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Cafe Capriccio
Cafe Capriccio

Cafe Capriccio Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafecapriccio.com
  • Email: jcapriccio@aol.com
  • Phone: (518) 465-0439
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,

    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Sicilian
  • Executive Chef: Nick Gulbrandsen
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine
  • Catering: On premise catering only. We have elegant accommodations for small groups, up to 16 in our Chef's Table, and for groups up to 40 in our Tuscan Room.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Cafe has two wonderful private dining rooms for private events. Our Chef's Table, located on the second floor above the main restauant, can hold parties of 10-17 and is an intimate open kitchen concept room where the chef cooks in front of your guests. The room also features a private entrance and private bathrooms just for this room. Our Tuscan Room is our large private dining room that can hold parties from 16-40 guests and features a Tuscan inspired classic private room with private entrance and bathrooms. Both private rooms have wireless internet, screens and private staff. Our rooms regularly host business events and speaker presentations as well as family event, birthdays, anniversaries as well as couples dinners with friends.
  • Entertainment: Walter and Julia Donnaruma perform jazz on Friday nights.
  • Special Events & Promotions: We offer frequent special events, such as wine dinners, holiday regional chef's meals etc as described on our web site.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hamilton St.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking available without charge at the OGS State parking lot at the corner of Hamilton and Grand Street to the right of the restaurant on Grand Street.
A word from Cafe Capriccio
Cafe Cariccio, the region's only authentic Tuscan restaurant, has been a favorite dining destination in Albany for 30 years. The Cafe was voted Best Restaurant in the Capital District by Metroland Magazine for 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and many times previously. Jim Rua and Franco Rua are proprietors. The Cafe is open for dinner every night. See our web site for details and photos.

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Diner Reviews
  • "The service is wonderful and the food was delicious. My husband and I split the antipasto Toscana and shrimp brochette, both tasty. The pickled vegetables on the antipasto were particularly good. I had a half portion of pasta with shrimp with escarole and lemon-it was tart, which I really liked. My husband had veal scallopini and liked it as well. The homemade bread was a particular highlight!. We did not have dessert. My one criticism is with the wine list- a nice selection, but too few wines by the glass-they do offer half bottles on several items, which is nice, but since I was the only one dreinking, my choice for a glass was more limited. Would have liked to have seen an Albarino on the list!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Of the 17 restaurants participating in Restaurant week, Cafe Capriccio was the only one that shortened it's participation from 10 days to 5, but the Restaurant Week website did not identify that. We showed up on Wednesday and were told it was over. At that point it was too late to go to a different one. Bad Business, we would have made a different choice that night."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I found that this restaurant was in need of a good cleaning. Things needed to be updated and cleaned. Thank God for low lighting. The food was good but it could have been a nicer experience is the "scenery" was neater."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "I HAD MY FAMILY HERE FROM NYC FOR A BRIEF VISIT AND TOLD THEM WE WERE GOING TO THE BEST PLACE IN ALBANY....WELL I GUESS I LIED. THE FOOD WAS MEDIOCORE AT BEST AND SUCH AN EMBARRASSMENT. NEVER AGAIN!!! IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO GIVE US AN IDEA OF HOW WONDERFUL CAFE CAPRICCIO IS DURING THE RESTAURANT WEEK EVENT HOW WILL THEY KNOW TO COME BACK AND SPEND MORE MONEY. ALSO, THE BLONDE WOMAN WAITER WAS SUCH A B----! SO SORRY WE WASTED OUR TIME AND YOURS. BTW, THE MEN WAITERS WERE NO LESS THAN AWESOME. ALSO, ONE OF THE PARTY SERVED WAS THE VICE PRESIDENT OF AMEX NE REGION AND LIKES TO SPEND MONEY ON FOOD....HE WAS ESPECIALLY DISAPPOINTED."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Wonderful Italian experience with great atmosphere, service and food including homemade pasta!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Had a wonderful, romantic, birthday dinner here. It's such a homey place, with great food and service that it's hard to verbalize it. Let's just say that you will not regret coming here."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "If you love old charm in classic surroundings then the building, inside and out, is for you. It was cozy but not cramped. This was a very nice date place. The food was good all around with one exception - my wife was surprised by the texture of her tuna steak. It was stringy and not flaky but the flavor was still good. We were somewhat limited in our choices due to the focused menu for Restaurant Week but that was alright. My roast pork was tasty and very juicy. Each entrée came with yummy melt-in-your-mouth potatoes and crisp green beans. This seemed to be REAL Italian fare, not dumbed down to mass market appeal. I hope we have a chance to return soon!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "As out of town visitors we took a recommendation and were not disappointed. The Dining Week menu was fabulous! The aromas, flavors and great service contributed to a wonderful evening. We hope to return on our next visit to the area."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Food quality less than half as good as last visit. Agreed with other diners on the way out -- not even worth $20.14"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Staff were all very professional. My date, a foodie, asked for a recommendation and was rewarded with the best eggplant ever. Definately going back for more!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "A thank you to everyone for making the evening so special. I have a visitor for the weekend who loves Cafe Capriccio and we were not disappointed. The service, food, and ambiance were perfect. Thank you."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "On a scale of 1 to 10, our group of 6 fussy dinners each gave it an eleven. It's that good. Food, service and ambiance make it our favorite restaurant."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Very much enjoyed my evening at Cafe Capriccio. A very dear friend and I relished the attention by our server, the recommendations in both wine and entrees, and the atmosphere. It is no secret to locals that this is truly one of THE top establishments in Albany"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "At a more than fair price, Cafe Capriccio produces the Capital District's very best dining experience with relaxed yet attentive service, a warm ambience and food that even NYC's finest Italian restaurants would be honored to serve. We have gone to Capriccio many times over the years and as Siena season ticket holders make it part of our evening to enjoy a pre game dinner every time we can. From the "simplest" to the most complex dishes on the Menu, everything is truly delicious with the common characteristics being fresh and made to order. Simply, the best!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Always love this place....Good service, great food, cozy atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "My most favorite restaurant in Albany. The staff are professional and accommodating. The kitchen crew are gems. We have taken people there who have never been before and whose most frequent comment has been something along the lines, how come I didn't know about this place before."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Cafe Capriccio is the perfect place for a fabulous dinner. It is my "go to" restaurant for celebrating special occasions. The service is always impeccable and dinner the other night was no exception. Staff were attentive and helpful without being intrusive. The menu included some interesting specials. The homemade ravioli of the day was stuffed with cheese and fruits and served with a chunky tomato sauce. The pasta was sweet and tangy and melted in my mouth. The calamari neri was excellent (as always.) Cafe Capriccio is one of the few places that serves this delicacy. From a crisp house salad through delicate cannoli for dessert, dinner was superb. Cafe Capriccio is a delightful bit of Tuscany in downtown Albany."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "We really enjoyed this neighborhood restaurant. Our party of three tried the ravioli special, the fish selection for the day, and a chicken dish. The ravioli and chicken were outstanding, but the fish was served somewhat cold. Ambience was acceptable, but this was enhanced by an outstanding wait staff. We will go back."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dining experience at Cafe Capriccio and will be going back for sure .. The food was delicious, fresh and prepared very well and the service was excellent.. We are looking forward to going back and having a wood fired pizza that looked delicious as well.."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "If you are in search of an authentic taste of fine French and Italian cuisine, I would highly recommend Cafe Capriccio. The ambiance is romantic and cozy. The antipasti dishes are made to perfection. I would recommend the calprese insalta and the ravioli specials. The wine list is equally impressive. Cafe Capriccio will not disappoint."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "A weeknight business dinner for four where we wanted good food and an atmosphere quiet enough to allow conversation. Food was uniformly good with two diners having the veal chop. The chop were large, moist and perfectly cooked to the desired temperature. The other two diners had the tuna steak special. The tuna was a sushi grade steak and a large portion, One was requested seared outside and cool center. The kitchen provided a perfectly prepared tuna steak, as requested. A result not often achieved in a busy kitchen. Cafe Capriccio continues to deliver a solid dining experience with excellent food preparation, solid unpretentious service and a quality and reasonably price wine list."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We were visiting from out of town, it was a great dinner! The staff was friendly and inviting, if we were in Albany we would visit again"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Have been here many times. James Rua, the owner, host cooking tours to Italy on a constant basis, and always brings back authentic Italian recipes. He new wood fired oven, and use of authentic Italian ingredients, has resulted in a pizza that is the closest that I have tasted to an authentic Italian pizza from southern Italy. My girfriend had the wonderful eggplant, and the Pumpkin Risotto was out of this world. The waiter suggested an excellent wine for me. Cannot wait to go back. We'd like to do a private "upstairs" group, where Mr. Rua cooks for you personally."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Only our second time but both times a very nice experience. Food is not cutting edge but is very well done traditional Italian. Service was perfect!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "My wife and I have been going to Capriccio ever since it opened and it is charming to say the least. However, when the Legislatures are in town and are dining at Capriccio,the noise level get higher. The food is still outstanding but it has a Manhattan ambiance. We still go but be forewarned, you need to make your reservations early. We love the place, it always feels at home due to the fantastic staff. Never a flaw, never a problem Not overpriced for what you are getting, a good value but not cheap.."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food is always excellent, the service and recommendations were terrific and even the music was perfect. Love this restauant."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Menu a bit limited, but everything that we ordered was exceptional! The service was attentive with multiple wait staff attending to us. We will definately go to this restaurant again."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My mom is from NYC and loves Italian food. She said she has the best pasta puttanesca at Cafe Capriccios! It was a lovely evening- we were in close quarters to the table next to us so it provided us the opportunity to say hi and laugh about a few mishaps before we returned to our meals. Nice neighborhood restaurant!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "After being unable to get a table the weekend before on short notice, we booked a week in advance & it was worth the wait. My wife & I shared the calamari salad. One of the few calamari appetizers in the area that is NOT fired, but fresh. she also had the beet salad.. Our entrees were the salmon for her & the Eggplant Capricciso for me. Portions were just right to allow room for dessert. Service & the old school atmosphere have made Cafe Capriccio our favorite local Italian restaurant. Many other Albany area Italian restaurants will offer more in portion size, but less in quality. Enjoy the quality"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Once again, a great night; the food, wine, service, and ambiance were excellent. The squid ink pasta is so hard to pass up; I had to get it. It did not disappoint. The wine suggested with it was superb. My wife loved the risotto with scallops. Desserts were fabulous."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We sometimes forget that just off Madison Ave in downtown Albany there is a splendid Italian restaurant. We reserved for Valentine's Day well in advance. The interior atmosphere is very comfortable, seating a good number without feeling crowded. The staff operate like a well-oiled machine. None who served us was ever introduced by name, but rotating responsibilities ensure that you are not ignored. Courses appear promptly no matter who you may have seen last. Coffee and water are replenished as needed. We enjoyed regular menu items and some dinner specials. Preparations are not extraordinary, but our meal was delicious from beginning to end, i.e. a very green 'tossed' salad to the 'pick me up' tiramisu which itself is worth dropping in for!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Overall experience was good, we felt the value versus cost was quite skewed. Our server was very pleasant although I cannot remember her name other than she was server 25 on our receipt. The wine selection was adequate. The food was under seasoned for me. I had the Delmonico priced at $38 which was touted as a classical prep that was not even close to the original, thank god for lemon on the plate, salt & pepper on the table. Beet Salad, nicely prepared but overloaded with Gorgonzola. Key words BEET SALAD. App size of a staple pasta dish with fettuccine, little necks, shrimp,calamari in a watery under seasoned broth over priced $14. The eggplant which 25 sold us on was accurate, winner! Dessert was the savior but the Semifredo was frozen."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Italian food at its best, fantastic crab and lobster ravioli, risotto and scallops."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The service at Cafe Capriccio is fabulous. Wait staff is attentive and knowledgable. The food is always superb."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Full menu and nice specials available on Valentine's Day. Great service in spite of being busy. Food outstanding as usual. Ate in the bar - cozy and intimate. Fortunately, a quiet bar crowd - all seated.. Not your ordinary Italian restaurant. Everything tastes like you would expect it to taste in Italy - from experience. Convenient parking lot nearby, an easy 2 block walk to Times Union Center. $5 fee on this night because of 7:00 show."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I have never had a mediocre meal here. The greens and beans feels like home. The entree's never fail to satisfy and unlike many other places I refuse to skip dessert here! Bravo!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "It's been a while since we were at Jim Rua's iconic restaurant. It was all we remember and more. True Tuscan cuisine is a rarity in this area but Capriccio does it as well or better than any we've been to."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "It was the perfect spot to be on a cold evening. The service was warm and friendly and our dishes were hot and delicious. I can't wait to go back for another meal."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "My husband and I have gone to Cafe Capriccio the past 2 years for our wedding anniversary and had the most wonderful time. This year we celebrated out tenth anniversary the food was exquisite and the staff is unbelievably friendly and helpful."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Service,food, wine: very good. Italian opera a bit too heavy and much too loud for our 4-some to enjoy our own conversation."
    Dined on 2/7/2014