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The Capital Grille

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900 Boylston St (at Massachusetts Avenue)
Boston, MA 02115
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The Capital Grille - Boston, MA
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The Capital Grille - Boston, MA
The Capital Grille - Boston, MA
The Capital Grille - Boston, MA
The Capital Grille - Boston, MA
The Capital Grille - Boston, MA
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Best

Fantastic staff ! The best. Crackling fresh oysters, and the best caesar salad. Best Steak au Poivre avaible. Unbelievably good.Filet Mignon melts in your mouth. Everything,...

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STEAKS WAS TOUGH...SAT AT THE BAR AND SERVICE WAS SLOW..........BREAD WAS GOOD.... EVERYONE IT SEEMS IN BOSTON RAVED ABOUT THIS RESTAURANT SO I TRIED IT AND WILL NEVER GO BACK......

Fantastic, excellent, perfect 9/17/2011

Fantastic staff ! The best. Crackling fresh oysters, and the best caesar salad. Best Steak au Poivre avaible. Unbelievably good.Filet Mignon melts in your mouth. Everything, prepared excellently. One of the best dining experiences you'll have. There are other good steakhouses, but the Capital Grille delivers on every count, from service, to food, and decor.I was so impressed I wrote to the executive offices, and recieved an e-mail back within 24 hours thanking me for my compliments and business. Again...great service. Thank you. Wonderful experience and highly reccomended. more

cougars a la bar 5/19/2010

The Capital Grille bar has been a known Cougar-hangout since I was a tike. Always older women with their compacts pushing skin back and fixing eyeliner. It isn't always a nice cougar hangout for the upscale hip cougars. It is far more bland. The rumor has actually always been tat some of these ladies are escorts waiting to meet men or with otherwise. Rumors I say! In contrast, the food there is top notch for the city and the restaurant is just a great place to have dinner and cool to kickback at your table, as long as you aren't at the bar. This bar is very popular among a certain species so who am I to say no Pros: food Cons: bar more

GROSS & EXPENSIVE! NOT WORTH THE TRIP! 2/26/2009

I had the worst meal of my life at the Capital Grille. First, let me say that the menu consists of Steak, Steak, Steak, and more Steak. There is very little seafood, 1 chicken dish, and 1 lamb dish. No pasta, whatsoever. I ordered the grilled swordfish, and it was terrible. My husband (who eats everything) even said it was disgusting and didn't want it. I couldn't even get my dog to try it when I brought it home. The appetizers are OK (we had the smoked salmon platter, though the salmon was more raw than smoked, but whatever.) We had reservations for valentines day, and they sat us at the smallest table you can imagine (about the size of a small end-table) and we were crammed into a room well past the fire code. The wine list was extensive, but they charged $54 for a bottle of wine that I have since picked up at the liquor store for $12 -- not on sale. Since I had to rate it one star at the least, I'm going to say that one star is for the $8 onion rings. Both my husband and my dinners were overcooked. (he asked for medium, he got blackened. I had to use a knife to cut swordfish. Our server was neglectful, and the man serving the next table over ended up waiting on us most of the night. Basically, if you're near any other restaurant, I'd recommend you go there instead of the capital grille. Pros: Onion Rings Cons: Bad location, Bad Service, REALLY BAD FOOD, Bad Menu Selection more

LOOKING FOR THE BEST SEVERES WITH THE BEST FOOD YOU CAN STARTED HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 7/5/2008

CAPITAL GRILLE I BEEN AROUND THE WORLD ABOUT TWO TIME IN MY LIFE AND THE ONE THING I LOVE IS SERVES THAT?S RIGHT IT COME FIST YOU CAN GET A GOOD MEAL ANY WHERE ABOUT WENDY?S MOMMA BACK YARD YET THE SERVES WITH GOOD FOOD IT THE WAY TO GO FOR ME WHEN I TALK ABOUT A PLACE I GO TO DIN AT IT HAS TO BE AT THE TOP OF IT GAME IF I BEEN HERE BEFORE , SAY MY NAME SO I FEEL LIKE YOU ARE HAPPY TO HAVE ME BACK, KEEP NOTES OF SOME OF THE THINGS I LIKE SO WHEN I CALL FOR A TABLE YOU ASK IF ILL BE HAVING ANY OF THESE ITEMS THAT NIGHT BUT MOST IMPORTIN IS HOW WILL MY GUESS FEEL CAPITAL GRILLE IS ALL THAT AND THE FOOD IS OUT OF THIS WORLD I KNOW WHEN I WALK IN TO 1 IF IN ATL , LAS, OR BOS THERE BE NOTHING NEW I NEED TO KNOW OTHER THEN THE WAITER WHO I JUST MET YET MAKE ME FEEL LIKE WE HAVE BEEN KNOWING THIS FOR A LIFE TIME IN ADDITION, TO ANY THING THAT ANY 1 WOULD SAY, ?THERE NO VALID!? YOU MAY JUST NEED TO STAY AT HOME WITH THE FAMILY. DUE TO YOU ARE LIKE EVERY 1 ELSE. YOU WANT TO BE WHERE EVERY BODY KNOWS MY NAME TOO, JUST LIKE ME! PS THE PINEAPPLE SMILE MC more

upscale 11/15/2007

The Capital Grille is a happening place in Boston. You can expect to be wined and dined at this upscale place. The menu is pricey,but nothing out of the ordinary for Newbury Street. They offer an extensive wine list. more

Best Meal In Boston 7/25/2007

The Capital Grille has a great reputation around the country for a reason. The service was great. The place was full of life, and the food... All members of my party were extremely satisfied. My filet, the potatoes au gratin, the asparagus - all perfect. Quite honestly the best meal I have had in Boston. It's pricey but worth it. Pros: Amazing Food Cons: Cha-Ching more

no value for your $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ 7/19/2007

nice atmosphere and good food but NO VALUE FOR YOUR $$$$$$$$$. this operation is geared for the expense account or high end customers with bucks to burn. restaurant professionls do not eat at this operation and this should tell you something because of pricing. regards , chef and restaurant owner, usa, retired more

Exquisite steak and the BEST Calamari!!. the service is okay. 7/10/2007

I usually don't like chain restaurants, but The Capital Grille has managed to remain on the list of frequent places to go for me. I have tried it in different cities, but The one in Newbury Street (Boston) has just been the BEST!! The FIlet is the best I have ever had and I have been there four times and have the best of the experiences. The Calamari is jst SPECTACULAR (watch out if you don;t like spicy food, because then you will in trouble with the Calamari). I really like the quality of the meat at this place and will keep coming back, eventhough it is a chain restaurant. Don't waste your time ordering desserts, they are not good (nationwide). For some reason the chain must have problems getting the right patry chef. . Pros: Thumbs up!! Dramatic Steak, Delicious CALAMARI. Decent wine list with moderated options. Cons: ok service, very noisy. more

Perfect steaks and wonderfull service 6/28/2007

I have been to many grills and this one is the best. The service was impeccable and the overall quality of the meals was outstanding. I started with the steak tartar and would recommend it to anyone. The menu had a very nice selection although I tend to pick up if there are any vegetarian meals at expensive restaurants, didn't see any here. Well I guess that would be another reason for them being famous for their steaks; not to mention cuisine to die for. I would highly recommend The Capital Grill to anyone who can afford it. If you?re like me and can?t really afford it, then it is worth saving up for. Pros: Great meal and service Cons: A bit expensive more

This place is pretty expensive, but if you're willing to ... 6/10/2007

This place is pretty expensive, but if you're willing to shell out a couple of bucks, it's worth it. The... more

This place is pretty expensive, but if you're willing to ... 6/10/2007

EvelynYip Provided by Partner
This place is pretty expensive, but if you're willing to shell out a couple of bucks, it's worth it. The filet mignon is to die for. And as a hea... more

Great dinner 1/2/2007

The food was great - we both ordered steak although the portions are larger than I would have liked. Great dessert (we skipped starters). Our waiter was very attentive and remember our wine (we ordered by the glass) when asked for a second glass. It was a birthday treat and I sneakily asked the waiter for something special with the dessert - he didn't bat an eyelid and said he'dl arrange for something. Cool !!! Pros: Good food, great service, nice atmosphere - a few romantic couples in the restaurant and mix with some tables with children all within the same room - they know how to run a well oiled restaurant! Cons: The price may not suit all pockets. Selection for wine by the glass could be larger - but this is a minor point. more

Great steakhouse 12/18/2006

Having been profoundly disappointed with Smith & Wolenskies and with a mediocre experience at the Palm, I was beginning to think Boston didn't have decent steakhouses. I was delighted to have the Capital Grille prove me wrong. The steaks were incredible (I had the Steak au Poivre and he had the Kona rubbed Strip Steak) as was the appetizer, the side of mushrooms and the dessert. The wine list is extensive and, as you can expect from a high-end steakhouse, on the pricy side. The "cheap" bottles run for $30, with most bottles starting around $40 and moving rapidly up. We were seated promptly and had a great server -- he was straight forward, friendly, personable and knew when to leave us alone so we could enjoy our meal. Yes, it's a bit noisy but not oppressively so -- my partner and I were able to have a conversation without raising our voices. I wouldn't call this a romantic date spot, but it's a great place to come for a fabulous steak or other generous (and perfectly prepared) piece of meat. Pros: Steaks, Service, Private club atmosphere Cons: Difficult to get reservations more

talk about overrated 11/7/2006

I can't believe this place is this well-reviewed. I ate their on the firm's tab recently for a recruiting event. Service was good, but ambience was terrible. Granted, we were seated in front of the kitchen, but it was just NOISY in this place. Like I couldn't hear the specials it was so loud. Second off, the food was above-average, but they were charging some fairly hefty prices (luckily I wasn't paying). I got the filet mignon for dinner which was way too salty - and I like my foods salty! It was also a touch overdone despite ordering it medium rare - I'm happy I got the larger portion because at least the inside was still juicy (my friend who got the smaller size said his was somewhat tough all the way through). I also got the lobster mac and cheese which was essentially inedible - WAY too salty which was extremely disappointing. I did get the shrimp cocktail and raw oysters which were very enjoyable (but I rarely have disliked either of those dishes anywhere). Service was prompt and polite, though tough to overcome the noisy ambience and disappointing food given the price. more

I was embarrassed! 10/31/2006

I was terribly embarrassed to have arranged a corporate lunch here. Two members of the group were vegetarians, and there is literally nothing vegetarian on the menu. I've never had that happen before, and was very surprised to have encountered that in a higher-priced national chain. We paid for our beverages, I apologized profusely to the affected parties, and we all left. Very disappointing. Pros: None - our party had to leave Cons: No vegetarian menu items more

great steak house, best in boston!!!! 8/19/2006

It is what it is. capital grille is high class and caters to the heavy hitters! i don't mind that the prices are high because its well worth it! they took great care of me and i love the food, ambience, and service! A++++ Pros: great food. you definatly feel your in a high dollar place and they treat you as such. Cons: it is a little loud, but it proves that everyone wants to be there! more

Not exactly what it's cracked up to be 7/4/2006

The Captial Grille is good, for sure. But it doesn't really live up to the hype. I've been there a handful of times, and I have always had a good steak and good side dishes, but it doesn't ever feel like it's worth the exorbitant prices. It's just a steak. There is nothing creative about the dishes, and since everything is a la carte, the bill creeps up even higher. It is what it is. I personally prefer something more when I am shelling out that kind of money. Also, like someone else mentioned, the place tends to cater to rowdy, high-rolling businessmen with big expense accounts. And although the service is anything but poor, others may feel like they've been a bit left out of the game. Pros: good steaks Cons: not as good as its reputation more

Great Porterhouse 5/8/2006

Great steaks and even better service. Very good clam chowder and very large sides more

Christmas Eve 12/26/2005

Best steak I have had in a very long time. House salad, French onion soup, mashed potatoes and asparagus were terrific. Very, very pricey for a steak house, and EVERYTHING is extra. Key lime pie had something missing. Atmosphere was noisy. Not romantic. Dress requirement is too casual. Very disappointed that the waiter forgot our anniversary after two reminders, although he was very attentive, when we could find him. Food A+, Price C-, Service B-, Atmosphere B. Will I go back? Maybe, maybe not!!! Pros: food Cons: price, atmosphere, service more

Can you say LOUD! 12/21/2005

I went here for my gf's bday and I must say this was the absolute Loudest restaurant I have ever been too. There were these two tables of about 10 screaming the entire night. You would think at a restaurant where the avg meal is 35 dollars people would have the sense to not act like a bunch of frat boys, obv had no idea what the word class means. The food was pretty good (the sliced filet very good) and after we ordered a 300 dollar bottle of cristal the service got remarkably better. Despite the good steak and service the loudness will keep me away for a long time, def. not a romantic spot AT ALL!! Pros: Food, Service Cons: Loud, LOUD, LOUD more
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  • Join us weekdays for lunch and enjoy our new “Plates” menu – choose a soup, sandwich and side, all for $15 and served at the speed of lunch.

    We cordially invite you to join us at The Capital Grille. Whether you're celebrating a special anniversary or just stopping by after a stroll through Boston's historic streets, expect to be wined and dined. Our dry aged steaks have earned high praise from the nation's toughest food critics, and our seafood is flown in daily. Unwind and relax in "The Capital of New England" with a glass from our award-winning collection of over 350 wines; it's an experience in itself.

    We hope you will join us to dine on classically prepared fare in an atmosphere that is luxurious and relaxed. It would be our pleasure.

Editorial

  • The Scene
    It's a bull market every night as countless business types carouse over expensive steaks and drinks. A stuffy, members-only atmosphere takes nothing away from the dining experience. The amazing wine list has won "Wine Spectator's" Award of Excellence. Service is truly exceptional, as waiters take pride in their efforts.

    The Food
    Traditional, filling steakhouse fare is impeccably presented to beef-lovers of all stripes. The dry-aged steaks, hand-cut daily, are good enough to make you forget there's a real world outside the restaurant. As the entrees are served a la carte, huge portions of excellent sides (mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, sauteed mushrooms) are a must. Fantastic seafood dishes are available, but steak's the star here, especially the steak au poivre, which comes drizzled in cognac sauce. Exceptional desserts include an unbelievably light cheesecake and a pistachio-covered key lime pie

  • 7/31/2008 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Sun 4pm-10pm; Mon-Wed 5pm-10pm; Thu-Sat 5pm-11pm
  • Payments:

    Discover, American Express, Diner's Club, Master Card, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Back Bay, Back Bay West
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