I had reasonable hopes for this restaurant (same owner as Dome and Eclipse) but found it seriously uninspiring. Despite not being a chain, the building and the space are awfully reminiscent of places like Macaroni Grill and the like. Big, corporate, very Pottery Barn decor. The food was pretty much in line with that. Portions were immense (for example, a bruschetta appetizer included three two-inch-thick slices of toasted bread and a heap of chopped tomatoes the size of a grapefruit) and quality pretty lackluster.
Trying to stay away from pasta with cream sauce, I opted for the cioppino, which in normal circumstances ought to be a tomato-fish broth with fish and shellfish in it. What I got was a gigantic mound of linguini--there had to be half a pound of pasta on my plate--with two shrimp, three clams, a lot of mussels and calamari rings, and zero fish. For $19, that's pretty chintzy as far as the ingredients go. I didn't eat any of the pasta, and the shellfish had no flavor whatsoever. I also tasted other items, including the fried calamari appetizer (very basic, served with what appeared to be a mayonnaise sauce), the salsiccia pizza (sausage OK, but it was also loaded with weirdly sweet caramelized onions, which made it taste as much like a dessert as an entree!), and the broccoli rabe side order (served cold on an ice cold plate, which we found kind of bizarre).
Depressingly, the place was packed to the gills on a Thursday night. I think the CW Harborside crowd must have all migrated here for the same kind of boring food and giant portions that you end up taking home in a doggie bag. I passed on the waiter's offer to pack up my half-pound of uneaten linguini.
Capers & Lemons Restaurant
301 Little Falls Dr, Wilmington, DE 19808
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