Capital Ale House
Taps: 79 / Bottles: 350
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 39 | Show All Ratings:
3.68/5 rDev -15.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$$
I have been to the AH in midlo and have hit up the one in downtown Richmond a few times when I visit so ended up at this one as close to my in-law's hotel in GA. Not nearly as good as the one in Richmond. Maybe it's b/c I've had a lot more beers since my last stop at an AH, but the beer selection seems stagnant and not a lot of gems, and of course the rotating stuff for Oktoberfest was gone (some of, to be honest) when I ordered. As for the food it was mediocre at best. My fries app was good; the wings has wing hairs all over the place. Server was real nice and patient with the family so no complaints and food timing during a somewhat busy Sat night wasn't bad at all. If you have nothing else to do it's worth trying to get a seat at the bar for a beer and a game and some snacks.
10-06-2013 20:24:59 | More by clayrock81
3.18/5 rDev -26.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Atmosphere- I enjoyed my table by a man made duck pond, with the wind blowing, and an umbrella offering shade.
Quality- I believe they need to clean their lines. My friend commented that her beer had a weird after taste, and so did mine. In my experience, this is usually unclean lines or something like it. I wouldn't expect it from a place this serious about beer.
Service- Completely adequate
Selection- Excellent. Both draft and bottle selections are extensive.
Food- Very average pub fair, slightly cold fries, sub par sandwhich.
Value- Particularly for the beer, very reasonable, but the slight off taste leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
06-13-2012 20:45:18 | More by ebby82
4.33/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Without a doubt the best beer menu in the area. Prices aren't bad, either.
Food is above average, and who can compete with $2-burger Mondays?
Some of the wait staff is questionable. My server had very little knowledge of the beer menu and repeatedly tripped over himself with our orders. However, the actual bar staff couldn't be better. After having a couple beers at the table, my group decided to move to the bar. I had a lengthy conversation with the bartender about IPAs before I was introduced to Allagash's Hugh Malone. What a great time that was.
This place is one of few bars that lacks TVs, but you hardly miss them. This is perhaps the best bar in the West End.
02-09-2012 15:28:49 | More by QuantumPint
4.7/5 rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped at the Capital Ale House on a recent trip to Richmond and was not dissappointed.
Very large establishment with a very nice atmosphere and well decorated. The beer selection was eceptional, numerous taps, a cask of the week and a very large bottle selection. the beer menu was a nice multi paged book, well organized. Very nice menu, I did have the giant pretzel appetizer and it was delicious. Didn't have any other food, however, it was a ful menu with some nice selections. Servers were friendly, knowledgible and attentive.
I had a very good experience and highly recommend a visit.
Update: I have visited the Capital Ale House a few
Times since my initial review. After my most recent visit on 10-24-11. I changed my rating on the service to exceptional. Hillary, our bartender for the night was one of the best beer servers that I have experienced. She was friendly, efficient, Had tremendous knowledge of the vast beer menu and I never had an empty glass.
She also offered great suggestions on various beer to try. So if you visit this establishment, be sure find a spot at the bar Where Hillary is working. Keep up the great job Hillary.
10-27-2011 13:02:14 | More by dtivp
4.53/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I go to this place probably twice a month for their $1 burger mondays. The burgers are amazing and the beer selection is epic. They update the menu every week so that is helpful and they post the menu's online as well.
The service is great from everyone as they all seem to know a little about beer and the barkeeps themselves know their stuff. I was having a 60 minute IPA one day and I told the guy to recommend a beer, he gave me a small batch Breckenridge 471 and it was amazing.
Most of the other items on the menu seem reasonably priced and there is plenty of space, great environment. They hold tastings and other beer related events there regularly.
If you're in the Richmond area for business or something do check them out as this location is RIGHT off of I-64 and not too far off the beaten path if you're on i-95
02-20-2011 14:06:59 | More by engagechad
4.43/5 rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
ATMOSPHERE: This beer bar consists of a large dining/drinking area, two bars (one l-o-n-g one and another shorter U-shaped bar) plus a good sized game room with darts and other attractions and, in good weather, a sizable patio dining/drinking area. There are no televisions in this establishment -- it is a beer bar pure and simple, not a sports bar. While there is background music, it is played a low enough volume that conversation is easy. Noon hour and evenings are generally crowded with walk in waits for a table in the 20 to 40 minute range. They do take reservations but they go fast. I called Monday noon for an evening reservation and there were none left.
QUALITY: High. This location has some kind of special just about every night. Mondays are $1.00 burger night; Tuesdays are "steal this glass" night; Wednesdays feature "Virginia Beer Wednesdays" from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. with all Virginia brewery draft beers at about half off; Saturdays are "American Microbrew Saturdays" from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a good selection of American draft beers at about half price; and Sundays after 9:00 p.m. are "Late Night Specials" with all appetizers under $10 sold for $1.99. The place is well-decorated, clean, and appeals to a largely young upscale crowd.
SERVICE: The wait staff is pleasant, knowledgeable and mostly attentive, though sometimes -- even during slow periods -- there can be a bit of a wait. When the place is busy, the staff is still high quality but the wait time for food can be somewhat long. I get the impression that the kitchen is fairly easily overwhelmed.
SELECTION: This location (there are four in the Richmond area) has roughly 60 beers on tap (the number varies slightly from week to week -- I've never seen fewer than 60 and have seen as many as 66). They have approximately 300 beers available in containers and sell beer to go at about 25% off the posted price. The beer menu runs to 17-18 pages generally and is updated weekly on Fridays. Too often when I order a particularly popular brew, I discover that they're out -- a minor annoyance, not one that is easily remedied, but with the large selection, it's not difficult to find an alternative.
FOOD: This is a bar, not a restaurant. The food tends to be bar-type food as a result. Burgers, particularly the lamb burger are good but not great; they have good fries and appetizers, and the rest of the menu is about what you would expect. The food is adequate (perhaps "average" would be a better word) and, as I said above, the kitchen seems like it gets overwhelmed sometimes. On dollar burger night, though, you often get your food at somewhere around the speed of light.
VALUE: Some of the food seems a bit overpriced but given the overhead that they must have because of their large beer inventory, I don't blame them for charging a bit more I guess and with the weekly specials, I have no reason to complain. The beer prices are fair -- there's no gouging with them at all.
OVERALL: I hang out here a lot. I do it for the beer, not for the food particularly. For someone who enjoys craft beers, this place is head and shoulders above any other bar in the Richmond area. Would I recommend it unreservedly? Well . . . if you're the kind of person who gets annoyed if the wait staff is occasionally a little long in coming, if the food isn't gourmet quality and prepared to your exacting personal requirements, or if you feel like going postal if they happen to be out of a particular brew, then you shouldn't come here -- and frankly, I'd be very happy personally if you stayed away. If, on the other hand, you're a fairly laid-back beer drinker who enjoys sampling a multiplicity of craft brews in pleasant surroundings, this is a place you'll enjoy.
02-07-2011 18:07:06 | More by paulginva
2.38/5 rDev -45.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $$$
First, the good: Decent atmosphere. Clean, good seating, everything looks pretty good. Lots of hardwood, neon blue lights running along the edges of the booths. Mostly upscale-looking clientele. The real draw here is the daily specials. Monday is $1 Burgers, Tuesday is Steal The Glass Night, and Sundays are $1.99 appetizers. There are also plenty of events like tastings and whatnot. A great selection of beers on the menu, which brings me to...
The Bad: The great selection of beers on the menu? Out of 7 beers I ordered, 2 were in stock. Water, which I ordered before anything else and asked for several more times throughout the meal, never came. As with the other Capital Alehouse locations, there's a huge wait between finishing a drink and getting the next one. I can't speak for the service at the bar, but every time I've been there to eat, the service has been sub par at best. The food is decent. Nothing spectacular, especially for the price.
01-09-2011 00:42:39 | More by TJBAIHWL
3.75/5 rDev -13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
I have never been to this location so I was excited to try this place out. I am generally happy with Capitol Ale House so hopefully, I will not be disappointed.
Arrived for lunch at 1130am on a Wednesday. Place was pretty empty yet service was lacking and unattentive. The only time I saw a server was to get my order, bring my order, and bring my check. Not acceptable.
The beer selection here is unbeatable. There were approximately 60 drafts and all looked pretty great. One I was really interested in but unable to try was the Blue Grass Jefferson REserve Oak Aged Stout. It seemed like my type of beer, and it was local.
I chose the smokehouse burger and it was quite delicious. Although the burger was great, the fries seemed frozen and werent anything special. Actually, they taste and look like the fries from Burger King.
The food was good and the beer selection was great. Service was lacking, but the beer makes up for just about everything.
09-28-2010 16:22:30 | More by SaCkErZ9
3.98/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Located in the middle of a shopping center, this place is a welcome oasis for beer lovers.
Atmosphere is more upscale than a sports bar. In fact, no TV's that I saw in the main area. I visited during the afternoon so it was rather quiet. They had an outdoor patio area (with bar) as well, but being that today was cool, cloudy, and windy it was unpccupied.
The only bad thing I can say about the service is the bartended was working between both bars in the main room, so when I first walked in the bar was unmanned and I had to wait a minute or two for someone to take my order. Whatever, it wasn't crowded and the bartended was quite courteous and attentive.
Selection was unbelievable. The beer menu was thicker than the food menu, and had lots of information about the different styles and brews available. The selection is what would get me to return.
Food was okay. All I had was some potato soup (pretty good) and the wings (so-so). Nothing spectacular, but then again I didn't order a main course either.
Value was good. Wings were a bit pricey but the beer price was good.
11-14-2009 21:39:31 | More by FenwaySquid
3.98/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I've been to this place a few times since moving to VA and I have to say that they have one of the best selections of any bar I've been to. They have tons of great stuff on tap and even more in the bottle from every style and region across the world. It seems that if it's available in the state of Virginia, this place has it. On top of that, their selection of vintage beers is phenomenal and reasonably priced. Their beer menu is great to, if not daunting. But it's good for beer pros and novices alike as it gives lots of details on styles and each particular beer. My only real issue is that they always seem to be out of stuff. It certainly makes sense, given the enormous inventory that they have, that they would have a hard time keeping things in stock and in date but it's still irritating. The multiple bars only exacerbates the situation. On one occasion I ordered a beer, the waitress went and checked the other bar and came back only to tell me they didn't have it. Then it happened again and again. I had to make four orders before I could get a beer that I wanted and it takes the waitresses forever to navigate the place and find out if the beer is in. By the time I got my drink my friends had almost finished the first round. The vintage beers are a nice touch but again, don't tell me on the menu that you have a vintage Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout only to burst my bubble when you tell me it's not in stock. That being said, I can't think of a place locally that has quite the selection this place does even when they are out of a bunch of it. They just need to update their menus or work on a system to expedite the ordering process or something.
08-17-2009 18:28:11 | More by apbarwood
Capital Ale House in Glen Allen, VA
95 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.