Cafe Toscana

4.7
117 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Bringing a taste of the Old World to downtown Wilkes-Barre, Cafe Toscana is located at One Public Square in downtown Wilkes-Barre.

Our recipes are tried and true family favorites that represent the best that Tuscany and the surrounding region has to offer.

Cafe Toscana’s Northern Italian cuisine is light and delicate and allows the individual flavors to come through. We feature an array of tried and true family favorites, including veal, pasta, risotto, fish, steak and seafood, with a variety of specials to keep the menu always fresh and exciting. There are also an abundant asortment of homemade desserts on the menu.

A new and greatly expanded wine list gives customers plenty of choices for every dish and every palette.
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4.3
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Poconos
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as usual!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we get up to that area for a medical appointment, this is our go-to-place for a late lunch. There are always familiar faces, a nice atmosphere, and delicious food. I only wish it were closer to where we lived so that we could frequent it more often.

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pakathy
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The bruschetta is a nice feature along with delicious bread to enjoy while waiting for dinners to be prepared. My seafood dish comprised of shrimp, clams and mussels in a light red sauce was very good. My husband was happy with veal parm.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Poconos
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My wife and I went out for dinner. We’ve been there a couple of times. Great value for the price. Portions were very good and the taste was excellent. This is definitely a regular stop for us on our dinner circuit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian restaurant in the Greater Wilkes-barre/Scranton area!!

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vipSueS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delishious Meal

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vipBaravelli
Baltimore
40 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outstanding experience and were here for Valentines Day. The atmosphere we quiet and the restaurant made us feel welcomed and tookCovid precautions by spacing the tables far apart. The noise level was low and enjoyable since my wife and I could talk to each other at a normal level.
The service was great. The wait staff was attentive and not falling all over us. The water was refilled without asking, in fact there was nothing that we needed that was not provided or that we had to wait for.
As for the food, it was excellent. My wife had veal sorrentino and I had the shrimp Toscano. The veal was served in a red sauce and the shrimp was prepared with mushrooms with fresh vegetables and potatoes. Both dishes were served piping hot and the presentation invited us to enjoy the foods hock we did.
Having eaten all over the world including restaurants all over Italy, Cafe Toscano represents the best of Italy and we would highly recommend you give it a try. You will NOT be disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was amazing. Our white wine was a little warm. Other than that it was great experience.

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vipPAFoodieChick
Poconos
31 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely experience here. My husband had the branzino, I had the veal chop. Both were cooked to perfection. Drinks were yummy and the service was attentive.

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LindaY
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy this place has reopened for indoor dining.

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vipwalkingdead20
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Had lamb chops. They were tough, plus portion was half the size than they used to serve like 6 years ago. Back then you would get like 4 or 5 lamb chaps for 1 person and they would be about 3” thick. They were delicious. Now you get 6 chops about an inch or less thick. I was very disappointed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, we had great food and service. Fantastic!

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vipArleneG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

I have dined at this restaurant numerous times during the past 5 years. I had a 7 PM reservation for 10/21/20 and requested a window table. When we arrived at 6:40 we asked if we could be seated earlier then our reservation time. We were seated at a table that had not yet been set up. Water glasses were put on the table. For 20 minutes no one came to the table. No water, no menus, nothing. We had to call the waiter to come to the table. His response ‘Your reservation was for 7:00’. no apology, just a sarcastic remark. This was not appreciated and we will think carefully about whether we will return to this restaurant.

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JennaP
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, the staff was friendly and accommodating, and the restaurant itself was very appealing. Not too pricey either

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Food was decent. Chicken tasted like it was previously frozen, however. Service was not very good at all despite only 1 other table in the restaurant being served. Don’t think we’ll be back.

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WilliamB
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very large menu. Every meal I have eaten there has been excellent. Ambience is very relaxing.

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LindaY
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I always enjoy the food and ambiance at Cafe Toscana. That's why we always return.

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Globetrotter
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food was good, prices were reasonable, the ambience was great. The lead waiter could have been a little more attentive but, on the whole, this was a good experience.

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SusanM
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place for Italian food. My 3 cheese with spinach were excellent. I would highly recommend Cafe Tuscana as I ate there plenty of times and never had a bad meal.

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JohnH
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Need to have better attention from main service staff, the backup staff did a great job.

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CraigY
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great downtown destination for Italian cuisine. Larger and very well dressed salad that could be a dinner by itself. Main courses included a potato and vegetable. Dinner for 2 will average $50 to $75 depending in drinks and desert choices. Recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and awesome food!

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JosephA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food quality was generally very good. Had an appetizer order of clams that didn’t taste right that was taken off the bill. Another person in our party had the same clam appetizer order and his tasted just fine. Weird right? Everyone enjoyed their entrées. Service was good but not outstanding.

We plan to give the restaurant another visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service was great and food was very good.

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BethC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I have had some fabulous meals here but not this trip. My caesar salad did not have enough dressing on it to taste. The beautifully shaved parmesan was dry and there were four croutons on the salad. My risotto with mushrooms and brandy sauce also did not have enough sauce which made the risotto rather sticky, however the flavor was good. We sat in a very crowded, very warm room, when there were empty tables available. Then we had to track down someone to pay our bill. Unfortunately, we will not go back. I have never given a bad restaurant review, I hope for their sake they step it up because they used to serve much better meals.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Not made to feel welcomed at all. Not enough waitstaff that night which was when the Kirby Center was hosting The Nutcracker. They had to know or should have known that. Every table was taken and I understand it was busy but when I got there deliberately early, only one table was taken with customers. We were ignored for the first 15 minutes. The food and drink were terrific but service stunk! Not asked if we wanted any more drinks or dessert or anything. It’s a shame because the Chef does an excellent job. Not one smile on any of the workers in the dining room.

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vipYokohawaii
Phoenix
65 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the great authentic Tuscan food and a great service. Reasonable prices and you get a lot of food. There was a large party next table and was very lively but good to see people having a good time.

Highly recommend it.

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vipBrianS
Poconos
10 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place in Wilkes barre

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Greatful
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It was OK. Food was warm. Environment was pleasant. Staff were friendly.

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vipPauls
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Great food, so so service.

DB
DaveB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Fantastic service. Bruschetta to start is outstanding. Scallops are the best! Cod, shrimp and mussels in light tomato sauce was super. A great choice.

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vipChrisP
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was good. Wine was good. Attention to detail by the wait staff needs to improve.

I would come back to this restaurant 9 out of 10 times. Really enjoyed the meal.

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BenjS
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

perfect as usual. good food, good wine and great service

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Neens
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a great meal. Wonderful staff and the perfect location when attending an event at the Kirby Center.

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vipJonathan
Pittsburgh
114 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food at really reasonable prices. Only hiccup was the baked clams....they switched to littleneck clams so you get 6 really small littlenecks in an order. Just not correct. The pasta dishes are very good. Veal saltimboca was excellent. Well priced wine list.

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Margy
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food on the East coast. We come here every year from South Carolina.

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vipdigwine
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Service was extremely in attentive had to ask for things more than once

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TomB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner at Café Toscana. The food was excellent as were the servers.

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KarenS
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall3food1service2ambience2

Unimpressed with the chicken and shrimp dish in light cream sauce. Just beige chicken on plate with 3 shrimp. No flavor. They had good service but staff hovers to take your plate before your done. Always feel as though you are being watched. Bread was very good, no butter. Bruschetta was excellent.

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kpsew
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an outstanding Italian restaurant. Friendly staff & delicious food.

FAQs

Cafe Toscana is rated 4.7 stars by 117 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.