Capers and Lemons is not your convenient corner bistro, but what it lacks in proximity (to nearly any town in the area), this Wilmington restaurant makes up for tenfold with its consistently delicious, modern cuisine, twinkling lights, coziness, and friendly, gracious service. It draws a lively, diverse crowd. Families, middle-aged friends celebrating a birthday, and young singles on a first date feel equally welcome here.
Capers is owned by Carl Georigi and the Platinum Dining Group, the people who also own Redfire Grill and Steakhouse in Hockessin, Eclipse Bistro in Wilmington and the new Taverna on Main Stret in Newark. The restuarants seem to share a sophisticated, yet unpretentious vibe and an understanding of how to make guests feel celebratory and comfortable at the same time. The waitstaff is, for the most part, knowledgeable, accommodating and friendly without being irritating or overly familiar.
Like the other gems in the Platinum Dining Group's crown, Capers offers a menu of fresh seasonally-rotated food along with a well-edited beer and wine list. Capers is known for their modern twist on Italian food. They serve lunch, dinner and offer take-out, groceries (in a small "market" store near their entrance) and catering.
If you're headed there for dinner, try starting with their fig flatbread with gorgonzola for an appetizer (which is fired in their gorgeous, open brick oven) and an antipasti board to share. For an entree, go for the zesty, tender chicken piccata, made with the namesake lemons and capers, or if you're a meat lover, try the braciole, a creative blend of beef rolled with prosciutto in a spicy homemade marinara sauce and served over creamy polenta. Their special of the night is always something fresh and delicious and memorable. Their desserts, while tasty, are not overly inspired, and are probably the weakest part of the menu. Savor an espresso or capuccino instead to finish your meal. You might leave the restaurant with a long drive ahead of you, but you will most likely be smiling the whole way home.