Cafe Capriccio

4.6
1106 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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What 1106 People Are Saying
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JS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cafe Capriccio always delivers - freshly prepared , authentic Italian dishes with wonderful fresh vegetables and house made pastas. I always want everything on the menu and wish I had room to finish off the bread for dessert! My friend and I began by sharing the caprese salad - can't resist the house made mozzarella and the tomatoes were simply sweet and luscious. Then we share the evening's ravioli - stuffed with artichoke and ricotta in a most delicious pink sauce. Had to dip bread in to finish the sauce. How do you pick from the entrees? Menu changes primarily with different preparations for the chicken, veal and steak. My friend had the evening's veal scallopini and I chose the osso bucco. Both were perfect, surrounded with a mely of seasonal vegetables. The aromas were intoxicating. Try to save room for dessert too!

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

Such a lovely, slow, quiet meal. Eggplant appetizer divine.

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RK
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very comfortable
Service is excellent
Food terrific
Try the risotto (house specialty)
Special Manhattan best ever
Can't say enough good things

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

2nd time eating here and I lived it again! Thanks for a great dining experience!

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ST
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food! Every dish was amazing. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. I would go again and again and again!

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DW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was fantastic as always, I had the tuna and it was cooked to perfection and spiced and prepared very well. The roasted tomato garnish was delicious and went quite well with the dish.

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OT
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Don’t go to the bar or sit in the bar area for dinner. The bartender is awful!!!! Seems irritated to be at worker dealing with people. Pathetic. He was rude to us and many others. I’ve been going here for years, but will think twice about going again. Not the type of service you expect from this restaurant. Management should make a change ASAP!!

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Second time visiting within 3 months and this dining experience was much different than the first. Waitress was rushing us and very " to the point " when she came to the table. The waiter.....he popped in between her flights around room and was much more pleasant and relaxed. We all felt the vibe she didn't want to be there and was trying to hurry the night along. There was three on working the room so it wasn't so busy to frazzle her.

It will be awhile before I go back again, made for a very stressful dining experience. At those prices....you want to sit and enjoy the food.

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JC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Cafe Capriccio for over 30 years, Franco has continued to create wonderful Italian menu. He continues some of his Fathers favorite, original dishes while updating the menu with new favorites of his own. We love the staff, service & food! The ambiance is great!

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JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our most recent experience last week was consistent with all the times we've been there before: it's a great dinner place!

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LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very unassuming restaurant but rave reviews from friends took us there Saturday night. We had a 5:30 reservation and it was quite and food was superb. Wait staff was super engaging and helpful. A definite must!

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GS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It reminded me of Arthur Ave in the Bronx; You would never think there as a hidden gem in this area. Eventhough we got there before opening time, I appreciated being able to sit at the bar for a drink before dinner. The food was fresh and delicious.

It would have been helpful if we knew where to park the car as there is no valet parking and there is minimal street parking. There are some indoor parking garage about 2-3 blocks away.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. The meals are always well prepared and artfully presented, the wine list is robust, and the wait staff is knowledgeable and caring.

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LT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and perfect location for a show at the TU.

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VT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Cafe Capriccio many times. It is always a favorite.

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MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite restaurant! The food was delicious and the ambiance was great - old school Italian. I loved every moment of it!

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JK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jim Rua and his staff never disappoint. We arrived at our reserved time and were promptly seated. At first we were a bit turned off by the tag team approach to the service, but found it to be very efficient and unobtrusive. When we want a quality dining experience, this is the place we go to!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always awesome. Great food and service. Never a disappointment

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c
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am seldom as impressed as I was at Cafe Capriccio the Friday after Thanksgiving. We went because we heard the food was special, and there was jazz beside. The staff worked to get us the table we wanted, were sensitive to our pacing, answered "idiot" questions with grace. Every bit of the food was indeed special, and the jazz regulars were superb.

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WD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Consistently creative and welcoming. A neighborhood gem!

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our “go to” special occasion restaurant...there is no better!

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I
New York Area
94 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. One of our favorite restaurants in Albany.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great! Best restaurant in Capital District.

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MK
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You'll never have a bad meal at Cafe Capriccio. There's something for everyone on the menu.

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RO
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Asked 3 Albany locals where to go for dinner. Cafe Capriccio topped each of their lists with good reason. We were very pleased with our meals and would dine there again without hesitation.

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PM
Key West
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service...as always. We come here often, as one of our top 5 restaurants in the Albany area. We have never been disappointed.

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BG
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time here and the food was outstanding as was the service.

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KD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A great treat with delicious food and great ambiance. The service was perfect!

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TC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went for our anniversary and it was outstanding! Absolutely delicious! If you have a chance you must go.

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OT
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came to Manhattan just to have one more meal at the Red Cat before it shuts down. I’ve been coming here for years and it has always been top notch. I I’ll miss you guys!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rissoto amazing! Tiramisu even better.

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F
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met a friend here for dinner. The ambiance, food and service were all outstanding. We'll be back soon.

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e
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In spite of drowned table w/spilled drink, service food atmosphere were wonderful, gave us a a dry table instantly. Will return even w/out an event at Egg. Parking very easy in adjacent lot.

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O
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service is always wonderful at Cafe Capriccio. I almost always order the Pork Ossobucco, it sets the standard that other restaurants can't attain. The risotto is great too. The bread is perfect with oil and parmigiana. Yum.

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JM
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose this restaurant because it was close to the Times Union where we were seeing a show that evening, and they took reservations.
What an exceptionally awesome surprise for us to find we had chosen such a gem of a place to eat!
We each ordered very different meals, each one was savory & delicious!
The chef at Cafe Capreccio is extremely talented that’s for sure. The ambiance was perfect! A low light, but not dark, candlelight feeling with cloth.
I will certainly be going back and highly recommend anyone to visit for some authentic Italian food to eat!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Arrived a little early for Saturday night reservations. Decided to have a drink at the bar while we waited, there was only one person tending the bar and making drinks for the entire restaurant. He was pretty irritable, we had to wait a good 15 minutes for him to acknowledge us or the party next to us. Drinks were ok, not anything special or much to rave about. The service in the dining room was excellent, saw lots of staff in and out of the dining room waiting on everyone. Food was kind of blah, ordered a steak and a seafood pasta dish but just like the drinks nothing to rave about. We didn’t finish the meals not take home for later.

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EA
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish each course was outstanding. The service was great and the server even got me to try something out of my ordinary. Welcoming, great ambiance and wonderful hospitality. We will definitely be making this a new regular place we visit. Consider an 8pm on a Friday as live music began at that hour.

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m
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time here on business. Great service very attentive. Food was delicious. Hidden gem in Albany

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A
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was terrific. The service was great, the young woman who seated us was extremely friendly and helpful. Our waiter was also very good, knowledgable about the menu.
Would def recommend.

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SD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High quality runs throughout the food. Authentic, flavorful sauces; delicious, good cooking, skilled technique. The real deal, not fake-good.

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