Cafe Capriccio

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1191 reviews
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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.

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Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time. I have never had duck so good. OMG we will be back soon.

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

Service was excellent, as was the food. Chocolate- orange was amazing.

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LA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Made a reservation a week in advance and were seated in the Bar. Reason restaurant week. No apologies. Not what you expect from a highly rated restaurant. Probably won't be back.

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RL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service outstanding, as usual! We were given ample time to eat and relax despite the restaurant week crowds.

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GD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

One of the more classier restaurants in Albany. Everything was pleasant but not exceptional. We would go back for the ambiance alone.

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L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife and I had a very nice meal during restaurant week. The meals were an appetizer, entree and desert for $25....I had pasta with sausage and my wife had braised beef...both were delicious.

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RC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent dinner with great service. We enjoyed our appetizer and entrees.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in Albany. Amazing food, impeccable friendly service.

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PD
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

absolutely wonderful meal. nice atmosphere. attentive service.

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MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious. Service was attentive. Great experience!

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C
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent...bravo to the Chef! Looking forward to a repeat performance.

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MA
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner before show at The Egg, superb dinner, service, very nice bottle of red!

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San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Fine Italian in an unlikely setting. The neighborhood is rather scary but the food makes up for it. My veal cheeks were outstanding-luscious and butter-tender.

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JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever we are in the area we stop in. Food is amazing.

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KP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exceptional.

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JE
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

excellent service / food and super convenient to the Time Union Center (UConn in regional games)

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Y
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent....great service, attentive and knowledgeable wait staff. Excellent dining, from the appetizer of cherry tomatoes (great tasting and at this time of year (March) with mozzarella to the cappuccino with dessert.

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OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Busy concert night and they still rocked it. Timeless restaurant. Highly recommend

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C
New England
22 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Waiter & Waitress were very cordial & made some great suggestions that I loved.
The area it’s located in is not the best, but I was there early. As a single lady, I would hesitate to dine later in the evening.

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AS
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Cafe Capriccio twice, and I have not been disappointed. The food is delicious and authentic, and every plate is made to order. My party had several dietary restrictions, and the restaurant was very accommodating. Service was excellent, the waiter asked if we were going to the concert at the nearby concert hall, and when we were, he was very attentive to make sure we got out in time. Everything was perfect and we will definitely be back! Thank you.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice and cozy table. Service was outstanding. Eggplant appetizers were delicious. Portions were perfect. Very nice experience!

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LE
St. Louis
27 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and generously portioned! I had the salmon which was perfectly cooked. The risotto on the side was delicious. Very attentive service.

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MF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dinner & wonderful service!!

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KG
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal and the service were excellent, as was the wine - Dolcetto d'Albe Basarin. We shared the brussels sprouts starter. For entrees we had the pork osso bucco, and the sauteed shrimp. Shared tiramisu for dessert. Everything was delicious. We look forward to dining at Cafe Capriccio again next time we visit Albany.

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MS
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect place for any and all occasions. Always a joy.

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Capriccio never disappoints. My husband and I love having our date nights here. We got there early and waited at the bar for our table to open up. Even though it was a busy night, the atmosphere was welcoming. When we were seated, the waitstaff was quick with our drink order answered questions we had about the wine list. We ordered Galantine of Chicken and Pheasant and Mortadella de Prato from the SALUMI - CHARCUTERIE section of the menu; both dishes were new to us and both were exquisite. For our entrees we ordered Calamari Neri (my favorite) and the Seared Duck Breast. Both dishes were amazingly delicious. The atmosphere was a little noisy, but it was a lively Saturday night so I felt like it was fun. Thank you for another wonderful outing, we love your restaurant!

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MD
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still strong after all the years! Wonderful everything! Cheers Jimmy!

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was superb and our waiter, the bartender, was excellent! We loved it!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places. I use it often for work, but also occasionally for family and friends. Wonderful ambiance and excellent food. Good wine list, very good cocktails and surprisingly good beer selection. Highly recommended.

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J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, customer service and ambiance. Definitely will return again and again.

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TM
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our best friends 50th birthday in the most amazing fashion with the most amazing food.
A true dining experience, The freshest food and the most knowledgeable team of professionals .
Can’t wait to go back!
Kindest regards and appreciation,
Tracy Muscatello-Crowley

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Miami
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is an unassuming old school Italian restaurant. I had the pear salad. Calamari squid pasta and the veal. I liked it all. I didn’t love it. Don’t get me wrong it was not bad. I felt like the sauce on the veal was a little to salty. I like a good wine by the glass and I have to say they just didn’t have anything that was to my liking. They did make a super martini. I think overall it is a good value.
Enjoy
John

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MO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Cafe Capriccio!

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T
New England
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love your restaurant and there frequently for our business dinners, but there was a mix-up with our last reservation for 2 people this past Monday evening, March 4th, for which it was noted that I was not there, but the reservation was made for 2 of my business colleagues, Bill Stevens and Michael Jensen. But I replied to Open Table and received a reply in return that it will be investigated why this was missed. Bill had provided both his name and mine, but neither names were noted in the reservation.

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DW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy dinner here. The food is great, the service is excellent - very friendly and accomodating, etc. This is a wonderful place for a quiet dinner.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rest of family has been here many, many times over the years but it was the first for me. Great food and service, hope to return again!

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C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was phenomenal. Servers were knowledgeable and helpful. Everything came out quickly despite a full restaurant. Absolutely loved the duck confit app, veal cheeks, ravioli, and all desserts! Will definitely be back.

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LL
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very amiable staff...I waited a while for a glass of wine while I was waiting for 2 people to join me. Food was very good.

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R
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just plain superior! Sorry that a date with Elton caused us to rush a bit and skip dessert,Teh pasta was just

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M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was excellent. Definitely will go back again.

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