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Scusa Italian Ristorante

4.7
4.7
2717 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

10:00 PM


Booked 33 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

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

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What 2,717 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • 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

    Good for business meals

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Good for groups

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Neighborhood gem

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Good for special occasions

  • South Lake Tahoe

    Most Booked

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  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing food and great service. Garlic Soup and eggplant Parmesan was amazing

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  2. Globetrekker54

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful all around from food to service. We will be back!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding experience as usual. House bread was immediately served. Water glasses were always refilled without asking. All pastas were cooked perfectly, and I enjoyed the pork shank osso bucco as well. And of course we had to order the Scuza Garlic Bread. Our server was really nice and friendly.

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  4. Tigger

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service with waiter helping make excellent choices. You have to get the Garlic Bread Scusa!! To die for. Cheesecake desert excellent!! Pasta entrees large portions with not just quantity but quality

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  5. JoannP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gabriel was excellent and the food was delicious as it always is👍

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  6. Charles

    Hawaii

    110 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    110 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    We sat in the room with a party of eight that were extremely loud. It was difficult to talk.

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  7. Greg

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service at Scusa was perfect in every way, as was the food. We can't wait to go back!

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  8. DanC

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. We had a party of 7, including 2 vegans, 1 keto, and 2 kids and everyone was happy with their meals.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. We really enjoyed our evening there.

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  10. DougR11

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We love Scusa. Great Italian food, service and value. We are part timers in SLT and dine here quite a bit. It’s away from the Stateline crowds. Highly recommend.

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  11. TanyaT

    Tahoe

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Husband and I came to eat here, we were pleased with food, service and ambiance. We will be back!!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service. reasonably priced delicious food Long time local one of my favorite places

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  13. ChristopherK

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service, Price was very reasonable for this type of restaurant in South Lake Tahoe! We got a nice bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon for less than retail price, which was a bonus!

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  14. Brit

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Really great service water always stayed full. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Even with the table next to us had an elderly person and they had special requests. Everyone and every staff member was very accommodating. Great local spot with great food.

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  15. LindaA

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic and fresh Italian cuisine! We love this restaurant. The service is excellent and the food is always delicious. The salmon scaloppine is one of my favorites.

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  16. BrianC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Calamari very oily, steak not seasoned, pasta ratio in main coures was way to little and meatballs had rubbery consistency. Overall, edible but nowhere near the ratings in yelp

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  17. KarenT

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We had calamari for the appetizer. My husband had veal marsala and I had sausage and peppers Bolognese. Food was very good.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Let me first start by saying everything had a great flavor. The only issue we had was the main dishes were over sauced. My wife got the chicken and pasta and it was like a soup. The sauce was very watery and there was way too much of it. The flavor was great, just need to thicken up the sauce and less is more. I got the Chicken Saltimbocca. Again, great flavor, but over sauced and needed to be thicker. Overall we love this restaurant. Great staff, good prices, and the ambience is good too. Just need to tweak their sauces a little and 5 stars all around to be had.

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  19. ThomasB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot, we had the fettuccine and spaghetti and meatballs with the garlic bread to start. Highly recommend and will be back next time in Tahoe

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  20. Cheryl

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The clam pasta was one of the best we have ever had!!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The wife and I had the garlic bread, with a bottle of Zin. She had the chicken Picotta and I had Alfredo with chicken. Everything was delicious and service was excellent.

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  22. foodielover

    Vancouver

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The service should be 4 stars if I didn't discover a half empty Splenda sweetener bag at the bottom of my coffee. I used my own sweetener which is different from the Splenda sweetener restaurant is serving.

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  23. BKaye

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very enjoyable meal. I would definitely dine there again when I am in the area.

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  24. Tahoepeeps

    Tahoe

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service! Quiet atmosphere. Love the foccashia bread especially.

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  25. SteveP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful birthday meal with the family. Great ambiance and service with amazing food! Highly recommended!!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely our must go to during our vacay in South Lake Tahoe.

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  27. Tesh

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Lots of flavor. Service was excellent. Highly recommend

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  28. AshleighG

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2023

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    I came for my birthday and because were were not greeted or asked for our drink order within the first 15 minutes of being seated my husband grew weary which strained the mood of our party. Our visitors were nonplused. I myself had a horrendous experience; after waiting for our reserved table for several minutes, there was no changing table so I had to go home to change my child's diaper and missed having dinner with my family. Despite the experience I found the acoustics unappealing whereas the seating was both poorly arranged and inadequately spaced.

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  29. Jack

    Las Vegas

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great sea scallop and pasta dish with red sauce! my new favorite.

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  30. DonnaT

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my husband’s birthday! We shared an appetizer of the lobster ravioli that was to die for! The sauce was so amazing with the focaccia dipped in it! My husband had the Osso Buco and I had the Mediterranean Scallops! Both were delicious! Followed by a complimentary brownie with ice cream!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good service, very good food. It was a good experience.

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  32. ctgoldenbear

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We love coming to Scusa's whenever we come to South Lake Tahoe. The food is excellent. I had the lasagna, and my wife had the eggplant.; both were excellent. However, the show topper was the Frito Misto. What a delectable delight! Scusa's is NUST DO when visiting South Lake Tahoe.~

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  33. Anthony

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is great! Great food and great service, it's quality every time we go.

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  34. HughJ

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and fantastic service provided by Ian. We even returned for a second night, which we never do.

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  35. Lauren

    Sacramento

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I enjoyed a delicious dinner last evening at Scusa’s. Easy to book, friendly, efficient service. We had a bottle of Tierra del Oro Barbera reasonably priced that was quite good, along w salad w Gorgonzola. I had the special ravioli in a creamy white sauce w pesto & cheese that was so good. Very rich so I could only eat half the smaller portion. My husband enjoyed seafood linguine—lots of seafood. He also brought home leftovers. I highly recommend!!

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  36. KathleenM

    Tahoe

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always look forward to dining here and love love the lobster ravioli. See you all soon !

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visit Lake Tahoe many times and we’ve Always wanted to try Scuza’s. Have read good things and my wife and I were very happy with everything about the restaurant. We will be back and sorry we waited so long.

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  38. Rudy

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good dining experience. Great service. Very attentive

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  39. KirG

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! Great service! Had options for dairy free and gluten free. 10/10 days would recommend!

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  40. CharlieW

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and a most delicious meal. Coming back!

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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 2717 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 33 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

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

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