My husband and I decided to go on a last minute date night. We had no plans, other than that we wanted steak. We decided to head out to the the Mall of Millenia in Orlando, Florida and see what they had to offer. We saw American, Chinese, and Italian restaurants, and then we saw this place called, The Capital Grille. We decided to see what they had. It was an upscale steakhouse.
Since we had not been out in months, we decided to splurge and give it a try.
The ambiance was very romantic, and the music was soft and in the Sinatra genre. Very nice. Everything was clean and on point–even the women’s bathroom during dinner hour!
The food was good. It was not the best I had ever had, but it was good. Unfortunately, it was not good enough to charge the kind of prices that they did. I was expecting a lot more than what it was. You had to buy everything à la carte, so we had to buy our steak, salad, and side, all separately. It really racked up the price.
I ordered Filet Mignon , Caesar salad, and we shared a potato au gratin dish. My husband got a dry aged porterhouse steak and french onion soup. An array of breads were also served with the meal.
The salad was an average Caesar salad. The steaks were no better than what I have gotten at far less expensive steakhouses. My garnish was wilted, and there was blood from the steak on our plates. If you look at the picture above, it appears like a sauce, but it is actually run off from the steak. It was too dark for the camera to get accurate color.
I really did not even like the au gratin potatoes. They did not have the cheesy flavor I was hoping for, and almost had a raw potato flavor. I did not like them at all. The only thing that was actually very good was the french onion soup. It was delicious.
We really debated on whether or not to bother with dessert, but we had such a nice waiter, we decided to go for it.
We ordered crème brûlée and flourless chocolate espresso cake. The crème brûlée was good. Nothing special, but good. However the flourless chocolate espresso cake was yummy. I could not believe that it was flourless. It was so good.
In closing, I would like to say that we had an amazing waiter. He was friendly, attentive, and very professional. If it was not for the food and lack of value, we would most certainly visit again and ask for him! Unfortunately, the food was so far below what I believe the standard should be for an upscale dining establishment, that I can never spend money there again. Our bill was over $150 with tip! We could have had a GREAT dinner and wonderful service at any number of steak places for a third of that price!