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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
The Capital Grille - Chicago - Downtown reviews from OpenTable diners
139 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (93)notable wine list (67)romantic (58)fit for foodies (40)good for groups (31)great for lunch (25)neighborhood gem (23)hot spot (11)late-night find (8)great for brunch (6)vibrant bar scene (6)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Never again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    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.
    • Food
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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
  • 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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    • 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.
  • 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
    • Food
    • 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 2011
    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
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Usual Great Experience
    ChicagolandVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We go to the Capital Grille in Scottsdale and Phoenix a lot and we have also been to the Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and now Chicago locations. We have never been disappointed with the food or service, which are consistently very good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice evening
    Jimbo
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Went for our anniversary. They honored our request for a nice, quite booth. Had rose petals on the table with a nice card. Server tomatoes while to get to our table, but once she did she was very pleasant. Could not really hear her since it was kind of noisy. She asked for our drink order, the came back with our drinks and a complimentary glass of champagne. Very nice, but if I would have known she was going to bring us a drink, I would have not ordered my cocktail. Had a stripe steal for dinner. Portions big, steak was good, but not great. Little chewy. Asked for our dessert order, but we were so full we Declined. They then bring us a complimentary trio of desserts. Overall nice evening. Reasonable pricing for downtown
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The waitress was awesome with her food and wine selections. The food was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great meal with excellent service
    YesPleaseVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Whether you are getting steak or seafood, salad or soup - you are in for a treat. Exceptional menu and equally fantastic service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Time
    DBH11
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I booked this reservation for my wife's 50th Birthday. We were treated like royalty! First class service. I would highly recommend Capital Grille for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Capilal Grille Regular
    Bobbie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Been to many many Capital Grille restaurants around the US. Love the menu, ambiance, service and food. A bit disappointed with the Chicago member of the chain. Service was not as good and food was undercooked vs. the order. Still a nice meal and experience -- just not up to normal standards.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dave Preston
    Lyandlyt
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Dave Preston made our experience at the Capital Grille one to remember. We were celebrating my son's receiving of his Master's degree. He and his wife were first time customers and believe me, they will make it their Chicago favorite.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Doesn't get much better ...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    A constant across the nation is the Capital Grill where one can expect a good meal and great service everytime. Our dinner the other night was no ewxception and we only have good things to say.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Although known for their steaks, I ordered fish; the seared tuna and it was outstanding. Adam was our waiter and he was top notch.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never a disappointment
    bbbb
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The generous poor package is fabulous. Always get the lobster Mac and cheese
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great anniversary
    windyworker
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Two years ago, we had our wedding day lunch at the Capital Grille, and have since returned for our last two anniversaries. Each time has been wonderful! We just celebrated our second anniversary there, and were fortunate to have the same server from our wedding day, and it was great catching up with him. They gave us a beautiful card and seated us at the corner booth, which made us feel important and gave us a great view. The food was awesome -- everything. I had a surf and turf, my wife had halibut, and we both loved each others' dish as much as our own. We will continue to dine there each anniversary, and hopefully throughout the year whenever we want a special treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We have eaten at The Capital Grille on many occasions. We are never disappointed. Food, service and ambiance are of a very high standard and consistent. This Chicago location is among the best in the organization in our opinion.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    Karen
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    ALWAYS a number one choice in my book. the Tuna is amazing and staff is fantastic. They will NOT disappoint
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • excellent
    eatingout
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    It was our 40th anniversary dinner celebration! and we were both very pleased. The server/waiter did an excellent job and it was an extremely pleasant evening for both of us. The dessert and campaign at the end of the meal were a surprise, but with the card, rose petals, and everyone wishing us congratulations, it was like we were with family. We love the Capital Grille, and the downtown Chicago locations is our absolute favorite!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch
    Showme86VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great food and service without exception. We have yet to be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great again!
    jjurkovi
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We've never been disappointed at the Capitol Grill. Consistent and phenomenal food and service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Time
    Judyklm1
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I really enjoyed my dinner here with friends. The great customer service started from the valet and continued throughout the night. Love how the waiter could speak great selections that were not on the menu. I had the bone in rib eye oscar styled lobster macoroni and creamed corn with bacon and it was jus great!! The drinks were nice and strong as well. Overall really good experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    salgado2n
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We were there for our anniversary and was the perfect place. When we confirmed the reservation I was asked if we were celebrating anything and they paid attention to this by giving us champagne and dessert! The food was excellent we had the chop salad and the lobster mac/cheese and the Kona steak, everything was delicious! our server was great!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As expected
    LBJack
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Always about the same. Nice place to entertain , everyone will find something on the menu. In Chicago it's just expected the steak will be aged, prime and good, no disappointment. Great drinks, starters and sides. Service is top notch.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do NOT eat here!!!!
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    DO NOT waist your time or money, by far the most horrible excuse for fine dining i have EVER experienced! And I Know MUCH about the preparation of a an extravagant meal! This sorry excuse for fine dining has the location, staff and ambiance BUT THE CHEF must be Be a in training! I will never go back and i'll be sure to spread the word! Be advised that your Valets hustle your customers for money depending on the vehicle they drive!! Just because i drive a nice vehicle i get to enjoy a begging grown man after dinner!! He was the icing on the cake!! I have enjoyed restaurants around the world, this is by far the bottom of the barrel!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OK for a business meeting
    ATrader
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Friendly and accommodating excellent greeting and seating staff. Average waiters, average steaks. But overall an OK experience, good for a business meeting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.