As a general rule, I don’t tend to eat at restaurants attached to malls or in their food courts. Most seem to be the same from location to location and nothing that I can’t live without. For years, I didn’t think anything would change my mind about that – that is until I was invited to check out The Capital Grille in Troy. Unlike other restaurants or food offerings in the Somerset Mall, the moment you step into The Capital Grille you don’t have the feeling you’re at a large cookie cutter chain, or even in the mall at all.
The first impression you get when you walk into The Capital Grille is it’s an upscale restaurant. The interior is dark paneled wood, wine lockers, statues and paintings. It’s not the interior you’d expect to find attached to most malls or even in most steak places you go to. It has a feeling of elegance, and offers diners a more formal dining space, private rooms (including one surrounded by wine walls), event spaces and even a lounge.
Guests at The Capital Grille can choose their steak or seafood a la carte and a selection of sides all made fresh from the in house chef. The main menu offers anything a steak lover would want, and they even offer a gluten sensitive menu for guests. If something you want isn’t on the gluten sensitive menu, the kitchen is able to accommodate special requests.
The Troy location of The Capital Grille was the fifth location in the nation, and is currently the only one in Michigan. The Capital Grille brand now boasts 50 locations and one international one as well. Every location is attached to a mall or inside another structure which is unique to the brand. Something very unique about The Capital Grille in Troy is the longevity of the virtually everyone that works there. Many of the servers have been at the location for 10 years or more, the chef close to 15 years, and the newest bar tender has been there for over 12 years. The passion for the restaurant speaks loudly by the service provided and the happiness of the employees.
During our visit to The Capital Grille, every moment of our stay was taken care of. From careful preparation fit for my gluten free diet, to finding out our preferences in food and flavors. The main dining room of The Capital Grille offers only the main menu, but the Lounge, where we dined also offers smaller offerings as well as the full menu. The dishes are at a lower price point, but a smaller portion side when it comes to steaks. These smaller portion sizes did not however mean we went home hungry – we actually ended up packing leftovers to take home.
There wasn’t anything we had at The Capital Grille that we did not enjoy during our visit there. Dinner was Cast Iron Garlic Shrimp, Seared Dry Aged Sirloin, Au Gratin Potatoes, Soy Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake and Seasonal Berries with Creme Anglaise. Each part of the meal was beautifully prepared, presented and served and we were treated to great drinks as well from the Blackberry Bourbon Sidecar to the signature Stoli Doli (don’t miss that one!), each paired well with our meal and was full of flavor. The best part of the whole dining experience for me at The Capital Grille was the attention to detail, and the fact that nothing I had was cross contaminated or caused any problems with my allergy.
One thing that sets The Capital Grille apart from other steak houses in the area is they age their own week and actually have their own butcher. Not only does this allow them to have a higher quality product, but allows them to control the quality of the food they serve. While the service, food and quality is much higher than any other restaurant in the family – The Capital Grille is actually part of the Darden Group. That means if you receive a gift card to The Olive Garden, Long Horn or Bahama Breeze, you can actually use it at The Capital Grille. Which for me sounds like the perfect way to use those gift cards!
The Capital Grille is located at 2800 West Big Beaver Rd in Troy, and is at the base of the North side of the Somerset Mall. Parking is available in the lot in front of the mall, and you can access the restaurant from both inside the mall or an outside entrance. You can call to make reservations or visit their site for a full menu and more information.