When I first heard that a new, sophisticated French restaurant was coming to Salem, I was ecstatic. Living in this town for a large portion of my life, I had been longing for an original restaurant that would bring new “flavor” to the downtown area. Salem does have many hidden gems, but La Capitale is truly refreshing. La Capitale is located in the heart of the downtown area near the Elsinore Theatre, on the corner of High and State Street. A great location for a pre-show or movie meal.

The inside of the restaurant is clean and simple, with elegant lighting and bright red seating. We had a table in the bar, which is located near the back of the restaurant. It’s a great place to sit if you have a party of two, but I’d recommend making reservations if you have a large group as the restaurant fills up quickly! La Capitale offers a number of local and European wines, micro brews and cocktails. I had the Ninkasi Red Ale, which was quite tasty – and made locally- in Eugene! The menu at La Capitale offers something for every palette. From halibut to gnocchi to steak and hamburgers, there are definitely several options that will make your mouth water.

I had the hamburger, which was cooked exactly as I requested, with delicious homemade bread and melted blue cheese that oozed over the sides. It was served with crispy french fries which I loved because they weren’t overly greasy or salty like you would expect. The dessert menu also offers a wide variety of options, ranging from profiteroles (pastries topped with ice cream) to brandy cherry cake and beet ice cream (which was recommended by our server, but I wasn’t brave enough to try it). We settled on the flourless chocolate torte, which was served with an orange cream fraiche and sprinkled with crispy chocolate pieces. It was warm and rich and so good! I would definitely give La Capitale a 10. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. I think this is the restaurant Salem has been waiting for!

For more information on La Capitale’s menu and hours, visit their website.

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  1. Mo Sherifdeen says…

    Ashley – I couldn’t have said it better myself! We went there as a staff a few weeks ago and I was just blown away. I would highly recommend La Capitale for lunch as well; the sandwiches are totally to die for! We ordered (along w/ the hamburger) a curried chicken sandwich and a crab sandwich; they were both amazing and under $10!

    Written on February 11th, 2009 / Flag this Comment
  2. Ashley Moran says…

    I’ve also been back since that time and tried the gnocchi- it’s equally as delicious and melts in your mouth!

    Written on February 11th, 2009 / Flag this Comment
  3. Gavin says…

    I had the chance to eat there with my folks and my daughter a few weeks ago and we really enjoyed the meal. I recommended it to my wife as the perfect place for her and her sisters to have a lunchbreak when they’re storming the downtown shops and such.

    Written on March 15th, 2009 / Flag this Comment
  4. Casey says…

    Food was good. It thought it a bit odd though they served scalloped potatoes au gratin with their chicken. Typically lighter faire is served with chichken like aspapargus and rice.

    If I’m there next time I’ll ask for freshly vegetables if they have them.

    They don’t cary any white zinfandels in their wine list.

    Written on March 29th, 2009 / Flag this Comment
  5. Rick says…

    Eaten here a number of times, both lunch and dinner, big groups and small groups, light meals and multiple course feasts – always walk away content with food quality and dining experience. For dinner, try the fresh fish – I’ve had a few amazing dishes. Reasonably priced to boot!

    Written on November 4th, 2009 / Flag this Comment
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