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  1. Distance: 0.74mi
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About Il Capriccio

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.

888 Main St.
Waltham, MA 02453
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Prospect St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(781) 894-2234

Website:
http://www.ilcapricciowaltham.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Richard Barron

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

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Il Capriccio Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (62)
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Notable Wine List (48)
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Creative Cuisine (44)
Romantic (41)
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Quiet Conversation (34)
Authentic (29)
Business Meals (26)
Cozy (25)
Local Ingredients (24)
Bar Seating (16)
Seasonal (13)
Comfort Food (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Healthy (9)
Casual (8)
Disabled Access (7)
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Had dinner with my wife as part of our anniversary outing. This was the perfect way to finish a great day out. The wait staff was very friendly and the food was amazing. Everything was fresh and cooked to perfection.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Tampa)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Arguably this is one of the best restaurants in Greater Boston. The menu is exquisite, time after time. The food arrives steaming hot by a competent and charming waitperson. The noise level is tolerable, as is the parking. For us, the drive is short, allowing us to avoid in-town traffic and parking lot prices.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Polite, courteous service. Marvelous morsels of foods. Perfect martinis!

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

My birthday dinner celebration was outstanding. Service was impeccable!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Il Capricio never disappoints! The food and wine are the best in Boston, and the service is excellent. Why go downtown?

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on October 3, 2017

I would make different selections for food. next time. I found the mushroom "souffle" heavy and greasy. In the future I will only order a small plate for an entre. I had the lamb chops, and that selection was also too heavy on the oil (or perhaps cheese) that was cooked with the vegetables. I will probably NOT return any time soon.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The service was horrible. Our waiter served almost whole dining room and obviously didn’t have enough time and effort for everyone. People were waiting hours to be served a drink. After complaining about long wait the server stopped coming to our table at all. Didn’t ask about our entrees or if we would like any drink. The place was packed and you could hardly move your chair. Not coming back.

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·Dined on September 29, 2017

We were a party of six, ranging in age from 14 to 81; everybody was happy with their selection. Every dish, from chicken livers to risotto, from their signature mushroom souffle to the bread was prepared well, with no room for criticism. Service was impeccable, with gracious accommodation to requests for splitting dishes between two diners. The wine list is very large, and we got an excellent recommendation when we asked for a "Barbera on the light, dry side."

They are evidently a success, the restaurant was packed, with the tables fairly close to one another.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Terrific restaurant, wonderful food, service, and wine!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2017

I've been to Il Capriccio more times than I can count, beginning before it moved to this new location some years ago. It has always been, and remains, a go-to choice for special occasions and for great wine and food. It is consistently fantastic.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

I eat here occasionally when in Boston area. Superb No. Italian cuisine, fish, pasta, game, beautifully presented by experienced and friendly wait staff. Worth every penny.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

We had an excellent meal and great service. We shared appetizers and loved them all especially the mushroom soufflé and carbonara. We liked it so much Friday that we went back again Saturday. Picture is the mushroom soufflé.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2017

It was a special evening with old friends, good food, nice ambience and great service!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2017

As always, Il Capriccio was amazing. We totally love eating in the bar. Easy, no ressies and great service. It's hard to say which item we liked more- the lobster and corn risotto or the lamb chops! Thanks again for a wonderful meal-we'll be back soon!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Ill Capriccio is the best restaurant in the city of Boston. It is elegant without being pretentious. the menu is varied,and always delicious. The waitstaff is knowledgeable, very well trained. The wines are interesting and fairly priced. I have never had a bad meal there. This season the lasagna with wild mushrooms,spinach and onions made with homemade pasta and available in a smaller portion is irresistible.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Worth the Drive
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Excellent dinner and excellent service. Very accommodating. Has been consistently good for many years. Interesting menu. We forgot our 'take home" and we're so surprised that they called me to see if we were close enough to come back to get it. That is exceptional service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Wonderful dinner. Figs and prosciutto appetizer balanced w swordfish and lentils was finished off w a nice selection of cheese.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on September 13, 2017

We always have a wonderful time at Il Capriccio and look forward to returning there. Porcini soufflé is delicious and a must-have. Another one of our favorites is the lemon mousse.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Always great food and service. I would love to see them update the space, and get rid of the odd glass partitions.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Il Capriccio is our one and only favorite for any occasion, even an old married couple's "date night". The menu is always seasonal and inovative while still maintaining some of the old special standbys. The recent special antipasta of white bean and shrimp made us want to order a second round but there was too much else to look forward to. The carbonara made us long for the family table in Italy and the rabbit special left us with fond memories of Mama. We finally had to resort to taking home half the meals so we could make room for the pistachio profiteroles. The wine list is deep and well priced. Now for the front and back of house staff...thankyou for everything you do. You are all the total package.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 11, 2017

I ordered the gnocchi. My son ordered the veal dish and my husband the lamb chops. The gnocchi were homemade and tasted wonderful. My son and husband commented on the flavor filled reduction sauces used in each of their meat dishes. I would highly recommend this restaurant

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Fun
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Everything was great until an elderly lady was seated next to us. Her perfume was overpowering, put a damper on dinner. Certainly not the restaurants fault. Perhaps dinning etiquette should be revisited.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The lobster and corn risotto is phenomenal. A small portion of that and the fig appetizer was a perfect meal

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Had dinner here for my birthday. Stuffed zucchini flowers were excellent. Scallops were exceptional . The rabbit special was delicious. Had a nice bottle of Ferrari rose. Our server Linda was great. Her recommended Pinot noir was very nice. Chocolate budino dessert was decadent. Consistently great.

Tags: Seasonal, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Always, always excellent food, service and ambience.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 5, 2017

It has a very good and creative menu. The food is well prepared, but tends to be rich, and the portions are quite substantial. There is an extensive, quality wine list with selections in most price ranges, tending toward the higher end. We have been there numerous times and recommend it highly. It is expensive, but well worth the price.

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 (Caribbean)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Extremely good food. We will keep on coming back. Owner is on site. Sommelier on site very knowledgeable.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Always an incredible meal. Way better than a lot of trendy restaurants downtown. Great wine list and knowledgeable servers

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Delicious meal! Everything was wonderful, especially the lobster risotto and veal tenderloin. Also, the service couldn't be any better. This place may indeed be the best Italian restaurant in the Boston area.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Had a spontaneous dinner here last Friday.
The service was top notch, so was the food.
We shared a charcuterie board (sooo good), and escargot app (was on the special menu)
I had veal - extremely tender, even the steam broccoli was delicious.
My husband had lobster risotto, which was good but not as great as other dishes.
Coffee was good, so was the cherry tart.

NOTE TO OPEN TABLE - your menu for this restaurant is outdated! They no longer have some of the dishes that you list (which of course were the ones that we wanted to try ... )

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Such a relaxing and enjoyable dinner with friends. Waitstaff left us alone to catch up and we never felt hurried. Delicious octopus salad, caprese and zucchini flower appetizers and all our entrees were just right too! Thanks for a great evening!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Awful experience with extremely unpleasant waiter. Used to love this place and after this dinner will probably not go back.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 29, 2017

We LOVE this place!! We travel all the way from the west coast to have dinner at Il Capriccio. The staff is SUPERB and the food is SPECTACULAR!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Another great meal. Several of us chose 2 apps and our waitress was understanding and served us in a timely manner. Great wine

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Six people absolutely loved their dinner. The lobster risotto was fabulous!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Have not been to il capriccio for many years. What a wonderful rediscovery.a menu that will please everyone...i had the veal chop ..** stars. Great to see owner Richard Barron as friendly as ever..be back there asap!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 25, 2017

I love the tuna tartare and order it every single time I eat there -- it's the best I've had in any restaurant.
The pasta and risotto dishes are also excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 25, 2017

The food is exquisite and is our favorite restaurant.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 20, 2017

My husband and I came here for our 1 year wedding anniversary. When reserving our table I mentioned that in the comments section and the hostess sprinkled red heart confetti on our table and offered us each a complimentary glass of champagne. The staff and service were all superb and the food was delicious. I'm so glad we decided to come here and can't wait to bring our family here for other special occasions in the future.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Excellent service, amazing food and an intimate setting. I particularly appreciated the two different sizes of pasta so that I could order a smaller portion and still have the anti pasta. I also liked that they had detailed explanations of the wine recommendations from the staff. We had a lovely evening and will definitely return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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