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Il Capriccio

888 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451-7401
+1 781-894-2234
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good19%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“porcini” (16 reviews)
“souffle” (15 reviews)
Open Now
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
888 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451-7401
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Il Capriccio
1. Wine Spectator – “Excellence”
"Award winning wine list including domestic and Italian offerings."
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2. Amazing Appetizers and Pastas
"The porcini soufflé is fantastic. Every entree was wonderful."
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3. Lemon Mousse w/ Candied Rinds
"For dessert, we ordered the Lemon Mousse (insanely good)"
Steve G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have visited Il Capriccio through the years for special occasions, but haven't been back for roughly 10 years. The restaurant is still wonderful, food outstanding, service excellent and accommodating, and ambience even better than before. Also, since we live 20 miles outside of Boston,...More

Thank shoshikw
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 23 May 2017

This place always impresses me from the fantastic wine list to the outstanding service and right down to (of course) the creative dishes that the chef (Rich Baron) plates. The presentation is beautiful. Like a work of art. You almost don't want to dig in...More

1  Thank Greg S
Reviewed 5 February 2018

For various reasons, we hadn't been to Il Capriccio for several years. We met up with friends there a couple of nights ago and were delighted with our meal, the service and the ambience. We were made to feel very welcome the minute we stepped...More

Thank Carolyn B
Reviewed 1 February 2018

We have enjoyed dining here for our birthdays and our son's graduation from Brandeis IBS. the food is superb and their wine list is very good.

Thank annemkaplan
Reviewed 24 January 2018

We live in the suburbs, 9 miles from Boston. We consider ourselves foodies and Boston has some great restaurants. One of the only exceptions that we make for not going to Boston for date night or dinner with friends is our trip to Il Capriccio....More

Thank bostravel122
Reviewed 22 January 2018

This resaurant is a standard by which others are judged--or should be--consistently fine service, and wonderful food. As restaurants come and go, it is a testament to its quality that makes it a classic experience.

Thank paul2294
Reviewed 20 January 2018

We had been here several times over the years and if there is a word to describe it it is "consistency", and in a positive sense. The food is always top quality and perfectly prepared. Both the lamb chops and the swordfish we had could...More

Thank william z
Reviewed 16 January 2018

We dined here recently with friends on a Saturday night. Great service. Great food. Plenty of food options. Great wine. Risotto and striped bass were outstanding. Desserts are amazing. Excellent restaurant if you are vegetarian. What could be better?

Thank sej60
Reviewed 9 January 2018

We had a terrific dinner here recently. The service was efficient and prompt, and the dining rooms eye-appealing. The real star here, though,is the food, which was just about perfect. The duck breast and lamb chops were excellent, and the Fettuccine Carbonara was very flavorful....More

Thank Jerry R
Reviewed 4 January 2018

We had a wonderful New Year's Eve dinner at Il Capriccio. The setting (private room), food and service were excellent. Many times on holidays restaurants are not as good as they normally are. This was not the case for us. Highly recommend Il Capriccio for...More

Thank Janice F
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Questions & Answers
Liz V
17 August 2017|
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Response from 888ilcapriccio | Property representative |
Hi Liz, So sorry for the delay in our response! Yes, we do have many gluten free options as all our food as cooked to order. We usually have a gluten free pasta available as well. Just let your server know and they can... More
16 August 2016|
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Response from rickhem | Reviewed this property |
Not casual but you do not need to get dressed up. Business casual is fine.
8 June 2015|
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Response from 888ilcapriccio | Property representative |
The restaurant can be lively on some evenings like Saturdays but not usually too noisy. You can request a quiet table when making a reservation. We would be happy to accommodate you!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 45
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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