Pros: Professional service. Good menu.
Cons: Prices are too high for the lunch crowd.
We had a gift certificate to use at Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill, or Carrabba's Italian Grill. We have recently been to Outback, so yesterday decided on Carrabba's.
We had previously tried to go there, only to find out that they didn't open until 4.00 p.m. The only day that they opened at mid-day was a Sunday. That recently changed, so it gave us the opportunity of trying it out.
We arrived about 12.30 p.m., and were greeted upon our arrival. We looked around, and there were only one or two tables in use. The host took us to a booth right next to the entrance. This was fine, as Len could see the open kitchen, and I was facing him.
Our server came out with menus, and removed 2 other place settings that weren't needed. He took our drinks order. We looked at the menu, and I fancied the Shrimp Scampi, and the Crab Cakes, for our appetizer. When Sean came back with our drinks, I had decided on the Crab Cakes at $10.70.
He put that order in for us, and came back with fresh bread, and seasoned olive oil for dipping. There was a regular menu, and a specials menu. I decided to go for one of the specials, which was Sirloin and Crab Stuffed Shrimp @ $18.90. It came with either salad, or soup, and a side. I chose a salad with balsamic dressing on the side, and cavatappi amatriciana. Len never goes for anything fancy, so stuck with Lasagna @ $14, and salad with Italian on the side. He wanted Ranch dressing, but he was out of luck.
The bread was crisp on the outside, and doughy on the inside. It was perfect for dipping.
A few minutes later our crab cakes came out. Len was surprised at how small they were, for the price. They had plenty of lump crab meat in them, and had a roasted red bell pepper sauce, to the side of them. I enjoyed the taste of mine, but Len's was gone in a couple of bites.
Our server came back and brought another diet coke for Len. I had only just started my water. As soon as I had finished my crab cake, he came with our salads. They looked really fresh and crisp. We both had the dressing on the side. Len poured his Italian dressing on his salad, and said that it tasted okay. I know he missed the Ranch dressing, because he didn't finish his salad. I only ate about half of mine, as I was already getting full up.
My dinner consisted of a 'USDA Choice 7 oz. sirloin paired with three shrimp stuffed with tender jumbo lump crabmeat and peppers and topped with our lemon butter sauce' and my pasta. Len had a medium size piece of Lasagna.
Len had no trouble eating all of the Lasagne on his plate. I ate my 3 stuffed shrimp that tasted really good. I cut my steak down the middle, as I had ordered it medium, with no blood. It was red, and cold in the middle, but no blood, which surprised me. I gave Len a slice to try as he likes his rare, and he said that the flavor was good. I did eat a couple of thin slices of the steak, and left the rest to be boxed up. I brought the pasta home too.
Our server did bring Len another diet coke, and a water for me. He brought out boxes for my leftovers, and also a bag with bread, herbs, and olive oil.
We had 2 Managers come over and check on us, as well as our server coming back often.
Before leaving I needed the restrooms, so I looked around the restaurant while walking there. There were tables in the middle, and booths along the edges. The kitchen was open, and Len had said that he could see flames rising out of it. Carrabba's was a typical Italian style restaurant with the usual decor. The tables were wooden, and there was carpet on the floor. The lighting was dim.
The toilets were spotless, as I was probably the first person to go in. The seats were still in the up position.
I can see why this restaurant only opens early at the weekends. For Port Richey it is a higher end restaurant, and more suitable for dinner. Lunch costing around $50, with no alcohol, and only a diet coke, is more than we normally pay. It was a nice experience, but I would prefer to be down in Treasure Island, eating at Britt's Coal Fire Pizza. You get change out of $20, and so much food.
If we plan a romantic dinner, which lasts the evening, it would certainly be worth it. We were out in 1 hour and 10 minutes.
The location we visited was:
10110 US Hwy 19N,
Mon: 4:00 PM-10:00 PM
Tue: 4:00 PM-10:00 PM
Wed: 4:00 PM-10:00 PM
Thu: 4:00 PM-10:00 PM
Fri: 4:00 PM-11:00 PM
Sat: 12:00 PM-11:00 PM
Sun: 12:00 PM- 9:00 PM