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Scusa Italian Ristorante

4.7
4.7
2382 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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Booked 65 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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What 2,382 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 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

    Fit for Foodies

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Notable Wine List

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Romantic

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Special Occasion

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, excellent outdoor ambience, great wine collection and a witty server!

  2. GO

    GaryO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We enjoyed dining here again for the first time in three years. The food was even better than we remembered. Service was excellent. We're happy this place survived the pandemic, since this is one of our go to restaurants when we're in South Lake Tahoe.

  3. g

    gailc

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was our 36th year wedding anniversary. We picked the right spot. Nice atmosphere, Stefanie our waitress was great, and the food was outstanding.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful!!

  5. LS

    LauraS

    Tahoe

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food. Quick service. The lobster ravioli are the best. The house bread us great as well.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Our waiter Zachery was great! Attentive and good sense of humor. Food was good. More options needed though. The blinds need to be replaced. Families with children should be seated in a specific section of the restaurant away from people without children.

  7. W

    Wayne

    Milwaukee

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday week for our son in Napa and Lake Tahoe. We had a fabulous dinner. The lobster ravioli appetizer was great as was the veal picatta. Service was fantastic. Would highly recommend!!!

  8. m

    marileew

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We loved our waiter as we were waiting for someone and he made us feel like we were doing him a favor! We had a wonderful meal, loved the garlic bread, garlic soup and entree's. Wish we had room for dessert, but we will go back! Referred this restaurant to several people already!

  9. RS

    RichardS

    Yosemite

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a GREAT time when we get to share a super meal with our friends. This time was no different.

  10. NN

    NoniN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband and I (in our 80's) were on a 3 day trip to South Lake Tahoe)We were invited to dinner by a family who own a home in the area. They knew about Scousas and were excited for us to go there....We loved our meal..and the waiters, And so we returned on our own 2 nights later. We are thinking of making another trip to this area in the fall just to enjoy another meal at Scousas. Noni Naughton

  11. CM

    CeliaM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    The eggplant parmasan was delicious. The dessert canolli was terrible. The filling was heavy and gritty

  12. ES

    ElizabethS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Knowledgeable waiter, delicious food, quiet restaurant!

  13. H

    Howard

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Lovely place to dine. Good food reasonably priced and very good service.

  14. AP

    AmandaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Such great service and the food was excellent. One of my favorite South Lake Tahoe restaurants.

  15. BF

    BonnieF

    Tahoe

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love the ambiance of dining outdoors at Scusa, might be the best outdoor dining in South Lake Tahoe. The food is great, the service excellent and the prices reasonable. Can't ask for more!

  16. SM

    SharonM

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Lobster ravioli a must. Would get linguine and clams instead of combo with shrimp and mussels. Shrimp tiny and mussels tough. Sauces were great.

  17. W

    Waikiki

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The outdoor seating had great atmosphere for relaxing dining. Our dinners were delicious, I had the filet of sole with pasta. Excellent service from the Runner/Busser, sorry I didn't get his name, great picture taker too! I still rated service 5 stars, but the only downer was when my friend and I both asked for the check, and the server said it would go to the one that tipped the highest. That comment left a thorn in a perfectly great dinner with great friends that all flew in from different cities for this get together.

  18. LK

    LKane

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our Server was excellent.

  19. B

    Barbara

    Tahoe

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We've been going to Scusa's for 20 years. This was our first time sitting outside in this location. It was fabulous.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    Pretty standard service experience nothing over the top or exceptional. Ordered a Greek salad without sardines and was served one with sardines. When we asked for it to be corrected the waiter assured us a new salad was made, we were given the same salad with the sardines pulled off because we found them in there on the second serving. Feel like there should have been better recovery than blaming the kitchen staff.

  21. TD

    TimaD

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday dinner. Gabriel and Juan were absolutely fantastic!

  22. BP

    BrianP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding food and wonderful service! Highly recommended 👌

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Great dinner. Perfect carb load before a bike race.

  24. S

    Shajay

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    Mine and my fiance's main meal was delicious. Is the appetizer (calamari) was very rubbery, not good at all. In our reservation in the notes we were on a date. The hostess neglected to see those notes and saddest near a couple with 2 very young children they were very loud belligerent had belligerent and messy. I would give the ambiance a rating of a 2. My fiance and I have been to school says before and we know that they can do better.

  25. SS

    SandyS

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent everything! A must stop for a quality dinner & experience!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food! Great service! Loved it!

  27. R

    Rafael

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3

    I dined here on my birthday with my 2 teenagers as I've dined here many times in the past. I have never been so disappointed as I was looking forward to what I've experience in the past. The server started off by "did you hear my spiel at the other table" as if we were not worthy of hearing what the specials were. When I asked for his recommendations, he said, "Everything is good". It couldn't have been further from the truth. My son's steak was raw vs Med-Rare and half of it was grisly fat. I've bought better steaks at Safeway before. My daughters Fettuccine Alfredo was no different then some store jar bought brand and when she asked for shrimp to be added, they ended up being $18 for 5 boiled shrimp tossed on top. My scallop dish was salty and over cooked. Again a huge disappointment. I told them it was my birthday and not one person said Happy Birthday or even offered something simple as a scoop of ice cream. At the end, Zachery our server, said "Sorry about the steak, there is nothing we can do about it, will you be having any dessert?" (This is after hearing him go over every dessert option with another table earlier on) His prejudgment of a couple of teenagers and their father having dinner vs a party of 2 couples ordering wine was insulting. He had no idea who he had at his table. If you want to waste your money, eat horribly prepared food and be prejudged, this is your place. If not, find another choice and enjoy your evening elsewhere.

  28. m

    mark

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Making reservations on OpenTable is very recommended, our waiter and host Gabriel was super cool down to earth friendly and helpful. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone traveling to Lake Tahoe. The food was delicious we had the lobster ravioli, linguine salmon which were all delightful

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    37th wedding anniversary! Great food!

  30. K

    Kathy

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Referred by other family/friends for dinner with lifelong friends. The food was terrific as was our service. Only complaint is that the restaurant was quite warm and the air conditioning couldn't be turned on without causing discomfort to other diners seated beneath the vents. Really minor problem considering how great our meals were.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent experience. Great food an well priced. Always a good experience at this restaurant.

  32. D

    Denise

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Celebrating two birthdays and this was our first time dining at this restaurant. Will definitely dine here again…our experience was wonderful.

  33. PS

    PeterS

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great hot food. Great selection. Good times.

  34. GM

    GarettM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ian was very professional and did a great job. He was right on the spot with the food, drinks and dessert. The food was really good. We ordered baked mozzarella which was so good. I had the shrimp scampi pasta which was amazing and my girlfriend had the linguini with clams. She said she thought the lemon was too forward. I thought it was delicious. It was a little expensive but the atmosphere and service made it worth it.

  35. TK

    TomK

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best Italian food in South Lake Tahoe! We had the Osso Bucco special last night and it was phenomenal...and the lobster ravioli's were out of this world. This place is a definite must.

  36. EK

    ElaineKaty

    Houston

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service and food!!

  37. CO

    COWBOY

    Tahoe

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    we arrived a little early but were seated right away. the choices on the menu were great, plenty to choose from. service was quick and we enjoyed ourselves.

  38. JS

    JonathanS

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent Italian food, great service. Carbonara was excellent as was the Shrimp Scampi.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Truly some of the Best Italian food we have ever had!!! The Italian sausage with peppers and onions with bolognaise sausce was over the top and the Calamari steak was delicious…..we will return 😁

  40. DC

    DianeC

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    First off the service was excellent. We started with the focaccia bread and oil, which was warm and perfect. I had the Italian Blue Cheese Salad, which was very good. Where my dinner went down hill was with my entree. I had the Seafood Fettuccini Alfredo. It looked great and he pasta was great tasting but the were 10+ little neck clams in shells and as you eat the pasta and bite down there were so many broken pieces of shells that you bite on that it made my dinner uneatable. The others in my party said their dinners were quite good.

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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 2382 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 65 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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