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Since opening our doors in 1910, Capitol Grille has been one of the most beloved places in Nashville. As the oldest and longest-running Southern restaurant in the state, Capitol Grille is a last remaining example of what true Southern simplicity should taste like.

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Phone: (615) 254-6909

TollFree: (888) 888-9414

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all major credit cards, visa, amex, diners club, discover, master card
Price Range
Downtown Nashville
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Other Information

Parking: Valet

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Dressy

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Buffets, Southern, Fine Dining, Soul, Barbecue, American, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, European, Continental, Bar & Grills

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Better Than Expected

My husband and I recently ate here for our anniversary and also walked around to tour the hotel after dinner. I was expecting the typical higher dollar restaurant experience but was pleasantly surprised. I thought Capitol Grille felt like a smaller dining room yet still polished and elegant. Our server was very attentive and professional. I had the onion bisque for the first course and it was likely the best soup I've ever had. I had the pork chops for the main course and they were also good but somewhat tough. I enjoyed the best dessert I've ever had my entire life - the coconut cake. It was exceptional and different than any other. I agree with another reviewer who stated they'd like to take the pastry chef home to live with them. Overall great food, great service, and an interesting place to go if you want to try something different for a special occasion.



Provided by Citysearch - 

Food is good, servings are slight, staff is arrogant and I overheard them bickering over a table because they knew the party was a big tipper... tacky
and they have roaches the size of my foot...



Provided by Citysearch - 
Classy but Lacking

The atomsphere here is excellent! Unfortunately I picked the wrong thing to eat for every course except dessert. If you are a scallops fan though- you probably would have really enjoyed what I ordered. The creme brulee was the highlight for me and also the great wine list! For an added perk, Gweneth Paltrow was there the same night. On the downside, our server was very awkward and really didn't sell the menu like I hoped. I had never been and wanted a little bit more guidance and explanation than he was able to give. Also another server there looked like she had just rolled out of bed. When I go to a upscale restaurant like this I want servers to match. Maybe it was because we were there on a Sunday and they were very slow but I was just not at all impressed with the service. I would have really just called this dinner experience a disaster if it hadn't been for the fabulous dessert and who I was spending a relaxing Sunday night with. I will probably try this place out again sometime but not anytime soon I'm sure but I would recommend this restaurant to someone looking for a romantic meal.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Almost good

I took my sister, who is in culinary school, in hopes of offering her a taste of high end southern cuisine. The abiance was very old-school southern with peachy brochade and heavy carving. Check. The service was fabulous. check. Unfortnately , the food *could* have been great but it was seriously lacking in salt. Now, I hate salty cooking. I rarely add salt in my own, personal, home cooking. But a little salt is rather important. You might counter, ""well then, why not add your own salt"". Ah, I would have *if * salt had been provided, but the chef was not intending his diners to add their own salt for salt was not on the tables. The desserts, however, were fabulous - beautiful, interesting and just the right amount of heavy. We wanted to bundle up the pastry chef and take them home with us.



Provided by Citysearch - 

This is a first class place. The food is consistently good. I would recommend to anyone... nothing scary here just all-american food.



Provided by Citysearch - 
A Valentine NOT to remember.

My husband and I thought the Capitol Grille would be the perfect accompaniment to a night at the theater on Valentines Day, but we were sadly mistaken. Once our party of four arrived, our server STRONGLY suggested we order the special Valentine's Day 5 course meal. He also told us that if one person at the table wanted the special then we should ALL get it because it would throw the timing off everything. (aka...he would have to work a little harder.) Even though I couldn't decipher what was actually being offered on the special menu, one person in our group wanted it, so we all felt obligated to do so also. Besides, they only had a few other items you could choose from if you didn't get the special. So for $95 a person plus $60 each for the wine pairing we all anticipated culinary delight.

The first thing that arrived at our table ""compliments of the chef"" was the tiniest teaspoon size bite of lobster salad you've ever seen. I'm not complaining, it was a ""gift"" after all, but it was definitely a clue to how the food was to be the rest of the evening...nonexistent. In the four courses before dessert all the food combined MAY have been 3 ounces. Thank goodness for chocolate mousse or I would have starved to death. It would have been nice if our server had poured the wine that paired with each course while we were actually eating that course...not after and onto the next. It would have also really been nice if the air conditioning weren't blowing so hard on our table that I had to wear my winter coat during the entire meal. It would have been super nice if, after spending all that time, money, and energy, we didn't leave the restaurant hungry.

I have been to many fine resaurants and none have been so pretentious and a waste of time as this one. If you like your entire dinner to fit in the palm of a very small hand, then this is the place for you. As for me, the Capitol Grille is WAY too frou frou.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Amazing Tasting Menu

I decided to take my girlfriend out to dinner since we didn't get to see each other on Valentine's Day due to me being a line cook. I chose this restaurant based on everything I have heard and read about it. i wanted to experience everything the restaurant had to offer, so i requested a tasting menu. This was the best decision i could have made. Every course of the 9 that we had was fantastic. It included such items as Foie gras mousee, veal tongue, burgundy truffles, sweet breads, and various emulsions. My girlfriend is pretty picky, and with all of organ meat on the menu i thought she would not enjoy the meal, but from the amuse bouche on she continued eating. that just goes to show that the chefs here are top notch. If you can get a normally picky eater to eat bluefin tuna toro, veal sweetbreads, and veal tongue, you know you are doing something right. our server was amazing and extremely knowledgeable. overall the experience was amazing.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Capitol Grille

Elegant, subdued, classic. Very nice ambience. My beef tenderloin was superb. My wife?s sea bass was excellent. Coconut cake was very good. The oyster stew was good, but would probably try something different as a starter next time.
The staff was attentive without being overbearing. Our waiter asked us almost immediately if we were going to the theater that evening and what time we needed to be there. He kept the meal on-track but not rushed.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Response from the Hermitage Hotel to Mr. Eisen

Dear Mr. Eisen,

Thank you for allowing me to learn of your sub-par experiences in our Oak Bar. Rest assured, your comments are being addressed here. We take them very seriously.

I am very sorry that we did not deliver for you, and I would like to have the opportunity to make things right.

I can be reached here at the Hotel at 615-244-3121, and would look forward to straightening things out in whatever way that seems appropriate.

Again, my apologies.

Greg Sligh
Managing Director



Provided by Citysearch - 
The end of an era

This restaurant has realy gone downhill. Staff lacks knowledge, dirty carpets, etc. There are so many other options in the city that the Capitol Grill is no longer the only upscale dining option available. The hotel also is not as concerned with the customer service as it once was. It's a shame.

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