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The Best Food on the Outback Steakhouse Menu

No steakhouse will get very far serving steak alone, and the Australian-themed chain Outback is no exception.

The Outback Steakhouse menu is stacked with seafood, pasta, appetizers, sides, cocktails, and of course, steaks.

In fact, while the steaks are among the best Outback Steakhouse items, their most famous dish is one of their appetizers (you can probably guess what it is, but if not, keep reading!)

Below I’ll give you a full breakdown of the 25 best Outback Steakhouse items across all menu categories.

Read on to find out my top picks and see how your favorites stack up!

25. Outback Bread

Outback’s legendary bread isn’t exactly an item on the menu, but I can’t talk about the best food at Outback without at least mentioning it.

The honey wheat bread that arrives at your table warm and accompanied by whipped butter is the perfect way to start your meal.

The bread is complimentary with your meal.

It’s a soft, slightly sweet loaf made with honey and molasses, and it’s completely addictive when slathered in butter.

24. Blueberry Lavender Lemonade

The Blueberry Lavender Lemonade is one of the prettiest cocktails on Outback’s menu.

It also happens to be one of the tastiest.

It’s a floral, fruity, refreshing concoction made from vodka, country-style lemonade, blueberries, and lavender.

The cocktail is served in a tall glass with ice and contains 220 calories.

23. Gold Coast Coconut Shrimp

Outback’s Gold Coast Coconut Shrimp is coated in batter and coconut flakes and then fried until crispy and golden.

It’s served with a citrusy Creole marmalade dipping sauce that’s sweet and has a little kick to it.

One serving of Gold Coast Coconut Shrimp dish has approximately six shrimps, containing 520 calories.

22. Baked Potato Soup

The Baked Potato Soup is everything you want in a loaded baked potato but in soup form. I

It’s made from creamy potato soup topped with shredded cheddar cheese, pieces of bacon, and sliced green onions.

It’s a super hearty and satisfying soup.

The Baked Potato Soup is available in a 250-calorie cup or a 450-calorie bowl.

It’s also available during Outback’s unlimited soup and salad lunch deal.

21. Aussie Cheese Fries

The Aussie Cheese Fries are crispy french fries smothered in melted Monterey jack cheese, cheddar cheese, and chopped bacon.

They’re served with a side of house-made ranch dressing. They’re cheesy, salty, and fully loaded.

These are not exactly low-calorie snacks, but that’s ok since they’re perfect for sharing with friends!

One order of Aussie Cheese Fries contains 2620 calories.

20. Blue Cheese Pecan Chopped Salad

I understand that not everyone likes blue cheese, but it lends a savory saltiness to dishes that’s hard to replicate with a different ingredient.

It’s especially good when paired with sweet and rich ingredients, like the cinnamon pecans in this salad.

The Blue Cheese Pecan Chopped Salad is made with chopped mixed greens, red cabbage, shredded carrots, cinnamon pecans, blue cheese crumbles, and “Aussie Crunch” – a crispy fried noodle topping.

The salad is then tossed with blue cheese vinaigrette.

The Blue Cheese Pecan Chopped Salad is only available as a side salad and contains 590 calories.

19. Kookaburra Wings

Wings are a crowd-pleasing appetizer, and Outback’s Kookaburra wings are no exception.

They’re breaded and fried chicken wings tossed in a secret spice blend.

As a result, they’re crispy and juicy and can be made as spicy as you want.

The wings are available plain or tossed in mild, medium, or hot sauce. They’re served with celery and a side of blue cheese dressing.

You can also order the wings without breading if you prefer them that way.

One order of Kookaburra Wings contains 1360 to 1420 calories (depending on the sauce you choose.)

18. The Bloomin’ Burger

Every friend group includes that one person who, no matter where you choose to eat, just wants a burger.

I know several people like this, and admittedly I have also been that person before.

When you decide on a group trip to Outback Steakhouse, this is the ultimate option for the “burger friend.”

The Bloomin’ Burger is a unique Outback-style burger.

It’s a juicy beef burger cooked to order and topped with fried “Bloomin’ Onion petals,” American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, spicy house-made pickles, and a signature spicy bloom sauce, a spicy, zesty mayo-based sauce.

The Bloomin’ Burger comes with a side of Aussie fries. It contains 970 calories on its own and 1470 calories, including the fries.

17. Butter Cake

The Butter Cake is somehow rich and decadent yet light at the same time.

It has a flavor similar to pound cake but with a lighter, less-dense texture and a gooey center.

It also has a thin layer of butter cookie crust that adds a pleasant texture and even more buttery flavor.

This is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a sweet way to end your meal but aren’t in the mood for chocolate.

The Butter Cake dessert is served with house-made whipped cream and strawberries, containing 840 calories.

16. Queensland Chicken & Shrimp Pasta

The Queensland Chicken & Shrimp Pasta is the ultimate comfort food on Outback’s menu.

It’s carby, creamy, and cheesy – need I say more?

If you’re not a red meat eater and find yourself at Outback, this pasta is a great way to indulge with the best of them.

It is made with grilled chicken and shrimp served over fettuccine noodles tossed in alfredo sauce – a white sauce made with cream and parmesan cheese.

If you prefer, you can order this dish with just chicken, shrimp, or pasta with no meat.

The pasta doesn’t come with a side and contains 1360 calories. However, you can add a soup or salad for around $4.99 – $6.99, depending on your location.

15. Strawberry Salad

The Strawberry Salad is a newer addition to the Outback Steakhouse menu.

It’s fruity, bright, and refreshing, with just a touch of sweetness from the fresh strawberries.

It’s an excellent summery addition to your meal.

This salad is made from romaine lettuce, wild arugula, fresh strawberries, cinnamon pecans, and goat cheese crumbles. It’s tossed in a raspberry vinaigrette.

The Strawberry Salad is available as a side salad (390 calories) or an entree-sized salad.

Grilled or crispy chicken can be added to the entree salad, which contains 950 to 1170 calories, depending on the chicken you add.

14. Melbourne Porterhouse

The Melbourne Porterhouse is the steak you order to impress your friends. It’s an enormous steak – it’s actually two steaks in one.

A porterhouse contains both a New York strip and a tenderloin, separated by a t-shaped bone.

It’s the perfect option for those who are super hungry or indecisive.

The Melbourne Porterhouse is a 22-ounce steak and contains 660 calories. It comes with a steakhouse potato and a classic side dish.

13. Bloomin’ Fried Chicken

I will order a steak every time I go to Outback, but Bloomin’ Fried Chicken makes a strong case for switching up my M.O.

It’s savory, a little spicy, and unbelievably crispy.

It is made from boneless chicken breast battered in the same seasoned batter used to make the famous Bloomin’ Onion.

It’s fried and topped with a spicy mayo-based Bloom Sauce.

The Bloomin’ Fried Chicken is served as an entrée. It contains 920 calories and comes with two sides.

In addition, a lunch-sized portion is available for 680 calories.

There’s also a Bloomin’ Fried Chicken Sandwich available on the menu, which contains 710 calories.

It’s served on a bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and Bloom Sauce and comes with one side.

12. Steakhouse Mac & Cheese Bites

The Steakhouse Mac & Cheese Bites are an awesome shareable appetizer.

They’re an excellent choice when you’re just planning on going in for drinks and apps in the afternoon.

They are made from macaroni noodles with asiago, parmesan, and mozzarella cheese.

The mac and cheese is formed into breaded and fried balls until they’re crispy and golden on the outside and warm and gooey on the inside.

One order of Steakhouse Mac & Cheese Bites contains eight “bites” and is served with a side of house-made ranch dressing, containing 770 calories.

11. Classic Prime Rib

Prime rib is a quintessential special occasion meal. It takes several hours to make, and it’s only sold in limited supply, making it feel exclusive.

It also happens to be one of the juiciest, most tender cuts of meat on the Outback Steakhouse menu.

The Classic Prime Rib is coated in a flavorful herb crust and slow-roasted for several hours.

Then, it’s hand-carved into thick slices and served with an au jus.

Prime rib is perfect when served rare or medium rare – the slow roasting means it will be consistently cooked throughout and melt in your mouth.

However, if you prefer your steak more well done, you can request to have your slice of prime rib seared.

The Classic Prime Rib is available in two sizes. The 12-ounce portion contains 1330 calories, and the 16-ounce portion contains 1770 calories.

Both are served with a steakhouse potato and a classic side.

10. Tasmanian Chili

The Tasmanian Chili is Outback Steakhouse’s best soup (sorry, Baked Potato Soup!)

It’s an all-meat (no bean) chili that’s spicy but not so spicy that it destroys your taste buds.

It’s the heartiest Outback soup and is an excellent choice for the unlimited soup and salad lunch deal (though an additional charge is associated with it).

The chili is served topped with shredded cheese and sliced green onion. It’s available as a 200-calorie cup or a 390-calorie bowl.

9. Seared Peppered Ahi

Finding lighter bites at a place like Outback Steakhouse, a chain known for its hang-off-the-side-of-your-plate steaks, fried onions, and loaded potato dishes, can be challenging.

The Seared Pepper Ahi appetizer is a welcome digression from the norm. It’s light but packed with protein, fresh, and super flavorful.

It is made with Ahi tuna coated in a garlic pepper seasoning and then seared rare.

It’s served in thin slices with wasabi and a creamy ginger soy sauce.

It’s a great appetizer to share but also makes an excellent light lunch when paired with a vegetable or side salad.

One order of the Seared Peppered Ahi contains 460 calories.

8. Outback Ribs

Outback’s Ribs are tangy, sweet, and a little smoky. They’re fall-off-the-bone tender and are a delicious alternative to a steak dinner.

Or you could always enjoy the best of both worlds and order the Sirloin & Ribs Steak ‘N Mate Combo!

The baby back ribs at Outback are smoked, then brushed with BBQ sauce and char-grilled.

They’re served as a full rack (2940 calories) or a half rack (1530 calories) with two sides.

7. Over-the-Top Brussels Sprouts

The Over-the-Top Brussels Sprouts are not your grandma’s brussels sprouts.

They might not be the healthiest option for a vegetable side dish, but they’re addictively delicious.

They’re crispy and tender with spicy and bright toppings, making them the best side dish at Outback Steakhouse.  

These are roasted brussels sprouts topped with bacon, Fresno chilies, parsley, and a drizzle of lemon aioli.

You can order them as a side to your meal (for an upcharge) or a la carte. One order contains 1010 calories.

6. Grilled Shrimp on the Barbie

Grilled Shrimp on the Barbie is an Outback Steakhouse classic and the best seafood option on the menu.

The secret to its lasting success lies in its simplicity.

It’s made with shrimp seasoned with a flavorful blend of herbs and spices and flame grilled.

It is available as an appetizer or an entrée.

The appetizer contains 580 calories and is made with flame-grilled shrimp served on garlic toast with a side of rémoulade sauce.

5. Chocolate Thunder From Down Under

No matter where I’m dining, if there’s a brownie sundae on the menu, I will order it.

The Chocolate Thunder From Down Under is Outback’s best dessert and the ultimate brownie sundae.

It’s made with a super-fudgy pecan brownie topped with vanilla ice cream, warm chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and chocolate shavings.

It’s a generous enough portion to share, containing 1520 calories.

4. The Wallaby Darned

Outback’s signature frozen bellini-style cocktail, the Wallaby Darned, is worth a trip to the restaurant all on its own.

It’s a frosty concoction that’s light, juicy, and addictively refreshing.

The Wallaby Darned is made with peaches, vodka, prosecco, and peach schnapps.

It’s served frozen and blended.

You can also order it “Aussie-style” by adding a float of prosecco on top.

3. Alice Springs Chicken

You’ll find dozens of copycat recipes for Alice Springs Chicken online. It’s so good that people can’t stop trying to recreate this dish at home.

It’s a reasonably healthy entrée, but bacon and cheese make it feel decadent.

The sautéed mushrooms and honey mustard sauce provide a nice balance of savory, sweet, and a little spice.

It is made with grilled chicken breast topped with sautéed mushrooms, bacon, melted cheddar and Monterey jack cheeses, and honey mustard sauce.

The Alice Springs Chicken contains 770 calories and is served with two sides.

2. Bloomin’ Onion

The most famous Outback Steakhouse menu item isn’t even a steak. According to Outback, approximately one of every four appetizers ordered is a Bloomin’ Onion.

This appetizer hardly needs an introduction, but if you’ve never seen one, it consists of an extra-large onion cut into the shape of a blossoming flower, battered and fried.

The Bloomin’ Onion is battered in Outback’s proprietary seasoned Bloomin’ batter and fried until golden brown.

The crispy “petals” are meant to be torn off the onion and dipped in the accompanying creamy, spicy “bloom sauce.”

One Bloomin’ Onion contains 1620 calories. It’s the perfect appetizer to share with friends.

1. Bone-In Ribeye

If you’re going to a steakhouse, chances are you’re going for a steak, and the Bone-In Ribeye is the best steak at Outback.

It’s tender and juicy and the most flavorful steak on the menu.

In addition, the marbled fat and bone in the steak impart a ton of flavor to the meat as it cooks.

So when I’m going to Outback, this is the steak I’m ordering.

The Bone-In Ribeye is an 18-ounce steak that contains 910 calories. It comes with a steakhouse potato and a classic side.


As one of the best steakhouse chains, Outback Steakhouse offers a variety of juicy, tender, and delicious steaks.

The Outback Steakhouse menu also includes many appetizers and side dishes to accompany your steaks and non-steak meals for those who don’t eat red meat (or simply aren’t in the mood.)

The variety of options on the menu makes the chain a great choice for dining with a group of friends – and the huge, shareable appetizers are the perfect way to kick off that meal!

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About the Author

Lauren Vigdor is a creative writer and hospitality professional with over a decade of experience in the food and beverage industry. She specializes in food and beverage writing.

Her book, “Drink Like a Bartender,” was written as a guide to help novice drinkers navigate the beverage world and was rated one of Forbes Magazine’s Best Bar Books of 2017.

March 9, 2023