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Capital Grille - Costa Mesa
Capital Grille - Costa Mesa

Capital Grille - Costa Mesa Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://thecapitalgrille.com
  • Email: costamesa@tcgdine.com
  • Phone: (714) 432-1140
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Chris Hutten
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Private dining event space can accommodate up to 60 guests

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Anton & Bristol off Interstate 405
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet
A word from Capital Grille - Costa Mesa
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 will experience firsthand why the American Culinary Federation recently bestowed upon us their Achievement of Excellence Award. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or hosting a business luncheon or dinner, we can help you flawlessly pull off any private dining event. Our team has extensive experience and the ideal materials to work with - a capital setting, distinctive food and unmatched service. Located in the Beverly Center.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
Diner Reviews
  • "Cheese gooey in the French Onion Soup. All the right ingredients, but undercooked. Steak Tartar was very good and saved the day. Service on the bar started slow but finished strong,"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Was out with my niece for a day of fun and decided to drop in for lunch at the Capital Grill. The staff makes you feel most welcome from the moment you walk in until you leave. The food was outstanding - I enjoyed a Maine Lobster Roll (just like the ones on the east coast). My niece is a little picky and wanted a meal she remembered but was not on the menu. She was so excited when they were able to accommodate her request. We highly recommend this hidden gem at south coast plaza"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "My friend said to book a steak place & having been to the notable ones in the area, decided to try Capital Grille. The complimentary valet is a plus. Ordered porcini rubbed delmonico & the filet oscar w/ dungeness crab. Hands-down the delmonico was the best steak we've ever had! Asked for rare they sear it in a balsamic sauce. Delicious! Side of mushrooms & pineapple martini's were great too! Noted it was my birthday on the OpenTable reservation so we arrived to bday confetti & a nice note on the table along w/ complimentary champagne. After dinner, mini creme brûlée cheesecake & flourless chocolate cake were served. I can't tell you the countless times I've noted bday's on reservations and it's overlooked. Will be back soon!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "First time here ad i really was crazy a great steak. I tried the ribeye with 15 yr. Balsamic rub. I like my steaks charred rare and was amazed on how charred and rare these guys prepared it. It was to perfection and apprixiated every bite. I was very inpressed with overall menu. I will be back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Consistently excellent, they remember your requests, a nice glass of champagne to help celebrate a birthday. Always count on them to do it right!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Made my reservation on Open Table to celebrate our 2 yr anniversary. Our table was waiting with a nice Anniversary card :). Service was, as usual, excellent. From the hostess, to the bartender, to our server--they were are all friendly and made our experience enjoyable. The food was basically perfect! I had the Kona crusted sirloin (I can never stray away from this cut, its awesome), asparagus, lobster mac n cheese (omg so tasty), Oysters, salmon appetizer which is slow smoked (best I've had). My husband had the porterhouse and loved it. We love food, and this dinner was exceptional. After some martinis and the flourless chocolate cake, we were contently full and happy we chose Capital Grill to celebrate a special day. Worth every penny."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Really nice Birthday Lunch Celebration. The table was decorated with little birthday cake confetti and a very special dessert was prepared. We dined on the Maine Lobster Roll Sandwich, the Caesar Salad with Sliced Beef Tenderloin and a striped seabass prepared in a beurre blanc sauce. Everything was absolutely delicious! The service was impeccable! Thanks!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Capital Grille does everything right. This outstanding restaurant met all our expectations and more. I think it really says something about a restaurant when days after dining we are still talking about what a wonderful time we had at Capital Grille. We were celebrating my husband birthday and when we arrived the staff made us all feel like they had waited all day to help us celebrate, offering special greetings and treats. Thank you Capital Grille and a special "Hats Off" to your amazing staff. Guy & Shirley Thiel"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Capital Grille was great the first few times we were there. Now, the service is inconsistent, and the food is overpriced for what you get, i.e. a $43 piece of halibut drowning in a salty sauce."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "This was my first visit to The Capital Grille. The reservation process was effective. We were seated in a comfortable booth in the rear, though near a party of 10 {4 children}. This was disppointing and the noise was distracting and conversation was difficult to hear. The server was very attentive and helpful without being overbearing. I ordered the Ahi Tuna, which at $44, was pricey. The fish was perfectly cooked and the 3 accompanying sauces allowed for specific seaoning. Truly one of the best pieces of ahi I've ever eaten. We also shared an order of parmesan crusted french fries which were amazing, yet a bit pricey at $11. I'd return for a special occassion, though I'd also suggest they add vegettarina options to the menu."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We have been to one other Capital Grille in Las Vegas, where the dining room had large windows facing the strip. This location is the opposite. Dark, intimate and fairly quiet. Both had superior service. In fact, the wait staff is sometimes a bit overindulgent, but in a friendly way. We noted that we needed a gluten free menu when we made the reservation, and it was presented upon seating. Our server Shawn made sure to ask about which ingredients we could eat, and created a notable substitute for soy sauce for the Ahi-grade Tuna. The lamb chops were very nicely seasoned, although not all medium rare as ordered. This restaurant is on the expensive side, but the service and quality of food are worth it."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "OC has some great restaurants, even some great steakhouses. This is not one of them. It seems like a place your grandparents thinks is fancy. I've been to this location twice, about a year apart, in case I just caught it on a bad night. Nope, it just isn't good. In all fairness, the service was great. I brought a bottle of wine, which they promptly decanted -- nice touch. We ordered the Cesar salad (decent), asparagus (ok), baked potato (good), lobster tail (tasty, but overdone), and a filet (cooked perfectly, but completely tasteless- also disappointed a petite filet wasn't an option). At the end of the day, charging $42 for a steak doesn't make you a good restaurant. There was a reason we were able to get a last minute reservation."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Went to lunch at Capital Grille and had the Rib Eye Sandwich. It was fantastic. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a great steak sandwich."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "My husband and I try to drop into Capital Grille every couple of months to treat ourselves because we know that they will never disappoint us. There will always be great food, service and attention to detail. So it was a no brainer when we were choosing a place for my mothers birthday. Everything just perfect. PERFECT. And she was so pleased that we're bringing her back next month just because!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Lunch was great. I had the burger and my friend had the salmon. Both were very good."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We went with another couple to enjoy good conversation and a nice lunch. I got the pre-fix lunch with the clam chowder and the main course was scallops. The other three people got the rib eye steak sandwich with the truffle fries. Everyone enjoyed their meal, and the steak was a tender thick cut and cooked a perfect medium rare. My scallops were cooked perfectly. The truffle fries are always a big hit and everyone loved them. For dessert we got the chocolate espresso cake and the hazelnut cake for all of us to enjoy. This was too much chocolate! I wish we had gotten the cheesecake instead of the espresso cake. The big piece of hazelnut cake was moist and flavorful. The service was excellent as always."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "We went there for a business lunch, service was impressive, called us by name, constant check back, and food was dynamite!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "We frequent at the capital grille often, it is one of our favorite places. Always good food, great wine list and the pumpernickel bread is to die for!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Pricey but consistent quality. Good for pre-concert dinner. However, we feel the the service is pretentious. Maybe some people expect this in servers in some places, but we would prefer the servers to be honestly cordial. It can otherwise border on rudeness or pomposity, which adds up to bad service in our book. This is exactly what has happened on two occasions, once with a small group. Three times and they are 'out'. We don't like to spend this kind of money and be annoyed enough to comment on a server during dinner."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "The steak is not that soft and juicy as I expected! The service is not up to the standard of high class restaurant! When the waitress sent the dishes to us, it was rough but the whole atmosphere of the restaurant was good!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Excellent food. Freshest of ingredients. Attentive service."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend here as part of OC Restaurant Week and to celebrate a milestone in our relationship. For the price, it was a great value for this restaurant. Our waitress didn't seem very happy though. I would come back for another Restaurant Week but otherwise, I think it's too rich for my tastes."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Party size: 5, Type: family 1st course: Salad - bland, small and should not be included or a cup of clam chowder. Grade: C, nothing special, should 2nd course: Dry aged sirloin w/ pepper, mozzarella and salad; Caesar salad with chicken breast; cheeseburger with truffle fries; seared citrus glazed salmon with beans. Grade: B Dessert: flourless chocolate cake or cheese cake Grade: A"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We went here for OC Restaurant Week. The food and setting were both very nice. Our waitress was attentive. We both had the filet mignon. The filets were incredibly tender and juicy. I thought the mashed potatoes were just ok; my husband thought they were wonderful. The desserts were small but delicious. We got the cheesecake and the flour less chocolate cake. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I've been to the other Capital Grille and I like them so I decided to go here this past weekend (first time at this location). The waiter took care of us and I think his name is Steve. I appreciate how he took care of us. The old lady in the front who got us to our table is a different story. First, even though there are a lot of tables good for two people, she didn't sit us right away. I let that go but what I didn't appreciate is when she told us that she need the table by 4:30 and we need to be done by then - really. If it wasn't raining this past weekend, I was just going to another restaurant. The lady seems grouchy and I felt like she didn't want us to be there. Oh well, there are other restaurants in OC where I can go so it's ok."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We took advantage of the fact that Capital Grill was participating in restaurant week and had a delicious 3 couse meal for a great price!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "My group and I were here for lunch as part of OC Restaurant Week. We all had 3-course meal and shared a bottle of wine among us. The clam chowder, our first course, was excellent: not too heavy, good potato texture, and flavorful. The aged sirloin steak, our second course, was simply divine: tender, grilled perfectly, and filling. I never knew a sirloin could be this wonderful! The cheesecake, our final course, was light and complimented perfectly by the fresh berries. The waitstaff was outstanding and deserved the extra tip at the end. Capital Grille can be recommended for a fine dining experience Dress: classy Price: high-end"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Wonderful food, service and ambiance! Capital Grille is my favorite steakhouse in California! Thank you always for a great experience! Always glad to introduce friends, and they sure appreciate that I do!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "From the minute we walked into the restaurant, I knew this was going to be a special birthday lunch. Staff was wonderful. The food was absolutely delicious. We had a late lunch and the room was quiet. Our waiter could not have been more considerate of our wishes. Most of all the food was delicious and presented in an appetizing manner. We are looking forward to and have already started planning our next meal at the Capital Grill."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Service started out slow, probably because it was restaurant week, but improved when we told server we were on time constraints."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We had reservation but had to wait a bit for a table which was fine. Service and food were great. We were there for a baby shower luncheon and appreciated the server acknowledgment of the mom to be."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Went herr for OC restaurant week. Had to go twice in one week. We had a great experience both times. I had the 14 oz sirloin steak and it was great! I described this to my friends and co-workers as a must dine restaurant as everything was good from bread to dessert. The main room was a bit loud but the private room experience was awesome! Would definitely go back here again."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Disappointing when you have to wait 15+ minutes for a reservation. Excellent food and service but poor planing by the hostess desk."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Just ok...service was below average for a restaurant of this caliber. Server talked over us. Did not check on us for drink refills...had to get up to request the bill. 4 star food..1 star service. Restaurant is not well designed...choppy claustrophobic seating. The noise level is way too high at peak times...need to soften the noise with better floor design and noise softening wall/ceiling materials."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Everything about or dining experience was perfect, great service & our meals were as expected. If you want to keep your bill under $200 for 2 people dont order drinks or side dishes!"
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "I went to the Capital for the first time and had the OC. Restaurant week menu. The filet was cooked to perfection, the green beans were cooked just right. However, the cheesecake I had for dessert wasn't that great. It tasted a little dried out and not creamy enough. Overall, I would go back to eat there."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Wanted to try this place and now I don't know why I've waited! Two of us ordered off the regular lunch menu - which is large, varied, & reasonable. Two of us had the OC Rest. Wk menu & the grilled salmon was excellent with a huge side of fresh green beans. Their popular lobster/crab burger was TDF. Very busy for lunch so the noise level is a bit high. We had one of their premier waiters - Ibere from Brazil - who usually works dinner, but was helping out for OC Rest. Wk. OMG, he is superb! We were so favorably impressed with EVERYTHING. Can't wait to return..."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I have dined here many times. The food and service are always excellent. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Service was excellent. There were four in our group for lunch and we all enjoyed our meals, except one of the girls in our group was a little disappointed with her salmon entree because it wasn't fully cooked all the way through. Dessert was very good. Would recommend this place for special occasions and great for lunch."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "I went for lunch during restaurant week and the food wasn't very good. I had a cheeseburger with truffle fries. The fries were amazing, but the burger was soggy. My friend ordered the salmon and said was was a bit dry. The desserts were delicious."
    Dined on 2/23/2014