The Capital Grille Opens in Orange County in October


The Capital Grille debuts its second California location on October 18, 2010, with the opening of its Costa Mesa restaurant, located on the south side of Orange County’s renowned South Coast Plaza. The new 9,500 square foot location will be the restaurant’s 42nd restaurant and follows a successful opening in Los Angeles in late July.

The nationally acclaimed fine-dining restaurant, a top culinary destination for 21 years, is known for its on-premise dry aged, hand-carved steaks, fresh seafood and extensive, award-winning wine list. The Capital Grille is routinely recognized by Wine Spectator magazine and recently received the coveted “Achievement of Excellence Award” from the American Culinary Federation. Earlier this summer, Capital Grille was also named one of the top 50 American restaurants by the online reservation service Open Table in its annual “Diner’s Choice Awards.”

To celebrate the restaurant’s opening, The Capital Grille South Coast Plaza will partner with Festival of Children Foundation, a local non-profit organization that brings together charities, companies and individuals to improve the lives of children. The restaurant will host a special preview event in honor of the charity and its founder, Sandy Segerstrom Daniels, and will make a donation to support the organization’s ongoing philanthropic efforts.

“We are thrilled to join the Orange County community,” said John Martin, President of The Capital Grille. “The Capital Grille’s atmosphere of relaxed elegance provides Californians with a professional, welcoming dining experience offering exceptional food and wines. We look forward to the area visitors, residents and business professionals embracing us as a new local dining choice and the newest addition to the top retail destination in the region.”

Executive Chef Derek Venutolo (formerly of 555 East American Steakhouse) will offer Capital Grille guests perennial appetizer favorites including Lobster and Crab Cakes and Signature Pan-Fried Calamari with Hot Cherry Peppers. The restaurant’s critically heralded, diverse menu also includes Porcini Rubbed Delmonico with 12-Year Aged Balsamic, Kona Crusted Dry Aged Sirloin with Caramelized Shallot Butter, Seared Citrus Glazed Salmon, Lobster Mac N’ Cheese and Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake, just to name a few. Chef Venutolo will also create daily features made with locally grown artisanal ingredients.

The Capital Grille offers an extensive wine list with over 350 selections from top wine-growing areas across California and the world. Roughly 3,000 bottles will be housed in the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling, temperature-controlled wine kiosk. The restaurant also offers private wine lockers for lease.

The restaurant is located at 3333 Bristol Street in Costa Mesa. Complimentary valet service will be provided.

About The Capital Grille
The Capital Grille owns and operates 41 locations nationwide. The restaurant is known for its dry aged steaks, award-winning wine list and professional service in an atmosphere of relaxed elegance. Routinely recognized by Wine Spectator magazine, The Capital Grille has received the American Culinary Federation’s “Achievement of Excellence Award.” The Capital Grille offers more than 325 New and Old World wine selections, including a Captain’s List of some of the world’s most highly allocated and sought-after wines. The restaurant also offers a variety of elegant private dining spaces for meetings and group events. For more information on The Capital Grille, please visit

About Festival of Children Foundation
Festival of Children Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves to bring together and coordinate the efforts of charities, companies and individuals who actively work to improve the lives of children. Festival of Children Foundation gives a voice, guidance and support. 100% of the administrative costs are covered by designated funding, allowing donations to go further in direct support of programs and services that improve the lives of children. For more information, please visit

Posted 9/23/10.