Imagine dining at a restaurant with ambient lighting, complimentary valet parking & professional staff who provides excellent service. The Capital Grille is nestled deep into the heart of uptown Charlotte directly adjacent to the Bank of America building. As I pulled up to the curb directly in front of the restaurant, the valet politely offered to park my car with no cost. The staff at the restaurant treat each and every guest with amazing service. I stepped into the restaurant and was immediately pleased with how quickly we were whisked away to our reserved area. The staff took note that it was my birthday and had a neat spread of confetti on the table and offered me a complimentary glass of champagne. Our waiter was very personable and gave great advice on which entrees taste the best on the menu. Being that Capital Grille is a fine dining, nearly five star restaurant, nothing on the menu was budget friendly. No shade, but if you’re wallet conscious I would suggest opting for a budget friendly restaurant such as Red Lobster, or Olive Garden; especially for college students, this place shows no mercy. The clientele mainly consists of wealthy business men and women who could careless about prices. Being that it was my 21 birthday, I was treated to a finer than usual dining experience.
The menu offers salads, fish, lobster, crab and steak. I started off with a lobster and crab cake on a bed of lettuce with a bit of sweet pepper corn and a glass of Pinot Noir as an appetizer. The cake was fairly small for the price, but it packed with a delicious punch of flavor and the meat tasted pure. Soon after skimming the menu we decided to place our order. The person accompanying me ordered the Fresh Maine Lobster ($45) and I ordered a Spinach Salad with warm bacon dressing($11) paired with a side of Truffle Fries ($16). As the waiter brought out our dishes and politely set them on the table, he unraveled each of our napkins and placed them on our laps. Not only was the presentation beautiful, also the food tasted heavenly. The Spinach salad was topped with light eggs, bacon, mushrooms, onions and a warm sweet bacon dressing. The truffle fries were fried to perfection in truffle oil then douched with a coat of freshly grated Parmesan Cheese producing the best fries I’ve ever had so far in life. Seriously, I wished they were bottomless. As the meal ended, I was presented with two small complementary birthday deserts. One of the deserts was a rich, flourless chocolate cake and the other was a mini cheesecake and they both tasted delicious. Overall, if you are searching for great service, impeccable food and a mellow upscale atmosphere, I highly recommend dining at The Capital Grille.