Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Il Capriccio Ristorante e Bar

888 Main St. (Prospect St.) Send to Phone
Northern Italian fare and an Italian wine and grappa list make the trek to this neighborhood Waltham restaurant well worthwhile.


Dinner Mon.-Sat.
  • Parking available
  • Dress code: Casual dressy
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested

* Click here for rating key

Il Capriccio Ristorante e Bar, Waltham, MA

Operations may be disrupted due to COVID-19. Be sure to contact the restaurant to find out its current status and offerings.

Il Capriccio Ristorante e Bar Restaurant Review

: Il Capriccio helped put Waltham on the culinary map with its mostly Northern Italian fare delivered amid a subdued décor, and it continues to draw city-slickers to the 'burbs. They're not here for the dazzling scene, but rather for chef-owner Rich Barron's cooking. As a rule, the menu’s Tuscan simplicity and French flair contrasts with the heavy decadence of the Italian Alps --- consider starters like seared duck foie gras with apples --- but influences from as far away as Sardinia and Sicily also pop up, as in an extra-hearty dish of roast veal tenderloin with crispy prosciutto, oyster mushrooms and tasty spätzle. While the rich braised short rib in red wine with Sardinian couscous is a must, the seasonal treat to beat is any dish of risotto (but especially when served with lobster and butternut squash). Meanwhile, there’s a primarily Italian wine list that offers the likes of Angelo Gaja whites and Roberto Voerzio reds. We like the tart lemon mousse with sweet candied lemon rinds for dessert.

Oyster Wine Pairing

Find the best wine. Check GAYOT's Oyster & Wine pairing guide.


GAYOT's Wine & Spirits Editor presents the
Wine of the Week, featuring tasting notes as well as history on the vineyards and winemaker.


The charm of Provence right on your table.

Read the article and see photos.

Proper Hotel Santa Monica RooftopThe view is not the only reason to dine at Calabra in Santa Monica, CA.

Read the review and see photos.