La Tosca
La Tosca

La Tosca

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.latoscarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6505927749
  • 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 6508885904
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
La Tosca reviews from OpenTable diners
56 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (37)special occasion (25)fit for foodies (16)romantic (16)great for lunch (12)good for groups (11)kid-friendly (5)great for outdoor dining (4)notable wine list (3)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Nice birthday dinner
    luvvansVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Jacob was terrific. He greeted our party & made sure we had a nice family birthday dinner. Good drinks & food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good
    Matt
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We have eaten here several times over the past few years. The food is traditional Italian and consistently good. Service is friendly and efficient. Water glasses are kept filled and the wait staff is knowledgeable. There are several Italian restaurants on Laurel Street and we consider La Tosca and 888 the best.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This restaurant has consistently served delicious food with excellent service. I have been coming here for 5 years! It is small, intimate and a perfect place to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries or just a quiet night out with no children!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good Food and great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Very pleasant among so many to chose from. We had dinner with Italian friends and they loved it. And they are fussy about Italian food... Great place again.... We had not been there for a few years and they seem better than ever..
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming local restaurant
    dchow
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I come here for the pasta dishes. We had the special which was good. For dessert we had the creme brulee which was the highlight of the evening. This was a family event with the kids to enjoy a good meal before school starts.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful time
    Erica73
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I had a lovely time at La Tosca for my birthday dinner. The cocktails were made perfectly. Their cabernet I had with diner was smooth. The food was excellent, extremely yummy fettuchine dish with lobster tails and scallops- to die for! At the end of the dining experience they knew itwas my birthday and they brought out a delicious warm bread pudding with ice cream and whipped cream of course with a candle on top. And the service was definitely up to par and more! I loved our waiter, he was friendly , warm and knew what he was doing, you can tell he's had experience. They seem to only hire pros here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LuvgoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Nice ambiance and location. Service is good, but the food needs some work.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had a lovely evening and enjoyed not only the service but the friendly atmosphere too. The food was delicious and done to perfection. Thank you for a beautiful and fun evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Must
    Betsy
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This was our third visit and we will definitely go back. The food was outstanding and 2 folks actually were able to get dishes that were not on the menu. The service was incredible - friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • candyVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The food was excellent, love their smoked salmon carpacio and Hart of Palms salad, everything was very tasty and service was great as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 57th anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Who would have thought 57 years ago that we would be celebrating 57 years of marriage in San Carlos, CA. It's a long way from Indiana! We enjoyed the evening!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, Again!
    Ronk
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    This was my fourth visit to this fine restaurant and once again, it did NOT disappoint. The service was attentive and the food was terrific. I was there for a business lunch and we were able to speak and hear each other and my associate loved the food which was perfectly prepared. I would highly recommend this restaurant and can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely evening!
    Kathleen
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Our dinner companions arrived late, no problem, staff very considerate. All four of us enjoyed our meals and drinks. Will go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    The wait staff was fantastic and the food was delicious Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay, but not great!
    RoseVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The food was okay, but not great! I would try the restaurant again another time.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Tosca is always great
    Beej
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We hadn't been to La Tosca in quite awhile. As usual, the food was exceptional and the ambiance pure neighborhood gem. My wife doesn't like pasta but found the chicken parmigiana out of this world. I've never had a bad meal there, while many times regretted not going there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Tosca
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Had a graduation celebration at this restaurant. Food was great and the service impeccable. Would certainly return there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden Treasure
    localgirl
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The food is always very good here, as is the service. On my most recent visit, the service was outstanding, creating a very enjoyable evening. La Tosca has a nice ambiance, which allows friends to talk easily while enjoying a meal together. I definitely recommend it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT DINING EXPERIENCE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    AS ALWAYS, THEY ARE FRIENDLY AND PROFESSIONAL. THE FOOD WAS GREAT- WE HAD LASAGNA AND EGGPLANT PARMESAN SPECIALS, BOTH VERY GOOD. GUESTS FROM OUT OF TOWN ALWAYS REQUEST WE GO BACK HERE FOR THE VEAL PICATA, NEVER DISAPPOINTED.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Traditional Italian Food
    Shelly
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Good spot if you are looking for more traditional Italian food such as veal picatta and good pasta dishes. But, they also have nightly specials and some more non traditional items and interesting salads - we ordered the pear and beet salads, both were quite good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ronkarrVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    I would refer this place to anyone, great food. Especially the lamp chops
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Made mamas happy on Mother's Day
    docofsoc1
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We ate for the first time at La Tosca on Mother's Day and I'm so glad I chose this restaurant. My husband, daughter and mother had wonderful food, sharing each other's dishes and everyone smiling and saying "yum." It was busy but not so noisy we couldn't hear each other inside, something that is a big deal to my mom who struggles with super loud restaurants. Our very friendly waiter was a hoot, joking with my daughter and my mom, making both smile. Bottom line, we'll be back because we want to try more dishes!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great serving staff & desserts
    Joyce
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Celebrated Mother's day with friends here. VERY friendly and patient waiter as we were talking more than reading the menu when we arrived. Took great care of us. Everyone enjoyed their entrees - Lamb was a bit overdone but other than that not complaints. We are not big dessert people (as we are kind of picky and hate to be disappointed) but ordered a variety to share. Everyone raved! We shared across 7 people - cappuchino creme brulee, tiramisu, panna cotta, and bread pudding (which can often be really bad or really good at restaurants in general but was FABULOUS here!) Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Empoyees
    Wonderful
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    The waiter and cooking staff was exemplary! It could not have been any better!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to EAT
    Vickie
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Excellent restaurant, food and all was just perfect. Our waiter was wonderful and we had a great time. I would definitely go back there in a heart beat.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always, always satisfying
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Every visit is always a consistently satisfying and relaxing time at La Tosca. The evening specials are always great - I had the risotto with lamb shank, prawns, mushrooms. You cannot miss with ingredients like that! We finished the dinner off with the special bread pudding dessert - whipped cream on top, then ice cream, then the warm bread pudding on the bottom - yum. Our waiter was friendly and attentive from start to finish. I'm lucky to live nearby so I can go often.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 544 reviews are from the La Tosca reviews archive.
  • Neighborhood gem never disappoints
    Casualfoodie
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    La Tosca is our personal favorite of the San Carlos Italian restaurants we've tried. The food and service are consistently good. Classic dishes are prepared and served with care. Carpeting and upholstered booths help to absorb excess sound so you can actually hear your dinner companions and need not shout to be heard yourself.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice meal
    sushifridays
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My first impression in walking into this restaurant was how dated the decor was, burgundy table clothes and mint green walls and the lights were not dimmed. Then I noticed how dated the diners were. My husband and I felt like the youngest folks there and trust me, we are not that young. The food was nice/good, but nothing special or surprising. I'd say it's good/solid traditional Itailan food. But, I do have to give a big shout out to our waiter who was wonderful. Attentive, but not intrusive, amusing, but not annoying. He was just fabulous and definitely made our night.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good to Outstanding
    nonmihi
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Liked the smoked salmon appetizer...tasty and came with some arugala...nice touch. We had two of the veal (Picatta and Saltimbocca) entrees and portions were on the small side but ample for us and delicious. Veggies were cooked just right. The bread was doughy but the dip was fine. Wine selection by the glass included a Kinderwood Chardonnay and Pola Sole Monte red. The panacotta and cappuccino topped off the meal. Service from Jacob and staff was excellent. Water glasses were filled in a timely fashion and dishes and flatware were changed out as needed. The ambience is fine for the locale and competition in San Carlos. The noise level could be different on a Friday or Saturday night but it was quiet for our Thursday evening.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    The service and the food were excellent. We were well cared for!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A most enjoyable lunch
    amhey
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding in every way
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    This is a must stop for dinner. truly outstanding in every way.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Food & Service
    FastRandy
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice indeed!
    Jean
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful service, solid food
    foodiemommy
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Veal was a little salty but the gnocchi was perfect. Waiter went above and beyond.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Tosca Food Review
    Anna
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not on Sunday
    Nancy
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Disappointed. Seems that because Sunday is a slow day there was less staff than necessary . They did have a special desert as I requested .
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My New Favorite Place
    Ronk
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing food!
    Migmed7
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • From start to finish the staff
    WendyVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate