Two regular dining friends of mine and I had our monthly get together at Capital Grille during restaurant week. We are three, over 60 senior Fed-type women so a big time steak house isn't our usual choice. We all had steaks however and they were excellent. The restaurant week menu, for $35.14 plus tax and tip, had three starter choices (2 salads and clam chowder), four main choices (filet mignon, aged sirloin, lamb loin and salmon) and three desserts (flourless choc cake, berries and cream, something else...I stopped looking after the choc). A terrific and huge bread basket. Two of us had the aged sirloin which was superb. The filet, ordered medium, was overcooked - the server took it make with no question and another filet with additional sides of mashed potatoes (wonderful) and creamed spinach (meh...) was brought altho that involved two of us eating and another waiting...Service was great. Wines by the glass were very good if pricey ($15 per or so). Now for the downside. This is the kind of place that attracts the expense account crowd and they were there in force -- loud, hearty, boozy conversations the result. A place that specializes in expensive steaks should be able to cook a steak as ordered the first time. Even the two sirloins, ordered medium rare, were on the medium side although they were fine. It was a Thursday night, so shouldn't have been any busier than usual. So, bottom line, this was a great deal for restaurant week. Too much money, even for a great steak, considering all is ala carte usually. If you are into celebrity searching, we did sit near a prominent senator. I had previously had lunch here and for me it's a more pleasant and reasonably priced experience. For the money, there are lots of more interesting places to try.
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