Even though Boston has its share of
phenomenal steakhouses, they are often booked weeks in advance for a simple
Saturday night date.
We decided to drive to The Capital Grille in Providence one evening. It was
less than one hour away and it was just as good as our favorite Boston ones.
The high ceilings and mahogany walls were impressive. This restaurant
embraced us with warmth the moment we walked through the door. The lighting
is soft and the tables were far enough apart to encourage an intimate
conversation. A couple got engaged the evening we went!
Even though the restaurant specializes in beef, they also offered a large
number of dinner grilles and roasts as well as seafood. Under the Chef’s
Suggestions, be sure not to miss the North Atlantic twin lobster sauté.
The Kona crusted dry aged sirloin was recently added to the menu and is
served with caramelized shallot butter.
We started our evening with a sampling of the jumbo (and they do mean jumbo)
shrimp cocktail served with spicy horseradish sauce. Other appetizers
included lobster and crab cakes, steak tartare and fresh oysters on the half
Don’t miss the tomato and sweet onion salad, the perfect start served with a
house parmesan vinaigrette and crumbled bleu cheese.
When it came time for dinner, we knew we had finally arrived. The signature
dry-aged 24-ounce Porterhouse was outstanding and the filet mignon was
equally hailed, served in a pool of its own juices and cooked to perfection.
Side dishes are served large enough for two people and include the tasty
Lyonnaise potatoes, sautéed and served with Spanish onions and the mushrooms
(portabella, shiitake, oyster, crimini and button) roasted with olive oil,
rosemary, thyme and garlic butter, the ultimate indulgence.
Other side dishes included creamed asparagus, potatoes au gratin, cottage
fries and onion strings as well as a sampling of fresh vegetables.
The refrigerated glass-enclosed meat locker was filled with large pieces of
beef in various stages of marbled aging.
The Capital Grille has perfected a winning formula that goes beyond a usual
steakhouse. The wine selections were equally as impressive.
The most exceptional component of our experience by far, was the service we
received and noted throughout the room. From the personal attention of the
in-house manager to the entire staff, there was an effort to provide
exceptional service that was pleasant and commendable.
The restaurant also offers its “Wine Room” for a private dining experience,
accommodating up to 24 people.
The Capital Grille
One Cookson Place
Providence, Rhode Island
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Kellie K. Speed is
a freelance travel writer and restaurant reviewer. Her features have been
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Industrial Distribution and Graphic Arts Monthly magazines and Reno Air
Kellie has reviewed numerous first-class hotels and
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Mexico, to name a few. She has also traveled internationally to Ireland,
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