The last dinner of restaurant week, we (Jamie and I, along with our friends D, R, J, D, M, and G) went to the Capitol Grille downtown Friday night.
We’d never been. The place is really inviting, with a classy but bustling bar area, and classic (but modern) decor. Service was very good, we never felt rushed, although one of us lingered over her salad throwing off the timing of our entrees.
When you order off the restaurant week menu, you have to expect a bit of the B game. The portions are smaller, and they are more mass produced, and this was no exception. Both the Kona sirloin and Filet were very good, though, and everything was cooked perfectly. The real win was the sides. Their restaurant week menu included a salad or soup, steak, chicken or fish, and dessert. No sides. So we ordered them for the table, and they were all hits. Big hits. Which tells me that ordering off the regular menu will be a good meal.
The wine list was comprehensive and pretty easy to navigate, although our server didn’t seem an expert. Prices were acceptable, with our wine running at about a 2x retail markup. It was worth it.
All in all, an outstanding experience, and we’ll put the Capitol Grille on our list of nice places to eat if you want to splurge a little; they are right behind Ruth’s Chris, and miles ahead of the Prime Rib (where service ruins the experience).
Jamie and I, along with friends D, R, G, M, and M went to Aldo’s for dinner last night. We all ordered off the restaurant week menu, and the overall consensus was the food was good.
I had a wonderful panzanella, then steak frites, and pana cotta for dessert. My food was decent, I loved the salad, the steak was ok, the dessert was very good. It’s restaurant week, so you can’t expect to be blown away by the food. The suggested wine pairings were very good and a reasonable price.
The real treat was the service. It took a bit for our waiter, Enrico, to warm up to us, but he did, and we’ll ask for him when we return (and we will return, we made reservations for the fantastic wine room in a couple of weeks.) He comped us all several glasses of cream lemoncello (yum!), as well as gave us all a tour of the restaurant, including the cheese cave and wine cellar, along with commentary on the history of the building and of the owner.
Can’t wait to go back for the chef’s tasting menu with wine pairings.
Jamie and I went to the Ambassador Dining Room last night with 3 other couples, and had a fantastic time. All of the food was very good, there are a lot of options on the restaurant week menu. The outdoor dining is wonderful, probably the best in the city. Top that off with $12 off every bottle of wine, and outstanding attentive service, and you’ve got a good night out for a great price.
If you haven’t made all your restaurant week plans, I don’t think you’ll go wrong making a reservation at the Ambassador Dining Room.
After dinner, we headed over to 13.5% in Hampden, service was earnest (we were a big group and had to work to get enough chairs in the right spots), great recommendations on wines, a nice variety of wines, and a cool vibe. We’ll be back, I’m sure.