The Capital Grille
310 W Wisconsin Ave Unit 100w, Milwaukee, WI 53203
Bike Parking: No
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Take Out: Yes
Cuisines: Fine Dining, American, Steakhouse, Seafood, Bar & Grills
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Specialties: American Restaurant, American, American Food
Pets Allowed: No
This by far has had to be one of the worse dinning experiences I have had in an upscale establishment. We were in town for the USA Triathlon National Championships and wanted to enjoy a nice meal so we made reservations at the Capital Grill for Saturday August 10th at 7:00 pm. Having dine at other Capital Grilles (through out the US) we thought this would be a great place to celebrate.
We arrived 5 minutes early and were greeted in a pleasant manor and were told "our table was ready" or "we could wait to be seated". We didn't realize that telling the host sitting now was a kiss of death giving us the table that was "an after thought" that was shoved INTO the EXIT door. It was the type of table that you sit the kids at Thanksgiving or Christmas. Now, mind you there were other tables they could have sat us but we were a party of 2. They knew we were from out of town. So guess they send the people from Dallas who will not be back (wink, wink) into the corner.
We were served water quickly (with the bread already on the table) and our waitress did greet my husband by his last name. But for an establishment that is charging customers as much as they are I couldn't get over how her outfit looked more like something you would see at Luby's and it didn't even fit her which was so distracting the whole time (well whenever we did see her). After she introduced herself it was as if she disappeared. We didn't see her again for 15 minutes before she even asked us what drinks we wanted.
For appetizers, We had oysters on the half shell and the smoked salmon. The sauces for the oysters were so bland lacking in taste. The cocktail sauce was such, there are better ones you can buy at the store.
Our next course my husband had the mozzarella tomato salad. I had the soup of the day lobster bisque. Considering the mozzarella is made every two hours the salad was flat. lacking seasoning,the tomatoes were not fresh. The soup was pleasant with large pieces of lobster.
My husband had the fillet special with the lobster mac n cheese side. Mine the parmesan sole with a crab and avocado salad with a side of cream spinach. His meat was cooked to medium rare as he requested. The waitress did check on us only at that time, after he had cut into his meat. The mac and cheese, didn't have that greasy look that even some gourmet mac and cheeses can. Well the lobster was rubber to the point it made you wonder what were you eating. The noodles and cheese left one of those fur feelings on your tongue. As soon as I cut the outer edge of my fish the edge was luke warm. Only the left outside edge of my fish was even close to feeling like it had been cooked. When I tried to cut the middle to take a bite it was so horrible, I thought I was going to get sick right in the restaurant. We were mortified! What is worse. we NEVER saw our waitress. She only came by the one time to check on us when my husband CUT HIS MEAT. I couldn't even tell her "My fish is not COOK!"
Obviously they must have known because our waitress did tell us they were going to pay for our desserts. Yet a manager never came to ask "How was our meal".
My husband had the creme brulee and I had the cheese cake. His brulee, which he is a connoisseur (having dined on all over the world), was just OK per him. Again, nothing special. Given it was free oh well. They put a twist on the cheese cake with burning the top like a creme brulee which was different but not a traditional cheese cake. It was also round as it was made it a ramekin. Never again will we dine here!
03/08/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Offering free valet parking, coat check, and a booth with comfortable leather was a great start. We ordered bone-in kona crusted ribeye and kona crusted filet mignon which arrived medium and was delicious and perfect. Ordering French Onion soup with 3 cheese and the Capitol Grille salad with house made croutons and olive vinaigrette dressing was an excellent choice. Mac and cheese with lobster was unique and tasty as was the creamed spinach. Our waiter Spirit was so knowledgeable and attentive. He mentioned some of the sides are available in half portions which is not stated on the menu. A side would be enough to share for two. My special friend's favorite ice cream is vanilla so I was excited because it is home made. It was so good along with a side of hot fudge. I am so glad we came to Capitol Grille because it was a memorable experience - but the best thing was being with my special friend. We will be back!
04/17/2009Provided by Citysearch -
The Capital Grille stays true to form no matter which location you are visiting. I love this place! The steak is incredible. Lobster mouth watering. Creamed Spinach, Tom and Mozz Salad, Potatoes- oh i could go on and on. They really treat you with respect as you dine.
01/28/2009Provided by Citysearch -
My Fiance' and I just moved out to Milwaukee recently from Los Angeles we are use to very good high end quality restaurants with superb service. One night we decided to have a romantic dinner for 2. We were driving around and found the Capital Grille. The food and service was amazing...we had one of the best nights we have ever had. From the minute we walked in through the doors. All the staff was superb!!! We would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is looking for a great time at a place that treats you as if you were the owner :) I would definitly recommend Jeff as a waiter that you should have, he made our experience their amazing :)
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10/26/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Having read several excellent reviews of The Capital Grille in Milwaukee, I decided to make reservations there to celebrate our anniversary. I did so online and was pleasantly surprised that we had a specially prepared table waiting for us. There was lots of attention to details, including some complimentary treats throughout the evening. These were nice touches that really added much to our special evening. The food was very good (although my Kansas City strip wasn't as superb as I had hoped: the prosciutto-wrapped scallops was a dynamite appetizer, the small filet was custom prepared to be crusty on the outside and medium on the inside and the mashed potatoes were wonderful.
If you are looking for a total dining experience, The Capital Grille will meet or exceed your needs. We will definitely be back.
05/27/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I have been working in Milwaukee for the past 6-months from Dallas, Tx and I would definitely recommend the Capital Grill in Milwaukee. Coming from Dallas where we pride ourselves on steak and chop houses, I have had none better than Capital. I visit Capital every week or two and the hostesses are always gracious, the wait staff is all very knowledgeable and they always greet me by name. The restaurant is clean, service is great and the food preparaton is outstanding. I highly recommend ordering the Kona crusting on any cut of steak. They have an extensive wine selection to go with any meal with a price range to meet any budget. I have tried other steak places in the Milwaukee downtown area but when I evaluate the quality of the food and experience for the price Capital wins hands down. Ask for Rachael as your server and you will never be disappointed.
04/25/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Make your reservations online and describe your dining preferences. They will cater to your every want/need. I thought valentine's day was as good a time as any to try the Capital Grille. I made my reservations online with a preference for a booth away from the kitchen. We arrived to be greeted by a friendly valet staff (complimentary) and we entered the restaurant. We had a short wait until my prefered seat became available, so we pulled up to the bar where a very knowledgeable and friendly bartender made us our drinks to perfection. After pulling up the reservation, everyone from the host to the person who led us to the table and the server all called us by first name. Although it was very crowded, the setting was intimate and the decor was first class. During our dinner, we were greeted by one of the managers, who made us feel right at home. The suggestions from the server were right on and we fell in love with the bottle of pinot noir which was paired with my swordfish and my girlfriend's filet mignon. My glass was never less than half full, the waitstaff kept a constant level of cleanliness and organization that I have yet to see anywhere else. The food was phenominal and the timing between drinks, appetizer and main course was perfect, the server never skipped a beat. The wine selection will astound you and there isn't an item you can find on the menu that will disappoint you. For special occations, there's no better place to dine than the Capital Grille. 1 appetizer, bottle of wine, 2 entrees will set you back $200 with tip but in my opinion, it was very well spent. The experience is one you have to savor and will leave you wishing you could return the following weekend. There isn't a bad thing I could say about my experience at the Capital Grille.
02/22/2008Provided by Citysearch -
In terms of quality food in Milwaukee this restaurant is at the top! The steaks were absolutely out of this world...even the mashed potatoes were fantastic! Service is great too!
If it quantity you're looking for at a lower price this is not your place. For a bottle of wine, two steaks and one side our bill was $150...
In my opinion worth every penny!