After 20 years on Newbury Street, The Capital Grille of Boston has relocated to the Hynes Convention Center on the corner of Dalton and Boylston Streets in the Back Bay.
Doubling in size and opening in a brand new beautiful open space, the new restaurant is now serving lunch for the first time. Most of the servers from the former location have relocated to the new space and the restaurant also brought along many of the fixtures that had become such a staple on Newbury Street.
We visited the restaurant recently to check out the new lunch menu and were glad we did. The hostess quickly greeted us and showed us to a nice comfortable booth located in the enormous dining room. Be sure to check out the more than 5,000 bottles of Old and New World wine selections housed in a floor-to-ceiling, temperature controlled wine kiosk (there are 25 wines available by the glass). Don’t miss a look at the nearby collection of private wine lockers personalized with an inscribed brass nameplate of some of the city’s most influential names.
The restaurant is well known for its dry-aged, hand-carved beef selections so we were happy to see a good selection available on the lunch menu. The Capital Grille has also introduced a "Plates" menu that includes a choice of a soup or salad, a sandwich and a side – all for just $15.
We started off with a sampling of shrimp cocktail – five enormous shrimp arrived accompanied by a spicy cocktail sauce. Our server, Lori, suggested we sample their signature pan-fried calamari, a delicious dish lightly fried and sautéed in garlic butter then tossed with a combination of hot peppers for a spicy finish.
The sliced tender filet mignon with cippolini onions and wild mushrooms was the declared winning entrée accompanied by a side of creamy rich mashed potatoes. The bone-in dry aged sirloin steak was perfectly marbled, incredibly juicy and grilled to a nice medium rare perfection.
Other entrees included cedar planked salmon with tomato fennel relish, The Grille’s signature cheeseburger, Maine lobster salad and the lobster and crab burger. For lighter fare, there is also a nice selection of luncheon salads available, including a Mediterranean with citrus grilled chicken and a Cobb salad topped with sliced sirloin. End the experience right with a sampling of their addicting chocolate hazelnut cake, an enormous portion large enough to share with several guests.
The Capital Grille is located at 900 Boylston Street in Boston and is open seven days a week, serving lunch Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and dinner Monday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday, 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 5 to 11:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 4 to 9 p.m. For reservations or more information, call 617.262.8900 or visit TheCapitalGrille.com.