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Cafe Capriccio

4.7
975 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 975 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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2.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Disappointing. Was supposed to be one of the top restaurants in upstate NY. Homemade mozzarella was excellent, but downhill from there. Eggplant was very bland. Sauce was watery and flavorless. Beef scallopine-supposedly filet mignon- tasted like packaged roast beef. Won’t be going back.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

A quaint place with good Italian food. Our group was very satisfied, the server was very accommodating. The only down-side was a snippy drinks server. who got confused and then acused us of messing up.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

We "discovered" Cafe Capriccio while attending a basketball tournament at the Times-Union Center and decided to give it a try... It was outstanding... Four years later when the tournament returned to Albany, so did we. In fact we made a dinner reservation before we purchased our basketball tickets. It is an wonderful restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Food and service were excellent. Walking distance to Time Union Center.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Excellent meal, great service ,
We would recommend to our friends and family

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Overall outstanding. Loved our food, service was truly supreme and a team effort. The menu was varied and dynamite. The step-down nature and decor make you feel transported to a different world. Very NYC-like in that regard. My one quibble, there was a VERY loud child at the table immediately next to us. I have a young child too, however, if/when screaming fits like that arrive, we leave. I understand the restaurant not asking that group to leave, but they should have asked us if we wanted to be moved.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

I've never had a bad meal at Capriccio, but this past Saturday night was exceptional. Excellent pate (not as good as my wife's, but still great), a delicious beef scallopine, a tasty (and stiff!) Negroni, good coffee and a generous serving of pistachio gelato; everything was enjoyable. Two of my tablemates had a chicken dish they loved (they didn't offer to share, which is a good endorsement). Service always manages to be a little brusque, but courteous; the place was hopping, so I can understand they're not taking the time to be warm and fuzzy. As fine a meal as Albany has to offer.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

My son and I were lucky to discover this amazing restaurant when I was visiting him at college last year. It's become our favorite restaurant and not only in Albany - it's our favorite restaurant across the board. The staff is amazing and the food (I'm a foody and cook myself) really is exceptional. It's cozy and just perfect for a nice night out. You will not be disappointed.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Very good. Food and service were excelkent

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

All I can say is it was worth the trip from Brant Lake, NY! We were also going to the Egg for a show and the waiter was good at getting us in and out on time! We hadn't been to Cafe Capriccio in many years because of distance, but it was a favorite when we lived close by. Hard to believe it has gotten better with age!! I love the food and the atmosphere. And apparently, so do many other people as it was packed on a Sunday night! Love!!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Beyond amazing. The staff was super kind and welcoming. The food was authentic and out of this world. Will def be back!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

The first time I have ever been to this restaurant and it was EXCELLENT!!!! It was for my mom's birthday and every wait staff wished her a happy birthday which made her feel extra special. Food was great and they went above and beyond to make me a special meal due to food allergies. I will definitely be going back!! Thank you for a very special dinner!!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Always our go-to restaurant when in Albany. A real gem. Outstanding eggplant and Italian entrees. Cannot go wrong.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Great great food. Try the ravioli. Special ambience. Desserts could be better

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3.0Dined on February 28, 2018

My order was tagliatelle carbonara and received shells carbonara and the food was cold. None of our three meals were above average.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Always a special night to eat at the Cafe
Lovely dining room with attentive staff
Food excellent and if there is a problem it will be addressed immediately
This has only happened once to us in many visits
They surprised me with a candle and gelato for my birthday which was very nice
Love it there!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Cafe Cappriccio was fantastic! At first when I entered, I wasn't sure what to expect. As the narrow entrance opened into a dim lit, old fashioned classic Italian dining area I was taken back. It was elegantly put together. Even better the service was fast, polite and exceptionally well versed on the menu. The food was absolutely delicious, seasoned and created to perfection! Best meal I've had in Albany area, hands down! The appetizer options when I went were exquisite and full of flavor. I could go on forever about how amazing Cafe Cappriccio is. At the end of the day anyone and everyone in the Albany, NY area needs to experience this kind of high class, authentic dining. Five Stars across the board!

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

As always AMAZING!!!!!

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Visiting from out of town and everyone we asked told us to go to Cafe Capriccio..now we know why !!
Nothing short of fantastic !

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Have always enjoyed Capricio, and was not disappointed. Great as usual.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Very authentic Tuscany and outstanding service from everyone on the staff. Quiet atmosphere with fast friendly service but never rushed. They delivered before we had to ask for anything.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Cafe Capriccio is a favorite of ours. The food is always great, service is attentive but not intrusive.Love the ambience and music!

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Food was excellent, second time dining at Cafe Capriccio and have to say the first time was no fluke. Still so good, the specials are amazing both times.
My girlfriend got the lamb dish, in which it just melted as she put it in her mouth it was so tender.
Together we shared the ravioli special and a fig and goat cheese salad. We wiped both plates clean.
I got the Risotto special with seafood in it. Usually when this comes the calamari is in too big of pieces to enjoy, but here they used the smallest calamari I’ve ever seen. Waiters/waitresses cared about every table, not just the ones assigned to. The manager came around and made sure everything was okay.
Have to say, next special occasion we will be back.

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