Cafe Capriccio

4.8
1514 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.

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 1514 people are saying
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foodandtraveladventures
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We took a chance on a recommendation from our hotel for Cafe Capricious, and we were so glad we did. What a delightful delicious dinner. Nice wines by the glass-fresh tasty salads and then I ordered the house made burrata ravioli with a tomato cream sauce-absolutely one of the gest pasta dishes i have ever had. Hubby had the house made Puttanesca and it was layers of flavor. Highly recommend this restaurant. Nice helpful bartender who also makes the yummy Cheesecake.

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Gsay
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful every time we eat there

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time! Fabulous food! Loved the atmosphere and service!

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vipHappydiner
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always! The scallops and sausage appetizer was great and of course their homemade ravioli is special!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loveliest dinner I have had in a long time!

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vipHappydiner
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were both outstanding and memorable! The special pizza for the evening was delicious and made a great appetizer to share! Oh, and the Manhattans are fabulous!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch cuisine

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MarilynB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, warm, friendly atmosphere. I love the feel of the place, and the food is always interesting and delicious! A true gem!

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vipJohnW
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An old school Italian restaurant with some interesting takes on classic dishes. Everything is done very well and the servers were a delight. Found this place on Open Table as we are traveling through Albany. Very pleasantly surprised.

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AnnZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Service was great and they made excellent recommendations! Can’t wait to eat there again!

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Senghe06
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal, wonderful servers and cozy atmosphere!

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AsherH
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great restaurant! I had an amazing time with the waiting staff and the whole atmosphere was friendly. My ONLY complaint, which is quite negligible by itself, is that we got asked if we were ready to order 3 times in the span of about a minute, if the waiting staff could be a bit more in tune with each other that would top the whole place off.
Not that big of a deal though, great place!

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JVRV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t go wrong at Cappriccio….food always outstanding.

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MicheleB
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Local, fresh and homemade. Loved it!! Service very attentive. Very personable!!

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vipRobertF
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined here many times. In our top 3 favorite Italian restaurants.
We appreciate the small family owned places. Jennifer is often our server. She’s outstanding. Courteous, good energy, offers good suggestions in food and wine. Her and her team are attentive, but not overly.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time as always!

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vipJeff
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Time does change things. I was not happy years ago with the service at this place though the food was always good. But, this time service was excellent and the food seemed to taste better because of it! The ambience in this brownstone located venue has always brought fond memories (of NYC) and a kind of warmth that is hard to come by in many of the newer mall located establishments.

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ThomasC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Apps, entrees, dessert, wine, and service were all excellent. Can't wait to return!

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KyleA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Everything here was very good except for our appetizer. We ordered fried artichokes. They arrived cold and with burn marks on them. These were clearly pre-fried and reheated under a broiler. I expected freshly prepared food, especially for a deep fried dish. Other than that, it was great, one of the few places to get fresh pasta and chicken sorrento.

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KevinW
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as usual; food prepared extremely well.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing

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vipDiannaW
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Super good service and the food was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant ever! We’ve been going there for over 20 years and have never been disappointed.

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Tony
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been visiting Cafe Capriccio since @1983 for special personal events and for the best possible meals to be found anywhere. We being family members and friends with us when possible. This week we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. Cafe Capriccio on the agenda as always, and, fabulous, as always.
Tony G

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joycem
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time and excellent food. My son and I really enjoyed our dinner and the exceptional service.
Would highly recommend to people visiting Albany.

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MimiL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu never gets stale. New dishes to experience each time we go. Always fresh and prepared to perfection

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Umberto
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A charming, intimate urban restaurant featuring authentic Italian favorites and freshly made pasta.

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LaurenM
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The food was good and the servers were very attentive and knowledgeable. I do want to point out that the restaurant is not located in a nice part of Albany and the parking for it is awful.

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EricB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of the things that the pandemic has done is to make me realize the difference between eating out when you are just tired and when you really want a special experience of food. Cafe Capriccio is that experience, particularly as compared with other very so-so offerings in the Albany Capital District area.
This was a special occasion so I knew we would spend some $$ and fortunately I am able to do that. I am quite willing to spend some $$ on something special infrequently than wasting the same or much more $$ on more frequent stuff where I could do better at home and support local sources.

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vipClassic
New England
69 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Capriccio was busy on a Sunday early evening. They have been in business for over 40 years with a single owner. Once you get through the worn front door and narrow hallway, it feels like you are in Italy. The pastas and sauces are all homemade made and fresh. All the servers are professional and clearly love the food. Albany is over an hour away from our home, but next time we are in Albany we will definitely come back.

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SoHaGal
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the kind of restaurant where you’d expect to see Loretta Castorini dining. A unique experience.

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vipGlenP
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Just a fantastic meal all around. Overall the food is both sophisticated but comforting at the same time. A perfect balance. Bravo!
From the beginning the service is top notch. They work in a team so you never feel you are waiting. The servers are quick to share specials and answer any questions.
If you like specialty cocktails, they have some great drinks. We actually stuck with cocktails instead of switching to wine.
For food, you are first greeted with really warm fresh bread and plenty of olive oil on the table to enjoy.
The choices of apps and salads are fantastic. Previously on a to go order we got the meatballs, which were a home run, but for this in dining experience we ordered the tuna, which was a great way to start. Fresh and light, leaving room for main course.
One of us tried the ravioli special and one of us tried a truffle pizza. Both were super delicious and fun. No left overs. Both meals left us excited to come back and enjoy more of the menu.
Dessert was homemade and delicious. We think it changes daily.
If there is a negative to this restaurant its the initial impression of being a bit dated. But a few minutes after settling in, receiving the great service and tasting the food we really appreciate the owners focused on the most important parts of dining out. Too many restaurants have modern décor but lack everywhere else.
Very much Looking forward to our next visit.

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CarlB
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Seemed a little rushed by wait staff but still a very good experience.

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EileenP
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner, such a nice dining experience

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vipmbea2679
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good food, dismissive service. Went for a special birthday and called ahead to advise the restaurant and they said they would take good care of us...that really did not happen. Staff was rigid in approach, lacking warmth and did not recognize the birthday. The food was very good and it was unfortunate that the experience suffered due to the lackluster service.

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JudithM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect meal. Great service. Park for free right next door!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was outstanding!!

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KathyD
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were fantastic.
This was our first time at Cafe Capriccio and we will be back!

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DanielT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not a bad thing to say about our visit. Always a great time

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Corvus2
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Cap never disappoints. From salads to pasta, entrees to desserts, expect the extraordinary. Arugula was field-fresh; the wild Chanterelles mushrooms in Vegan Ragu were buttery & tender. The cafe bakes its own crusty & delicious bread. The marinara on the Vegan Ragu and beef & pork Ragu was light & bright. The Lemoncello mascarpone cake was lemony, light & rich. Butter pecan cheesecake was nicely balanced between creamy, salty, sweet, & nutty. The lunache pasta was just the right shape & size to hold sauces & cooked perfectly al dente. Service was friendly & professional, quick & efficient. After all these years Cafe Cap not only doesn’t disappoint, it exceeds even this diner’s fond memories.

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 1514 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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