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“Premium prices, low-grade food.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of LongHorn Steakhouse

LongHorn Steakhouse
21075 Dulles Town Circle, Dulles, VA 20166-2417
+1 571-434-8501
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Ranked #10 of 49 Restaurants in Dulles
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Reston, Virginia
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9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Premium prices, low-grade food.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

The decor is the usual junk littering the walls that franchise places use to simulate a sort of western days-of-old look... and if everything weren't so visibly nailed down, it be a bit better.

Reception at noon (which should have been bustling but on MLK/Inauguration day was empty) couldn't have care less... and the server was little better.

The steak was small, and - although ordered 'medium' - seemed to have been kept on a steam table for a while and would be completely misleading if I were to say 'well done.' Not a bad flavor, but dry and hard to cut - even with the mammoth knife served with it.

The fries were similarly old and the bread, which I've read elsewhere was supposed to have been good, was a doughy, inappropriately sweetened thing that was better left untouched but that the wait for service left us little choice.

The steaks at a Ponderosa are better (and they're not really anything to brag about).

For about 10% more than the price of lunch here, we could have done Ruth Chris's place - meaning both joints are a complete gouge - and had something good to eat.

One more note, and this goes out to the majority of "chefs" at joints like this: Black Pepper is not the only spice you have to work with. It's on the table, which means you don't need to use it at all.

'Hot' is not a flavor nor a compliment... it's a nuisance. It's original purpose was to help hide the fact that a lack of refrigeration meant you might be serving meat that was well on its way to rotting. I guess that means that Longhorn's reliance on it sort of proves my point about the quality of their food.

Hiding low quality and long stored meat under a slathering of peppers (meaning mostly ground black pepper and anything hot enough to hide the real flavor) means you lack creativity and fear throwing out the stuff that should never be served.

Please try harder to make something palatable appear on every plate.

I'll wait a year and try again.

The entire Darden line is now on my "probably not" list.

PS: GET RID OF THE TV!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Richmond, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Not everything We Expected”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

This reasonable priced steakhouse was pretty much average in food taste and service. The server missed three requests and did not have his head in the game. The description of my steak on the menu and the result did not meet my expectations. The server could not even explain how the sauce looks (creamy or clear). I don't think that it had any on it.

Visited October 2012
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New York City, New York
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64 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“When I'm hungry, feed me red meat!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

Being a self styled steak expert, I'm always suspect at the huge chains. I had the porterhouse and it was well trimmed, tender and prepared exactly as ordered. My SO had the bass filets with a sauce of shrimp and lobster with a side of their sweet potato bits (sort of sweet potato tots, as the waiter described, and before you turn up your nose, they were fabulous). Everything was good and both entrees came with a huge house salad.

We had the black and blue margarita which was crushed blueberries and blackberries blended with lime and Tequila. Delish and two full classes for $7.99.

Glad we came.

Visited October 2012
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Marietta, Georgia
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“Excellent service and food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

We (party of 3) arrived at the restaurant at 9:40pm and, even though it was closing at 10pm, the service was impeccaple. From the host to the server to the quality of the meals. Our steaks were cooked to perfection, our drinks refilled promptly, we did not feel rushed at any time. Recommend the shrimp and lobster starter.

Visited September 2012
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Sterling, Virginia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great food..fix the A/C”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

During the most recent heat wave, the a/c in the bar area was not working. The bartender said "yeah, it never works". Major turnoff. Went next door to RedLobster.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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