Cafe Capriccio

4.6
998 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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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What 998 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

A pleasant evening f fine food, drink, conversation in a quaint environment. Highly recommend Cafe Capriccio for the many reasons listed in the review

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

I went there for Father's Day and had a wonderful meal and the atmosphere was beautiful. We had Puttanesca: Bright & savory tomato sauce with olives, capers & anchovy, Risotto: with roasted duck sausage, sundried tomatoes, fresh cantaloupe, goat cheese, garlic & herbs, Lamb Abbacchio alla Romano: Local Highland Hollow Farm pasture raised. Simmered with aromatic vegetables in wine sauce; serve with potatoes and vegetables, Beef Scallopine: Thin slices of beef tenderloin sauteed with artichoke hearts, spinach, fresh tomatoes, garlic and sherry. Roasted potatoes and vegetables. All these dished were prepared with love and it came through in each dishes flavour profile.

Dessert was Tiramisu, Limoncello mascarpone cake and Chocolate pate with chocolate ganache and espresso. What a superb end to such a grand evening.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Visiting family

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

The food here is phenomenal and I love that the chef use local and quality ingredients. The pasta and bread are homemade and just spectacular.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We liked the old city ambiance, plus the up-to-date dishes. Husband's pasta with chicken and sausage, and my steak were delicious. Two interesting mixed drinks and, sadly, no dessert. Wonderful evening.

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2018

The greens and beans appetizer was fabulous. The Eggplant was wonderful but my dining companions had the sliced tenderloin and were extremely disappointed, in fact one didn’t even eat it. The menu was somewhat limited.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Food and service was fantastic! The pork shank and risotto are worth having again. If you are a tiramisu fan - theirs is really wonderful!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

You can’t go wrong. Food is fresh and they’ll modify if they can .

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Amazing service and amazing dinner!!!!!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

One of our very favorite Albany restaurants. Consistent excellent quality of food and service.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

I was disappointed in the lack of substitution allowed. I would have preferred pasta with my steak but could not make that substitution. I thought the entree prices were on the high side for the quantity.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

My favorite restaurant in Albany !!!!!! Beside the food, the staff is also 5 stars !!!!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Everyone loved their food, thanking me for selecting the Cafe Capriccio as a Mother’s Day venue. The food is crafted from quality ingredients and made with care.
Service was attentive and efficient. It’s a local gem.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The chef is outstanding! They have a golden ticket with that one.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

As always a great experience. Risotto of the day was on point. The staff are awesome too. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

I’ve been here many times and never disappoints. Neighborhood gem in the capital region.

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Service was great, food was also really good and old time atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

I will be back. There are very few resturants of your quality open on Sundays!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The Carbonara pasta was delicious! We also enjoyed the veal which was extremely tender and flavorful. The staff were all very nice. I will return to Cafe Capriccio!

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Very wide variety of choices of Italian dishes and dishes of the day dictated by the waitress. Copious portions even on a half portion. Warm olive antipasto was large enough for 3 or 4 people but we were only two. Service was very fast as we were at the opening of the restaurant. We did not eat dessert and after 35 minutes we left the restaurant. It was convenient for us before attending a concert at the Times Union Center nearby.

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Please get a little better lighting. Everyone needed light from their phones to read the menu.
The food was a good value. The food was really very well prepared and tasty.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Great service and meal and not as expensive as we expected. Cheerful staff was a great mood enhancer!

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

We had an amazing meal, every bit was exquisite. I can’t wait to return and try their full menu.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

I love Café Capriccio. Me and my family have been loyal customers for years and we will always recommend it to anyone looking for great Italian food. Their wine list is fantastic, great options at both ends of the budget, and the food never disappoints. The staff their are knowledgeable and nice. Great for families, dates, girls night, those evenings you don't feel like cooking and just want to sit at the bar, anything.

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Wonderful menu choices, as always. My only wish that their signature dish - calamari neri - was on the menu for Restaurant Week!

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

The restaurant lived up to its excellent reputation in every way. We will go again, even when it is not Albany Restaurant Week.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

We dined during Restaurant Week. A lovely mix of choices on the special menu. I had luscious, succulent mussels, perfectly grilled tuna with olive tapenade, and chocolaty gelato. all for a very reasonable fixed price.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Excellent venue-first time for us. Have already praised it to many people. Excellent food, staff wonderful, and the ambience was romantic cozy! What a great find.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Cafe capriccio never disappoints. I will be going back for sure!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We had a delightful dinner before a concert at The Egg which was an easy 10-minute walk away.
Great wait staff, food and ambiance - will certainly go back next time we are in Albany!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food was delicious. Each of us ordered a different entree. My eggplant with four cheeses was amazing. I mentioned that we were going to a concert after dinner . We weren’t rushed but got to the concert on time

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Wonderful ambiance, excellent service.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

A slightly different menu but very good. We especially loved the homemade sauce, tasted very fresh. The Sorrento was delicious, as was the beef medallion entree. Tiramisu was the best I have ever eaten. We wouldn’t hesitate to go back.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

My wife and I visited Cafe Capriccio for the first time on Saturday evening, even though we have been residents of the Capital Region for more than 25 years. I am so sorry that we have waited so long. We absolutely loved it: from the ambiance, to the delicious, waitress-recommended appetizer(eggplant) to our main courses(veal and steak with sauteed vegetables). The restaurant is small, charming in its older decor, offering several dining options: bar area, main dining room and smaller side rooms.
We felt important and cared for by the staff, without feeling like it was their job to do that. We will dine here again soon, and would highly recommend Cafe Capriccio to anyone who enjoys a relaxed setting, a great meal and doesn't need to be "seen" to have a great time.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Engagement celebration

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The meal was wonderful and great service. Highly recommended, if a bit pricey.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Outstanding meal! Everyone enjoyed their food - freshest ingredients - and the service was superior!

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2.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Heard good things about this place it must have been An off night because we were very disappointed! Waitress came by maybeee once food was definitely Mediocre for the price and that is putting it nice!

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

BeSt restaurant in Albany

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Food was excellent, ambiance and service was outstanding.

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