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Il Capriccio

888 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451-7401
+1 781-894-2234
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“porcini” (19 reviews)
“souffle” (15 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, 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 yesterday

Yes, you can spend a lot and have a divine meal. What people miss is you can have a divine budget friendly meal by skipping a traditional entree. Regulars enjoy sampling throughout the menu.

Thank zzatara
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed December 21, 2017

Il Capriccio is superb. Best meal we've had all year. All our dishes were exquisitely concepted and cooked. The flavors of the food and wine was the closest thing in Boston to dining in Tuscany. Our main dishes were beautifully made with 4 to 5...More

2  Thank James W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An intimate and cozy atmosphere with attentive service. A nice selection of Italian dishes and appetizers. It was a birthday celebration and my husband and I both enjoyed the evening and we look forward to returning. Using seasonal vegetables farm to table, you can taste...More

Thank ababalas
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious food, excellent service, good variety of starters, pasta, fish and meet, enjoyed my dinner together with my colleagues...also great wines not to forget!

Thank Stefan K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fine restaurant that has not lost a beat in the 15 years between meals. The Porcini soufflé is to die for. It was great then and great again. The environment is nicely split into smaller dining areas that make it quiet and...More

Thank Lew S
Reviewed September 2, 2018

We had driven by this place for so many years wondering how it would be. Turned out to be a really excellent place. Seems like a combination of Italian and French cuisines. Service very attentive. Sound level in the dining area was very good for...More

Thank ilkkats
Reviewed August 27, 2018

We have been coming to Il Capriccio for years and have never had a bad experience. It is always reliable for good food, excellent wine and a nice relaxed atmosphere. We love to try new places but it is good to have one place where...More

Thank ICFD5
Reviewed August 10, 2018

Excellent service. Fine range of dishes and drinks. The octopus was tender and seasoned perfectly. Arugula salad was good. Roasted Bluefish perfectly done but not as powerful as my darkest bluefish desires. Accompanying veggies with fish were clearly individuated but coherently chosen. The ingot of...More

Thank Sid G
Reviewed August 7, 2018

Il Capriccio does everything very well and dining there is a pleasure. From antipasti to dessert the food is well prepared and well served. Despite its name it is not a traditional Italian restaurant and serves a variety of dishes. The porcini soufflé is exquisite,...More

Thank Commonsense8
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

A little bit of an older crowd, but the food was great. We had a few drinks at the bar before and after dinner and the bartenders were very gracious and nice. The espresso martini was delicious. We had two apps - the dig and...More

Thank Kendall_ashlee
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Questions & Answers
Liz V
August 16, 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
August 15, 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.
June 7, 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
US$15 - US$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, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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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