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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
The Capital Grille - Costa Mesa reviews from OpenTable diners
174 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (131)notable wine list (92)fit for foodies (91)romantic (86)great for lunch (78)good for groups (55)neighborhood gem (28)hot spot (16)great for brunch (16)vibrant bar scene (12)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (3)Show More
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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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
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    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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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
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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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    • 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
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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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bad service
    Annoyed
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our server didn't seem engaged when he came to our table. He talked to us in a rude way, as if we he thought we never ate at a nice restaurant before or if he thought we were youngsters (which we are not) that didn't know what good service was. Didn't appreciate that and we barely saw him thru the night. He seemed annoyed as well. I would suggest someone supervise him bc I believe his table manners are rough. I think the bad service took away from the food. Food was good but couldn't enjoy it bc we were in disbelief about the behavior of our waiter. I'm hoping he just had a bad day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • front desk personnel impression
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The 'Asian' lady assigned for the table assignment ( works on the computer for table availability ) is a shame for the restaurant reputation- she is mean. , rude , irritated and has NO customer service skills . She is not a good representation in the front where people gets in and will have supposed to have a feeling of being welcomed .
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phenomenal
    FoodieNomo
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Wonderful experience here when we came over for dinner during restaurant week. Everything was fantastic - food, service and ambience. The Kona-crusted dry aged Sirloin was just out of this world. Flavorful and very tender. And the Strawberries Capital for dessert was outstanding. Came here for a date and coming back again with some friends this week :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Always have excellent service and friendly staff. Food is consistently well prepared. Appreciate the extra attention for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Girls
    BirthdayGirl
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Enjoyed a leisurely visit and birthday celebration with friends. We were able to talk and hear each other, great ambiance -- birthday sprinkles decorated the table as well as birthday cards from Capital Grille. We were never rushed, entrees were explained and the waiter took a memorable photo for the birthday people. All in all a great choice. Much better experience than below at Season's 52 which had been so crowded and busy that my last visit started out with great visiting and then by 12:30 we seemed to be shouting and straining to hear. Capital Grille was a lovely lunch venue.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AmyKVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    There were four of us for lunch. We started with calamari. They were crispy & spicy. My grand daughter had clam chowder & said it was the best she's had! The chopped salad with shrimp was good but the best dish was the dry aged sirloin with chimichurri and fries. It came with a side dish for only $18! Our server was Mansoor & he was excellent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELLENT!
    JAD3
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I took a group of clients to the Capital Grille for dinner. Jill Bodette provided exceptional service. We enjoyed a fine selection of wines, steaks cooked to perfection, and a great assortment of appetizers, salads, side dishes, and desserts. The ambience was just right to enjoy good conversation. This was an excellent dinner and entire evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AmyKVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Steaks are always good and prepared the way I like it. The service here is excellent and one of the reasons we keep coming here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • garyDVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    A most perfect dinner with the generous pour wines, the only thing missing-- bring back the carpaccio!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    Oldtime
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Waitress was nice but not around much. Sommelier took too long coming to assist us especially since tables were less than 50% filled. Service was C level
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First timer
    chrisb27
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    First time here at this restaurant.... most certainly will not be my last. Great service, food was delicious and I had great company with me! Doesn't get any better then that.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time visit was memorable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Every course was delicious. Our waiter was great. We will go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always perfect!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Thank you for another perfect evening. The staff is top notch and the service is beyond amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Filet Bone In
    mstarfoodie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Filet was excellent as were the Asparagus(a little spicy dusted with crushed red pepper-mmm) and the truffle fries. I felt a little funny asking for ketchup but ketchup on fries always goes!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good restaurant
    FoodLover
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Capitol Grill is always a great place to eat, and this one in Costa Mesa is no exception. The food and service was excellent. My only problem is that most entrees were too large. It would be great if they would add smaller sized entrees for women.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Birthday Lunch
    EpicureanVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I have to say that we once considered Capitol Grille our favorite spot for birthdays & special occasions. It then turned into a series "hit or miss" experiences, with several "miss" visits in a row, marked by concerns & disappointments surrounding kitchen safety, food quality / freshness, questionable service, and overall cleanliness. Today, we decided to try the spot again since our son still enjoys Capitol Grille & suggested it, and I am thankful to say Capitol Grille got everything right this time. All courses of the lunch were wonderful. Service was attentive, professional and pleasant (it at times a bit forgetful), and we were delighted by the lovely birthday dessert. We shall certainly try Capitol again for more special occasions.
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  • A nice place.
    rvankoe
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I tried Capital Grill after not being able to get a reservation at Seasons 52. Capital Grille does everything right, but I prefer Seasons 52. They are both owned by Darden so they are good. To me Cap. is too stuffy and the clientele too casual. This maybe because it is near Newport Beach. Your choice, Capital Grille or Seasons 52, both very good but I prefer Seasons.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.