Capital Ale House - Downtown

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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
tia  (137) Sandston, Virginia | June 2, 2011| Updated June 27, 2011
Usually very good although itís showing its age. A little irked that on recent visits they have had virtually no IPA selection on tap. Actually havenít been back recently because of this. Used to go at least once a week. Food always decent. Seasoned servers and bartenders knowledgeable but not newbies (have it on authority that they have to go to classes to improve knowledge, though).
72
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
xs2500  (22) Mississippi | May 22, 2011
Great spot in the heart of downtown Richmond. Food is awesome and beer selection is one of the best in the area. They open cask early in the week and have specials most nights. A must for everyone.
74
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 3/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
rhoneranger  (11) Virginia | January 30, 2011
Huge selection, nice downtown location, the beer is great but the food is pretty typical bar fare
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 4/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
beermeow  (7) Virginia | January 29, 2011
needs focus...bartenders are great, but waitstaff needs beer education.
82
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
bialover  (12) Virginia | January 28, 2011| Updated February 3, 2011
This place is not what it use to be but the beer selectionís still great
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
GlobalVillager  (15) , | January 28, 2011
Great beer selection
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 4/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
dengleberry  (12) Richmond, Virginia | January 28, 2011| Updated November 21, 2011
Better staff then innsbrook, but still the same issues.
70
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 11/20
commonmanfilms  (7) , | January 27, 2011
good food and excellent choices for beer. a 14 page beer menu makes every visit a chance to try something new. Dollar Burger night makes it the best place on a Monday night to visit.
78
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Rustyham  (106) St. Petersburg, Florida | November 29, 2010
I was taken here by a family friend and loved it! Up until the waitress poured the whole bottle of St. Bernardus Abt 12 into the glass. The Whole Bottle. I explained to her why she shouldnít do that and she apologized and asked me if i worked in the beer industry. Regardless, the food was great, the beer selections was wonderful and included the prices for small glasses, large glasses, and growler fills. You canít beat that.
90
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Pivoyager  (88) Gaithersburg, Maryland | August 16, 2010| Updated December 7, 2010
In Richmond for a three-day weekend, I stopped by for lunch each day. Everything was consistent; the beer selection excelled, the service (three different and attractive young ladies) was attentive; the food was hearty and tasty. Great place for a comfortable hangout following a day of history. Note: on Saturdays (11am-7pm) all American micros are priced at $2.00-$5.00. Not bad. There ia also live music venue on-site.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
ilovedarkbeer  (104) Arlington, Virginia | August 8, 2010
Went here during a business trip. Located downtown a few blocks from the major hotels, Capital Ale house has the decor of a traditional pub with lots of dark wood and many different seating layouts. There is a large party room, the main bar area that includes multiple 6 foot high bottle coolers behind the bar, a back room that smells like fish, and another party area with darts, photohunt, pool, and a patio. One of the coolest things is the frost runner built into the main bar that people rest their drinks on. Pretty solid selection (particularly locals) with many rotating taps and old vintages of lambics going back to the mid 90s. Didnít try the food but the prices were fair and the staff wasnít bad. One kid was a snarky weiner who I wanted to kick in the throat and our other waitress was a sexy Japanese broad with killer cheekbones.

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