Scusa Italian Ristorante
Scusa Italian Ristorante

Scusa Italian Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.scusalaketahoe.com/
  • Phone: 5305420100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM | Live Jazz Music Thursday - Saturday 6-9PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian, Vegetarian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi-private room for up to 20 guests.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hwy 50/Lake Tahoe Blvd.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Large private parking lot in front of the restaurant.
A word from Scusa Italian Ristorante
100 of the Best Seats in Town."
~ Creative Traditional Italian & Fresh Seafood Daily ~ Upscale, Lively Atmosphere ~ Extensive Menu & Wine List ~

For over 20 years, Scusa has remained the perennial favorite of locals and tourists alike. Featuring traditional and creative pasta dishes, from simple Cappellini with fresh Basil and Tomato to Seafood Fettuccine Scusa in a light tomato-red wine sauce. Scusa is rumored to serve the best Linguine & Clams you'll ever have. Let's not forget the variety of Veal and Chicken dishes, and the Scusa Bread is a must! With appetizers from crispy Calamari to the House Specialty Lobster Raviolis in light Basil-Tomato Cream any choice is a good one. If you only have room to split a desert try the Amaretto Bread Pudding or the delicious Cannolis.

Scusa has one of the most romantic outdoor patios in Lake Tahoe, complete with fountain & garden. If you're looking for great food, with warm atmosphere and service, you are sure to enjoy!

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Scusa Italian Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
161 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (87)neighborhood gem (80)great for outdoor dining (75)fit for foodies (70)romantic (65)good for groups (48)notable wine list (23)kid-friendly (20)hot spot (13)great for lunch (7)scenic view (4)great for brunch (3)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Very good!
    CarlaVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We dined here last year when we vacationed at South Lake Tahoe. Came again this year & were not disappointed!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    burgers
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our visit to Scusa was our very first time. The restaurant and its staff is nothing short of exceptional. My wife and I eat out regularly in the Sacramento area and it's been a long time since we've found a restaurant that we can get excited about. Our waitress was incredible, our food was served promptly, the saxophone player was a gentleman, and the food was nothing short of awesome! We know where we will dine the next time that we visit Lake Tahoe. Scusa is now one our favorite restaurants and it is no small wonder that they've been in business for so long. Thank you to the Scusa establishment for providing such a culinary gem to the Lake Tahoe community!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Celebrates a birthday
    mmcampi
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food was delicious and the service was terrific! Unexpected saxophone birthday music was the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must visit while in Tahoe...
    Bike4Life
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    First visit, Friday night in September, reservation for 9. We were seated right away with menus & greeted by our waiter who took our drink orders and offered water. In addition to our waiter, two other staff replenished water, cleared plates, etc. Waiter happily answered questions about menu. I requested a half order of the sausage & pepper linguine bolognese (a little spicy & very flavorful!) & was gladly accommodated. The italian blue cheese salad was wonderful; nice size for a dinner salad. Guests loved the kale salad and the special halibut piccatta. Warm focaccia bread to die for! Overall, a fantastic experience. One suggestion ... replace bulbs in dining area as it is too dark to read menu. Otherwise, can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Service and Food!
    taho
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We have been to Scusa twice and will be back!! My mom is from out of town and will only eat at Scusa's!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KeensVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    One of the best Italian meals I have had at a restaurant outside of NYC! It is worth going to South Lake Tahoe just for a meal at this wonderful restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • keep the little ones at home
    Steveluvsitalian
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This is a very nice place for dinner. Food was great . Delivery was slow 1 hour from order until we saw our dinner. The table next to us had several loud kids and even louder parents. The drone inside is too much. Eat outside in the garden. Parking sucks but if you go around the corner, lots of parking. The should post it on their Web site
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Debra Cedo
    Cederdome77VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were in Tahoe for Labor Day weekend and the town was very busy. I went on Open Table and selected Scusa after reading the menu. We will go back - the food was wonderful and the service was great. We had the Lobster Ravioli appetizer and the sauce was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Hersheys
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Showed up late due to traffic. They still got us right in and we chose to sit outside. Beautiful outdoor dining. Excellent fast service. Excellent food
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    TwoMacs48
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We enjoyed our dining experience at Scusa. The food was delicious and the service was attentive and personal. A summer storm came through as we were dining with rain and hail. Nice touch for a Summer dinner.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DISAPPOINED
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Great food, we will be back again for dinner, and maybe lunch, we had a party of 6 and everyone had a great dish.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • joe13
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Linguini and clams was exceptional. My wife had the calamari with polenta which she enjoyed. The radicchio appetizer could have done with a little less balsamic dressing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • we were impessed
    taho
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Fantastic place to take clients;romantic endevour or just to enjoy the ambiance
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion
    Lovetheexperience
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    If you are looking for a special occasion dining experience, I strongly recommend Scusa Italian Ristorante. My friends and I celebrated my birthday their and we were all very please d with Scusa. The food was amazing and the atmosphere was perfect for a special night out. I highly recommend Scusa for those special dining evenings.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent Italian cuisine
    sfgirl
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    A wonderful restaurant with excellent northern Italian food. Certain sections of the restaurant are cuter than others, so ask for the patio or main part of the dining room. The Linguine with fresh clams was the best and the Italian blue cheese salad was also a favorite. You can't go wrong with this choice and many of the Saturday night customers were dressed very casually- jeans and shirts!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BEST "Local" Gem in Tahoe!
    TerriJVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We love this restaurant! Great service, food and wonderful music on weekends. It is exceptional and a very good value!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous authentic Italian food!
    NancyAnn
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I enjoyed a delicious eggplant parmesan on the beautiful outdoor patio, well heated by the portable propane heater. The server was slightly overly attentive, but it's better than nonexistent ;-) The pasta is perfectly prepared, everything tasted delicious and the wine list was very decent, with very little markup on the wine we selected. This is a great restaurant, great value, especially for the very touristic region of South Lake Tahoe!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scusa's
    DonK
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Had a great meal. Food and service were excellent! Make sure you have reservations this is a very popular restaurant. We had reservations for 7 PM, arrived on time, and we were seated on time. I would definitely recommend this restaurant if you are looking for a nice evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    Yummy
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Love the food here! Lake Tahoe's Best Italian food. We have celebrated 2 birthday's so far & plan to celebrate more. Strongly suggest reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A do again experience
    birthday
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I have special diet needs . The waiter was knowledgeable and helpful. The food was delicious and reasonably priced. We are definitely coming back and bringing friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice night
    RickyVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Went to Scusa on a Wed. night and it was very good. We ate outside and it was a beautiful night. My wife and I had a very nice experience. Our food was outstanding and the wine was great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Steven
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The best lasagna I've ever had! The garlic bread and garlic soup were great too. Absolutely love this place!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Italian restaurant!
    Terry
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Good variety for Italian food lovers. Some of the best linguine and clams I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant with amazing food
    NSE1124
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I absolutely loved the food at Scusa and the service was amazing. I will definitely be back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise level was an issue
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Our third visit in two years (we are not from the area). Was loud before but this time was almost unbearable. I'm not sure we'd try it again for a while. Food was great and service excellent. So if noise doesn't bother you, definitely check it out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian
    Lookingforsomethingnu
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Beautiful dinner experience. High quality Italian food and excellent service. Highly recommend this restaurant!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian Food
    razfineVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We were vacationing in South Lake Tahoe and happened to pass by Scusa. We decided to eat there after reading reviews on Open Table. Scusa lived up to its reviews. The food and service were excellent. I especially recommend the Fettucine Carbonara, which was excellent. I have had this dish at many different restaurants and Scusa made it the best. If you are in or around South Lake Tahoe and want excellent Italian food, go to Scusa.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best in South Lake Tahoe
    Hunt4Notable
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    If you are looking for quality food and great service, this Italian restaurant offers what you need. We made some new friends and invited them to this restaurant in the blind. What a pleasant surprise to have great service and the best food we had for our entire stay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service for years
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    My family has been going to Scusa's for over 10 years and have celebrated many a birthday dinner here. We missed a couple years but were so thrilled to go back last week. It was my wife's 32nd birthday and once again we had an amazing time. We now have a 2 year old and we were put in a corner booth which worked out perfectly. With four adults we shared 2 apps - the Scuza bread is amazing and all had our own entree's. Each one was amazing. The food has never been better - from the pasta to the fish we didn't even have any leftovers which at most places we do. We all shared and loved every dish. Rory - our waiter has been there since we started going and always provides great service and recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Everything we had was absolutely delicious, from the garlic bread to the Caesar salad to all of the entrees. One of our best dinners in a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food
    GFeater
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    good food. server was good, but rushed. needs more staff. noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not bad for Tahoe
    Mynickname
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Six of us got right in thanks to making reservations online. Great by Tahoe standards. Only minus is they ran out of cannoli!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crowded But Cool
    3dayweekend
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Didn't turn out quite the way I had hoped. The live jazz band guy was good, however it wasn't a band, rather a guy playing the saxophone into a microphone. Our waiter was very slow. Training tip: Have your servers take care of all their tables needs before leaving the dining floor to the kitchen. Being a server myself, I noticed this was a snow ball effect issue our server had. The food was fantastic! Wine list was amazing, it was very noisy and crowded, would have like to sit somewhere more romantic rather than 2 feet away from some drunk chatting family that was meeting boyfriend for the first time. Before reserving, make specific accommodations and your experience will be great! Stayed 08/09/14 on the west side of the south room.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great little Italian place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Was not expecting much upon going, but heard good things and wanted to try. We were all pleasantly surprised. The food was great we stuck to the basics like chicken parm, pasta, etc. The service was great and the meal was very reasonable priced. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • John Cadtiglia
    StigVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We ate outside and it was quiet and very pretty. Our server Chrus was very attentive!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Oregonian
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The food was very good. I'd like to see the lobster ravioli as an entre rather than simply an appetizer. It was amazing. We got tucked into an alcove but saw some awesome seating elsewhere. Make your reservation early! If we get back, we'll eat here again. Thanks for a great meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, nice setting
    Tahoediner
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Scusa is one of our favorite restaurants in South Lake Tahoe. Wonderful Italian food and a nice setting, if you get the outside seating, makes this place an enjoyable experience. It does not have an extensive wine list, but its food makes up for that.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best find in Lake Tahoe
    azchar
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We read many many reviews of restaurants before selecting Scusa for dinner one evening. We were not disappointed in our selection! The garlic bread is piping hot, crispy on the outside but light as air in the middle. The creamy roasted garlic soup was a wonderful treat, although the bite of 'raw' garlic was noted on the first bite, however, we loved the soup. Roasted garlic has a much more mild flavor. The appetizer portion of lobster ravioli was enjoyed by 2 of our party, while spaghetti and meatballs (4 large), lasagna (a perfect portion size) and the eggplant stack were the favors of others. Each and every dish was full of flavors, served hot from the kitchen and portioned to favorable portions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian at its best
    kamoiVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Our party of 4 thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The seafood Scusa was outstanding; the carbonara was also notable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Scusa worked very hard to please
    RomanticOnes
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Their lobster ravioli appetizer is to die for! Amazingly good! Main entrees good, I had Veal Saltimbocca, which I liked, but was a little too salty for my tastes. Flavor was good. Service was attentive without being obtrusive, and friendly. Enjoyed the meal. Would probably go back again next time I'm in Tahoe. Wines were reasonably priced- we had an Italian Sangiovese, one of my favorites.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic