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Cafe Capriccio

4.7
4.7
1621 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

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • 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

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What 1,621 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Upstate New York

    Best Food

  • Upstate New York

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Upstate New York

    Italian

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  1. FB

    FilomenaB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Restaurant really needs an update? Food is a little expensive for what you get
  2. r

    rr8563

    Memphis/West TN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    kitchen "forgot" my order (group of 5) but wait staff did a quick recovery, with meal comp-ed. Food was delicious...and innovative. We all tipped generously....my portion was the cost of my meal, and wine. Strongly recommend this unique Albany gem.
  3. W

    Wonderful

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food is always excellent and staff are awesome.
  4. K

    Kathleen

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it here, my all time favorite restaurant! The food is ALWAYS exceptional and the staff is amazing! The place has such a great vibe to it, so peaceful
  5. WE

    WynnE

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Even though we increased the party size we were seated joyfully and quickly. Lovely wine, food, service and general ambiance. A favorite spot.
  6. K

    Kathryn

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always expertly prepared. Have been away from indoor dining due to Covid, but was welcomed back and made to feel at home! We’ll be back on a regular basis. Great staff - thanks Carly and Franco!
  7. R

    Renae

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Husband and I went there for our anniversary and we’re not disappointed with the food or service! Will have to go back as there were many menu items we would love to try!
  8. BC

    BrittneyC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant was recommended to be the best Italian in Albany. It did not disappoint. The service was amazing and the food was excellent! The ambiance was very calm and comforting you did not feel like you were in downtown Albany. If you are looking for a quiet/romantic/date night evening I would strongly recommend Cafe Capriccio.
  9. JM

    JulieM

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Four cheese eggplant, beet salad, margarita pizza, cherry cheesecake. Every single dish was perfection. Pleasant friendly staff. Such a pleasant evening that I texted the restaurant link to my daughter.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and service
  11. N

    Nathan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was very good. Bread could have been warmer and the risotto could have been creamier but no major complaints
  12. K

    Kayla

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Cafe Capriccio never misses! We loved our meal and the one member of our party who had never been said it was his favorite meal he'd ever had in Albany. Mushroom "meat" balls are fantastic and we all loved our entrees!
  13. KC

    KellyC

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful evening as always when dining at Cafe Capricco. My cousin had a layover in Albany, and I knew we had to take him to this gem to experience what we have for many years. He was very impressed with the food and said that next time in town, he wants to come back and dine again at Cafe Capricco. We love it here and always look forward to the fabulous dining experience we’ve come to know here. Highly recommend! Thank you to all who make our dining experience the best possible.
  14. MF

    MichelleF

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff is always friendly and welcoming!! Our dinners were amazing!!
  15. S

    Sandy

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were warmly greeted, sat at the perfect table for four of us, after which we had first-class service from start to finish. The food was delicious; beautifully presented and prepared exactly to our liking. There was nothing that we would have changed as the warmth feeling of all the wait staff made one feel as though we were special, invited guests.
  16. BS

    BonitaS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love bringing out-of-town guests here for excellent food and for a “bit of Albany culinary history”. Good wine choices and homemade pasta a real draw!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They open up at 5:00 pm . It was our 25 wedding anniversary. We were greeted at the door and seated right away.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    75th birthday celebration was filled with smiles, good company, good food and good wine! Cozy space for the family to be together!
  19. j

    jonathanb

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great meal! Service and attentiveness was fantastic!
  20. DC

    DanC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent and plentiful ! The waitstaff was extremely knowledgeable of the menu and very helpful in answering questions! Menu was extensive. Can't wait to go back - I have a new favorite ! Parking was great too!
  21. E

    Exceptional

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best restaurant in Albany, year after year. New menu is awesome.
  22. SW

    SaraW

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant since the very beginning. Always love the ambiance, the hip servers, the music (opera, jazz, standards). The knotty pine, so enveloping. And best of all the food -- carefully and creatively prepared but never straying too far from cuisine that is authentic rather than fussy. The best Albany restaurant be far with a devoted and loyal following. Thank you Cafe Capriccio for another memorable night.
  23. MR

    MarciaR

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hadn't been here for many years. Was not disappointed. Food, service, and ambience all excellent.
  24. M

    Meme

    Las Vegas

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Really great food. We look forward to returning.
  25. f

    federicofirenze

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Wonderful service-creative Italian food. Happy experience
  26. JP

    JPNY

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Homemade pasta was delicious!
  27. P

    Paula

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Café Capriccio always so consistently delicious, the red snapper special was amazing, of course the four-cheese eggplant, puttanesca, and my personal favorite, the Boscaiola! Thank you for a wonderful dining experience!!
  28. PD

    PeterD

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    fantastic dining experience. always a great meal. Will definitely go back.
  29. V

    Vally

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's always a special night at Cafe Capriccio. My favorite restaurant in the area. They have the perfect balance of great food and a cozy atmosphere.
  30. B

    Benjamin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was fantastic. Delicious homemade Italian cuisine, excellent service, great quiet little place that reminded my wife of her Italian grandmother's house. 10/10 would recommend to anybody and would absolutely visit again.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was impeccable, the ambiance was casual & cozy and the food was exquisite!!!!
  32. F

    Foodie

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Food was bland and Olive Garden quality
  33. A

    Annk

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love going to Cafe Capriccio for celebrations! The service they provide always make you feel special. And the food is always fantastic. It is easy to see why they are such a favorite in Albany. Will be going again.
  34. CJ

    CelesteJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best Italian restaurants in the Capital Region! Good food, good service.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the staff from the moment you step inside this delicious place, they are warm and welcoming. Food is innovative and always delicious!
  36. MM

    MichaelM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing food and atmosphere. Only complaint was that our appetizers and salads arrived at the same time.
  37. CB

    ChrisB

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Our server wiped her nose with the palm of her hand right in the dining room!so nasty!t
  38. MC

    MikeC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were great. I really enjoyed the eggplant and chicken sorrento. Best I've ever had!
  39. AC

    AngelaC

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    I always get the chicken Francescas and it’s amazing. This time I was very disappointed the flavor just wasn’t there. But as usual our 5 cheese eggplant was outstanding as well as my bfs mushroom ricotta ravioli. And there bread is just amazing also.
  40. RB

    RichardB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was pleasantly impressed with the food, the service and the ambiance. I would definitely recommend it .

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

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 1621 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
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

  • 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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