I had never been to Capital Grille before, but my Uncle insisted that we go there last night to celebrate my engagment. Anyway, here goes:
I got there around 5:45 and the bar area was PACKED!!! There was barely enough room to move and you couldn't hear a thing. The hostess was nice enough to come over to me and bring me to a little side area to wait for the others in my party. We were seated in a a beautiful room and there was absolutley no noise back there. It was amazing the difference.
On to the food. I got the lobster bisque to start (sorry i don't know the prices - it was a special and I wasn't paying) and it came out in a HUGE bowl. The server even asked if I would like some sherry with the bisque which they poured at the table. I had some, but my aunt did not. I thought that it added a nice kick. My fiancee had the french onion soup that also came in a gigantic crock. It was INCREDIBLE. The soup had a wonderful broth and the caramel flavor of the onions was outstanding.
For a main course I had a filet oscar (rare - I am one of those who believe that rare is the only way to get meat at a quality steak house, even the best aged steak tastes the same as a normal one well done). It was a generous portion of filet topped with mounds of crab meat with a slight hint of hollandaise. The sauce was so subtle that it blended with the meat perfectly and the crab melted in your mouth. My girlfriend has the striped bass special that was also excellent. The piece of fish was gigantic, cooked with the skin on to keep it moist inside and was cooked to perfection. A minimalist red wine reduction accompanied it and added a nice melding of flavors with the smallest touch of sauce. We also had some of the sides (mashed potato, scalloped potato, and creamed spinach). All excellent, but nothing out of the ordinary like the meat and fish.
For dessert I had the flourless chocolate cake which was the best I've had in the city. I'm so glad my uncle talked me into it. My fiancee and aunt had creme brulee'. We had been discussing the mini torches used at home for creme brulee' at the table and the server was nice enough to get the chef to come table side to do the topping with his real torch. The manager on duty even came by to help add the garnish. It was a beautiful touch and helped add very much to the entire evening. This was by far one of the best meals I've had in a while.
While it did seem somewhat expensive (I'm guessing that my main course was around $35), the food was excellent and the portions were extremely large. I even have enough leftovers for two days of lunch. I definately would go back and feel that it was worth it. The servers were very attentive and the food was excellent. I was a bit worried after reading some things about it on this board, but I definately like it better than Ruths Chris, Mortons, and the Palm.