Four of us went here recently to celebrate a birthday and our reservations were for 7:30 on a Saturday evening. The restaurant was very busy, even during this off-season, but we had a terrific experience. One had the eleven ounce filet, another had the steak Diane, a third tried the rack of lamp and the fourth had lobster bisque and an appetizer. Everything was wonderful and we all agreed we had enjoyed one of our finer restaurant meals ever. The steaks were done just right. Usually, there are some scraps on the plate, but these were absolutely licked clean. On the lamb dish, a few lonely but clean bones were left. The a la carte vegetables, a potato dish and some creamed spinach, were fabulous. We expect a lot when we dine at a Capital Grill, and usually we enjoy a very fine meal, but this was truly one of the best. The service was outstanding and the wine list, which is particularly broad and deep, was great. We had two bottles of a South African wine that was as complex and delicious as we've had in a long time. The wine prices were not at all outrageous. With four meals, sides, two desserts and two bottles of wine, the tab was about $100 per person, tip included.
We look at the three chains of fine steak/chop houses (Ruth's Chris, Morton's and Capital Grill) as 'expense account' restaurants. They are simply more expensive than most and have earned their own reputations. We find Morton's to be obscene, if only for the family-sized meats and baseball bat asparagus tips, and we are always overwhelmed by the gaudiness. Ruth's Chris has always been very good in our experience, and we almost always enjoy dining there. But this trip to Capital was truly magnificent and while we don't dine at these places often, we will make it a point to go back to the Tampa location one day soon. It is worth the trip.
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