The Capital Grille
White tablecloth wining and dining in Lombard
The Capital Grille in Lombard exemplifies all that fine dining is about. The 12-year-old upscale steakhouse has become a destination restaurant, and its high-quality food and drinks menus, accommodating wait staff and elegant atmosphere appeal to a sophisticated clientele from business wheeler-dealers to couples celebrating all manner of special occasions.
Wining and dining at this white tablecloth venue comes at a price. Appetizers such as steak tartare and lobster and crab cakes go for $16 to $19, respectively. Chef’s Suggestions are in the $50 to $55 range. Dinner entrées such as bone-in ribeye and dry-aged New York strip prepared in the open kitchen go from the upper $40s to mid-$50s.
Executive Chef Mitchell P. Gierke and fellow business partner Paul Muszynski make quarterly adjustments to a menu that opens with a personal favorite — jumbo shrimp cocktail, served with a slightly spicy house-made cocktail sauce.
A recent memorable meal featured medium-rare sliced filet mignon with cipollini onions, wild mushrooms and fig essence. Delicious! Creamed spinach picked up extra creaminess from a blended bechamel sauce.
Meanwhile, a fellow diner gave a glowing recommendation of the restaurant’s superb handling of roasted swordfish prepared with lump crab
gratin and mustard vinaigrette. This flavorful dish was accompanied by tender French green beans sautéed with onion and grape tomatoes.
Among other popular choices are seared tenderloin with butter poached lobster tails, gorgonzola and black truffle crusted dry-aged bone-in New York strip, and a veal tomahawk chop with foie gras butter.
Two alternatives to beef include roasted chicken with baby carrots and cipollini onions and double-cut lamb rib chops.
Up for a treat? Desserts are made in-house. Among the something-for-everyone options are flourless chocolate espresso cake, classic creme brulée and brulée-style cheesecake with fresh berries. But if coconut cream pie with caramel sauce is available, don’t hesitate to give it a try.
The Capital Grille has its act together in terms of the food and service. The same is true of its clubby ambiance: lots of dark wood, comfy booths and lighting that flatters.
Full bar service encompasses specialty cocktails and beers. Oenophiles will be bowled over by a well-stocked cellar with an inventory of 5,000 bottles of domestic and imported wine.
Private-party spaces include the Wine Room, with a capacity of 30, the 14-seat State Room and 10-seat Board Room, all equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual amenities.
87 Yorktown Center, Lombard
630 627-9800 5340 N. River Rd.
Rosemont, 847 671-8125
|Shrimp or jumbo lump crab cocktail, filet mignon, swordfish
Appetizers: $16 - $21
Entrées: $29 - $55
Desserts: $9 - $11
M: 11:30 – 10 p.m.;
T - Th: 11 – 3 p.m. & 5 - 10 p.m.
F: 11 – 3 p.m. & 5 - 11 p.m.
Sat: 4 - 11 p.m. Sun: 4 - 9 p.m.
Outdoor dining, private parties, reservations