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Review of The Capital Grille

The Capital Grille
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Ranked #2 of 495 Restaurants in Hartford
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Steakhouse
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed March 11, 2018

There are nearly 60 Capital Grilles. Whether those away from D.C. are franchises or satellites of the original, the Hartford location suffers the same problem with any clone. Dilution and approximation. To be fair, this is primarily a steak and chop house, and we had our minds on seafood. There were four or five seafood choices, but not their strength.

The ambiance is certainly pleasant and "upscale". Our waiter was personable and perhaps a little overworked. There were a couple of annoying flaws that muted our enthusiasm for a generally well prepared meal.

The wine list on an I-Pad may appeal to millenials and generation X-ers, I suppose it makes it easier and cleaner to update. I can live with it. Even the 300% mark-up on a bottle of Pouilly-Fuisse. is a minor annoyance. But a restaurant needs to decide-are they going to serve the wine or have the customer do it. I find it "unsat" when a purportedly high end restaurant pours the first glass, then puts the ice cooler out of reach and then forgets about it.

The chief hiccup of the evening was timing. We allowed 2 and a quarter hours for a leisurely dinner before a show. We needed over 2 hours for a straight forward order of salads, mains and a shared dessert. Why it took an hour to bring out the salmon in a fairly uncrowded restaurant is an awkward mystery. We ordered creamed spinach as a classic side, and it was very good.

The salads, by the way, were well crafted. The salmon was of good quality and very simply prepared. Perhaps a little too simple. The coconut cream pie was rather bland and forgettable. We should have heeded the waiter's suggestion of ordering cheesecake.

No doubt, you can get a very good steak here. The wine selection is fairly long, but not particularly interesting.

The restaurant was convenient for where we needed to be. At its core, assuming there is one, it is a chain restaurant. Expense does not equal excellence. This is a far cry from "an original" steakhouse of genuine character. I wouldn't call this "fine dining", except it costs as much.

Date of visit: March 2018
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Thank Alan F
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Reviewed March 11, 2018 via mobile

Really enjoy this place. The food is fresh,and the service is consistently good although it is pricey.

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Shadow11111
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Reviewed March 5, 2018

We love The Capital Grille and visit the one near our home regularly. We were excited this was so close to our hotel. Service was great and the seating was comfortable, We were well tended to by our server. My food and wine were quite good as was my husband's. Unfortunately my daughter's steak was very over cooked. We were very hungry after travelling all day so she ate it anyway.

Date of visit: March 2018
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Thank klimtfan2016
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Reviewed March 4, 2018

We've been to many restaurants and enjoyed many meals as a couple. We strolled in shorts and full summer garb, as coming in from the boat, and ordered steak and wine and appetizers and deserts. We spent around $250 with a $50 tip for a total out of pocket cost of $300 about double our typical cost in the $75 - $100 per person. But, no complaints. We'll probably do it again when the mood strikes. J.Gilbert's better pay attention.

Date of visit: August 2017
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Thank Blackhawkjxx7
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Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

If you are looking for a place to celebrate a special day, this is the place; unless of course you are a vegan! The atmosphere, the food, the drinks and most importantly the uber professional waitstaff are superb. You can’t go wrong with any of the entrees but I always have the filet mignon. Leave room for the chocolate lava cake.
On top of all that, there’s complimentary valet parking.
Come to celebrate, relax and enjoy.
PS. The pineapple Stoly cocktail is fantastic.

Date of visit: July 2017
Thank StuB891
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