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About TusCA Restaurant
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.
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: 6:30am - 11:00am; Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Free Parking Garage
Public Transit Stops: VTA
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
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.
TusCA Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
We were at the Convention Center for an event and had a large party of 13 people for dinner. The food and the staff were wonderful. There is a big round table near the front but tucked into a private corner. Its is great for a group because the table is round and you are out of the way of other diners. Its nice to be at a group dinner where you can interact with other guests -- its not too loud and the setting is lovely. The restaurant has a great atmosphere and for a hotel restaurant the food is actually very good. They have a unique selection of inventive entrees including unusual pizza combinations and salads. When they called to confirm my reservation, I mentioned that it was a birthday dinner and I might need to change the time by 15 minutes to accommodate schedule changes. They were great about adjusting the time and asking if we wanted anything special for the birthday. I was able to bring a cake and they served it with a candle, which I didn't remember to bring or even ask for. I arrived early and was able to place favors on the table and the cake in the center. They moved the original table centerpiece to accommodate my request. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu including the wine and able to answer many questions. They accommodated a special request regarding one of the salads. I appreciated that our waiter was able to easily manage our large party although the restaurant was fairly busy. I would definitely go back if I am staying in the hotel or at an event at the Convention Center which is connected to the hotel.
Saturday's breakfast buffet featured pacific crab cake benedict, which were nicely done. We also had excellent omelets by Chef Martin. Service by Martin was excellent as usual. A new feature was bread pudding, in place of potatoes. It too was very delicious.
I have not had Tusca's Sunday Breakfast Buffet in a while and I was disappointed on my recent visit. Eggs benedict are apparently no longer offered as part of the buffet; instead, pumpkin spiced pancakes were offered in their place. I passed. Other things were "off" as well. My omelet was overcooked and overpeppered. And the great, creative danishes they used to have-- GONE. Aside from the croissants and muffins which were still good, the other danishes could have been bought in a supermarket. Who wants to pay $22.50 for that?
We do an annual team event with 8 to 12 people and we come here before we head to the airport. I always ask for Mo and he does an outstanding job that makes the is a excellent experience. The food and wine are always top notch, but Mo takes it to another level. He knows how to take care of you and offers suggestions on the food and wine that wont steer you wrong.
Any evenings that Im in the bay - I will try to have a meal here and request Mo as my server.
The menu on the website is not the menu they offer on niner game days. This past Sunday all they had was basically pizza and burgers. We went for pizza which was essentially flavorless. Had to add tons of red pepper to give it any taste at all. Service okay but uneven...eg, being asked if we wanted ground pepper on our salads when we were mostly done with them.
The regular chef, martin, was off duty that day and so an assistant or replacement (salvador?) was on staff. Unfortunately, his skills were up not to the task. The egg and prosciutto panini was so salty, it was inedible. (Perhaps it is the fault of the proscuitto?) In any case, the item was not very enjoyable and was not even as good as the sausage and egg muffins served by Hyatt Places. We also ordered an omelette which came out missing a key ingredient. We did not bother to comment or send it back, feeling it would be futile. Service was, as usual, excellent. Overall, the food was a bit disappointing because, usually, breakfast at Tusca is very, very good to excellent.
Took family from out of town here after I couldn't convince them to come up to Berkeley for my hard-won Gather reservation -sigh..
Change from Il Fornaio in downtown SJ which is where we usually eat when we're down this way
crabcakes were good with a corn/avocado relish
bruschetta -melted cheese on top??? ok, that was a little different...
pizzas were nice and thin
salads looked good
2 of us had the $20 'salad' bar experience and seemed happy with that
I had a nice steak with roasted asparagus but the whipped potatoes were a little gummy
Firestone DBA on tap! and splits of good wine for my sis
lava cake could have been warmer
peaches melba touted as spectacular presentation, but they were just in a bowl -meh
Fresh fruits nicely made pastries-the cream pastry covered with a toffee topping was a favorite, smoked salmon, bagels, cereal, cheese, scrambled eggs oatmeal, pork or chicken sausage, bacon, potatoes, a crab and seafood eggs benedict, the choices were immense and very good. The eggs benedicts really stood out. Compliments to the Chef, Martin. Bravo! He also makes great omelets too.
Great service by Jorge who explained our buffet options very nicely and efficiently took care of whatever we needed. Great service also by John Huynh who quickly cleared our dirty plates and refilled our hot tea as needed. Highly recommend the breakfast buffet, altho the pastries and eggs benedict selections changes daily.
Was looking for a restaurant that was higher end but affordable for a team lunch and I needed efficient service as lunch hours really need to be kept to an hour. TusCA was all that. Seated right away, wait staff was quick but we never felt rushed. One guest had a specific alergy to peppers and really wanted the scallop dish which comes with a corn/pepper sidedish. TusCA made a substitute which was perfect. Highly recommended.
First time eating here since the new chef came in. The cuisine is improved, Had excellent salads and appetizers. The chicken was tasty, but the minuscule portion should have embarrassed the chef. Had chicken at a fine Italian eatery on Union Street last week and the portion was literally more than twice the size served here.
TusCa doesn't have Italian wines! There is only one (the prosecco). Someone making beverage decisions here should be transferred to washing dishes immediately. No way well-travelled guests should have to go to an Italian named restaurant and be limited to drinking alcohol -heavy California wines. Get six Italian whites and eight Italian reds on the menu immediately, price them reasonably and watch
Excellent omelets by Alfredo and excellent service by Martin and bussers who cleared my dirty plates and refilled my juice and hot tea very quickly. French toast with fruit and scrambled egg whites options on the buffet line were nice alternatives to overcooked eggs benedicts. Very nice way to start the day.
I made a reservation here for Father's Day brunch, thinking it would be a special meal, instead of just going to a restaurant for breakfast that day. It was more a hotel restaurant, rather than a restaurant in a hotel. The place was pretty messy. The table where we were going to sit had food and syrup on the floor underneath. At 10:50 (our reservation was 10:15), we were told the buffet would be closing in 10 minutes. Whaaat? Not a leisurely stroll through the buffet, but a throw as much food as I can put on my plate kind of meal. To make matters worse, five minutes later, it was being put away. My husband growled at the employee, who did NOT want to be there that day, & reminded her it was a few minutes to closing. Not special at all.
Tusca's Breakfast Buffet and menu has undergone yet another change. The price is up from $20 to $22.50 and they seemed to have permanently discontinued their various eggs benedict offerings on the buffet line in favor of french toast with fruits. Their cheese selections have gone from three down to one in the past year, and their pastries no longer have the same quality as before. A few pluses are that they added smoked salmon, scrambled egg whites, chicken sausages, and sweet potatoes to the buffet selections. They have a new menu, but it did not excite me and seemed very similar to their old menu offerings. It was more of a repackaging than a rebranding. Service was at its usual excellence.
The selection was of reasonable range - a bit pricy - but not through the roof. We were expecting Hyatt Regency caliber dining for those prices. For appetizers, I had the (fried) shrimp and calamari and my wife had the steamed mussels. Mine were tasty and not too battered or greasy. Her mussels were small but she enjoyed the broth. I ordered the bone-in rib eye (medium rare). It was barely 1/2" thick, came well past medium, and was very chewy. Cautiously, I sent it back and instead ordered a NY strip hoping to get a reasonable thickness. The small steak came back slightly rare - but I was fine with that. My wife had the rack of lamb which was generous and nicely cooked. The desserts were fine but rated only about a 6 out of 10 for taste.
I hadn’t been to the restaurant here in many years. I used to go at least 4x a month. Their wine list became corporate and expensive so I started going to the new Hilton across the street which had better ambiance, food and wine. Fast forward to the present and the restaurant at the Hyatt has been totally renovated, has a good wine lists again, and the food has a unique style to it with influences of spices from Indian and Mexican cuisine, crossed with Mediterranean dishes. The food is well presented and well made, showing pride from the kitchen. All compliments from around my table of 6. My largest two complaints were the portions which were 2x what I eat, and the noise level at dinner made it difficult to have a conversation at my table.
First off, there was no wait when we made our reservation. I have made reservations and had to wait. Second, the spread on the food was tremendous, I could not believe everything they had. They had meals that ranged from Breakfast to Lunch, and for a buffet type it was really well done. Food did not look old, or dry. Third, there was a lot of room. It was not overly crowded. And last, but not least, our server was awesome. Javier, who was our waiter, made sure every time our glasses were emptied, or close to being emptied, he got them refilled quick. He was also quick to remove our used plates and silverware to bring us new ones. Also, my daughter requested a special waffle, one with Chocolate Chips, and he was very accommodating!
TusCA is a conveniently located restaurant inside of the Hyatt Hotel Santa Clara. The selection of food is great and wide and there is something for everyone. For time and convenience sake, I dined at TusCA twice during my hotel stay and enjoyed the food - dinner and breakfast.
We had a very nice Easter Brunch which featured a huge assortment of options. Prime Rib and ham, omelets made to order, crab cake benedicts cooked just right, pork and chicken sausages, bacon, scrambled eggs, scrambled egg whites, sweet and yukon potatoes, brie cheese, priscuitto, croissants, muffins, fresh pineapples and strawberry, smoked salmon, and lots of well made desserts. Service by Martin was exceptional, and Martin the Executive chef did a wonderful job.
Hyatt's Tusca Restaurant has recovered its Breakfast buffet mojo. After a few months on inconsistency in 2013, Tusca's Breakfast buffet is back on top. The new french toast option is a nice alternative to the Tuscan Eggs Benedict which was often became over done as it sat on the steam table. An even nice new option is the smoked salmon -- always nice to have bagels and lox, and orange juice. And their fresh made omelets were most excellent. The Breakfast Buffet is now $20, but still worth it. Our server, Jorge, was exceptional as was the rest of the staff, clearing our dirty plates off quickly and refilling our hot water or juices as needed.
We had a reservation for a group of 12. Our table was ready early and they seated us in a semi-private room which was great. However, it took 45 minutes for our food to arrive and then our order was wrong. I will not be booking any corporate reservations going forward.
We ate here X-mas Day and had a great experience! We are vegetarians and the other hotels we investigated-their vegetarian options underwhelmed us. Tusca really came through with a great 4 course veggie meal that was well thought out and delicious! Our server was very kind and attentive without hovering-just perfect. Overall, a lovely experience. Thank you!
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