Toscana Cafe and Wine Bar
Toscana Cafe and Wine Bar
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Toscana Cafe and Wine Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.toscanacafesd.com/
  • Phone: 6192315788
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Daily: 6:00am - 11:00am; Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:30pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: K street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is street and several valet parking available.
A word from Toscana Cafe and Wine Bar
Toscana Café is warm, romantic, and cozy with dark wood accents and vibrant artwork, making it the perfect spot for a great night out. From breakfast to dinner, the offerings change with the light. Stop by for a delicious pastry, omelet, or muffin in the morning. For lunch, enjoy an exquisite panini or beautiful salad. Mid-afternoon is the perfect time to relax with an espresso or glass of wine on the patio and watch passersby on their way to a convention or the ballgame. The wine cellar houses over one hundred selections from California and Italy; with almost fifty options by the glass this is the largest selection by the glass in the Gaslamp. In the evening, this tranquil bistro turns into a chic wine bar, complete with tempting Seafood Blush, Choice Angus Filet Mignon, Lasagna or Veal Scallopini. Quality can be seen in each facet of Toscana, from the organic coffee and locally sourced ingredients to the rich, warm furnishings. This unique café is truly a gem in the Gaslamp.
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Toscana Cafe and Wine Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Tuscany in the Gas Lamp
    jlc58
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    We had a very nice meal with excellent service. Our server helped us with a wine selection that was similar to one that had just dropped off their list and provided great service getting our meal to us. We sat outside and enjoyed a warm evening and light traffic on fifth street. It might be a bit hectic out there if the street was crowded. Overall, a great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just for two!
    Disappointed
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    With a five PM reservation on a Satuday night I expected to wait however we were immediately greated, seated. The only sour note for the evening was waiting for our server to finally get to our table. It was not busy but the staff seemed a bit limited and perhaps too busy. Regardless, our waiter 'Reggie' was fantastic! He was friendly, informative, funny and highly professional. He made excellent recommendations and made us feel very welcome, appreciated and comfortable. My wife had the spaghetti pomadora while I had the giant sea scallops. The bruschetta was fresh and tasty as was the tiramisu we had for desert. We will be back!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a favorite !!!
    JoanVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2013
    We live close to Toscana Cafe and enjoy dinner with friends there. All the servers are terrific. The food is varied and delicious from the shrimp appetizer to scallops with rissotto and the lasagna - wow ! Deserts are fanttastic too. I tried a new dish this time - chicken marsala - wonderful flavor and cooked just right. Some nights are so crowded it becomes a bit noisy for conversation, but on a Wed or Thursday it is quiet and a nice place to hang out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Italian Rest. in Gaslamp
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 4/28/2013
    This charming restaurant is wonderful! My "star" ratings are well deserved. It is a great place to people watch, especially Sunday afternoon and evening as the Hard Rock Hotel (right across the street) has a weekly event that ends at 7 PM PT. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Big group
    RuthS
    Dined on 3/7/2013
    Our waiter was outstanding. We had a party of twelve and he handled everything great even gave us separate checks.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slow service for our group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/28/2013
    Slow service for our group business lunch even when there were few other parties there. Food was unremarkable. More of a pretty outdoor wine bar than a restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Maybe it was a fluke, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/26/2013
    Maybe it was a fluke, but the food was nothing to write home about. Pretty mediocre.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I took six of my top sales
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/21/2013
    I took six of my top sales managers for dinner during a conference. Even though we were late they graciously held our table for us. The servers were knowledgable and humorous. The food was was tasty and just enough.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our second time there. Nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Our second time there. Nice ambience. Great service. Wonderful food - my filet mignon was overcooked but they fixed the problem right away and it was awesome! We went on Valentine's Day and ordered from their pre fixe menu - loved the price and the food. I normally would not go to a restaurant on Valentine's Day but I had a feeling it would be fine there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious Seafood
    SDFoodieVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    We had a wonderful meal at Toscana, the appetizers and dinner was delicious! Seafood was perfectly cooked and elegantly presented. We'll definitely be going back
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always meets expectations!
    livbigVIP
    Dined on 1/30/2013
    One of my favorite places when I come to San Diego - all the food is good and the services is always top notch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find in the Gaslamp District
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    Excellent food and great service! We would definitely go back again and again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • table we were given felt very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 1/23/2013
    table we were given felt very cramped for a party of 6. was very noisy, could only hear the people right next to me. food was good, but nothing overly remarkable. menu seemed somewhat limited. wine list was great. server was excellent
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We dined on the street in
    ahdiiiVIP
    Dined on 1/13/2013
    We dined on the street in the Gaslamp District of San Diego on their terrace sidewalk area. Food was slow coming but worth the wait. All was fresh and hot and the omelets were fresh & fluffy ! Good Bloody Marys !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wine selection seemed expensive.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/3/2013
    Wine selection seemed expensive. $14 for a glass of Classico is about $2 above average. We plan to return, service was very friendly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not worth $ even with TrZoo voucher
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/3/2013
    The good: our wine ($40 special left over from NYE) and side rices. Appetizer too small to share. After checking with server for a non-dairy rice option which kitchen said they could do (boyfriend is lactose intolerant), they brought out risotto. Manager apologized for the misunderstanding and that they could not do request and offered pasta. Asked for veggies (which were fine). Never removed plate which contained the dairy so he had to scrape the meat and veggies off risotto. Entrees were very mediocre. Dessert list only had 4 options and 1 was out. Among the other 3 we chose the Opera Cake but asked for server opinion who did not recommend it. Ordered the Tirimisu which came out still on a cardboard packing (obviously was bought outside.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Used a Travelzoo voucher for
    1234VIP
    Dined on 12/30/2012
    Used a Travelzoo voucher for meal for two. Food was great, service was awesome.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 2nd time at this restaurant.
    MickeygVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2012
    2nd time at this restaurant. The food both times was great. It took 20 min before anyone came to our table. 30 min for water and bread and it was not very busy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Christmas Eve
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/24/2012
    I made a reservation for Christmas Eve based on the yelp reviews and looking at their web site. When we arrived nicely dressed for a Christmas Eve dinner, we felt very out of place. We ordered wine and cocktails and it took 15 minutes to get there. There were Maybe 10 other people in the restaurant. We ordered appetizers and my family was not impressed at all. We got up and walked down the street to El Aqua 2 ( I'm sure I spelled that wrong) and they welcomed us with open arms, fresh bread and a great Italian wine. It was a great Christmas Eve dinner. Maybe my expectations for Toscana were too high. It might just be a place to go on the way to the ball game and not for a special dinner. Maybe your experience will be different.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • neighborhood "go to" spot
    Gwlaf
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    Our neighborhood "go to" spot. Always good food and service and a good spot to people watch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • perfect for lunch !
    JoanVIP
    Dined on 12/14/2012
    this is one of our most favorite neighborhood hangouts for dinner and capuchino at the bar. But we had not gone to Toscana for lunch until this week. WOW - it could not have been better. Two of us had the Tuscany salad adding shrimp - what marvellous flavor in the croutons, mozzarella cheese balls, peppers, etc. With a nice Sauvignon Blanc it was perfect Our server, Karen, was outstanding, professional and pleasant. Joan and Peter
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • At the restaurant, waiter
    lclee70
    Dined on 12/9/2012
    At the restaurant, waiter was very friendly and competent. Charcuterie/cheese plate and olive tapenade appetizers were tasty. I ordered the sea bass/fettucine special. My husband thought the sea bass was dry and overcooked. The white wine sauce was watery and not very flavorful except for the capers. My husband got the filet mignon, which he didn't care for but I thought was good. It came with a vegetable risotto which was well-cooked. Sauteed veggies were a little underdone esp the brussel sprouts. The wines offered by the glass were all good. For dessert, got the tiramisu and chocolate layer lake, both excellent.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food had very good flavor.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    The food had very good flavor. I would recommend this place to others. The wines were reasonably priced. And the ambience was fine. I do like the corner location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite neighborhood restaurant
    JoanVIP
    Dined on 11/27/2012
    This is one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. We come with friends and like the back garden. Sidewalk sitting is fun too. We also wander in for a wonderful capucino at the bar in the late evening as part of our Gaslamp walk. Everyone is friendly, service is professional. And the food is absolutely delicious !! I especially like the scallops with mushroom risotto. Salads are fresh and creative. Deserts are devine. The wine list is good and affordable. We always feel as if the food and wine prices are low compared to the quality.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice restaurant, food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/24/2012
    Very nice restaurant, food was very good but nothing spectacular. An upscale, average restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reggie was a great server
    YvetteSVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2012
    Reggie was a great server & made our 23rd anniversary a special night!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Right in the Gaslamp. The
    MickeygVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2012
    Right in the Gaslamp. The food was excellent. Much better than expected.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The shrimp was passable, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/9/2011
    The shrimp was passable, but the halibut was spectacular. We were seated right away, but the server was MIA. When he fox arrive, he was very attentive. The price was typical for San Diego, but good for Gaslamp. Definitely going back for the Halibut!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate