HOME > Chowhound > Greater Boston Area >

Capital Grille

Veronicasawyer Oct 18, 2011 08:52 AM

Anyone been to the new location on Boylston? Thanks.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. t
    treb RE: Veronicasawyer Oct 18, 2011 11:32 AM

    Same menu, same quality. Anything specific you're looking for?

    10 Replies
    1. re: treb
      cherrytomato RE: treb Oct 18, 2011 01:46 PM

      I used to really like capital grille alot but over the past few years I have not eaten there as often as I used to. While the quality is excellent the innovation is not. They always have the same boring menu and specials. Sometimes we will joke before we get there and say do you think the special salad is field greens with goat cheese, pears and pecans with a zinfandel dressing and sure enough it is. They even serve that same salad in the summer. The fish is always salmon and then there is the surf and turf. I really wish they would change it up a bit and I would go much more often. It's very repetitive.

      1. re: cherrytomato
        treb RE: cherrytomato Oct 18, 2011 02:07 PM

        I agree but, remember it a chop house style menu, cream spinach, has brown potatoes, onion strings, mushrooms, asparagas etc. will always be on the menu. As an aside, I really like their calamari app. and those house made chips at the bar are addicting, not bad for a chain.

        1. re: treb
          cherrytomato RE: treb Oct 18, 2011 02:47 PM

          I agree with you too and I always get creamed spinach and a classic potato dish and I do like the calamari with the hot peppers too but it would just be interesting if they offered something different and interesting. I appreciate classic continental cuisine but it could be spruced up.

        2. re: cherrytomato
          StriperGuy RE: cherrytomato Oct 18, 2011 05:56 PM

          Uuuuuuh. It's a chain.

          The dry aged meat is decent. Everything else a total bore.

          1. re: StriperGuy
            cherrytomato RE: StriperGuy Oct 18, 2011 06:28 PM

            I realize that but a skate wing or nice piece of halibut would be a nice specials additions. I guess what I am saying is as far as nightly specials they need to step it up. Make it more in enticing for people who frequent it often

            1. re: cherrytomato
              mkfisher RE: cherrytomato Oct 19, 2011 09:24 AM

              I know Skate was just an example, but as far as I know there's not a single place in the city that does it regularly. You might see it at Rendezvous. Possibly Courthouse Seafood. Other than that, you're driving up to Fore Street in Portland, ME.

              1. re: mkfisher
                LeoLioness RE: mkfisher Oct 19, 2011 09:44 AM

                It used to be on the menu at Cragie on Main (it might still be, but I haven't been in a while).

                1. re: mkfisher
                  BostonZest RE: mkfisher Oct 21, 2011 08:46 AM

                  Skate is on the fall menu at Hamersley's.


                  1. re: mkfisher
                    Spenbald RE: mkfisher Oct 24, 2011 01:00 AM

                    Reliably on the menu at Brasserie Jo.

                    Brasserie Jo
                    120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

                2. re: StriperGuy
                  cambridgedoctpr RE: StriperGuy Oct 19, 2011 11:23 AM

                  by the way, so is sichuan gourmet; that said, as i have pointed out; i can make my own dry aged beef and prepare it better that Capital Grille.

            2. CocoDan RE: Veronicasawyer Oct 18, 2011 01:58 PM


              2 Replies
              1. re: CocoDan
                ciclista RE: CocoDan Oct 19, 2011 09:31 AM

                I have had skate at Hamersley's.

                1. re: ciclista
                  hotoynoodle RE: ciclista Oct 19, 2011 09:37 AM

                  i've had it there, rialto and clio as well.all a whole different can of fish than a steakhouse, yeah?

                  places don't offer it because it's a tough sell. anyone who's ever had prepared badly (i.e. stinking of ammonia from improper handling on the boat) will never ever try it again.

              2. p
                ParisLady RE: Veronicasawyer Oct 19, 2011 05:27 PM

                Chain or no chain...there is no way that any (and I have tried 3 diffrent locations) of the Capital restaurants are worth the prices they charge! Others, including family members, disagree. I actually dislike the specialty steaks and cuts, including the porcini rubbed delmonico. I truly feel that they do a disservice to the cuts of steak. The sides are mediocre at best. I have not had to pay for these meals and I still feel badly for eating there!

                1. whs RE: Veronicasawyer Oct 21, 2011 04:16 PM

                  Had a very good steak frites at Aquitaine bis two nights ago. Cooked bleu. Waiter knew her cuts.

                  1. C. Hamster RE: Veronicasawyer Oct 21, 2011 04:26 PM

                    I've had to send back food from CG more than any other "fine dining" restaurant. I go elsewhere.

                    1. MC Slim JB RE: Veronicasawyer Oct 23, 2011 11:01 AM

                      The new spot looks a bit nicer, though not as dramatically different from the Newbury Street location as I'd hoped. Otherwise, it's Same Steakhouse, Different Day. With mostly choice-grade steaks on the menu, it's not a place I'm going out of my way for.


                      1. libertywharf RE: Veronicasawyer Oct 27, 2011 04:40 AM

                        I recently made it here. The new location is nice but the food is about the same.

                        Show Hidden Posts