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Il Capriccio

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888 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451-7401 (Prospect St.)
+1 781-894-2234
17:00 - 22:00
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Boston, Massachusetts
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237 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It looks unremarkable from the street, but step inside to enter a special world. There is obvious family pride in the restaurant. They make their guests feel special. The food is superb. I had the porcini souffle and the chicken schnitzel. They were the best mushroom and chicken dishes I've had in my life. The wines were excellent. Prices are... More 

Thank Dutch Brother
Albany, NY
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dinner for 6 on a very busy weekend and the food, service and ambience were spot on. We started with sharing a few small plates and appetizers. Pasta is homemade and delicious. The porcini soufflé is fantastic. Every entree was wonderful. Not over done in terms of too much, but just right for quality and flavor. Often a true mark... More 

Thank Travelposh
Allendale, New Jersey
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The atmosphere was romantic. The food was very good. I had mussels and tuna dish. Both were good. My daughter had the gnocchi bolognese and loved it. My husband had duck which he said was excellent. Very nice place!

Thank Kim N
Boston, Massachusetts
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2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been going to Il Capriccio almost from the beginning. The quality of the food and dedication to a lovely experience has not waned. When it's just the two of us, we enjoy sitting at the tables opposite the bar to get a lesson on the newest wines and mingle.

Thank cjalpert
Boston, Massachusetts
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644 reviews
358 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 615 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've been dining at Il Capriccio for over 30 years, starting at its original location about a mile from the current spot. It was always innovative and very good. In recent years, because we moved much farther away, we have not been regulars -- but after lat night, that will change! It is definitely worth the drive. The food was... More 

1 Thank EagleEyeBoston
Boston, MA
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103 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Il Capriccio is a very impressive restaurant that is ideal for a special occasion. We went there to celebrate our best friend's birthday. Susan was our delightful server. Her suggestions were spot on. We started with a charcuterie of veal breast, salumis, shortrib, prosciutto, pâté, olives, Parmigiano Reggiano, and peppers. Oh my! The delicious cooked meats were served on a... More 

1 Thank KenBoston_MA
Boston, Massachusetts
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

We had another excellent dinner at Il Capriccio. The restaurant is divided into smaller rooms so the noise level is low making for good conversation. The food is tasty, well presented and creative. The service was very good with a waiter who was attentive without hovering.

Thank Janice F
Needham, Massachusetts, United States
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

This is a special occasion restaurant. Extensive & expensive wine list; knowledgeable sommelier. Food well-prepared; enjoyed our respective shellfish and veal dishes and Caesar salad was fine but unexceptional. Only criticism is that tables are too close and prices just a tad too high. Service competent.

Thank Sheldon T
Waltham, Massachusetts
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

My husband and I have been going to Il Capriccio for years. It's the restaurant we go to celebrate special events and to treat out of town guests. But sometimes we go just to treat ourselves. The food is creative Northern Italian and is always excellent as is the service. No one we have brought here over the years has... More 

Thank Lorraine V
Boston, Massachusetts
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63 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

I went to Il Capriccio for the first time recently with my wife to meet another couple for dinner. We were both pleasantly surprised by the quality of food and the pleasant service. We are looking forward to putting it in our regular cadence. Menu was creatively varied. Northern Italian in the main with some very creative flairs. I particularly... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$23 - US$45
Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 888 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451-7401
    (Prospect St.)
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Waltham
  • Phone Number: +1 781-894-2234
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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Harrington Park, New Jersey
Newton, Massachusetts
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?