The Capital Grille - Chicago - Downtown
The Capital Grille - Chicago - Downtown

The Capital Grille - Chicago - Downtown

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thecapitalgrille.com/
  • Phone: 3123379400x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday – Friday: 11:30am – 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday – Thursday: 5:00pm – 10:00pm, Friday – Saturday: 5:00pm – 11:00pm; Sunday 5:00pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Alan Grant
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: For group dining or other special events, please contact the Sales Manager today.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ontario
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available.
A word from The Capital Grille - Chicago - Downtown
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. Located one block east of Michigan Avenue at the corner of Ontario.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
The Capital Grille - Chicago - Downtown reviews from OpenTable diners
161 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (105)notable wine list (77)romantic (58)fit for foodies (52)good for groups (43)great for lunch (30)neighborhood gem (27)hot spot (14)late-night find (10)vibrant bar scene (8)great for brunch (7)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great for singles
    Moni
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    As a single person that often dines alone, I like attentiveness, but with privacy and respect. Front area with a view of pedestrian traffic, through immaculately clean windows. I was able to read my book, enjoy my lunch, in peace and relative quiet. A great midday break during a hectic week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time customer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    There are no shortage of reasons not to return for future business.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistency is Appreciated
    mlrh100
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    When choosing a steak house in Chicago...... oh boy there are so many choices. For us (my spouse) it always starts and finishes with the quailty of the food and service. CG from state to state delivers very high quality prime aged beef. The service is consistent with knowledgable servers who are welcoming but not too cheesy. While the decour is decidely clubby, it's very comfortable and meets everyones needs. The tables aren't too close and you don't have to worry about guests and/or servers constantly bumping into your table. The noise level is conversational so you don't have to yell across the table to your aging mom/dad to say "how's your steak". We do like some other spots in Chicago but alway come back to CG. Thx
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The same quality
    Touti
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    We had dinner in Boston, we the same resturant, we were amazed but more impressive that they could be of the same quality service, food and ambience or even better here in chicago
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excelletn
    Karen
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Food was excellent. Waiter was very helpful. We went early, so was quiet at first, but full later and noise level was fine. Very nice interior of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, bad service
    Bruno1984
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I brought a group of friends to the CG downtown Chicago expecting the same excellent food & service I experienced in the past in the same and other locations. We have not been disappointed by the food that was great, but the waiter who "took care" of us did not look happy with his role. We had almost no explanations on the menu, no eye contact and he did barely answered to our questions. It has been very disappointing to face this kind of service in such an established restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good at the Grille
    cmcnewVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Capital Grille never disappoints. Same great food and wine list at every location. Will recommend to anyone, anytime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Steaks
    2bigeatersVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The steaks were simply the best anywhere. One of us ordered the seared ahi and too was very good. Perfect service at a pleasant pace.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tom & nancy
    Nancy
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had a wonderful evening. The steaks were wonderful. The special birthday dessert was great and a treat. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a winner !!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    one of the most reliable and consistent dining experience in the city of Chicago !!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    togobox
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Was everything that we needed it to be......excellent service, food, and atmosphere. With so many choices in Chicago it's hard to say where we will wind up dining the next time we go, but I know that Capital Grille will be on our list of possibilities! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent experience!
    NORNVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Enjoyed a nice birthday dinner - as they tastefully decorate the table, leave a birthday card, serve an amazing dessert, and then take your picture. Thoughtful details to help make the celebration special. Not to mention, the food, ambiance, and wine are top notch. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food was wonderful and the service impeccable. Great restaurant for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Evening and Delicious Meal!
    2Canadians
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We very much enjoyed this restaurant. We went early to have a drink at the bar and Zack was very friendly and mixed delicious drinks. Our reservation was at 7 pm and the hostess came promptly to show us to our table. The lighting was low for a perfect romantic birthday dinner and our waiter and table assistant were very efficient. We enjoyed all the food we ate and my husband kept saying how delicious the filet mignon was for days after our meal. They had signed a birthday card for me and had small table decorations as well as took our picture for memories of my birthday dinner which was a nice touch. They also brought us a delicious birthday dessert which we both enjoyed. We loved our dining experience at the Capital Grille!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Enjoyed a fabulous dinner at the Capital Grille - would highly recommend for anyone visiting Chicago. Great for business dinner or special occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Treated like royalty
    TWPaulVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We visited Capital Grille for our anniversary and they outdid themselves. Greeted at the door with "Happy Anniversary", taken to our quiet booth which was strewn with rose petals and a card signed by the staff. The food was excellent, steak, au gratin potatoes, and fresh creamed spinach. We were pleasantly and complete satisfied when a tray with "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate arrived with two exceptional desserts, cheese cake and flour less chocolate cake. We left happy and pleased that on our special day we were treated like royalty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We went for a Birthday dinner before going to one of the local comedy clubs. We had a tight turnaround time and the staff took great care of us. I would highly recommend that you request Scott Johnston as your server. He is very unique, a bit on the eccentric side, which makes for a fun and memorable dining experience. He is a skilled professional with great knowledge and skills. The sequence of service from the whole team was impeccable. The Kona Crusted filet is amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DSE104
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Great dinner! Food is incredible and Phil our server great!! Talk story with him he's was very helpful w/ suggesting the Chicago science institutie
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Fantastic!
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This wasn't my first time at Capital Grille and all my experiences have been very good. But this time, it was the best restaurant experience I have had in years! The special occasion was my mother's birthday. I did let the restaurant know about the celebration. Upon check in, my mother was wished a happy birthday. The table had confetti and a special birthday note. We were served sparkling wine for a toast and then b-day dessert. So, to say we had fantastic service is an understatement. This may have been enough, with good food. However, the food was excellent! The steaks were cooked to perfection, juicy and flavorful. I couldn't have asked for a better birthday celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never again
    SteakLoverVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Salad was served with our instructions ignored. We each ordered NY strip steaks medium rare. Both were served medium to well done. Steak was so chewy & tough that I could not eat mine. Server NEVER came back to ask if everything was ok. One of the worst meals I ever had. Chicago has an abundance of great steak restaurants. This is not one if them.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service/stick with red meat
    OrangetabbyVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Capital Grille is consistent in many things in their many locations--excellent service, good wine list, and steaks. I wanted something lighter and went with the halibut on this last visit, but the honey mustard sauce was not a good match for fish, and while the filet was fresh and generous, it was overcooked and dry. Husband's 10 oz filet was excellent and cooked perfectly medium. Salads were fresh and well dressed, not drenched as so many places do now. Service was stellar, as per Capital Grille's usual standards.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely Fantastic
    Merisam
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I decided to take my parents here for their 35th anniversary having had an anniversary dinner here myself in the past. Between the food, the environment, and the incredible hospitality shown towards my parents and myself, this was undoubtedly the best anniversary dinner they ever had (their words, not mine). Starting with a happy and smiling "Happy Anniversary" from the hosts, the fantastic seating location, the marvelous food, champagne and desserts, and the manager coming over to ensure my parents had a memorable anniversary (along with a wonderful gift presented by him), I cannot possibly say enough how much of an absolute delight this dining experience was. This dinner will something my parents and I will always remember.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing anniversary at CG
    TheCanadians
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We dine at Capital Grille for special occasions a few times a year and they never disapoint. We took my inlaws for their 56 anniversary. They greeted us and wished them a happy anniversary at the door which surprised them. We had a great dinner with great serviceby Samantha and her team. The deserts and champagne were a great finish to the meal but than they surprised us again with a gift for the anniversary couple. They were in awe of the treatment they got. They will be taliking about this for years to come. Nothing short of amazing. We will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Last minute reservation
    JojoVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Surprisingly great hamburger for a chain restaurant. Also the ice cream was to die over.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Very Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Capital Grille rarely disappoints - good quality and service, nice lunch special, and the thoughtful gestures for celebrations are greatly appreciated.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Fabulous dinner experience celebraing Wedding Anniversary! Everything was superb! Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner!!!
    KKaccount
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This is the third Capital Grill I have enjoyed. I am always extremely happy with service and the quality of food.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic good food
    HedyVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We love The Capital Grille. And even for me, who does not eat meat, there is plenty to enjoy! But for my husband, who is a steak and potato man, the steaks are heavenly. We love the crab cakes and the salads for lunch and dinner. My only complaint is that you no longer have Conundrum on the menu. It's a fabulous wine and I was sooooo disappointed when you took it off.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    Fudaholic
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    My husband and I love the capital grille for our date nights.. They're food is always excellent. I ordered halibut and it was excellent. I will have it again next time I get back. You will get out at the restaurant very satisfied..
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Dining Experience
    Jazzylady
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My husband and I have been coming to The Capital Grille to celebrate his birthday for the last three years. This year we invited his best friend and his wife to join us. What a great evening. The food, drinks, staff and wait service were all exceptional. The laughter, toasts, the beautiful ambiance of the restaurant all led to an enjoyable and special evening for all. My husband and I will definitely return here for our special celebrations for years to come!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I am not a meat eater but went for my husbands birthday. I got the halibut that was dry and tasteless. My husband did like his steak
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bob
    Steaklover
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Best steakhouse in Chicago They hand cut steaks and age in house!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best steak ever
    SandynTheoVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We scheduled a reservation to take advantage of the restaurant's Generous Pour event featuring 8 wines with unlimited servings for $25. Service was impeccable from when we were greeted at the door to when the check arrived. Lara our waitress was outstanding - attentive without being disruptive. She came back at intervals to check our wine status. We started with the calamari and prosciutto wrapped mozzarella. The calamari had an unexpected spiciness,which was very tasty. All four of us had the bone in filet, which was melt in your mouth good. The whole dinner was quite pricey, but we knew that going in.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Capital food at the Capital Grill
    PeterR
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our first visit to the Capital a Grill and I hope we get to visit again. The service was excellent, the food tasty and the flight of wines offer a good way to taste several quality wines. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic Steakhouse
    DrDaveVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Capital Grille easily stands with the other great steakhouses in Chicago - a city full of them. The steaks come out well seasoned and at the right temperature. They have a great wine list and often have wine specials like the Generous Pour that was going on this month: 3 white wines and 4 reds that you could sample as much as you wanted for $25. Sides are generally good, parmesan fries outstanding. Reliably good service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Have dined here on many occasions. It is always consistent. Food is good and fairly priced. Servers are professional and knowledgable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistency is everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    There are lots of steak houses in Chicago, as there are in any city, but there is something to be said about going to a restaurant when travelling when you know exactly what you are going to get. Food was very good, everyone was very accommodating, not to mention the fact that they gave us a sample dessert that was perfect and really hit the spot.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bruce
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We had one of the best dining expierences ever. It was our anniversary and my wife's birthday - they treated us very special. The wine special was fantastic! Waiter was great and very knowledgeable about the wines he was serving. All the service was over the top. Great dining experience! Food was the best....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Frankie
    Frankie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    five of us attended dinner the waitress was superlative the food was magnificent. great bar scene in the steaks are excellent.. Hi highly recommend it to any size group.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service Review
    Bethie
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The service was just OK. He wasn't particularly friendly, seemed annoyed when one of my guests didn't order any food (despite the fact that this diner had called days in advance to be sure that this was OK), seemed annoyed that another diner ordered only a salad. And then, near the end of our meal, he just plumb disappeared for a good 20 minutes. I wanted to order an additional item and ultimately did it through a gentleman who was the maître d', I believe.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate