Il Capriccio

4.8
2691 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
Il Capriccio serves a constantly changing Northern Italian menu featuring local products with an award winning Italian wine and Grappa list. Though long considered a local secret, Il Capriccio has been the number one Northern Italian restaurant in Zagat's for the past seven years. The wine list has been featured in Decanter, Sante, Wine & Spirits and Stuff. The same menu is served in the Bar. We like to serve great food and great wine in a comfortable setting.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(781) 894-2234
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Richard Barron
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Prospect St.
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Parking details
Il Capriccio shares a parking lot with Gordon's Wine & Liquors. If that lot is full you may park in the Hannaford Supermarket Lot on the side adjacent to the Bank of America. Please do not park in the Bank of America parking lot. You will be towed.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Everything was delicious— terrific service too.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Perfect, as always!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Still one of the best restaurants in Boston. It is expensive but the food is outstanding.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Thanks, the best restaurant in greater Boston. Thanks for all the great memories of the last 30 plus years. You’re the best.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

When we were seated we said, "How come we haven't been here in such a long time?" By the time the evening was over we said, "We have to come back more often. This was fabulous!" Frankly, we have recommended Il Capricio to friends and business colleagues far more than we have been here in the last few years. People thank us for the recommendation. Now we know why.

Beginning with a knowing, friendly but professional welcome our Anniversary evening was not be forgotten. The table was sprinkled with tiny, shining red hearts. Everyone who served us congratulated us on our Anniversary.

We began with two glasses of an excellent Italian Prosceco. Then we shared an appetizer of Grilled Spanish Octopus with Peppers on Chick Pea Puree. My spouse is saying as I write this, she would love to have someone bring a plate of the dish for this evening. It would be all she would want. It was easily, and this may be unfair because it was the first taste of that evening, "the best thing we had all night"! I might beg to differ, but it certainly set the tone of very high expectations. The octopus we grilled to perfection. Not soft. Not rubbery. Just right. The accompaniments and puree were clearly cooked to order and presented in seconds from the grill, which, by the way, was notable for each dish one after the other.

My spouse ordered the Foie Gras Ravioli with Peach, Caramelized Onion and Reduced Moscato d’ Asti
as an entree. I had the Veal Tenderloin Scallopine with Artichoke, Mushroom, Sage, White Wine and Roast Potato. Both were simply marvelous.

We shared the Cherry Tart with ice cream....nothing more to say. It was the equal
Finally, I should conclude with where this all began. We did not capture our waitpersons name, but she was simply outstanding. At once engaging and that same time not intrusive. She made it clear her mission was that we would have an outstanding, memorable anniversary at Il Capricio. We salute her!

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

great food; great service. We love to spend special occasions at Il Capricio!

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

We love this restaurant! The food is consistently excellent, and the service is always fantastic. The staff are warm and friendly but never too present. Moreover, we can hear each other when we dine...almost a novelty now. This has been and continues our go to place for delicious food and drink and wonderful ambience.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Great food and service

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

I will be returning for the tuna tartare appetizer, the cappuccino and the dessert!! Absolutely amazing on those three counts. I had the bass as a main course which was nicely done except it had oregano in the sauce which tampered with the taste and disappointed me. This would uave been a five star review otherwise. I had the warm cherry Frangipane for dessert and was very pleasantly surprised. I loved the almond flavor. The cappuccino was the best I’ve had. Terrific!

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Il Capriccio is among our favorite restaurants in the general Boston area. The food is always served hot and is delicious. The wine list, featuring primarily Italian selections with some gems from Europe and America, is possibly the best, and fairest priced, of any within a 30 mile radius and beyond, Most of the staff and severs have been there for years so service is exemplary. The warmth generated by staff and owner, Richie Baron, makes one feel as comfortable as if dining and a good friend's home. And that;s not to even consider that they have a lot where one can park for free. Lots of pluses, no negatives. What a rarity!

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

The food was superb as usual. Slight disappointment: the scone with peaches was dry and would have been better with quite a bit more fruit.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

As always; GREAT!

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Da Wife's Birthday. One of her favorite places. She had arugala salad and the halibut. I had soup (asparagus, shrimp and mushroom) and fettucine with duck and wild mushrooms. All sooooo good. Our waitress suggested, and we agreed, a light red could handle all well. She suggested, and we loved, an Italian pinot noir (which I did not know existed). Chocolate boudini (spelling?) and cappuccino for dessert (with one birthday candle, one or 2 short of the mark, but a nice touch) to top it off. A great meal, and we could actually talk to each other without yelling, and the place was fairly busy for a mid-week dinner.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

We went to Il Capriccio for our anniversary dinner and when they seated us they scattered a handful of confetti with red hearts on our table and said happy anniversary- very NICE touch!
Food was excellent- very fresh and authentic- we had the veal tenderloin scallopine and the pan roasted halibut- both were delicious! Wine was perfect with the meal- they sat us in a quiet corner- would definitely go back!

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4.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Food was excellent, especially the pasta dishes. Deserts were also excellent.

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

We have come to this restaurant for many years and the quality has never lessoned. The food is wonderful. The service is attentive and the wine list interesting and extensive.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Our favorite place to eat. Food is fantastic and service is wonderful.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Fabulous food and service every time.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

If Tom & Gisele ever decide to leave their Chestnut Hill enclave and brave the border crossing into Waltham (oh my!), they should visit Il Capriccio. First, the owner/chef, Richie Barron, might be Patriot Nation's original citizen. Second -- like the Patriots --- Il Capriccio is a dynasty ... 37 years of northern Italian dominance in greater Boston. Finally, even fussy Tom & Gisele will find something to love on Capriccio's carefully curated menu featuring long-time classics like souffle di porcini and chicken schnitzel together with regularly changing seasonal specials. For New England's favorite power couple, they might even put some extra vegetables on the plate.

C'mon Tom, no question you -- like every customer who comes through the restaurant's door -- will be appreciated at Il Capriccio. You could even wear your Versace jacket -- it's Italian right?

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3.0Dined on June 20, 2018

We had heard great things about Il Capriccio for many years, so perhaps our disappointment was more related to expectations than to experience. But, my wife and I found it rather ordinary, while the pricing was high for a suburban restaurant. The food and service were good, but nothing special. With so many good restaurants in the Boston area, and new ones opening every month, we will not be returning here.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Still Fabulous after all these Years!!

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3.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Haven’t been to Il Capricio in more than 20 yrs— thought we’d try again for a birthday. First courses - zucchini blossoms, gravlax- were excellent. Mains: soft-shell crabs — dry, overly coated, tasteless. Swordfish fine. Dessert- molten chocolate cake, nicely presented for birthday but otherwise nothing special. Had a good crowd for a Tuesday night— so others must like it. We won’t be returning.

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

I've been here at least a dozen times and have always had a great experience. The food is always interesting and well-prepared. The Soufflé di Porcini is incredible. Great pasta and entrees. Biggest problem is deciding what to get because they're are so many good options.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

I had been to Il Capriccio before with a girl friend from work and we were treated very well. A nice table for two where we could hear ourselves talk and a very attentive staff person who made very good recommendations.
This time it was husband's birthday and it was even better. A quiet Monday night and the staff even moved the two table next to us over so we had more table space. So thoughtful!
And the food and wine never fails. OK there wasnt a beef dish (veal yes) for my steak guy
but there was plenty of variety. One could do quite well with the Antipasti and a salad.
Never fails!

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

From being greeted at the front door by Elizabeth, to being served by Vinnie, going to Il Capriccio never disappoints. The gnochi as a starter was more like a dessert, it was so pillowy & melt-in-your-mouth. The halibut (which we both had) was excellent, especially on a bed of whipped potatoes and colorful vegetables. If we could, I would dine at Il Cap nightly!

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Drove up from Cape Cod, met our friends from Maine. All 4 of us thoroughly enjoyed our dinners. Veal, Steak, Halibut, all excellent. 106 miles from our home and we will drive it again.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

I have eaten here several times, and the food is always delicious, beautiful plating. Wait staff is always friendly and accommodating. This is a little gem.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

This is always a sure bet! Consistently excellent food and service. Definitely the best outside of Boston.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Spectacular food, the columari zucchini fritters were wonderful. Every dish was right on.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Our family loves Italian food... this restaurant is fabulous!!! We were celebrating my daughter’s high school graduation and looking for someplace memorable— we couldn’t have picked a more special restaurant. The staff was wonderful and engaging, the atmosphere was beautiful and the food was exquisite. Everything we ordered was authentic Italian perfection. Expensive but worth every penny. I highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Amazing food. The service was wonderful!

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Convenient location. Easy to get there and get out. Good free parking. Table for two was good. Great service. Salad as appetizer was excellent. Main course was very good and right proportion. Bread was ok.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Always the best

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

This is our favorite.

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Food is always excellent! Service very good but not memorable. Guests from Colorado very pleased.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

Superb food, excellent wine list, great service from a talented and friendly staff. Good for that special occasion or a business meeting

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

We had a lovely meal with excellent service. The wine, appetizers, entrees, and desserts were all delightful.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Duck and morels pasta was wonderful as was the ravioli with favs beans. My mistake was ordering a sausage stuffed quail. The menu said it was stuffed with cherries, too, but there were none. But besides that, the sausage was severely salty and greasy. Terrible, really. And almost no quail, either. Ok - the one thing to order with out fail is the stuffed zucchini flower. It was divine. With such a high rating we expected all the servings would score but it didn’t. The bread was nothing special. In an Italian restaurant the bread should be a hit. It was just fair. Sorry, but there are so many fine Italian restaurants in Boston it’ll be a while before we return.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Fine dining with interesting menu creations. Fois gras appetizer -- try it, share it, but definitely try it! Knowledgeable team offers recommendations from the extensive wine list. A special occasion must-try!

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

A return to one of our favorite restaurants was as wonderful as always. In particular the Charcuterie Platter of Salumi, Olives, Roast Peppers, Reggiano Parmesan and Melon, ricotta stuffed squash blossoms, Linguine Carbonara with Peas, Pancetta, Prosciutto and Poached Egg, and Spiced Grilled Spanish Octopus with Peppers on Chick Pea Puree. Always superb food with new additions that leverage off of seasonal foods.

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