Cafe Toscana

4.6
68 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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Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

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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SB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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MK
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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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RM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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A
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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JB
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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MH
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Will definitely go back.

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BM
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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TB
Philadelphia
146 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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MH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service, pleasant atmosphere

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ON
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was even better than I read about! Unbelievably delicious and some creative pairings that totally worked. I only wish we lived closer. Very affordable for quality of food and service.

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MS
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Lovely place, great food, good value. Perhaps the wait staff could check with the table a little more frequently

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AW
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always great food and excellent service

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SF
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were seated immediately. Very busy but service was good. Our group was attending a show at the Kirby Center. Wished we had enough time to have coffee and dessert but ran out of time. Will surely return but this time make sure there's enough time to experience a complete meal.

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MH
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in all categories Food exceeded all expectations

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P
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food.

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AI
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my daughter and a few of her friends to dinner for her birthday. They are all students at King's College. The food and service were excellent. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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BS
New England
16 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

3 visits to restaurant all good experiences. Some food I enjoy the dish more than the other, but never disapointed

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JS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there. Very satisfied. Won’t be last time

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LG
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Fourth time here and although usually very good this time waited 45 minutes to get our food. Everyone around us who arrived after us had their meals. I was with 8 customers who had to get back to work and everyone had to scarf down their meal. Also- my Langostino and avocado salad. Served without avocado. Someone in the back of the restaurant was evidently struggling.

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AK
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating staff and good food. Nice place for a good meal.

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BS
New England
16 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Sat at the bar to enjoy the game any the experience. 2nd time and we enjoyed it

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m
Poconos
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A lively crowd - tasty food! We went to Cafe Toscana to celebrate an Anniversary. The complimentary appetizer was outstanding. The Salads were superb (Mista Verde and Tre Colori). We ordered Risotto Tre Funghi (for me) and Pollo Cardinale. The servings were HUGE. It was good. We had no room for dessert. Overall it was a nice experience.

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AH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. It was just warm in the restaurant.

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T
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Visiting from out of town. Found on open table. Great food and value with good wine list. Service a bit slow, but several big parties there that night! Overall a great meal

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ML
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The quality of the food is outstanding, and the pricing is very reasonable!!! Great place!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been there on many occasions The food has always been delicious great atmosphere and the waiters are very very nice I always return and Will continue to do so good portions for the dollar and also to go dinners are welcome

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AM
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was incredible. Would recommend a better beer selection.

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T
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food with a great menu. Service was attentive even though all tables were full

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AD
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The waiter forgot my soup, it took 3 more times to ask & various other servers to respond, my colleagues were done with theirs as I was getting mine, after raving constantly about this restaurant & being the person who suggested we dine their it was disappointing, no time for tea or dessert:(

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j
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fabulous. We had a table of 4. The service was great. Food came out promptly and was very hot.

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K
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, great food, great sevice and reasonable. Will be back!

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E
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We haven’t been to Cafe Toscana in several years but were going to a show and decided to stop in for dinner again. We were very pleasantly surprised. It was wonderful.

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HR
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was good. Sadly the poor service overshadowed the first experience in this restaurant. They were not busy for our 7pm reservation. The first waiter acted like he was doing us a favor by getting us a wine list. This attitude continued throughout the evening with all we interacted with.
I doubt we would visit this restaurant again if we ever visit Wilkes-Barre in the future

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RM
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I had the ribeye steak, my date had chicken marsala (not on the menu but made anyway) . Both were excelent. With a bottle of pinot noir. We had a wonderful dining experience.

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OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sea bass we’ve ever tasted.

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B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Warm, pleasant dining room. Very personable and efficient service. The food was excellent, the serving sizes were large. I had traditional Tuscan fish stew which was among the best I have ever tasted. As a New York resident, I thought the prices were more than reasonable.

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RD
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and myself love the food and the service. Always have a great experience.

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