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0.4 miles from Smithsonian Institution Building
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You are cordially invited to join us for an evening or afternoon of relaxed elegance and exceptional cuisine. Our impressive menu of nationally renowned dry aged steaks and the freshest of seafood will ignite your culinary imagination as our award-winning wine list of more than 5,000 bottles awakens your inner sommelier. And as our gracious, knowledgeable servers delight you with their uncanny ability to anticipate your every need, you’ll experience firsthand why the American Culinary Federation recently bestowed upon us their “Achievement of Excellence Award.” Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or hosting a business luncheon or dinner, we can help you flawlessly pull off any private
PRICE RANGE
$25 - $100
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
CUISINES
Steakhouse
FEATURES
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed October 22, 2022 via mobile

I did not know what to expect when waking into the Capital Grille but it was over my expectations it was excellent the Korean bbq Bacon App was one of the best things I had during my entire time in DC a Must go in...the DMV areaMore

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 25, 2022 via mobile

What a wonderful, welcoming place for dinner. Our waiter, Koy Lopez was terrific. My husband enjoyed his clam chowder, and I had a terrific spinach with goat cheese salad. For dinner we had the bone in filet special, and the regular filet. Both steaks were...cooked to our liking.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 20, 2022

We ate here as a large group from a conference nearby and had a great time. Our group shared some appetizers (the fresh oysters, calamari, and the thick cut bacon really stand out in my memory). This is the first and original CG and it...shows. Our waiter took great care of us. For entrees, most of us had some cut of steak with a salmon, a sea bass, and two kids meals thrown into the mix. My dry aged porcini-mushroom rubbed bone-in ribeye was quite nice, but I have to admit the sides stole the show. The lobster mac and cheese, asparagus, corn, and salads were out of this world. I would come back for the thick cut bacon any night I could. Wine list was about 2x retail, so fairly reasonable. We had a great Tiganello and enjoyed our evening.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 8, 2022 via mobile

The Capital Grille on Pennsylvania Avenue in DC is a great place to go for quality food and much more. I really like their steaks that they have available here. The staff here is very friendly and accommodating to make sure that you have the...best meal possible. I have had an excellent experience every time I have been here.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 31, 2022 via mobile

A warm welcome when we arrived and then delightful service from Carlos in the bar where we enjoyed delicious pre-dinner cocktails (which were of a superb standard). Dinner was delicious - superb steaks and sides, really good quality beef and wine. The setting and environment...is very special and the service is experienced and knowledgable. In short, a superb and attractive venue, delicious food and high quality service. We’ll be back!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 30, 2022

I have the ribeye steak sandwich and a lot of fat on the corners. The first half of the sandwich was edible when I got to the second half of the sandwich it was all fat, very disappointed b the waitress said she would let...the cook know. I'm usually more forceful when I'm on a trip and I like to assert my dissatisfaction but since I was with people I did not do that Will not go back there.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 18, 2022

Delicious food. Great service. Atmosphere offers a sense of great history. I am from Tampa where the Capital grille is semi casual. This Capital Grille in DC is a bit more formal and definitely geared toward business/government officials.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed August 11, 2022 via mobile

This place was amazing from the minute we walked in to the moment we walked out. We had a reservation and got seated right away. We were surprised to be seated in a private room which made it perfect because we were celebrating a birthday!....Food was amazing from the apps to the dessert. Waiter was fabulous and very attentive. Thank you sooo much!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 6, 2022 via mobile

If I need to summarize my experience I would simply say: „Great and very friendly service combined with excellent food!“ I restaurant I can clearly recommend.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 12, 2022

In town 7/12 for our anniversary and a Nats game. Arrived @ 11:30 am when it opens. Many "movers & shakers" were already being seated. Our server was Tyler. Friendly and professional. Onion soup & Clam Chowder are good appetizers. Bone in NY Strip is...perfect. Sam's mashed potatoes are good to share. Tyler asked when we first sat down if it was a special event. We said we were back in town for our anniversary. At the end of our meal I wanted to order dessert but Tyler said I got this! He brought out a cute dessert sampler. We ate it then thought that we should have taken a picture. So we did anyhowMore

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 10, 2022

Dropped In for lunch and loved the place. Food was great and the wait staff was awesome. I'd highly reccommend this place.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 7, 2022

Sadly CG has gone WAY down hill. Not nearly enough staff and management that cares not about patrons, but about staff with the crisis of the moment.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 1, 2022 via mobile

This restaurant does not disappoint, you get a great meal with some great service . A favorite of politicians and famous folks in DC Our waiter ,Daniel ,was excellent and told us he was there fifteen years . So that means that they have dedicated...employees. The steaks were prepared just right and the sides were outstanding. This is a must visit steakhouse when in the DC area .More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 14, 2022

Being a foreigner, after 7 weeks in the US I wanted a decent meal and I found it here. We stopped in for lunch and I was surprised at how short their menu was. However, the selection was very nice and I found what I...wanted as did my niece who I was treating. The portion sizes were great (not too big) and the flavours and presentation of the food were top notch. I really appreciated the design and layout of the restaurant which gave a feeling of warmth and coziness as well as class. The booths and tables were well spaced out and it was clear that a number of business meetings were taking place but the great thing was that you couldn't hear anyone else's conversation. Whilst I didn't have a steak my niece did and I had a taste and it was beautifully done as was the salmon I had. I checked on their dress code before I went and they wanted people to be smart business casual effectively. Whilst the vast majority of men were in suits, I did notice that they let in a few people in shorts later on which surprised me as the notice at the door specifically prohibited shorts. It is a bit on the expensive side but for the class of the establishment and the quality of the food, this is value for money. I'll definitely be coming back on my next visit to the US.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 27, 2022

Two seniors had dinner here on a Monday evening. This is what you expect a steakhouse to be like. Nice decor. Ideal location. Waiter very knowledgeable and efficient. Food perfectly prepared and delicious. Pricey, but in line with most upscale steakhouses.

Date of visit: April 2022
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I don’t think there area any onion rings, but with such wonderful steak who would want anything else.
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