Last night I had the pleasure of dining with three friends for a quiet, pre-birthday dinner. We chose Capital Grille at 4th and University, in Downtown Seattle. I have been to the Capital Grille in Troy, MI but never the one here so I was excited to check it out.
We got there a little before our reservation so we had a quick drink at the bar. The bartender was extremely nice and very personable. I would feel totally comfortable sitting at the bar alone if I was on a business trip or waiting for friends.
Our table was ready a few minutes later, so we shifted positions. Joseph was our waited and he was extremely knowledgeable and made us feel right at home. We are question askers and he did not mind at all. We asked about everything on the menu, what to order, to explain the dishes and he knew all of the answers.
Right now Capital Grille is offering "Best of the Season" which is a three course meal for $39. If you have ever wanted to try Capital Grille this is an excellent way to get an amazing meal for a price that is economy friendly.
The appetizer choice was either a Butternut Squash Bisque with Crisp Shiitake Mushrooms or Pear and Roquefort Salad with Candied Walnuts and Champagne Vinaigrette. One of my friends wanted to test the Bisque before ordering it, so Joseph brought out small testers for the entire table.
I can never pass up a good salad, especially if it contains pears. I am so glad I tried the salad. The champagne dressing was amazing and complemented the rest of the ingredients perfectly. Actually, I am kind of craving the dressing today, too.
The entree choices were Prosciutto Wrapped Lion’s Paw Scallops with 12-Year-Aged Balsamic, Parmesan Crusted Filet with Red Wine Demi-Glace or Seared Halibut with Marcona Almonds and Sherried Tomato Relish. All of them sounded amazing and I originally was going to order the Halibut until our waited described the filet. I ordered it Medium Rare and it was cooked perfectly! It was a nice warm red center, just like I like it (I may be part Vampire?). The parmesan crust, while I have never really though to put parmesan on a filet, was a perfect topping and I found myself wishing my whole plate was covered in parmesan crust, as it was that good. The filet was served over sauteed spinach leaves with garlic cloves, which were also cooked perfectly (I kind of knocked mine over before taking the picture, oops!)
Next was a side dish, large enough for two people, of Truffle Mac 'N' Cheese. Now, most know I do not do mushrooms or anything with mushrooms so I stayed away from this dish but everyone at my table loved it. Besides truffle oil, there were actual truffles mixed in with the Mac & Cheese. From what I hear, it was amazing.
By this time we were so full because it was so much food - but we still had to choose a dessert! The choices were Warm Apple Crisp with Housemade Cinnamon Ice Cream or Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce. I love anything with apples so I chose that dish - and I made the right decision. I am not much of an ice cream eater but I could eat this cinnamon ice cream all day! Joseph told us it was made in house by the pasty chef and you could tell! The cinnamon ice cream complemented the warm apples, oatmeal and brown sugar perfectly. My friend had the pumpkin cheese cake which was monstrous, definitely large enough for two to share maybe even three.
Last I should mention the wine. Capital Grille has an extensive wine selection with glasses in all price ranges, so you can spend as little or as much as you want on wines but still get a great selection. Our waiter had a vast knowledge of wines in our price range and helped us make the best selections.
If you have not been to Capital Grille in Seattle, I highly suggest going especially with this three course Best of the Seasons special menu. It is an easy way to have an amazing meal at a very affordable price.