Update March 2017
I wrote the article below (“How to Eat Cheaply at Outback Steakhouse in Korea”) over 10 years ago, so the coupons are probably not relevant anymore.
Also, I don’t live in South Korea anymore, so if you want to find out about current deals at Outback Steakhouse Korea, I recommend you ask some Korean speaking friends if they have been there and how to get discounts (such as their VIP club).
If you are living in Korea and want some good steak meals I still remember it as great food.
There are lots of Korean blogs talking about “How to eat cheaply at Outback Steakhouse.” You may laugh at me for this, but before I went there for the first time, I studied about the tactics for about one hour.
It was worth doing, because as you know it is so expensive to eat there. (Especially as their price on the menu doesn’t include VAT.)
So here it goes.
Ways to eat cheaply at Outback Steakhouse
1. Visit during lunch time (12 -5 pm). They have a good range of lunch time menus, and lunch has more courses included for the price (soup, salad, drinks).
2. Become a member and get a free coupon. Print out the Birthday coupon. (You can get this birthday coupon once a year, but you can use it any time you want.) With this you can get a free appetizer (with one meal minimum purchase). You can choose one amongst Bloomin’ Onion, Coogee Bay Calamari, and Rangeland rib lets.
a) If you choose to have Rangeland rib lets with a free coupon, the real saving starts from now. (If you go there with more than one person that is). Say that you want to use this birthday coupon, and say that you want to add some topping or side menu. such as chicken breast (for only extra 2,900 won -US $3.00) Then it is a smaller version of the Drover’s Platter. You pay only 2,900 won for this great meal. (It is as filling as the other steaks too.)
b) If you don’t want to bother with this coupon, then order half ribs on the barbie from lunch time set menus, at lunch time of course. Add chicken breast as a side meal. Then it is also a Drover’s Platter. (You will pay 16,400 won before VAT, so you only save 3,500 won. still better than nothing.)
3. Ask for as much bushman bread as you want. It is free with the meals (and unlimited refills). Also, before you leave the table, ask for take away bread if they haven’t given some to you. (It is also free. When I ask they usually give me 2 loaves of bread in a bag.)
4. If you are having some beverages such as coke, sprite, lemonade , and even fresh juice etc, once you finish it, you can ask for soft drink refills as much as you want. (Though you can only ask for a cheaper soft drink like coke, fanta, sprite etc.) But, it’s still better than nothing.
Disclaimer – I don’t work for or paid by Outback Steakhouse Korea. I just want you to know this information that most Koreans already know.
(Photo credit: www.outback.co.kr)