Restaurant Review Roulette: Capital Club 16

I hadn’t really wanted to go to Capital Club 16 in downtown Raleigh, purely because I nonsensically dismissed the place for its name.  It was far too close to the “Capital City Club,” and, quite frankly, I don’t like any operation with the word “Club” in it.  As I said, it’s nonsensical.  And now I’m starting to think that I’ve been missing out on a really good place.  A somewhat upscale diner that features some German influences in its menu.

Greg Cox is reviewing this place on Friday, and I suspect he just may like it.  Just like I suspect that I would like it, too.  The chef, Jake Wolf, appears to have a sense of what would work in downtown, part hipster, part style, and lots of sensible menu choices.  The prices are incredibly reasonable, too.

Cox generally won’t give more than four stars to casual dining places, unless it has something “extra” to offer in the way of food, like Poole’s Diner (and speaking of that cap, it’ll be interesting to see what he gives Bella Mia in next week’s review, which is easily the best pizza in the area, if not the state).  So I suspect that he’ll give this place at least 3.5 stars, but I’m thinking that 4 stars would be the better bet.  We shall see.

Here are this week’s odds:

5 stars — 16 to 1

4.5 stars – 8 to 1

4 stars — 4 to 5

3.5 stars — 8 to 5

3 stars — 3 to 1

2.5 stars — 8 to 1

2 stars — 11 to 1

1.5 stars — 23 to 1

1 star — 39 to 1

I’m sure many of you have been to Capital Club 16.  So how was it?  And how many stars do you think it will receive?


Edit, September 24, 2010: Greg Cox gave Capital Club 16 a solid 3.5 star rating.


4 Responses to Restaurant Review Roulette: Capital Club 16

  1. Rafe says:

    I’ve been twice, once for lunch and once for Sunday brunch. I thought it could have been better. I had the schnitzel sandwich for lunch, which was good but not mind blowing. And on Sunday I wound up ordering the pork shoulder roast. Turns out, that’s schnitzel! It didn’t come with the hand cut spaetzle as promised, instead some kind of potatoes were included. The schnitzel was good enough, and the accompaniments were just decent. Overall, neither meal was memorable.

  2. burgeoningfoodie says:

    I had hopes for Capital Club 16, but thought the offerings would be better. I’ve heard mixed feelings through the food grape vines.

    As far as Bella Mia, I would go so far as to say the best pizza in the state. The pizza I had was at best mediocre and the crust wasn’t as nice a burnt as everyone made it out to be. For the price, I’ve had better.

  3. meg says:

    My boyfriend and I ate at Capital Club 16 for dinner and for brunch—love it! The atmosphere is great, and the food is delicious—super fresh, and simple in a refreshing way. For dinner, we had the shrimp and crispy grit cake, garden skillet(loved the sweet and spicy sauce), and Butcher’s Plate. The menu is on the smaller side, which we actually took comfort in, and they have nightly seasonal specials that sound great..will definitely be going back to try them out soon. For brunch, we had the French Toast(the housemade syrup was amazing!) and the Egg’s Norwegian. After we finished, we lingered a bit longer than necessary to listen to the vintage jazz records being played. Love it all around, and will definitely be frequenting Capital Club 16.

  4. monique says:

    went for dinner and got the trout special fish of the day. it was really tasty and my moonshine cocktail with its peach puree didn’t disappoint either! very warm vibe and casual enough to pop in anytime. definitely going back.

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