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“Great Experience ”

Charley's Steak House
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Ranked #33 of 3,808 Restaurants in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $80
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Charley's Steak House has created a unique dining experience unsurpassed in the industry. The restaurant's namesake, Charley Woodsby, co-founder of the Red Lobster chain, was honored by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. After selling Red Lobster to General Mills in 1970, Charley and his son Ron Woodsby developed Talk of the Town Restaurants - the corporate parent to Charley's Steak House. Over the years the Woodsby's have become "beef aficionados" with a steadfast formula for success: feature only Midwest grain-fed USDA Prime & Choice beef, age on-site for 4 to 6 weeks, and have management cut meat daily and season for 30 hours to create distinctive flavor. The steak is then flame-grilled over a 1200° open pit, fueled with a combination of Florida citrus & oak wood. This carefully monitored process provides for quality, tenderness and a tantalizing taste that elevates Charley's to the ultimate steakhouse experience. Since its inception, Charley's Steak House has prided itself on being a traditional steakhouse. But with the rise in number of savvy diners came the need to evolve the definition of 'steakhouse'. Instituting a corporate chef and placing managing chefs at each location, Charley's has advanced into a traditional steakhouse with culinary flair featuring chef-driven appetizers and entrees as well as established menu items.
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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“Great Experience ”
Reviewed November 15, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I had the Châteaubriand with a couple of sides. The food quality was excellent and nicely complimented by the surroundings and ambiance. Our waiter was Travis who looked after us throughout the meal. Overall a great experience.

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Ocala, Florida
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“This was our fifth visit to this place and it seems it's just as bad this time.”
Reviewed November 13, 2013

We had been told after three terrible past experiences with steak orders that we should order the prime rib, so this time we did just that. Neither mine nor my wife's was cooked as we ordered and they were very, very dry and had little flavor.

First of all, we ordered a salad, appetizer and baked potato. When the salad was delivered, the server brought the wrong dressing. Then the steak arrived and my wife received a well done steak insted of medium and french fries instead of baked potato. My steak was well done instead instead of medium rare, so we had to wait another 30 minutes to get replacements. We did not eat all of the steaks, but decided to bring them home and use our microwave to see if we could add some flavor to them (and it worked). Finally, the appetizer was brought out and we asked why it was brought out AFTER the main course was finished and the server answered, "That's the way we do it here."

I really don't know why we continue to go there, but I guess we think it will change for the better someday, but it seems to be getting worse.

  • Visited October 2013
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Virginia Beach
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20 reviews
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“Very good experience”
Reviewed November 12, 2013

Service by Travis excellent. He was friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu. Very good selection of wine according to my brother in law. Definitely pricey but worth a visit. The booths were a little snug for 4 people. Will recommend to family and friends and will come back next time we are in Orlando.

  • Visited November 2013
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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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“By far the Best Steak we have ever had! ”
Reviewed November 12, 2013 via mobile

Loved it! The service was spot on, decor is maybe a little dated but we certainly don't judge a restaurant on that as the food was to die for! The steak was without a doubt the best we have ever had! If we didn't live a ten hour flight journey away we would be there on a weekly basis!

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Orlando, Florida
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“Not what it used to be”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

As a Central Florida native and long time customer my wife and I would go to Charlie's Steakhouse a couple of times a year, usually on Birthdays and anniversaries. The last time we went we discovered they remodeled but much to our surprise they not only remodeled, they changed the entire concept, no more salad bar, no longer offer several cuts of steak, changed menu etc. Now its like most any other steak restaurant chain, even the service we received was lacking which was something the "old" Charlie's Steakhouse used to pride themselves with and the steak was average. It used to be a treat to go to Charlie's because it was unique, had atmosphere, the best steak and service money could buy. It was a Central Florida icon and well known throughout the US as "the" place to get a steak, now its just like any other "cookie cutter" steak place, nothing special about it anymore. We won't be going back, they've lost a long time customer. Now we just go a chain steak restaurant to celebrate special dates because its no different than Charlie's Steakhouse.

  • Visited February 2013
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