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Cafe Capriccio, Albany, NY
Cafe Capriccio, Albany, NY
Cafe Capriccio, Albany, NY
Cafe Capriccio, Albany, NY
Cafe Capriccio, Albany, NY

Cafe Capriccio

4.9
4.9
1982 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 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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 1,982 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Upstate New York

    Best Overall

  • Upstate New York

    Best Value

  • Upstate New York

    Italian

  • Capital District

    Best Overall

  • Capital District

    Best Food

  • Capital District

    Best Service

  • Capital District

    Best Ambiance

  • Capital District

    Best Value

  • Capital District

    Neighborhood gem

  • Capital District

    Great for fine wines

  • Capital District

    Romantic

  • Capital District

    Italian

1,982 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always the best.... great food, great cocktails, great service.

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  2. ChristineM

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful meal once again! Wonderful waitstaff and great food!

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  3. Webber

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A thoroughly enjoyable meal. Everything we tried was rich and delicious.

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  4. Sally

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very nice dinner here as we did come here once before. We can’t go as much as we would like as it is pricey. But the four is delicious.

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  5. RJ8NYC

    New York City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There were 9 of us there for a business dinner. The waitstaff was so accommodating, the food amazing and the atmosphere upbeat and energetic. Such a hidden gem in downtown Albany.

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  6. bruce

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We sat in a booth. The wall light was much to strong. It needs to be softened. Also, gave the wait-person our orders for drinks, appetizer, and entrees all at once. As a result, our appetizer was served before the drinks were served, and, once the drinks were served, the entrees were served. That was unprofessional service, in our opinion.

    1 person found this helpful

  7. MichaelT

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are regular patrons of Cafe Capriccio as the food and service are always great!

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  8. Kirch

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always the Food and Service were excellent! Never disappoints!

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  9. HarryS

    Upstate NY

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is always amazing… Service is flawless… Ambience is great for any occasion! Ine of our favorites!

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  10. GoldenRose

    New York City

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely family-owned Italian restaurant. Nice, cozy atmosphere with some innovative appetizers and good homemade pasta. I'd love to see more than one primarily fish entree. The chicken francese was terrific!

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  11. MikeR

    Jackson Hole

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either. They claimed to make the pasta in house, but I know the difference between dry amd fresh pasta and that was definitely dried pasta from a box. The antipasta was fine, but unimaginative. We had a Osso Bucco for our entree, the meat was good, but the vegetables were cooked to death and the risotto was undercooked and poorly seasoned. I was really hoping that this would be a great restaurant, but it fell short of my expectations and didn't meet its level of good reviews. The waitstaff was great, very attentive and personable. The short comings were all from the kitchen.

    1 person found this helpful

  12. DianeM

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The only feedback I can give too many waiters and waitresses come over to your table asking the same questions as the one who just left . There was another couple by us thought the same .

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  13. JosephM

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another fantastic experience here. I brought two good friends of mine that have not been there in many years we decided to sit at the bar with Daniele . She always make sure you have a good time. We had great service and fantastic food always a delight. The atmosphere and mood in the place are always on point my friends wife grew up with a father, who was an Italian chef, his entire life, and she was blown away by the food five stars all the way!

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  14. ChristianV

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing! Was a great place to catch up with friends visiting Albany and the service was phenomenal.

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  15. KathrynA

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Osso Bucco is one of our favorites and there's a nice list of mocktails for our dry January.

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  16. JeffreyA

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time going after gearing great reviews from friends. Will definitely be going back.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Cafe Capriccio. It’s always a treat. The stuffed shrimp appetizer was amazing.

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  18. StevenW

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If there is a heaven, they serve Jim’s eggplant with four cheeses as a reward for a good life.

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  19. JenniferS

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cannot recommend enough! Amazing food, knowledgeable and friendly staff, and a cozy atmosphere makes for one of the best dining experiences in Albany.

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  20. LaurenF

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and ambiance were marvelous. All of our food and drinks were delicious and complimented each other well. Perfect for our date night. We can't wait to come back.

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  21. Phil

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, nice wine options, personable service with fun ambience in a non-glitzy setting. Recommended!

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  22. HeilyF

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nestled in an ambiance of warmth and style, the dining area boasts soft lighting, intimate seating, and tasteful décor. Earthy tones and captivating art create a relaxed yet lively atmosphere, enhanced by soft instrumental music. Paired with outstandingly delicious Italian cuisine, the experience becomes a memorable culinary journey.

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  23. JosephM

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There were 8 of us. Our table was ready when we walked in. We were seated quickly. Our main server was Daniel who gave us a very fun run through of the day specials. He told us they were going to be using a team approach to make sure we got everything we needed so no one was waiting from the appetizers to the main courses were outstanding as usual everyone loved what they got, we had a great time. After we completed our meals Lane brought us a special homemade Italian Nocina after dinner drink. It was delicious. A special night for us. The ambience, service and food are A+. Do not hesitate to make a reservation.

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  24. francis

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Literally a hole in the wall place that hit it out of the park for us on all fronts. The staff was intimately familiar with the menu in all aspects. They were collaborative in presenting the meal. Scallop special and Oso bucco entrees were expertly prepared and delicious. They truly walk the walk of Italian food at this establishment.

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  25. Talusbrook

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful experience after not being in for a while. Service, food - everything was excellent! The steak & Gorgonzola with gnocchi was to die for!

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  26. KellyC

    New York City

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were attending a concert at the Kenmore Ballroom and knew we should dine at Cafe Capricco beforehand. We have dined at this wonderful gem many times, and we are never disappointed. Jim and his amazing staff are always on point and the food is always amazing! A must try for those who have not experienced Cafe Capricco!

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  27. KathyO

    New York City

    48 reviews

    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great pre concert dinner and really enjoyed the shrimp appetizer and the special scallops with green beans and risotto. It was all quite perfect. The service was grande too!!

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  28. garys

    New York City

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cafè Cappricio is by far the best Italian restaurant within a 100 mile radius of Albany, NY. In addition to their savory meals and exemplary waitstaff, as a bonus they have a huge parking lot next door, which complements their on-street parking. This restaurant not only offers a cozy and romantic setting in their dining room, but they also have a private dining room for larger groups (a dozen or more) in which they bring the kitchen to you with your meals being prepared right before your eyes. Albany, NY’s Cafè Cappricio is a hidden gem that you must visit and will look forward to returning to again and again for all your special occasions.

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  29. maureenV

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious authentic Italian food freshly prepared. Close your eyes and you are eating in Little Italy !

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  30. MarkH

    New York City

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Don’t know why anyone would go anywhere else for Italian. Octopus was cooked to perfection. Cod was incredible, the meatballs are to die for, all brought to us by an out of this world friendly not stuffy staff. All 3 guests want to come back for the Chef’s table.

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  31. John

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff was friendly , efficient and professional. Food, as always, superb.

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  32. KatyM

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best Italian meals I’ve ever had. Everything from the drinks to the bread to the dinner was incredible. Worth the hour drive.

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  33. albertg

    Upstate NY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service was excellent was there on a Saturday night and the restaurant was very busy

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  34. KatherineL

    New York City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We were disappointed. My husband got the crab cake appetizer, it came with only one for $16. Most places you get two, however it did taste good. My stuffed shrimp appetizer was very good. For our entrees, the Delmonico steak $52 was cooked as ordered and tasted very good, but a third of it was fat and inedible. My pasta with steak and Gorgonzola didn’t say it came in a cream sauce on the menu. If I had know I wouldn’t have ordered it. The steak tasted very good and you could taste the Gorgonzola. The service was very abrupt and not warm and friendly. We felt very rushed, we were in and out in an hour which I found unusual. Usually some time is given in between courses. In addition, servers kept reaching over the table and snatching items off the table that they thought we were done with without asking.

    1 person found this helpful

  35. ChelseaK

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious, Ryan was an excellent server.

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  36. Frequent

    Greater Boston

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was exceptional and the staff was outstanding. We look forward to returning soon and hopefully doing the culinary experience upstairs with Chef Rua and more friends

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  37. EileenC

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a fabulous meal. Everything about the evening was top-notch, my two friends and I went into the kitchen to complement the chefs.I’ve never done that before.

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  38. BenM

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was wonderful! We went there for our annual holiday “dress up” meal. I had a simple tagliatelle with tomato garlic cream sauce and chicken. As usual it was delicious. We had the focaccia appetizer and the stuffed shrimp and both were first rate. The serve was terrific and it’s a nice intimate and cozy place with good lighting and the sound level was appropriate to the space. I’d recommend it to anyone for a great Italian meal.

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  39. BrianL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first date was at Capriccio 25 yrs ago. Nothing has changed. Great food, atmosphere, and service. We make a point of visiting at least annually. Our beet salad, eggplant parm, etc were all superb. Good and affordable wine selection. Congrats to Jim Rua, approaching 40 yrs of successful operation.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful small little restaurant with old roof charm. Delicious food! Food was HOT when it came to the table. Prompt service and very attendant.

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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 4.9 stars by 1982 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 7 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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