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“Second time around and still very good!”

Charley's Steak House
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Ranked #38 of 3,790 Restaurants in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $80
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, 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.
Tamarac, Florida
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118 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Second time around and still very good!”
Reviewed February 16, 2014

This was our second visit to Charley’s Steak House. Our first was a number of years ago in Kissimmee, this time it was in Orlando. Our first visit was very impressive. This time around it was equally impressive. My wife had the house Pino Grigio to get things rolling and she said it was the best she had tasted. The tray of meat they bring to the table so you may select your steak is overwhelming. It is a large cow on a platter! I selected a bone in rib eye steak and ordered it medium rare. It initially came much too rare but within minutes they had it back to me cooked perfectly. It had a wonderful char and a delicious woody taste. Instead of the house salad that normally comes with this $42 steak, I asked for a wedge salad (one of several salads not shown on the menu). There was an additional charge for the wedge salad but it was worth it. The bacon bits were fresh but very crisp and the dressing was creamy.
My wife does not eat meat and she did not feel like having a full meal. She ordered a Caesar’s salad with the most wonderful dressing. She followed that with a shrimp cocktail with 5 giant shrimps (could have been a full meal for me, too) that she struggled to finish. The shrimps were cold and crisp. The three different sauces were very good. One was regular red cocktail sauce with a nice little bite to it, a very mild tartar sauce, and a very good remoulade sauce. We were both too full to consider dessert although David Cross, our excellent and attentive waiter offered to bring the tray to tempt us.
Charley’s has been voted the #1 steak house in America on Tom Horan’s “America’s Top Ten Steak Houses.” That is quite an honor. I certainly would put it up there with Peter Luger’s or Smith & Wollensky’s and that is first rate company.

  • Visited February 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Valentine Day Dinner”
Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

A very lovely dinner starting with extra large shrimp cocktails 8 ounce filets lovely house salad stuffed baked potatoes and top it off with espresso!! OK it was expensive, but it was well worth it! Service excellent wonderful place for special times.......

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Orlando, Florida
2 reviews
“paid a lot for the name”
Reviewed February 15, 2014

I took 2 other couples for a Valentine dinner. Made reservation early and were seated by 5:30PM. Service started good lots of information but when it came to deliver,,,, major disappointment. Forgot to bring 1 entree steaks were warm and went to cold fast. Potatoes were cool brought to the waiters attention and they took the entree off the bill. We spent $600.00 and got a dining experience that did not even come close to the price. I believe they had the ability to deliver but poor management has to be to blame. Cold food and missed entrees is pretty basic . Sorry to be negative but at that price I would think there would be few mistakes.

  • Visited February 2014
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Orlando, Florida
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“Best valentines dinner ever”
Reviewed February 15, 2014

My partner and I had the most amazing dinner last night at Charley's. We were greeted as soon as we walked in and with our reservations we were sat immediately. The food came out fast hot and delicious. Imane, the GM, and her staff were moving and shaking all around the restaurant and very attentive to our needs. Can't wait to go back again.

  • Visited February 2014
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Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Always a great place for Steak!”
Reviewed February 15, 2014

This restaurant has never failed to please my taste for a great steak. The service was fantastic, the food incredible and the prices fare. Travelers you have to understand " Great food cost a little more!"

Visited February 2014
Thank William M
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