A Capital Idea: Dine at The Capital Grille

by Mike Hunter

PowerLunch_CapitalGrilleFor corporate executives, socialites or businesspeople serious about cutting an important deal, The Capital Grille delights as it is where complete privacy or a table front and center to impress are the order of the day for local power-brokers.

Originally founded in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1990, this classic high-end steakhouse has now become a business traveler’s staple because of the exceptional service, attention to guests’ needs and quality dry-aged beef — and the fact that there are locations in nearly every major city. It has been consistently rated at the top by critics and holds dear a philosophy of bringing only the best ingredients to the table. It is owned by Darden, a group of restaurants worldwide that includes Olive Garden and Red Lobster, but guests should not be put off as The Capital Grille brand has remained true to its roots. Each location is staffed with top-notch waiters, many of whom are locals who know the clientele. Both the Biltmore location and the Scottsdale location have become hubs where generous philanthropic leaders have created memorable local events.

Food is first and foremost at The Capital Grille. Hand-cut steaks, hand-crafted mozzarella made every two hours and the highest-quality ingredients — including Fleur de Sel, the finest sea salt available — are just part of what makes the menu items burst with flavor. Steaks that are dry-aged to perfection and cooked by people who know how to broil a steak at the highest of temperatures means high expectations become the norm among the regulars. Seasonal and indigenous ingredients add to the menu, allowing for special dishes that entice guests to experience new creations.


Architecture is as much a part of the experience as the food. Style is sophisticated, with dark, wood-paneled walls adorned by local Western art that depicts the Old West and the iconic artistic flair of our region. The service is attentive and polite, allowing parties to get down to business and be out and onto the next deal, or sit and relax as important business decisions get made.

The Capital Grille 

2502 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
(602) 952-8900

16489 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
(480) 348-1700

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