Sitting at a cozy table with George Miliotis is an honor few people get to experience, and I can say, I was lucky enough to have done that.
George is one of only 173 Master Sommeliers in the world and is also The Capital Grille’s Master Sommelier. George has the job of choosing every single bottle of wine that sits on their extensive wine list country-wide.
Next month, the restaurant will introduce The Generous Pour Wine Event featuring wines specially selected by George from unique vineyards around the world. Starting Tuesday July 12, guests may sample all nine wines or choose to have multiple tastings of one or more of their favorites from The Generous Pour list including some of the season’s newest wine trends, while also offering hard-to-find varietals as well as known favorites. The event ends September 4 and is only offered at dinner at a mere $25/person.
However, whenever I pay The Capital Grille a visit, it is ALWAYS about the food (and the occasional glass of wine) and I love to start with the French Onion Soup which is a cup or crock of the heartiest beef broth with caramelized onions and topped with a very luxurious cheesy cap.
During lunch, Dry Aged Sirloin Salad with Roquefort Vinaigrette is not so much a salad but more of a generous piece of steak, sliced and served with a salad on the side. This is hearty enough for the guys in the house.
If you’re into burgers then The Grille’s Classic Burger may be the way to go. The meat is freshly ground every day on the premises and cooked to your desired temperature. Served on an onion roll with sweet onions, smoked bacon and Havarti cheese, this is your traditional burger but with a little added edge.
At dinner time, a steak is the definite way to go and my favorite is the Porcini Rubbed Delmonico cooked medium rare. And when I have steak, a full bodied red is the perfect way to go — ask for a recommendation.
Or, if you don’t want a hunking piece of meat, try the Cedar Planked Salmon with Tomato Fennel Relish. The fish is moist and the fennel surprisingly is a wonderful accompaniment.
For those of you who have yet to sample or would like to re-visit The Capital Grille, I have a $100 gift certificate to give away. Leave a comment on my page and let me know what you’re going to order with the $100 for a chance to win — BE CREATIVE! There is a lot more on that menu than what I’ve previewed here! The gift certificate is valid at both Costa Mesa and Beverly Hills locations.
The Capital Grille
at The Beverly Center
8614 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
at South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Trina D. says
I’d like to try that sirloin salad. It looks so good.
Definitely the Delmonico. For some reason I eat less red meat these days. That pic just put a serious carnivore craving in my belly right now. Oh, and wine!
Michael Chavez says
There’s no doubt I would have to get The Generous Pour Wine offer. For starters, I cannot resist the Wagyu Beef Carpaccio which with a glass of red would be spectacular. To get a nice variety of steak my main course would be the Dry Aged porterhouse Steak. I would have to flip a coin over the choice of Sam’s Mashed Potatoes, Au Gratin Potatoes or the Parmesan Truffle Fries (I’m a sucker for truffle fries). Lastly, i would hav eto fork out of my own pocket (current tab is $99.00, depending on side) $15 for the Lobster Mac N Cheese. Not only will I have dinner, but plenty of leftovers for the next morning =)
i am not much of a red wine person, but the steak and salmon look delicious!!!
The Delmonico definitely has my vote, since I’m not big on dry aged meat. Some love it, but to me it just smells funky. Husband would totally go for the lamb chops and then steal pieces of my steak too!! Never tried the food here. I wonder how it compares with Maestros?
Oh my goodness, that salmon looks absolutely scrumptious. I would definitely order the salmon with a side of au gratin potatoes, and possibly the onion soup as a starter. YUM.
marcus rodriguez says
I want a beautifully colored bottles of wine. Followed by Dry Aged Steak Au Poivre with a Courvoisier Cream Sauce. And if with a lady friend we would share fresh berries with vanilla cream. And a serenade by La Bamba.
Where do I begin.. Decisions, decisions.. For starters I have to get the lobster and crab cakes and the Wagyu beef carpaccio. For my main course, I’m really torn between the seared tenderloin and the dry aged sirloin. WEIRD being that ribeye is my favorite cut of meat. The tenderloin would probably win because of the butter poached lobster that accompanies it. My sides would be the parmesan truffle fries and lobster mac n cheese. I’d also try to squeeze in the vidalia onion rings. From your review I’d absolutely have to get the cheesecake for dessert and also the creme brulee. This is honestly what I would order. I’m such a fatty!! Am I supposed to pick a wine? Because I have NO clue about wine.
Mad Hungry Woman says
hehe no you don’t have to pick a wine
Burger Burger Burger Burger Burger. Just got back from working out, saw that photo, now instantly hungry.
Mel Myers says
If I had unlimited stomach room, and lets face it I typically do, I would order everything off of the “Bar Menu”! But if I had to be more specific I’d go lobster crazy and get the Lobster and Crab Burger, the Lobster Mac n’ Cheese and the Lobster Bisque. And if they could I would have them top the Trio of Handcrafted Ice Creams with LOBSTA! Oh man….I think I gained a pound just thinking about it.
Shellfish platter to start, lamb rib chops w/ a side of the vidalia onion rings & the roasted seasonal mushrooms. Might have to do 2 desserts b/c I can’t decide b/t the coconut cream or choco-espresso.
Mad Hungry Woman says
I’m not a huge coconut fan — I’ve had both and I’d go for choco-espresso for sure out of those 2
I’ve never been either but the caramel sauce w/ the coco intrigues me.
Kelly Hernandnez says
I would get the Lobster Mac n Cheese, the Parmesan truffle fries, 2 orders of French Onion soup and Two Arnold Palmers and get it all to go, than I would surprise my parents at their house with a nice rich lunch for being so awesome!
Filet, trio of ice creams, and wine! Yum!! I’ve been dying to try this place!!
Definitely the sirloin salad! I need to try it so I can recreate it at home.
Priscilla - She's Cookin' says
Good to know! Will definitely go for the Generous Pour and a Delmonico steak MR!
Bob Bailey says
Ive never been but have been wanting to try TCG. Definitely the delmonico steak medium rare for me with a nice bold red wine. My wife would probably have either the salmon or possibly a filet. She would probably have a Reisling or Pinot Grigio even with the filet. Definitely have to give this place a try. Come join us!
Mad Hungry Woman says
great choice Bob! I always have the Delmonico when I am craving steak, although the seafood is pretty damn good too. They have an awesome Riesling there — it’s my favorite!
Kristie Davidson says
We have really been wanting to try Capital Grille!! I think we will start with the icy chilled shrimp, then slide into the signature cheeseburger with truffle fries, move slowly into the calamari, rove into the mini tenderloin sandwiches, segway into the mini tenderloin sandwiches, take a cruise over through the chilled seared tuna, and then round it out with the delectable flourless chocolate espresso cake. Looking forward to our time at The Capital Grille even though you may have to roll us out….
I’ve never been and I live right down the street! It’s on my to-eat list…. although, how am I supposed to pick just one thing from their menu? Can’t I pick one of everything? Sliced Filet Mignon with Cippolini Onions and Wild Mushrooms with a side of the Lobster and Crab Stuffed Shrimp, with Lobster Mac’n’Cheese to balance it all out… followed by a trio of ice creams and a slice of each of their cakes… and lots and lots of wine….
Ok, maybe I shouldn’t have looked at their menu right before lunch time… but I’m pretty sure I could eat one of everything right now.
Saul Frausto says
Wagyu Beef Carpaccio, Lobster and Crab Burger, finish with Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake. Oh, and whatever wine they recommend, of course!
Mad Hungry Woman says
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step 1. order the wagyu beef carpaccio
step 2. get the surf and turf (tenderloin + butter poached lobster)
step 3. select side orders of the lobster mac, seasonal mushrooms, and onion rings
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I would love to try the Wagyu beef carpacio or Fresh oysters on the half shelf. Maybe the wagyu beef because I’ve always wondered what the big hoopla about the wagyu beef is. For entrée I think we’d probably order the Sliced filet mignon with cippolini onions and wild mushrooms, Lobster and crab stuffed shrimp, Lobster mac n cheese sounds like a yummy side. Last but not least, dessert is always a must try. I’m always on the look for best soufflé, so I’ll definitely try Flourless chocolate espresso cake &
Classic crème brulee. Yum…. My mouth just water picturing all these food! This will make up for a Father’s day dining with my husband since we’ve been tied up with our new business.
First we’re gonna start w/ Wagyu Beef Carpaccio and i’ll have the Lobster Bisque and the wife French Onion Soup. For the main course Seared Tenderloin with Butter Poached Lobster (although I wish they have fillet w/ lobster. I had one at st regis theh were fantastic) and for the wife Double Cut Lamb Rib Chops. We’ll definitely get a bottle of wine and a dessert to share. Any recommendation?
Mad Hungry Woman says
I love the Riesling they have but they give really good wine recs so just ask. My fave desserts there are the cheesecake and the chocolate espresso flourless cake
Marilyn Chiu says
Coollll I had the Porcini-rubbed Aged Balsamic Delmonico when I went back too!! fave, good choice! that salad looks awesome too whoa. did you go in south coast or up here in LA?
Mad Hungry Woman says
Oh the one at SCP — it’s too far for me to go up to BH for a meal
anna lisa says
love the name and concept of the capital grille…it sounds like a well-established restaurant in washington, dc or other large metropolis. i met my man in the restaurant that was preceded it at that location…it would be nice to return with him to that new yet familiar spot and make new memories at the the capital grille. thanks.
The Generous Pour event sounds great! For starters, I’d vote to try the Wagyu Beef Carpaccio and the Prosciutto Wrapped Mozzarella with Vine Ripe Tomatoes. Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing is a slam dunk (who can resist bacon??). We could split one of the Dry-Aged Steaks, and enjoy the port to finish off the meal. Oh wait, we can’t leave out the Parmesan Truffle Fries!
For starters, the pan fried calamari with hot cherry peppers offset with a nice crisp and cold white wine. Any suggestions George?
Next, on to the double cut lamb rib chops because, hey you can’t just get these everywhere. I would pair these with a nice Pinot or Syrah.
Finally, finish up with fresh berries in vanilla cream and at this point I am letting George recommend a dessert wine to compliment.
Debbie Tesla says
I want the French Onion Soup. Oh and their Ceasar salad is TDF!
French onion soup, followed by the Porcini rubbed steak with just a simple side salad, a harty full body red wine…dessert not required…unless they have house maade tiramisu’:)….now I’m drooling 🙂
Tony Busko says
Wow, the Porcini Rubbed Delmonico looks amazing. Just salivating looking at the picture
Would love to do the gamut like keV eats, but if just 1, They have a great plate of liver!
geoffrey rodriguez says
What sounds the most tempting at this very moment – and this was a very difficult choice but I really have to go with the burger. Maybe its the 4th of July holiday spirit or the fact that I’ve been really cutting back on meat but that burger – which I’ve had the pleasure of sampling is absolutely amazing! The perfect indulgence – my mouth is already watering! Gotta also go for the truffle fries a cesar and perhaps a Stoli-doley or two!!
Cindy Wang says
First of all, I would go during lunch to get more bang for my buck. Considering lunch is cheaper and smaller portions, which means I get to try more and not be fully stuffed.
I would start off light and go with the smoked salmon since I’m a sucker for homemade cocktail sauce. For my soup, I’d get the french onion, which you made sound so delicious. My entree would have to be the chef recommended sliced filet mignon with cippolini onions and wild mushrooms. My dessert would have to be a classic creme brulee. This is such a staple at a restaurant and a good way to gauge how good the pastry chef really is.
Mad Hungry Woman says
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