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About Capitol ChopHouse

Located 1 block from the capitol square in downtown Madison we are a classic steakhouse that supports local farmers and fresh seasonal ingredients whenever possible. We offer intimate private dining space for your special event, seasonal wine, beer, and cocktail dinners, and free parking right off the square. We carry Midwest beef, fresh seafood, WI craft beer on draft, and a thoughtful and focused wine selection.

9 East Wilson
Madison, WI 53703
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 11:30am, Saturday, Sunday 7am-12pm
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm, Saturday, Sunday 12pm-2pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
South Pinckney Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(608) 255-0165

Website:
http://www.capitolchophouse.com/

Parking Details:
Complimentary underground and valet parking available for Restaurant Guests in the attached Hilton Madison Hotel's parking ramp.

Executive Chef:
Sean Pharr

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Mon - Sat 8:15PM - 9:00PM

Capitol ChopHouse Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.0

service

4.3

ambience

3.6

value

3.5

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Quiet

74% would recommend it to a friend

Business Meals (10)
Special Occasion (8)
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Good for Anniversaries (4)
Casual (4)
Cozy (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Romantic (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Authentic (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Waterfront (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Not a big lunch selection - but great service and delicious food.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

The place was totally empty. Waited 10 minutes for a server to acknowledge us. Food was bland, over-cooked, and the salad was drenched in dressing. We left without finishing our meal.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Menu isn't overwhelmingly large...which I find appealing. Although the steaks and scallop entrees we had were great, the stars were the sides. Broccoli, mushrooms, brussel sprouts and mashed potatoes were excellent. Our service that night was also top notch. Pricey, of course, but it's on par with most steak houses.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

My husband and I were out at UW - Madison for Parents Weekend and took our son there for a special night...it was a great experience...Clay, our server, couldn't have been nicer or more knowledgeable about both the food and drink menu...We will definitely return!!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The service was wonderful and the food was good but nothing particularly memorable.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Dinner for two on a Friday evening. Our waiter Logan was informative and helpful with suggesting and explaining menu items. Service was attentive but not intrusive. Steaks were perfectly prepared and super tender. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Prime Rib was way too salty to enjoy. Terrible. New York steak was good.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food was very good - typical steakhouse fare. The ambiance was poor - very dated, austere and lackluster. The service was fine, but not overly welcoming when we arrived. I almost felt like we were an inconvenience If you are staying at the Hilton, then I would recommend the restaurant, because of the location and the food was tasty. However, with all of the great restaurants in Madison - I would chose another.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Our waiter was beyond lovely, the food was great,will definitely be back

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Pricey for level of cooking skills. Not up to par comparing to steak house such as Morton's, etc.

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Consistently the best dining experience in Madison.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Not your typical steak house although they try to be. The food was good, but overpriced for the quality of the food and ambiance that is there. It's a great place to meet for business if you're staying at the Hilton. Very convenient.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 13, 2017

We are out of town guests and have been told that the chophouse is a place to go. So we went and it was just a sad experience. Our server was trying too hard. The ambiance reminds me of early 1990. The onion soup was plain and no flavor. I had the filet which was great but my partner had the strip and it was over seasoned. The mashed potatoes were just overly salty...wouldn't recommend to anyone...oh the manager came by but we had already finished...overall not good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Reasonably good food, good service but a very poor setting. Looks like the resteraunt took over some old place and spent no money updating ut. Very much hurts the experience and because of the setting, I would not recommend it.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 2, 2017

The Capital Chop House is the best Steak House in Madison by far

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We had a lovely night--service spot-on, best steaks we ever had (and we eat in very fine steak houses in Chicago!). We loved it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

We had a wonderful 9th anniversary dinner. Server Logan spoiled us. We split the ribeye and shared the mushrooms and asparagus. Our starter of a cheese plate was having an early dessert. And, our dessert of espresso ice cream and chocolate port was a perfect finale to our evening.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

We had not been to the chophouse in years--having children drove us to other dining options. But this being Restaurant Week (RW), we decided to try our old haunt. The tenderloin used to be to DIE for and I was in the mood for some steak. We arrived early for our 5:15 dinner time and practically had the place to ourselves. The work staff were very friendly, and with no one else to serve, were going out of their way to make our experience great. ( We like eating early then having the rest of the summer night to go to any number of Madison's outdoor terraces). Our RW choices were limited, but that is normal for what all places do. I chose the scampi, skirt steak and peach cobbler. Our waitperson, Rene, suggested adding crab legs to our fair and that was a perfect addition to our foods.
Lastly, our host suggested we have a special drink to go with our desserts. Once again, it was a great choice (see pict)
We both left saying to ourselves, "Why did we wait so long to come back?" and "When our we coming back and who can we bring with us?"

Thank you chop house for a wonderful start to the evening

Tags: Cozy
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 27, 2017

We went during Restaurant Week. It was nice to have attentive service that was not rushed. The two people in our group who ordered the pork entrée for lunch were a bit disappointed. They didn't think it was very good and was not exactly what they were expecting, given the description. All else was fantastic, including the other fish entrée. Antonio offered fantastic, friendly and professional service.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Outstanding dining experience. Our waiter, and staff were exceptional including hostess, bartender and chef. We had a special celebration, and they all contributed to a very memorable evening. Highly recommend The Capitol Chophouse to anyone!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Superb salads, steaks were flavorful and perfectly cooked. Decent beer menu, terrific wine selections. Limited outdoor seating but pleasant atmosphere. Service was top notch. Would return anytime, and plan to soon. Only downside: limited vegetarian choices. But duh. It's a chophouse!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Excellent meal! Our filets were prepared perfectly. Order a half-size Chopped Salad before your entree and you will not be disappointed! We also tried the grilled asparagus, but prepared with the garlic and chili oil typically used with the broccoli. Again it was excellent! The homemade lavendar blueberry ice cream was a great way to end our meal. Logan, our server, was extremely attentive and knowledgeable.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Had a business meeting. Atmosphere was very open, not much privacy. Service was excellent. Menu was limited for lunch but had a nice variety of options.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Anniversary

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 16, 2017

We enjoyed the experience very much. The prime ribs were generous in size and very tasty. Very juicy and did not dry out before finishing. Fine dining and good food is a lost art these days, but the Capitol Chophouse was tops in both areas. I recommend this place highly.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We stayed at the Hilton and was attending a 1:00 performance at the Overture Center so the Chophouse seemed like a perfect choice for Mother's Day Brunch.
The host and waiter made the visit get off a slow start with seating us and getting our drinks. The food was very good and the ambiance was better than I even expected. For a small space (with one exit being right into the lobby), we felt like we were far away from the hotel. Upon finishing up our meal and needing to check out, the waiter was able to pass by our table numerous times without asking us how everything was or offering to get out check. My husband left to get us checked out and eventually I was left alone to sit and wait for the check. Finally when I sat some with credit card in hand, he offered to take care of paying for the meal. Surprising a big tip was already included in our check which was way more than he ever deserved.
We might go back again but hope to have a different host and waiter!

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We've been twice in the past year and both times have had excellent waitstaff, but other than that there is nothing to recommend about it. The room is fairly sterile, the food bland and unremarkable. We tried dinner and we tried brunch (Mother's Day) and I think we will wait for a re-boot before we try again.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Excellent overall meal and experience. Friendly and very helpful wait staff.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Wonderful food, relaxed atmosphere and professional service. I have had both lunch and dinner here, and I always recommend it to others. Our server was delightful. She was warm, helpful, professional, and seems to enjoy working there, and it shows. Thank you for a fun and delicious night!

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Service outstanding. Best muscles ever had. Crab legs great. Aged steak outstanding. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 14, 2017

We always feel very welcome at the Capitol Chophouse. The drinks are generous and the service is flawless. I like the new sourdough baguette bread from Madison Sourdough.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 7, 2017

The Chop House stands out for two main things: great food, especially the steaks and quiet allowing for normal conversation.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 18, 2017

The bread was sooooo hard to bite through; too thick, too tough. Over-priced for what you're getting. There are other restaurants now that serve comparable quality food for much cheaper.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 11, 2017

We had a lovely evening. The food was good. Our server, Tanner, was excellent.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 25, 2017

This place was AMAZING! Went for my sister's 18th birthday. I had the crab cakes and clam chowder. Crab cakes were delicious and the clam chowder was literallY THE BEST I have ever had. The service was great and very friendly. I asked the hostess if they could surprise my sister with the lava cake which they happily took care of and it was completely complimentary. Will definitely be coming back in the near future!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 25, 2017

We went to Capitol ChopHouse to celebrate a birthday. We chose it because of the menu we read online. However, the menu online didn't match the menu in house! Our server was wonderful though and explained new chef, etc... We weren't disappointed. Our food was great. The crab cakes were the best I've had in a long time. And they had crab legs already cracked open - hooray! The steak eaters in the group were all impressed and happy with their choices.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Immediately upon entering the Chophouse, I could tell I was in for a rare treat. I had expected a high class experience, but I was blown away. Even the lobby exuded extravagance. The hostess quickly took our coats and even presented my date with a rose, a great little addition to help set the mood of the night. Upon ordering, I was a little uncomfortable with the prices but it wasn't terrible considering the experience. Our waiter was prompt, smooth, and extremely polite. The food took quite awhile to come, this is not a place to come if you have somewhere to be, but it was well worth the wait. The steak was perfect in every way and the sides didn't let me down either. My biggest complaint for the night was how long it took to get my check. I waited nearly an hour after both my companion and I were finished before finally waiving down the hostess to assist me. Overall, a great experience. 9.2/10

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Expensive but delicious! Service was attentive, food was great - just a bit expensive.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Excellent service and food!!! The primrose rib was perfection!!!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 11, 2017

We went there 5 years ago for our anniversary and it was so much better then. It was a 4 or 5 course meal and the food was better. We were looking forward to go back for years, we were a bit let down. Not worth the price anymore.

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