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Il Capriccio

4.8
4.8
3443 Reviews
$31 to $50
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. For peace of mind in Covid time, our three brand new, state-of-the art, Mitsubishi air handlers employ MERV Level 13 filtration, just one step down from an operating theatre. We also have a patio for al fresco dining, reservable by phone only, weather dependent.

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Booked 34 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (781) 894-2234

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Nate Allen

  • Private party facilities

    Il Capriccio offers a number of options for private parties. Our Lombardy and Romagna private dining rooms seat 10-14 guests each. Sicily semi-private dining room seats 34 and Tuscany seats 30; combined they seat 64. We normally reserve private parties in Sicily and Tuscany on weekday evenings only.

  • Private party contact

    Nahatai Harris: (781) 894-2234

  • Neighborhood

    Waltham

  • Cross street

    Moody St

  • Parking details

    The Merc private parking lot at rear of restaurant. Free street parking on Main St and Charles St.; there is also the Market Place Garage on Common Street. Please see our website for more details.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

April 2022

Antipasti

  • Soufflé di Porcini$15.00

    • Salmon Carpaccio$18.00

      Capers, Dill Crème Fraîche

      • Roasted Bell Peppers$13.00

        Buffalo Mozzarella, Basil Pesto

        • Rosemary Skewered Chicken Livers$14.00

          Balsamic Onions, Crispy Pancetta

          • Escargot$16.00

            Baked Polenta, Garlic-Tarragon Cream, Shaved King Oyster Mushroom

            • Yellowfin Tuna Tartare$21.00

              Avocado, Peppers, House-Made Chips

              • Grilled Octopus$19.00

                Potatoes, Chorizo, Preserved Lemon

                • Steamed PEI Mussels$16.00

                  White Wine, Garlic, Tomato

                  • Charcuterie Plate$25.00

                    Italian Cured Meat Selection

                    • Chilled Calamari Salad$16.00

                      • Mushroom Soup$13.00

                        Pasta

                        • Fettuccine Carbonara$16.00

                          • Carnaroli Risotto$18.00

                            Braised Short Ribs

                            • Potato Gnocchi$16.00

                              Burrata, Pomodoro Sauce

                              • Pappardelle Bolognese$17.00

                                • Seafood Cannelloni$18.00

                                  Main

                                  • Eggplant Vittorio$30.00

                                    Market Veg, Romesco Sauce, Walnuts

                                    • Scallops & Lobster$40.00

                                      Asparagus Sformato, Lemon-Saffron Sauce

                                      • Grilled Venison Rack$46.00

                                        Roasted Root Vegetables & Potato, Juniper Poivrade

                                        • Giannone Chicken 'Schnitzel'$32.00

                                          Fried Egg, Herbed Spätzle, Verza Stufata, Mustard-Caper Sauce

                                          • Seared Long Island Duck Breast$42.00

                                            Crispy Polenta, Cipollini Onions, Fig Sauce

                                            • Veal$37.00

                                              Stuffed with Fontina & Prosciutto, White Beans, Sage Lemon Sauce

                                              • Roasted Halibut$37.00

                                                Mashed Potato, Broccoli Rabe, Scotch Sauce

                                                Salad

                                                • Lacinato Kale$15.00

                                                  Feta, Cranberries, Pecans

                                                  • Beets$13.00

                                                    Goat Cheese, Candied Walnuts, Balsamic

                                                    • Mixed Greens$13.00

                                                      Pear Tomatoes, Carrots, Parmigiano Reggiano, Lemon, EVOO

                                                      • Prosciutto di Parma$14.00

                                                        Melon, Spicy Honey, Extra-Virgin Oil

                                                        • Wasik's Cheese Shop Selection$24.00

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                                                          Last updated: April 9, 2022

                                                          What 3,443 people are saying

                                                          Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                          4.8
                                                          4.8 based on recent ratings
                                                          • 4.8Food
                                                          • 4.8Service
                                                          • 4.6Ambience
                                                          • 4.5Value

                                                          NoiseModerate

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                                                            Bebewild

                                                            New England

                                                            10 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            10 reviews

                                                            Dined 1 day ago

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            the squash blossoms were delicate and summery, the fish perfectly cooked and subtly flavored, the rosé was perfect and desserts, mousse, tira mi su, chocolate tart, were transcendent. We love this restaurant--the food is superb, the wine list imaginative, and the staff makes you feel like family.

                                                          2. s

                                                            stever

                                                            New England

                                                            21 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            4.0

                                                            21 reviews

                                                            Dined 1 day ago

                                                            overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                            Service was great, especially our sommelier. Everyone was friendly and accomodating including our waitress and the food runner(s).

                                                          3. DD

                                                            DiningD

                                                            New York Area

                                                            17 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            17 reviews

                                                            Dined 3 days ago

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                            Our meal was wonderful as was the service. Excellent cocktails and wine list by the glass. It was a little pricey but worth it for a nice night out!

                                                          4. JE

                                                            JaneE

                                                            New England

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined 5 days ago

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            All excellent — our welcome, service, food (kale salad, melon/prosciutto salad, cod, pasta carbonara, wine, coffee, crème brûlée), on a beautiful evening sitting outside. I had long wanted to dine at Il Capriccio and am so happy that they have reopened!

                                                          5. JM

                                                            JMMS

                                                            New England

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            Dined 5 days ago

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            The new Il Capriccio is a gem. The food was excellent and the service, indulgent (but not overly so). Our table had three venison orders and one stuffed veal order; all were cooked to perfection, absolutely delicious, and hot when they arrived at our table (a must for me!). Appetizers and desserts were equally a 10+!! We chose a wine from among the staff favorites, and we understood why it was on that list! The larger setting allows for larger tables spaced farther apart than at the previous location. This is a must-go for a special occasion!

                                                          6. KB

                                                            KennethB

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined 5 days ago

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            The zucchini flower fritters were delicious. The short rib beef lasagna and soft shell crab were excellent.

                                                          7. r

                                                            rabbe

                                                            New England

                                                            14 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            4.0

                                                            14 reviews

                                                            Dined 5 days ago

                                                            overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                            Capriccio's is the "GoTo" spot in the Western suburbs for fine dining, great wines and superb service. Highly recommend it.

                                                          8. JM

                                                            JulesMacrae

                                                            New England

                                                            74 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            74 reviews

                                                            Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Wonderful evening with friends. Fabulous food and service! Thank you!

                                                          9. T

                                                            Tiff

                                                            New England

                                                            39 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            39 reviews

                                                            Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Delicious food, wonderful service and a lovely setting. We celebrated our 42nd anniversary and it was very special. And, they serve the best Cosmo!

                                                          10. NL

                                                            NLNLNL888

                                                            New England

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            My husband and I took my 92 year old mother to dinner to celebrate Mother’s Day. She has some mobility issues but staff was so helpful in accommodating her needs. We all enjoyed our food and the service!

                                                          11. R

                                                            Rose

                                                            New England

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            I do not usually take the time to wright reviews but this was amazing and is allways delicious. The veal dish, the crab dish and duck dish was prefect.

                                                          12. S

                                                            Sensei

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Great location, amazing cusien, ambience and service. If you're in the know, then you need to go... Mangiare!

                                                          13. H

                                                            Hud35

                                                            New England

                                                            34 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            34 reviews

                                                            Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            We had an absolutely wonderful anniversary dinner here. The food was beautifully prepared and delicious, and the atmosphere is delightful. Add in terrific service and a warm welcome by the front of the house staff, and it’s a given that this will become one of our go-to restaurants!

                                                          14. B

                                                            Bobby

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                            High class joint with delicious food and drink. The escargot was phenomenal and the venison rack was cooked perfectly. This place made for an excellent date night. Plenty of gluten free options for the wife too!

                                                          15. e

                                                            elaineb

                                                            New England

                                                            12 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            12 reviews

                                                            Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                            Fabulous birthday dinner, octopus appetizer, soft shelled crab (wonderful), and hub had maybe the best duck breast I’ve ever tasted. Crème brûlée for dessert, great cocktails and wine, I was a v happy birthday camper!

                                                          16. PL

                                                            PaulineL

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            It was wonderful to experience their new space with the same wonderful staff and the same excellent food.

                                                          17. M

                                                            Mamacinco

                                                            New England

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            4.0

                                                            4 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                            The food was exceptional and the menu had a great variety of options. The server was well informed, attentive and pleasant. I would def go back!

                                                          18. DD

                                                            DeannaD

                                                            New England

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            I have been eating at Il Capriccio for more than 30 years. It has been our go to place for celebratory events at least twice a year. What is remarkable is that every single meal has been outstanding without exception. That kind of commitment to excellence and execution of that commitment is rare in restaurants. To be able to feel comfortable knowing that everything is going to be perfect creates an evening that is simply wonderful, time after time after time.

                                                          19. MG

                                                            MikeG

                                                            New England

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Glad they are back! Just as great as the original.

                                                          20. EM

                                                            EmMatthews

                                                            1 review

                                                            2.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                            overall2food2service2ambience3

                                                            Il Capriccio was just not the same special restaurant for a special occasion that it used to be. I had been here several times previously and loved the food, the excellent service, and intimate setting. The new setting was loud and boisterous. The service was slow--we waited 15 minutes for a glass of wine and more than 30 between our first course and our second course. I ordered the pork osso buco special and it was strongly gamey tasting--I can make a better pot roast at home. All in all, I wish we had stayed in for our special occasion and cooked a nice dinner at home.

                                                          21. H

                                                            Hanley

                                                            New England

                                                            9 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            9 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Lovely sommelier, delicious food, had drinks and an app at the bar while waiting for friends and a relaxing 3 course dinner. Food and wine were delicious, we ended up spending almost 4hrs at the restaurant!

                                                          22. SG

                                                            SheilaG

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                            The new owners have made a smooth transition from the former Il Capriccio to a renewed version with the same wonderful staff and great food. It was great to see that they were very busy.

                                                          23. LF

                                                            LynneF

                                                            New England

                                                            6 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            6 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            We always leave the restaurant by talking about the excellence of the food, wait staff and ambiance. It’s our favorite restaurant!!!!!

                                                          24. S

                                                            Sherriqu

                                                            New England

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Our experience here was amazing. Our first time, seven of us. We were put in a lovely private room (we didn't ask for that) but was very nice. Ann was a most wonderful server, the women at the front of the house (hosts) were so lovely and welcoming. And the food and drinks, really great! I would recommend this spot to any one and will definitely be back.

                                                          25. LM

                                                            LorraineM

                                                            New England

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on April 22, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                            Great dinner....service, help with wine and food were all very enjoyable. Great to experience things running smoothly.

                                                          26. PE

                                                            PrachaE

                                                            New England

                                                            1 review

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on April 19, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Fabulous all around! Il Capriccio was a wonderful time

                                                          27. M

                                                            Mese

                                                            New England

                                                            39 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            4.0

                                                            39 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                            overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                            The "new" Il Capriccio, as in location, is as good or better than the old one. IT is great that it is back, I love the food and seeing the wonderful individuals who make this restaurant such a special place.

                                                          28. M

                                                            Marty

                                                            Denver

                                                            11 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            11 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            The food, wine and service was excellent as always

                                                          29. F

                                                            Froodie

                                                            New England

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                            It was great! Food was delicious and unique and beautifully!

                                                          30. C

                                                            Charles

                                                            New England

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 13, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Excellent all around

                                                          31. DN

                                                            DianeNY

                                                            New York Area

                                                            19 reviews

                                                            4.0

                                                            19 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 13, 2022

                                                            overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                            The food was excellent, but expensive for an "any evening" dinner. However I was glad to see therestaurant fairly crowded.

                                                          32. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            New England

                                                            23 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            23 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Great food Jen the sommelier is excellent! Remembered what she recommended when I ate there 3 weeks ago and what type of wine I liked and gave us a perfect one to pair with our food. With the great wine list, I highly recommend to ask for her. Food was good, had to repeat the mushroom and chicken liver appetizers… as main we had the bolognese which is outstanding and I had the veal saltimbocathat was very good. Ordered again the cheese with membrillo. Different cheeses from last time and outstanding again. This place is a keeper!

                                                          33. f

                                                            feebling

                                                            London

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            3 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Excellent food, sommelier available to help with (extensive) wine list. Our group had vegetarians & some with allergies, but all were able to find something they loved on the menu. Space was a little loud, which was a little hard for my 79 year old mother in law, but she still had a great time.

                                                          34. DE

                                                            DianaE

                                                            New England

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Enjoying a night out with family and friend

                                                          35. S

                                                            Stephanie

                                                            New England

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            5.0

                                                            2 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Perfect. Every single staff member was courteous, helpful and professional. We were warmly greeted upon entering and seated promptly. Our server did not rush us and the food was delicious. Staff even proactively offered help when we were wandering around trying to find the bathroom. Great tasting and quality food, too. One of our new favorite restaurants. Great for special occasions.

                                                          36. WB

                                                            WarrenB

                                                            Caribbean

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Very best meal for a birthday One in party was gluten free and menu had several delicious choices Venison was superb as well as porcini soufflé and special creme brûlée Sauces were excellent This restaurant never disappoints

                                                          37. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            New England

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            vip
                                                            5.0

                                                            7 reviews

                                                            Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Awesome as always

                                                          38. OT

                                                            OpenTable Diner

                                                            New England

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on April 3, 2022

                                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                            Attentive servers, great food and nice ambiance. A wonderful evening!

                                                          39. R

                                                            Rome

                                                            1 review

                                                            5.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                            overall5food3service5ambience5

                                                            Our server was wonderful. Shame on me for forgetting her name, but she was the best. Her spirit, serving and overall personality made our experience great.

                                                          40. V

                                                            Valerie

                                                            1 review

                                                            4.0

                                                            1 review

                                                            Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                            overall4food5service5ambience3

                                                            Excellent cocktails, delicious food. Wine steward was low-key and unpretentious.

                                                          Safety precautions

                                                          • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                            • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                            • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                                            • Contactless payment available
                                                          • Screening

                                                            • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                                          FAQs

                                                          Il Capriccio is rated 4.8 stars by 3443 OpenTable diners.

                                                          Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                          Booked 34 times today
                                                          Google Map for Il Capriccio

                                                          704 MAIN ST Waltham, MA 02451

                                                          Dining areas

                                                          Additional information

                                                          • Cross street

                                                            Moody St

                                                          • Neighborhood

                                                            Waltham

                                                          • Hours of operation

                                                            Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

                                                          • Cuisines

                                                            Italian

                                                          • Dining style

                                                            Fine Dining

                                                          • Dress code

                                                            Business Casual

                                                          • Parking details

                                                            The Merc private parking lot at rear of restaurant. Free street parking on Main St and Charles St.; there is also the Market Place Garage on Common Street. Please see our website for more details.

                                                          • Payment options

                                                            AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                          • Executive chef

                                                            Nate Allen

                                                          • Additional

                                                            Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                          • Phone number

                                                            (781) 894-2234

                                                          • Private party facilities

                                                            Il Capriccio offers a number of options for private parties. Our Lombardy and Romagna private dining rooms seat 10-14 guests each. Sicily semi-private dining room seats 34 and Tuscany seats 30; combined they seat 64. We normally reserve private parties in Sicily and Tuscany on weekday evenings only.

                                                          • Private party contact

                                                            Nahatai Harris: (781) 894-2234

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