The Capital Grille - Costa Mesa

4.8
2083 reviews
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$50 and over
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Steakhouse
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Steak, Seafood
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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


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Phone number
(714) 432-1140
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Chris Hutten
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Anton & Bristol off Interstate 405
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet
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Special events & promotions
Private dining event space can accommodate up to 60 guests.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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What 2083 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.7
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4.4
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Our food was very good. Our waiter Paul was especially funny, attentive and well informed. He made sure we felt attended to for our special dinner and he was very well informed about the menu. He brought us a complimentary anniversary dessert which was greatly appreciated.

There was a table two tables away from us with a screaming toddler. Really? Can't you ask people to remove a child misbehaving until they can remain calm in the restaurant? I felt so bad for the couple in between our tables. They got the worst of it sitting next to screaming toddler.

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TR
5.0Dined 4 days ago

This place is consistently great. Service is attentive and the food is fantastic. They were having a good summer wine flight tasting menu too. Highly recommended

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great food, and our server Jeovani was the best!

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OT
4.0Dined 5 days ago

I felt we had to ask too many times to refresh our wines (not as generous a pour) and water glasses.

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AO
5.0Dined 5 days ago

Very elegant surroundings and an excellent burger. The service was first rate also.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Had a great lunch with my wife at Capital Grill in Costa Mesa. Always enjoy going there for lunch or dinner.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Elegant steak house at South Coast Plaza, great American food choices with a variety of selections and a well balanced menu, very attentive service - Jaime was very friendly and took excellent care of us.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Dad’s 87th Birthday

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MT
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Amazing. Server Tiffany was superb. We will be back soon !!

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B
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Wonderful! Always enjoy it, great service, and loved the atmosphere.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Capital Grille made our special occasion very memorable and the food is outstanding with incredible service.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Great food and wine with even better company.

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K
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

The Generous Pour Event was amazing.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Try their Salmon, pesto and polenta lunch entree, the best! Cosmos are great too, service is over the top! They really treat you well. A rose, card and balloon confetti was decorating our table. A beautiful surprise dessert with a candle for my birthday. "Happy Birthday" was stenciled in chocolate on the white plate with a chocolate terrine, whipped cream and their signature cheesecake brulee with all kinds of berries. Wish I could go there every day.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Great meal, good service, close friends & no rush......perfect evening

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OT
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

Always perfect service, food well prepared and nice ambiance.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

We were celebrating 2 birthdays. Pedro was our server. He was excellent! Very attentive to our needs. The food was good and came exactly as ordered.

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EM
4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Overall it is a great restaurant and good food. Last couple of times, the services were subpar. My friend ordered bone in filet. But you guys brought rib eye. Second last time we're seated in the back room corner seat. Server was not attentive.

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PA
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Friday night dinner great table excellent service we ordered tomahawk what we really received was a large bone little meat and very fatty a bit disappointed since it was $80

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FD
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Great from start to finish.

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CM
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Celebrated four birthdays and wanted a special place to have dinner. Chose The Capital Grill over other high end restaurants. We had been to one in DC about 15 years ago, and I do remember liking the food. I generally don’t care for chain restaurants, but for whatever reason I decided on this place. Good decision

Made the reservation online and indicates we were celebrating birthdays. When we arrived at our table, there was a birthday card along with a long stem rose on the table. In addition, there was some tasteful confetti sprinkled in the middle. A very nice touch!

Our waiter was excellent and attentive without having that “fake” mechanical friendliness often displayed in high end restaurants.

They have some excellent specialty drinks too. We enjoyed a few of those!

Everything we had was prepared perfectly, although my 3 lb lobster was a bit tough from being over cooked. Considering that was the only flaw, didn’t really care much.

At the end of dinner, four of us were treated to mini cheesecakes placed expertly on a rectangular plate with ‘Happy Birthday’ written in chocolate. Delicious!

Loved the atmosphere too. Old style steakhouse with a dark, moody look. Restful and elegant at the same time.

I’ll definitely put The Capital Grill ahead of most other restaurants around.

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CT
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Outstanding dining experience. Very attentive wait staff. Great food!

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

From the moment we arrived the service was excellent! We were greeted promptly and our table was ready. I had notified the restaurant beforehand that we were celebrating my sisters’ birthday. Our table was beautifully and tastefully decorated with festive confetti, a rose and even a handwritten birthday greeting! Such a festive and warm welcome! And they also brought her a delicious birthday dessert after our meal. My sister had lamb chops and my husband and I had filet mignon. Everything was prepared to perfection and practically melted in your mouth. It was a lovely evening and I would highly recommend the Capital Grill.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

The food is always fabulous and the service is outstanding

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CK
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Other than the music being a bit too loud, the whole dining experience was wonderful. Matthew was our server and he was so knowledgeable about the food, and had such a great personality, that I’ll always try to be seated at his station!

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WC
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Our meal was delicious and our server, Caleb, was pleasant and mindful of our needs but didn’t hover. The manager, Gabriel, came by to visit with us and remembered our names as we left. The Capital Grille is a favorite of ours and this is our first one in CA to visit, we were not disappointed and will return!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Fathers Day

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NY
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

It was Father’s Day and we went as a group. Good food,excellent attentive service. Would recommend

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S
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

The usual perfection

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OT
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

The staff went above and beyond for my mother’s birthday. They were fantastic

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OT
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Capital Grill is our Go To place for special occasions. Every aspect is exceptional. We loved a seafood appetizer on crushed ice with oysters and shrimp. The bread basket with a variety of onion bread and lavosh is delicious and the butter remarkable. So beautiful and it could not have been fresher. Our steaks were grilled to perfection. They have a very good Caesar salad, mashed potatoes and balsamic brussel sprouts. Ike how widely spaced the tables are. You never feel crowded. Can't wait to go back!

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OC
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We've been to Capital Grille a few times before and always have enjoyed it. However, since I became vegan, haven't been here in a few years. We went for my son's graduation celebration and it was really great. Great food and the best service anywhere. I requested a vegan meal and they actually gave me three options. I had the tofu with rice and it really was delicious! All my three guys had steak and lobster and steak and enjoyed it a lot. I would highly recommend for a special occasion.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Personalized service

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Others at our table were very happy with their meal from start to finish, from the calamari and salads to the seafood and cuts of beef, to the complimentary birthday dessert. I was happy with the appetizer and salad but my scallops were too salty. They had a coating that at first was tasty but by the third scallop, the saltiness was overwhelming. I marked only three stars for value because prices are high at Capital Grille, with most a la carte main courses around $50.

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SW
4.0Dined on June 5, 2018

The filet mignon was delicious and cooked to perfection and the mashed potatoes were delicious. We also ordered a dinner salad and for $13.00, a tiny amount wilted lettuce, one slice of radish and a couple of tiny special tomatoes was a total disappointment - need to go back to the drawing board on that one.

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OT
3.0Dined on June 4, 2018

It was SO EXPENSIVE ❗️❗️❗️

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DW
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Always a perfect meal and great service and great wine list

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Our waitress name was Sam !!!!
She made our meal/ experience a pleasure.
Everything we had was cooked perfectly and taste great.
The value for our money was on par. We were celebrating our 28th wedding anniversary.
Thank you Capital Grill for the effort you put forward.

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KL
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

A high quality meal - many options of beautiful food

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HC
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

First, the lady who called to confirm our reservation was exceptionally polished and warm and efficient. We were eating before seeing a show. From the time we entered the restaurant, we were greeted, and the service was superb. They made it a point to be certain we were done eating in time to get to our show.

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