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Scusa Italian Ristorante

4.6
4.6
2477 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 57 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 2,477 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Best Value

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Most Booked

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Best Overall

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Best Food

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Best Service

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Best Value

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Good for Groups

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Special Occasion

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Most Booked

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  1. MK

    MarieK

    Palm Springs

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great entrees… wait staff were very attentive!
  2. S

    Stevo

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Seated as soon as we arrived. Servers were friendly, helpful, and efficient. Food is consistently good. Portions are on the large side, so we always have enough for next day’s lunch.
  3. JS

    JessS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    My family very much enjoyed dinner. My meal was okay (noodles seemed almost slightly underdone). I was disappointed there wasn’t any non-alcoholic beverage options such as mock tails or alcohol free wines/beers. At a nicer restaurant I would have loved to enjoy something besides water since I can’t drink.
  4. CB

    CareyB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I hadn’t been in a few years. The food was excellent but much smaller portions than they used to have. Just a sign of the times. Otherwise very good. Can’t wait to go back
  5. u

    up4maui

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinners were delicious. Had a very nice time. Justin is a great waiter.
  6. MG

    MikeGee

    New England

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    Walked in, we were seated in an extremely cramped and sweaty area. Our seats had some kind of garlic powder on them , red flag right away. Thankfully they moved us to a better spot in the restaurant where we could actually breathe. Noise level was still very high, everyone cramped. The decorations and interior itself was not that bad, but the chairs and tables were clearly outdated. Menu didn’t look that bad, but honestly the food was very mediocre . Clearly very rushed, felt like I was eating at an industrial conveyor belt or something. Salad was awful and sloppy and had too much pepper, Veal Marsala was soggy and The portion was small. The sauce wasn’t bad though, the flavor was nice. Pasta on the side was tiny and plopped onto the plate as if it was a middle school cafeteria or something. Food was not good in the slightest. The only 3 highlights , and things that I enjoyed: 1. Our server (Zach I believe) was very attentive and kind. 2. They poured generous amounts of wine. 3. The dessert was fantastic and complementary. That’s about it.
  7. TP

    TeriP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, delightful staff, nice ambiance, good value. Haven’t been there in a couple of years & I was hoping for the best, they did not disappoint.
  8. MM

    MissM

    Tahoe

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    Food was delicious but our server was not very friendly. Our party was there for a special event which the server didn't acknowledge. When our food was delivered all but one plate was brought out and it took 5-10 minuets for the other plate to arrive. In addition, our group size was considered a large party, so gratuity was already included. Seemed as if the server just coasted through the service knowing she was already going to be tipped - didn't go out of her way to provide great service. The room we sat in was also very hot with no airflow. As this was my first time here, I would still recommend this restaurant but not for large groups.
  9. JP

    JohnP

    Tahoe

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best Italian food we’ve ever had. They never fail to meet our high expectations. I recommend them to anyone and everyone.
  10. SM

    SamM

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Waiter service was not great on the patio. Salads were supposed to come with dinner. One came with dinner and two came as appetizers. Lobster ravioli was ordered as a dinner with the salad and was the first item to our table. Obviously we told the waiter to take it back. We ate Inside a few days ago and and gave you a 5 star rating all around. Very disappointing this time!!
  11. KC

    KarenC

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this restaurant. The food and service never disappoints.
  12. MT

    MikeT

    Tahoe

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Everything was good the only problem was air-condition was broken very hot but besides that would definitely go back
  13. JF

    JamesF

    Las Vegas

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire evening was fantastic. The parking situation was a little frustrating as the lot was full. Hard to find a spot to park. Once inside the restaurant the evening could not have been finer!
  14. SM

    SamM

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner was excellent as usual. Service was great. The lobster stuffed ravioli appetizer was out of this world.
  15. ST

    StevenT

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently wonderful! Party of six ordered six different dishes. All really delicious. The chicken Parmesan is a true winner but just order anything and you will love it,
  16. BK

    BethK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outside on a beautiful early evening. Great wait staff, Justin was our main guy. Food here is consistently fantastic!
  17. BC

    BillC

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    One of the best Italian restaurant, Server Gabriel C. was an excellent waiter.
  18. TD

    TimD

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food here is absolutely awesome. Any entree is superb! Large salads, awesome focaccia bread, you have to try the garlic bread Souza, just like a pizza! The bread pudding and tiramisu was shared by 5 of us and was so, so good! Bring your appetite! We will definitely be back!
  19. RP

    RalphP

    Western NC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Excellent service. Decent wine list--though red wine was served too warm. Pork osso buco was a bit on the salty side and pasta had too much oregano, but all in all pretty decent.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, service was outstanding and the overall atmosphere entertaining.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Dined here on a Friday evening and the place
  22. LT

    LindaT

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food & service. We came for dinner before a concert & weren’t disappointed. Attentive service, would go back again.
  23. FO

    FOODIE

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice evening. The restaurant was extremely busy and service was a little hectic but the wonderful food was well worth the wait. The lobster ravioli melted in my mouth and my veal was sweet and tender. Definitely a KEEPER !!!
  24. RC

    RonaldC

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After making a reservation online, I needed to update it by phone, as our party was expanded at the last minute. We had to show up 15 mins. earlier, but it all worked out. The person answering the phone made a point that separate checks were not allowed and when I asked about subtotaling the bill, she didn’t understand. However, our waiter was very sharp and when I asked about subtotaling, he simply offered us separate checks! He knew how to earn a good tip, which he did. The only issue was that my wife was served chicken, instead of the veal she’d ordered, but it was quickly rectified. Everyone was happy with their meal! My wife and I split a blue cheese salad, and it was actually served that way, not to mention it was plenty for each of us. Each serving was the size of a dinner salad, so I’m glad we split one. We’d been to Scuza’s before and will continue to go there on our annual trip to the lake! Superb all around!
  25. V

    Vacaygirl

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone and everything was absolutely amazing! It was my husbands birthday and everyone made us feel very special. The food! OMG! It was AMAZING! Really reasonable prices! I wish I could remember our waiters name! He was so great! Juan was also great and very personable! Can’t wait to go again!!!!
  26. LM

    LisaM

    Tahoe

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    We sat in the side room at table 82. We were originally set to eat on the patio, but it began to rain. They were very accommodating in moving us inside to a booth. The curtain was dirty on the inside and there were ants on both the seat and wall. Again, they moved us. The restaurant just needs to take care of the ant situation.
  27. MH

    MaggieH

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was so attentive and the food delicious. We sat outside and liked the ambiance of the patio setting.
  28. LD

    LindaD

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I love Scusa Restaurant and we dine here every time we are at South Lake Tahoe. The food is wonderful and priced just right.
  29. C

    Carol

    San Francisco

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Mozzarella & Tomatoes, Sausage & Peppers Linguine Bolognese, Tiramisu, and Spumoni were excellent!
  30. m

    mrsd430

    Tallahassee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food and great service. Portion sizes are generous, so there is always enough left for another meal. Definitely will return again soon!
  31. CR

    ChristinaR

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and beautiful. Service was fast and so friendly. We always stop in when we are in town.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Main entry is kind of salty
  33. BJ

    BJBrumbaugh

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our experience was fabulous! The food was EXCELLENT! But our waiter…ZACH was the BEST! He helped us choose what to order, he was very knowledgeable about everything on the menu…including the Wine list!! Another memorable dinner at Scusa’s in the books! We will be back….one of our absolute favorites! PS….we are NOT related to Zach…nor did we know him before coming to dinner last night at Scusa’s!
  34. S

    Skiman

    Salt Lake City

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great as usual
  35. y

    ystra

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were great. Food came quick and not too pricing. The wine my husband wanted was not available, but he did not mind too much. We had a good time, will come back again next time in Tahoe.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food & great service!!
  37. JM

    JasonM

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service as usual! We eat here at least 3 times a year on vacation. Been eating here for many, many, years and have never had a bad meal or service. This is my wife’s favorite birthday celebration restaurant. I recommend eating out back during the summer months between 6:45 and 8 p.m. The ambience outside is awesome. If you like a cocktail before dinner, make sure you have one before elsewhere before you go. They are a beer/wine service only. 100% recommend Scusa. 5 stars!!!!!
  38. JS

    JimS

    Las Vegas

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We haven't been to Scuza's since they moved from Ski Run Blvd. My bad. We enjoyed our "reintroduction" - I will definitely ask for a booth or outside table next time. Our waiter was very professional and friendly. The food was good and ample servings. We will try to return before we leave Lake Tahoe in September.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Italian food I've ever had in my life!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely incredible. Lobster ravioli was an appetizer special I believe but oh my gosh wish I could’ve ordered that as my entree! So delicious. Lasagna was melt-in-your-mouth good. My husband ordered the seafood linguine instead of Alfredo we took the servers suggestion and got the scusa sauce. It was perfect. Only thing that would make this place better is a full bar😉 incredible experience. Thank you!

FAQs

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

Scusa Italian Ristorante is rated 4.6 stars by 2477 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 57 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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