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A guide to the Capital Grille restaurant

The Capital Grille restaurant is a national chain of upscale steakhouses, with locations in 20 states and in the District of Columbia. The typical steakhouse menu features steaks of various cuts as well as a substantial variety of sea food choices. As a Four Star restaurant serving high quality food, Capital Grille is on the expensive side. The service is friendly and efficient, befitting a restaurant of this caliber.

About the company

History The Capital Grille originated in Providence in 1989 during a recession. Edward Grace the Third had the concept that even in economic hard times, businessmen and the political elite would respond to an upscale steakhouse - and they did. The chain expanded to Washington, D.C. and Boston, and the parent company went public in 1994. After changing the name to Rare Hospitality, the company was sold to Darden Restaurants in 2007. Darden is a large public company that operates in Red Lobster and Olive Garden chains. Capital Grille is now Darden's top-of-the-line eatery. Darden has bucked the trend of hard times for restaurants in the past few years. Locations Capital Grille restaurants are clustered in the north east and in Florida, with a smattering in the mid west, in the west coast, in Texas and in a few other places. For a complete list with a location map, go to Thecapitalgrille.com.

Capital Grille menu

The dinner menu features all of the popular cuts of beef, as well as a number of sea food offerings. Beef dishes The cuts of beef offered include filet mignon, porterhouse, sirloin, delmonico and tenderloin steaks. Seafood Seafood entrees include salmon, lobster, swordfish, tuna and shrimp. The prices at the Capital Grille are commensurate with a venue that provides superior food and service. Dinner entrees are in the $30 to $50 range; appetizers are between $10 and $15. And desserts are also in the $10 to $15 range. (Prices as of 29.06.11) Lunch menu Lunches are offered daily, featuring salads and sandwiches. Wine list The Capital Grille carries appropriate wines to accompany every main course. Some individual restaurants in the chain feature as many as 5000 bottles of wine on hand. Other restaurants with similar names There are Capitol Grille restaurants in Nashville, Tennessee and Cheyenne, Wyoming. These are not associated with the Capital Grille chain.

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