The Capital Grille - Costa Mesa

4.8
2185 reviews
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$50 and over
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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.

Join us for Wagyu & Wine in the lounge, now through November 18, to experience a pairing 633 years in the making.


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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 2185 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Orange County
62 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best birthday celebration!

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DD
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great energy, really good food, attentive hostess and waiter - he was friendly, energetic, helpful - and even had the chef staff prepare us a special dessert for our anniversary. I made the reservation on Open Table and the hostess staff noticed that I had listed "wedding anniversary" as the special occasion and had the table decorated with hearts confetti and provided a hand written card! Really nice touch. First time I've ever had any restaurant take note of the special occasion comment listed on an Open Table reservation, great attention to detail!

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R
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the hostess to the servers the service was excellent! Everything we ordered was cooked to perfection and all side dishes were great! I highly recommend this restaurant.

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R
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent! They sure know how to make a birthday celebrant feel special. Jay our sever was excellent and kept us laughing! Food was good, though the onion soup was a bit overpriced since it was so small. Good experience overall!

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P
Orange County
60 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The seating configuration is odd. There are booths in the front where everyone walks by while you're eating. The food, as well as the service, is good like any high end steak house. The cost is about the same as others - a lot.

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KF
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always our favorite for special occasions and excellent food, service,and ambiance.

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L
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Capital Grill for my friend’s birthday dinner. So glad we did. They had confetti on the table, a rose and sweet birthday card for her waiting for her. Completely made the evening special. In addition to their great food and amazing service! Will definitely be coming back here again.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a birthday celebration!

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Orange County
69 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were very accommodating to our crazy schedule to have a perfect meal before going to a pre-wedding dress fitting near by. Who knew mac & cheese with lobster would be so good. We had lobster roll, salmon & shrimp cocktail too. Perfectly delicious!

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a
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The experience at this restaurant is usually good but this time the service was really lacking.

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HH
Orange County
48 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrated a special birthday. Table was decorated with birthday confetti, a long stem rose and a personal birthday greeting. Food was delicious, service was excellent

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OT
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect Kobe beef burger.

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Orange County
100 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Capital Grille is, usually, a favorite spot. This time was not a great experience.
1. After requesting a booth, we were led to a table -- in a room of empty booths -- for a 5pm reservation.
2. Our server took our drink order and returned with one drink; she had forgotten what I ordered.
3. My swordfish had to be sent back to the kitchen because it was raw. Our server agreed it was way wrong. My food arrived after my husband finished his meal, while it was still warm.

Like I said, not a great experience. Because of our many lovely past experiences we will be back.

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OT
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and ambiance were excellent. The place was lively and the whole experience was very enjoyable.

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a
Orange County
72 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Hamburger ok not wow
French Fries good the salad is ok
Third time in this restaurant
Good service / clean / the food is missing something to be good
Ok but I feel the people who are running this place missing something
I hope they will get it seems good place

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OT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food w great service

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scallops were fantastic.

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OC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The server in the adjacent station was so loud it was challenging. The servers were wonderful and I would return. But the noise is an issue if the party is actually trying to have a conversation

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LS
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reviewed this location a couple of months ago. Still a great Steakhouse. Dark Cherrywood interior with comfortable seating. Jarvis our server is outstanding, extremely polite young man from New Orleans.
Food as mentioned before is mainly steaks but they also have a cutting board with three different types of fish, each with accompanying sauces. Never tried it but have it on good information that is really tasty . I had the Steak a Poivre. You can have any steak you chose served this way. I choose a filet because it was small and I wasn’t that hungry. My friend had the Rib Eye, both were excellent. You can share the sides, I had creamy mashed potatoes and she had grilled asparagus. For desert we shared Coconut Cream Pie. Everything was very well prepared and presented.
Again if you are shopping at South Coast Plaza great way to finish the evening.

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SD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to the Capital Grill in Costa Mesa for a 25th Birthday. Just 3 people, but they treated it like a large group or a well known customer. Jill Bodette served us, and really made the meal an adventure. She was fun, informative, amenable and fast. She is great!! Ask for her table if you go!

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NC
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Josh! The table you sat us at was perfect. You also gave us an exceptional serving team! Michael was awesome and the team kept all 13 of us in food and wine all evening. Perfect!

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I
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service, old style ambiance. They go out of their way to make celebrations special. Provides a lovely dining experience every time!

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LL
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service from Pedro as always. Thank you!

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SW
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The lobster and crab burger had the right amount of deliciousness. The service was exceptional. Our server was prompt and attentive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect as always

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Orange County
70 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love their Capital Cosmopolitans, Salmon is the best, better than a superior fish restaurant. Desserts a wonderful! I would like to see a more detailed description on the menu for the filet sliders.

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r
Montreal
20 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Awesome bread. Swordfish,salmon, steaks all excellently served and taste

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KB
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Very disappointing, expensive meal of poor quality food. I expect a lot more at this expensive of a restaurant. I ordered a ceasar salad. The salad was warm. The croutons were disgusting and soggy. We were told these salads were made to order. I do not believe this. We returned and ordered a pear salad. Marginally better. Wilted lettuce, warm. These are clearly prepped ahead of time and ingredients are not fresh.
My husband had salmon, which would have been good flavors, but was over cooked and dry. I had a kind New York steak and my arm literally was sore from sawing through it. Toughest steak I’ve ever had a restaurant. We literally took it home and gave it to the dogs. It was not edible for a human.
We had realized the good quality was awful after the second bad salad came out. So we didn’t complain about the steak or salmon, but we will never return here. Over 300 dollars for food we fed to dogs.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Capital Grill never stops delivering great service and food.

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M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious as usual. Our waiter, Alan Lopez was especially attentive. The free birthday dessert was very good and quite thoughtful. It capped a nice evening!

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n
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best place for business luncheon in Orange county!

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OT
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Outside of our steaks were burnt which took away from the juiciness of the meat.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience as always. Thank you for a special experience!

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RF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food provided was fantastic, dining here will always be a favorite for our family.

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R
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service as well as the food is always consistent and excellent. I recommend this restaurant to all of my friends and associates and they have never been disappointed.

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e
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

I’ve loved Capital Grill in Tampa and expected to love this one in our new neighborhood. Four of us had concert tickets and needed to be at theatre across the street in hour and 45 minutes. We ordered, drinks and apps were tasty. Dinner came and the meats were good but au gratin potatoes were dried up and uneatable and creamed spinach was tasteless. Waiter dropped off check when requested then failed to return to get credit cards so we could leave. We finally had to all get up and chase him down. So it was the little things that did not impress us.

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AB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My absolutely favorite restaurant. The food and service are excellent. Ambience is terrific. We love this place. We get treated like royalty here. They do a great job for special celebrations also.

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GL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was date night and it was a perfect evening! The wine steward was amazing selection of a great bottle of wine. And the service was perfect.

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W
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for the very first time even though we go to South Coast all the time. I was craving for steak so we got steak tartare, ny steak, and ribeye. The steak tartare was alright but the ny steak and the ribeye were outstanding. We will definitely be back. Service was superb too.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, I would definitely go back to this place.

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