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The Capital Grille - Providence

Reviewed by:
Kellie K. Speed,
Restaurant Reviewer

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 shell.

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

Phone: 401-521-5600

Comments? Email: Kellie K. Speed 

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Kellie Speed - Click to enlarge

Kellie K. Speed is a freelance travel writer and restaurant reviewer. Her features have been published in various publications including The Boston Globe, Cahners’ Industrial Distribution and Graphic Arts Monthly magazines and Reno Air Approach.

Kellie has reviewed numerous first-class hotels and travel destinations, including Hawaii, California, Arizona, Bermuda and Mexico, to name a few. She has also traveled internationally to Ireland, England, France, Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic. Next year, she is planning a trip to Tahiti.

Since she is from Massachusetts, she will be providing reviews of local restaurants for Travel-Watch.

If you would like to email Kellie any suggestions or comments, please do so at kkspeed@aol.com.


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