Cafe Capriccio

4.6
1055 reviews
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean, Sicilian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,

Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(518) 465-0439
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Nick Gulbrandsen
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Catering
On premise catering only. We have elegant accommodations for small groups, up to 16 in our Chef's Table, and for groups up to 40 in our Tuscan Room.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hamilton St.
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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.
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Entertainment
Walter and Julia Donnaruma perform jazz on Friday nights.
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Special events & promotions
We offer frequent special events, such as wine dinners, holiday regional chef's meals etc as described on our web site.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

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MM
Minneapolis
22 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Like the other reviews said, ignore the neighborhood and enter food bliss. The wild mushroom soup was some of the best I have ever tasted. The risotto special with shrimp and apples was very nice. The portions are quite large.

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GT
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We like the old school feel, combined with a menu of both traditional and innovative dishes.

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KK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is amazing. Their risotto and ravioli specials are out of this world delicious. I fantasize about their risotto! The staff is very attentive. Can't ask for a better meal in downtown Albany.

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LA
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Highly recommend it. Parking was easier than I thought it would be.

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VC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good choice, I have had many great meals here. The shrimp/octopus pasta and duck ragu pasta were excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every visit to Albany always includes at least one visit to Cafe Capriccio.

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JW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pre-marathon dinner. Great service, excellent pasta and meatballs. Insalata Caprese had excellent tomatoes and good homemade mozzarella (not buffala, but flavorful). Happy to have this nearby the Hilton (near the end of the marathon). Others there for race, romantic dates and family dining all seemed to be enjoying the multi-room space.

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AT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. The service is both friendly and professional. The food is creative and beautifully prepared. Highly recommended.

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RW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was expecting nothing going into Cafe Capriccio, given the slightly sketchy surroundings and exterior, but this is a fantastic place. The service was impeccable, the food was outstanding, and the atmosphere was cozy. As someone who has been to many of Albany’s nice restaurants, I’d say this is Albany’s finest.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Very good food. Broad menu. Staff could have done a better job of managing other customer's raucous behavior.

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PK
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Somewhat limited menu. Food was goo, not great. The servers kept coming to take more orders, Not one but all. It seemed that I told one that we were not ready then a minute later a different one came to the table. We felt rushed. I will not be back.

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AM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, service and cozy dining! Can’t wait to go back again soon.

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SB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Our dinner was very good, generous portions for everything. Atmosphere was very nice. Server was friendly. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and for sure go back again.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The table was great and the server was amazing. However, they were out of the wine that we first selected. The appetizer was fabulous. My main dish was not hot, it was barely warm with was a disappointment. They took it back to heat it up but it still wasn't hot when it returned. We did have a show to attend, and they did get us out on time. I would give this restaurant another try.

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TG
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Authentic Italian food in an old world atmosphere!

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JS
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This place is a true gem! As soon as you walk in you can feel the sense of nostalgia and history it exudes. As a first time patron I can't express how excited I am to revisit this experience with family and friends!!! I highly recommend this place although be prepared to pay for what you get, which is true quality ingredients and an intimate experience!

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KG
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our party of four visited Albany to see a show at the Egg. We shared two delicious appetizers (greens & beans and eggplant with 4 cheeses). All of our entrees were excellent (risotto of the day, ravioli of the day, sausage w/ rapini, and duck ragu). The bread was really good too. Servers were great. Would definitely dine here next time we are in Albany!

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KM
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic service and great food! Food was high quality and fresh.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great traditional Italian food, it doesn’t get much better than this. Always amazing and great service.

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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Sorry to say, after having been to this restaurant several times and having really enjoyed, this time the wait staff was so unfriendly, rude and service was so poor, I honestly can say we will not return.

We were rushed from the moment we sat down. The food was fine, but the disposition of our waitress, and one other woman whom I am not sure whom she was, was such a bad experience.

Its really quite sad, as we have fond memories of this restaurant.

Even worse, we were celebrating a birthday, and I had infomed the restaurant upon booking, and we felt so rushed and annoyed by the staff, we did not even get to have dessert. The restaurant apparently closed at 9 pm on a Sunday, and the most important thing in there mind was to have everyone out of the restaurant by 9:55 pm. They were successful.

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g
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have come to Cappricio many times and have never been disappointed. The food is exceptionally fresh and well prepared. Always special! Thanks Misters Rua!

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WH
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal as always, and a great server. She was attentive without being intrusive, a perfect balance.

I had grilled tuna with roast vegetables, a nice thick tuna steak with wonderful grill flavor outside and slightly pink inside (without being sushi-rare). A generous dab of pesto made a very nice palate-cleansing foil for the rich grilled and roasted flavors.

My companion had the ravioli of the day (mushroom/gorgonzola) in a tomato-basil cream. They were fabulous - her portion was large enough that I sampled some myself. The ravioli here are consistently excellent, always a great choice. The sauce is a nice balance of bright, creamy, and savory, just enough body without becoming overbearing.

We have been eating here once in a while for at least twenty years and have never been disappointed, not once.

It's one of the few places that we're always glad bringing friends and family to when they're visiting from out of town. That's a very short list indeed, and Cafe Capriccio is right at the top.

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EB
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Thank you Elizabeth our wonderful server for making a lovely meal special.

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SM
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went there for dinner before a concert at the egg. It was a wonderful experience. Plan to take your time & enjoy. We eat from the appetizer side of the menu, every dish was great.

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TB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was very organized and the service was outstanding. The quality of the food was great and only enhanced by the experience of the chief.

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DA
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were recommended this restaurant by our valet, Rocco at the Marriott hotel. He told us if we wanted authentic homemade Italian food that this was the place to go. We were not disappointed. I wish we had an Italian restaurant this good in Los Angeles.

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DI
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Evening for our 33rd Anniversary!! Thank You!

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MA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE HAD A WONDERFUL DINNER, AS USUAL. THE ITALIAN FOOD IS FRESH AND CREATIVE. THE WAITSTAFF IS VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE AND ATTENTIVE. IT IS MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT.

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MJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about Capriccio is SUPERB! The food is inventive, the staff is great, and the ambience is excellent!

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MG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice Northern Italian Restaurant with a great wine list, knowledgeable wait staff, and a bistro/continental atmosphere.

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J
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was absolutely fantastic. Waitress was very friendly, very accommodating and very pleasant.

I haven't been there in many years, went last week on Monday night and was blown away how fantastic this place is. If you want your dining experience to have a lasting impression, go to Cafe Capriccio.

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TD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing from start to finish! We had several people attend to us and all were knowledgeable and friendly. Our waiting, whose name I unfortunately didn't get, gave us some 'pro tips' for ordering and it was all fantastic!

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AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never had a bad experience there, and I probably never will.

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AS
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Will most definitely come again. My companion was a regular patron and loves the food. We'll be back!

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DL
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, I greatly enjoy this place, the workers and the other patrons are always delightful, and the food can’t be beat especially the fresh house made pasta!

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DO
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a top capital area pick. I rarely give 5 stars but this restaurant is worth the praise.

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OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great to visit

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SW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was so delicious! The greens and beans, the ravioli, the meatballs, fresh pasta in squid ink: all amazing.

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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Café Capriccio has never disappointed me, and did not on this visit. The welcome was warm, the service friendly but professional, and the food was excellent. The house-made charcuterie was particularly good. The wine list isn't overly long, but it's well-chosen with some very good mid-priced bottles from Italy and California.

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RD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The restaurant should describe itself as a taverna, as it is below street level, and has a somewhat dark interior with wood paneling.
The ingredients in all our dishes—antipasti, primi and secondi—were without exception fresh.
The shortcomings were primarily in the tomato sauce that overwhelmed any dish it was a part of.
This is a problem with most Italian restaurants in the US, but it simply does not reflect authentic Italian restaurant cooking.
Additionally, my pasta was way over cooked. And the waiter switched two of our secondi, which we didn’t realize until too late because of the over-saucing of both dishes.
At just under $200, before tip, we expected better.

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