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The Capital Grille Steaks & Wines: A Review

Capital Grille 2 300x139 The Capital Grille Steaks & Wines: A ReviewUpscale Steak Chain with a Wine List Unmatched

By Matt Goldstein & Carolynn Chapman

Considered to be the dry aged steak specialists with a wine list of over 350 wines and over 40 locations, the Capital Grille has a unique take on the upscale steak chain.  With handcrafted mahogany, leather chairs and metal dimples, walls lined by artwork, wine bottles and wine lockers, the Capital Grille sets the stage for a pricey menu with a high society like atmosphere.  We’ve reviewed everything from the wines, salads, steaks to desserts, and the Capital Grille has done some things perfectly and some others not so perfect.  It was main line restaurant week so we enjoyed a price fixed menu and the available wines by the glass.      

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Capital Grille ouside patio 272x300 The Capital Grille Steaks & Wines: A ReviewThe Flatbread: Excellent!  A

The butter for the Flatbread and other breads:  A

Seeded Bread and Onion Bread:  Just OK.  B-

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Rudi Weist Reisling, California:  A 

Very light, smooth, refreshing, balanced and perfect.   

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Russian River Chardonnay 2009, California:  C

When we were first brought over this $14 glass of wine it was spoiled.  This happens from time to time when ordering wines by the glass but if the Capital Grille wants to lead the pack in wines when compared to other upscale steak chains then it must take better care of their wines.  A simple rubber stopper / vacuum can easily solve this problem.  The spoiled wine was flat dead with an old scent.  We asked the waitress for a new glass and she obliged without hesitation.  The new glass?  Ahh!   Much crisper, light, dry, and refreshing.

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Caesar salad:  B

The salad was good but the croutons were a bit soggy, although that could have been intentional, but probably not.  The Caesar was good, not great. 

banfi rosa regale sparkling wine 126x300 The Capital Grille Steaks & Wines: A ReviewBanfi Rosa Regale Sparkling Wine, Italy:  A

This sparkling wine is a perfect sweet, light and bubbly with a thick mouth feel.

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Juan Gil Monastrell, Spain:  A

The Scent is strong, crisp, and dry with a great bite.  We love this red! 

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Bone-In Kona Crusted Dry Aged Sirloin with Caramelized Shallot Butter:  A+

First, we always recommend going bone in when selecting steak.  The bone in cut is always one of the best and most flavorful.  It’s never a bad move.  The Bone In Kona was a perfect medium rare with just hints of the grilled flavor and the Shallot butter compliments perfectly.  The Bone-In Kona is tender, juicy, flavorful and a perfect steak.   

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Creamed Spinach:  A+

The creamed spinach is absolutely out of control!

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Mushroom Crusted Tournedos:  A

A heavenly cut of steak, and extremely tender beef, even when medium well.  The mushrooms are absolutely perfect with a wonderful texture.  The mushrooms taste like steak on the grill with a perfect snap.  An excellent steak plate.    

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Chocolate Espresso Flourless Cake:  A+

Phenomenal, dry and perfect, we will be ordering more flourless everywhere after this experience. 

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Crème Brule:  Just Average, C+ / B-

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Bodegas Nietos Malbec Senetier Reserve, Argentina:  A- 

Light, dry, easy drinking and fruity with a dry finish.  A solid Malbec. 

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Overall, we’d recommend the Capital Grille for anyone looking for an excellent steak with a great atmosphere, not to mention the excellent.  The wait staff went above and beyond the expected call of duty.  Just know that the Capital Grille will come with a steep price tag.  We got out of there for about $200 with tip for everything listed above.  Keep in mind however, it was restaurant week with a price fixed menu so if you’re planning to order this amount of food and drink, expect about $250 with tip included.  Aside from the spoiled wine, soggy croutons and average Crème Brule, the overall food, wine and steak experience at the Capital Grille was excellent.  Our only regret is not getting to try the lobster mac & cheese.  Everyone raves about it. 

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