TAMPA, Fla. – For the third consecutive year, Outback Steakhouse has been recognized as serving the Best Steak in Zagat's 2011 National Chain Restaurants Survey.

More than 6,000 ZAGAT.com diners participated in the survey, which included 137 of the nation's largest restaurant chains, and judged the quality of food, facilities and service using Zagat's signature 30-point scale. The survey participants eat at chain restaurants an average of 10.7 times per month.

"It is an honor to be recognized once again by those who enjoy dining out and use Zagat as their key guide to dining options," said Jeff Smith, Outback Steakhouse president. "We are also thrilled to be recognized in Zagat's Best Value category again this year.”

"All of our beef is grain fed, aged to perfection, hand-trimmed and then grilled to order in our restaurants," said John Li, Outback Steakhouse senior vice president of culinary innovation. "We've always sought out the best, freshest ingredients to create great tasting, signature flavors. We start every day fresh by chopping, dicing and stirring fresh ingredients just the way our customers like it."