I am an Outback Best Mate Ambassador. While I received gift cards and compensation as part of this role, my love out Outback and opinions on the restaurant are my own.
Eating out can be stressful – especially with kids. During the holiday season it gets even crazier as it seems that everyone is heading to their favorite restaurants for holiday celebrations. On average, wait times at restaurants during this time of the year are around 40 minutes – which is longer than it takes my family to cook and eat at home – so we’ve been avoiding getting stuck in the lines. But let’s face it – mama gets tired of cooking sometimes and sacrifices have to be made!
Just last weekend, after my older son’s basketball game, the hubby suggested that we go out to dinner. After a little grimace and wondering if I could talk him out of it, I remembered that one of our favorite restaurants, Outback Steakhouse, is making getting seated easier than ever! With click through seating, I was able to hop on my phone, see how long the wait was and even get on the wait list while we were still at the game ensuring that our wait time was not something to stress out about!
Now I’ll admit that I started checking the wait time early. Why? Well because that last time the hubs and I headed to Outback we went super early and still had a long wait. I get it, I really do. Everyone loves Outback. And I don’t mind the wait when he and I can have a seat at the bar and talk. But when we’ve got two kids and my mother-in-law with us, I don’t want to take chances no matter how early we plan to eat!
It was a good thing we were prepared to because even with early afternoon seating we were amazed to see a wait. Thankfully before we even left the game, we had our name on the wait list and our time confirmed, ensuring that when we arrived at the restaurant, we would spend minimal time waiting!
Click through seating literally took 30 seconds and ensured that when we arrived at the restaurant, we would not spend tons of time waiting and would instead be seated at our table quicker so we could start enjoying our food! Confident in our decision to eat out without the wait, we headed to Outback to see how effective click through seating would be.
Even thought the wait list was already growing, we were seated literally within minutes and had our appetizer on the table in less time that we thought possible. We had always thought a long wait was just the price of going to Outback and were amazed that on a Saturday night we were able to get in and have our food quickly!
We watched as people took their places in the front of the restaurant, adding their names to the wait list and we couldn’t help but feel like we had discovered a secret that we wanted to share! Because we have never before known that the Outback experience could be so easy!
Where normally both kids are tired of waiting and ready to leave before the food even arrives, this time they still had big smiles on their faces and hadn’t even gotten bored with their games when their food was set in front of them. My older even looked up and said “Wow! That was quick!”
In fact, with all the time we saved with Click Through seating, we decided to indulge a little with a perfect Outback dessert! What better way to spend our extra time than with a Chocolate Thunder from Down Under, right?
And at the end of our meal? Well, we were all smiles. There was no frustration at wasted time. There was no grumpiness caused by endless waits. Instead, from youngest to oldest, everyone in our party was more than happy after having a great meal in an amazing amount of time!
After all, we had laughed, smiled and filled our bellies with fabulous food. The only thing we hadn’t done was waited! So what did we do with that extra time? Well, we squeezed in a little Christmas shopping! And that was a welcome change from how our nights out have gone in the past!
If you’re ready to start enjoying your time and you meal and stop waiting, it’s time to discover Click Through seating from Outback Steakhouse! Add your name to the waiting list before you head out at Outback.com and make more out of your holiday time by spending less time waiting!