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The Capital Grille

3333 Bristol St. Costa Mesa, CA 92626 | Costa Mesa | 714-432-1140

Location Description:

Everything at the Capital Grille at South Coast Plaza follows the expensive-steakhouse rulebook. Temperature-controlled, glass-encased wine lockers constitute rooms in and of themselves surround you. In the hallways hang paintings of long-dead aristocratic types, appropriate for hunting lodges, Gothic mansions and places like this. But turn your attention to the porcini-rubbed Delmonico steak, which made its entrance sporting a swoop of bone that might as well be a meat handlebar should you decide to succumb to your latent Neanderthal urges. One of the most expensive cuts at $45 a pop, its acreage, a square foot if it's a mile, is exactly as you expect. Not fork-tender and not entirely sinew-free, each bite you chomp offers equal parts fat, meat and char.

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  • Cuisine(s): Steakhouse
  • Hours: Daily 11:30am-3pm, Sun 4pm-9pm, Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm
  • Price: $$$$
  • Serving: Dinner, Lunch
  • Alcohol: Full bar
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Parking: Free, Lot Available, Valet
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards
  • Features: Private Party

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