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About Cafe Capriccio

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.

49 Grand Street
Albany, NY 12207
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean, Sicilian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,

Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Hamilton St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(518) 465-0439

Website:
http://www.cafecapriccio.com/

Entertainment:
Walter and Julia Donnaruma perform jazz on Friday nights.

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.

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.

Executive Chef:
Nick Gulbrandsen

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We offer frequent special events, such as wine dinners, holiday regional chef's meals etc as described on our web site.

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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 5:30PM

Cafe Capriccio Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (46)
Good for a Date (44)
Neighborhood Gem (43)
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Good for Anniversaries (43)
Authentic (39)
Romantic (37)
Cozy (34)
Creative Cuisine (31)
Quiet Conversation (31)
Fit for Foodies (27)
Pre/post Theatre (26)
Worth the Drive (23)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Local Ingredients (21)
Business Meals (20)
Comfort Food (20)
Casual (16)
Good for Groups (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Bar Seating (10)
Tasting Menu (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Healthy (6)
Seasonal (6)
Fun (5)
Hot Spot (3)
Organic (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Music (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

We have always enjoyed Cafe Capriccio and this time it was as good as ever. The sauce and aromas were fantastic and I look forward to a return visit.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Disappointing experience at what used to be one of our favorite restaurants, and our favorite Italian one. We had read some reports that it had gone downhill but tried it again. I got the basic pasta dish, mainly for the sauce, but the pasta was overdone and the dish was not very tasty. My wife got veal scaloppini and was also disappointed. These dishes also came out very fast - they had better not have been premade and warmed up!! The tiramisu desert was fantastic, and the fresh bread, excellent. But overall, we would grade the entrees as a C+, and not nearly worth the $100 with tip (and one martini) the evening cost us. Really disappointed - might not return

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Pretty good for an off the beaten path little hole in the wall place. It may look downscale from the outside, but the food and the service are pretty upscale on the inside.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

We had a wonderful meal, enhanced by imaginative side dishes and excellent desserts! It's not inexpensive, but definitely worth the price. I was pleased to see so many creative vegetarian options. We would most certainly recommend it as a special occasion place.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The service was impeccable; the food was delicious; our dine-around group had a good evening.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Fabulous menu
Impeccable service
Cozy setting
Always a special night at the Cafe

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Very good, intimate dining in downtown Albany. Nice relaxed atmosphere with attentive service. A reliably inventive menu provides Italian specialities with fresh ingredients. Have been to the restaurant many times over the years and it never disappoints. Recommended.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Still great after all these years - always great service and great food

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Another outstanding dining experience, from the wonderful table we were led to, to the top-notch service we got, to the scrumptious, beautifully presented meal we ate and to the special way the staff made us feel while we celebrated our 8th anniversary together.

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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Food was great. We sat in the bar area and the bartender was really nice and she was super attentive.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We ate here prior to attending an event at The Egg. The place is warm, cozy and charming. Food was tasty with a creative menu and very large portions.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Healthy, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Let me start by saying that our shrimp appetizer was very good. The shrimp was flavorful and cooked to perfection. After that, I'm afraid that for our first time here, it was disappointing for us.

We had four different people waiting on our table which, while they were all friendly, was a little annoying.

The main course menu - being so very limited, gave us the expectancy that they must be extraordinary, however, the half chicken, potatoes and veggies was mediocre at best, and swimming in oil. My wife ordered the ravioli special, which was very good, but only slightly better than average. Lastly, we ordered a glass of Joseph Carr wine, and were surprised at the light pour.

We had 5:30 reservations on a Saturday and we were out the door by 6:10. That is not normal for us as we like to linger in a place that offers atmosphere and have an after-dinner drink, but unfortunately, we decided to not try again at what we would receive for a drink and there was no atmosphere whatsoever in the room we were seated in.

This may not be the same as others, but for us, it was an unfortunate dining experience that missed the mark.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I never, ever have to think twice where we’ll eat when we are near Albany!
Even though we live an hour away, I look forward to the ‘drive up’ to Cafe Capriccio. I love that you are able to order a small or large portion of some dishes!! That makes my decision making easy, I get to have a little of this and a little of that!!!

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Casual, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Delicious Italian food. The duck confit with watercress, osso buco & chicken straciatella soup were all absolutely delicious! Nice warm dining room and friendly service.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great menu and service! I had Ossco Bocco and Shrimp and Calamari! The pork was delicious and fell off the bone. The sauce and home made pasta with shrimp and calamari was bread dipping worthy! We will be back!

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Besides having excellent food and service I appreciate that at Cafe Capriccio you can actually have a conversation without having to shout. It is an intimate setting with the tables spaced appropiately so the noise level is low. The food and wine selection is very good and the staff are friendly and professional. I highly recommend this place.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

My son and I were seated right away and our waiter was excellent. The food was also wonderful. The people at the bar were pretty loud, but they left after a while. I would definitely come again.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

I took a friend for dinner and she loved it - the food was excellent and the service was awesome - will return again very soon

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Creatively imagined traditional Italian food featuring homemade pasta. Everything tasted great - clearly ingredients were fresh and of high quality. Ambiance is wonderful for conversation, quiet and cozy. Staff made us feel welcome from the time we opened the door and walked in. Highly recommended!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food was good, but not really a wow factor. Service was dry. We brought our own wine, but they only poured the first glass for us. The server didn't write the order down, and then had to come back to ask us what one of the orders was. Crumbing the table was needed between courses, but didn't occur until the end of the meal. Restaurant decor appears dated. It was an average dining experience comparable to casual dining. Not what I expected.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Always a pleasure to dine at Cafe Capriccio. The selection of food is excellent making choosing what to eat difficult. A good strategy is to share several items with your dining companions so you get to try more of the yummy food.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Cozy
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

We went for our anniversary, as it was a place that we went to years ago. Looking to have a relaxing dinner. Food was exceptional, however service made us feel rushed. When ordering drinks they also requested our dinner options, then checked back in 30 seconds. Cleared plates almost while still eating. Very disappointed with being rushed, never been asked to order drinks, apps, and dinner at sametime. Way too rushed for a nice dinner out. Too bad because the food is really good.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Wonderful food: Appetizers included risotto, greens/beans and pasta puttanesca. Entrees were steak, sea bass, and brussels sprouts (yes, a main course--they're real--and they're spectacular!).

Our waitstaffer, Jennifer, was professional, friendly and efficient. She offered good descriptions of the menu items and also suggested options to those who were having difficulty selecting.

We are regulars, and will continue to be!

Tags: Quick Bite, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

We happened into Cafe Carpaccio and we are so glad we did! It had an old-fashioned atmosphere. The serving staff were fantastic and made perfect recommendations that did not disappoint. This was by far the best meal we had on our tour of west/northwest NY.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Seasonal, Authentic, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food. We were seated in the bar section that became VERY loud as a large table was gathering until they all arrived. It was obnoxiously loud, but it cleared out in 30 minutes and then it was fine. My previous visit, we were seated on the other side of the restaurant and it was perfect the entire evening. I will definitely come back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

I have never had a bad meal at Cafe Capriccio. The food is fantastic. The eggplant with four cheeses is unbelievable. Next time I am just going to get two orders of that appetizer as my meal!! I am working on recreating the red sauce. I have the recipe in my copy of the Cafe
Capriccio’s Chef’s Table cookbook, and even went out and bought the “secret ingredient.” Mine came out pretty good but not quite as good as the restaurant’s. I’ll keep trying.
Already looking forward to my next visit. By the way, our waitress was great! If I could remember her name I’d give her a personal shout out!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Excellent Italian food - could be the best restaurant in the Capital District.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

I have been to your place several times for dinner and have always enjoyed it. Thank you for your service and attention.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

To keep it short: it is hard to justify the high prices, and out of place location and atmosphere. Deep inside there is a table that seats ~20 people, and we were seated in 4 person booth surrounding it. Since it was too noisy, we had an error with our order. The waiter was professional about it. Though I had to go over later and ask the other dish be removed. For the size and quality of the dishes, it was okay. To me, the rating was for the location and atmosphere. I expected more open space, an classy atmosphere, and modern setting. I saw a lot of tables just ordering glasses of wine, so this place might be the spot to get away and be low key.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

As usual our dinner for 4 was exceptional! Jennifer our waitress is just wonderful and a true asset to the Cafe! Her friendly outgoing manner and her innate ability to make you feel welcome and special is just wonderful!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

We have come to Cafe Capriccio, virtually since it first opened, for all sorts of special events. We would even make up special events to have an excuse to be there.
Special is the operative word. The staff is always welcoming, knowledgeable about the entire menu, including the wine list, and generous with their attention. Never is there the silly banter with wait staff that you get in other restaurants.
And the food...what can you say!? Superlative always! We have never been less than impressed by the freshness and quality of the ingredients. Finally, the preparation and presentation are excellent always - absolutely consistent. Cafe Capriccio is the standard by which all great restaurants must be judged!

Tags: Authentic, Organic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Healthy, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

A favorite place of ours that never disappoints! Homemade pasta, bread and all the delicacies are outstanding. Jimmy Rua & his team are terrific!

Tags: Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2017

This restaurant is an excellent Italian restaurant for those whoe love traditional Italian Cusine. All dishes were very carfully prepared. It is worth a trip to enjoy.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great restaurant and excellent service

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great food great service authentic ambience. A wonderful experience!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Service was excellent but the food was very disappointing. Menu was very limited. We both had pasta dishes and the pasta tasted like store-bought box pasta. Sauce was okay, lots of garlic, very thin. One of the pasta dishes had pancetta, but VERY little, both in size and amount. Desserts were Sysco-like. Was hoping for another good Italian dining option in Capital District , but this did not meet expectations.

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·Dined on October 6, 2017

This is by far the best Italian in Albany. The service is excellent and the sauce is amazing. I cannot recommend this place enough.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

We, party of 9, had a great variety of dishes--pasta, pork, duck, tuna. Everybody was very happy. Great service. Place has the feel of confidence and establishment. It is Italian through and through, but inventive, northern for the most part. Good wine list--something for every taste.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

We went to celebrate my birthday because I read all of the wonderful reviews. I am in total agreement. The food is amazing. Very creative not your ordinary Italian food by any stretch of the imagination. We will totally go back and bring friends.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Nice decor, extensive menu, a good list of evening specials, prompt, very good Italian food very nicely presented , very good service, moderate prices, quiet atmosphere

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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