Capital Ale House
Taps: 79 / Bottles: 350
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 39
2.38/5 rDev -45.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $$$
First, the good: Decent atmosphere. Clean, good seating, everything looks pretty good. Lots of hardwood, neon blue lights running along the edges of the booths. Mostly upscale-looking clientele. The real draw here is the daily specials. Monday is $1 Burgers, Tuesday is Steal The Glass Night, and Sundays are $1.99 appetizers. There are also plenty of events like tastings and whatnot. A great selection of beers on the menu, which brings me to...
The Bad: The great selection of beers on the menu? Out of 7 beers I ordered, 2 were in stock. Water, which I ordered before anything else and asked for several more times throughout the meal, never came. As with the other Capital Alehouse locations, there's a huge wait between finishing a drink and getting the next one. I can't speak for the service at the bar, but every time I've been there to eat, the service has been sub par at best. The food is decent. Nothing spectacular, especially for the price.
01-09-2011 00:42:39 | More by TJBAIHWL
3.18/5 rDev -27.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
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
3.5/5 rDev -19.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
My girlfriend and I went into the CAH today for lunch, at around 2:00, and it was pretty much dead. I had only been to the downtown spot a few times, which I enjoyed, but we were in the area shopping, so I wanted to grab some lunch and have a beer or two.
We got off to a fairly bad start since there were hardly any people in there, and we had to wait to be seated. Not a big deal, though, and I was fine when the host came to seat us. Once he did seat us, however, he decided, somehow, to sit us by the only other occupied table in the entire section. Not only that, but they were businessmen, and behind my seat was a large black bag, and instead of inconveniencing the customer, I asked the host if we could be at the table just beyond the one where he wanted to seat us. For some reason he was an ass about it, for a lack of a better way to put it. Not a good way to treat your customers, pal.
When I asked our server what IPAs she recommended, she said the Legacy Hoptimus Prime and the Weyerbacher Simcoe. I like both choices, so I chose a 22 oz. glass off the latter, which was pretty good, as the Simcoe is.
My girlfriend had a burger, and I had the smokehouse chicken (their blackened chicken version of the burger). The food was decent, but nothing beyond "bar food," really. Not only that, but if you say you're serving Pommes Frittes, can you just call them french fries instead? If they're going to be the latter, just say it, without dressing it up needlessly. Not only that, but my girlfriend's medium burger was clearly medium-rare, with way too much pink inside. It was still good, and it was nothing to send back, but I know most chefs wouldn't let their food go out if it wasn't to the customer's specifications. Needless to say, I've had better food, especially at a place like the Commercial Tap House in The Fan, which has a small menu, but really makes their food as good as it can be considering the size and the atmosphere.
Our server also didn't come back to check on us the whole time we were there. Granted, I had a beer. My girlfriend had a diet coke. And we had our food. That said, I did want a water, but I couldn't get one because she didn't even pass us in our section while we were there.
Yes, there's a great selection of beer. Tons of styles. Tons of bottles. And many many drafts all over the entire establishment, not just at the main bar. But most of the beers you can get in the better beer stores in Richmond, and when I, personally, go to a place that touts their beer, I want to try different beers -- those that aren't too exorbitant in price -- and there were some, but I wish there were more. Again, granted, it's not my favorite beer season, which is winter, when I've heard they have all kinds of stuff. Still, it's a great selection, but far from perfect.
The atmosphere is nice, with a long bar with nice stools when you first walk in, and nice enclosed sections, cozy lighting, and quality wood-furnished furniture and the like. I haven't been there when it's crowded, but it was cozy and mellow when we were there, which was enjoyable on a Saturday.
The beer prices DO seem a bit cheaper than the CAH downtown. I'm not sure if that's my imagination, but if that's the case, that works for me; I'd rather have cheaper beer here than pay $10 for 10 oz. of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot, or whatever the price used to be that blew my mind at the downtown CAH a year ago.
Would I go back to this establishment? Probably not. Would it be worth it if you haven't had a ton of beers that you can -- for the most part -- easily get in Richmond, are looking for somewhat decent bar food, and are shopping in Short Pump? Probably.
05-03-2008 21:12:09 | More by asabreed
3.68/5 rDev -15.8%
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
3.75/5 rDev -14.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
I have never been to this location so I was excited to try this place out. I am generally happy with Capitol Ale House so hopefully, I will not be disappointed.
Arrived for lunch at 1130am on a Wednesday. Place was pretty empty yet service was lacking and unattentive. The only time I saw a server was to get my order, bring my order, and bring my check. Not acceptable.
The beer selection here is unbeatable. There were approximately 60 drafts and all looked pretty great. One I was really interested in but unable to try was the Blue Grass Jefferson REserve Oak Aged Stout. It seemed like my type of beer, and it was local.
I chose the smokehouse burger and it was quite delicious. Although the burger was great, the fries seemed frozen and werent anything special. Actually, they taste and look like the fries from Burger King.
The food was good and the beer selection was great. Service was lacking, but the beer makes up for just about everything.
09-28-2010 16:22:30 | More by SaCkErZ9
3.95/5 rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Walked in around 5:00 on a Friday afternoon and only a handful of patrons were inside, most local workers getting together for a pint or two. We grabbed a seat at the large straight bar inside, not the square on by the front window. Both bars areas can seat quite a nice amount of people. There are plenty of tables for diners and and outside dining area for those who like the heat in the summer. The taps are nicely arranged in two rows behind the bar. Refridgerators are filled on both sides of the tap area allowing a nice visible view of the offerings.
Beerwise there was a nice selection that included some locals like Legend Brewing and Blue & Grey. Victory, Stoudts, Stone, Yeungling, Duck Rabbit, and a few Belgian beers too. A booklet contains a well organized list to assit you. The sad news was that about 4 beers we asked for were out. One wasn't pouring well. Two beers I wanted for takeout were not available. I know a place with this selection can't have everything, but the chances of me picking the only few that were out seem slim to me. The beers I did have were fresh.
Food wise the place was decent and hit the spot with some nice sandwiches and appetizers. Service was spotty, and my sandwich came out two minutes after my appetizer.
Definitely a nice place to stop in Glen Allen, as there is probably not anything else in the area. To go beer are sold at 25% off listed price which isn't bad.
07-27-2009 21:35:21 | More by Gavage
3.98/5 rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I've been to this place a few times since moving to VA and I have to say that they have one of the best selections of any bar I've been to. They have tons of great stuff on tap and even more in the bottle from every style and region across the world. It seems that if it's available in the state of Virginia, this place has it. On top of that, their selection of vintage beers is phenomenal and reasonably priced. Their beer menu is great to, if not daunting. But it's good for beer pros and novices alike as it gives lots of details on styles and each particular beer. My only real issue is that they always seem to be out of stuff. It certainly makes sense, given the enormous inventory that they have, that they would have a hard time keeping things in stock and in date but it's still irritating. The multiple bars only exacerbates the situation. On one occasion I ordered a beer, the waitress went and checked the other bar and came back only to tell me they didn't have it. Then it happened again and again. I had to make four orders before I could get a beer that I wanted and it takes the waitresses forever to navigate the place and find out if the beer is in. By the time I got my drink my friends had almost finished the first round. The vintage beers are a nice touch but again, don't tell me on the menu that you have a vintage Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout only to burst my bubble when you tell me it's not in stock. That being said, I can't think of a place locally that has quite the selection this place does even when they are out of a bunch of it. They just need to update their menus or work on a system to expedite the ordering process or something.
08-17-2009 18:28:11 | More by apbarwood
3.98/5 rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
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
4.18/5 rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Not really digging the atmosphere. To yuppie for me.
The quality of the beer was top notch. I bet I tried 8 brews when I was there, and each seemed to be at the peak of freshness.
Service was okay. I had to wait on them a few times, and there were three bartenders. I don't feel I should have to wait long with that many people behind the bar.
Beer selction was as good as it gets. Most popular beers for coast to coast and most places in between. Plus great imports.
Food was real good. The steamed mussels, and frittes (french fries served with mayo) where very good.
I think you pay alot extra for the yuppie environment.
05-08-2005 22:45:08 | More by tjthresh
4.22/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5
This location is much more convenient for me to hit after work than the downtown CAH. Parking is a bit of a pain unless you arrive before 5. A seat at the bar is the best spot if your interested in keeping the brew flowing. I've heard that the non-smoking bar lacks the same attentive service. I'm not a smoker, but I've not found the smoke at CAH to be particurlarly overwhelming.
Bartenders are more than happy to throw 2 to 3 oz samplers in front of you to let you clear up your uncertainties about what to have next. They do their best to support regional craft brewers also. Legend and Starr Hill are well represented.
I love the place. The ice rail is a little gimmicky. Good place to put your forehead in the summer I guess. Oh, and the food is standard stuff. They have a lamb burger with mint jelly that suits me just fine.
02-10-2005 01:53:27 | More by pentathlete
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Capital Ale House in Glen Allen, VA
96 out of 100 based on 39 user ratings.