Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Fodor's Weekly: Your expert travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration (coming soon)

Washington, D.C. Restaurants

The Capital Grille

Updated 05/23/2014

Fodor's Review

A few blocks from the U.S. Capitol, this New England–tinged steak house became a favorite among Republican congressmen during the heyday of fallen super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Politics aside, the cuisine, wine list, and surroundings are all top-shelf. Don't let the meat hanging in the window distract you from the fact that this restaurant has a lot more to offer than fine dry-aged porterhouse cuts and delicious cream-based potatoes. For instance, don't miss the panfried

calamari with hot cherry peppers.

Read More

Restaurant Information


601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20004, USA

Map It



Restaurant Details:

  • No lunch Sun.

Updated 05/23/2014


Map View

Map of

What's Nearby

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Sights

See all restaurants in Washington, D.C.

Fodorite Reviews

Average Rating

By Lan

  • Service

  • Food

  • Décor

  • Value

Oct 24, 2005

Excellent meal, excellent service

My husband's oysters on the half shell were served with two sauces. One, the tradional cocktail sauce and the other a more vinagrette type sauce which he loved. My lobster bisque was excellent. I am not a big eater and our server, Traci, was very accomodating when I asked for the crab and lobster cakes as a main course. They were wonderful and so was the corn salsa served with them. My husband had a filet which was done to perfection. The potatoes

lyonnaise rounded out a perfect meal.

Read More

By Diane

  • Service

  • Food

  • Décor

  • Value

Jul 12, 2004

The Capital Grille is Capital!

Had a great dinner. Reservations at 6:30 on a Friday night and the energy of the restaurant was already electric. Quite the place to see and be seen. Service was stellar; our waiter recommended several wines for our dinner and they were perfect. I had a fabulous 2 lb. lobster dinner (steamed) and my dining companions had perfectly done ahi and an enormous prime rib steak done to perfection. The manager came by to say, "Hello." (A very nice touch

-- you don't see that often these days). Just the place to go for entertaining people from out of town. It was just like I'd imagined a fine restaurant in the Capital to be. I'll definitely return next visit.

Read More

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?