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Cafe Capriccio

4.6
4.6
1763 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

11:00 PM


Booked 34 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 1,763 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Upstate New York

    Best Food

  • Upstate New York

    Best Value

  • Upstate New York

    Italian

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  1. MT

    MichaelT

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are regulars at Capriccio. The Rua family are wonderful and excellent cooks. Their staff is quite friendly and very attentive. The wine list is has excellent choices at very reasonable prices…
  2. B

    Bill

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything I like - fast service, great suggestions for entrees, highly recommend the Negroni cocktail!!!
  3. LA

    LAHM

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We took our colleagues out to dinner and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves! Great food as always and superb service!
  4. SC

    SpenCo

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food, nice ambiance, warm and knowledgeable staff. The portions could be a little larger for the price, but otherwise great experience
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    The service was amazing but the food was not good at all. My friend got veal involtini and it was inedible. It was fatty, dry and covered in salt.
  6. BW

    BrianW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS RESTAURANT TO ANYONE. EVERYTHING WAS ABSOLUTLEY DELELIOUS FROM THE WINE AND APPETIZERS. DINNER WAS SUPERB AND THE CHEESECAKE WAS JUST AMAZING. NO WORDS! WE'LL BE BACK.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my wife’s 70th birthday and everything was excellent.
  8. RZ

    RichZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food with very good service. They seemed to push the bottled water but most customers went with tap water. They should offer a side salad at a lower price than their full salad prices. If they did, it wasn’t obvious. We would definitely go there again
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and outstanding service!
  10. MH

    MatthewH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing. Our anniversary dinner was everything we hoped it would be. The food was delicious, the drinks were great! Our waiter was funny, polite, helpful, and prompt. We enjoyed it all!!’
  11. ML

    MeaghanL

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, homemade food & amazing specials. Perfect for any occasion!
  12. EB

    ErnieB

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I'm an Italian American senior from NYC new to Albany. Have been disappointed with the handful of Italian restaurants I've eaten in since moving here 4 months ago. Cafe Capriccio is finally the real deal. Quality presentation and excellent food. When the server brought out my first dish which was mushroom bisque I knew my evening was going to be successful. Without tasting it I immediately offered a taste to my two dining mates. Needless to say it was fantastic. Our three main dishes were the Osso buco, chicken francese and chicken marsala. Once again fantastic. We finished our meal by sharing a lovely piece of pistachio cheese cake. On a side note, one of my friends(neither of them Italian Americans) said someone told her that it is tough to go out to dinner with Italians since they tend to be critical when it comes to Italian food. GUILTY AS CHARGED! The neighborhood is not the best and difficult to negotiate downtown Albany by car when your not familiar with the city. Thank you, thank you Cafe Capriccio, you truly are the real deal.
  13. IC

    IshC

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place never disappoints. Great food and service.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal as always at Capriccio!
  15. JB

    JesseB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, wonderful and attentive service. Ambience was nice, not too crowded.
  16. NB

    NaomiB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New years dinner late seating. Food fabulous especially the Ragu and the veal. Tiramisu exquisite!!! The cappuccino was first rate
  17. I

    Italy62

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Cafe Capriccio special 40th Anniversary NYE menu was an array of delicious Capriccio classics thru the years...albeit some better than others. Although not a fan of the matter of fact style the wait service requested our 4 course pre-paid dinner choices all up front once seated..I understand it was NYE and the kitchen needed to be ready. I coul;dn;t help but imagine a host of dishes just sitting in the kitchen waiting to be brought out..a la assembly line...and luke warm. Nonetheless, overall the flavors and presentation were fine and what you would expect from one of the stalwarts of italian dining in the Capital Region. Alas though-- it would of been nice to see the waitstaff a little more dressed up for the special NYE dinner event. Jeans on NYE? The same goes for many of the guests in jeans...but I guess it it is a sign of the times of no one dressing up even a little anymore for special occasions...
  18. WG

    WillnGarrick

    New York Area

    49 reviews

    3.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    We had heard repeatedly from our neighbors and other acquaintances that this restaurant was superb. therefore when we made reservations for New Year’s Eve our expectations were quite high. Unfortunately, our expectations were probably too high. Although the food was good and cooked properly to order, a couple of the dishes lacked any real intention. The New York Strip steak which I ordered was cooked properly, but it really could’ve used a sauce or some thing to accompany it. It came with asparagus (predictable) and mashed potatoes, yet the potatoes were served dry with no butter. Our meal was served with bread, but that too was lackluster, pasty white flour rolls with no crunch or inspiration. The ambience of the restaurant was minimal, in need of updating, in the basement of an old building. The layout of the room was dark and confusing, had there been an emergency I’m not sure if I would’ve been able to find my way out. When it came time for us to leave I had no real complaint about the food but the cons outweigh the pros and I don’t think we will return.
  19. HD

    HappydinerDeb

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Sadly, this fixed price New Years Eve dinner was a disappointment. If I didn’t dine there on other occasions I would not go back. Will continue to dine there but not for a holiday or with fixed price. As a foodie, I know better but hoped they would be different. Live and learn.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful NYE celebration.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambiance. Thanks for a terrific NYE
  22. p

    paulinel

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had a very nice meal on New Year's Eve ! Service was great. There was good music but it wasn't too noisy. The good was very good. I especially enjoyed the appetizer and the dessert. My entree was okay. The main room is much prettier. We were in overflow area.
  23. TF

    TriciaF

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Our appetizer of greens and beans had two leaves of lettuce in it. Not a value at all. Also my entree was good but a small portion for $25. I left hungry.
  24. C

    Chris

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    The cuisine is very good, our party of 5 tried several options and they were all executed to expectation. The value of the food is fair. The atmosphere is not upscale, but certainly charming, cozy, and romantic. There is excellent detail in the dining ware and table preparation, creating a simple, but elegant feel. The service was attentive for the most part. Our server appeared obviously under the influence of "edible," or some derivation, and lacked full attention. The service was acceptable, minus a few missed requests, but mostly just odd with two younger teen girls and their grandmother present. But luckily, the servers have a good sense of teamwork and act as a crew to create a complete service experience. Overall, I would recommend Cafe Capriccio. I visited Cafe Capriccio several times many years ago, and it still provides a charming experience with excellent cuisine. Great place for a date with your special person. :)
  25. TK

    ThomasK

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Neat lil spot, had a very welcoming feel right when you walked in. The service was phenomenal. A lot of teamwork by staff so it felt like we had 4 servers. The food was amazing. Mushroom “meat” balls were superb. I had the amatriciana blanco, pasta with garlic cream, pancetta and hot peppers, and mixed in chicken. It was AMAZING! I’m not a huge pasta guy but I could not put the fork down
  26. WJ

    WJDII

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food and warm cozy atmosphere - always great food
  27. KB

    KarenB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    What a great find. The place you’d like to find everywhere you go. Had a great dinner. Good food and service wonderful. Sat at the bar for desert and after dinner drink. Cozy bar with friendly barkeep. Like your neighborhood spot. Blood orange Sherbet outstanding!
  28. JB

    JohnB

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent as usual. Pasta cooked just right, wonderful grilled octopus small plate. Highly recommended!
  29. TM

    TracyM

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Christmas gathering
  30. RO

    RuthieO

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love this place. I always feel like I am in Italy. The ambiance is so special and the food is delizioso!!
  31. GD

    GeorgeD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My wife and I are sorry we did not get there sooner - highly recommend Cafe Capriccio
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit and we will definitely be back! Service was great and food was delicious!
  33. H

    Happydiner

    Demoland (US)

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We have been going to this restaurant for many years. It has always been a perfect place to join friends and have very good food in a caring environment. The stability and professionalism of Jennifer who always keeps a keen eye on the tone of the restaurant and the needs of the guests truly gives this very good restaurant its level of a perfection!
  34. CW

    CatherineW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Excellent food and service. Only "But:" Meatball appetizer was too salty for me.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love love love it here! Impeccable service and the food never disappoints.
  36. GB

    GB19

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and Service were both excellent! Highlights included Mushroom Meatballs, Boscaiola, and Pistachio Cake. Waitress was excellent as well making great reccomendations on food and wine.
  37. MG

    MindyGA

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I ordered their homemade tagliatelle with creamy tomato basil sauce…and had them add a little spice…It was DELICIOUS!!
  38. c

    chateauneufdupape69

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just want to say thank you tor the fam at Cafe Capriccio for a lovely experience.
  39. EH

    ElizabethH

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From start to finish, it was a top notch experience! Everyone was so personable, the food was outstanding, then we stayed for another drink at the bar and had a terrific time. We will always be back!
  40. DD

    DarcyD

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Our family party of 6 felt extremely rushed… we skipped dessert to return home rather than stay at CC. We were in & out within 1 hour! Not the typical dining experience at CC. Restaurant was not crowded but we had a loud table behind us… and very distracting. Also encouraging us to leave, as it was not relaxing. We had tickets to a show at CAPREP at 8pm. Allowed plenty of time, anticipating to have dessert & specialty coffees….at CC. This was very unusual and I certainly hope not a consistent issue. From the moment we sat down our waitress was very abrupt and on her own agenda! Not a lot of options for dining Albany, hoping it was just an off night.

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 4.6 stars by 1763 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 34 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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