Our party of four arrived for a 5:30 reservation, ready to celebrate a big graduation, and were seated at table in a nook off to the side. Nice and quiet, as I had requested. On the table was a card, signed by the staff, and some confetti decorations for the graduate. This made a great first impression. Our server stopped by soon after, and before long we had menus, perused the wine list on an iPad, and had ordered the Shellfish Platter for us to share. A few of us ordered wines by the glass, which were in the $9-11 range. The Shellfish Platter features a one-pound lobster, six shrimp, and six oysters, served on ice with various sauces and fresh lemon. At $50, it was an economical way for us all to have a little something without breaking the bank, which is, admittedly, easy to do here. Don’t get me wrong, unlike other expensive restaurants, the quality and portion sizes at the Capital Grille are worth the money, but this is a restaurant for special occasions – things can add up quickly.
I was torn between the Steak au Poivre and the Filet Oscar, served with lump crabmeat and drizzled with Béarnaise. Our server warned that many found the steak a little too peppery, but I love bold flavors so I wasn’t deterred. But later, I found that he was right and the peppery sauce completely overwhelmed the beef taste. Still, I enjoyed it. Our graduate chose a filet mignon on the bone, a special that night. He loved it – the beef was almost velvety and very tasty. My companion loved the Rib Lamb Chops, cooked perfectly. Our daughter found that she did not care for the Seared Tuna. She’d never tried the dish before and although it was a beautiful piece of sushi-quality fish, the soft texture wasn’t appealing to her and she sent it back, with apologies, to the kitchen for more cooking. I’ve no doubt that others who are familiar with seared tuna would have loved it. Sides, around $10, are family-sized portions, and our mashed potatoes and creamed spinach were great accompaniments. Proving again that they know how to make things special, our guest of honor was given a complimentary celebration dessert, with flourless chocolate espresso cake and cheesecake with fresh berries, which we all sampled. A perfect end to a wonderful meal.
When you crave a perfect steak, a great wine and an elegant but comfortable place to enjoy them, head to the Capital Grille Boston. It’s a splurge that you’ll feel good about later.
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