Disclosure: I was invited out to The Capital Grille on this visit for the purpose of The Generous Pour wine event. Our meals and wine were provided for us.
Cuisine: Fish & Seafood, Steaks
Restaurant Features: Bar, Banquet, Valet Parking
Location: Downtown Minneapolis, MN
Address: 801 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55402 612-692-9000
Hours: M-F 11am-2:30pm M-Th 5-10pm Fri-Sat 5-11pm Sun 5-9pm
Links: The Capital Grille’s Website * The Capital Grille on Facebook * Google Map
Atmosphere: The Minneapolis location of The Capital Grille is located down town in the Hennepin Theater District, with the main entrance on Hennepin Ave and an additional entrance from inside La Salle Plaza. The main dining room is big with several booths arranged around the room to maximize both space and privacy. There are also a couple of smaller private dining rooms.
There is a bar area just inside the entrance from Hennepin.
Menu: Appetizers at The Capital Grille include Wagyu Beef Carpaccio, Cold Shellfish Platter, Lobster and Crab Cakes, Pan Fried Calamari with Hot Cherry Peppers, Smoked Salmon, Shrimp Cocktail, Fresh Oysters on the Half Shell, and Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella with Vine Ripe Tomatoes.
Soups offered are the Clam Chowder, Lobster Bisque, and French Onion.
Salads offered include Fresh Mozzarella with Tomato and Basil, Chopped Salad, The Wedge, Caesar, Spinach with Warm Bacon dressing, and Field Greens with Tomatoes.
Chef’s Selections include Seared Tenderloin with Butter Poached Lobster, Cedar Planked Salmon with Tomato Fennel Relish, Bone-In Kona Crusted Sirloin with Caramelized Shallot Butter, Porcini Rubbed Delmonico with 12-Year Aged Balsamic, Sliced Filet Mignon with Cippolini Onions and Wild Mushrooms.
Other Entrees at The Capital Grille include Filet Oscar, Dry Aged Sirloin, Dry Aged Porterhouse, Dry Aged Steak Au Poivre with a Courvoisier Cream Sauce, Filet Mignon, Delmonico Steak, Double Cut Lamb Rib Chops, and Roasted Chicken.
Seafood items include Broiled Fresh Lobster, Grilled Swordfish with Lemon Shallot Relish, Seared Citrus Glazed Salmon, Lobster and Crab Stuffed Shrimp, and Sushi-Grade Sesame Seared Tuna with Gingered Rice.
Side Items include Vidalia Onion Rings, Parmesan Truffle Fries, Lobster Mac ‘N’ Cheese, Au Gratin Potatoes, Fresh Asparagus with Hollandaise, Fresh Creamed Spinach, Roasted Seasonal Mushrooms, Sam’s Mashed Potatoes, Sauteed Spinach, and Fresh Green Beans with Roasted Tomatoes and Fennel.
Desserts include Trio of Handmade Ice Creams, Cheesecake with Fresh Seasonal Berries, Fresh Berries in Vanilla Ice Cream, Fresh Strawberries Capital Grille, Coconut Cream Pie, Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake, Chocolate Hazelnut Cake, and Classic Creme Brulee.
What we ordered: We started with a basket of different breads and enjoyed the first of many glasses of wine as part of The Generous Pour, the Lunetta Rose, a sparkling rose wine from Italy.
We started with an order of Raw Oysters, served in the half shell and on ice. They were served with cocktail sauce and lemon and horseradish at my request. Fresh and delicious. These went so well with the Gary Farrell 2009 Chardonnay that is part of The Generous Pour. I love oysters and I thought these were really good
We also tried an order of the Wagyu Beef Carpaccio. The beef was sliced ever so thin, raw with just the very edges seared. It was topped with arulgula and lemon vinaigrette with shaved parmigiano. This was wonderful! The beef was so tender and delicious, it melted in my mouth. This was excellent, I especially enjoyed it paired with Villa Mt. Eden, Grand Reserve 2007 ~ Pinot Noir, Russian River
For my entree I was debating between the Kona Crusted Sirloin and the Delmonico Ribeye. Our server made my decision very easy for me by suggesting I get the Delmonico with the Kona rub. Sold! This steak was so wonderful that it has moved its way to the very top of my Best Ribeye Steak list. I would say this whether or not my meal was free. The Delmonico was served bone-in and was perfectly seasoned. The shallot butter really kicked up the flavor a notch as well. I ordered it a medium minus and it was cooked perfectly for me. The cut was of superior quality, the fat marbled to really give it a rich meaty flavor. The quality of steaks at The Capital Grille is consistently among the best out there. We enjoyed our steaks with Conn Creek Cabernet and Ferrari-Carano.
My companion ordered the Porcini Rubbed Delmonico, which has become our new pick for best ribeye in the Twin Cities. This bone-in steak was prepared medium rare, just as requested, with a beautiful char on some of the edges. It was juicy and tender as can be, a superior cut aged to give it a more robust, deep flavor. This steak had just a hint of sweetness form the balsalmic vinegar that it is cooked with. Wonderful flavor, a great departure from traditional steak seasonings or sauces.
We shared a half order of sauteed mushrooms to go with our steaks. Delicious!
I absolutely had to order the Lobster Mac N Cheese. If you have never had this before, you absolutely MUST try this at The Capital Grille! It is rich and cheesy, made with a bland of marscapone, havarti and Grana Padano cream sauce. It had several big pieces of lobster throughout and was baked with white cheddar and panko bread crumbs on top. The panko was a nice crunchy contrast to all the creaminess. SO GOOD!
We also got a half-order of Asparagus to share, grilled perfectly.
We also ordered one mini coconut cream pie to bring home. This was absolutely delightful, I could eat it for dessert once a week if I truly wanted to indulge, it was one of the best coconut cream pies I have tried. The base of this pie was similar to a sugar cookie and absolutely wonderful as each bite melted in my mouth. It was then topped with a layer of coconut pastry cream, whipped cream, and then shredded toasted coconut. The portion was about the size of two pieces of standard pie so plan to share it ;)
Service: We had a reservation and The Capital Grille was expecting us as their guests for dinner and to experience The Generous Pour. That being said, we had great service. Our server was great about explaining each wine as he poured them for us. Complimentary valet parking
Overall Impression: Dinner at The Capital Grille is always a treat and it is even better when you can enjoy it with a glass of good wine… or several, as is the case with the famous summer wine event, The Generous Pour. The Delmonico Ribeye steak and the Lobster Mac N Cheese are two of my favorite food items that I have eaten this year, if not ever. That says a lot!