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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

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Quiet

98% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (48)
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Fit for Foodies (23)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Notable Wine List (18)
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·Dined 2 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 !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined 2 days ago

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 3 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.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Most impressed by cozy ambience and quality of food.

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 (Montreal)·Dined on February 13, 2018

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Mediocre food in an outdated space!

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vip
 (New York Area)·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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2018

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

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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Wonderful. The risotto is from another world.

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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

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

Tags: Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 22, 2018

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Casual, Authentic, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·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!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·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!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·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!

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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 (New York Area)·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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 (San Francisco)·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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vip
 (New York Area)·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

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 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 17, 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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 (New York Area)·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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 (New York Area)·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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vip
 (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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