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Scusa Italian Ristorante
Scusa Italian Ristorante

Scusa Italian Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.scusalaketahoe.com
  • Phone: (530) 542-0100
  • 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: Italian, Seafood, 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! Continued

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Diner Reviews
  • "The best lasagna I've ever had! The garlic bread and garlic soup were great too. Absolutely love this place!!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Good variety for Italian food lovers. Some of the best linguine and clams I've ever had."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Beautiful dinner experience. High quality Italian food and excellent service. Highly recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "good food. server was good, but rushed. needs more staff. noisy."
    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!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We ate outside and it was quiet and very pretty. Our server Chrus was very attentive!!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Our party of 4 thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The seafood Scusa was outstanding; the carbonara was also notable."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Our group of five ate here on our last evening in Tahoe. The outdoor seating was lovely. The eggplant parmigiana was delicious...a great blend of three sauces wasn't overdone and the edges crispy. It was a perfect ending to a fabulous trip."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Scusa's is my favorite restaurant in Tahoe and out of Tahoe!. The food is to die for and their new location is fabulous. The outdoor dining is lovely. We recently celebrated family birthdays there and had a wonderful evening. The staff is 5 star and was friendly and professional. My advice is to GO to Scusa's for an evening you won't forget!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I took my husband here to celebrate nothing!! I just thought it was time for us to have a night out together. We had been to their restaurant when it was on Ski Run Blvd., but it had been about 5 years ago. Am I glad we decided to go there again. We had fond memories of their dipping sauce and food from our previous visit, so were anxious to return. I had the calamari steak which was out of this world. I could cut it with my fork! My husband had the special, petrale sole over angel hair pasta. It was done to perfection! The outside dining area has now been covered with netting to catch the leaves. Service was better than any restaurant in California and Nevada bar none! We will be returning soon."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "My companion ordered the eggplant parmesan, wonderful dish. I ordered the shrimp scampi, not good at all, shrimp were tough and overcooked, sauce was flavorless. The wine was good, the jazz saxophonist was awesome. Very busy, must have reservations and pretty noisy with close proximity to other diners."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Great food, excellent service, nice wine list! We would definitely go again the next time we are in Tahoe!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "I saw great reviews online when i decided to try Scusa, but was still surprised by how good the food was. The service was equally impressive. It's my new favorite restaurant in Tahoe!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Food was outstanding! Would like option on open table to reserve outdoor seating though. That was only downside. Couldn't eat outside"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The ambience would have been a 5 star were it not for the squirrels dropping bits of pine cones on the diners. The restaurant is addressing the problem with netting, but that has not yet happened. The food is average and the parking is a bit sparse, but they make up for it with attentive service. We'll return."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "It was an excellent meal and the service was attentive and not intrusive. They have a beautiful outdoor patio in the summer. A special place for Tahoe."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Way to noisy. Jazz music playing and everyone is trying to talk above it. Even without the music too noisy for me. Difficult to have a conversation with the 5 of us."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food, but the service was--if possible--too quick--and there were lots of groups surrounding us, so it was very noisy. While we do like attentivbe service, in and out of a nice restaurant where we're trying to relax, within an hour is a bit too efficient."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "On vacation in Tahoe. Had five dinners at various spots. This was decidedly the BEST."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Comfortable seating and great lighting. A really wonderful restaurant. Can't wait to go again!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "They served the best Garlic Bread we ever had. The rest of the meal was also outstanding. A GREAT choice!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Just the right spot for a nice traditional Italian dinner. Classic entrees: spaghetti with bolognese and meatballs that was very good; sole with a caper and white wine sauce that was perfectly cooked. Noise level a bit high but the live jazz music in the background was a nice touch."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Food was wonderful. Great service. Reservation system was easy and efficient. Always look forward to dinner at Scusa's."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "They sat us in a private booth with privacy drapes. Lobster raviolis as starter. Entrees and specials that night were fantastic. But the clincher was when the curtains parted and our waiter presented us with a delicious chocolate dessert--- on the house---- followed by a saxophonist who stepped in and serenaded us!!!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We have been going to Scusa for years. It's the highlight of our trip to Tahoe each summer. The food has always been consistently delicious. The variety on the menu gives any person something they would like to eat. Each of us ordered something different and we were all pleased with our meals. The service is excellent as is the ambiance. I only wish we could go more often!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We wanted a nice but reasonably priced dinner for our last night in the Lake Tahoe area. Scusa's was a great choice. We experienced a great dinner, great service and in a nice atmosphere. We tried the Chicken Marsala, Capelinni, Lasagna and Lobster Ravioli and all were exceptional."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "hopping place with great Italian food. Understand the owner has several restaurants in the area for 25 years. Lobster ravioli appetizer was to die for; veal scallopini lasagna and fettucini alfredo were awesome."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The waiter Chris was excellent, the food was great, and they had gluten-free pasta too."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The KITCHEN failed us!! Our server and the food were excellent!!! He kept pushing for our entrees, but it took them 45 minutes to get them out. When in Tahoe we are always regulars at Scusas and have been since they first opened on Ski Run Blvd. Hopefully they can do something about their kitchen staff's efficiancy"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Don't let the outside deceive you. Fabulous dining. Outdoor dining in summer perfect among the pines. Wait staff very attentive and we never felt rushed."
    Dined on 7/12/2014