Cafe Capriccio

4.8
1447 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1447 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.7
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4.6
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipfoodies
Baltimore
45 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was very good service excellent

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vipJp518
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Would have been nice if wait staff told us about the specials. After we ordered and were eating we heard the wait staff telling other diners about the specials and they sounded delicious. We most definitely would have ordered one of the specials. Not a big deal but when you haven’t eaten out in over a year a little disappointing. The food we did have was excellent

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vipKathryn
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant. Lovely owners and staff. First time in person dining since October, but have ordered take out throughout the pandemic. Franco and Jim weren’t there, but Carly came by to say hello and staff was very efficient and welcoming, as always!

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Bryan
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining there. Very good food and staff! Will be back.

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vipBeth
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place.

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vipHappydiner
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s now our go to place Friday evening to start our weekend on a great note! The food is consistently wonderful and so are the cocktails! It’s almost like a little celebration!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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vipHappydiner
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. They had a new appetizer this week which was crepes with sausage and it was fabulous!
Could have made a dinner just of that. But, I love their lasagna and that was also available. And the perfectly made Manhattan made it an evening of joy!

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RobbieS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beyond excellent. They never disappoint. Food and service are top notch.

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Paula
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tried something new for me - Boscaiola - with lumache pasta. All I can say is WOW! Decadent and delicious! Can’t wait for my next visit already. Always an A+ meal!! Thank you.

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GlutenFreeFoodie
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderfully consistent food each time I visit this restaurant!

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DawningG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice birthday dinner! We enjoyed the food and service.

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Notfoody
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I am not what you would consider a food snob, so the dinner may have been lost on me. The food itself was okay, nothing special, no issues, just the overall value was not great.

Not in a rush to return, there are other restaurants which I find a better value.

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JoanneC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly and accommodating staff, food was delicious and I travel an hour to dine here

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent. One of the few times I have gone out to eat and been happy to pay the bill. We were completely satisfied. It was a great night out. I will be eating there again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was just great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. To be recommended

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GlutenFreeFoodie
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am new to the area and I spend a lot of time eating out. This is by far the best restaurant in the Albany area. Both service and food are incredible.

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vipBeth
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous night out with a friend who was in town. We have not been in several years but knew it would fit the bill for excellent food and cozy, neighborhood feeling. Unfortunately we had an 8:45 reservation and they ran out of bread but they took the initiative and put in a pizza for us without us asking. It was wonderful. Our eggplant and ravioli dishes were outstanding, along with the service. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious as always. Its a little pricy but the food is excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! The staff really know the menu and how the food is prepared.

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dmoney
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such an amazing restaurant. Maybe the best in Albany. A lovely place, experienced, friendly waitstaff and the best Italian food for miles around.

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vipHappydiner
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special places with wonderful food they make themselves including the bread! The staff are friendly, helpful and attentive.

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MichaelL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food, amazing service. can't wait to go back!

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AdrienneIiq
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal enjoyed by all in our party! My husband was delighted to spend his 50th birthday at Cafe Capriccio as it never disappoints!

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Seafoodfan1
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Server was overwhelmed. Got our drink order wrong. My pasta dish was supposed to include broccoli. I couldn’t get her attention so I just ate it anyway. Stressful. I felt sorry for her, and was relieved to finish and leave

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vipHappydiner
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They make all of their own pasta, bread, sausage, etc.! And you can taste the attention to the detail. Every meal is a treat and the staff are warm, friendly and attentive.

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Jpcgolfer
New England
21 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The pizza is to die for!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always

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Nick
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious. Authentic Italian food that makes you feel like you’re sitting Nanna’s table. Get the meatball and eggplant as an appetizer.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was grea

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and friendly staff!

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DonaldV
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Cafe is one of our favorite restaurants. That said it’s always great. This time something was different! We were seated right away, good
Our waitress was friendly and took our order promptly. The surprising thing was she Never came back to table after food served and asked us how is meal!! I was looking for this because both our meals were cool, warm at best !! Food should be served HOT

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Becca
SW Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Fantastic pasta and cake! Cappuccino was amazing! Best Italian place in Albany that I’ve been to 😊

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JoanA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We went for Valentines Day. It just wasn’t a good fit for us. Very lovely, historic restaurant. Just a bit too quiet for us.

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RhiannonL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere for Valentine’s Day!

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vipHappydiner
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great, servers are friendly, drinks are well made, and did I mention the food is GREAT! It's my place to go for Italian food in Albany.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything I ordered on the menu was available and excellent. My colleague wanted Fernet-Branca, but the bar was out of stock or does not typically stock it.

There were a few things no longer available after the weekend services, and probably also due to pandemic planning.

Lastly, I believe there was a bit of a Pop/Motown playlist going on. There was a speaker seemingly aimed at our table so it seemed louder than it may have been for the crowd size. It was a little odd for traditional fine dining Italian and the decor of the restaurant.

These are picky things. Otherwise, I love the place no less and am very glad to see how you’ve weathered the pandemic!

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vipUWSide
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Lovely ambiance! Beautiful old style decor. Good old style Italian food. Overpriced

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Koupe
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This little hole in the wall never disappoints. Parking can be difficult for those that are not used to city parking but don’t let that deter you from this fantastic restaurant. The food always tastes fresh and seems to be prepared with care. Daily specials are less exotic because of covid lately, but still seasonal , fresh, and delicious. The waitstaff is knowledgable, friendly, and efficient. It can be pricey, but if you want an excellent meal from start to finish don’t hesitate to book a reservation.

FAQs

Cafe Capriccio offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (518) 465-0439.

Cafe Capriccio is rated 4.8 stars by 1447 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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