Capital Ale House

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Capital Ale HouseCapital Ale House
BA SCORE
96
world-class

85 Reviews
Reviews: 85
Visits: 114
rAvg: 4.35
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: 85 | Visits: 114
Reviews by nandemo1:
Photo of nandemo1
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I've always been a big fan of Capital Ale. They have done a great job furthering the cause of craft brewing here in Virginia.

For the downtown location, I find the atmosphere to be decent, usually a good mix of people out fot the evening and beer geeks getting their fix. It's been kinda quiet the last couple of times I've been, on a Thursday and a Sunday night. The glass refrigerators, huge tap wall and ice rail on the bar are all great.

Service at this location has always been good. The bar staff know their stuff on beer and are willing to help out and dole out samples.

The food is good, but standard American fare. I've had problems with burgers being overdone, but it is hard to find a place that will do a burger right these days.

Selection is impressive, but my only beef is that the beer menus are consistently out of date and incorrect. I can't count the number of times I've walked in and received a beer menu that is two weeks beyond the "end date" featured at the top. This is a problem with all their locations though. (1,040 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Waltbabylove
4.76/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great local brews, all your faves, plus some gems. (50 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (712 characters)

Photo of VeganUndead
3.71/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of jzeilinger
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of EJXL
3.76/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 2 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of uvachief
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (708 characters)

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Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA
96 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.