Cafe Capriccio
Cafe Capriccio

Cafe Capriccio

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafecapriccio.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: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Cafe Capriccio reviews from OpenTable diners
92 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (58)fit for foodies (58)romantic (54)neighborhood gem (51)good for groups (29)notable wine list (29)late-night find (4)great for lunch (2)hot spot (2)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Very Overrated
    clarec
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Given the reviews and ratings of this restaurant, I was expecting the best Italian north of Brooklyn. Nope. The bread was quite good, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't baked on premises. Probably bought from Pereca's in Schenectady. The only noteworthy dish was a shrimp escarole lemon appetizer. Otherwise, meh, The cod special (with tomatoes, basil and white wine) was something I could have easily made at home at a fraction of the price. My husband could not find anything to his liking on the entree menu (Delmonico steak is a cop-out -- admit what cut it is and let your customers know. The fact that they can't be bothered to season and cook a filet speaks volumes about the quality of their food.) My husband ordered several appetizers and was not impressed. The antipasto had these sort of meat and cheese knots -- they oozed grease. We have been low carb for almost two years and my son begged for pasta carbonara. (It was not available except as a sauce for an appetizer -- I'll give then credit, they were willing to accommodate him and create a pasta dish.) Sadly enough, it didn't quite come together. I was surprised given that carbonara is a pretty simple sauce -- a reasonably decent home chef can make it easily. My daughter, who is ten, loved her pasta bolognese, but, seeing as how it's basically spaghetti and meatballs without the skill required to actually make the meat into meatballs, again, none too impressive. My impression is that this restaurant used to be very good and it has been living off its reputation for quite a while. Not worth it. if you want decent Italian food go to LoPortos in Troy.
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  • Awesome as usual ...never disappoints!
    Tk12
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Great food, great service, great atmosphere! My husband always gets the special fish, I always get greens and beans and pasta and we love it. Jennifer and the wait staff are excellent. Feels like home!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    nene5623
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Excellent all around -- the food, the waitress, the room, the ambiance, all of it good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    Jim9999
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Excellent food with terrific service and atmosphere
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We can count on a great meal from Capriccio.
    2friends
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Capriccio is sure to deliver an innovative approach to traditional Italian cuisine. It has a very casual friendly ambiance with lots of good friends having pleasant conversations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Once again Cafe Capricio was outstanding. We had the osso bucco, squid w ink pasta and they made up some cabonara. The appetizers and desserts were great as well...especially the beet salad and pistachio gelato. We'll be back soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb!
    NAD1
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    As always, the food was superb! Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot, but....
    MoJo1
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Great service, but a couple of misunderstandings with the orders. I just wish the waiter would have written our order down so this could have been avoided. The food that was ordered correctly was delicious, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One time only
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Food was just okay. Wouldn't go back but worth the first time try.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    First time at Cafe Capriccio the a t experience. From the service to the food, couldn't have asked for better. We all got different meals and from the fish special to the s a ice on homemade pasta all was delicious. The ambiance was a step back in time, relaxing, quite music in the background. The service was excellent we didn't have to wait for anything but we're never rushed or felt like they were hovering. Definitely will go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cafe Capriccio - Great Food
    NYRay
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    The restaurant has consistently delivered great food and service. Their menu is unique with excellent apps and unusual entrees. The portions are bigger than most, but the food quality is what makes it great. Their sauces are flavorful without being overwhelming. We were also pleased that the other patrons kept their voices low so we could all speak using our indoor voices. Having no children in the room made it special, too. We plan to return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JessEats
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    The service was incredible. The staff seems to really be passionate about the food and wine there. The food was also delicious; very home-style Italian and super authentic. The appetizer size option for the pastas make it so easy to order a few antipasto's and pastas to share.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Newest Favorite Find
    brendab
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    My husband and I decided to try Cafe Capriccio when we had tickets to a show at The Egg Performing Arts Center about 4 blocks from the restaurant, and we are so glad we did. The main attractions are the outstanding food, and highly professional and attentive staff. The venue itself is charming enough (you enter down a few steps off street level in a diverse area of the capitol city) but we go for the dining experience. The staff helps each other out, so if your main wait person is busy at another table and a different one notices you need another glass of wine, you are taken care of. Each wait person has a thorough knowledge of how each dish is prepared and can help you make the best choice off the menu. Truly a "Neighborhood Gem".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cafe Capriccio, agin'
    ZenaGOF
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    This is one of those special, cozy places that feels rich but isn't at all pretentious. The food is outstanding and so is the service. Some of the nicest little pizzas I've ever had, anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Took a tad long to get a drink.
    Brinemaster
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I prefer to be asked for my drink first thing before water is filled. thats just me. My guests were not as impatient as me Amazing squid ink dish, excellent oso buco pork shank the wine the the red wine reduction was incredible. Sauted Escarole spot on, wone find any done better anywhere, and the Tiramisu. Just a great night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mary Ann Serian
    skyprincess1
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Cafe Capriccio has always been a great find. i love the eggplant dish they have there-never disappoints. The waiters are very professional and wine choices very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good and nice
    dakjunkie
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The service was impeccable. Looked like three wait staff took care of the whole restaurant, but all three helped out at our table. They had useful reccomendations, ever so gracious, and seemed to make any serving alterations seem effortless. One of our dinners couldn't decide between two pastas, so it was suggested that she have a small serving of each saying, "have your cake and eat it too". It was very nice, but their idea of small plates seemed very generous. It was not at all crowded at 7:30pm midweek, so that may be why the entree's came out so quickly. We all speculated as to why that may be, but it was a bit of a shock raising questions about whether the meals were cooked to order.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food
    Buffaloon
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    There are very few places I would drive 300 miles to visit, and this is one. Great food and service, comfortable atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We were a party of 5 with very mixed tastes in food yet everyone found a dish and appetizer that suited them. The food was well prepared and presented and tasted wonderful! The waitstaff were extremely attentive. They explained all the dishes and answered any questions we had and made our dinner enjoyable. The dessert was to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb
    MoonOverMario
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Cafe Capriccio was the perfect choice for our 25th anniversary dinner. Fairly quiet on a Tuesday evening. The food was simply awesome, from appetizers to dessert. Menu changes often and current menu features many outstanding choices. The Calamari Neri is truly outstanding. The wait staff are great with all pitching in to ensure that every need is taken care of quickly and efficiently without ever feeling rushed or intrusive. Looking forward to returning soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We ordered the special ravioli in a pink sauce, duck confit risotto, fig pizza, eggplant, and a bolognese ...All excellent with the red sauce on the eggplant being my favorite!!! our waiter was great and he picked a great bottle of wine for us..will return on my next trip to Albany
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Convenient Egg &Times Union Ctr.
    ktwolf
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We've been to Cafe Capriccio twice now, once before a concert at the Egg, and the second time after an event at the Times Union Center. It's a perfect location... easy walking distance from each venue. More importantly, this is a gem of a restaurant. At first the decor seems a bit "stuffy", but it doesn't take long to feel cozy and at home. The staff is superb... attentive, knowledgeable and friendly - they exude a positive energy. And the food is AMAZING! We highly recommend Cafe Capriccio, and expect that we will return whenever we are attending events in Albany.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Post CapRep Dinner
    PhotoRay
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Good food, good service. An Albany classic. While not inexpensive, we thought it was a good value, i.e., we expected to pay even more than we did.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Resting on their laurels
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Sorry to say this long standing Albany restaurant isn't making the grade any longer. Visited it many times over 20+ years and it feels like their phoning it in. Overcooked fish, dry duck, no follow-up from the waitstaff to inquire about the food and it wasn't a busy night. One has to wonder if they're simply trading on their name and memories of time gone by.
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  • DisappointedinALB
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Server never offered specials. Food was at best mediocre for the price charged expected more.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luv2eatout
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Delicious food - gnocchi the best I have eaten. Eggplant parm fantastic. Great service- a real gem of a place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal at Cafe Capriccio
    Margaret
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Another wonderful meal at Cafe Capriccio. The food was perfect and the service was super.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Viking
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Cafe Capriccio is a great place for dinner...everything is fresh and homemade along with the service which was impeccable. The waitress was especially helpful in making recommendations and adjustments to our orders. All was served in a timely manner, not rushed. The atmosphere was quiet even with most tables filled. Loved the soft Italian background music...felt like we were in Italy. The shrimp and pasta dish and the ravoili with goat cheese and spinach were fabulous. The homemade berry pie with gelato was to die for. Will definitely recommend it to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wonderful.
    TimTroy
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I can never say enough about the food. The huge tie breaker here is the staff. They ALL work together! Imagine that! You typically have four people checking in on you. It's amazing how well they work together. They all are in this together and it is a wonderful experience. Parking may be a challenge. Suggest you call them at 518-465-0439 for suggestions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service.
    Cast
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    If you enjoy dining out with friends and family, you will appreciate Cafe Capriccio. The experience includes expertly prepared food, great presentation, a very nice wine list, and outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We've loved this great Italian restaurant for years. No simple "red sauce" fare, the food is complex and appealing. The salads were simple, but perfectly executed, the pasta the same. The entrees were excellent. We keep coming back.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic Italian Destination
    GaryTheKVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Over dinner, my wife and I agreed that venerable restaurants like Café Capriccio are what we love about travel - finding places that demonstrate a love for food and have a culture that infuses everything from the advice and energy of servers to the quality of ingredients. We sampled several pastas - all terrific - Capriccio knows how to use their San Marzanos. We live in NYC and were in Albany for just one night - but we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I loved my entire experience.
    luv2eatgoodfood
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food and service were exceptional. One of the best dining establishments in Albany if not the best. Congrats to the management, to the chefs and to the waitstaff! I loved it from beginning to end.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Cafe Cappricio is one of the best restuarants in the Capitol District! Never disappoints !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Very Good
    Cooksout
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Café Capriccio is our "go to" spot for nearly any occasion. If you want very good food and service with and experienced and welcoming staff along with a great atmosphere, this is a great choice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great flavor all around the table
    Pushkin
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Delicate yet spicy warm vegetable antipasto was perfect! Thank you for a different delicious meatless choice! Puttanesca was made to order for our vegetarians and were perfect! Eggplant was sweet and sliced thinly so manageable . Servers were friendly and had excellent timing. Can't wait to return!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paradise Italiano
    GiuliaMario
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This place has excellent food, ambiance and service. The minute you walk in the door you are enticed by the wonderful aromas. The menu is filled with authentic Italian choices. Also, the service is fantastic. I always enjoy a night out here. It is one of the few gems left in a restaurant scene that is increasingly filled with mediocre chains.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Wonderful!
    JenM
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I picked Cafe Capriccio to celebrate our 9th anniversary and the staff made it beyond special. The food was amazing, my boyfriend loved the Pork Osso Buco, it melted off the bone. My eggplant was perfect with wonderful hints of gorgonzola cheese. We finished with chocolate flourless cake that seems to be from heaven, and a ricotta pie that my grandmother would have approved.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem of a restaurant
    HappydinerVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We have been going to cafe capreccio for decades and have always enjoyed the wonderfully creative and well preparedTuscan delights. This restaurant maintains it's cozy comfortable atmosphere which allows for great conversation with those in your party. The management is well executed by Jennifer who insures that all are well cared for in an efficient and detail focused manner A restaurant that is by far the best in Albany!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    goingout
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Wonderful appetizers, pizza, and entree's. Very relaxed atmosphere and great help. Love it here
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.