New Restaurant, Old Warehouse District Location, Location, Location
By Marika Flatt
The last time I walked into this restaurant, it was filled with red and white plastic tablecloths and loud kids running around at The Spaghetti Warehouse. On Friday night, I walked into the same location but to dark walls, dimmed lighting and hushed whispers from nearby tables.
The Capital Grille, known nationally for its dry aged, hand-carved steaks and extensive, award-winning wine list, recently opened a new location in Austin. Located on West Fourth Street, in the former Spaghetti Warehouse building, The Capital Grille, which prides itself on professional, attentive service in an atmosphere of relaxed elegance, does not disappoint.
We started our dinner with their signature appetizer, Pan Fried Calamari with Hot Cherry Peppers. I’ve had fried calamari at multiple bars and restaurants; but never like this. I would go dine at The Capital Grille just to enjoy this calamari, paired with a nice wine like the crisp chardonnay we experienced.
The restaurant features a diverse dinner menu offering perennial favorites including:
Bone-In Kona Crusted Dry Aged Sirloin with Shallot Butter
Porcini Rubbed Delmonico with 15-Year Aged Balsamic
Lobster Mac ‘N’ Cheese
Seared Citrus Glazed Salmon
The Capital Grille features more than 350 wines selected by Master Sommelier George Miliotes (@TheWineExpert), one of only 214 Master Sommeliers worldwide. For those with an especially discerning taste in wine, The Capital Grille offers a private wine locker membership. Wine enthusiasts have the option to lease a wine locker, personalized with an inscribed nameplate. The Capital Grille is pleased to acquire desired bottles for guests, ensuring that they will always have their favorite vintages available.
True to keeping Austin weird, the restaurant features oil paintings of celebrated Austinites who have had a profound impact on the city. Farrah Fawcett, Lyndon B. Johnson, Darrell Royal and many others decorate the walls.
The Capital Grille will be open seven days a week, serving lunch Monday through Friday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and dinner Monday through Thursday 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 4 p.m. – 11 p.m., and Sunday 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Reservations are recommended, but not required. Call (512) 322-2005 or visit www.TheCapitalGrille.com to make a reservation. You can also visit The Capital Grille on Facebook and follow on Twitter @CapitalGrille.
Marika Flatt serves as Travel Editor of Austin Lifestyle magazine and Austin Food magazine. Flatt has been a freelance magazine writer since 2002, simultaneously running literary PR agency, PR by the Book. Other publications Flatt regularly contributes to are her Flattlands blog and FamilyTravel.com. Additionally, she’s had travel features in GoodHousekeeping.com and NPR.com. You can find Marika on Twitter: @MarikaFlatt & @Flattlandsblog; on Instagram: @Flattlands; and Pinterest: @MarikaFlatt & @Flattlandsblog.