Capital Ale House
Taps: 48 / Bottles: 200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by jayfro70:
4.95/5 rDev +13.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This is my go-to beer location in Richmond. Not only do they have the best selection, but they also host the best events and have some pretty darn good food too. The bartenders are not your average college-kid-working-for-rent/beer money. These guys and girls are super-knowlegable. They know their beers. And after a few visits, they'll remember your name and even your preferences. The lack of TVs in the bar is sometimes criticized, but the fact that it forces patrons to engage in conversation with each other and their bartenders is certainly not a bad thing. And whether you're looking for your favorite microbrew or a rarity, you will be able to find it all. In a city that is becoming increasingly beer-centric, Capital Alehouse remains at the top.
01-24-2012 22:01:12 | More by jayfro70
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4.38/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$
Since I reviewed Mekong and Legend, it's only fair I review Cap Ale...
They have a rustic meets modern beer hall theme that fits well with the downtown location, and the city of Richmond as whole. The atmosphere does get a bit confused during the concerts in the adjacent concert hall room - it's odd to hear a metal band through the wall while the house PA is playing their lighter mix.
Unless it's burger night (Monday), you can expect good service by a usually knowledgeable staff that enjoys the beer they're serving. Most of the waitstaff also are able to offer pairing suggestions as well - a big plus for me.
The beer selection is fairly large, though split - they offer the lesser rotating drafts and their bottle selection upstairs, they stick the more rotating taps downstairs in the gameroom/beer garden. The only drawback I've seen is that when they kick a keg, sometimes they forget to tell the servers they're out (since the menus are printed for the month, it'd be hard to change them regularly) until after an order is placed.
The food is your standard American gastropub menu with burgers being the featured item. On regular nights, they cook them to your specifications, and throw down with some frites and one of their 4 flavored mayos. Also, the Bavarian pretzel is definitely worth a trip by itself.
Burger night is unto itself - usually there's a large rush of people during normal dinner hours, and the kitchen is cooking to order instead of specifications to get them out. However, servers generally still give good service.
Big plus of this place is the gameroom/beer garden - it has a few dartboards with the proper spacing and scorekeeping setup, plus a pooltable and some other games too. The outdoor beer garden is awesome if you like being outside and having a nice space in a city to hang out with your friends and have a few beers.
10-06-2013 20:54:09 | More by CraftBeerMe
4.06/5 rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$$
I've been here so many times for lunch; no complaints. The problem is the downtown set up and overcrowding factor and extremely slow to almost non existent service. But, it's almost understandable because of the atmosphere. If I were to give this place an honest review for dinner drinking time, it would be very low. But, this will be a lunch review.
Easy to get a table or bar seats for miles and miles. Good food...great black bean burger, great fish n chips, decent beef burgers. Service is good at lunch. Ordered a GKnight can and it's always great when the servers immediately know and compliment your selection (not too many people reference GKnight here in VA). Plenty on tap...plenty plenty...and oh so so much bottled. They still had some 120 min, but prices on "those beers" are a bit high.
Either way, the downtown location is great for lunch and the south-side location is, so I hear, great whenever.
PS...had a great value on a local brewery's release of an ipa that same day with snifters and a growler, but that was at dinner and the overall experience was not good.
This is strictly a lunch review only.
06-29-2013 01:26:34 | More by tabascosigned
4.25/5 rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
A massive selection of beer on rotating taps. The food is pretty good, and the prices are reasonable. My wife actually doesn't mind going with me, which is a big plus. Another go-to here in Richmond. Highly recommended. There are multiple locations throughout the greater Richmond area. The downtown location might have the best atmosphere, while the one in Innsbrook has even more beers on tap
05-31-2013 20:13:20 | More by McBraniel
3.63/5 rDev -16.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
First let me start off by saying the Ale House is definitely worth going to. They have the best pretzel I've ever tasted in my life and the burger & sandwiches are all good. The beer menu is very extensive with lots of local selections. HOWEVER, after being there once a week for almost two months, I've noticed that they are ALWAYS out of multiple selections off the draft menu. I don't buy the excuse of 'well we've got so many on tap it's hard to keep them in stock'. I've been to places with a much wider selection that do a much better job of maintaining their menu. And most of the stafff seems to be caught off guard when they realize they're out. Causing you to wait over and over again while your server goes back and forth looking for what's available. So go, but makes sure you have a lineup of what you're looking for to save yourself some time.
10-13-2012 00:50:24 | More by triwolf
4.78/5 rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I have to stop at Capital Ale House every time I'm in Richmond. They have a great selection of beer and their food is pretty good. The servers have a vast knowledge of the beer they serve, and being new to beer and wanting to expand my tastes, this was extremely helpful for me. I was able to tell them what I've had and liked, and they were able to give me suggestions for something new but not overwhelming in flavor.
My only gripe is that their service can be rather slow on occasion. I waited almost 30 minutes on an order of calamari, but I can honestly say that it was worth it.
Overall, great place with a great atmosphere. Can't wait to go back again.
08-23-2012 18:33:48 | More by mchunt25
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Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA
96 out of 100 based on 87 user ratings.