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Il Capriccio
Il Capriccio

Il Capriccio Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilcapricciowaltham.com/
  • Email: ilcapriccio@msn.com
  • Phone: (781) 894-2234
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Richard Barron
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Il Capriccio offers a number of options for small private parties. We have a downstairs room that seats up to 10 guests, a back room that seats up to 12 guests and a front room that accommodates up to 30 guests. We normally reserve private parties on weekday evenings only.
  • Private Party Contact: Nahatai Harris (781) 894-2234

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Prospect St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Il Capriccio shares a parking lot with Gordon's Wine & Liquors. If that lot is full you may park in the Hannaford Supermarket Lot on the side adjacent to the Bank of America. Please do not park in the Bank of America parking lot. You will be towed.
A word from Il Capriccio
Il Capriccio serves a constantly changing Northern Italian menu featuring local products with an award winning Italian wine and Grappa list. Though long considered a local secret, Il Capriccio has been the number one Northern Italian restaurant in Zagat's for the past seven years. The wine list has been featured in Decanter, Sante, Wine & Spirits and Stuff. The same menu is served in the Bar. We like to serve great food and great wine in a comfortable setting.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "Il Capriccio has long been my favorite restaurant in Boston. This experience further confirms it."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "They do everything to perfection here. The menu is wonderful and the service extraordinary in an elegant setting. Grilled peppercorn swordfish is outstanding."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Good food (though I do have to say that one of the people in our party had swordfish that was a bit too fishy to be fresh). This is our second time coming and everything else was great. We'll be back to give it another try."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I hadn't been here in many years, thought I'd give it another try. It was okay. Fairly unremarkable."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "My family and I have been dining here for years. It is always a wonderful experience. The food and staff are fabulous."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "For some reason I always wanted to dine at Il Capricio, but for some unexplained reason never went until now. Lets just say I have been missing out on a true gem of an Italian Restaurant. And I definitely will be returning."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Why go in to boston when you have great reataurants like this. Superb dinner and the service was outstanding. Have not been there in a few years ( not sure why) we'll be back soon"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "An extraordinary meal, seasoned perfectly to enhance but not overwhelm the fresh ingredients. Every bite of every dish was delicious."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Needed a restaurant to have dinner with a business associate I had not seen in ten years. We needed good food and a quiet place to catch up on each other. By prices of elimination and tin the help of Open Table we found this restaurant. As a result we got exactly what we wanted. While our goal was not gray food, we both knew the food was great and commented on each course. We had a seat in a quiet corner and were left alone to talk without being ignored - not an easy thing to do. It was only when we got up to leave that we realized we were the last people in the place and must have been for a while. No one came over to urge us along either. What a surprise. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "I've been absent from Il Capriccio for some time and must admit that I have missed it badly. My recent visit was everything I was hoping for: good food, good wine, good service. It is one of few places where I have difficulty making up my mind about food and wine - I like everything!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We had not been here in awhile, even though we love it. As always, we had a fantastic dinner. The food is wonderful. The service was very good, although we did not see our waitress for most of the meal. I hope we will be back again soon--this is, without question, one of the very best west of Boston."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "What a great night out. Food was outstanding. Super wine. The best desert! 100% going back!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "great food, everyone item we ordered was perfectly done. nice decor, great to have off street parking."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Excellent food and good service. We will definitely come back and will advice friends to go there"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I had the pleasure of dining at Il Capriccio, a superb gem for Italian dining, a most enjoyable experience. Greeted by very friendly personnel & seated immediately. The wait staff was attentive & most helpful with our selections. The Souffle di Porcini was delicious as were the Wild Mushroom Risotto, Fettuccine Bolognese & Braised Shredded Shortrib on Polenta The quality was superb, a generous portion & reasonable price. Lemon Mousse/Candied Lemon Rind, a perfect ending for a delicious meal. Delightful atmosphere & unique setting. Having dined in fine restaurants in Singapore, Sydney, N. Africa, Spain, Canada & UK, my compliments to the chef & wait staff & would recommend Il Capriccio for an enjoyable & memorable dining experience."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Based on reputation, I expected memorable dishes and an outstanding dinner experience. That did not happen. Service was spotty and aloof - acceptable at a lesser establishment, but not up to par for fine dining. Il Capricio seems to be operating under the delusion that it is 5 star restaurant, when in reality it is just a good restaurant among many mediocre restaurants."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I returned to Il Capriccio after many years to meet a friend from out of town. It is convenient to 128; they take reservations; and the meal, service and ambience are all outstanding. Many menu items offer a split portion, which we find very appealing. I will return again soon!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Had quite possibly the best piece of fish I have ever had. Very friendly staff and the Bartender steered me towards a great white wine to compliment my fish."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Il Capriccio is a gem. If you like consistently great food, interesting & varied menu options, excellent wine selections, impeccable service and comfortable surroundings, this neighborhood restaurant delivers. My wife and I love to eat at a bar, sample 3 or 4 interesting appetizers, imbibe in a glass of wine and never leave disappointed, this is the place. We love Il Capricco. It's always satisfying."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Outstanding food and wine, but pricey. I assume the "noise level" ranking of energetic can be interpreted as noisy. which it was when tables were full, making conversation a bit difficult. Will go again, nonetheless."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This is the best, most consistent upper level restaurant in the Boston area bar none. We keep trying the others, including the new restaurants...but come back to Il Cappricio for the best menu, best prepared, best ingrediants, best wine,best service and most consistent. How they have kept this up over 15 years while others crash and burn is a bit of a mystery, but they do."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Dined with my wife and two teenage children on a busy Saturday evening. The food was good in a solid but not spectacular way. The appetizers (tuna tartare, calamari, shrimp fritters were all good but maybe a little overpriced for the presentation. Secondi portion size were generous. My duck was done perfectly as was the veal. The Bolognese was a bit smoky for our personal preference. Service was good, not obtrusive and no lapses even though it was a very busy night. The wine list seemed to have good values. Despite being crowded and sometimes loud, there seemed little energy in the place and a cold draft (alternating with occasional heat) blew over us much of the evening. But overall nothing to really complain about."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Started at the bar. Great bartender! Asked for Pinot Grigio. "We don't carry Pinot Grigio." What?? Who doesn't carry Grigio??went to our table. Prices were high but we knew that ahead. Waiter was wonderful! I ordered scallops and monkfish for $32. Literally, I received three (3) regular sized scallops set in a triangle trying to fill the empty plate. In the middle was what seemed like a small blob of mashed potato and one single tiny piece of broccoli. It couldn't have been monkfish. I was starving when I left. Menu should specify 3 scallops only for $32."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We have enjoyed for fourteen years!! Always excellent!"
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "This was a business dinner and we arrived early. The hostess took our coats and provided coat numbers while we stood by the bar to order cocktails. Bartender was attentive but did not interrupt the flow of our conversation. The only down side is a TV was mounted at the end of the bar which distracts from the ambiance. We were seated at the only round table and enjoyed excellent service and outstanding food. We shared an appetizer of calamari stuffed calamari and clams, tuna tartar and fritters. All delicious. The Beet salad was generous; main courses included gnocchi with lobster, scallops on bean puree - all outstanding. The full dinner dish was filling. We were not disappointed with the desert menu; espresso was authentic."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "I was visiting family in Waltham and looking for a fine dining experience without the headache of travelling into Boston. Il Capriccio fit the bill. Inconspicuous from the outside, it was beautifully appointed inside. The staff was helpful and friendly. The food was delicious, well prepared, and in perfect portion size. The wine list has something for every budget, and the sommelier was happy to make a recommendation. It was conveniently located, with an on site parking lot, and plenty of on street parking. I will definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Top notch, best wine list for Italian wine in the Northeast."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "In a world where the life span of a restaurant is typically short, Il Capriccio has maintained an extraordinary track record for endurance and quality-, spanning more than a quarter century--unusual for a high end restaurant. Food and service is unfailingly at a high level."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We ate here for the first time on my birthday. The food was fantastic. We shared the steamed PEI mussles appetizer (enough for two people). My husband had the scallop entree, I had the duck breast entree. Both were fantastic. I think the duck was the best I've ever eaten; not dried out and tough. The sauteed veggies were perfect. Everything was well seasoned and nicely presented. For dessert we had the lemon mousse (made with lots of fresh lemon juice), and the chocolate and hazelnut panna cotta. Exquisite. The service was excellent. All in all, one of the best - if not the best - dinner we've had since moving to the Boston area in 2003! We'll be back! P.S. Not a good choice for kids."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Generally this was a good experience. I was disappointed in the main courses. I had the special stuffed Quail. It was moist, but bland. The vegetable was served with a pea pod of some type that wasn't edible The appetizers and deserts were good. The service was very nice and the ambiance pleasant. ."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "We have been to Il Capriccio many times. The food is outstanding, as is the service. The menu has varied choices, which is a plus, and everything is well prepared. The parking lot is shared with a liquor store, but we are usually able to find a space. From the outside the appearance is very plain, but the inside decor is very nice, the restaurant is comfortable, and everything else about the restaurant is great."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The atmosphere is quiet and elegant. The dinner was excellent, by far the best roasted duck I have ever served. Wait staff was efficient and courteous, but not over powering. A wonderful evening ."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "We live a distance, and due to unpredictable traffic, arrived 45 minutes early for our reservation. The restaurant was empty, yet the hostess, instead of welcoming us with open arms, acted as if they might not be able to accomodate us right away. A second hostess, seeing what was happening, came over and we were seated immediately. The meal was superb except that the mushroom risotto was a little too salty. We'll definitely go back!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Excellent all around. Gnocchi and lobster was outstanding .excellent cocktails"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I had a business dinner here and we ordered some nice steamed mussels that were plentiful and cooked to perfection! We followed up with two meals. My associate had the sea scallops on sweet potato puree which he said was perfect. I had the trout which was very tasty and service on lentils. Very healthy dishes and well enjoyed! Nice to see an Italian Restaurant that isn't a carbohydrate overload!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Great food, a server who knew how & when to take care of us, and a wine list with things not normally found outside Italy...how could you go wrong?"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Had a perfect meal at the bar on a recent snowy night (every night seems to be a snowy night) perfect gnocchi and bolognese pasta was to die for."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "I love to bring new people to Il Capriccio's bar for their signature cocktails and great food. Many people prefer the dining room, but I always find the bar to be more comfortable. We sat at one of the bar tables and started with a bunch of appetizers to share (gravlax, mussels, boar sausage panino, etc.) and some of their signature cocktails. My boyfriend is from the south so he always appreciates a good bourbon signature- this happened to be a bourbon, lemon and honey drink that was so good it inspired the signature drink at my last cocktail party. The rest of our meal was amazing and the service impeccable, as always. If you want to impress friends, dates, parents, etc. I highly recommend Il Capriccio. It never disappoints!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Went for belated V-Day dinner. The host was cordial, hung up our coats and quickly had us at our table. We decided to follow their three course menu. I ordered the foie gras, lobster gnocchi and braised shortrib. My lady ordered the calamari, mushroom risotto and the veal tenderloins. The foie gras was overcooked, lobster gnocchi was acceptable and the braised short ribs were unappetizing. My date disliked the calamari, thought the mushroom risotto was great and felt the veal tenderloin was cooked well but was in need of more seasoning. Drinks were good and desert was forgettable. We've had better experiences at other local restaurants. Usually would try again but we sampled enough to know this is not a place to return to. Thanks!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My husband and I had been intrigued about what was behind the doors of Il Capriccio and were delighted at what we found on our first experience! We ventured in, with reservations, to celebrate our birthdays and were warmly welcomed - and happily celebrated. Everything we tried was delicious, from the wines, whiskeys, salad, porcini souffle (a must try!), pasta and veal entrees, and birthday desserts! We will definitely be returning."
    Dined on 2/13/2014