Il Capriccio
Il Capriccio

Il Capriccio

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilcapricciowaltham.com/
  • Phone: 7818942234
  • 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 7818942234

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.
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Il Capriccio reviews from OpenTable diners
158 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (112)fit for foodies (111)neighborhood gem (92)notable wine list (85)romantic (59)good for groups (25)vibrant bar scene (9)hot spot (5)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Best Italian in Boston!!
    BordeauxBuffVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is a hidden gem in the MetroWest burbs.....have been dining here for years....never disappointed. The menu and wine list are of constant innovation; never a dull moment, and the service is tops as well. If you're looking for a one of a kind Italian experience, skip the big city and head to the burbs for this gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent overall experience!
    CCMD
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My guest and I enjoyed a European dining experience. We hadn't seen each other in a long time and had a lot to talk about. They could tell so they left us alone. The waiter was very nice and offered good suggestions. I have some food sensitivities and was happy hear that the entrée I wanted had no garlic in it. I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    joanne
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    This is my go-to place for after work dinners and dinner with "girlfriends". Service is efficient and knowledgeable, the food is great, and I love the variety of appetizers, small plates and mains.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best restaurant
    SonnyVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Il Capriccio is the best restaurant in the Boston area. It is a gem. Richard is the best chef in Boston and one of the most creative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Il Capriccio was superb
    BillA
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I had dear friends from abroad to entertain and wanted an upscale restaurant that would impress them (they are very cosmopolitan) and have an ambiance suitable for a conversation. Our evening at Il Capriccio was terrific. Each of the four of us had seafood appetizers and entrees. The former included tuna tartare, mussels, calamari and gravlax, while the latter included swordfish, trout, a cod dish, and a lobster/pasta dish. We ended up sharing everything and all enjoyed each dish. We were so full that we shared two desserts - a lemon mousse and an apple pastry with ice cream - also both delicious. Service was very attentive without being intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gourmet Italian
    SlingerlandsFoodie
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We have been dining at Il Capriccio off and on since it opened decades ago. We last ate there on a trip to Boston (we live in Upstate New York) on Columbus Day weekend. The food is spectacular and reliably consistent. It would be hard to find a more comprehensive wine list. And, the sommelier, Jason, is expert at matching wine with food selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    bostondiner123
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This was one of the best meals we have ever had, the food was phenomenal. The decor seemed a little dated, but the food more than made up for it. Great service as well, we had a great dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience
    Bill
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    This is a great restaurant with great food, service and atmosphere. I brought my cousins here from out of town and they absolutely loved everything about the place. You will not be disappointed, if you choose to visit this place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inventive, delicious food
    KensBarbie
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We were staying in Waltham while on college visits with our son. We tried Il Capriccio based on TripAdvisor ratings. No wonder it is at the top of the list! Everything our party ordered was absolutely delicious, in particular the Porcini mushroom souffle (to die for!), the duck confit risotto and the figs wrapped in speck. Our only regret was that we were too full to order dessert. Excellent service as well. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular dinner!
    bader929
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I took my boyfriend out for his birthday dinner here with a small group of friends. Everything was spectacular. They sprinkled happy birthday confetti on the table- festive and fun. Sommelier was incredibly knowledgeable about the wines, & we chose a wonderful red, which is a new favorite. Everyone's dinner was perfect. I ordered the chicken snitzel - very tasty breadcrumb that was crunchy on the outside, juicy chicken on the inside. My boyfriend ordered the lamb osso bucco which was perfect. They brought a sinfully delicious chocolate cake for the birthday boy, with happy birthday and artwork made out of chocolate. Gorgeous! I can't say enough good things about the service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We went back to Il Capriccio and enjoyed the great service & food. The risotto was delicious, as was the lamb osso bucco, figs with gorgonzola & prosciutto, pasta w fresh tomato, garlic, & shrimp, & salads. The staff remembered us and teased us about "bumping up" to the main restaurant as we often prefer the less formal bar area, where the same menu is served. Excellent wine by the glass, strong coffee w/ biscotti...we were glad to be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quality all around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Il Capriccio served excellent food using fresh, quality ingredients and masterful execution. Service was excellent; professional and personable. I look forward to returning for another great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Il Capriccio is one of the best restaurants around. The food is excellent. The service is superb. This restaurant has the best Italian wine selection in MA. In 34 years, Il Capriccio has really figured out how to deliver a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    A terrific experience all around!!! Great service excellent food and great wine
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner with Gramma
    westonmomVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Our reservation was 530P on Saturday - we were seated immediately and noise level was quiet. As the dining room became busy, the noise was more energetic. Food was good; we ordered bread and asked for butter to come with it. We had to remind them to bring the butter. The bread was cold. It wouldn't have hurt to heat it a little - same thing with the next basket. Wine by the glass was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as always
    dineratSPH
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Consistently Great on all criteria. Nothing more to say
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oppi328VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Il Capriccio is our favorite restaurant! We went with another couple this time, and everyone enjoyed their food. Two of us got the mixed green salad, we had a an octopus appetizer, we had a small pasta appetizer, and we had a fig and burrata cheese appetizer. All were delicious! For entrees, one of us got the duck, one of us got the chicken schnitzel with a fried egg on top, and the other two of us got the ribeye steak with fresh vegetables. For dessert, we had home made mint chip ice cream and lemon mousse which is the signature dessert of the restaurant. We highly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waiter in a bad mood?
    ER325VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great meal. Sloppy, inattentive and at times downright rude service. We are at Il Capricio frequently and have never experienced anything quite like this. Will return but warily.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The usual excellence.
    jamesVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Another wonderful experience dining at Il Capriccio. We've gone to this gem of a place for many years, since it was a pleasant hole-in-the-wall around the corner on Prospect Street with occasional wine-tasting dinners, with wines from specific vineyards along with representatives to answer questions. It has always been excellent under Richie's chefdom, and last night's meal was no exception. This is, IMO, one of the consistently top picks in the Boston area. Whereas the atmosphere/ambience has always been very comfortable, the recent remodeling has lightened and opened-up the feeling. I approve of the change. You can always expect great food, a great choice of fine wines, excellent service, and a fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Perfectly dressed salad fresh from the garden! The most amazing bolognese lasagna and an outstanding lemon mousse. BRAVO!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • High End dining
    robt
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The place to go for a high end dining experience. Everything is well done and it is not even among the most expensive. Wonderful appetizers and an extensive menu. Most people will need help with the wine list which is large. They were very helpful with that.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful, again
    BODandBOW
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The staff helped make my husband's birthday dinner a wonderful occasion. The food and service were both excellent. Between wine, appetizers, entrees and dessert there wasn't a single wrong note. I only wished we lived closer so that we could visit more than once or twice a year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful on a birthday
    MaisieSeattle
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great crimini soufflé, and warm and inviting environment and service to celebrate an occasion. A wonderful find in the burbs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrating a birthday
    clcb
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Guest of honor in her 90s loves Il Capriccio and the food which never fails to be wonderful. Asked for a quiet table and were very comfortable. Staff advice is always spot on. A very special spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and Classic
    TMEO
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    My husband and I ate here for our last official "date night" before our first child arrives in our lives. It was romantic without being over the top. We could hear each other talk and enjoyed the food, service, ambiance and the overall experience. The prices were just right for the occasion, as well. Only drawback was we could hear the conversations near us and at times it was hard to NOT overhear our neighbors. Still, a nice way to spend an evening dining out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Attentive staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Are at Il Cappricio for our 47tg wedding anniversary. Staff made special efforts to seat us at an excellent table, and provided biscotti with candles and decoration to note the occasion. Excellent food and nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Continue to be impressed with this restaurant. Food is always great, and the service is wonderful. This visit I asked the sommelier for some help with the wine list and he listened to me and recommended a great wine. And with no prompting from me, at a moderate price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • globetrotter
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I have dined in fine restaurants all over the world. This one ranks very high in my experience. The service was courteous and prompt, the food superb. I would recommend Il Capriccio enthusiastically to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprisingly good
    ShavanahVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Although difficult to find, once you're inside you are pleasantly surprised. The dining area is quaint. We were seated in a corner and it was a bit tight. The servers were very attentive. I had the chicken schnitzel and it was very delicious. The chicken was moist, yet had the right amount to crunch on the outside (breading wasn't soggy). The accompanying spatzle was slightly dense which was good. The fried egg was lovely, cooked perfectly. Overall a good dine.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    . Several small rooms meant quiet dining. Excellent food and service
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The staff makes it!
    1serialdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    From the moment we're greeted by the hostess, Liz, to the help with wine selections by Susan, and if we're lucky Vinnie is around with a smile, to catching a glimpse of the kitchen, or an after dinner drink at the bar, we love everyone! The refreshed interior is a nice change. The wine list always feels a bit overwhelming, but the staff are greatly knowledgable and their selections in the front are helpful! I will continue to try to get there at every opportunity!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent experience, as usual.
    GeorgeVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We have dined there many times, and the food is always excellent, and the service is very accommodating. The only negative is the parking lot which is shared with a liquor store, but this is managable. Overall, highly recommended.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best in Waltham
    BackbaydinerVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I believe that this is the best food offered in Waltham!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always perfect
    MattVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    My company has an office in Waltham, so we eat here quite a bit. No matter when I come or what we eat the meal is always perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than many in the North End
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Choose this restaurant because of location as my daughter was moving to Waltham and wanted to get to know the town a bit. Unassuming storefront on Main St, but the food was excellent throughout - from the figs with burrata to the lobster risotto all was high quality and beautifully prepared. Good wine list focused on Italy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    too salty. even asked for low sodium / no added salt beforehand.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Oppi328VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Il Capriccio is an outstanding restaurant! They just updated their decor, and it looks wonderful! The food and service are fabulous! We ate zucchini flowers, burrata and figs, caprese salad, and we both ordered the amazing rib eye steak with fresh vegetables and white beans! We love this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular food start to finish
    Hufflehobbit
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The meal was simply perfect. No dish was less than excellent; everything except the pasta was downright revelatory. Many combinations of flavors that we would never have expected to work together but which came together to be greater than the parts. Altogether wonderful, we'll be returning. And best of all, some of the flavor inspiration we expect to be able to use at home for our own cooking, which is often not the case at high-end restaurants.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-so
    myluckybreak
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Noisy, overpriced and crowded... Food was good but have had better in other places Definitely not worth the extravagant bill received in the end...
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinning Excellence
    GreggHamlin
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We always look forward to our time at Il Capriccio... Every interaction with the staff is a dinning experience and is always pleasant and xes from years if experience. The food is always excellent and the service is always well done ;-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.