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Our recent subscription to LA Magazine resulted in a nice welcome card with an enclosed card naming a $50 certificate to the Capital Grille, to be used before the end of January (2011).

Gathered our regular dining buddies, M and L, last Saturday together with visiting Chowpuplet to the event; first off: free valet parking. great. Second, a two step walk to the front door and third - a friendly, efficient host who confirmed our reserve and handed us to a walker to show our table. So far so good.
Looking at the menu with sky rocket prices, we joked, we should have a salad and go to Juniors for dinner - but we chose another route and with the help of our waitperson Abbe - he suggested that the steaks are large and can be split and the sides were enormous. He was right: M and I shared the steak au poivre with a Courvoisier cream sauce - best steak I have eaten since my last visit to Montana and lick the plate sauce. I had 6 oysters to start and Mme Zoe and L split a Caesar. Chowpuplet who is a vegetarian was happy with a salad.Macaroni cheese with lobster was the bomb x 2 it was SO tasty - scalloped potatoes a bit greasy , creamed spinach top notch. M had the iceberg wedge with blue cheese and bacon bits, mucho bacon and Mme Zoe and L split the tenderloin steak which they said was excellent.. Bottle of wine and a couple of scotches for M - complimentary desserts because Abbe said we had been so patient. PATIENT - it was lightening service but we ate them fast and they were well worth eating - choc flourless and cheesecake with raspberries. Bill was $262 before the $50 knocked off.

Simply great food and service, nice room, good sound level.

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The Capital Grille
8614 Beverly Blvd Suite 157, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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  1. Having eaten damn good steak regularly in that part of town (lots of business dinners) at Mastro's, CUT, Ruth's Chris, Arnie Morton's, and Fogo de Chao - I gotta say that Capital Grille needs to step up its game just to compete in that neighborhood. Either that, or offer lots more big coupons.

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    Mastros Restaurant
    2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

    1. Capital Grille serves Choice grade beef and is not in the same league as Mastros or Cut. I do gotta say that their service is great. When I was there, our waiter forgot to put in an order of the lobster mac and cheese that we had ordered, so they rushed one out and comped it as well as a free dessert.

      But in order for them to survive as a steakhouse in that neighborhood, they have to bring their price point down about 20-25%. I can't imagine them surviving by charging similar prices to the other steakhouses while serving an inferior product.

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      Mastros Restaurant
      2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

      The Capital Grille
      8614 Beverly Blvd Suite 157, Los Angeles, CA 90048