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“Service was great but the ambience, food and prices weret terrible.”
Review of The Outside Inn

The Outside Inn
Ranked #6 of 133 Restaurants in Sierra Vista
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $42
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Fine dining restaurant with a casual atmosphere. Open Tuesday- Saturday 11AM-2PM Lunch Service & Dinner Service 4PM-9PM Sunday Brunch 9AM-2PM Closed Mondays Kid Friendly Atmosphere
Sierra Vista, Arizona
1 review
“Service was great but the ambience, food and prices weret terrible.”
Reviewed August 21, 2010

Heard others talk about this place so a group of us decided to give it a try. As soon as you walk in you feel like you are walking into an old shack or house that was converted into a restaurant. The acoustics are so bad that you have to speak about 5 octaves higher then you would in any other restaurant just to be heard. It echoes so bad makes you feel like you are in a warehouse or a locker room. The decor reminded us of an old bed and breakfast form the forties.

From the time we ordered or meal it took almost 30 minutes until all of us had our soup or salad. Really? It is soup or salad so why does it take that long to get it to the table? Once we all finished the soup or salad we still had to wait almost an hour to get our main dish and again they brought it to our table 2 or 3 plates at a time. I can’t believe that it took over an hour to get us our main course.

My main course was supposed to be the seafood special with an 8oz lobster tail, shrimp and scallops. What I received was half a lobster tail, 3 shrimp and 3 scallops. Hardly close to what I was expecting for the price. Speaking about the price each meal was priced at least twice the amount of what you would expect to pay for the amount and quality of food they deliver.

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English first
Arizona
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Excellent food, great hosts”
Reviewed August 20, 2010

A small family owned place where the quality of food is always fresh and excellent. The chef tries new soups and specials so as to create variety. Desserts are homemade and wonderful--although they vary as well. One secret--if you want a real lunch, including fresh seafood, complete with soup or salad for $10 this is the place!

(Note one reviewer stated there were only 7 tables. They were obviously referring to the front dining area--there is a back room of full of tables.)

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North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
315 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 363 helpful votes
“Service, ambience and food were great”
Reviewed June 12, 2010

The last time we ate here several years ago, it wasn't a good experience. But since then, I've heard some good things about the place. So hubby and I decided to celebrate our anniversary here last night. We had reservations and arrived a little early but we were seated right away.

First off, the dining room consists of just 7 tables. They probably could fit a few more in but then, it would be impossible to have a private conversation with your dinner partner. I appreciate that the restaurant gives their guests personal space.

Both our wines arrived a little warm. My pinot grigio would have been better if it had been chilled slightly. My husband's merlot needed to breathe a little more too.

My house salad with the bleu cheese vinaigrette was more than enough for one serving. I liked it except for the shredded radishes. Since they were shredded, it was difficult to separate them from the salad. I didn't finish an otherwise good salad. My husband's caesar salad was also more than enough for one person.

Our entrees arrived within 20 minutes of ordering then. My pecan spiced scallops were cooked perfectly and simply delicious. The risotto was also cooked perfectly but the broccoli was a little underdone and flavorless. My husband ordered the surf and turf. It's a huge meal and after the big salad he had, he couldn't finish it all. The lobster was sweet and cooked exactly right while the steak filet was cooked medium rare the way he likes it. This was a truly delicious and enjoyable meal.

We ordered the chocolate mousse to share. It was a little disappointing. It didn't have a strong chocolate flavor that I like in a mousse. The whipped cream tasted artificial and had a slightly grainy texture. I didn't finish it.

Service was pleasant and efficient. Our waitress was helpful with questions and seemed knowledgeable about the menu and wines. When she gave us our check, she also asked us to fill out a small journal about our dining experience. In looking through it, I read some of the mostly positive experiences of other diners. It's the first time we've ever been asked to do that in a restaurant before.

Our total dinner bill came to a little over $80. We didn't order an appetizer, we shared dessert and we only had one glass of wine each. I think the prices are appropriate for the service and food that we got. We enjoyed the relaxed and comfortable atmosphere of the restaurant and had a really nice anniversary dinner. We will definitely come back.

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Green Valley, Arizona
Level 6 Contributor
62 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Great restaurant in area.”
Reviewed April 4, 2010

Enjoyable service, very good food, reasonably priced, nice ambiance.

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Thank Voyaging
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Arizona
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“go with seafood and dessert”
Reviewed March 26, 2010

The food does seem to be a bit overpriced for the quality. They do seafood very well. However, we had six at our table and both chicken dishes were very dry and the steaks were overcooked. The filet mignon and stuffed lobster were good. We also very much loved the cheese and fruit platter. Our favorite part of the evening was the amazing flourless chocolate torte, that definitely made the trip worth it. We will be going back for the torte. It was absolutely amazing!!

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Thank endthought
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