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DineSite: Charley's Steak House

8255 International Drive
Orlando, Florida

Website: http://www.charleyssteakhouse.com 
Phone: 407-363-0228
Cuisine: American
Review: 15.75/20
Journal entries: Date, Atmosphere, Food, Winelist, Service, Other
May 17, 2006

Atmosphere is lively, slightly crowded, a bit rustic as the facility is starting to be a bit dated. The grill is predominantly displayed behind the hostess podium accentuates the point that this is a steakhouse first and foremost although they feature a broad selection of seafood as well.  The restaurant is nationally recognized and carries several major awards. It is affiliated with the neighboring Vito's Chophouse which is apparent as they have almost identical menus. Vito's winelist is broader and deeper and the decor newer and fresher being a new facility.
Atmosphere - 4/5

Food - The beef is aged and carefully selected and cut daily on premises by the staff. There is a  broad selection of beef and seafood and an adequate selection of starters and deserts. The servings are super-sized and come ala carte. Steaks were good but not exceptional. Their style to offer massive desserts detracts from their effectiveness as they force sharing of one selection vs. individual selections by each diner.
Food - 4/5

Wine - The wine list is broad and deep. They have a reasonable corkage policy allowing special dinners to be enjoyed with special wines which was important since we had a special group and  occasion. See Wine Journal.
Wine - 4/5

Service was adequate but not particularly personable or attentive.
Service - 3.75/5

Overall Rating - 15.75/20



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