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About Capri Ristorante Italiano - McLean
Come and enjoy the finest Italian Restaurant in McLean. We serve only the freshest and most authentic Italian cuisine in the area.
McLean, VA 22101
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Old Dominion Dr
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Capri Ristorante Italiano - McLean Ratings and Reviews
Mother in law selected for a friends and family night out after attending nearby choral music concert. Tasty but not amazing - for example, husband liked quantity, flavors, temperature of his carbonara but it was too saucy and thus texture was off - a bit like pasta soup. Another item - my lasagna - very little ricotta and sauce was a tad odd (more like tomato cream sauce then regular marinara or chunky tomato sauce- either of which I’d prefer). Perfectly edible but not quite right texture or flavor. Service outstanding not invasive but quietly attentive- but again we asked for more bread but when this arrived no butter came with it so I then had to ask for this too. Not too expensive but three people (me husband MIL) came to $125 with tip, which was: 2 appetizers, 3 entrees, no desserts, 1 glass wine, 1 cup of tea. So, also not so affordable (cheap) that bringing more butter for bread should be a special request. Quiet and charming .
Simply put, a terrible dining experience. Our waiter, Nelson L. was slow/inattentive. We had to ask another waiter for bread, and then ask the on duty manager for bread later in the evening. After waiting for our food for about 25 minutes, we asked the manager for help. He promptly brought out our order. We then had to flag down the manager to receive our bill. The manager was barely apologetic, and offered no compensation for the poor service, although it did appear the manager was scolding the waiter when he obtained our bill.
This was the perfect spot for a quiet lunch. Menu had a variety of offerings. We enjoyed the Sweet Potato soup (large portion and served steaming hot), and two different luncheon salads, that were both delightful. Grilled shrimp was especially good. Service was adequate.
We visited Capri as part of Restaurant Week. The salad was excellent, but the soup was mediocre. Our entrees were adequate, but not great. The veal scallopini was a little bland. We frequent Italian restaurants and know of several in the area that are a better choice.
Finding the restaurant took some sleuthing skills as it is on the second floor. Once the first guests climbed the stairs and mentioned that the escalator wasn't working, the staff turned it on. We did learn later there was an elevator. I had forwarned them that we included guests with mobility issues so I would have expected them to see to that before we started to arrive.
I checked their website the day before hoping to see their RW menu but the one showing was from May 2017. I called to clarify and the person answering the phone didn't know anything about their website but assured me there would be a fish option on the RW menu. There was not. Food for a party of 8 took a long time to arrive and wasn't hot. Quality was fairly good but no exceptionally good dishes. Wine and coffee were excellent.
We've eaten there for several years. They make authentic Italian food - and not just the dozen or so menu items you typically see on an Italian menu.
Their dishes are prepared using good quality ingredients, and are carefully and consistently prepared per a good recipe.
I like their wine, but I'm not a wine expert; so I won't say more about their wine.
Their prices are in line with the quality of their food.
The restaurant is on the second floor in a shopping center, but it has a nice interior decor. An elevator provides easy access for people with disabilities.
The serving staff are always attentive and nice.
Server was attentive. We ordered gazpacho and rockfish (both specials) and veal. The tartuffo desserts were superb and gazpacho had a nice kick to it. We were not rushed at all and stayed for awhile after our dessert and coffee. My first time there, not really my neighborhood, but I would return there.
The food preparations were quite good but the wait staff seems unmanaged and disorganized. My pet peeve is the waiter bringing dishes and not remembering who gets what. My peeve was kindled here. But lots of other little failings by waitstaff, like having to be asked multiple times for things and generally being inattentive. On the other hand, they were individual delightful people and earnest. That suggests they need some training, but that's my inexperienced guess.
Acoustics remain the complaint when we leave Capri. We like the food better than any other Italian place in McLean; service is attentive. But even when the restaurant is half empty, it's still loud. We wondered whether they could modify the ceiling, to absorb the noise of competing conversations.
lack of communication at the front desk.
i was waiting for my guest for an hour - while she in fact was seated at another table and she had been waiting for 30 Mins.
i had made a reservation in my name and yet, when they seated her, they said she was the first there.
I have liked this restaurant in the past . However, we went on a Sat. Night recently, it was packed, understaffed and so loud that at a table for 4 we could barely hear each other. No longer a neighborhood gem or a place to enjoy getting together with friends.
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