetizer is light, refreshing, and down-right delicious. You may not expect a franchised steakhouse to master the art of searing ahi tuna, but Outback knocks it out of the park with this one. And while it’s listed as a starter, we wouldn’t blame you for order it as your main dish (it’s that good). The ahi is flavored with a garlic pepper seasoning and served with creamy ginger soy sauce and wasabi.
There are two kinds of people in the world – those who love the Bloomin’ Onion and those who are freaked out by how giant and unhealthy it is. If you’re the first kind of person, we can be friends. The Bloomin’ Onion is Outback’s signature appetizer that you’ve seen in every commercial and advertisement since the beginning of time. This massive fried onion is the perfect starter for a group (bring your hand sanitizer!). You can’t eat it without the spicy Bloom Sauce, though.
Spoiler alert: we love this app so much we posted a DIY version of it on the blog – try this Bloomin’ Onion recipe at home.
Blue Cheese Pecan Chopped Side Salad
While this may only be a seasonal offering, we had to include it on our list because it’s one of the best salads ever offered at Outback. First off, blue cheese and steak is the ultimate combo, so you can’t go wrong with pairing your filet with this bowl of leafy greens. Second off, who doesn’t love a fall-themed dish to get you in the spirit for cool, cozy days? The Blue Cheese Pecan salad comes decked out with shredded carrots, red cabbage, green onions, cinnamon pecans and Aussie Crunch, with a creamy Blue Cheese vinaigrette and Blue Cheese crumbles on top.
It takes a special kind of person to order a prime rib for no reason at all, but if that sounds like you – more power to you, friend. Outback’s Prime Rib is quite massive (as all decent prime rib should be), so you definitely won’t find yourself hungry for more if you finish the whole thing.
Drover’s Ribs and Chicken Platter
If you’re the kind of person that can’t decide what to get for dinner – ever – Outback is the perfect place for you. There are several combo options that allow you to order two entrees in one, so you can embrace your inner indecisiveness and walk away with a full belly. Drover’s Ribs and Chicken Platter is the ultimate opportunity to taste two of the best options on the menu – Outback’s famous Baby Back Ribs and seasoned grilled chicken. Pair this combo with two sides of your choice (you’ll have leftovers, we guarantee it).
Steamed Lobster Tails
Another seafood dish Outback has mastered is the Steamed Lobster Tails, served perfectly tender and buttery. This plate comes with two cold water tails and two sides – seasoned rice and fresh mixed veggies are a must for a more traditional seafood dinner, but you can swap those out with any of Outback’s sides if you want to shake things up.
The Outback Burger
Outback’s changes up its sandwich/burger menu often to accommodate seasonal trends, but the burger is one delicious staple that’s stuck around for a while, the Outback Burger. There’s no surprises or frills with this one – it’s just a juicy, classic burger with all the typical fixings – lettuce, tomato, onion, house-made pickles, and mustard. If you’re feeling basic, order it with Aussie-fries, but you can sub those with any other side on the menu.
Chocolate Thunder from Down Under
If you can manage to leave room for dessert, there’s no better way to end your meal than with this ice-cream topped brownie. It’s drizzled with chocolate sauce and topped with chocolate shavings and whipped cream. Perhaps the perfect post-dinner treat to secure your next date with the cutie sitting across the table?
Sauza Gold Coast ‘Rita
What better way to round out the list than with our cocktail of choice? Outback’s signature margarita pairs well with any of their menu items, especially during the restaurant’s happy hour. You can order this marg on the rocks or frozen, and if you’re in the mood for a little extra fun, opt for the Down Under Sauza Gold Coast ‘Rita (comes with a shot of Cointreau® and an extra shot of Sauza® Gold Tequila).
What’s your favorite dish from Outback? We’re always up for adding to this list – after a proper taste test, of course.