Cafe Toscana

4.6
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97 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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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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
1 review
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
64 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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BrianS
Poconos
6 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
14 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Great food, so so service.

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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
7 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
9 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
7 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
4 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
24 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.

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ThomasL
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I go to this place 1 or 2 times a month for a few yrs now & I can tell you I always love the food, I have never got something I didn't like. There food is the best in my eyes.

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MichaelZ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best authentic Italian food un the valley. Service is awesome

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vipDarlene
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal great service

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Bland salad. Overcooked steak. Almost nonexistent service

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vipdisappointed
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasty food. Nice entree choices.

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Neens
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always.

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MarkH
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The food was phenomenal, big portions and great value. The service on the other hand was terrible. Our waiter did not check on us once except to give us our bill. Another waiter did refill our drinks only after trying to get his attention several times.

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ShAB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a last minute reservation after a high school graduation ceremony and was pleasantly surprised.

The staff at Cafe Toscana was very nice and took great care to accommodate my sons milk allergy. We had a later reservation and they did not make us feel rushed in any way. The food was delicious and everyone was happy with the entire meal.

Overall .... It was a wonderful way to end our graduation night.

Thank you!

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Muda
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Thais was our first time dining at Cafe Toscana. We went after a graduation ceremony and the restaurant got very crowded, very quickly. I don’t know if that affected the quality of the service or not. We were promptly seated but it took several minutes for anyone to take our drink order, and then about 15 minutes to actually receive any drinks. We ordered appetizers and our entrees with the appetizers being promptly delivered and were delicious. And then we waited. No one checked on us or asked if we would like additional drinks while we waited. Our entrees were delivered after a fair wait but that’s to be expected on a busy night, and again, the food was quite good. Still no wait staff checked on us or asked about additional drinks or food. Thank goodness for the server filling our water glasses and the waiter for the table next to ours who got some incidental items to go with our meals. We waited about 30 minutes after finishing our entrees and finally asked a food runner to find our check so we could leave.
All in all, the food was quite good but I wouldn’t return. I’d go to the Vault restaurant next door instead.

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StefanieB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was very good, a little pricey. Service was a tad slow.

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MarjorieK
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent restaurant with superb food. Everyone in our party of seven ordered a different entree and all said their food was exceptional. We are still talking about our experience several days later. Very conveniently located on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre for all downtown events or an evening at the theater. Good-sized portions, with complimentary bruschetta to start, and prices are very reasonable. We will definitely go back soon!

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vipRussM
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nice service; Food very good. Fair price. Bar very nice

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Afiggis
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were able to get a reservation for two on a Saturday night on short notice. Parking might be an issue if you’re tourists like we were. The meal was outstanding and the staff were hard working and efficient.

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JaneB
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent! The waitstaff could be a little quicker taking your order.

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MichaelZ
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best Italian food around . Service is awesome. Prices very reasonable. Makes you feel like your in Italy

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MarkH
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I order the same dish every time I am there, so I can only speak to how good it is. The portion is perfect, the price is fantastic, the service and atmosphere are also both fantastic. Whenever someone asks for a recommendation, this is the place it tell them.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Will definitely go back.

BM
BrianM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Italian food in the valley....worth every penny. Scampi sauce was simply delicious....not thin or greasy....thick and rich lemon undertones. Good selection of wine with a price point for all. Service is always excellent.
Although a bit on the small side, it retains a warm ambiance and intimacy......never too noisy.
This is officially our favorite restaurant.

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vipTruthBeTold
Philadelphia
242 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Directly in - the - middle of beautiful Wilkes - Barre, sits this fine little dining room, Convenient to The adjacent F.M. Kirby Center as well. Their grilled calamari salad is delicious .

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AngelaL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service . Best black cherry martini ever. Will definitely go back

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