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  1. Distance: 0.74mi
  2. Distance: 0.78mi
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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

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4.5

value

4.4

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Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

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Cozy (32)
Good for Birthdays (32)
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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2011

Excellent, knowledgable service; outstanding wine list, fine food well presented. A lively scene even on an unseasonably snowy night.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2011

Perfect! A friend and I shared several appetizers, two small pastas and a salad. Everything was delicious and the service was impeccable.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2011

Clearly the best restaurant in the suburban boston scene. I am a frequent diner.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 26, 2011

A very nice meal. Where you sit is important. Some tables are uncomfortable and noisy.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2011

As always, a great meal. Many new additions to the seasonal fall menu. Don't miss the mortadella filled ravioli in pistachio sauce. For an appetizer go with the fried cod fritters. Awesome.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2011

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2011

Great food, wine and family. Couldn't ask for anything more.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 18, 2011

Il Capriccio was a real treat with a clear italian cuisine but with a very nice twist.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 15, 2011

Superb meal, service and overall experience. Our server had great knowledge of wine/beer/drinks and of course, the food selection! Support staff was courteous and almost invisible in performing their jobs! We look forward to dining here again soon!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2011

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!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2011

I don't think I've ever had a less than superb meal at Il Capprichio.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 12, 2011

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!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2011

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!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2011

food and service were well matched and very good

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 (New England)·Dined on October 5, 2011

Best service and wine list in town!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 3, 2011

Just what we wanted for an Anniversary dinner - good food, wine and service

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 (New England)·Dined on October 3, 2011

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

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 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 2011

Great food and service. However, there were too many tables jammed into our room, so that we felt like we were on top of several other tables. It was very difficult to have a nice conversation.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 2011

The atmosphere is comfortable and convivial, yet romantic. The food is expertly prepared and presented. The servers are both knowledgable and attentive. This restaurant makes for a great all-around experience. The mushroom soufflet is must try!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 2011

I definitely recommend the veal tenderloin! It was excellent - cooked perfectly, and the presentation was extraordinary.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 2011

The most reliable and wonderful restaurant in the area. Whenever we are in Boston we make the trip to Il Capriccio

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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2011

Great staff, fantastic wine list and really well done food! They the best vegetables in the state!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2011

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2011

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.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2011

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on September 28, 2011

Food was of excellent quality but disappointing in taste, considering the cost. Expected to say, "This is wonderful. Taste it." It was good but had no "Wow" factor.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 27, 2011

Don't let the location fool you. This is a gem of a restaurant!

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 (New England)·Dined on September 26, 2011

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 26, 2011

The food and wine are always spectacular. And the wait staff is wonderfully informed and kind.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 26, 2011

Who would think that the best restaurant in Boston is actually in Waltham. Flat out great, well thought out menu and outstanding service.

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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on September 26, 2011

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 26, 2011

Food is outstanding along with the professional staff who attend to your every need. Great place for business meetings or just a quiet meal with a friend or spouse. I have never been disappointed here.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2011

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).

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 (New England)·Dined on September 24, 2011

Great food. Excellent variety. Wait staff very attentive. Reservation was ready on time. Seating is a little bit cramped.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 23, 2011

I've never been disappointed with a meal at Il Capriccio. Highly recommended.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2011

Food was outstanding but the service was a bit rushed, overall very nice and we would definitely go back.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2011

I've dined at Il Capriccio over 100 times over the decades and after each time I continue to look forward to my next visit. They consistently manage to do everything right.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 22, 2011

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.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 20, 2011

Thank you for making my mother's 80th birthday her "best birthday ever".
Everything was perfect. Once again, Il Capriccio proves to be the finest restaurant in perhaps... the world.

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 (Miami)·Dined on September 17, 2011

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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