OK, so I have to start the review by stating that we visited the Grille during Restaurant Week, which in Philly is when every establishment offers a $35 dinner. The idea is allow people to try the food, and hopefully convert them into repeat customers. We visit the Grille 3-4 times a year, so took the opportunity to treat my son to a good steak. Alas , on this occasion we were let down.
Walking in a few minutes early we went to the bar and were greeted by a rude and grumpy bartender who didn't even make eye-contact. It wasn't just us, if you weren't a known regular you were treated with disdain. Not a great first impression. A Cosmo and a gin and tonic ran to $25 so watch the alcohol orders. After being seated the service was pleasant without being amazingly good. We ordered a variety of appetizers, a soup, a herb green salad and Caesar salad. Each was OK but not great, although its hard to excel on that kind of fare. By coincidence we each ordered the filet mignon, and although perfectly cooked it was disappointing in taste. Yet again the food was good without being great.
To be fair, in the past we have had a five star experience at the Capital Grille, but since my policy is just to rate the most recent experience. I do feel that the restaurant is in a very slow decline. In the past month I've dined at Flemings in Baltimore and Trulucks in Dallas and both offered better food and service at a comparable price. And I didn't feel like I was getting ripped on the booze.
If you want a good steak in Philly you have other options like Barclay Prime, Morton's and Butcher/Singer. This isn't popular wisdom, but that's my opinion.
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