Cafe Capriccio

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$30 and under
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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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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 5:30PM

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J
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

P
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an excellent dinner. Both my wife and I were extremely satisfied with the meal and service.

RB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, old school charm
Will definitely go back

MA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner at Cafe Capriccio on Saturday evening was nothing less than perfect. Upon walking in, the glorious smell of garlic was wafting through the atmosphere, and we knew we were home. Our waitress, Kateri, was charming, kind and just the right kind of helpful. Our meals were outstanding, and the wine complemented our dinners quite well. Always satisfied, we look forward to our return.

g
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love this place it’s been a staple in the neighborhood for years. Jen and Emma are the best! And the music in the bar which is live is so classy

LR
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding and superb service
Thank You

MW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lane and staff are very friendly. Food is always excellent

PM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most consistent and delicious Albany restaurant. Just love coming here always.

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had six people who ordered a variety of meals. Everyone agreed the food was exceptional.

KS
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

awesome, awesome, awesome... food was fantastic, drinks were delicious!

GA
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is wonderful fine dining. We've been here three times when we come to town and never disappointed. Wonderful food and service is fantastic.

AG
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Waitstaff was excellent in recommendations and modifications to menu items. Both meat eaters and vegetarians were happy!

MB
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magnificent experience. I will be coming back to try other meals. Our waitress was very good and attentive to our needs.

NA
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Hidden away, filled with locals. A rare find! Near the Times Union Center and the downtown area. The food was excellent.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect

MS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe capriccio was delicious! The appetizers, main course, and dessert were all spectacular. Service was excellent. Highly recommend as a place to entertain clients or take a date! Quaint authentic experience.

KK
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very old time Italian feeling. The food was absolutely fantastic! They have a nice selection of wine and liquor plus their desserts change daily! Surprisingly affordable and all of the staff were friendly

N
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Scallops were cooked to perfection.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Friends from all over the state meeting at the capitol tomorrow. Great way to relax after a long drive. Handy to the Marriott.

SD
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Pasta and accompanied sauce awesome. Unfortunately my friend’s osso buco came out luke warm

EL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous hole in the wall , classy Italian restaurant in Albany. Too bad I live in NYC. Would be a regular if I could.
Conveniently located in downtown Albany.
Highly recommend.

DM
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I ordered a pasta dish with eggplant and there had to be a few scraps of eggplant in the dish- very disappointed with an overpriced dish of noodles.

KW
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

My husband’s pasta was not cooked enough. So we sent it back. When it came back out it still wasn’t cooked all the way. He likes it al dente, but it was not even cooked to that. My eggplant was delicious.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic and the service was excellent ! Would return again

C
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, cozy restaurant. Outstanding food and service. Worth the trip.

A
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been here several times, it never disappoints.

J
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

At the restaurant for New Years Eve. The only problem with the Prix Fixe menu was trying to decide what to have. My wife and I made sure to order different items for each course so we could sample more of the superb menu items

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went for NYE Dinner. The dinner was 5 courses and absolutely everything we ordered was amazing! The waiter had a great personality and was very helpful with menu selections. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a great Italian restaurant and will definitely go back. We were wondering how we have never been there before!!

CW
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant never disappoints--from the incredibly delectable food, to the personable, highly attentive and knowledgeable waitstaff--you can't go wrong!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, excellent food. We ordered the risotto and pesce specials and they were outstanding. Appetizers did not disappoint. We will continue to patronize this restaurant. We have never had a bad meal there. Highly recommend this restaurant.

R
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

There seemed to be some initial confusion regarding who was servicing our table. We had multiple staff bringing water, asking about drinks, etc., but all were friendly. The food was fantastic, and the location is perfect if you’re seeing a show at the Times Union Center.

DD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner here before a show at the Times Union Center. The food was delicious and the service was very timely.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service were great as always! My only “complaint”, if you can call it that, was that we requested to be near another party of 8 and we were in completely separate rooms. I understand that there were a lot of large parties though which made it difficult. I just felt the seating could have been planned better because many other big groups all left shortly after we sat down. I had tried to call to book a table for 16, but was greeted by a voicemail every time that told me to make the reservation online. Open Table wouldn’t let me book a table for 16 so I split it up into 2 parties of 8 figuring we’d at least be able to sit near one another. We love it here and will most definitely be back!

I
New York Area
131 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner here prior to a concert at the Times Union. The staff worked as a team to provide excellent service. We shared the meatballs as an appetizer. They were moist and the gravy was savory. The home made bread, ravioli and risotto were delicious. We finished dinner with time to spare and we never felt rushed.

J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always. Wonderful food and terrific service. The best place in town!

GN
New England
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a dinner business meeting. We sat in a booth by the bar, it was a warm, comfortable, casual setting. Our server, Kittery was great and food was really good. Looking forward to returning someday soon.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great night. Outstanding service. However the Ragu Napolitano sauce was a bit burnt. Had it 10!days ago and was outstanding. Just a bad batch.

J
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great and the service excellent

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We would highly recommend Cafe Capriccio. The food, wine and the staff were outstanding. Looking forward to our next dinner there.

R
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Food in Albany and the service is amazing. Feels like home m.

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