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Tuscan Blu
Tuscan Blu

Tuscan Blu Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tuscanblu.com
  • Email: tuscanblu@tuscanblu.com
  • Phone: (919) 834-5707
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday- Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Friday:4:30 - 10:30, Saturday - Sunday: 2:00pm - 10:30 Sat, 9:00 Sun. Dinner
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian
  • Executive Chef: Maurizio Privilegi Chef/Owner
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Off Premises Catering up to any number.
    On Premises can fit up to120ppl; no fee for room; (minimum ticket apply)
  • Entertainment: We offer a full bar with soft music playing.
    We offer dinner and a movie every Tuesday Night at 7pm
    Also, we have a large screen projector for your office meetings. (RGB Cable)
  • Special Events & Promotions: We welcome any special events you desire.
    Wedding Reception, Dinner parties, etc

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Harrington St
  • Public Transit: R Line stop #11 at the entrance of our patio.
    CAT Bus Stop #8840, Route 21 "Caraleigh"
    Carolina Hurricanes bus going to the RBC Stadium stops at entrance Across from the Amtrak Train Station.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: 80 parking space available in front off the restaurant. If you are coming to the restaurant and the parking is full please, come in and we will direct you to the overflow parking.
A word from Tuscan Blu
Maurizio Privilegi has opened an authentic Italian restaurant at "The Depot" building in downtown Raleigh, NC. The chef prepares dishes from all country sides of Tuscany with new feelings of creation. We use fresh organic products from local farms right here in Raleigh. We also import authentic Mediterranean products directly from Italy. We even grow our own fresh rosemary. gluten free pasta.

Enjoy great food for affordable prices with a casual dining experience. The broad variety of items will keep you coming back time and time again to sample more. The menu also allows for large groups to come together, even with varying tastes. We also provide great vegetarian dishes.

Located in an historic building with the train visible from the window and a cobble stone parking lot, Tuscan Blu serves you a unique experience for visitors of all nationalities.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "We had an amzing dinner. We sat outside, watched the sunset, and loved the food. Thank you!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We have dined at Tuscan Blu several time but on Friday the kitchen must have changed or something. The food was mediocre at best. The 3 out of 8 dishes I tasted were not seasoned at all, Unfortunately it was a disappointment for us entertaining guests from out of town to bring them to a restaurant we raved about before. To top it all off - one of us didn't get what we had ordered and his meal did not come out until 10 minutes later without an apology or anything. We will give Tuscan Blu another chance but will be shopping for another Italian restaurant just in case it is a new trend of mediocre tasting food."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The food at Tuscan Blu is absolutely delicious. Every person in our party enjoyed their meal. As for the service, the servers were very nice, just very slow. We were a large group but nearly the only people in the restaurant and we all waited with empty glasses and waiting plates. At least the food was worth the wait...."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The place was emptserviceSaturday...but it was more intimate. The food and atmosphere was very nice. The only thing that really upset me was how the owner was rude to us by not acknowleding us when taking something from our table. He spoke to the other two tables that were there. There were only 3 tables, including us. Would have left if the food wasn't so good!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We dined as a family of five, including two teenagers. We were all very happy with our meals including salads, entrees, desserts and the house Chianti. The menu had a great variety of choices including pastas, vegetarian and gluten free options. Although we did not try the daily specials, they sounded great as well! Service was very good and wait staff was quite courteous. We dined on a Wednesday night and the restaurant was fairly slow that night, which surprised us. The dining atmosphere was very pleasant and comfortable. We will certainly recommend Tuscan Blu to family and friends. We arrived from out of town and although it is located in the old train depot in a very artsy area, it was very easy to get to the restaurant."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I have been to Tuscan Blu many times and each time the food just gets better. Having a family right out of Italy, I can tell you they are true Italians! They cooks with love! This is great for a date night or brunch with the family. It is a must try!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Traditional Italian fare in the warehouse district of Raleigh. Always reliable , very reasonably priced menu items. Lengthy wine list."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We were there for lunch and enjoyed our meal very much. Good lunch special for $10"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "We had made a reservation for Tuscan Blu and arrived less than 5 minutes after our reservation time. The waiter was nice as we chatted with him throughout our dinner. The food was great, but what happened next was unbelievable and rude. We finished dinner in an hour and as the waiter brought our check he informed us that we needed to move along because they needed the table. I was so shocked I couldn't reply. We had not asked to just sit and finish our wine nor had we asked for coffee or dessert. When he returned with our credit card and receipt, once again he reminded us that we needed to hurry and leave as they needed our table. We will never go back and I recommend that you don't go either."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We enjoyed out our food, service was great, also a very friendly atmosphere! We would go back."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Great Italian food and ambiance in downtown, Raleigh, NC, the owner / chef and his wife Patricia, the hostess, are always on site to greet you. There are several tables on the outside, front porch, plus many more inside in a warehouse setting with an elegant feel. Soft lighting, plus European inspired soft music, set the mood nicely. The front window faces West and yields nice sunsets. The food at Tuscan Blu is consistently delicious and the menu has plenty of variation ( pastas, meats, sea foods, etc. ) plus occasional Specials. The house salad is especially fresh and sets up the dinners nicely. The service here is personal and attentive. Finally, the prices are quite modest for such a fine establishment in a downtown location."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Tuscan Blu was our post Valentines Day stop for Sat Feb 15 and it didn't disappoint, matter of fact, it blew us away..We booked via Open Table, arrived late (OUR FAULT) and had to wait 20 mins for another table to open & we were fine with that..Enjoyed, apps, salads and great entrees, then went over board with tasty desserts..we cant wait to go back..Don't miss this Italian GEM"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I made reservations for Valentine's Day and still waited 10 minutes. Wait staff was slow also. Food was excellent and appeared to me a happening place."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My husband and I dined here for Valentine's weekend and we really enjoyed ourselves! We both had Tuscan salads, which were good - nice portions with artichoke hearts, olives, cheese....Then he had the spaghetti with crabmeat and he loved it! nice and sweet, just like his mom's! I had Salmon and it was cooked perfectly with a nice crispy crust on the outside and nice and moist on the inside. This was served with spinach sauteed in garlic and olive oil - yum! We will definitely return to this restaurant!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "As part of a group of six, I really enjoyed eating at Tuscan Blu. We had a reservation but arrived a good bit earlier. They were able to accommodate us with no fuss. The food was delicious and served promptly. I had a lasagna -- their own recipe, been in the family for a long time -- and it was excellent. Wait staff was friendly and professional. Nice people."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We went here for a date night, and the food was great. My husband got the lasagna, and loved it, said it was the best he's had in Raleigh. The prices are really great and the food is authentic Italian food. The owner and his wife were both there, and from talking with others who have been here, they typically are there. We really enjoyed our dinner, and will be returning again soon."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I love how this place has a ton of vegetarian options. Usually, my wife has to hunt for the one token veggie option, but not here--there were all kinds of dishes with a variety of creative flavors, all meatless. I personally got the Pesto shrimp fettuccini, and it was outstanding. Food came out so fast I thought we had wandered into a Mexican restaurant--very quick! Parking was a bit of a challenge, but the food was totally worth it. This was our first time here, and we'll definitely be back!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "(First visit) Valentines day - so glad for reservation with little lead time! Food was a bit disappointing - chicken w/veggie dish: blackened and salt seasoning was so heavy it overpowered. will try again - when not so busy."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Service was robotic... Food was not bad. It was valentines day, and they probably could have done something to make it a little more special."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Such a great atmosphere! Food was great! Excellent flavors and perfect portions! A little taste of Italy right in downtown Raleigh!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food is good but not entirely worth what they charge."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great food. Great find. Happy I made the reservation ahead of time. Only issue we had was the service was a bit slow. It was Valentines day, so this is to be expected. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This restaurant is very pleasant and the food is good. There were a couple of odd things. They seemed to be breaking a few new staffpersons who did not know the table numbers and our water was refilled with overzealous attention. The quarters for the Valentine's night tables-for-two were close, such that the man at the neighboring table wanted to strike up a conversation. Our food was good which is why I recommend the restaurant. I asked for my steak medium rare and it was served rare. I sent it back and they cooked me a new steak just right. The atmosphere is vibrant and the building is beautiful. All in all, this is a good place for a date. Enjoy!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I took my wife to Tuscan Blu for a date night (which happened to fall on Valentine's Day). We were greeted warmly at the door and taken to our table (which we were asked if it was suitable for us). From that point on the service was continuous without being intrusive. The ambience reminded me of restaurants I dined in while living in Europe for 5 years. The food was excellent starting with the appetizers all the way through to dessert. The chef came and asked us how our meal was, and he went to each table while we were there. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Why did I not know about this place? We went during Restaurant Week and liked it a lot, so we returned for Valentine's. Great food. Some good wine choices. Only issue I had was with the calamari (just not good at all) and the owner came to talk to us about it. I was pleased but felt he could have comp'ed that appetizer. But that was just one little nit out of two otherwise great dinners there."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "It was a special set up for Valentines day, so they were very short staffed and the tables were closer together than usual. The food was pretty good. Calimari nice, bread was nothing special to poor, the pink sauce was tasty, and the chicken parm was about average. Affordable wine by the glass. I would try it again on a less busy night."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "To be fair, we went for dinner on Valentine's day, so this may explain *some* of the issues. First, the bread rolls were warm and the olive oil was very good. At the recommendation of the waiter, we ordered the Malbec wine. It was bitter and completely undrinkable. (We are not wine snobs. The bottle was bad.) We had the tuna appetizer. It was seasoned well, but the meat was stringy. Entrees were OK. I had pasta with chicken. Sauce was good, chicken was dry. Finally, we ordered dessert (cheesecake). It took 20+ minutes to arrive. Overall, the service was really bad - slow and unattentive. In fact, the waiter walked right by our table *several times* to check on the two young ladies eating next to us while we waited for each course."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Tuscan Blu has a very warm and friendly atmosphere with fantastic food. The menu is not overly complicated, sticking to some key dishes that are done very well. The presentation of the food was simple and elegant, complimented by a robust wine list and topped off with fantastic desserts. What put everything over the top though was the extremely friendly staff. The owner comes out to meet with customers and see how their food is, which was just great. On the way out the door we were thanked by the wait staff, the hostess, the owner, and the manager! The entire staff was genuinely grateful to have had us eat there and that made me want to go back immediately. All in all a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We love Tuscan Blu the service is always top notch the management is so attentive and wellington. I have recommended this place to everyone! We go often!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We were only table in restaurant for our meal. Three wait staff that either are incompetent or have no clue what service means. Had to summon to order, had to summon for extra bread, had to summon for beverage refills, apertizer order lost and did not receive. Unsweetened tea was refilled with sweet. Entrees delivered to table by server that could not identify dishes or knew who got what."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Enjoyed the small coziness of the way the restaurant was set up. The eggplant parmesan & the scallop pasta dishes were great! Would like to go back & try other items on the menu especially some of the desserts. Service could have been faster, however everyone was warm and friendly. It seems they were training a new employee & a very large party came in just ahead of us thus slowing down the service that we received. I would recommend small groups when eating here. I will come again."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Nice ambience, funky warehouse feel. Upscale feel. We ate here during Restaurant Week and loved the fixed price 3-course meal. We're always looking for places serving full menus late night on weekends, as I get off work at 10 p.m. This place is on our list now!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Having recently spent a month in Italy, I have been hesitant to eat at an Italian restaurant because the food there was so delicious. After dining at Tuscan Blu though, my hesitancy has abated. The food was incredible -- fresh, flavorful and prepared to perfection. Even though we dined there on one of the nights of the Raleigh Downtown Dining Week, our service provided by Kevin was excellent (and he was very busy). I look forward to dining there again soon."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We went during Restaurant Week and the service was not good. We waited more than 30 minutes for our open table reservation seating. They were out of some of the food choices and the server was slow and ignored us. The food we did have was excellent. There were good wine and beer selections and all was reasonably priced. The hostess and chef were friendly and did their best."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Our group chose this restaurant for Raleigh's restaurant week. Their entrees were delicious. Fresh cheese, fresh herbs, there was attention to the quality of food chosen for the entree."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Great food, friendly staff...restaurant week...we arrived 5 min late to our 7:15 reservation to find out our name wasn't even on the list! The hostess who I assumed was also the owner showed us to the bar while she got a table prepared for us. We ordered the Bufala mozzarella appetizer, Caesar salad, lobster ravioli, and linguini with crabmeat. (We love seafood!!) The food was amazing and came out very quickly. We had an overall tasty experience and will definitely be back!!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I enjoyed the Restaurant week three course meal and absolutely loved the wine paring. Great portions and healthy choices not carb overload."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant. Located in the renovate freight depot building. Food and service were excellent. We will definitely being going back."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "It might have just been a new server or a busy night, but they pretty much forgot about our table of two people... They also "lost" our order in the kitchen. It worked well for me since I was on a date and it gave me an excuse to chat this girl up, but still... Food more than made up for the bad service we got; I would still go back just for that. It was really cool that I could order online, took 30 seconds and no effort, I made a reservation right from a link on google maps from my phone. Super simple."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Very interesting, and pretty atmosphere, located near the train station. Enjoyed the service. Unfortunately, food is mediocre. Menu needs to be updated, and presentation needs much improvement."
    Dined on 1/18/2014