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TusCA Restaurant

3.8
202 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fit for Foodies

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Inspired by the hearty cuisine of Italy's western coastal region, the cuisine blends the essence of Tuscany - natural flavors brought out by a simple preparation of fresh seasonal ingredients and locally sourced Californian produce, fish and meat.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Californian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: 6:30am - 11:00am; Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(408) 510-6480
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Martin Alcala
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Tasman
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Free Parking Garage
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Public Transit Stops: VTA

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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Inspired by the Tuscan region’s emphasis on abundance, Executive Chef Martin Alcala, presents authentic and sophisticated regional Italian cuisine. Our menu offerings and dish preparations reflect the basic ingredients available from local purveyors through the seasons.

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3.8  based on all time ratings
3.7
food
3.9
service
3.6
ambience
3.1
value
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SandyCampbell (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

This was our yearly Thanksgiving dinner out. Two of us had turkey and two had the prime rib. For this occasion it was a pris fixe menu with limited choices. All were excellent. We all agreed this restaurant's Thanksgiving meal is one of the valley's best kept secrets. Not crowded. Very nice.

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lamz (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on August 9, 2017

40 minute wait for food was rediculous, only plus was it was convenient but not a reason to be so bad and expensive would not reccomend it to anyone.

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vipwooky20000 (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on July 22, 2017

This restaurant has gone downhill pretty bad in the last couple years. Had the breakfast buffet. Barely anything was above motel/diner quality. Interior still may look nice but you're quickly turned off by the bland and dry food.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 18, 2017

We come here a few times a year for breakfast, this time it was for Fathers Day and we had a great breakfast and with that, came the outstanding service. We will continue to eat here.
I highly recommend for breakfast, the buffet is hot and they keep it up so that your not waiting for food. Come check them out, you will enjoy.

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Renny (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on June 3, 2017

Restaurant had decided to close early, yet still accepted our reservation.

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vipSamS (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on May 31, 2017

Had a quick lunch Spinach salad was good but Pizza was not hot and crust was frozen pie

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Drew (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 14, 2017

I have had breakfast here hundreds of times. Always fruit and cereal. My food choices don't lend themselves to dazzling, five-star cuisine. (I'm strict vegetarian. Non-vegetarian foods look attractive and well-prepared.) Service these days is good, and, even as a solo diner, I feel welcome.

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CaliGirl (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on April 4, 2017

This is the restaurant in the Hyatt Regency. We had a delicious dinner and a glass of wine each before attending a book signing at the convention center. Restaurant is an ideal location for this. But more importantly, the food is good, with healthy choices, and good value for money. I'd definitely choose this restaurant over those at other convention center hotels, and I would dine here again. Good service, atmosphere and quiet enough for normal conversations.

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vipfoodie (Sacramento)
3.0  Dined on February 18, 2017

The Breakfast Buffet is now $24 and ordering an omelette with the buffet is now $2 extra. They have switched chefs and menus recently, and there is perhaps a slight dropoff in food prep quality. Still, service is great and it is a convenient option.

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vipChrisW (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on December 2, 2016

Dinner buffet was.... unfortunate. Bland food which had been sitting for too long.

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SandyCampbell (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 24, 2016

We decided to return for thanksgiving dinner this year in spite of some recent poor reviews. It was a fixed price menu with good variety. Service was attentive. The noise level was not dead quiet, but we were able to converse comfortably without raising our voices or straining to hear. This was important to us because it is a very social occasion. We enjoyed this place very much.

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OpenTable Diner (Tahoe)
4.0  Dined on November 19, 2016

Service was good,the hostess and waitress were friendly and efficient. It helped that we were able to get reservations and not have to wait.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 16, 2016

Excellent variety of food along with incredible service. I would recommend this for just about any type of dining occasion. We were given a private room which was ideal for a business meeting. The restaurant paid attention to every detail. Well done.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 9, 2016

We were acknowledged immediately and seated within 3 minutes, even though we were a few minutes late. We were quickly greeted with water and shortly after our kind server. Food was delicious.

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vipraffy (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on October 23, 2016

Uninspired food offerings, typical of a suburban restaurant which is nestled in a sea of office complexes.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Edmonton)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2016

Very good service and great food

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jenb (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on September 17, 2016

We had a reservation for a week, but when we arrived, we were told the wait for food (even appetizers) would be one hour because "the kitchen is slammed" - which isn't how reservations work. However, there were only about 5 parties dining in the restaurant - it wasn't even 1/3 filled. We were trying to make it to an event after, so we were concerned, but stuck because we didn't have reservations elsewhere or a car (we Ubered there.) The food did come after one whole hour of waiting, and it was mediocre. Not many vegetarian gluten free options here either, so all I could eat was a salad after all. (One hour to make a salad?!) Our server was not very apologetic or friendly either. I would not return to this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner (Sacramento)
2.0  Dined on September 17, 2016

Horrible service, waited two hours for a salad. Minimum menu, nothing was good except the bread

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vippfdinner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on September 17, 2016

This was one of the worst dinner experiences I've had. Something is seriously wrong with this restaurant. We arrived for my daughters Birthday dinner paired with a concert after at Levi's Stadium. We were seated promptly. We ordered drinks, food and thats where it all went down hill. It became very apparent that people who had been there long before use, were waiting for their food. In fact, looking around, no one had food. 30 mins past, two table got up and left without being served. Wait staff didn't have anything to say other than sorry, and it would be about 10 more mins to wait or the could comp us at the Taco bar. 25 more mins goes by finally our food arrives along with a few others, it was just ok tasting nothing special. Many customers were getting very upset, I felt bad for the wait staff....it wasn't there fault. No explanation at all for the delays of 1+ hours for food. Not a great birthday meal for my daughter, at least they knocked 50% off the meal. Never again will I return to this restaurant. We ended up going to In and Out after our concert....it was a much better experience.

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Fantastic (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on September 17, 2016

We had a reservation at 5:00pm on Saturday 9/17 planning more than enough time to eat and be ready to leave in time for our show. We arrived at 4:45pm and our table was ready. We were promptly seated and within just a few minutes we ordered wine and an appetizer. At 5:35pm we had still not received our appetizer and were regretting having just ordered our dinner entrees. We asked if our app would be up soon and ten minutes later the pretzel sticks arrive at the table. This was the LAST time we even saw our server for more than THIRTY minutes until we flagged him down at 6:15pm ... dirty dishes still sitting on our table and still NO dinner entrees yet. We had to leave for our event and unfortunately we could not wait any longer. Less than two minutes later {hmmm how did that happen?} the server again magically appears with two of the dinner entrees but the two pizza entrees were a no show. I asked how much longer for the pizza and he responded "there are 15 tickets from the bar in the lobby ahead of you - it'll be at least another half an hour" - two people at our table would have to sit and wait another 30 minutes while the other two of us ate - NO! We politely declined our dinner entrees and asked for our check. At this point we had been in that restaurant since 4:45pm - waited 35 minutes for an appetizer and another 30 minutes for dinner that never arrived only to be told it would be yet another 30 minutes. We learned from talking to three other tables around us, all with the exact same problem, that there was only ONE small kitchen serving the entire Hotel - a 500 room Hotel and that includes room service, the bar and the restaurant. So, for those of us who took the time to make a reservation our orders fell behind the patrons sitting in the bar ordering off of the exact same menu. Dining at TusCa was one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had. $70.00 for a bottle of wine and a pretzel appetizer was NOT worth the hassle or the wait!

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SLORicky (Central Coast)
1.0  Dined on August 30, 2016

TusCA is advertised as an Italian Restaurant. It is not. The menu had pizza and one or two Italian dishes, but the rest was casual fare, e.g. a hamburger. What made this especially frustrating for my wife and I was the menu had little resemblance to the menu on their website. Prime example of bait and switch.

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BJWells (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on August 6, 2016

I selected TusCA because of it's close proximity to Levi Stadium. It started off ok with a party of eight in a semi private dining area., but went downhill from there. The food was just okay, the fish had a very strong odor. Service was disappointing; served soup without providing a soup spoon, and to top it all off the credit cards were charged twice. For this restaurant to be inside of the Hyatt Hotel is shocking. First and last time for me at this restaurant.

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MarkfromBostonNaples (New England)
4.0  Dined on June 14, 2016

Friendly staff and great menu. If you are in town for business no need to look for anything else. Relax and eat in.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on April 28, 2016

Service was slow considering the restaurant was only half full and they only had a limited menu (because the hotel was full)? It didn't make sense to us. The server did go out of their way when we asked for a steak for my mother (who had seen it on the menu the day before). BUT we were charged $38 for it.

My salmon was very good and my guest's burger good as well. When we made reservations, we noted that it was a birthday meal for our guest. We ordered dessert after dinner and then after we finished that and asked for the bill, another piece of cake was brought out. At that point we were full and ready to leave.

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vipfoodie (Sacramento)
5.0  Dined on March 12, 2016

Wow, the 2005 Chateau d'Yquem is offered by the glass. Using the Coravin system which extracts wine from the bottle without pulling the cork and then replacing the volume with argon gas, that and other fine wines are offered by the glass in a rather impressive wine list for a hotel restaurant, and befitting of a fine dining establishment. I had the NY Steak and shrimp scampi and both were cooked to perfection. Yum Yum Yum. We also had the fried calamari and the fresh Ahi in lettuce wraps for appetizers, and both were excellent. We also had an excellent breakfast buffet the next morning. Absolutely loved the slo-cooked smoked salmon, which is far better than the inconsistent raw product they used to serve. Great variety of fresh fruit and danishes, and hot offerings of scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon (all you can eat), sausages, country biscuit in gravy (some days have eggs benedict) and pancakes or french toast. They also make excellent omelets. Service by the breakfast crew (A, M, and G) is always great and friendly.

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vipNkoch (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

we have been going to this restaurant for years and the ownership changed we recently went back to see if they are still the same and they are not. the only reason we tried it twice was because of their server Mo. if he did not work there we would not have gone back. our last experience was not good at all. the food has gone down hill. the new decor is dark and dingy and the addition of the buffet station has taken away any elegance this place had. very disappointed and would not go back. Also no one ever answers the phone when you call. a huge disappointment.

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vipImpressMe (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 9, 2016

When staying at the Hyatt, this is a convenient place to eat breakfast or dinner. The food is usually pretty good, but nothing outstanding. Salmon is fresh and prepared nicely, if they have a steak on the menu, it's usually good, traditional breakfast is also available and a great option with kids.

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vipblah (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 16, 2016

Any spot with a big buffet island in the middle of the room for $19 per person does not qualify for the "restaurant" moniker IMO. This is for convention goers at the Hyatt to pig out on sub-standard food dubbed "California cuisine". Will go back with the staff/team but not with the wife.

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Ladiesinvegas (Las Vegas)
1.0  Dined on January 8, 2016

I had a reservation for 10, the hostess was lovely, but our waiter was not. He was overwhelmed and grumpy. The restaurant was not busy at all, but it took FOREVER...over 2 hours. Some of us got our food and finished it before other got anything at all. The food was fine, but it took painfully long.

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SandyCampbell (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 26, 2015

Our party of three had Thanksgiving dinner there. My husband had halibut with tomato risotto. He pronounced it execellent. My friend and I each had the turkey dinner. I was impressed with the bread/cranberry stuffing and the perfectly prepared tiny brussels sprouts. I am fussy about brussels sprouts. Usually I set them aside because so many restaurants do not know how to prepare them. The pumpkin bisque and the chicken orzo soup were excellent. The salad was arugula sprouts with a cheese topping and dressing. It has been a few days and so I do not remember what the dressing or cheese were. The dessert table was eye-popping. We will definitely go back.

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