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Scusa Italian Ristorante

4.7
4.7
2602 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
100 of the Best Seats in Town."
~ Creative Traditional Italian & Fresh Seafood Daily ~ Upscale, Lively Atmosphere ~ Extensive Menu & Wine List ~For over 20 years, Scusa has remained the perennial favorite of locals and tourists alike. Featuring traditional and creative pasta dishes, from simple Cappellini with fresh Basil and Tomato to Seafood Fettuccine Scusa in a light tomato-red wine sauce. Scusa is rumored to serve the best Linguine & Clams you'll ever have. Let's not forget the variety of Veal and Chicken dishes, and the Scusa Bread is a must! With appetizers from crispy Calamari to the House Specialty Lobster Raviolis in light Basil-Tomato Cream any choice is a good one. If you only have room to split a desert try the Amaretto Bread Pudding or the delicious Cannolis.Scusa has one of the most romantic outdoor patios in Lake Tahoe, complete with fountain & garden. If you're looking for great food, with warm atmosphere and service, you are sure to enjoy!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Live Jazz Music Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (530) 542-0100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Semi-private room for up to 20 guests.

  • Neighborhood

    South Shore

  • Cross street

    Hwy 50/Lake Tahoe Blvd.

  • Parking details

    Large private parking lot in front of the restaurant.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Best Value

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Best Overall

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Best Food

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Best Service

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Best Value

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Neighborhood Gem

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Notable Wine List

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Outdoor Dining

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Special Occasion

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Most Booked

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    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and excellent service.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you love Italian food this is the place to go.
  3. JE

    JERRYW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our waiter was very professional, knew the menu inside and out. The food was top notch and the service and attention that we received put our experience over the moon. Two meals with drinks was less than $56. We will return again soon.
  4. m

    moniquer

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, service very attentive, and knowledgeable. Menu had many options, as well as, there were specials available.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent all around.
  6. j

    jay8m

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food - eggplant stack, linguine and clam (loaded), and sea scallops (perfectly cooked and generous) mediterranean were exceptional. While the anchovies were great, the dressing of the caesar salad was good but a little too thick for my tastes. Great wait staff, friendly, efficient, and attentive.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service , excellent food , lovely atmosphere.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great Italian food! Highly recommend!
  9. BD

    BarbD

    Hawaii

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best service I’ve had in a long time. I will go back again soon just because of that … but the food was delicious too. I recommend the garlic soup, lasagna and the eggplant Parmesan. And the chicken with artichoke too (which I had a previous time).
  10. A

    Ally

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food fantastic in a friendly and cozy atmosphere. A favorite restaurant of ours always.
  11. MW

    MichaelW

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was amazing, staff was outstanding. The Lobster ravioli was amazing…!! Will be back!
  12. A

    Aceswild

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Love love love
  13. BD

    BarryD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent food and my waiter Zackery was outstanding as always. Try to make it a dinner every time we’re in South Shore.
  14. SD

    StephD

    Western NC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The restaurant was very good! We loved the food. We were seated immediately and the waiter did a great job. We really enjoyed the authentic Italian great food. It was a perfect night!
  15. CS

    CS333

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waitress helpful and friendly. Food very good
  16. KB

    KelciB

    Tahoe

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Love Scusa! We dine here regularly. At times, the prices seem a bit high. However, you have to remember you are in Tahoe, a tourist area. The service and food is always great! Love the chicken parmigiana, spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread and special, lobster ravioli!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place!!! Ask for Gabriel!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, food was amazing especially for the price.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. The service and the ambience were perfect! We’ll definitely go back again! Scusa is our favorite restaurant.
  20. DE

    DawnE

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone was very welcoming, polite, attentive and helpful and the menu selections including the specials were great.
  21. DK

    DavidK

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the place, service was excellent, the food was great. We always eat at Scusa's each time we visit South Lake.
  22. GS

    GlennS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an absolutely fabulous anniversary dinner. They saved us a private booth with curtains so we were completely by ourselves- this was great since my husband has a hard time hearing in most restaurants, so it was definitely an added bonus! Our waiter Gabriel was awesome. He was attentive but not disturbing at all. The food was as amazing as ever- I haven't been here since they moved from Ski Run. It was as good as I remember! Garlic bread is to die for!
  23. DN

    DineNgood

    Portland

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can count on Scuza for a delicious meal cooked with care. Friday’s special Osso Buca rocks.
  24. J

    Jermo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed our experience there! Ian, the server, was fantastic and recommended the bread pudding for dessert, which was delicious.
  25. TF

    ThomasF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The restaurant was busy but quiet. Food was excellent and my server was quick and attentive but not overly.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was Excellent. Hostess gave us a very nice cozy table. ✨️ our Server was very attentive, professional and suggested a glass of Moscato Wine that I fallen in love with. Our dinner experience was Delightful. The food was delicious, hot, and great price. ( forgot the name of our server but he had a blond long hair) . Everything was perfect 🥰
  27. J

    Jack

    Las Vegas

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I now have two favorites - the lobster ravioli and the scallops!
  28. FU

    FUopentable

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The restaurant was really quite nice, and we had an enjoyable dinner. What was not quite nice was the pain- in- my-azz called OPENTABLE that I am brow-beaten into utilizing instead of a simple phone call to make my reservation and possibly get any pther pertinent questions answered. THEN, just to rub-it-in, the OPENTABLE pests Clutter my inbox with their pesky review request the next day! Hint: when making an OPENTABLE reservation do not use your real email or cell number.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service
  30. CS

    ChristineS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You must order the Lobster Ravioli appetizer! I highly recommend Scusa Italian Ristorante when in the South Lake Tahoe area.
  31. l

    lisam

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So good. Gabriel was our waiter, he was five stars on attending to us and his recommendations. Try the calamari. It is amazing!
  32. MT

    MrsT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food, amazing garlic bread, great friendly service!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    The hostess nice, ambiance was good, old school Italian, was clean and table was next to the window, food was very good, we enjoyed everything that ordered, portions was generous. Our server Ian however was very poorly prepared to wait on anyone and seems like it was one of his first days( if that’s the case I’ll withdraw next comments). He mumbled the specials and was very interested in something out through the window while trying to open the bottle of wine we ordered, definitely needs someone to show him how to properly do a wine service… fast forward until we payed the check and never saw him again. Would give it another try down the road ✌️
  34. HP

    HappyPenguin

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    All in all we enjoyed our dining experience and will return. Though there were a few things that could use some work…the house salad with bay shrimp was slightly wilted and presentation was a bit rough and the cappellini had a super heavy hand of garlic. We mentioned this to our waiter and he quickly got a fresh plate out and it was delicious.
  35. F

    Fefe

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Service from the beginning to the end was excellent! The food was seasoned quite well and the price was in my budget.
  36. M

    Marty

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had an early reservation, first time visiting. The bread and dipping oil was delicious. We had the lobster ravioli app, sole special and lasagna. All were so good. I prefer a dinner that includes a salad but the veggies with the dinner were cooked to perfection so it wasn't really missed. Would visit again for a special dinner but it's too pricey to be a regular stop. If you're dairy-free this isn't the place for you! House chardonnay $8 per glass. By the time we left the restaurant was full and had a wait list. Make your reservation online.
  37. C

    Crustycrab

    Central Texas

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service food, for 47 th anniversary
  38. J

    Jaycee

    San Francisco

    91 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gabriel our server was so congenial and professional. Everything was perfect, great seafood fettuccine, crumbled blue salad and focaccia bread. Can’t wait til next time.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing, always a treat to stop in to scusa. Servers are kind, and every bite was delicious. Lobster ravioli is the best app but you just can’t go wrong on the menu. We had the brownie for dessert and it was worth the food coma afterwards. ‘Til next time!
  40. SP

    SusanP

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a birthday dinner and our waiter did a great job! The food was delicious and well presented. I was more than satisfied with my meal and service!!

FAQs

Scusa Italian Ristorante offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (530) 542-0100.

Scusa Italian Ristorante is rated 4.7 stars by 2602 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Google Map for Scusa Italian Ristorante

2543 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Hwy 50/Lake Tahoe Blvd.

  • Neighborhood

    South Shore

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Live Jazz Music Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Large private parking lot in front of the restaurant.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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