I haven't been to a Shula's in over ten years but from what I remembered it was an excellent experience at the Orlando, Fl location. We tried the Center Valley location as a last minute stop and was pleased that we could get a seat right away around 8:30pm. The service was excellent and the atmosphere was quite elegant except for the battery operated candle that had failed at our table, Shula's first fumble on detail. Shula's second fumble was advertising a bottle of Benegas Malbec 2010 but brought out a bottle from 2011. Now I'm not sure if the 2010 year was better than the 2011, but attention to detail is a must at a fine dining establishment. Shula's third fumble was on the appetizers. We ordered the BBQ Shrimp and Lobster Bisque. While they did serve four colassal shrimp, they were drowned in BBQ sauce. Probably to help hide the toughness of the shrimp. As for the lobster bisque, not enough lobster and too much tomato base in the soup. Not what you expect from a high end restaurant. For dinner, I ordered the 22oz. Cowboy Ribeye. Shula's fourth fumble. While the steak was cooked to right temperature, as I ordered medium rare, Shula's most flavorable steak had no flavor at all. I have had numerous steak dinners at Shulas's competitors, Morton's, Ruth Chris, The Palm, and Ben Benson's to name a few, but I have to say Shula's Cowboy Ribeye ranks near the bottom for taste versus these high end players. Shula's fifth and final fumble was lost on the Apple Cobbler. In short, overdone. Now I am sure the great Don Shula would agree with me, you can not win many games when you keep fumbling the ball away. Shula's needs to rewrite the playbook and fine tune the details in order to play with the high end steakhouses.
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