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Cafe Capriccio

4.7
940 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 940 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

As always AMAZING!!!!!

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CarolC 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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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JamesS 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

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Richardm 
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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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JClem (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

One of my Albany favorites! Good food always never disappoints!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Most impressed by cozy ambience and quality of food.

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MisterA (Montreal)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

As always, excellent service, ambience, and delicious from start to finish

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Russ (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Mediocre food in an outdated space!

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vipBobby (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

The four of us made rendezvous on a Sunday night before a concert at The Egg, just up the street. What a nice surprise it was to find Emma from 'Lark & Lily' (Wine Bar on Lark Street) now serving here! A reservation is recommended, as we arrived early and watched the place nearly fill up, on an otherwise unremarkable evening. Service is efficient, but never pushy, so be prepared for a two-hour meal. Take your time and enjoy soups or salads, half- or full-portion entrées, and of course dessert. Multiple staff will cover the table, ensuring that water glasses are filled and that dishes are removed. Café Capriccio is really a lovely little establishment, even if parking on narrow streets is a challenge. Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

The service is spot on and the food was amazing. What an enjoyable experience.

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BridgetM (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Our meal was perfect. Food tremendous and service exceptional. Can't wait to return and try more from the kitchen! Cappuccino was the best I have had.

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KonKroy (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Wonderful. The risotto is from another world.

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Risa (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Loved this place. Cozy, quiet, super friendly wait staff. Good food. But be prepared, all that wonderful stuff is expensive. I do think it was worth it however.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

It was my first time dining at Cafe Capricio and the meal was fabulous!! I will definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Cozy dinner spot with fresh house made pasta. Staff was friendly, professional, and knowledgeable. Everything was delicious.

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LT44 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

I have NEVER had a bad meal or experience at Cafe Capriccio! The Eggplant with Four Cheeses is the BEST!!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Food was delicious and not all your standard Italian restaurant fare. Loved it!

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Sophia (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

This place is a classic. Always good, excellent service, comfortable atmosphere

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SusannaDanna (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Service was professional & knowledgeable, the food was really very fine with many interesting choices. All of us were pleased and would return. This is a lovely old-style fine dining restaurant that does not disappoint.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

We drive 45-50 minutes to dine at Capriccio’s and are never disappointed. It’s by far one of our favorite restaurants! Also, the noise level has never been an issue. You can actually have a conversation with your fellow diners!!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

The perfect place for a romantic dinner. My lady and I had the wild salmon over a bed of saffron risotto that was nothing short of outstanding. If you can believe it, I found the service to be quicker than I had hoped for (especially since I had requested the kitchen to take their time with the food). But outside of that very minor inconvenience, it was a great culinary experience and I highly recommend Café Cappricio to all!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

They happily accommodated our large group and even offered to have family style antipasta and wine waiting for us! I come to love this restaurant more and more every time I visit! Many thanks tothe staff!

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Sandyman (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

There were four diners and each selected a different dish. Everyone was happy with their choice! The risotto is always out of this world . Authentic tastes of Italy. Never disappoints.
I wish dessert weren’t quite so pricey- bread pudding with gelato was $11.50. Two desserts and 4 cappuccinos set us back $40!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Fish special turned me off when they put tomatoes on fish - not good.
The pasta with sausage was good except the paring of cheese wasn't to my liking
The ravioli's were fantastic. The atmosphere leaves much to be desired in
a dump of a neighborhood .
I won't be going back.

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David (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

Our experience was very enjoyable. Emma was fantastic. Poised and informative. Her wine recommendation was very excellent. We will not wait long to visit again.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

We live in Napa Valley but visit family in Albany at least once a year and Cafe Capriccio is usually one of our best meals of the year. The Calamari Neri is a must have.

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vipJp518 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We went for the price fixe inner on New Year’s Eve. My wife and I each picked different items and everything was superb. There was too mush food but it was still excellent reheated the next day

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Christine (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Everything was very good. It was a birthday celebration and very enjoyable. It was a very cold night and there was a little draft on our feet but everything was else was perfect. Thanks for a nice evening.

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