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Capone's Restaurant & Live Jazz Club

1141 Hamilton St.
Vancouver, BC V6B5B6
Tel: (604) 684-7900 Reserve Online
Neighbourhood: Yaletown
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza
  • Price: $$$ ($30 - $45)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Meals: Dinner, Late night
  • Features: Ocean Wise
  • Hours: Mon - Sun: 5PM - 2AM
  • Capones Restaurant & Live Jazz Club offers its guests the Total Experience. With live jazz 7 nights a week, outstanding food, a phenomenal wine list and exceptional service Capones really is the place to be. Featuring mouth watering tapas, pastas, pizzas & critically acclaimed signature entrees Capone is much more than just a jazz bar. Of course a trip to Capones is never complete with out trying one of our 35 award winning Signature Martinis. We also have a wide variety of imported liquors & beers to satisfy any desire one may have.

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Poor service trumps the cake!
By azn_msfyt of Delta (194 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 6:29pm [Dine in]

Food: not bad but not something to write home about. Entrees were all good but I honestly expected something better, especially angel hair pasta which fell flat on taste and portabello mushroom appie was just plain salty. Dessert of chocolate cake and ice cream was the only standout dish.

Service: Poor is all I could rate it. We were left in the doorway to stand while others were seated on the patio (despite being told by the hostess that the patio was closed down). Had trouble flagging our server down, waters were not refilled and it just goes on and on.

Value: Expensive for the small portions and accompanying small taste. Like I said above, the only item actually worth the money was the dessert.

Ambiance: Great ambiance with soft lighting and semi open kitchen. Great live jazz music playing and felt great to sit in. It was a little bit odd to sit in the corridor like area but the music did drift our way.

Overall, I would recommend people to avoid dining here at all costs as it would be quite disappointing. However, I would return for a drink if invited by others just to listen to the music and eat earlier elsewhere.

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On the expensive side
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 4:08am [Dine in]

On the Hamilton strip this narrow space become a beacon for me for a short period. The ambience is upbeat with the live jazz band playing at the backend of the restaurant. It's cramped but you can manage as long as you don't mind the waitresses dancing over your head to get across the room. The live jazz drowns out most conversations and depending on your proximity to the band can be uncomfortable to eat in.

Having had many of the salads, appetizers, a couple pasta dishes and the B.C. Halibut it's a little better than good but nothing that wowed my tastebuds. I've heard horror stories with this place but the food has been consistent. The Dessert Sampler albeit good was only a combination of 2 other desserts on the menu and presented in a more formal manner. Their Martinis are good so check them out.

Some of the servers there seem to be a bit absent minded sometimes spending too much time at the bar socializing with the bartender but are easy to call over and they do come over to check up on you.

Prices overall are steep with little (if any) of the extra money paid to show for in their dishes. Perhaps it's used to offset cost of the bands that come through regularly.

After many visits I still can't make a definitive decision about this place. Offbeat in about every aspect it's feels better suited as a place to gather with friends for drinks on a Thursday night.

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Live jazz makes up for shortcomings
By thecritic of Vancouver (376 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 10, 2005 - 11:12am [Dine in]

Capone's is a jazz club nestled in the heart of Yaletown on Hamilton Street. Overall, my experience here was enjoyable. The music was great, the food was good and the service was OK. The manager who seated us gave us VIP treatment which was nice after a huge debocle at Rodney's Oyster Bar earlier in the evening. (More to come on that incident.)

My biggest complaint was the price. 18 bucks for a pizza is too much for the personal pizzas they are serving up. (Also, 14 bucks for 2 small lamb chops...meh.)

The best deal was the antipasto plate, which is loaded full of good stuff including: artichoke hearts, thinly sliced capicolla and proscuitto, pancetta with wild mushrooms and goat cheese, oven roasted buffalo garlic, Roma tomatoes, artesan bocconcini, oven roasted chorizo and lamb sausage with feta and an assortment of mixed olives.

My suggestion is to get the antipasto plate, some bread, enjoy the music and stay away from other items on the menu, they are simply not worth the price.

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overpriced for average food
By alpha_dog of richmond (61 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 1:44pm [Dine in]

ate here for dinner one evening before a canucks game and i was very disappointed that i chose this place especially with the wide variety of other restaurants in the same district.
i ordered this shrimp pizza which tasted good but for $20 and barely enough slices to fill the stomach, it was ridiculous. my gf ordered the calzone at the same price which was decent as well. the caesar salad that we also ordered came to $10 and it was just mediocre.
the service was fine, cant really comment on a restaurant and its service when the place was next to empty when we arrived so of course, you would expect good service or that would mean management is doing a horrible job running this place.
the bill totaled $90 including tip for pizza/calzone, salads, a beer and a glass of wine... im not cheap but that is insane for bar food that can be picked up cheaper and better anywhere else.
ambiance is average... dimly lit and they have a jazz band that comes in after 7 (i think because i didnt stay long enough to hear them play which would have been nice)
i highly doubt ill be returning to this place.. much too expensive for the type of food they offer. the only thing that i would come back for is the jazz band, to see what its all about and i guess then, i would have no choice but to eat here.

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Did they jack up the prices?
By KitsKid of Kitsilano (70 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 10, 2008 - 1:36pm [Dine in]

Went to Capone's for dinner before a concert over the weekend. Walked in roughly 40 mins before our reso was supposed to be expecting to just grab a drink at the bar, luckily they had our table ready. It was fairly early on Friday (530pm) so they weren't busy at all.
I've always liked dining at Capone's but haven't been since last summer> Since then; it seems like they priced the fall menu much higher than they have before.. I was surprised how over priced everything was. Once the food came out I was even more surpirsed because it was pretty much the same food it's always been. Nothing special, still great but nothing amazing. For example, we had the sambucca prawn ($17) 6 smaller sized prawns with a bit of roe and in a cream based reduction.. It was very good but again, $17? We ordered a variety of other appy's and entrees inlcuding the Bison tenderloin, pizza, ftr soup, salad, carpaccio etc etc.. all in my opinion $5 - $8 bucks over what it should be.
Anyhow the service was good, our server offered us bread,we accepted but it was still frozen in the middle - she exchanged out bread for something"fresher" and we were happy.
Overall a nice time, but disappointed over the price hike, I don't mind spending money on dinner but Capone's wouldn't be my first choice.
I do have to say that I will definalty be back but maybe just for a martini after work.

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Jazzy Italian
By fella of Vancouver (72 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 10, 2005 - 11:59am [Dine in]

This place is cool. I whent in with some friends on the weekend, and had a great time. The food was great, very tasty. We had an antipasto platter(awesome!), the lamb chop appy(good but over priced), and shared a pizza (tasty) between three of us. The prices are a little high for a casual spot, but hey, thats Yaletown for ya. Great recommendation for a date, or to hang out with friends. They also feature live local jazz, which is nice. The host at the front door was on the ball, and showed us special attention after mentioning our disappointment in another local Yaletown restaurant. Table service was friendly and attentive. Thanks Nikki.

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Great!
By madddskillz of Burnaby (57 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 19, 2007 - 1:12am [Dine in]

I was pretty surprised. Wasn't really expecting much, but I was pretty impressed with the place. Had great service, pretty decent food (we all got pasta), and of course great music. Hrm... I guess the only thing I didn't like was the seating, which was a bit cramped. But other than that it's good... i'd definitely go back.

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Amazing Music Great Atmosphere
By burvan of Burnaby (30 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 6, 2007 - 11:23am [Dine in]

Read one of the other reviews that said to try a Wednesday night when the band Terminal Station performs and they did not disappoint as the variety and talent of the band made for a great evening . The service was prompt and friendly and the grilled Calamari appetizer is spicy and beautifully presented wrapped in an English cucumber . All in all a great evening and worth the value considering the quality of the entertainment and at one point the music made a number of tables stand up and start dancing in the aisles .

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Go for Jazz not food or drink
By Barcelonaguy of Yaletown (48 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 30, 2007 - 5:08pm [Dine in]

What a disappointment for food, service, and drinks. Ambiance is delightful, service hit and miss, and just a notch above pub food. I know it is busy with the Jazz fest but a 45 minute wait for a salad was too much on a early Thursday evening. I love wine and their selection by the glass is uninteresting. My co-worker was not impressed with her warm martini (sat on the bar for a good 6 minutes). Go for the ambiance nothing else.

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all that jazz
By morgan of Vancouver (49 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 19, 2005 - 12:15pm [Dine in]

Capone's inYaletown is an awesome place to go and listen to jazz, have a couple drinks and eat some food. I really enjoyed myself.
We decided to share a few dishes between the 3 of us instead of ordering entrees. We ordered a Lamb Chop appetizer which was disappointing as it only came with 2 chops and was $14, an Antipasto platter which I highly recommend - it is piled high with yummy savory treats, and is a good deal at $19, and to finish we ordered a pizza, which was tasty, but a bit of a rip off at $19 (for a personal size).
I will go back for sure, but I will be a little more choosy about what I order.

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DO NOT GO - Yaletown snobbery at its worst.
By midgi of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, December 31, 2009 - 1:40am [Dine in]

Yaletown restaurants are always hit-or-miss. Some are real gems, some ride off their trendy reputation or hipster clientele, some are just horrible messes, like Capone's.

We went recently for a friend's birthday dinner, which had about 30 guests. I'd like to hear a reasonable explanation for the built-in gratuity for large parties at this sort of establishment. Isn't the job of a server to, um, SERVE? Large groups often have multiple servers anyway, so I don't see how big tables make an individual server's job that much more difficult. I find that the built-in gratuity has become a licence for servers to loaf and see how far they can push customers with their poor work. Capone's staff was a prime example.

Even with reservations, our group was seated at two tables. Not adjacent tables, but one at the front of the house and one in the middle-back area, with two other groups between us. Essentially, without any consultation or forewarning, Capone's staff split our group into two parties. During the 30 minute wait for the food, our group mingled. When the orders arrived, the pouty server made no real attempt to remember which dishes belonged to which seat (let alone guest) and lectured us for moving around and inconveniencing him.

We started with the beef carpaccio, which was advertised as "Seared beef tenderloin steak, cracked mustard aioli, warmed arrugula [sic] salad." (More menu errors were found later, which I take to be evidence of the owner and staff's lack of commitment to the place.) What constituted a "salad" was about 5 pieces of lukewarm wilted leaves, limply situated in the middle of a plate of sliced beef. My date and I shared the basil gnocchi and Godfather pizza. The texture of the gnocchi wasn't too bad, but the flavour was horrible. I have been known to enjoy eating whole heads of garlic in one sitting, but the sauce for this one was off-the-charts ridiculous; our dining companions agreed that it was "socially unacceptably garlicky," and nobody could taste the basil or any other ingredients. The pizza crust was overly thick and bland, and the toppings, marketed as "Andouille, capicolla, duck confit, chicken breast, mushroom ragout, veal jus," were an indistinguishable mess roughly piled onto the mattress of dough. Meanwhile, our friends suffered through giant scallops on a flavourless "braised short rib" sauce, a runny fettucini carbonara that scarcely had any pancetta (and certainly was not crispy as described in the menu), and slapped-together lasagna. One of us sent back his lasagna because it arrived cold. His plate was modified in the kitchen and sat under heat lamps - in our directly line of sight - for over 15 minutes before the server remembered to check on our table. At which point, the dish was cold again and had developed a crust. It was sent back once more, merely to be topped off with more sauce by the "chef" in the open kitchen, entirely visible to customers.

As we were finishing dinner, the couple across the isle was clearly in a spat. In an incoherent, profanity-laced tirade, the drunk man loudly berated his female companion. For some 20 minutes she was in tears, other customers stared, and our group stood up and shouted for the jerk to show some respect to the lady, yet not one person from the staff so much as bothered to try to calm down the situation. It wasn't until the sobbing woman dug up enough money to cover their bill and they were about to leave that the hostess made a half-hearted suggestion for the bartender to intervene, at which point he made a vague threat for the drunk guy to get out before the staff called the police.

The dessert menu featured a selection of "Mouse [sic] made truffles." (Perhaps not a typo after all.) We ordered the dark chocolate orange pot de crème, which arrived with the appearance of a crème brûlée, complete with a crackled sugar topping and not a trace of orange scent. Hidden under the garnish was a custard yellow base, so we asked the server to confirm that it was, in fact, the correct order. After visiting the kitchen, he returned with the same ramekin in hand, exasperated, and complained that the kitchen staff was "messing with his mind" because they had run out of the pot de crème and had decided to replace all the orders with a cappuccino crème brûlée without telling the waitstaff. No apologies, invitation to order another dessert, or even an offer to take the item off the bill until we asked. My date wanted an espresso was told that Capone's didn't have a cappuccino machine (Are we still in an Italian restaurant?! And where did those "cappuccino" crème brûlées come from?!) and that he could "Walk to any of the 8 Starbuckses nearby" if he really wanted one. (It would have been humorous to joke about the abundance of Starbuckses had the server done a competent job that night, but given the series of events, he just came across as being a flippant whiner unapologetically trying to skirt his duties.)

The bill came, not as one big tally for the whole table nor individual bills per customer, but with orders of random clusters of two or three people combined onto one bill. When asked to reprint the

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Jazz Up Your Evening
By JerseyGirl of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 7, 2009 - 2:43pm [Dine in]

Capone's is a great place in Yaletown. I have been there once before and am completely in love with it. We are heading down tonight for a stag/stagette dinner for my mother and step father. The music is fantastic, and the food is quite unique. I loved the ambiance when I went there, and I am looking forward to going out tonight with friends and family who haven't been there before!

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Dine out...somewhere else
By camoristore of Yaletown, Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 11:44pm [Dine in]

-short rib rigatoni was overly salty; we had to ask for bread (which they charged us for)
-GLT (gin, lemon, lime, rosemary, tonic) was too strong; they serve 2 oz...i would've preferred if they gave us a choice of 1 or 2 oz instead of having a 'policy'; drinks were $12 EACH
-house truffles for desert was decent; but personally i didn't like it
-server was very friendly
-jazz band was late
-kitchen staff were talking about personal, inappropriate things; we sat right in front of kitchen

overall, food and drink were not worth the prices...I don't plan on coming back

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A wonderful dinner in a great atmosphere...
By summerraen of west end, vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 5:17pm [Dine in]

It was a Wednesday night and my boyfriend and I were in the mood to try something different. After a bit of wandering and some time online we decided it would be cool to try somewhere jazzy. Very quickly we found Capone's website, called and learned we did not need a reservation. Perfect.

We got there around nine to find it a bit busy, but not packed. The waitress brought us to a table right in front of the stage and we quickly took our seats to watch Terminal Station, the live band that was performing that night. Now I'd never seen a live jazz band before so I don't have anything to compare it to, but I know I was completely blown away by their performance. My boyfriend said the same- they took half a dozen requests in the time we were there (9-11pm), and knew every single song suggested, including one from an obscure Hungarian jazz band!

The food definitely surprised me- I've never had a pizza like that before! My only complaint was it was a little overly-oily, but it tasted like heaven. The service was efficient but she didn't stop by after the food arrived. Good martinis, good beer, incredible music, the ambiance was very cool (the dim blue lighting makes a huge difference), we can't wait to go back!

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Food okay, but WAY too expensive
By cmc of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 21, 2008 - 2:00am [Dine in]

I'm not sure what you're paying for when you go here for a pizza and wine. It can't be food prep or ingredient quality, since I've had better pizzas at Earls, Martinis, Milestones and the like (for $11). It can't be for server training either, since the aloof staff act like bringing you food (their job) is secondary to grooving, acting better than you, and chatting with their friends that come in. The music on the night I went in was okay, but more what one would expect at a hotel lounge than a "Live Jazz Club", and far too loud (probably because of the crap layout which means those at the front are deafened while those further back can't hear). I truly don't get it. This restaurant (and others on the same street) are exactly what is so lame about Yaletown.
The wine, as a positive, was nice. Overpriced, though.
Maybe I'm just too cheap to overpay for gentrified junk. If that's your thing, this is one of many places for you along Hamilton.

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Good Music, Worst Service Ever Received
By gilmore of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, October 8, 2007 - 3:44pm [Dine in]

As a couple, we were visiting Capones for the first time for a romantic night out. The service was absolutely horrific and it is such a shame, as the venue is fantastic. Our server was young, inexperienced and looked fresh out of high school.

We started by trying to order a nice bottle of wine. The server proceeded to bring the wrong bottle and when asked, informed us that the bottle we ordered was out of stock. We ordered another bottle and again, the server brought the wrong bottle and informed us that our selection was out of stock. Finally, we asked our server what was in stock from the list and selected accordingly. 30 minutes later, we finally had some wine to drink.

Now, the food. We ordered some very small appetizers to start. The food was very mediocre, which was fine. However, the server brought the appys over and walked away. We finished them and sat there for around half an hour with empty plates and the server still had not even returned to take our entree order. We were starving and very irritated at this point. The server finally returned to clear our plates and didn't even ask about taking our order. I think this person was completely oblivious to the fact that we hadn't even ordered yet. Meanwhile, we had spent $100 on wine and $40 on appetizers. At this point, we asked for the bill, put a cork in the wine and left. We walked over to Yaletown Brew Pub and had dinner there - the service was far, far superior.

Capones has potential with its ambiance and music but it looks like management is very, very confused about whether it is a fine dining establishment or a pub and this completely ruins the experience. The place charges fine dining prices with service that is immature, lacking in knowledge of their own menu and extremely careless. We will not be going back, as there are far too many good restaurants in Vancouver to choose from with outstanding service.

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Going Down Hill!
By rohrick of Coquitlam (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 7, 2007 - 9:30pm [Dine in]

We have been going to Capone's for years for Food, Drink and Live Jazz. Unfortunately we will no longer be going there for food.

In August we went for the Aniversary. We purchased the 3 course meal with complimentary Champagne. The food was terrible, the service was terrible, and we never recieved our Champagne. We also noticed that the prices overall had gone up.

In September we went again, assuming that maybe it was a bad night in August. I ordered the Wild Mushroom Linguine(which I have had countless times). This time it was not edible. It had an off taste(poison), and we returned it.

Wanting to give Capone's yet another try we went again in October. Again I ordered the Wild Mushroom Linguine. This time the sauce had a strong taste of alcohol(was not reduced properly). We also ordered the 3 course meal. The starter was good, the Bison was good, but the "Blueberry" cheesecake(with Balsamic Vinegret) was disgusting.

Hopefully things will change at Capone's. For now however, I dont see myself going again anytime soon.

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Loved it!
By Anastacia of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 1, 2007 - 8:53am [Dine in]

A couple of us went down to Capones to listen to some Jazz and have some food last Wednesday. Great spot and good food. The service was very good. All the staff seem to really enjoy working there. Must be the Jazz.

We will be back.

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Done with Capones...
By Star of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 20, 2007 - 11:07am [Dine in]

I have been going to Capones occasionally for a couple years now. There pizza and martinis are really good with great live jazz music to listen to. A little pricey but I used to look forward to going to this place.

Last night (Jan 19th 2007) I HAD RESERVATIONS at Capones for 9:45pm. We got there at 9:40pm and waited until 10:15pm and still they had no table for us. Yet they said our table would be ready in five minutes about 4 times!

All these other people were being seated from the door and the bar. They asked if we would like to order a drink while we waited by the front door. We said yes and then 15 minutes past and we still didn't get the drinks!

When they still couldn't give us an answer to when we would be seated we decided to leave because it had been a half an hour past our reservation and we were standing by the door which was opening and closing constantly. They didn't even offer a free drink or anything or bring the drinks we ordered! Come on!

Very disapointing! I will not be going back here!

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Great, Can't Wait To Go Back
By AGL of Surrey (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 4, 2006 - 3:15am [Dine in]

My husband and I tried out Capone's a few days ago and it was absolutely amazing. The best crab cakes in town. Also, I had the Bison Steak and it just melted in my mouth. As for my husband, he had the B.C. Snapper which was even better than it sounded on the menu. The portions were big and filling, no need for desert!!! In addition, the selection in Martini's was great. Our server Brad was very pleasant and even the Managers go out of there way to make your experience satisfying. The only thing I would change is the set up of the restaurant. It would be great if they had more seperated tables and a table cloth on them. All in all, the "BEST Food" and the "BEST Martini's" I've ever had. We are very anxious to go back.

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