Capital Ale House

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96
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89 Reviews
Capital Ale HouseCapital Ale House
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

623 E Main St
Richmond, Virginia, 23219-2405
United States

(804) 780-2537 | map
www.capitalalehouse.com

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
96
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
126
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
7.39%
 
 
Taps:
48
Bottles/Cans:
200
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 89 | Ratings: 126
Reviews by rhartogsq:
Photo of rhartogsq
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Stopped there for lunch in the middle of a five hour road trip, so I could only enjoy one beer.
Their beer selection was really good. Cigar City, DFH, Legend, Bell's, Port City, Ommegang, Brooklyn, Avery, just to name a few.
The fact that you can get growler fills there of anything on tap is a huge bonus. DFH doesn't allow you to get a growler of Burton Baton at their brew-pub, however, it was advertised at Capital Ale House that you could.
Our server was new and a bit slow.
The food was pretty good. I could have ordered a ton of different items, but went with the Schnitzel sandwich. My traveling partner had a great looking bacon cheeseburger. If you are in Richmond, you must go here.
I didn't like that it was pretty dark inside, especially on a nice sunny day.

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Photo of krbrevard
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Boone757
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of beersapian
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of hophugger
3.53/5  rDev -18.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Trambo
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Fantastic place for dinner & a few beers. We hosted a company Christmas party here and it was a huge hit.
The place has a nice vibe, inviting and friendly atmosphere, tastefully decorated bar area and facilities. The servers are very knowledgeable and friendly, and actually give good recommendations. Our service was very good, given that this was on a Friday night with a large group! No complaints there. Beer selection in my opinion is incredible, I mean I don't get the nit-picky reviewers complaining about lack of selection, with over 150 to pick from, how many MORE beers do you need to have to be impressed?? Geez. It's Richmond, not New York. The food was very good, I was pleasantly surprised at how good it actually was. Being an Ale House I half expected the quality to be mediocre at best, but was very happy with how good it really was.
Our entire group thoroughly enjoyed the evening. They do a superb job with corporate parties, I recommend this if you have the chance.

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Photo of Kubishark
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The vibe is pretty typical of many other places you'd find in any east coast city, but it's nice. Seems like a pretty chill place to have a drink and a bite to eat. Great quality, excellent service, and fantastic selection of beers on tap and bottled. The food is good too, it's not everywhere you can enjoy pierogi with your beer. I'd definitely come back here the next time I found myself in downtown Richmond.

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Photo of Iamjeff6
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of safphoto
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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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Photo of woodchip
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Rothobinide
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of dwoolley1
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of everlong353
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of gopens44
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of LeeEvolved
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA
96 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.
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