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Il Capriccio

4.7
4.7
3614 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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2 people

7:00 PM


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

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What 3,614 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Boston Suburbs

    Innovative

  • Boston Suburbs

    Great for fine wines

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  1. PK

    PatrickK

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent as always. Great northern Italian food and service.
  2. S

    Sololebow

    New York Area

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been going for 30 years, new location classy and food just as wonderful, service perfect.
  3. SB

    SallyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We lucked out and were sat in a private room with our party of six. This thrilled us because we are in our 70’s. Our server was fantastic, food was excellent and had a fantastic evening. Three of us had halibut which was cooked to perfection and accompanied by mashed potatoes and asparagus. Hubby had a halibut, scallops and clam special which he loved and two has pasta dishes. The restaurant is beautifully laid out with separate rooms and beautiful decor. Highly recommend.
  4. MW

    MattW

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic... will definitely be back! Food & drinks were perfectly prepared and arrived very quickly. Service was very attentive.
  5. B

    Barbara

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The prosciutto and arugula salad was outstanding.
  6. MI

    MichaelI

    New England

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    Food was average at best Service was good but very slow Not enough staff
  7. S

    Shayna

    New England

    122 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    122 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding restaurant. Food and services are always superb.
  8. BF

    BeantownFoodie

    New England

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    The food and drink at Il Capriccio are of high quality. The Venison chops and Scallop entrees were delicious. However, on a late Tuesday evening with few diners in the restaurant, we consistently had to wait for our waitress to order food, clear our plates once finished and ask if we wanted dessert, which we would have considered had our meal not taken so long. The food, once ordered, came out very quickly, so this was purely a service issue and not a function of the kitchen our bar being backed up. Overall, we enjoyed our meal, but the service held up a 5 star review.
  9. j

    joanned

    New England

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was as good as I remembered. The happy surprise was the lovely new location and the terrific service. Our party of 3 had 2 servers plus a bus person. The servers were knowledgable, attentive but not hovering, personable, and efficient. The new dining rooms are lovely and since it wasn't too crowded, the noise level was perfect. The tuna tartare and beet salad were delicious, the halibut with mashed potatoes also very good but the broccoli was steamed and bland. That was my only minor issue. With lots of parking, it was a great night overall.
  10. JM

    JohnM

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding Food! Venison chops were perfect and the duck confit cannelloni was Italian-French fusion at its best. Very attentive service, without being intrusive. One of the best Italian focused wine lists in Boston, especially Brunello and Barolo. Brought my wife for her birthday; returning for mine next week.
  11. EX

    EXOTICUS

    New England

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I will recommend it 100%. Great food.
  12. M

    Maredelamer

    New England

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We come here a few times a year, as don't live close by. The staff are super friendly, helpful and unpretentious. Although the food is not inexpensive, It is beautifully prepared and tasty. Love the by the glass wines and the incredible by the bottle list. If you can get the mushroom soufflé!
  13. e

    elig

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food liked the veal better than the chicken Very good and friendly service Did not buy drinks
  14. D

    Diner

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Had high hopes for our visit, but was disappointed. Upon arrival they were having difficulty seating parties. During dinner it seemed staff was not well coordinated. Either too much or too little attention to tables, despite more than ample staffing. The porcini souffle appetizer was delicious. The rest of the food was mediocre. The tables are close together and there were so many loud parties, we could barely hear our own conversation. All in all, not the experience you expect at this price point.
  15. m

    marjo

    New England

    305 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    305 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Place was crowded as usual. We sat in back with outside vIew and very interesting Art Work around the room. Our food was excellent, with special appetizer of stuffed squid with sausage very different and very good. Main courses of Black Bass and Scallops also outstanding. Wines by the glass and bottle were extensive and very well priced. Can’t wait to go back!
  16. GT

    GeorgeT

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had not been to Il Capriccio for a few years, since they re-located. Well, the food, service and atmosphere were outstanding. I used to like this eatery, now I love the place. I'll be back.
  17. BV

    BayView

    New England

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit since the move to the new location. Which also means that Richie no longer helms the kitchen. We weren’t disappointed. The service was exceptionally professional and it was clear she knew how to manage several tables at one time. The food was really delicious. From the apps to desert, everything was great. Any fear that we had about a change in ownership and a change in the kitchen was dispelled by the quality of the food. We’re planning our next visit…soon.
  18. f

    fern

    New England

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have enjoyed dining here for many, many years. It has always been a favorite restaurant. It’s actually perfect! Delicious and consistent food, beautiful ambiance and excellent service and attention to detail. Truly a favorite.
  19. DG

    DianaG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent food and service. Staff was helpful and knowledgable.
  20. d

    dpa1

    New England

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    I’ll Capricio is worth a visit simply for their wine. When my lamb was too tough to eat this visit I was immediately served some wonderful pasta at no charge for it or the entree. In 25 years this is only my second poor entree here and it certainly will not delay my return.
  21. NS

    NelsonS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. A true gem in Waltham, new location is terrific with large parking lot in the back. Very large wine list and helpful sommelier.
  22. l

    lowkeygourmet

    New England

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    First time in new venue--much more attractive than the previous. Menu has sustained its quality under the new management. Mushroom, souffle appetizer to die for, veal entre well presented but somewhat bland. We will definitely return.
  23. MQ

    MartinQ

    New England

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    4 scallops were excellent but insufficient for the cost of that entree. The waitstaff, led by our stylish waitress, was responsive and ample. She helped with some wise choices of wine and food.
  24. r

    robinr

    New England

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The sommelier was very helpful and recommended an absolutely delicious Italian wine. My Jerusalem artichoke soup was excellent, as was my husband's grilled lamb. I ordered the duck confit cannelloni with perigord truffle sauce, and it was disappointing; the duck confit was dry, and there wasn't nearly enough sauce. I did love the shaved truffled pieces scattered on the dish. This new location is larger than where they used to be (next to Gordon's Liquors), and the atmosphere is more modern while still being warm. They've updated their menu as well, and I think if I'd ordered something else I would have liked it better. Service was excellent.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was outstanding. I placed a special request to initially seat us at a table for two and then four other guests would arrive as a birthday surprise. The staff executed the secret surprise flawlessly. I was so appreciative of their attentiveness and positivity. We had a great experience and look forward to returning for future special occasions. Be well.
  26. PD

    PeterD

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Il Capriccio is a special restaurant, great for birthday, anniversary, and every day celebrations. The food, service, and atmosphere are terrific; a bit pricy, but worth it for a great night out.
  27. D

    Debra

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service in a modern dining room.
  28. M

    Mac1

    San Antonio

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Disappointed that venison came only with root veggies, no lentils as on menu and not told of change. Service a bit slow
  29. V

    Victoria

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Homey and cozy given the multiple smaller rooms but still more of an upscale atmosphere. Very friendly and helpful service (though could have been a bit more attentive - could be a staffing issue). We loved everything we ordered. Drinks and wine included. Will definitely go back and recommend to others!
  30. JW

    JamesW

    New England

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb in every way. Scallops were out of this world; linguini Carbonara exquisite. It would be difficult to find a better northern Italian restaurant in all of Boston. Service was also excellent and the room was relatively quiet for conversation. This is our go-to special treat place and has been for 25 years.
  31. M

    Moose

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Noise level was uncomfortably loud. Food was delicious as ever!
  32. T

    Treatnightout

    New England

    91 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of our go to places. Never disappoints, and this time held to our standards of fantastic just like all the others!
  33. DE

    DavidE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really cannot go wrong, whether a couple or in a group, it is all good.
  34. GL

    GeorgeL

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Nice, attentive service with good food.
  35. N

    Novembervisitor

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server was knowledgeable, helpful and attentive. The menu was new and our selections were all very good. Loved the prosciutto, arugula and fig salad! Baked Alaska birthday desert was an great way to finish.
  36. E

    Eatoutlot

    New England

    55 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    I arrived a few minutes early and they were very accommodating. There were several large parties in the dinning room and Mum is hard of hearing so they had a quiet corner table just perfect for our celebration! The food was very good. I had Linguini Carbonara to start and Halibut with a medley of vegetables and mashed potatoes with a saffron sauce that was delicious! Others had a fabulous beet salad with goat cheese that they raved about. More linguini carbonara delicious! Someone else had a veal dish they said was very good lots of flavor.
  37. DD

    DavidD

    New England

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great dinner and glad they are back!
  38. SF

    ShirleyF

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    The food was excellent. Love that all my favorites are still on the menu. The ambiance leaves much to be desired. Why not put blinds or curtains in the windows, especially in the lounge area. Do you think anyone really wants to watch the traffic on Main St.?
  39. JL

    JLew

    New England

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The food was decent, not great. Nice presentation, smaller portions, and nothing too special. Service was good. Definitely Not worth the high prices.
  40. g

    garyb

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our experience was excellent great drinks at the bar beautiful dining room very good service and excellent food we will be back soon

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 4.7 stars by 3614 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


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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