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Jul 16, 2010 08:45 AM

Capitol Grille?

your opinions, please, on this newish place in the cobb building at 4th/university. please specifically address both lunch and dinner menus and the "capital" required - thanks!

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  1. Well, it's been two and a half years since I was there but it was definitely 'meh' for me. The steak was just okay, the lobster bisque was not good at all and the salmon was farmed. I had a talk with the manager about the salmon and he said he couldn't convince the out-of-state owners that farmed salmon wouldn't fly in Seattle. The bar was doing some interesting infusions and I keep meaning to go back to the bar sometime. I just haven't brought myself to do so.

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    1. re: Lauren

      Funny, I just went there for lunch for the first time Wednesday. My friend had the lobster bisque like Lauren did and hers too was bad. I had the Maine lobster salad which was good and was a generous portion. The service was the oversolicitious--"hi my name is Joe and I'll be your waiter oh it's your first time here let me tell you all about our restaurant" type. That drives me nuts. They did say all the beef was from a single ranch in Ellensburg, dry aged,etc, so that sounds promising at least.

    2. Aren't they owned by the parent company of Olive Garden?

      That sounds like a Honda : Acura thing to me...fancied up chain food...

      Olive Garden
      4221 196th St SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036

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      1. re: HungWeiLo

        Yeah Darden Restaurants.
        They also run Red Lobster, Bahama Breeze, Longhorn Steakhouse, and Season 52.

      2. yes they are part of a national chain. overpriced and not in touch with local tastes. I work near there and went once for lunch. I had a really great burger but still wouldn't go back. I would go to the Met if I wanted that corporate/big business steak dinner experience. I also went to the bar for a couple times--it was years ago but drinks were overpriced and the bar food was bleh.

        1. Had dinner there a few months ago and it was ok. A ghost town except for our table. Most everyone else had lobster bisque and some sort of salad (they did some kind of grilled shrimp on the salad as a special) and I had a baseball sized filet mignon that was good, but not great. As usual for a steakhouse, NOTHING came with the meat (not even a sprig of parsley. If you're the only one eating steak and you want some potatoes and veg with no one to share with, that can get *expensive*. We had a dessert that was good but huge. The entire meal was ok, but I am not in a rush to go back. I'd rather go to the Met or Ruth's Chris downtown, or Jak's if I actually want steak and it's on my dime. :)