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Cafe Capriccio

4.8
1394 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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1394 people are saying
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4.8
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4.7
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Cece
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Highly recommend and plan to go back next time we're in the area!

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MichaelM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible experience. Service was amazing. Food was amazing. We will definitely be back!

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AllieR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal! My grandmother really enjoyed celebrating her 80th birthday with the Capriccio staff. Thank you for going above and beyond for her on her special day. It is much appreciated!

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VB17
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Albany. It's my place of choice for special occasions, and a relaxing night out.

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vipTomandDiane
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time!

Great setting - food was top notch and the service was on point.

Start to finish, it was a very nice night!

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Kc31455
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant. Wish the lighting was a little better. The food is top notch. Service is great. We had a good time.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!

Great food and service; can’t wait to go back.

Me and my wife’s anniversary; I dropped off flowers they set up on the table for us. Set us up in the corner booth very special occasion.

The food, appetizers, and drinks were all on point. They may have the best sauce we have ever had. They will not disappoint, whether it is a special occasion or just a dinner out this place is great.

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TomL
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been a customer at Cafe Capriccio since the late 1980s, and it continues to be one of my favorite spots to eat. The eggplant with four cheeses alone makes a trip to Capriccio worth your time. The menu changes often, so you will not get bored. The service is friendly and attentive. I highly recommend Cafe Capriccio.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their demonic steak special was the best steak I have ever had.

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michaeld
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Brilliant destination. They're doing pizza again and it's one of the best I've ever had. Great house made ingredients with a masterful touch. An oasis of quality especially during these crazy times.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic Canada
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and the service were excellent. The neighborhood is a little sketchy, but there is parking right outside.

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MelanieM
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the intimacy, the attention, the overall ambience. Felt like a great neighborhood restaurant, old school Italian, and just joyful!

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Bird
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Better Mask Wearing technique by waitress would have been better.

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AlexandriaW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I had a lovely date night here. The food was just fantastic, everything we had was on point delicious! We’ll be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fresh baked bread, homemade pasta, and homemade pizza dough! Need I say more? This was my first time coming here and I was blown away by the quality of the food and how delicious and tasty everything was! Service was outstanding as well! I highly recommend coming here!

JM
JoanneM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always awesome, comfortable, and enjoyable...and super food!

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vipwhcjr
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, excellent

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vipJlopp
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best in town.

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KellyN
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Perfect wine pairing and appetizer suggestions from Jen! A true Albany gem!!!

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vipPeteyb
New England
21 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have had dinner here a half dozen times in the past three years. The food has been consistently excellent and so has the service. Go for the meatballs, the pizza and the red sauce. Pasta always fresh!

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vipFrankT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was fantastic.

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Disappointing
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Have dined here many times before over the years and generally found it to be very good overall. Unfortunately, we had one of the most mediocre meals ever this time. I ordered the chicken eggplant sorento, which is usually my favorite because chicken thighs are used instead of the breast, which I find dry and lacking flavor. My dish was served with a chicken breast, and no mention was made of the change in person or on the menu. I ate it bit should have retruned it. It was dry and not what I ordered. Then for my second glass of wine I ordered the house red. Apparently, it's called famiglia. Instead of asking to clarify my order, I was brought a glass of a dark red wine. I asked what it was because it didn't look like the house red. I was told it was a pinot noir. When I clsrified that I ordered the house red, we figured it was the famiglia red. Instead of attempting to correct the order, the waiter told me that I'd like it much better. Again, I should have sent it back, but drank it instead even though I do not like pinot noir, or I would have ordered it. It is too dry and biting for my taste. Chainti would have been mych better as far as I'm concerned. The bread wasn't fresh. The ravioli special was not very good since the pasta and filling were like mush with little flavor, and certainbly not worth the price when you can cook store bought ravioli at home that taste better at a fraction of the cost, and at least drink what you want with your meal. Nothing was particularly good. Everything was average at best. Couldn't even prepare dishes properly, get the order straight, or care enough to correct it. I usually don't leave reviews, and particularly don't like leaving negative ones, but someone there should straighten things out before you lose your repeat customers.

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JamesA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be back, EXCELLENT as usual !!..Great compliance with current situation..Thanks to all...

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Mark
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is always next to none. I can honestly say I’ve never had a bad meal here. The flavor is incredible, it does not matter what you get, it’s always going to taste better here! Fresh and delicious, consistently!

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BarryV
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Cafe Capriccio is an outstanding place to eat. Great service, and the food is always excellent. We always enjoy coming, and we will always be back.

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Betty
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed the meal but wished there had been a few more selections. Although I understand that could have been due to just reopening.

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Happy
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

As always, a delight. However, I think they have changed the puttanesca recipe? Didn’t seem as flavorful to me or as stewed as in the past. I had the feeling that the sauce had been assembled as opposed to having been simmered for a while as it should be.

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MichelleC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service! We will be back!

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BrendanM
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place in the Capital Region to take your other half. We had such a nice dinner. Thanks to the staff for being so accommodating. Awesome place to build memories.

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RickF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was made with the Italian tradition. Excellent flavor and taste. Great staff as always. Will continue to dine here

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StevenW
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Without doubt the best Italian restaurant in ALbany, maybe the best restaurant period. Jim and his staff are magic, the eggplant and veal cheeks were the best I ever had. Would not hesitate to go back or recommend to friends.

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ClaudiaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and wine were delicious!! The ambience was very relaxing and Jen the wait staff she Was very friendly informative! I Look forward to returning !!!
Thank you !

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything went well and we enjoyed our dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had friends up from NYC and were looking to catch up over dinner. Our booth was the perfect place to do just that. As it happened, we each ordered a different entree. All were delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal as always, Jen was our server and she continues to be amazing every time we go there. I highly recommend this establishment.

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DavidL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, left totally satisfied. This has become for me a guarantee!

JC
JeffC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was only our second time at Cafe Capriccio. Both times awarded us with the ability to catch up with friends in an atmosphere of relaxation, comfort and the feeling that we were home. Our servers were very respectful of our privacy; at the same time watchful of our needs. The food was incredible both times. We will return again.

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DocW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I ate here with four colleagues the other night and the food was amazing - again.

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Jerry
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very consistent value service at a high level Have attended here for 20 years It changes little and the ownership remains familial.

MW
MelanieW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as usual. Tried chocolate cake from new pastry chef. Awesome

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 1394 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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