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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

4.3

Noise

Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (37)
Special Occasion (37)
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Good for Anniversaries (35)
Good for a Date (35)
Neighborhood Gem (33)
Cozy (32)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Local Ingredients (21)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Worth the Drive (19)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Comfort Food (14)
Good for Groups (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Business Meals (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Bar Seating (7)
Casual (7)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Fun (4)
Healthy (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Seasonal (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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·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.

Tags: Cozy, Casual
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·Dined on January 4, 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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Special Occasion
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·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

My very favorite restaurant in the capital district!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Had a fantastic meal as always, never a disappointment when going to Cafe Capriccio!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

This little gem is not at all new to us. We've been coming here for years, although not enough.
The cuisine is superb; the service is top rate and Jim Rua owns the best Italian Restaurant within
a 100 mile radius of the Capital District. We'll be coming back more often, fer sure, fer sure. Thanx for a very special evening to the chef (s) and the wait staff.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

It was our first time there. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.The food was exceptional, the wait staff very attentive, knowledgeable, courteous. The menu was a perfect size, not overwhelming with selections. Portions were very generous, ingredients very fresh, high end quality.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Casual, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Delicious food never disappoints you. Best risotto in the area.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Capriccio should be in NYC somewhere in the 20's where the restaurant is tiny, cosy, downstairs and seems just right. The staff is friendly, offer excellent service, have been there a long time and know the menu, the drinks, and are good advisors, and never overbearing The food is well prepared, and tasty. Not oversauced. Wine choices are good, but not great. That might be the only place where one would look for improvement. The mixed drinks are excellent. In Albany it is tough to do better.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food was fantastic, however the service was lacking,many the cocktails were over priced

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Vodka martini was generous and delicious. Roasted potatoes out of this world. Tuscan chicken very good but a tad too lemony. Greenbeans were crunchy just the way I like them but they had absolutely no flavor. I would serve them in-season only. Broccoli or cauliflower would have been perfect. The coffee was very good. The bread pudding I could not eat..........WAY too much chocolate sauce.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

As always a great meal and service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Café Capriccio is a neighborhood gem. It's located adjacent to the Times Herald Arena and as such is a terrific place to dine when attending an event. That said, it would be terrific if located anywhere. The ambience is excellent, the service top-notch, and the menu is loaded with outstanding Italian dishes. This may well be the best restaurant in Albany and especially so for special occasions.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 14, 2017

As usual, great all around. Sauces are excellent. Wait staff friendly and knowledgeable. We bought Jim’s cookbooks for Xmas gifts!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

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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