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La Tosca
La Tosca

La Tosca Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.latoscarestaurant.com
  • Email: info@latoscarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (650) 592-7749
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturdat: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Federico Sanchez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: La Tosca prepare special menus for parties. We offer delivery or pick-up.
  • Private Party Facilities: The restaurant is available for buyouts and can also accommodate parties of up to 30 during regular restaurant hours.
  • Private Party Contact: Jack (650) 888-5904
  • Entertainment: Nancy Gilliand sings jazz songs and music from the golden era of the 30's and 40's. Scott Daily plays jazz piano on weekends.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Olive
  • Public Transit: Caltrain: San Carlos. VITA Bus #390 and #391
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking as well as a public lot across the street from the restaurant is available.
A word from La Tosca
La Tosca offers Tuscan and Italian specialties in a warm, friendly and comfortable setting. Streetside tables overlook lovely downtown San Carlos. Chef Federico has 20 years experience in his Italian kitchen at La Tosca. Daily specials and live music are offered Tuesday through Saturday. No corkage on Monday evenings..

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Diner Reviews
  • "From the friendly host who directed my guest and I to a booth, to the considerate waiter, the staff were excellent. My guest had pasta with tomato sauce - capellini - and thoroughly enjoyed it. Her comment to me was that the pasta was not greasy and the tomato sauce tasted of real tomatoes. I had an enjoyable hearts of palm salad with shrimp, and fresh vegetables in the salad. My ice tea was filled regularly and we finished the lunch with a cup of decaff coffee each. We both enjoyed it. I was happy as its always a risk taking a guest to a restaurant one hasn't visited before - but I relied on Open Table's reviews and was not disappointed."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "This is a must stop for dinner. truly outstanding in every way."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Met a former colleague for dinner on a Wednesday night. The server helped us pick out a nice 2005 Italian wine that was decanted at the table. Very nice wine. The entrees were amazing! Very rich and flavorful. Our server was attentive but not intrusive, a very nice experience. I've eaten at a number of San Carlos Restaurant, but will definitely go back to La Tosca!!! One of my new Favs!!!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We had an amazing dinner. the staff treated us like guests coming for dinner rather than customers. Our son was also catered to by he staff. Nothing makes for a betterdining experiene than the kids enjoying their meal and happy. The food was very good and we over indulged. Also recommende the place to our friends:)"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Veal was a little salty but the gnocchi was perfect. Waiter went above and beyond."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We had a very nice dinner on a busy Friday night. The wait staff was attentive and the food was very good. The calamari especially was super tender with a very light breading - outstanding! We'll go again!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I've been going to La Tosca for the past several years and was very disappointed with my recent dinner. The quality of our food was not good or fresh. I had started with a cesear salad which was soaked in dressing. The pasta carbonara was my entree and it had no flavor at all. Needless to say we ordered the blackberry dessert which arrived with strawberries instead. The waiter did not tell us that they were out of blackberries. My friend who I was sharing dessert with is allergic to strawberries. Hence, we returned the dessert."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Disappointed. Seems that because Sunday is a slow day there was less staff than necessary . They did have a special desert as I requested ."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "This was our third visit. Two visits were with good friends. The restaurant was superb in every way and impressed us and our friends. Food, atmosphere, and service were terrific. Highly Recomended!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The setting was absolutely great! Out booth was so comfortable. The service was simply outstanding. They always were making sure I didn't need anything additional. And then there is the amazing Italian good! So delicious and very authentic. Best Italian Restaurant I've been to in the region."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "From start to finish the staff was attentive and made us feel welcomed. I enjoyed the lentil soup; thought it was excellent!! My salmon was cooked perfectly, seasoned well as the portion was generous. We all had panne cotta for dessert but I wish I hadn't. Although the soaked cherry sauce was awesome, I thought the panna cotta fell flat. It is such an easy thing to make by somehow they missed it. Dinner was not cheap so I just wished it was special."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "College friends gathering for what we thought would be a quick dinner and time to catch up on our lives turned into a four hour fellowship! The restaurant was so warm and cozy, the servers were very attentive yet were respectful of our privacy, and the food/desserts/wine were the perfect inclusion to our evening of fellowship! I would highly recommend this restaurant to others! For those who need a "middle of the road" dining experience between San Jose and San Francisco...this is the place to be!"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Food was VERY, VERY good even though the menu was not cutting edge. Service was attentive and price-point was good. Definite recommend."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Would have given it 4 stars if not for the hostess, who was rude."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My partner and I have been here several times before and liked it. However, on V-day this year we were disappointed. Mainly due to food quality, though there was no piano player as usual, as they added extra table where the piano usually is. We hope this was just a one-off due to the V-day rush, so will probably go again and hope they redeem themselves. The food wasn't terrible. It just wasn't up to their usual standards. Next year for Valentines, maybe we'll skip the 14th. Or book sooner to get to Irongate."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "As always, food and service was great, very friendly staff!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We wanted a good and quiet spot for a birthday lunch. LaTosca was perfect! We started with a reasonably priced, light Zinfandel just right for lunch. One guest was late and our waiter was extremely patient as we waited for her. We had the eggplant bruschetta lunch special as an appetizer. It was perfect to share among the four of us and it was delicious. Each of us had a different main course so we could taste them all. Each one was a hit. The portion sizes are generous but not huge. I had the homemade gnocchi with salmon. The gnocchi was absolutely fantastic. The potato taste was there and the texture was light.They were very welcoming though we were the last to leave. Been there several times. Always happy."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "We went on a night where there was chicken parmagiana on the menu - it changes regularly, but were in the mood for veal. The waiter had the chef make the veal parmagiana happen with no problems and it rested on a bed of excellent angel hair pasta. BTW, the veal was fork-tender and very tasty. Sauce was excellent; drinks excellent. This is the best Italian restaurant around the mid-peninsula. It was quiet in the beginning, but gradually filled up after 7 pm."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Love this restaurant and will make it my go to for authentic and quality Italian when in San Carlos area."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "first time eating in San Carlos. great food, great service. was very pleased. will be back."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "This is a true gem. The service from the brothers and the wait staff is remarkable. They remember our wines and that we like a specific dessert. We are always welcomed back as family and treated that way. Food is delicious and the menu has a great number of varied choices. We were there for my wife's birthday on Saturday and they made it a truly memorable night. Go and enjoy"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Really enjoyed dinner here on a weeknight. Service was great, staff very accommodating Food delicious!"
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "This is my second visit to this fine restaurant and it was even better than the first time. The food is superb and the service was great. The ambiance was terrific and you can hear someone speaking to you. I can't wait to go back. don't miss this one!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "No entree on their menu should be priced over $26 but one entree is $33 and was great food but not a $33 dollar entree. For that price it could have been a much larger portion. Otherwise food and service was excellent. Fun for Christmas Eve meal out in San Carlos."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "We had a Christmas Eve dinner of salad & pastas that was very good. Andrea, the waitperson, was very nice & professional. The only issue was that they ran out of the "called" liquor cocktails we ordered."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Loved the food. We tried one of the appetizer plates to start (La Tosca) it was fabulous. Enough food for 4 of us. I ordered the salmon salad for dinner and it was excellent. Everyone was very pleased with their meal. We will be back."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Everytime I eat here I'm impressed by the service and the quality of food. I love hearing the chanteuse while we're dining; it makes for a very romantic evening. And I love their desserts. They're spectacular."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "Dining here is always very nice...excellent food, service & ambiance. Their live music makes it even more special. The number of regular patrons speaks volumes. Go...enjoy...then, you too will return."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "always a pleasure coming in especially with a big group because the guys are very accommodating...."
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "Hadn't been here in a while, not sure why, but I will be back soon than later! The food was excellent as well as the staff. They were so attentive and nice, just loved it. Really enjoyed ourselves!"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Hadn't been here in a while. Still excellent food. Had a great waiter who was friendly, but not over the top. Knew when to show up at the table. Food came to the table piping hot, the way I like it. Will go back soon."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Celebrating a friend's birthday. We both had the special filet of sole. Very tasty with mashed potatoes & asparagus. Waiter was so nice! They presented tiramisu to both of us free of charge to celebrate the birthday girl! Go there for lunch as they should be busier than they are & the food is better than a lot of the other busier restaurants on Laurel St. in San Carlos."
    Dined on 10/30/2013
  • "This is a great little spot in downtown San Carlos. We love the consistently delicious food and comfortable atmosphere. The wait staff is attentive and friendly. We have dined here often for lunch and dinner, and really enjoy it."
    Dined on 10/23/2013
  • "We enjoyed very nice service and ate their special veal lunch. Restaurant is well appointed. Wish they were busier on a Monday lunch so they can make more money!"
    Dined on 8/19/2013