Don't get me wrong... This is not a bad place, it's actually pretty good, but it used to be so much better.
In the summer of 2012 my wife and I stayed at the Hampton Inn in Glenn Allen (a fabulous place, BTW). We'd been driving all day so we were looking for a place we could walk to for dinner. We ended up going to an Indian restaurant nearby, but we stopped at the Capital Ale House for a drink after dinner. It was awesome. They had a wide variety of draft beer, but the thing that really made it great was that they had an ice cold rail along the bar. You set your beer on the rail and it would stay cold all the way to the last drop. It was absolutely incredible. That night my wife and I really wished we'd had dinner there.
So this year we made the same trip and this time we decided to have dinner at the Capital Ale House as well as another ice cold beer. Sad to say, the beer rail has been removed. We asked about it, of course, and were told that it had leaked and almost rotted out the bar. I'm thinking... surely that's a problem that solvable? But I guess not... they just tore it out.
Well we had dinner at the bar anyway. The food was perfectly ok (I had a steak), but I wouldn't call it inspired, or creative or even particularly original. The beer selection was wonderful as always and my wife and I each had a mixed drink (martini and cosmo) and they were very well done (and we're both somewhat picky about this). The service was excellent.
We'll probably return to eat here again, if for no other reason that we will be back in the area and we still won't want to get back in our car after a long day of driving. But I'll never look forward to it again quite the way I once did.