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“A Great Choice for a Special Dinner”
Review of The Capital Grille

The Capital Grille
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Ranked #9 of 3,202 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$50 - US$80
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighbourhood: Back Bay
Cross street: Herford or Massachusetts Avenues
Transit: Hynes Convention Center
Description: You are cordially invited to join us for an evening or afternoon of relaxed elegance and exceptional cuisine. Our impressive menu of nationally renowned dry aged steaks and the freshest of seafood will ignite your culinary imagination as our award-winning wine list of more than 5,000 bottles awakens your inner sommelier. And as our gracious, knowledgeable servers delight you with their uncanny ability to anticipate your every need, you’ll experience firsthand why the American Culinary Federation recently bestowed upon us their “Achievement of Excellence Award.” Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or hosting a business luncheon or dinner, we can help you flawlessly pull off any private dining event. Our event planning staff has extensive experience and the ideal materials to work with—a capital setting, distinctive food and unmatched service.
Worcester, Massachusetts
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60 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“A Great Choice for a Special Dinner”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

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.

  • Visited May 2014
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Hartford, Connecticut
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“Great All Around Meal”
Reviewed 8 June 2014

While I generally steer clear of chain restaurants, the Cap Grille has proven reliable in most cases and the Boyleston street spot delivered. The bar and bartender were A-plus, the staff was helpful and friendly, the meal leisurely paced - I didn;t feel like I was just another table to be turned.

  • Visited July 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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“Excellent dinner”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

Recommended by hotel . A delightful evening . Wonderful Old New England atmosphere. Great service. Excellent food.

  • Visited May 2014
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Consistently wonderful”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

When you want a stellar meal, with stellar service, this is the steak house to go to!
Simply delicious.

  • Visited May 2014
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Leverett, MA
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“excellent, very large restaurant with a fine wine list”
Reviewed 20 May 2014

We had tried a Capital Grille in New York City and decided to try the Boston edition. We were happy in New York and in the end were also happy in Boston. We were on time for a reservation for 5 people and were promptly seated by a friendly hostess. The waiter as very professional, knew the menu and was good at anticipating needs. He appeared at just the right moments and interacted with us in a friendly way.

Filet was ordered medium after checking to see what medium meant to the chef. The beef came as expected, closer to medium rare (as expected, given what the waiter said about the chef). It was very good. Vegetables and ordered extra and come in family style smallish dishes. We had mashed potatoes, creamed spinach and little roasted potatoes, All were very good. From this set of selections, the Boston edition of the restaurant matched the New York edition.

Another selection was salmon. In this case the New York edition was better. The salmon was ordered as suggested - medium and came a bit more cooked than expected. There was also a bit of a glaze on it. Some really like this, but I would rather that it not be there. The flavor was very good.

All in all, this is a fine restaurant where you will be treated very well and enjoy a pleasant experience with good food. Valet parking is available and given the general difficulty to find parking in the area, really is essential. After dinner, the waiter will take the ticket for the valet and by the time you leave the restaurant you car is waiting for you.

Visited May 2014
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