The Capital Grille - Costa Mesa

4.7
2450 reviews
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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 in the South Coast Plaza. 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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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Join us Easter Sunday for an exceptional prix-fixe brunch from 10:00am – 2:00pm, $49 adults, $15 children. Enjoy our Executive Chef's take on classic brunch dishes such as Lobster Frittata and more.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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BR
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carin our server is always on point and goes out of her way to anticipate our needs before us asking for anything. Food and staff is always A+ as is their management team. Impressive and the reason we return again and again.

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FP
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Thank You dinner

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Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service always superb

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Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and exceptional service!!

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Rude hostess
Cooked steaks to wrong temp 2 times!
Not like Boston!
Will never go there again in OC!

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MF
Orlando
56 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional cuisine, service and ambiance. There were four people in our party, and everyone walked out quite pleased.

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LW
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tracey, our server, was amazing! And Jorge, the server assistant, was so attentive! It was all around an amazing experience, and the food was so so good. Our steaks were so tender and full of flavor. We look forward to enjoying a meal there again!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful. One of our party was in a wheelchair and we were easily and graciously accommodated. After our meal, one of us left a bag at the table and our server went above and beyond, running quite a way to catch us and give us the bag.

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J
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an exceptional meal experience with superb service, delicious food/drinks and splendid ambiance! We hope to be back soon!

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RB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food!! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking to be treated with excellent service and go home with a happy belly!

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DC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing intimate dining experience! Highly recommend it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service! Attention to detail exceptional, Made my daughters birthday very special!

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Los Angeles
330 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. Steaks are always cooked perfectly and service is exceptional. Our server was Mike who was so very professional and courteous. I highly recommend Capital Grille for excellent steaks and outstanding service.

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E
Palm Springs
23 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very very very good... by far the best of the chain steak houses. Worth going back many times.

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S
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great dinner and great service! We love restaurant week!

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BD
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

I really wish I could have left a better review, as I've dined here several times in the past, but this time, the service was beyond terrible, particularly for a higher-priced restaurant. Food (appetizers, entrees, desserts) and drinks were generally very good. However, it took more than 5 minutes for someone to first acknowledge us at the table, then another 5 minutes after that just to get water. Waiter then said he'd wait until we ordered food for him to take our drink order (this despite wanting to begin with cocktails). Waiting to get aperitif orders submitted quickly is bad for the restaurant's bottom line (losing a chance to turn subsequent drink orders plus alcohol stimulating appetite sooner), it's not good for customers who would like to enjoy a before-meal beverage. Regardless, after about 15 minutes, he finally took our drink order. Ordered a glass of wine, which the server spilled all over the table. Then, he didn't even bother to clean it up off the wine glass stem and base, and he didn't cover it with a napkin on the tablecloth, so not only did the table look like a mess, but the odor also was not the pleasant bouquet one would enjoy from a glass (simply put, it stunk). Just an awful experience. I worried if things would be bad when he began the evening with "Are you here for restaurant week?" Yes, but that was because when I saw it was restaurant week, I changed our reservation from Mastro's, which didn't have a special, to Capital Grille, which did; it's not like we were changing from Outback to Capital Grille, but it seemed as if the server was sizing us up based on that question. In hindsight, in the future, we'll simply go to the better steakhouse without regard to who may be offering a special at similar price points. As I said, I'd been at this location before, and the food and service historically were excellent; but this visit, while food was very good, the service was probably the worst we've had in more than 5 years.

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OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was good. Service was slow.

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m
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent! Fillets cooked to perfection. Such a beautiful restaurant.

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RA
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and impeccable service. A bit exoenybut worth it for a special occasion.

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NS
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Filet Mignon was absolutely wonderful, it cut like butter. The French Onion was very good and the chocolate cake was to die for. Our waitress was wonderful and made you feel very special.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great, the food was awesome. Patrick Murphy was our waiter and he really made the evening special for us. Extremely knowledgeable about the food and wine, enjoyed our conversation, and gave a level of service that you rarely receive, even at fine dining locations. Definitely will ask for him when we come back!

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B
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Mega noisey , great service but the food wasn’t awesome. Salad so so, side dishes ok, steak was tastey but mega fatty. The dessert was wonderful , creme brulee, 5 stars. Overall, disappointed. Noise level, just horrific.

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C
Orange County
47 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food, especially the shrimp and risotto dish. Service was good and love that they have 2 item $20 lunch specials. We'll be back.

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Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my birthday. Pleasantly surprised w/a rose, table decorations and a card wishing me a happy birthday. Jay, our server, was excellent. Very kind and attentive, as was the rest of the staff. I will now make this a traction going forward to celebrate my birthday here every year, whether it’s for dinner or lubch

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Birthday dinner with friends. Excellent customer service!

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F
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

steak seasoning is not as good as expected. just ok for dinner.

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HP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and value! Great food, service and value! Great food, service and value! Great food, service and value!

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j
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is outstanding. The cheeseburger is "to die for". And the service is impeccable.

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m
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating birthday dinner with family. The food is always good, our waiter attentive and excellent. Very enjoyable evening!

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E
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

steak was good. chocolate cake was dry. waiter ok. green beans were too undercooked. presentation ok. steak looked kind of lonely on the plate. I give up.

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MK
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fortunately, our group of 5 women were given the Board Room for our luncheon which was terrific. The "roar of the main room" of people dining was such that all of us would have had a hard time hearing each other. Previously we had been placed at a round table in a corner in the main dining area and those two walls surrounding our table helped keep some of the noise level down.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Restaurant week- still too $$, I thought it was like Denver Restaurant week- it’ would of been Two for $25.00 NOT EACH PERSON!

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ED
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

The Clam Chowder was watery--the steak was as good as ever. Service was outstanding--Tiffany Williams.

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SC
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The salad was disappointing. The coffee was horrible - even after asking for another cup - finally had to switch to tea. This is supposed to be fine dining, but it fell short.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were vacationing in Costa Mesa and remembered the excellent experience we had at this restaurant the last time we visited and looked forward to another nice evening at The Capital Grille.

This evening surpassed all of our expectations! Our waiter, Jay, was fabulous! He was.attentive but not over the top, made sure we were satisfied with all of our food choices and was friendly, personable, and made us feel so welcome. Jay made sure our courses were spread out so we could fully enjoy each one and so there was never too much food at once. He was such a delight and even helped us decide on some of our food selections.

Our meal was in a word, outstanding! From our drinks and appetizers to our main courses and dessert, everything was absolutely delicious and prepared perfectly!

If you’re looking for a nice relaxing restaurant with impeccable food and service, I recommend The Capital Grille without hesitation!!! Simply wonderful and truly made our evening special!

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1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful. The staff made us feel special

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was just perfect overall!!!

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Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Luxe menu for OC restaurant week is the best deal out of all the restaurants participating! The Capital Grille’s food & service never disappoints!!! One of my all time fav restaurants!!!

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1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was kool I guess hehehehehehhe fooooood was yum yum in my tum tum

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SS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were outstanding.

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