The Capital Grille - Costa Mesa
The Capital Grille - Costa Mesa

The Capital Grille - Costa Mesa

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://thecapitalgrille.com/
  • Phone: 7144321140x
  • 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: 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 The 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 South Coast Plaza.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
The Capital Grille - Costa Mesa reviews from OpenTable diners
176 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (135)fit for foodies (97)romantic (91)notable wine list (90)great for lunch (75)good for groups (52)neighborhood gem (27)hot spot (20)vibrant bar scene (13)great for brunch (11)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Best beef in town!
    HazH
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Variety cuts of best tasting beef. Extensive wine list. Wonderful service. Ask for a quiet table as the restaurant is noisy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special Dining
    Kelly
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Our first time in dining area of restaurant. Have visited bar area before. My husband's birthday. All was excellent. Server Shawn Silva was very good. Food very good. Will visit again on special occasions.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous meal!
    MartiniManVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Not only was each course prepared to perfection, Aimee served us with grace and efficiency.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Evening Ruined
    RuinedEvening
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The hostess & supervisor that finally seated my wife and I ruined our special evening. The hostess & supervisor were unfriendly, disrespectful, demeaning and dismissive. Hostess directed us to a table in the center of the room and asked if the table was okay. My wife said no, and requested the more private table near the window. Hostess said no that the window table was set for four. Hostess left us standing in the center of the room, brought her supervisor who also said no, table is set for 4 people. My wife said the table you are sitting us at is also for 4 people. Quickly, but reluctantly we were moved to the window table. How sad that we were served in such a way. Food, delicious! Ambiance, not so much.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing specials
    PowleyGirl70VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Lunch was delicious and cocktails were amazing! We loving hearing about the special drinks and dishes made for that day! Love trying anything new! Always amazing choices too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing experience!!
    dadorkjoey
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    1st time there had an amazing experience. Everyone was very welcoming all the staff. Food was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best steak I've ever had!
    FishandchipsVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The service was excellent, they have the BEST steak ever! Only thing I notice was the room being too dark, I want to be able to see the food to enjoy. I've recommended The Capital Grille to my friends already!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night
    WeLove2Eat
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Made reservations for a birthday dinner & our table was sprinkled w/confetti & a handwritten birthday card was there. We had the calamari appetizer (spicy but good) & wedge salad. For dinner we had the Kona crusted sirloin, Chilean sea bass & creamed spinach--all delicious! The Stoli Doli is great! And we loved the creme brûlée cheesecake. Service was friendly and attentive. We preferred our dining experience here over Mastros.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and elegant
    happydinerVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    What a lovely evening. Capital Grille is one of my favorite spots. You sure know how to make martini, prepare steak, and deliver amazing food every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor value/mediocre food
    Disappoinment
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I had high hopes for the evening upon entering...dimly lit, well appointed, white tablecloths. Service was attentive...but then the food arrived. Almost $50 for a tiny little steak on a huge white plate with 2 spinach leaves. Seriously? My plate was King Salmon in citrus glaze: salmon not quite cooked enough, glaze was almost imperceptable, and sat on borderline raw, chopped green beans...with tips and strings still attached!!! Salads were fine, corkage was $25...won't be returning. Bill was $160 and we left hungry!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday for friend
    wineloverVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Two of us went to lunch to celebrate my friend's birthday. The lobster salad and the steak salad were both fresh, delicious and very filling. The birthday dessert was a combination of berries, cheesecake and chocolate cake. The birthday card was a bonus, and so was everyone wishing my friend a happy birthday. Capital Grille is great for lunch or dinner! Will be back on Friday to celebrate my birthday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant dining experience
    luv2dineOC
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I have been to Capital Grille many times, mostly for business lunches, occasionally to meet up with friends for a late lunch. The experiences have always been pleasant. In my opinion, the food is up to par with other restaurants of this caliber and the ambiance is nice, but the service is always exceptional. I met with a girl friend for a very late lunch. Our waiter was really great, very polite and tentative, which made the dining experience even more enjoyable. My girl friend obviously was very impressed with the quality of food (we ordered the plates, which is just perfect for lunch) and service as well. Unfortunately I do not remember our waiter's name, he definitely did a great job.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as usual
    BigPapi2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Capitol grill just never let's us down from family functions to work events held its always great. Staff and service were kind attentive and friendly. Looking forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Restaurant in Town
    Mac1VIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Excellent food, excellent ambiance, excellent service. What more is there to say? Oh, just one thing--try the excellent anchovy stuffed olive martinis. Delicious as is the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Celebration!
    EpicureanVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Capital Grille truly did everything right to make our special occasion as memorable as possible. We were entertaining newlyweds, and we could not have chosen a nicer location to make their celebration more memorable. I am so thankful for this, truly!!! Will will certainly choose Capital Grille again for entertaining on special occasions. Just lovely! (And the lunch was fabulous, by the way--everything perfect!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food4You
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Restaurant confirmed our reservations earlier in the day and our table was ready for us. The food was very good and the service was outstanding. This is an upscale restaurant and so were the prices. The wine list is extensive. We asked to split our entrees and the server made it happen.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food Great Service
    tvergara531
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I am in love with their Delmonico steak. It's to die for. Service is always great which makes my experience that much more incredible. It's a great place to celebrate an anniversary, birthday, or just for a date night. The waiters/waitresses are very knowledgeable so if you need recommendations, do not hesitate to ask.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • anniversary dinner
    30thanniversaryVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We had dinner paired with The Generous Pour at an additional cost & well worth it. We started with calamari,sweet & spicy very good. A wedge salad; fresh & crisp lettuce,blue cheese & bacon & oh so good. We ordered rib eye special & it was seasoned beautifully and cooked to perfection. It was one of the best steaks I' ve ever had. Also had Wagyu filet. Fork tender and very very good. Michael was our wait person and was very attentive as were those assisting him.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Fav Steakhouse in the Area
    whocareswhoiamVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The ambiance is classy, the service top-notch, and the steaks are prepared perfectly. We prefer the quality of beef here to most all other popular chains (Mastro's is also in this class). The lobster bisque has many huge chunks of lobster. The side options are the best on any steakhouse menu, especially love the mashed potatoes and fries are done RIGHT. The wine list has excellent options and is reasonably priced. Wine by the glass list is notable too. Ask to be seated with either Anne, Michael or Alan. The lunch menu here is excellent, steak salads that will please any lady OR GENTELMAN! Located at the prestigious South Coast Plaza Mall, offers free valet if you don't wish to self park. It has a classy bar area w/lots of tables.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classy Upscale Steakhouse
    whocareswhoiamVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    This is one of our favorite steakhouses in SoCal. It is connected to the prestigious South Coast Plaza Mall. There is free valet parking as well as ample self-parking. The steakhouse ambiance is upscale, soft music. There is a beautiful bar area, including tables. This is fine dining with a top notch serving staff (ask to be seated in Michael or Anne's section). The wine list and wines by the glass are excellent and reasonably priced. The steaks are 5 star quality, much better than other familiar chain steakhouses. Chef prepares steaks perfectly to order. The menu has fantastic sides, also better than other steakhouses. Especially like the mashed potatoes! Fantastic place for a relaxing or business lunch. Seafood options as well.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistant Excellent Service
    g8food
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We celebrated my husband's birthday here, and needed to attend a theatrical performance. Alan Lopez was our waiter who provided efficient service, with thoughtfulness in meeting our needs. Water glasses were always filled. As usual, our lobster salad, lobster roll, rib eye sandwiches, clam chowder were a foodies dream, appetizing to the eye and so flavorful. The complimentary birthday desserts were extraordinary. Thank you, Capital Grille, who consistently delivers first class service!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fantastic service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Everything promptly arrived, food was of high quality, ambience was nice and not noisy at all.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    tiffcfeng
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Unlike most restaurant week menus, the prix fixe menu offered here is definitely worth it with a great selection of appetizers, main course, and dessert. For the main course, I had the bone-in kona crusted sirloin cooked medium rare plus and it was tender, juicy, and flavorful. Strongly recommend!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    Lovetoeat
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was excellent but service wasn't great. It took a while before I had my water refilled. I had to ask for it after we received the check.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • ClaSSIC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    DELICIOUS and the service was wonderful, my steak was also perfectly cooked
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    Linda
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Outstanding service. Our server was so knowledgeable about every entrée and all of the wines. He went the extra mile. May be our best server of all time!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very much enjoyed it
    bdahx3
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I'm glad I finally got a chance to try Capital Grille since I've been wanting to for awhile now. I came for the last day of Costa Mesa Restaurant week this year, and it was better than expected! I was greeted very kindly when I arrived and seated even though I was late. The menu had very good choices and everything tasted fabulous. Also our server was very polite and kind answering any questions we had. I had a wonderful experience and will definitely be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So-so service, decent food
    PYanVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I came here for the Costa Mesa restaurant week prix fixe menu, which I highly recommend because the quality of the food for what you pay is unbeatable. My only complaint was that service was pretty slow and not very notable for a restaurant of Capital Grille's caliber. Could be because we ordered off the restaurant week menu, but even so, service should be consistent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining experience
    JoeAndVerse
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Lunch is always great! Food is delicious, warm bread all the amenities. The service is the best and if you are lucky to have Janice as your waitress, you'll really enjoy your experience at the Capital Grille.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    First time there & I'll be back - the food was GREAT
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful lunch!
    helplyddie
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This was a wonderful restaurant week lunch that 3 of my friends and I went to after a long week of classes. The service was impeccable and we felt cared for. For my friend's birthday, they brought us complimentary champagne, which was a great surprise. The food was delicious and the portions enough to make us all full at the end. Thank you for a great meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday
    Eater
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great for special occasions! Steaks were outstanding, mashed potatoes were worth writing home about! We'll return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thoroughly enjoyable
    DininginOC
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The food was fantastic (filet mignon & aged sirloin), the service was impeccable and the ambiance quiet relaxing. Went with a small group (6) and we enjoyed our dinner and the Restaurant Week experience at this location. Definitely will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fine Dining at its Finest
    2foodies
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    This is what fine dining was meant to be! We loved the food, the service, and that we could actually talk during dinner without shouting. The service was the best we've experienced in years! When we told our server that we were going to the Performing Arts Center and needed to be out by 7pm, she took that very seriously and saw to it that our meal was paced perfectly to get us on our way at exactly the time we had specified. The piece de resistance, however, was Tabitha's taking care of our "leftovers" (big portions) while we went to the play. When we returned for them, she was just leaving, but offered to go back and get them for us from the reception desk. The food is too good here to leave anything behind!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Wonderful
    Happy1
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We had a wonderful time and a delicious meal at The Capital Grille. Originally we were going because of Restaurant Week, but ended up ordering some of their regular deals on their lunch menu. My meal started with a cup of lobster bisque. It one of the best that I ever had. The seared scallops with sweet corn risotto were cooked to perfection. Service was impeccable. We thoroughly enjoyed it and are looking forward to coming here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not great
    Cooksniteout
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This was our first experience at Capitol grille and it was a bit disappointing. Caesar salad was wilted, steaks came out on very hot plates but the steaks were Luke warm. My filet had no flavor. Mashed potatoes were not very warm. The server was attentive and because it was our anniversary, we were given a very nice sampling of all of their desserts. My martini was very good.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service definitely can improve
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    My experience: the medium-rare steak was medium or close to medium-well. The server, although talked politely, but his service definitely can be improved-- how's your feeling that the server change forks and plates right in front of your front body, change everyone's dinner ware just standing at one position next to you and weaving his hands within 12 inches in front of your face?
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience!
    luvbubbles
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Went for Costa Mesa Restaurant Week on Sunday for a late lunch, The restaurant was very busy. Our server Janice treated us like we were the only people in the restaurant, the rest of the staff was very attentive as well, especially Luis. Can't say enough about the service & the food. Added plus were the table side perfectly hand shaken martini's!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ellen
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Wow! The whole meal was absolutely the best!! Starting with the salad, the Dry Aged Sirloin w/chimichurri is to DIE for, & the creme brulee is my favorite now! The food and service was a 100/100!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food!
    yummy
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The most tender sirloin I've ever had! Wonderful flavor!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet