The Capital Grille - Chicago - Downtown

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Steakhouse
You are cordially invited to be wined, dined, and dazzled at The Capital Grille. Enjoy nationally renowned steaks — dry aged and hand-cut on premises by the restaurant's own butchers — the freshest of seafood, creative sides, and irresistible desserts prepared on-site every day. All accompanied by an acclaimed wine list, carefully curated by The Capital Grille's Sommelier, featuring more than 350 labels from around the world. Experience gracious, anticipatory service in the comfortable, sophisticated dining room, or host a flawless event in a private dining room appointed with a full complement of state-of-the-art media technology. A memorable evening or afternoon of fine dining awaits at The Capital Grille. Located one block east of Michigan Avenue at the corner of Ontario. Download our mobile app to see today's wine list and pairings curated by our Sommelier, make reservations, view upcoming events and purchase gift cards. Anytime, anywhere.
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San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Typically exceptional food, ambiance, and service. Lily is the cream of the crop as a server...and here, that is saying something.

JU
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This place was a great experience and I would recommend it to everyone

g
Chicago
46 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Level of service from everyone is excellent. From the moment you walk in the door to the moment you leave the table we felt welcomed. Drinks, wines selection and food are also top notch. One of our favorite steak houses in Chicago.

P
London
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I would not return. On arrival, table was not ready/available. What is the point of a booking? Having been directed to the bar, there was no bar seating available and no one to take a drink order.

On review of the cheque, I was over billed for a second bottle of wine. This is a trick dishonest restaurants do to cheat consumers. Theft of service and a scam between management and service staff. A server automatically should recognise that a cheque is $200 too high so I have to conclude it was a clear example of cheating, not a mistake.

Very bad and dishonest.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We celebrated my wonderful niece birthday. I always enjoy dining here. This location is a favorite.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Use to Come all the time 10 years ago and glad I returned to old school class and quality

CM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I come every year just to have the Delmonico or Porcini rubbed bone-in ribeye. It's fantastic and I've never had a better steak in my life, from farm country in Iowa, and even having tried all the other Chicagoland steak houses and the other Capital Grille locations. My mouth waters just typing about it. The drinks are very expensive, but whattaya do.

AC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent ambiance. Outstanding service!

N
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from our waiter Paul. We will be back soon!

JC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a special birthday for a special person. The servers were amazing and attentive. I never had to ask for refills. The food was fresh and arrived to our table quickly and each course was appropriately spaced out so we could enjoy each minute without the feeling of being rushed.

OT
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We had a great time. They were really nice and the lobster Mac was AMAZING!!!

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our anniversary and they left a card and everyone that came by wished us a happy anniversary. Great service, food was amazing and overall great way to spend our anniversary!

TH
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Derreck our waiter went above and beyond. Hostess very accommodating with large group reservation and request for quiet corner of restaurant . Excellent reliable service each time

OT
Mexico City
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restauran un the USA, the attention is remarkable

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to the Capital Grille each year for Thanksgiving for the past few years, and it has been a consistent source of joy. The food is consistently delicious (an issue we had with other restaurants), the service is excellent across the board (waitstaff, bartenders, and buspersons were all in a terrific mood), and the room is decorated for the Holidays. Thank you again for another wonderful year in the books, making for an excellent memory for my family. We'll be back again next year!

OT
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience1

If you are used to the service associated with the Capital Grille don’t go here. Very poorly managed staff. Had a reservation 7:45 pm. We were not seated until 840 pm no apology no accountability for overbooking. Front desk associates treated the situation like it was just a walk in w no reservation at outback get in line attitude.

When seated is they literally put us in the walkway of the Kitchen at what appeared to be a make shift table. I complained and we were moved at the server understood as it was blatantly obvious that table location was terrible. By the time we took our seat it was 9pm. 1 hour and 15 minutes after our reservation. Overall the Capital Grille is an outstanding brand as I eat there regularly. Skip Chicago it is poorly managed. Not once in this experience was there even an apology or acknowledgement that this was poor service.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving supper. Our waiter was Diego and he was outstanding. Friendly, professional and an excellent resource of menu suggestions, particularly regarding wine. My family will certainly return and we will request Diego. Since our wait was quite a bit beyond our reservation time, the manager offered us a dessert on the house.
Our experience was wonderful. Thank you.

SF
Chicago
121 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Thanksgiving and they did fantastic job with the turkey dinner. We had a great table in the wine room, so the ambiance was great. Our server was attentive, yet not overbearing. We have always enjoyed the Capital Grille for their regular menu, so it was great to see they carried over to the turkey dinner! Appreciate that they made our Thanksgiving so special.

LJ
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were quite pleased with our Thanksgiving meal. One of us had the traditional turkey dinner and she said very very good. The rest of us had the porterhouse and it was cooked perfectly and was delicious. But the service was outstanding. From the gentlemen that parked our park (valet service) to the fantastic server, Devina, we felt like special guests. Devina was devine!!!!! Clone her. We will be back,.... very soon!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband took me there for my birthday. The staff and food were incredible.

C
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience!

NN
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best steak I’ve ever had! Manhattans were great. Raw oysters, Blue Points, delicious. Service was good.

TB
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dinner. We went to celebrate my husband birthday and the restaurant was a great choice. The food and service was exceptional

SJ
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

My wife and I are frequent diners at Capital Grill. We have also visited your establishments in other cities. Our most recent visit was a disappointment and subpar at best.
We order side of your usually delicious mash potatoes only to discover when the server presented the dishes, they were liquified near soup form. The server apologized and freely stated, “the mash potatoes didn’t look normal.” My question is.... if they didn’t “look normal” to him, what makes him think they’d be appealing to use. Beside, every dish prepared is a reflection on Capital Grill. He offered to return them to the Chef to have them remade. The second batch was even worst. Needless to say, our meal was not as enjoyable and we left dissatisfied. Not what we expected. Truly disappointed.

MC
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Paul provided outstanding service to us, he was patient, informative and professional. He recommended drinks and entree selections. He made our first visit to capital grille phenomenal!!

T
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. Great food and service. We will be returning.

MB
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were excellent

N
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was my first time at the Capital Grille, it was a good experience and our service was great the only issue we had was seating. It was a dinner for 2 and we were placed in an awkward location. It was a small nook in front of the wine room. It was a very busy area. Wish we could have been seated in a better location in order to have a better feel for the restaurant. Overall it was great.

CB
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Repeat visitor to the Capital Grille whenever we visit Chicago. Service, food, ambiance is always "First-Class."

L
Chicago
86 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a wonderful evening. Food was great and our server was wonderful.. didn’t bother nor rush us

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was exceptional. Above and beyond! Food was great and portions were large. Highly recommend for any occasion.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service all around!!

CQ
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience for lunch was fantastic, from the valet, the the front desk, to the food and our server Valerie Delfin was superb. We will definitely be back. We had fresh oysters to start that were awesome. Lobstef bisque and french French onion soup was delishous. Fresh garden salads, and then the Capital Grille special hamburgers. They were the best hamburgers we had ever had. Cant say enough good things about the Capital Grille and its very professional staff.

S
Chicago
131 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Attentive service. Excellent wine.

m
Chicago
52 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Waiter was excellent. Will be back.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Capital Grille did a wonderful job with my 50th birthday celebration!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We arrived close to 9pm, they were closing at 10pm. Our server was wonderfully attentive but did not rush us. We ordered right away - we split a steak/lobster tail combo, brussel sprouts, and a bottle of wine. We ordered the steak medium rare+, but it was definitely medium. The lobster tail also was a little over-cooked. I think it had more to do with the kitchen beginning to close down than anything. But both were delightfully flavorful. The brussel sprouts were fabulous. We had an inexpensive Chilean wine that was very nice. We would definitely go back.

JC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of many times we've visited The Capital Grille downtown and we are never disappointed! This time, we sat with Rich (I would recommend requesting to sit with him if you can). He is extremely knowledgeable, gave exceptional service and was just a pleasure to dine with. We grabbed a bottle of wine (Altos del Plata Malbec - great for the price), I had the lobster bisque and my date had the wedge salad to start, then we split the Grand Plateau (lobster tail, lobster claws, jumbo shrimp, lump crab and oysters). We've had steaks here before, which never disappoint, but had a show to catch and this was the perfect amount of food to avoid a coma before sitting for a few hours! Not only was Rich exceptional, but the accompanying staff was too. It's a very nice environment with outstanding service that can't be beat. :) Shout out to Oscar too, who we sat with last time. Never had a bad experience here!

W
Milwaukee
23 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mom daughter wked and our waiter was fantastic - very accommodating and joined in on just having fun at dinner! I am not a crab cake fan at all - they always taste like tuna and bread comes so I reluctantly tried these -they were phenomenal!!

RA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food service and ambiance