Editors' pick

The Capital Grille

American, Steakhouse
$$$$ ($35 and up)
Gigantic, meaty steaks in "as manly a steakhouse as you can picture," assures food critic Tom Sietsema.
Lunch: Mon-Sat 11:30 am-3 pm; Dinner: Sun-Thu 5-10 pm
Fri-Sat 5-11 pm
(Chinatown)
Gallery Place-Chinatown (Red, Green and Yellow lines), Archives-Navy Memorial (Green and Yellow lines), Federal Triangle (Blue and Orange lines)
202-737-6200
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Editorial Review

2005 Fall Dining Guide
By Tom Sietsema
Washington Post Magazine
Sunday, October 16, 2005

Take a cue from the restaurant's show window of dry-aging beef and pick a cut from within: If there's a better sirloin or porterhouse in town, I have yet to slice into it. The Capital Grille is as manly a steakhouse as you can picture, from the dark wood to the stuffed animal heads to side dishes that arrive in small barges (nutmeg-laced creamed spinach) or as edible mountains (four hungry customers merely put a dent in a voluminous plate of onion strings and cottage fries). Still, it's a civilized oasis, where steaming, jasmine-scented towels are sometimes brought between courses. To start, there are a bold French onion soup and, unfortunately, bland crab and lobster cakes; to close, consider the decadent flourless chocolate espresso cake or the dreamy coconut cream pie. From beginning to "check, please," the Capital Grille is a meat market with great appeal.