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Comments & Curiosities: Salivating for upscale grille

October 16, 2010|By Peter Buffa

How excited am I? Go ahead, ask me. No really, ask me. Just say, "How excited are you?" Who me? I'm glad you asked. On a scale of one-to-10, I'm a little past 18 and climbing. Why? Because we are finally getting our own Capital Grille, that's why.

This is huge. Do you remember The Clubhouse next to Bloomie's at South Coast Plaza? Forget that. It's a Capital Grille now.

If you don't know about The Capital Grille, which is a condition you need to fix immediately, you will soon. In fact, it opens its very stylish doors on Monday, and has already hosted a special event for the Festival of Children Foundation, a great organization that supports children's charities far and wide. If you haven't experienced The Capital Grille, I would call it an upscale "steak-chops-seafood-impeccable service-world class wine list-sumptuous décor" kind of place for short. It all started far away in Providence, R.I.. There are a number of them across the country and this is their second California location, the other being Beverly Hills, which is much closer than Providence.

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I get to Washington, D.C. a lot, and that's where I cut my teeth, which is just an expression, on The Capital Grille. It isn't just the world-class steaks or the jaw-dropping wine list. For me, it's all about the service, and the service at The Capital Grille is what recovering foodies like myself always hope for but seldom find — friendly, knowledgeable and attentive, but never intrusive. By the way, The Capital Grille in Washington has the best server in the Western Hemisphere, Tom Stevens. If you ever get there, just mention my name and he'll ask you to leave. Do you know why the service at The Capital Grille at South Coast Plaza will be world-class from top to bottom? Because the managing partner is Chris Szechenyi, formerly the top cop at Five Crowns and now large-and-in-charge at The Capital Grille, which means the place will run smoother than a 12-cylinder Bentley on its way to pick up the Queen.

You'll like what they've done to the place. Talk about an extreme makeover — elegant but relaxed, warm and welcoming, a posh private club except it's not private. I'd call it a "rich mahogany and brass, sparkling crystal, Tiffany chandelier thing" with leather booths that a family of four could live in, no pets though.

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