Capisce - S. Lake Tahoe

4.5
173 reviews
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Welcome to Capisce Italian Food and Spirits!

We are a family-owned and operated restaurant, serving fresh, handcrafted Italian in beautiful South Lake Tahoe, Nevada! While we are famous for our Ravs (ravioli) and our "Gravy" (it's not sauce, it's GRAVY), all of our sauces, salad dressings, focaccia, etc. are made from scratch, just like Nanny and Papa Devincenzi taught! We say that our items are "Made With Generations of Love"...we are sure you will agree! We have a full bar as well as beer on tap! Come sit by the fireplace in our dining room, or hang out in our bar and watch the game! Our family looks forward to seeing you...CAPISCE?
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PC
Dallas
65 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Capisce is the best Italian restaurant in the Tahoe area. All the pasta is handmade. We started with the Portabella mushroom appetizer and were delighted by the flavors. Both the pasta dishes and veal piccata were very good. Make sure that you find this place!

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KC
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great family owned business. Great food. Unfortunately they were under staffed the night we were there but the staff did their best and were very apologetic. We will come back for sure!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place great pasta great service

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Y
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved it. Will return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

So, we really enjoyed the food service (Amanda was great) and the dinner, although the experience was dampened by the reaction of the bartender to my wife's request for a virgin margarita. Sorry, dude, but my wife has stopped drinking and simply wanted to order something fun to share in the libations with us. Your "whatever" to Amanda was audible to our table, offending all of us and causing my sweetheart to cancel her order. I don't know who you are, but the management of Capisce should let you know that service is part of the restaurant business, something that we know (my mother-in law has owned two restaurants and was with us). So while we recommend the quality food at Capisce and certainly recommend Amanda's excellent and attentive service, the evening was dampened by a jerk behind the bar...hence the three stars for overall experience.
Not everybody drinks and those who have stopped drinking don't deserve to be ridiculed. Grow up or get a new profession.

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ZW
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great! The waiters are amazing and so helpful! I recommend this restaurant so much! My family and I have been coming here for 4 years!

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RS
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine's Day dinner. We arrived early because of the weather and were seated right away. Service was great food was great. All in all a memorable meal. Thank you Capisce.

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E
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect night out after skiing! Enjoyed everything about this place - from wine selection to Trio entree to try multiple items to comfortable ambiance and excellent service! I would highly recommend Capisce to anyone visiting Lake Tahoe!

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e
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I was expecting the food experience to be 4 stars as stated but unfortunately I cannot say it was. The raviolis were handmade and fresh. However, I found their “gravy” not worthy of their tout. It did not taste fresh to me. Their lasagna was extremely disappointing.
The bread was delicious and the lobster and penne were very good. We were there on a weeknight and possibly the food would be of a better value on a weekend.

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L
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really good food, I had the Penne Adore...and we had 2 appetizers all for a reasonable price. It got really noisy when a large party came in. The service was great. I loved the ambiance of your restaurant. I'm a long time local, but it was my first time there. I plan to return again and again.

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SC
Tahoe
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this wonderful place for everyone to try. Busy for a reason - great food, wonderful service. Not overcrowded seating and could carry on a nice conversation, while enjoying a vibrant environment too. Separate areas for the bar area and the dining area, yet not too far. So far, one of our top 3 choices of restaurants in the South Lake Tahoe area.

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y
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Would totally recommend Capisce. Their menu is vast and wonderful.

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W
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had Christmas Eve dinner here & it did not disappoint. The pasta was fresh and tasty. I had the scampi which was a perfect balance of garlic & lightly creamy. My husband had the spicy Gi. It was delicious, but not even close to being as spicy as described. Our friends had the pasta amor (I didn't taste it, but she loved it & it looked really good) and the chicken parm (he loved it as well & it also looked good). They bring complementary foccacia with olive oil dip. It's warm and delicious. My husband and I shared a small (but it hardly was small. It definitely was enough for 2) salad (the one with gorganzola) & it was incredible. For dessert we shared the banana pudding (good, but unremarkable) and that warm cookie & ice cream dish (3 or 4 different warm cookies with ice cream) which was really good. They have a great wine list and service is terrific. Highly recommend!

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M
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What could be better than spending our 41st Anniversary in a romantic Italian setting with excellent, authentic, homemade food? Well, the only thing that would make it any better is doing this with our sons! We had a marvelous time, ate VERY well and truly enjoyed every bite!

Nice wine list and wonderful deserts too!

We'll be back!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fun family style place!

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f
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

This is an absolute must whenever we are in South Lake Tahoe. Everyone & everything is amazing. Have to save room for the Chocolate Lasagna...or take some to go. Family owned. Our favorite Italian restaurant by far!!!

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CM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reunion with family and friends

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M
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, authentic Italian food! The ravioli are off the charts! Highly recommend!

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PJ
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Service was so and seemed clueless when it comes to costumer service but after the food arrived it all changed and the food is awesome

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LB
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine here with family and out of town guests!

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EJ
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! Will definitly be back!

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T
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceeded my expectations! The food was exceptional!

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v
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service have always been wonderful. Tahoe always come back whenever we are at
tahoe

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MB
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Second visit to this restaurant. First visit even though we sat in the bar was very good and made us want to come back. Second visit, made a reservation, were immediately seated and that was the last thing done promptly. Drinks were not good, table next to us came in 10 mins after and where served and finished before our meal even came. The food would have been outstanding if served properly but came lukewarm (no point in asked to reheat since we where already so frustrated). The bill was given a slight adjustment but overall very disappointing. It was a Saturday night and the restaurant was very full.

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LS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great family run restaurant with authentic Italian food. Busy, very local, nice break from the casino and big hotel restaurants. Pasta was very fresh, good!

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l
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent Restaurant ...All employees very friendly. Food was delicious! Will definitely go back when in the area!

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SF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Four of us for dinner. Tha lasagna was a pitiful mix where one could not distinguish what was what. The veal piccatta was a small, wiry piece of meat. Staffed portobelo mushroom was average.
The place is dark and unattractive. The wine glasses were dirty, had to be returned.
We asked if there were specials that day... we were told that there was enough in the menu...
Capisce? is not worth driving to. The perfect place if you like poor food with service to match.
Capisce?

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DM
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We ordered the Lobster Campanelle. It is an expensive dish - $32. The lobster must have been frozen. It was tough and lacking in taste. The wine we ordered was not available and we substituted the recommendation - a $36 bottle with a screw top. The overall meal was ok and it was certainly NOT worth the price nor was the wine.

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TL
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Capisce and try to go back whenever we are in Tahoe

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BG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

While the food was delicious, it was over-priced for pizza and ravioli, and the service was not very attentive. There was no hostess and both bar tenders ignored us for quite awhile before someone came to seat us. It did not get much better as the meal progressed. It is what locals refer to as "on Tahoe time". The restaurant was not busy at all so there was no excuse.

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C
Hawaii
66 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

As always the food is very good but the service seems to be slow. It seems like they don't have enough cooks in the kitchen because it took an hour to get our meal.

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RW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I'd been to Capisce? before with my parents and extended family and we'd all enjoyed it. I went with my parents this time, plus my husband who'd never been, and unfortunately we were all underwhelmed. The caprese salads were good, as was the actual pasta in the pasta dishes. On the recommendation of the waiter, I had the lobster campanelle, and it was delicious. My husband had the cheese ravioli with pesto sauce, which was more of a cream sauce with a little pesto flavoring, but tasty. My mom and dad, however, were disappointed with their dishes. My mom's lobster ravioli were overwhelmingly salty. My dad got the trio, and the spicy sauce was swimming in oil. We were there when it was still light out, and I noticed that the windowsill that was directly in my eyeline was very dusty. Finally, the service was nice, but not super attentive. Since Capisce? is one of the few restaurants in town that takes reservations, and based on the positive review we had the first time we ate there, we'll probably be back. We all commented that we hope our experience was because the regular kitchen staff was off for Labor Day.

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AL
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visitors and we're very picky. Had a lovely meal, great food, was not rushed service was there when you needed them. We'll be back

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V
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Yummy, comfort food and friendly vibe. Ravs and the Italian Wedge salad were delicious! Dessert chocolate mousse lasagna was fine, not sufficiently flavorful to stand out . Staff is quite friendly, unfortunately our waiter wasn't fully trained on the menu and wasn't able to answer some simple questions well. The gravy and bolognese sauce were just a bit spicey hot, and had a bit more kick than typical mainland Italy sauces. They use a light touch with garlic. If you are very sensitive to mildly spicy food (as one of the members of our group is), let a knowledgeable waiter know and perhaps you can choose something milder than the lasagna.

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OT
San Francisco
107 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This restaurant has grown in popularity and quality since its early days. Located in a bit of an out of the way spot, it is worth the trouble to find. The meal my wife and I had was excellent right down to the desert. Because this is a restaurant with an Italian name, I thought the tiramisu would be a good choice. Wasn't! But don't let that scare you away. Everything else is outstanding, Italian or not!!

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OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and service were excellent. (However, we had reservations for 5:30). Everything went very well and we enjoyed ourselves so much we will be back even if the service takes a little longer when they are busy.

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MA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best zitalian food we've ever enjoyed!

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r
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner and great service. Beautiful restaurant. All the staff was so courteous and attentive. My friend and I had scallops au gratin with risotto and it was wonderful. It’s not touristy but a lovely, quiet dinner location. Go!!!! I can’t wait to return.

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j
Naples
14 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Capisce is one of our favorite places to dine in Tahoe. We have a home here and have been many times and they have high quality Italian food. The only issue with this restaurant is that it is frequently understaffed. With this last visit, we waited about 15 minutes to be sat even though we had a reservation. No one even spoke to us for the first 10 minutes we were there. There were only 2 waiters working all the tables that night and 1 bartender. They didn't have a hostess to seat us. It made the experience feel pressured and rushed as we wanted to get our food orders in fast and had to think quick about what to eat/drink because you were competing for your servers attention. Water was slow to be filled and drink orders took some time to place too. However, the food is always great and there is a good selection of wine/drinks to choose from. If only they could get enough staff sufficiently take care of their guests, I would give 5 stars. Unfortunately, this isn't the first time this has happened and makes me think twice about coming there for dinner.

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j
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent service a little slow BUT all pasta dishes are made to order the food from the salad to dessert was perfect outstanding food

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