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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La Tosca reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (28)special occasion (20)romantic (16)fit for foodies (15)good for groups (10)great for lunch (6)great for outdoor dining (5)notable wine list (5)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Service was excellant, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    Service was excellant, the food was good and for a reasonable price. I guess the people of san carlos don't know how to use their inside voices because all i could hear was their big mouths. The music was a nice touch but the people were very rude talking so loud. thanks, Lisa maskarich
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Did not dine at La Tosca.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2008
    Did not dine at La Tosca. We showed up promptly at 7:30 for our reservation and after waiting 25 minutes outside (because there is nowhere to wait inside) and observing that there weren't any tables that would turnover soon, we left and had a great meal down the street at Spassio. PS - Have no experience to rate the food but there isn't an N/A option and an answer is required to have this feedback "take".
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our server (don't recall her
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2008
    Our server (don't recall her name) was excellent and very attentive. We didn't need to ask for refills on drinks nor bread because they always made sure we had both. By the way, the bread is very good especially with the oil/balsamic/herb mix. Our food didn't take very long. The gorgonzola stuffed chicken with marsala sauce was amazing. My entree was the tortellini with proscuitto and was tasty in some areas and overly salty in others. Perhaps the saltiness of putting too much proscuitto was overpowering. Regardless, I love this place and plan to come back real soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We enjoy our time at La Tosca
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/6/2008
    We enjoy our time at La Tosca and my husband and I have found our new favorite restaurant! The food is fab, the piano playing was so relaxing and enjoyable. Nice wine list too. We will be sure to visit La Tosca again and again! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service was friendly and straightfo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    Service was friendly and straightforward. Ambiance great. I liked the way the tables were spaced and not crowded together, that way you didn't hear every word said at the next table. Food was delicious, very high quality, flavorful shrimp and veal tender and delicious. Veggies cooked just right. Great value for the price. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This was the first time we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    This was the first time we have eaten at La Tosca. The service, main course and dessert were excelltent. Didn't really care for the Cesar salad dressing but a definite return for us. Also, we were pleased that La Tosca was on the Restaurant.com list and we had a $25 coupon.....a very nice restaurant with excelltent tasting food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice casual-dining restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/28/2008
    Nice casual-dining restaurant. The food's presentation was very nice, and the taste was good (but not great). I enjoyed my Caesar salad - the Anchovy taste came through nicely, and was well-balanced with the other flavors. My main dish (a lamb sausage & rice dish with a white wine sauce) was tasty, but on the verge of being too salty. My dessert was a creme brulee with a touch of espresso in it - The taste was perfect, the coffee taste came through without being overpowering. Unfortunately the texture was a little grainy. On the whole, it was a very pleasant experience. The restaurant has a nice casual ambiance. The high backs of the booths give you a little more of a feel of privacy. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jack the waiter is the best!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/25/2008
    Jack the waiter is the best! He's accomodating and extemely funny.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My friend and I both thought
    LJHA
    Dined on 4/25/2008
    My friend and I both thought the main dishes were just "OK." She loved her beet salad, though.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had never been to this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/22/2008
    We had never been to this restaurant before. We found out about it through restaurant.com. We booked a reservation on opentable. The food was solid, service was solid, and we loved the dessert. We would go back again.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was great! Pasta
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    The food was great! Pasta was very tasty, just delicious. They have exceptional dessert choices and very yummy. Definitely will go back again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The restaurant and our waitress
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/5/2008
    The restaurant and our waitress (Maria) have left a memorable experience for my husband and I (first timer). Every dish we ordered was absolutely delicious. Everyone there seem to work harmoniously. The live music flowing in the background as we dine was more than our expectation. I work in the hospitality industry, so expectation is very high. I have "booked marked" this restaurant already and have told several colleagues of mine. I can't wait to return so that I can try other wonderful dishes on their menus. Sincerely, Machiko Thomson
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An excellent restaurant. We
    OldSchool
    Dined on 3/29/2008
    An excellent restaurant. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • our second time dining at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/23/2008
    our second time dining at la tosca, it was a wonderful meal. their marinara and meat sauces are to die for!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our waiter was very friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/20/2008
    Our waiter was very friendly & attentive. The food was very good. The tables could be a bit farther apart & the music could be a little softer.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a great time, great
    zorroVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2008
    We had a great time, great service and we'll return again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had another outstanding
    SueBVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2008
    We had another outstanding dinner @ La Tosca. The special appetizer of polenta with feta cheese, greens, etc. was delicious. The turkey lasagne was excellent. The cappuccino was well made. The service was attentive without being overly attentive. We keep coming back for more. The prices are very reasonable. We love it!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • I am a local (San Carlos)
    foodluvverVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2008
    I am a local (San Carlos) resident. La Tosca has wonderful salads and entrees. However, their desserts are substandard (try as they might). My suggestion is to order the salad/entree and forget about dessert. The blueberry "biscotti" (shortcake) was awful as was the coffee creme brulee. Come to think of it, their zabagione is terrible as well. FIRE the dessert chef! Service is impeccable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious but simple dishes,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/12/2008
    Delicious but simple dishes, freshly prepared. Very reasonably priced for the quality (which was outstanding). Amazing desserts!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had resevation there for
    Alsin1000VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2008
    We had resevation there for Valentine's day dinner. Upon arriving on time, we saw there was a line and we were told that there would be a 30 minute wait. They obviously overbooked, we ended up waiting about 40 minutes for a table and thats because others left out of frustration. They did give us a booth when our turn came up, but thats because we asked. The food and dinner service were great, but I was disappointed when I received the bill to see that we were not given any comps for our inconvenience. 2 free glasses of wine would have been enough to make up for the wait. I didn't complain, but decided I would never go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic