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Capital Grille Stamford

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Ate here last night for the first time in a while. Place was jammed when I arrived at 6:15. Seated at 7, we had a nice booth even though there were just 2 of us. Service was great and we started with a bottle of 2008 Nickel & Nickel wine which I had them decant. Appetizers were the fried calamari with hot peppers and the shrimp cocktail. I do not usually eat fried food, but the calamari was great. Main courses were the Porterhouse and the Tuna steak. Tuna was seared to perfection. My friend mentioned that part of his steak was a bit tough and they brought him an extra Filet no charge. Side dish were the roasted mushrooms which I ate all of.
I will be going back again for sure....

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Capital Grille
230 Tresser Boulevard, Stamford, CT 06901

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  1. Ate there Sat. nite and while the food and service were was very good, the portion sizes were absolutely ridiculous. H ordered the chicken and was served an ENTIRE chicken--insanity. (Good thing he didn't order turkey.) I managed to down 3 of 5 huge stuffed shrimp. A side order of lobster mac 'n cheese was enough to serve two as a main course. The restaurant is not cheap, so it's particularly annoying to pay for food we couldn't hope to eat. And since we were without power due to the storm, we couldn't take any home. Such wretched excess. We won't be back unless we can agree in advance to share entrees, which I'm sure would not make them happy.

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    1. re: MommaJ

      Glad you enjoyed it. I think they do a great job

      1. re: MommaJ

        MommaJ, is this a joke? Please tell me you aren't complaining about portion sizes being too BIG???

        I love Capital Grille, a very solid steakhouse in a land bereft of them. I prefer it to Morton's in decor, value, and food. Plus it has no gimmicks.

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        Capital Grille
        230 Tresser Boulevard, Stamford, CT 06901

        1. re: MommaJ

          Their menu is designed to share sides as they will easily feed 2-4 people depending on your appetite, as for entree's I'd suggest that you ask, they may just surprise you.

          1. re: MommaJ

            >>> The restaurant is not cheap, so it's particularly annoying to pay for food we couldn't hope to eat. <<<
            Are you saying you'd be less annoyed if the prices were the same but they gave you half the food? You're asking for less value? Interesting.

            1. re: MommaJ

              Yes, that is unfortunate that you could not take leftovers, had you known the portion sizes you could have planned better. I think they do a great job at this location. The aforementioned tuna is excellent, comes with 3 interesting dipping sauces. Be sure to check them out during Stamford Restaurant Weeks (September and March), when you can get a full meal for $30!

              1. re: MisterBill2

                No, not a joke, and yes, I'm complaining about the portions being too big! After all, I'm paying for all that food I can't eat. Is it really odd to want to order and pay for a normal human portion of food? Even when I can go right home, I don't want to take a bunch of miscellaneous leftovers that may or may not get picked at for the next few days--neither H not I want to eat the same food a day or two later because we like variety in our diet, so most restaurant leftovers get tossed after a few days. As for sharing, that doesn't work when there are two diners who don't like the same food, so I think it's a ridiculous way to structure a restaurant. Had we known about the portion sizes (and I assure you no one advised us that the entrees were meant to be shared), we would simply have eaten elsewhere, because I don't know of any way to plan around that kind of service unless you poll the people you plan to eat with in advance and make sure there are at least two willing to share each entree. I realize there are those that are impressed by massive quantities of food, but I'm not one of them. In fact, there's nothing that kills my appetite faster than some monstrous chunk of meat or mound of pasta overhanging the plate--makes me feel like a farm animal at the trough. I guess this is just Capital Grille's shtick, but I find it totally unappealing.

                1. re: MommaJ

                  I agree that the whole chicken may be excessive (although I doubt it was THAT large, and it would not be the same if they had to serve a half that was not made fresh to order). The entrees I have had have been enough for someone with a big appetite (although I will admit that I often take leftovers). The sides are large but I think you exaggerated when you said it was enough to feed two people as a main course. It's typical for steakhouses to have large portions. Is this the first one you've been to?

                  1. re: MommaJ

                    Often times with larger than normal entree's which is common for all chophouses, we share an entree with a few sides and some wine, the waitstaff is very considerate and I tip commensurately to ensure their effort is appreciated.

              2. Totally meh....I love a good steak & I usually pick a steakhouse for my birthday dinner out. Went to Capital Grille in KOP tonight. Service was excellent, but the overall clientele is a bit annoying - just like Sullivan's - totally male business. Food was ok. Calamari good, Wedge salad not, Steaks ok......my vote for steakhouse is Stephen Starr's Barclay Prime(PHL) - excellent kobe- well worth it vs CG. Actually wish i had bought Wagyu from Wegmans and prepared at home.