The Needle: April 2011
Reviewed By Ann Limpert
Comments () | Published April 1, 2011

Capital Grille - Chevy Chase
Address: 5310 Western Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Phone: 301-718-7812
Neighborhood: Tenleytown/Friendship Heights
Cuisines: Steaks, American
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 AM to 10 PM, Friday 11:30 AM to 11 PM, Saturday 5 to 11 PM, and Sunday 4 to 9 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Friendship Heights
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Shrimp cocktail; bone-in porterhouse and ribeye; onion strings; key lime pie.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Valet Parking Available, Party Space, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Food Specials, Outdoor Seating

With its brass rails, boisterous bar, and dimly lit dining room, this Friendship Heights spinoff of the popular steakhouse chain (also in downtown DC and Tysons Corner) feels like the quintessential steakhouse. The only thing missing? A good steak. A Delmonico was ordered medium rare but came out close to well done; a $46 porterhouse was overcooked and underwhelming in flavor. Eclipsing both were seafood offerings: fat shrimp stuffed with lobster and crab; fabulous lobster mac and cheese. Cold crème brûlée and coconut cream pie light on the coconut were letdowns, but the cheesecake was a winner.

This article appears in the April 2011 issue of The Washingtonian.  

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