Il Capriccio

4.7
2908 reviews
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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.
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DM
New England
44 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with my wife and son. We were greeted warmly - and that was just the start. The wine selections were very good, the appetizer unique and delicious. Main courses were extremely well done and showed imagination and polish. Desert was sinful.
I’m going back!

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Indiana
98 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was outstanding— excellent service by Susan and exceptionally delicious food.
This restaurant never disappoints!
Creative and authentic Italian food!

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OT
New England
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ok Capriccio is one of my very favorite restaurants. The food is excellent as is the service. Yes a bit pricey but it is worth spending the money knowing that it will be a totally delicious rxperience

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BA
New England
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I've eaten at Il Capriccio numerous times over its long reign as one of the best Italian restaurants in the western suburbs. My latest experience (and that of three dining companions) was remarkably disappointing. As an example, the octopus had a soggy texture and the accompanying sauce was heavily overspiced (and inappropriate as an accompaniment for ocotopus). Octopus has been a current fad ingredient at upscale Italian restaurants and Il Capriciio could learn how to handle octopus properly from Toscano. The gnocchi was bland, the canneloni adequate but nothing special. The service was subpar, but excusable for a Saturday night. Surprisingly there was no question raised by the staff when both my dishes were left half eaten.

Either Il Capriccio was having a bad night or the restaurant ain't what it used to be.

Addendum: In response to the above review, the restaurant called me and left a sarcastic message, telling me to take my business elsewhere.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Good service good food good experience

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MT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic meal at Il Capriccio. The food was off the charts delicious and the service was as well. We all had pasta dishes that were authentic Northern Italian. The wine list was lengthy and had many reasonably priced and fantastic wines. I was incredibly impressed all around. We eat out often and I would put it on the top of my list as a favorite!

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Very personalized. Good menu choices .

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a friend’s special birthday. Everyone from the owner, Richie, to the bartender, Dana, were wonderful. The food was spectacular-the tuna tartare was delicious, loved the addition of the avocado. The porcini appetizer was superb, and the Bolognese was outstanding. An A-plus experience.

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d
New England
12 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always leave happy and well fed!

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A
New England
19 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I have been hoping to try this restaurant for months after reading about it on a list of "places worth leaving Boston for." I was so excited and made a reservation to visit for my 9th anniversary. My fiance and I were so disappointed. The food was mediocre at best and expensive. We started with a raw fish appetizer and the fish was chopped so small and mixed with guacamole so that you could barely taste the fish. We shared three pasta dishes that were bland. I would say skip it. There are so many better, cheaper options.

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OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Interesting menu, great food and efficient service.

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BF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Outstanding food and incredible service!!!!

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MC
New England
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is, in my opinion, the best Italian restaurant in the Boston area bar none. Not only is the food beautifully presented and prepared to, but the wine list offers value and inspiration. Given the quality hopefully food, wine and service, in the value one receives, the price is more than reasonable.

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DW
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had dinner at Il Capriccio last Friday night. It was our first time dining there and our experience was excellent. The food was uniformly excellent (most notably the chicken livers my wife had, the white bean and cauliflower soup I had, and the lobster risotto and the grey sole entrees my wife and I had respectively). The service from our server Mark was excellent throughout the night, and the support servers were very attentive. The Sommelier (Jane) helped us select an excellent Cardonnay from the very extensive wine list at Il Capriccio. The decor and atmosphere were both elegant, and the noise level was good (not unduly loud). What was particularly nice was the slower pacing between courses (app, salad, entree, and dessert in our case) allowed for time to enjoy each course and the wine! This was one of the two best restaurants we had dined at in the past year, and we highly recommend Il Capriccio. We look forward to returning.

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CE
New England
35 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The appetizers and dessert (we did a meat and cheese platter) were amazing. The entrees were average, and the presentation was sub par

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DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent, the food was excellent. We had to wait about 15-20 minutes to be seated. The noise level was high but by the end of dinner it was much better.

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i
New England
13 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful meal, I reccommend the porcini souffle- memorable!!

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SS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time there for couples Saturday date night. Couldn’t be more happy. If I have to say one thing it would be about my sweet tooth and that would translate into extending the dessert menu. Overall great time great service great food

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f
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a wonderful meal. The seasonal calamari, zucchini and potato fritters are terrific--I'd be happy to make a meal out of them. But then there was osso buco, also delicious. Was also tempted by the cannelloni, will just have to come back before the menu changes.

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GF
New England
20 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

With the nice menu, excellent kitchen, pleasant and capable staff, comfortable and relatively quiet room, and reasonable prices we always leave well satisfied. This time we were particularly pleased with:
Gravlax app.
Carbonara
Pork Chop
Sangiovese (glass)
The only way we could suggest improvement is to check a little more frequently on the need to refill/reorder a beverage.

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GC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit . Front desk was very accommodating as they allowed me to take a quick peak at the dining areas. Sitting in the first dining area on the left, they were gracious as we chose a table that met our needs. It was important for our group of four to be able to hear one another, so the table we chose was perfect. The food was delicious, the wait staff was very accommodating. It was a celebratory time for us; we thank you for the culinary experience.

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PD
New England
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant! The food is always excellent, as is the service. It's always difficult
to choose what to have because there are so many dishes I want to try.

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JS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the perfect spot for a yummy dinner on a cold night. The food was prepared with care and portion size satisfying. Service was outstanding. A gem of a restaurant in the suburbs. Highly recommend and will be back!

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WH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. The approach was creative. The dining was quiet except for another party that was a bit raucous but that is a risk at any restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What good fortune! We came upon this restaurant chance and had an outstanding birthday celebration there! Food and service were both top of the line. Can’t wait to go back.

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OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff couldn’t have been nicer to us on our anniversary.

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l
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian in New England!

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NN
New England
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exceptional - food and service the best West of Boston

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LD
New England
72 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Never disappoints. The food is amazing and the people could not be any nicer. Always a pleasure! Thank you!!

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M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Il Capriccio. Wonderful food and excellent service. I would certainly recommend it to others.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always

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J
New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Our appetizers, house cured gravlax and charcuterie platter of salumi, were both very good. However, our main courses, Staler Chicken and linguini with clam sauce and mussels were both very salty. The management was kind enough to take one of them off the bill. Service was good but not great.
Being the day after Valentine's Day may have just been a letdown . Chalk it up to an off night. We've been before and will return again.

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JS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Note: Noise level rating should be "excellent" but rating scale of survey unclear.

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KT
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Waiter helpful and friendly even on a busy Valentines Day evening.

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BR
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I ate at Il Capriccio on Valentine's Day, 2019, our first time eating there. Due to my not reserving a table sufficiently in advance--I did so on the 4th--I reserved a table for 5:15 PM. (We were otherwise looking at after 9 PM.) The waiter was thoughtfully attentive, helpful and naturally caring. The food was somewhere between "good and excellent", but primarily excellent, depending on the item. My girlfriend had sole which I did not taste and which she apparently felt could have been improved upon. But in certain ways that's sole, isn't it? I had veal which was excellent, as were the mussels (shared), the side vegetables (for each of us), a salad she had, and the chocolate cake and ice cream dessert (again, shared and also superb). Hey, it's not an inexpensive place, so go expecting to spend some money. In a word (or six), we had a very lovely time. It's possible that the dining room would have become more noisy over the course of the evening. However, as it turned out, the early hour worked very well for us.

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A
New England
40 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have loved this restaurant for decades. The hostess is warm and personable. Waiters are great with their descriptions of the dishes and knowledgeable about the wine list.

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B
New England
72 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Capriccio never fails to impress. Whether ordering an old standard from the menu - the divine porcini souffle - or something new, the food is always impeccably prepared and served.

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New England
89 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are always delighted when we get to dine here, and try to make reservations well in advance, it continues to be a sought after night out! I first heard about Il Capriccio over 30 years ago! I've never had a bad meal, they change their menu and wine offerings, always keeping it interesting. I noticed the staff had even updated their wine selection recommendations, which leads me to believe Richie runs a great place, he conscientiously makes sure everyone is involved and knowledgeable. We love the bar, with Lydia, when Liz, the hostess can create a space for us, which she does so deftly! Recently we enjoyed the dining room in a cozy corner table with friends...just wish it were in Vinnie's section! ;-) Such a treat!

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O
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Always really good! Food,service and the presentation right on!

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e
New England
17 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've been to this restaurant many times, but it had been a couple of years since my last visit. Delighted to report that the food is still excellent! Had the veal osso bucco (not in a tomato sauce) and it was just delicious. Pacing of the meal was perfect. Go and enjoy!

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