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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.
Waltham, MA 02453
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$31 to $50
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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.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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Il Capriccio Ratings and Reviews
I have never had a better waiter anywhere, ever. To say that I never felt rushed, never felt ignored, never felt bothered is an absolute understatement. The way the waiter took care of us made me feel as if the entire restaurant was eagerly at my disposal. And the food? Superb. I'm somewhat of a pleb when it comes to Italian food, but my girlfriend who has spent time abroad in Italy was very favorably impressed by her dish. Strongly recommend.
We essentially stumbled across Il Capriccio last summer and weren't sure what to expect from the impossible to read exterior. What a pleasant surprise---despite being underdressed for the tone of the restaurant, the wonderfully friendly, welcoming and down to earth hostess coaxed us in, and aren't we glad she did! Based on a totally positive first visit, we made a second visit last weekend and had another fantastic experience. The porcini souffle is one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten. Rich but not overpowering, dense with perfectly balanced flavors, every bite elicited a "wow." Our bluefish and cod entrees were similarly stellar---intense but nuanced flavors that perfectly suited the ingredients. Don't miss it, a real gem!
I went for a friends twenty first birthday and we could not believe how great all our meals were. The wait staff was attentive and informative. We absolutely loved the muscles and the mushroom souffle. Thanks for an amazing night, we are sure to return very soon!
Always a fantastic dinner at Il Capriccio. The appetizers, the entrees, the desserts, and the wine to complement each of them are so very remarkable. It is certainly the finest Italian cuisine in Greater Boston. I would even put a meal at Il Capriccio up against any one in the North End. The bartender, Jesse, is absolutely wonderful. He pours a wonderful drink and mixes engaging conversation with it. I cannot wait for my next dining experience here!
I recently visited Il Capriccio on Monday night.
Everytime we dine there,we have the best time. Its nice to know that every time you go ,you will definately leave satisfied.
We started out with the corn chowder which was unbelievably good. It has a sweet delicate corn taste,also we had the tuna tartare, best we ever had.
For main courses with had the veal and the scallops, both outstanding.The service was spot on without being overbearing.
I guess thats why they are still successful 30 yrs. later
Exterior and first impression was not fantastic but that may be my European view - I would not step in a restaurant like that unless I would have a recommendation. Food is however good although the tuna-starter was clearly spiced too much (peppers) resulting in not tasting the tuna. Main courses were good just like desert. Wine was excellent with broad range of Italian choices.
We enjoyed our recent visit to Il Capriccio. The veal was excellent and our waiter was extremely friendly and polite. We were surprised by the size of the large gnocci - we asked if we received the small one instead. Otherwise, we were very pleased with our meal and experience there.
This is one of the best restaurants in Massachusetts!
The food is excellent. We had the shrimp with polenta and tuna tartar followed by veal tenderloin and bluefish. Certainly not shy on portions, the kitchen really knows their craft.
The service staff is also amazing. They are friendly and attentive without being overbearing.
Some of the previous reviews had me worried about the prices, but I cannot understand what they are referring to. For the quality of ingredients, portions and execution I would expect to pay much more at any other restaurant. Even the renowned and extensive wine list has many choices $40 or less.
I love to visit different restaurants, but I cannot wait to return to Il Capriccio.
We shared the Tuna Tartare, Porcini Soufflé and the Grilled Boar Sausage for starters, all great. For dinner, I had the Gnocchi with Spicy Lobster which was amazing. My wife enjoyed the Stuffed Quail and my friend, the Scallops. The staff was very friendly and took great care of us. Highly recommended.
Rich Barron continues to set the standard for superior food and wine. In a business where restaurants come and go, Il Capriccio remains firmly entrenched at the top, year after year. Rich's food is serious without being pretentious. He embraces the attributes of truly great Italian cooking: sourcing the best ingredients and allowing them to shine on their own.Il Capriccio's wine offerings truly match its amazing food. The restaurant boasts a cellar full of artisanal gems offered at terrific value. Ask the Sommelier to surprise you - you will not regret it! I am a serious foodie, and I can think of no better place to sample northern Italian fare (with a small nod to Austria) anywhere in the Boston area.
A very interesting menu. I had a tough time choosing. Unfortunately, the execution was not optimal. Some ingredients in a stuffed quail were overcooked, and, in general, the mixture of ingredients in most dishes took the plate over the top in complexity. The kitchen needs to simplify. Perhaps eat at some restaurants in Romagna to see how simplicity can be extraordinary. Hostess seemed indifferent as to our presence. Greeted us, turned us over to a seater, and left without a word. Thanked us as we left as though it were a requirement (which it no doubt is).
I went with my 9 year old for my husband's birthday. The food was wonderful, and the service very professional, friendly and attentive. They were very subtle in their recognition of my husband's birthday - some confetti on the table, a low-key dessert with Happy Birthday beautifully written on the plate. My daughter had mussels, and loved them. There's no kids menu, so it's not an obvious place to take small children. I had foie gras to start, and quail as a main. Both were delicious. My husband was equally happy with a squid ink and calamari rissoto and sea bass. We have been to Il Capriccio before, and it has never disappointed.
we make an annual visit (at least) to this favorite restaurant / usually bringing good friends We used to live in Westin and now are in Florida....
Saturday night was fantastic and one of our friends is a gourmand in every sense of the word and another is very very fussy / everybody was overwhelmed with the selection, the preparation and the service FANTASTIC doesn't do the evening justice The wine list was wonderful and the sommelier was very helpful and interesting to talk to
Joan / Jim Tonra
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