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capital grille, chestnut hill for a (gulp) vegetarian...

so I have to please the grandparents this weekend for my nana's birthday, and as usual, she chose the capital grille as the place for her celebration dinner. I personally have never liked this place, as I find it the atmosphere too loud, the service too snotty, the clientele either geriatric, botoxed, and unadventurous, portions too large, food lackluster... shall I continue? On top of those complaints, I have not been since going vegetarian (two years), and the menu looks pretty slim for non-carnivores. Has anyone had a similar experience (here or another steakhouse?) and how did you deal? Should I just work with the sides and make sure nothing i order contains meat broth/chicken stock/etc.? So not looking forward to this, but I figured it is better to air my worries now than put a damper on the meal.

Thanks for the help!

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  1. Why don't you call them, ask for the GM, and let them know when you're coming and ask if they can accommodate you with an entree that will fit your requirements. You may be surprised how nice they are.

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    1. re: treb

      I agree that calling ahead is a good idea. It gives them advance notice, so even if the restaurant is busy they are prepared for it. There are so many variations on what people eat, whether it be allergies or preferences, that they are no doubt used to it. The salads, mushrooms, spinach, and other veggies should be good.

      You won't be the first or last vegetarian to dine there. Please let us know how they respond and how it turns out!

    2. As a fellow vegetarian, I understand the difficulty in working up any enthusiasm for this type of outing. I actually used to enjoy what I could cobble together at Morton's, but haven't been for years. I've never been to Capital Grill. A salad, a couple of sides (maybe creamed spinach, which can be delicious when done right, and some truffle fries), and then dessert. I have found the desserts at steak houses to be very good. It won't be the best meal you've ever had, but eat enough to quite the stomach rumbles, and enjoy nana's delight as she digs in.

      1. Two words: Drink up!

        Two more: Creamed Spinach

        :) I do not envy your plight.

        1. As a veg, I've been dragged to my fair share of steakhouses (though not CG in particular - have been to Grille 23 which I think is similar). I've generally found that they have a decent salad and sides I can work with, or that the chef will put something together for me. I've actually had decent experiences doing both. I would definitely say save room for dessert - that way you can't go wrong.

          1. first of all, it's for your grandmother's birthday, not yours, so think of it as doing something nice for her. your dietary limitations shouldn't be drawing attention away from her big night.

            that being said, call ahead, ask for a manager and explain your plight. if given the opportunity in advance, i have no doubt the chef would prefer to accommodate you. it also will prevent any awkwardness when ordering. when in the thick of service, it's not easy for a steak-house chef to whip up something nice on the fly.

            1. I have always had good experiences at the Chestnut Hill Capital Grille. They staff is always accommodating and they rely on repeat customers that is why the waiters always carry around their business cards. Are you a vegan? If not the wedge salad is really big and very delicious. They also have many other salads to choose from. Between the delicious bread basket, a salad, creamed spinach, truffle fries, cheesecake and a few drinks try the stoly dolies you will be fine. BTW not everyone is as you described. You are talking about my neighbors we are not all old, botoxed and have unadventurous palates. We Just love red meat!

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              1. re: macadamianut

                Yah, I didn't get the snotty service comment, I've always been treated very well and the waitstaff is always professional and willing to serve me and take care of any request. The geriatric botox stuff, this sounds like a very young person, who mostlikely doesn't understand that people have different tastes in restaurants. Also, I hardly ever finish my meal there, I do like to take home part of my dinner for lunch the next day.

              2. I, too, am a vegetarian and was nervous about eating at the Capitale Grille. I ate at the one in the Back Bay about a year ago, and the staff was amazingly accomodating. When I started to order a bunch of sides, they mentioned that they do a vegetarian plate that isn't on the menu. Best of all, it was absolutely delicious! I think it included asparagus, some grilled tomatoes, and a really tasty corn and onion dish amongst other things. It was actually one of the tastiest vegetarian plates I've gotten dining out. As I am sure you can agree, it was nice not to be served another plate of pasta primavera.

                In any case, have fun at dinner!

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                1. re: treb

                  Treb, I've actually been to the CG several times at the Chestnut Hill location, and have always been treated as if I were imposing on them for daring to make a reservation with my family. We've always been asked to wait (sometimes upwards of 30 minutes despite having reservations) and yes, not everyone fits the quite stereotypical description I used (i didn't intend for it to be taken 100% seriously...) and there is nothing wrong with desiring simple steakhouse food if that's what you like to eat, but it is certainly more traditional and-dare i say-stodgy than other chow finds in Boston. Thanks to those of you who gave actual advice about my dining request instead of the critiques on my impressions of CG.

                2. Just a quick update... I am pleased to report that this experience was by far my best at the CG chestnut hill. Our waiter was fabulous, as was the chef! I called a day before to discuss veg options and they told me they could basically do whatever I wanted, including tofu (!) I ended up having a seasonal roasted vegetable dish with a garlic and olive oil marinade and roasted baby red potatoes- perfect! I enjoyed this experience much more, although I have to say...can't they turn up the lights and turn down the sound? Overall, I'm glad to say my negative impression from other visits was dispelled-maybe they like vegetarians :)

                  1. I'm not a fan of Capital Grille either, but I've been to the CH location with a vegan. She ordered a salad and vegetables and it was no big deal.