The Capital Grille Tampa offers a lunch menu and we jumped at the chance to give them a try. We just love when an ‘upscale’ restaurant offers a lunch menu. It gives you a chance to give them a try at a lower price point and decide if you want to return for the full dinner experience.
The Capital Grille Tampa is located in the Bay Street area of the International Plaza in the Westshore District. While the weather was nice enough to dine outside on the patio, we opted for a booth inside. Our wait for a table without lunch reservations on a Friday at Noon was maybe 10 minutes. Not bad, right?
The inside of The Capital Grille Tampa is rich with cherry wood tones and some leather. We did think that while impressive, a small ‘refresh/update’ was needed. The glass etching wall dividers along the booths look a bit ‘green’ in tint and remind us of stuffy restaurants of the early 2000’s. Art lovers will be happy to see the many sculptures and wall hangings all around the restaurant.
The restaurant was a bit busy, so we scanned the menu to make our choices so we could order right away.
The menu is paired down, but offers a great selection. Burgers were a bit higher priced than you might be used to, but the quality of beef can’t be beat here.
The entrees sounded quite tasty and appeared to be much lower than the dinner versions. We zeroed in on the ‘Plates’ section. You get a choice of three appetizers and a main dish for $18. We ordered drinks and got our freshly baked bread quickly.
Clam Chowder (Included in the ‘Plate’). The portion was just right and the soup was a nice bright white and very creamy. The clams were fresh and tasted great, but we wished for a few more pieces. Jeff also mentioned that it would have been a really nice touch to include some smoky bacon on the top. He’s always looking for a way to get more bacon.
Field Green Salad (Included in the ‘Plate’). A nice fresh salad with a mix of romaine lettuce and other greens. There were a few pieces of chopped cucumber and some shredded carrots.
The grape tomatoes were fresh and sliced for easy eating. While there wasn’t a choice of dressing, the house version was nice and light with plenty of garlic flavor.
Jumbo Shrimp with Israeli Couscous and White Wine Mushroom Broth ($18). Wow! These were the BIGGEST shrimp we’ve seen in a very long time. They were perfectly cooked and really paired well with the light mushroom broth.
The mushroom flavor was balanced and I really enjoyed this dish. While it was on the lighter side, it was full of flavor and actually quite filling.
Dry Aged Sirloin Steak Frites with Red Eye Jus ($18). Another WOW! The fried potato sticks covered the real gem here…the STEAK. Cooked to a perfect medium-rare, we thought it was fantastic.
While it’s already sliced due to the type of dish, it maintained all of the juices and flavor. Jeff was so happy with his choice and loved the salt crust on the steak. We always wondered if the steak was really going to be any different here than other ‘casual chains’ and now we know they are.
The service was prompt and friendly and we liked the attention to detail through the meal. They even gave me a black linen napkin (rather than the standard white) due to my black dress pants. While the prices are a bit more than some ‘causal chains’, we felt that the value here is well worth it.
And honestly, the prices are really not much more than some of the other restaurants in this mall.
We really liked the quality and the chance to dine at The Capital Grille Tampa for lunch. We now want to go back for dinner. The Capital Grille Tampa is located at 2223 North Westshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607