Il Capriccio

4.8
2789 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
What 2789 People Are Saying
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New England
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as akeaty

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New England
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

It was good but not the best I have ever had.
Service was great and I liked the decor.

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New England
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an outstanding evening at Il Capriccio!!! It was for my birthday dinner with my sibs. The staff were so very warm and welcoming and the every one of my family LOVED their dishes! Our waitress had a great suggestion for a red wine that we had never heard of - but are now fans of. We never felt rushed - only very wonderfully welcome and so very taken care of. To us this is THE star restaurant of the Greater Boston area. Just saying.....

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just an overall superb restaurant!
Incredible food and the best wine list I have seen in a long time !
Service is impeccable as well !
This is one of Boston’s best restaurants!

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and wonderful service! We will definitely return . Nice attention to detail, including
birthday confetti on the table and a candle in a scrumptious dessert.

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H
New England
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent meal — every dish in every course was memorable.

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only restaurant I know year after year that the Quality and flavors get better each and every time we dine there.

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SM
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Have only been there a couple times when entertaining out of town guests. They all loved it. I should go more often.

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z
New England
150 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We hadn't been back for a while and I was glad to find that the food was still delicious and the ambiance lovely for conversation with friends. I had a wonderful Gavi di Gavi wine and my cod was delicate but flavorful.

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AG
New England
31 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On my bucket list for 15+ years, Il Capriccio did not disappoint! I had the octopus, beet salad and pasta carbonara -- all very approachable but spectacularly done. I also had a very interesting organic Italian wine made from a varietal that I'd had never heard of it. My friend and I were on our way to another event, so we didn't have time to linger, but I will definitely go back when I can take my time and work my way through the wine list!

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RA
New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have never never had a bad meal there! The menu has options for everyone and changes monthly. It is better than the North End!

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J
New England
37 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal at the bar last night. I enjoyed a beautiful glass of Agrapart champagne paired with an elegant tuna tartare. Bravo!
My dining companion was impressed by the all the vegetarian options.
This is a cozy little bar. We will return!

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OT
New England
73 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Capriccio has been around for over 30 years and there is a reason for its longevity. The cuisine is consistently great, innovative, and the service is stellar. I wish I lived closer so that I could dine there more frequently, but it is always worth drive to create more excellent dining experiences! I was dined there on a Monday night with torrential downpours--and the restaurant was hopping--this says it all!

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LS
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another perfect meal at Il Capriccio. We tasted a few new items this time. The linguini and seafood was delicious. The pasta is homemade which makes a big difference. Instead of the traditional clams, this version had tiny scallops as well. It was yummy and officially better than Black-eyed Susan's Linguini. The cod was also delicious. I had my favorite calamari dish and can't wait to go have it again. Our friend had the lasagna bolognese and his plate was empty.
We had the mushroom appetizer too......yum. I am never disappointed. We sat at our favorite table in the back. Thank you again to Richie and the team.

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JQ
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pricy but you get what you pay for. I took a beautiful woman there and we both had a great time. I would go again

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CB
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! Went with another couple. We all thought the food was great!

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E
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great. Menu was very interesting, food excellent. Ambiance for friends getting together was outstanding in a cozy space. Definitely will go there again and recommend to friends

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G
New England
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu, deep wine list and great service. Every time.

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OT
New England
59 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is no other restaurant in the Boston area with such great food, caring service and a very well thought out wine program. Professional through out.

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New England
84 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really, Il Cap is good for all occasions! We are always in for a treat when we go. The staff are fantastic, from the lovely hostess, Liz, to Vinnie & Jan on the floor, Lydia at the bar, to Richie in the kitchen!
It really feels like coming to dine with friends, they are so personable, and obviously happy there.
The wine selection is great....always hard to choose because we want to try so many! Love how they have staff pics and you can actually get a sense of their drinking preference. There's always a new special or twist to an old favorite that can support repeat visits! It's our "local" favorite, even though it's a 25 min. drive from home.

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B
New England
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food...measured up to expectations from years ago !!

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SG
New England
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints. It is fantastic in every way, every time.

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AB
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sister and I had a wonderful experience. The food was fantastic and the wine list superb. We chose to eat at the bar. The bar staff was welcoming and engaging. Overall a wonderful evening.

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A
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had a nice evening, good food, but nothing special. I hadn't been to Il Capricio in a long time and, in the past, always had an exceptional dining experience there. I was a bit disappointed, especially for the price.

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n
New England
49 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The four of us were dining here for the first time. I would highly recommend Il Capriccio for ambiance, service and especially for the food. Wait staff was attentive and informative on both food and wine selections....attentive but not intrusive. The appetizers we had were great, awesome charcuterie platter and the other couple thought their salad was fresh with great dressing. Food was spot on....Oslo bucco was delicious, another in our party had the pasta dish which was perfect. One other diner ordered halibut and asked if they could omit the mashed potatoes...not a problem according to our waiter and he asked if she would like veggies instead which she did. She was surprised as to how perfectly her fish was cooked and appreciated the option for veggies.
Although the space is large it’s different rooms which gave the space more of intimate feel. Definitely will want to dine here again as there were more things on the menu that I’d love to try.

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JW
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife loved it - wants to go back next week! Presentation outstanding. Unusual blend of tastes and flavors. A real "gem."

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DF
New England
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

It is heavy Italian food, no real vegetarian options. Fabulous service!

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MN
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Linda was great with us when we came in at 9:15pm. She didn’t rush us. In fact she made sure we ate at an appropriate pace. She was very knowledgeable about the wines and the main menu. We went with small plates and had to limit what to order. There was so much to choose from. We chose the gravlax, mussels, escargot and the foie grad ravioli. Everything was excellent. We finished it with the lemon mousse.

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J
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Appetisers outstanding. Entrees mediocre. Service excellent. Wine list outstanding. The menu was interesting but lacked traditional Italian favorites like ousso bucco, veal cut off the leg, and veal chop.

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CG
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

I love this restaurant. I've been going here for more than 30 years. However, on this occasion, our server spilled our drinks and water all over our table and into our laps, soaking our clothes. They reset our table and dried off our seating while we stood aside in a crowded dining room. Not even a comped drink! Very disappointed.

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FF
New England
58 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THE BEST. We are regulars who are always impressed. Every meal is superior. Escargot, tuna tartare, chicken schnitzel, fettuccine Alfredo, quail., lemon mousse and chocolate budino You might think you’ve had these before, but you have to try them here.

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Indiana
79 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always everything was excellent!

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J
New England
22 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a wonderful dinner and evening with friends and family

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal and experience!

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s
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Given hearing issues we requested a table with a barrier wall so voices would not be surround sound, they accommodated us. It was my wife’s birthday and they treated her like royalty. The meal was exceptional - we are still talking about it days later. The staff convinced us to try a different wine than what we ordered and they were spot on and yet stayed within our budget. Wonderfully polite staff. Why not a 5? The guys next to us - one was loud and and forever it seemed used the F bomb every other sentence. He did not quit until we, and the staff, finally asked him to. Good job staff! What a wonderful restaurant!!! Thank you.

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J
New England
23 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! Always consistently amazing food

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E
New England
30 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Consistently solid performance - excellent menu, imaginative choices, well prepared and delicious. Fine and prompt service.

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LS
New England
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il capriccio continues to be my favorite restaurant in Boston. Even though it is not in Boston. The menu changes monthly and there are too many items that you were I want to try. This time we tried the grilled octopus and stuffed calamari. It may be my new favorite dish. The presentation is beautiful only topped by the flavors. The grilled octopus has a little spice which is perfect for my family. We tasted the appitizer portion of pasta carbonara which was topped with a poached egg. It was better than the versions we tasted in Italy. We loved it. We had the chicken, scallops and duck. Each one delish! What make this restaurant different from others is the fact that it has had consistent staff and ownership. The servers have been there for years and the chef owner is In The kitchen every night making sure the quality of the product does not go down... just up. If you want a guaranteed, hassle free evening... to impress even the biggest foodie... you can not go wrong at Il Capriccio. You never know which famous Boston celebrity you may see here. I can’t wait for my next visit.

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DO
New England
19 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

When I booked this reservation, I told them it was our anniversary and we would like a nice table. When we got there, we were seated in a back room with no atmosphere next to a table of people who looked liked they were out for a corporate meeting meal. I told the greeter that the seat was unacceptable and we wanted something else. We were then given a nice seat in the front of the restaurant. Why did this not happen immediately? We told them it was an anniversary and we wanted a nice table!

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a
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were excellent. We were led to a table for two that was very close to a group of four men. Since this was a "date" for us, we asked to be moved to a quieter, more private table and we were accommodated.

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