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About The Capital Grille - Costa Mesa
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.
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Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Steakhouse, Steak, Seafood
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
Anton & Bristol off Interstate 405
$50 and over
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Private dining event space can accommodate up to 60 guests.
The Capital Grille offers private dining accommodations for 75 guests. From making formal business proposals to making toasts with a gathering of friends, we can help you flawlessly pull off any private event.
The Capital Grille - Costa Mesa Ratings and Reviews
We went to The Capital Grille for our anniversary and pre-show meal. Everything about our dining experience was excellent! The staff went over the top to ensure we had a memorable and exceptional night. They surprised us with some special treats at the end of our meal (I won’t go into detail to not ruin the surprise for anyone else going there for an anniversary). All recommendations for food and drinks completely surpassed our expectations. I can’t wait to go back again soon!
I usually order the filet mignon. It is always tender, delicious & cooked perfectly. Service is excellent from the moment you walk in until you leave. Our server, Mansour, is professional, classy and friendly. Great food and excellent service makes this one of our favorite restaurants.
Food was excellent , Scott (our waiter) was perfect -knowledgable, helpful, available, magically " there" when needed!
Ambience also excellent - very sophisticated but warm and friendly. Not too quiet - but quiet enough for conversation.
Will definitely be back !!!!
Sadly, the Capital Grille used to be a favorite. While the classic menu, setting and service remain very good, someone recently made some unfortunate choices in music that drove us away -- and we will not be back. It used to be classic, relaxing, Sinatra/Buble-type music. Now it's the worst, cheesy disco music turned up real loud.
Carin ws our server and she was so helpful and attentive to our needs. She offered suggestions and helped us out with questions and determing the size of the meals so we didn't order too much food. The food was perfect and the ambiance nice and relaxing and they never made us feel rushed even though they were packed. We ordered desert and it was also fantastic. Would highly recommend this to friends!!! Great experience
I really love the atmosphere and the service was outstanding. Our meat selection was cooked to perfection and very good but the sides, the scalloped potatoes - way too salty; asparagus - left the hard stringy bottoms on the stalks. When I mentioned the potatoes, they did take them off the bill. Super pricey. The servers are super friendly and knowledgeable. Great place but only for special occasions.
As always, the Plates option is the best value. I got the roast chicken with butternut squash soup to start. The chicken was a moderately sized breast with a tasty brown sauce served on a bed of mushroom risotto. Both were excellent. The squash soup with a garnish of apple was also very good. The service was excellent.
I will be back!
We celebrated our anniversary with friends on Sunday evening. The table was nicely set with confetti hearts and a single rose. Our waitress, Vileen, was very accommodating and always available when we needed her. The food was good but I don't think I would order the Ribeye again - at $58, I felt it was a bit overpriced. We ordered two sides, Au gratin potatoes and the asparagus. I would not order the asparagus again, nothing special. The desserts were very good, especially the anniversary surprise of chocolate lava cake with ice cream.
If you're looking for a very nice restaurant to celebrate a special occasion, I would certainly put the Capital Grille on your list.
My wife and I went for our first wedding anniversary and the staff took such great care of us. From having a special note written on the table when we arrived to complimentary champagne to toast our night to the chef bringing us out a taster of a salmon dish that was incredible. Andre our server was amazing in his suggestions, his personality, and he really made sure that our meal for our first anniversary was something we’d remember. I cannot give enough praise to Capital Grille for how amazing it was.
Food and server were amazing. Only two observations that could have been improved:
Our table was right near the kitchen so it was rather loud. The bus boy was a bit abrupt and never did bring back my steak to go. I only realized when we left that he never gave it back to us... bummer considering more than half of my $55 steak was left over. We had a great server though she was friendly, attentive and let us enjoy our meal without pressure.
Wonderful old school steakhouse experience. Everything was first class, the food, the service and the ambiance. Starters included oysters, beef tartare, shrimp cocktail, wedge salad and lobster bisque. I had dry aged Kona rubbed bone-in NY, my wife had the Maine lobster. My son and his fiance had the Prime filter and Mom had the tenderloin medallions with poached lobster. Dinner ended with cheesecake and espresso. Everything was top notch with no complaints whatsoever.
I'm a local and have been to almost every steak house in central Orange County and Newport Beach. Having lived in Chicago, I know a good steak house. There are quite a few good steak houses in OC, and a few are excellent.
Having said that, Capital Grille is, overall, the best steak restaurant in Orange County. It's got the best ambiance, the servers are honestly interested in you, the steak and all their food is great, a nice cocktail selection, and a very fine wine list.
The place is not ostentatious, so if you want that head to Newport Coast. You can people watch here, but the seating is more set up for you to enjoy your date and the company you came with. It offers intimate seating (gracious booths) all over, as well as more open tables. The bar scene is more casual, good people watching, if thats your thing.
Capital Grille is great. You could relocate the restaurant to Chicago and it would rank in the top group. This is my go-to place for steak, hands down.
We came here for my birthday celebration. The hand-written birthday note from the restaurant team was an extra bonus. We both ordered the cobb salad with the tenderloin. Mine came exactly as ordered - rare plus, and my friend ordered hers medium well, and it was to her liking.
The cobb salad was very tasty with all the fresh ingredients, and the steak was very tender and flavorful. I will order this dish again. The dessert of a small cheesecake, fresh berries, and chocolate with whipped cream was delicious and a free treat!
The service was excellent as always, a very classy restaurant! Thank you Capital Grill for a nice birthday lunch with an old- time dear friend .