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Cafe Capriccio, Albany, NY

Cafe Capriccio

4.7
4.7
2028 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.


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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Mediterranean, Sicilian
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (518) 465-0439
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Franco Rua
  • Catering
    Catering is available for small or large parties for pick up or for on premise events. Our menu is filled with our classics from our kitchen as well as the elaborate authentic Italian dishes that we serve at our Chef's Table.
  • Private party facilities
    The Cafe has a 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 private room has 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.
  • Neighborhood
    Albany
  • Cross street
    Hamilton St.
  • 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.
  • Entertainment
    Walter and Julia Donnaruma perform jazz on Friday nights.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wine

What 2,028 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Upstate New York

    Italian

  • Capital District

    Best Food

  • Capital District

    Best Value

  • Capital District

    Great for fine wines

  • Capital District

    Romantic

  • Capital District

    Italian

2,030 Reviews
  1. EnGP

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our first time in Albany and we enjoyed the food and waitstaff tremendously! There was a live band playing in the bar area in the next room and they sounded great.

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  2. Bardow

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our entire meal experience was as close to perfect as you could get. We had 2 appetizers, one a deep fried shrimp and fennel, a different and very tasty combo. We each ordered specials, halibut and a veal ragu. The halibut was cooked perfectly and served with a saffron risotto that was creamy and delicious. The ragu was scrumptious. We practically licked our plates clean. For dessert we shared a flourless chocolate cake, another winner. Our main server was knowledgeable but we had others helping out too so service was great. Everything was wonderful about this meal, which was an anniversary gift from our daughter. We plan to return and hope it's just as good.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful celebratory meal. Everything we hoped it would be. Cafe Capriccio is an Albany legend and foodie pleasure. Thank you!

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  4. glendora

    New York City

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An excellent location outside, pleasant space with superb food and service!

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  5. DeeD

    New York City

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Place is very old and dingy, food was excellent. I was going to give it a great review, but once I got to my car after leaving I received a call from the restaurant asking if I liked the food, I said yes, they said well your tip was very low. I apologized and stated to add an extra $10. They text me and stated they will be charging my credit card a total of a $70 tip when I was leaving $45. They called again stating that a party of 5 is a 20% gratuity. We told them , first of all if it’s an automatic gratuity it is usually added to the bill, which it was not, and tip is based on the total bill before taxes. They called a third time to say that the tip will be $65, and the menu states 20% gratuity for parties of 5 or more. Although the food was excellent, I will NOT return. This was extremely rude.

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  6. susanjo

    New York City

    149 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    149 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was in Albany to see my granddaughter play in a lacrosse tournament- so Saturday night after a tough day 1 I took my daughter and granddaughter to dinner at Cafe Capriccio. What a lovely place in a very old building- so many dining rooms. They nicely honored my request for a more quiet table and sat us in a back dining room. Our waitress was fabulous- very informative about the menu and the building. My daughter and I shared a lovely - and not too expensive- bottle of Vermentino while my 16 year old granddaughter had a Shirley Temple- but it was a bottled variety and she loved it! The food was very good- my only slight complaint was that there was too much tomato sauce on my chicken and eggplant sorrento. I'm more accustomed to it with more of a white wine/olive oil sauce but really covered in sauce.Their tomato sauce is excellent but it dominated the dish too much. We finished the meal by sharing one of the best coffee gelatos I've had- here or abroad! If I lived in Albany I would be a regular!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for Father Days dinner with 6 extremely picky characters. Every dinner met everyone's expectations and there was not one complaint .I am looking forward to another beautiful meal .

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  8. Kmp54

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and atmosphere with attentive wait staff

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  9. CorinnaF

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely outdoor patio. Amazing food and wine. Our service was exceptional.

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  10. JenniferD

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hidden gem of a place. Service was outstanding and the food was delicious! From the wine to focaccia bread, salad, fresh pasta & chicken/eggplant cutlets. Limoncello cake to end it was phenomenal! We will definitely be back!

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FAQs

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

Cafe Capriccio is rated 4.7 stars by 2028 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Cafe Capriccio

49 Grand Street, Albany, NY 12207

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Hamilton St.
  • Neighborhood
    Albany
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Mediterranean, Sicilian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • 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.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Franco Rua
  • Entertainment
    Walter and Julia Donnaruma perform jazz on Friday nights.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wine
  • Phone number
    (518) 465-0439
  • Catering
    Catering is available for small or large parties for pick up or for on premise events. Our menu is filled with our classics from our kitchen as well as the elaborate authentic Italian dishes that we serve at our Chef's Table.
  • Private party facilities
    The Cafe has a 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 private room has 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.
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