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Capital Ale House

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Capital Ale HouseCapital Ale House

87 Reviews
Reviews: 87
Visits: 117
Avg: 4.33
pDev: n/a
Taps: 48
Bottles: 200
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

623 E Main St
Richmond, Virginia, 23219-2405
United States
phone: (804) 780-2537

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Reviews: 87 | Visits: 117
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Photo of karst
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Cask ales brought me to Richmond's Capital Ale House.
A rainy first day of spring kept us indoors and after a visit to Richmond's Air Museum we drove downtown to find a parking spot near the entrance of one of my favorite spots on the east coast.

Our waitress was quick and thourough and easy to talk about beer with. A well poured Starr Hill cask IPA "Stinky" was soon out our booth and our well prepared food ( Crab meat BLT's and fries $10.99 Caesar Salad 6.99 Appetizers are in the same price range and the Brewer's Platter $20 will serve a small group) A second glass with # 9 Magic Hat and a third of New River Pale Ale and two rounds (10 shots) of tasters from the taps and we were considering staying untill the downstairs game room opend so we could try a couple from their taps.
More than a half dozen nearby downtown hotels are nearby and the Quality Inn and Suites on 200 E. Cary has a special rate when you mention the Capital Ale House as we were about to leave the rain stopped and by the time we arrived at our room sun was shinning.

Plan on a little work to find parking if you drive directly to the down town location bring your lap top WiFi certified at both down town and the Innsbrook location. Sat & Sun Brunch until 3 pm.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Cobratrooper
3.61/5  rDev -16.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

I use to love this place a few years ago. Now that Richmond has many many craft bar options this place has failed to evolve. The music hall part is nice, just not a lot of bands you really want to see come. Lots of taps but normally the same beers on tap that every other bar in Richmond has. Turn over on the beers also seems hit or miss. Price on the beer has typical bar mark up, you get a discount for buying bottles to go however. Food is ok. Service is hit or miss.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.25

10 years ago I'd probably have given this place 5/5 but plenty of spots like this exist now.

Beer selection wins out over everything else here. The bottle list is beyond extensive and there are plenty of fantastic options on tap. They have high end favorites, great local/regional options and they put plenty of the less than easy to come by items on the menu, stuff like 120 pops up regularly. Prices are fair.

It feels like a typical bar - no frills in a good way, but nothing to write home about.

Food to me is a bit of a drawback - it's fine but the quality could step up just a touch. Sandwiches fries and all are fine but nothing special.

It is a great local chain and one to hit up if you're looking for a place to kill some time before walking to The National or something.

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Photo of Waltbabylove
4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great local brews, all your faves, plus some gems.

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Photo of arizcards
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Just visited earlier today with Da Boss.

Vibe was good, fairly empty on a late Thursday afternoon. Good tunes being played, zydeco, blues provided a nice atmosphere.

Quality of the beer and food was good. There were a lot of top notch world classics here to go with solid regional beers.

Service was solid, not too tough with a small crowd to deal with.

Selection was pretty top notch as there were 40-60 draft brews to pick from and mayb 100 bottle selections.

Food was very good, I had the gyro burger which was unique but very good and Da Boss had the fish tacos that were solid.

Overall somewhat expensive beer wise but the "mid-major" dishes were reasonably priced. Definitely would go back again.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.71/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of jzeilinger
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of EJXL
3.76/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 2 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of uvachief
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Capital Ale has a great selection and variety of beers at most places. The food is very good as well. The atmosphere can be great and some places even have live music. Sounds perfect right? Well..not so fast. My biggest gripe with this chain has always been service. I use to work across the street from the one in downtown Richmond. Clients wanted to go to lunch there. We could never get in and out in under 90 minutes and it was usually a lot closer to 2 hours. Service at night wasn't much better. The bar can be extremely crowded and the beertenders can get overwhelmed. Most are very knowledgeable. They have a 1/2 price growler night. Well worth trying but bring your patience when you go.

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Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA
96 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.