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The place to be, and be taken care of.
There are a lot of choices in Tampa Bay for a business meeting or celebration dinner and all of the top restaurant chains have noticed this...and moved to town. Capital Grille replaced the failed Keyshawn Johnson's sushi restaurant in it's prime International Plaza location and it has flourished ever since. The decor is top notch, food always prepared fresh and arrives at your table hot and seasoned just right. The calamari is the best I have ever tried and the steaks are always cooked to the right temperature, which is hard even for other top chains to consistently produce. The bar area, centered around a two-story glass wine tower (the only part of the aforementioned sushi restaurant that remains) is probably the best in Tampa Bay. The atmosphere is welcoming and the bartenders always make you feel like you belong. The wine list certainly covers a lot of ground and is quite brash with some selections letting you know that there are some wines that are best left for people that don't ask the price (try the Screaming Eagle if you can get it), but just as many selections that will be easy on your wallet and fit well with the menu. The original manager (Paul Hawkins) that designed the wine list has left, but the remaining managers have a thorough knowledge of the cellar, so be sure to ask for suggestions. But for any restaurant where charge cards roam happily in fields of hundred dollar bills, to be rated 5 stars, the service must be beyond reproach; attentive when needed and anticipating your needs before they arise. This is where the Capital Grille shines - as close to the Ritz Carlton service standard as one can hope for outside of the Ritz.
With the world renowned Bern's in town, The Capital Grille knew they would have to excel in all areas, and they have announced to Tampa - we are here and we are committed to be the best. Bern's will always be THE standard in town, but The Capital Grille has certainly planted their flag pole above all of the chains.
The best of the best food and service THE CAPITAL GRILLE. Im proud to be your guest,No other restaurant like THE CAPITAL GRILLE. I missed Alberto Sandoval. He was a good men.
Disappointing. But a decent wine list, strangely enough.
Server was serial rude-- 4 times, in fact. Beware the pretentious old guy waiter in glasses.
Chefs are **** compared to Chicago/NY steakhouses. My coworker's food was raw.
Mine was "airline" level.
Management doesn't care. Figures local Tampans are easily satisfied. : )
Feel free to take your guests, family and clients, if they don't know any better
Excellent steaks, fantasic wine selection, great service. Great restaurant , love this place! With my 10th visit thus far, I am compelled to write this review - I have not been disappointed once. Right up there with Morton's of Chicago, Peter Luger's in NY (a legendary steakhouse) - this place is excellent PERIOD.
Great Food. Great Place, beautiful steaks and the calimari was great. I had great service and great food. I will definately go again.
job well done. I have always had a great meal at Capital Grille. Great appetizers, I always start with the chopped salad. They have a nice wine list. The steaks are prepared beautifully. Great place for an after work dinner, located at International Mall. You can have drinks later at Blue Martini. Sit out on the patio!
GREAT FOOD, ATTENTIVE WAITERS, NICE AMBIANCE. This is a nice place to come for a high quality dinner. Yes, it is pricey, but is on par with Shula's, Bern's, Ruth's Chris, Charlie's Steak House and Armani's. Not the place to go for a quick meal, dining here is an upper crust experience - which comes with the upper crust price tag also. As a matter of fact, all the restaurants I named here rate between a 9 and 10. Definitely not the place to bring kids - for that there's any fast food outlet.
Fabulous any night. Food is amazing, service is fantastic, wine list is phenomenal. I went all dressed-up for a romantic date and had an incredible sit-down dinner, then I went with a friend to watch the NLCS in jeans and a t-shirt and ate at the bar. Both times, I received incredible service, had fantastic wine, and delectible dishes. The Capital Grille is my new home away from home!!!
Berns is Better. The meal was very good but not any better than the other steak houses in town, it does not compare to Berns.
Superior Dining Experience and Service. My wife and I dined at the Capital Grille for our 16 year wedding anniversary and have to admit that everything was absolutely perfect. From the moment we walked in the door to the time we left. The one thing that will make or break a dining experience for us has always been the service, and without question, the Capital Grille delivered. For entrées I had the Kona Crusted Dry aged Sirloin with Caramelized Shallot Butter. This two-inch/14 oz slice of heaven was cooked to perfection (medium rare) and melted in my mouth. My wife enjoyed a specially requested wild salmon that was perfectly cooked (medium rare). Both entrées were delicious and highly recommended. The location of the Capital Grille is also wonderful. After dinner, we were able to enjoy some of the light night life and take in some live music along Bay Street. The Capital Grille is absolutely worth checking out.
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