Tuscany Restaurant Carlsbad

Tuscany Restaurant Carlsbad

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Phone: 7609298111
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: JOEY MAGGIORE -as seen on the food network
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Let Tuscany cater your next event, from corporate parties to weddings, we have a banquet room that seats 150 or can cater off-site at your location.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a newly remodeled banquet facility that seats up to 200 people. Let us customize your next event.
  • Private Party Contact: Pino Bataglia 7609298111
  • Entertainment: Live entertainment Tuesday - Saturday, 6:30pm - 11:00pm. Featuring some of San Diego's top musicians.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Aviara Pkwy
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Tuscany Restaurant Carlsbad
Tuscany is an upscale, modern, Italian restaurant in the heart of La Costa. Featuring hand-made pasta, wood-fired pizza, prime steaks and seafood, Tuscany also offers a huge lounge and bar with live music daily. Best happy hour in town!
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Tuscany Restaurant Carlsbad reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (7)neighborhood gem (5)late-night find (4)romantic (4)kid-friendly (2)fit for foodies (2)hot spot (2)good for groups (2)great for lunch (1)special occasion (1)Show More
  • Great dinner!
    dwood
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Tuscany has a great selection on the menu. The food was excellent and they had live music in the bar area! Our service was very good. We look forward to going back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SandyR
    Sandy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Frequently go to Tuscany, have for many years. The service is always superb and the meal very good. Very pretty inside, and a lot going on. My husband and I and friends really enjoy going there for dinner for special nights out.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Find!
    LeftHungry
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Went here on a date...the place was hopping at 8:00. The food was great, there was live music...overall a very nice experience. I'd go there again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A regular italian meal.
    Samtan
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Don't go here expecting an exceptional meal, but it's not a bad choice for a meal. Everything was ok hence the three stars. My swordfish was nice, so was the pizza we had but something jumps at you to say I must be back here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a good place.
    FoodloverVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Great food and service. We always try to come here when we visit from hawaii..
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 96 reviews are from the Tuscany Restaurant Carlsbad reviews archive.
  • Another Great Meal at Tuscany
    MarilynVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We continue to marvel at how excellent the food is here. The Caesar salad is so delicious. My husband had the oso bucco and raved about it. I had the mushroom risotto which is excellent. Service was a bit off but they were crowded. My very favorite restaurant in north county.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best Restaurant in North County
    MarilynVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Tuscany is my favorite restaurant for so many reasons. Great location. Great menu. Attentive service. Fabulous wine list. Delicious food. The mushroom risotto is incredible! The chicken picatta is fantastic. You cannot go wrong with ordering anything. I love, love, love this restaurant. The new owners have outdone themselves and it shows!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good first impression
    trdliteVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Haven't been there before. Overall I was pleased with the service and quality of food. They have a pretty good menu with many different tastes. I had the veal osso buco. It was quiet good but not the best I had I have to admit. However I would go again if I am in the area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The pizza and Caesar salad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The pizza and Caesar salad was the worse we ever ate. Plus we asked if the salad came with anchovies. We were told yes in the dressing but they can add mo. We were charged extra on our bill.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AMAZING!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Fabulous food. Great service. This will be a new regular stop for us.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our dinner was delicious and
    DukeVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Our dinner was delicious and the service fantastic. It's a wonderful spot if you live in the La Costa area. A great neighborhood restaurant!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian delight
    DukeVIP
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    Always great service when we have Paulie as our server. He and his brother Joey make this spot a favorite local destination. Delicious food where you always feel welcome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best Italian Restaurant in Town
    MarilynVIP
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    Once again, another fabulous meal at Tuscany. I took a client there and we had the most incredible meal. She had the eggplant torte with gnocchi which she raved about and devoured the entire dish. I had the wild mushroom risotto which is by far the best risotto I have ever eaten. The bread is hot and delicious. Wonderful menu with many choices. This remains my very favorite restaurant and I never have to worry about not being happy with any of the wonderful choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday night dinner in hood
    Andy123VIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Immediately at tine of Rez. Very loud inside, not an intimate evening. People yelling to talk over one another and live music. Octopus Salad was not very exciting. Truffle n mushroom pizza was A+. Ribeye was a B. Water was professional, nice and thorough.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CARLSBAD FIND
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    IT HAS BEEN 10 YEAR'S SINCE WE HAVE EATEN HERE, AND THE FOOD AND SERVICE IS FANTASTIC
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always friendly and the food
    CarlsbadDiner
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    Always friendly and the food is great. I highly recommend Tuscany. They do a great job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tuscan Faire
    Tuscany
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Overall, for a Friday night, Tuscany was good. The restaurant was crowded and noisy but the food was good. They try very hard to replicate an Italian experience but it is just a good local restaurant that is a bit pricey but in an area that can afford the extra cost.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice local restaurant
    Goodfood4me
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    We are fairly new to the area, and we wanted to find a local place that has good food that would we come back to frequently. Tuscany was a pleasant surprise. The restaurant is located in a small shopping center, but once in side the place it feels quaint. The bar area is moderately noisy but tolerable. We saw on child in the restaurant, but it does not appear very kid-friendly. On the Saturday night that we were there, they had live piano music. The appetizer, salad and entrees were all prepared nicely and seasoned well. The service was timely and the waiter was friendly. We are somewhat choosey when it comes to food/restaurants but we will return to Tuscany and will recommend it to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best birthday
    Fjrider
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    We were a group of 6 celebrating a birthday. The service was great and our waiter Giuseppe was wonderful. The food was excellent and at the end when the birthday cake came out the waiters sang and served the cake for us. We had a great time with the live entertainment and it wasn't too loud which helped hear everyone speak.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a nice dining experience
    citychick8
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    They have the BEST Italian bread of any Italian restaurant we have visited. The service is very good and the menu is fresh, interesting, and the food is very tasty. It's one of our favorite neighborhood haunts.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tuscany Never Fails
    MarilynVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    I met a friend here for lunch yesterday and we had a fabulous meal with great service. I had the wild mushroom risotto which was incredibly delicious and full of flavor. She had the pasta special which she proclaimed to be one of the best meals she has ever eaten. The service was flawless and we had a great visit with the new owner Joey who is dedicated to delivering a wonderful product and he is doing quite well! We love this little restaurant with a great bar, fabulous Happy Hour and friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambivalent
    seejay
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    Everything at the Tuscany was fine except the noise level which made it impossible to converse. So I would recommend for food but not for ambiance. But I guess the three, four generations behind me want that sort of activity.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tuscany, you're BAAAAaaaack!
    LeonediromaVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    This place had gone a little bit downhill, then it changed owners. The menu is now updated with many interesting choices, mostly Italian but also continental. On weekend nights it gets very crowded but is not overly noisy. The over-40 bar scene is hopping most nights, and the service is great. A very pleasant neighborhood gem, nice place for a romantic meal as well as a family scene. The stuffed squash blossom appetizer is small but delicious, the steaks are good and so are the salads. Lots of daily specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Drinks and apps...maybe
    Mello
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    I wouldn't call it a vibrant bar scene...just a noisy one. The place is really loud due to the bar crowd...the food is basic Italian fare but not inexpensive for a strip mall location. Dinner for 4 plus wine(100) plus tip was $360. If we go back it will be for happy hour, seems that's what the locals do. There are many better dining options around Carlsbad. For Italian try Vivace at the Park Hyatt...just up the road.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My Favorite!
    MarilynVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2013
    We returned to celebrate my birthday with friends and family and we all loved it! The service was great, the food was divine and we all had a wonderful evening. The mushroom risotto was over the top fabulous as was the Bolognese over pasta. The Caesar salad is incredible as is the calamari appetizer. The wine list is great and prices are normal. Be sure to get a reservation as the restaurant was totally packed by 7:30 PM. New ownership has made a few changes, all for the better. You will love the food here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tuscany Rocks!
    MarilynVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2013
    This was our first visit since the change of ownership and we were not disappointed! Joey greeted us and seated us. The new menu is great. I ordered the salmon salad and it was incredibly delicious. We are returning for dinner tonight! Love the new look and the food is outstanding. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SLOW SERVICE & TOO NOISY
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    Service was very slow, had to ask for more water, etc. Noise level because of bar in same room very loud.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The perfect place for Mother's Day!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Took the Mom's here on Sunday. The food is always spectacular and the service is top notch. Always feel so welcome, like visiting family. The red roses handed out to each Mom was a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Italian food with live
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Good Italian food with live music and very nice service.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Carlsbads great Italian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Great Italian food and consistent also. Service is always attentive and prompt. Music on Saturday night is very good and welcomed. As a former New Yorker this is the only place I take my good friends to when they visit me...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pinot and Pinot (a.k.a. Giuseppie)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/11/2013
    Pinot and Pinot (a.k.a. Giuseppie) are amazing! Every time I dine here, they never cease to amaze. The food is great. The atmosphere is great. The service is tremendous. An absolute winner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wasn't able to get a table
    GourmetDragon
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Wasn't able to get a table by calling, but OpenTable got me one. Good food & good service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Had a 7:30pm reservation for Valentine's Day. Arrived on time and spent 15 minutes waiting at the hostess desk behind one party who was at first ignored and then held their place in line while the staff intermittently talked to them and then wandered off. When they finally moved we got to the hostess and were told that it would be a minimum 45 minute wait. Figuring any other options would be booked we decided to wait but after about 10 more minutes we realized that everyone else waiting in the packed lobby also had reservations and none of them looked very happy. The staff looked very stressed. Not a good vibe at all, so we took our names off the waiting list and left. I realize it's a busy night but they were WAY overbooked. Never again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Was about 45 minutes late
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Was about 45 minutes late in honoring our reservation time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reservations ignored...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Arrived for Valentine's Day dinner and found a large number of people waiting. The restaurant had opted to ignore reservations(!) and go off a simple waiting list instead. The hostess was rude and obviously not handling/not trained for the situation (apparently tables weren't freeing up as quickly as expected). We waited for 45 minutes before being seated. Live music was being performed in the bar area, but it is not separated from the dining room and the music was so loud it made conversation difficult. The wait staff was reasonable, timely with drink refills, etc. The food was good, but nothing special. Fine for every day but not special occasions, especially considering the lack of planning/service on the restaurant's part.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • There were no tables available
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    There were no tables available and about 8 parties ahead of us. We waited about 1/2 hour then went across the street for a hamburger. It was Valentine's Day, so some tolerance for ignoring reservations is reasonable, but they had completely mismanaged and overbooked.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Horrendous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    We arrived at 6:50pm for our 7:00pm reservation and were told there would be a 10-15 minute wait. We had a seat and waited and people watched. We noticed more than a couple of groups that arrived and checked in after us but were seated before us. After waiting 45 minutes we went to the host stand to inquire about our table. My fiance tried to ask one hostess about the status, but she just looked down and was clearly flustered. The other hostess cut her off and was incredibly rude in stating that everyone has reservations and we just had to wait. We tried to ask another question about the wait time and were cut off by this woman. We decided it was time to leave and never return. Thanks for ruining Valentine's Day for us!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Never again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    On Valentine's Day (granted a busy night anywhere) our reservations on OpenTable were not honored by the ineffectual hostesses. First, we were told to wait 15 min. & that was fine. Obviously they were over booking. Then, after the waiting the allotted time, we were told they "would come & find us" since we drank at a nearby bar table. Apparently, if you are a regular in your 60s or 70s, you get seated right away. After watching people come in & get seated, we twice went up for a table & WERE IGNORED. Literally. They listened to us & then walked away without a word. After FORTY MINUTES, and one more try, we got seated. When I asked why an OpenTable res took 40 minutes, the hostess replied "This isn't my restaurant." I
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Waiter seemed too busy to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Waiter seemed too busy to keep our orders straight. Food was good but not great. Their stuffed pork chop seems to be the best thing on the menu. The lamb chop needs more season.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our meal was great. Especially
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    Our meal was great. Especially the butternut squash ravioli!! The best part was the service. Pino was our waiter and he is outstanding!!!! Ask for him if you go to Tuscany. The toughest part of our visit is that the restaurant and bar are in one big room. We were there during happy hour and it was NOISY!! I wish they would separate the dining room.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic