TusCA Ristorante

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263 reviews
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TusCA Restaurant, with golf course views and a modern comfortable setting, combines the best of Tuscany with the best of California. Inspired by the hearty cuisine of Italy's Tuscan region and its emphasis on abundance and seasonality, our Monterey Bay restaurant presents authentic and sophisticated regional Italian dishes created from the wealth of locally and seasonally sourced California produce, meats and fish.

Our Monterey restaurant menus specialize in pasta, pizza and dishes baked in our wood-burning oven prepared fresh daily in our spectacular demonstration kitchen.

Experience Italian restaurant cuisine with California flair at Hyatt Regency Monterey’s signature restaurant, TusCA. The best of Tuscany and California meet in the lobby of our spectacular resort-style hotel.
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OT
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Exceedingly average.

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c
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent, host, server, chef and manager. The BLT salad was delicious, a great combination of fresh ingredients. We had halibut which was cooked perfectly but the best part of the dish was the brussel sprouts! We could hear the live jazz from the bar but still talk to each other. Highly recommended.

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SB
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Chef Kevin Fisher is brilliant! He elevated simple ingredients into a delicious meal. We can't wait to go back!

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C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The facility took great care of us. The restaurant that you made reservations for us is not open for breakfast or lunch just dinner. So our 1:00 pm reservation was a surprise for us, but they took great care of us in their lobby facility.
But you need to change the listing on Open Table to dinner only.
Thank You

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c
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

TusCa was excellent. We were there on a very crowded Saturday night and the food and service were excellent. The BLT salad is delicious. The fish special was creative and fresh. The new manager, Nicholas along with the long time hostess, Laida were both gracious in the midst of being busy.

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R
Central Coast
112 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a very enjoyable time sitting by the fireplace and enjoying the flatbread and tuna poke at lunch time. Already went back for dinner which was also great. Will definitely add to the list of our favorites.

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JW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible service. Very limited menu. Convenience was the most positive factor.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

My blue cheese salad was very good but the risoto was no no

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DR
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent but buffet was terrible. Meat was cold. Sides like mashed potatoes, vegetable , other sides were cold. No free champagne as in the past. No warning or heads up of buffet being taken away.

But service was excellent.

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PA
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 2ambience 2

Thanksgiving

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L
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great Thanksgiving. The ambiance was a little lacking, but the food was amazing!

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Thanksgiving

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JR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the Thanksgiving buffet. All items were well-prepared. The carving station featured turkey, ham, and prime rib (my favorite). Service was exceptional.

We ate in the restaurant each morning and the buffet was filling with several choices. Again, service was exceptional.

An excellent choice for breakfast and dinner and very convenient if you are staying at the hotel.

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CJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant turkey I've ever had. Delicious food, cheerful and attentive servers. Very special Thanksgiving feast.

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DB
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went away for a birthday weekend. The hotel & restaurant were crowded with people trying to get away from the smoke up north. In spite of how busy it was the staff was friendly, attentive and the food was delicious. There was jazz music playing next door, but it was soft, so you could have a conversation.
I had seafood pasta, it was delicious. My husband had short ribs, he enjoyed his too. It was a nice evening.
I would come back and recommend.

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HM
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place gets better each time we visit. New menu as of this week, and it's really good. Nice presentation, great selection and extraordinary service.

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DB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

For a hotel restaurant, the food was excellant. We had dinner, shared 3 appetizers, and one meal, which was plenty of food for 3 of us staying at the hotel for a conference. The portions are big, and the ingredients high quality. The service was super slow. We had made a reservation, received an email confirmation, but when we arrived were told that there was no reservation. Not to worry, we were the only people there, so we were seated by the windows overlooking the golf course, and quiet for talking. Nice. Then we waited and waited and waited. No wait staff came to the table even though we could see them hanging by the cook's station talking together. No water, no attention at all. People who came in after us were waited on first. Finally, our server came, she was lovely, but not skilled with service. I'd eat there again if I was at the hotel, but wouldn't go out of my way for this restaurant.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I celebrated our anniversary at Tusca on 8/28/2018. I had the lamb sirloin and he had the Dungeness crabcakes. Both entrees were delicious. The lamb was very tender, the veggies weren't overcooked and the parsnip mash wasn't salty. Crabcakes were yummy and weren't salty at all. On top of that, our waitress was very attentive. We will be back.

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ET
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and very nice server. Accommodated splitting meals to share. Very tasty food; huge portions.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Limited menu options. The Ribeye was delicious. The crab cakes were bland and had more breadcrumbs than crab. Pasta was good.

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TS
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Server (Sarah) was great. Kitchen was slow and confused. Entrees took about 45-50 minutes, they didn’t come as requested and 1 entree was cold. Very poor execution.

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e
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Four of us had a work-related dinner at Tusca recently, and while the food was good, the setting is nice overlooking the golf course, and the staff were friendly, the service was slow. There were only a couple other tables in use, so it wasn't clear why it took longer than we liked to have our order taken.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Nothing special except the server

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

The power was out at the building.

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CO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved the smoked salmon appetizer. Nice view of Del Monte Golf Course. Quiet and cozy in comparison to adjacent Knuckles Sports Bar. A nice weekend retreat with affordable entrees and nice wine selection.

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DT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Was a good dinner, but very limited menu. Our waitress Taylor was excellent.

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D
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was exceptional! The wood fired pizzas were incredible and service didn’t miss a beat!

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TP
Central Coast
30 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

An excellent Italian restaurant in the Hyatt. We've gone there many times, but this visit was not outstanding. Our starters: Special beet salad and calamari were excellent and prepared perfectly. (The calamari were strips and not rings if that matters.)
Now, in the past we had ordered their NY Strip steak and it was wonderful. But not this time. We ordered med-rare+ and it came rare. The steak itself was stringy, and somewhat chewy. We were told that the restaurant went with a new supplier -- why?.
On the bright side our waitress was ideal. And if you get a table towards the bar/lounge area you will be graced with Fri and Sat live jazz during your meal.

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c
Central Coast
46 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had expected to eat at TusCa, which was not serving lunch. Instead, we were seated in the lounge of the hotel and offered the TusCa and Lounge menus with mostly the same offerings. Food was fine. Burger was very heavily spiced and the spinach salad was definitely heavy on the cheese, dates and nuts and less on the spinach. Dressing was good. Our server was quite attentive. Before we return, however, we will be certain that the actual restaurant is open.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We have wonderful anniversary memories and we always enjoy the view of the golf course plus cocktails in the lobby by the fireplace prior to dinner.

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We didn't find disabled parking near the front of the restaurant or walkway for a person using a cane. The steps up to the front made it slightly difficult.

Is there parking and another entrance?

Other than that issue, we were pleased with our food and window table.

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Tahoe
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was very good including the service. Menu was a little limited though.

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were there for the Thanksgiving buffet. The food was great and the service was wonderful. However, the band was too loud to have conversation. If they hadn’t quit soon after we arrived, it would have ruined the entire meal. I loved the type of music they played - it was just way to loud.

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable! Choices of food, temperatures and tastes were lovely. We completely enjoyed it and will return!

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CM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious meal, great service. Our server was attentive and friendly.

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A
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Tusca's understated elegance and typically corporate Hyatt ambiance might lead one to expect a certain level of cuisine, but that was not the case when my family dined there recently. I ordered the roast potato and New York steak entree (cooked medium), but suspected a problem before the first bite when the included broccoli florets arrived charred. I did sample one, to ensure it wasn't some Cajun treatment, but my original assessment was confirmed by the mushy texture and acrid flavor. Moving on, the potatoes were mostly cooked and completely devoid of seasoning, even salt. My sister helpfully suggested perhaps they wanted the guest to season them to taste. I didn't buy it.

I carved a bite off the generous sized NY steak,but Its depressing gray color, relieved only by the slightest hint of pink the size of a penny, in the center, indicated it was just shy of well-done. And the flavor? I would rank it between HomeTown Buffet and Sizzler.

But all was not lost. Our server, Sarah, was abaolutely delightful. She was helpful in making menu selections, warm and personable without being too chatty, did not hover and yet materialized at my elbow within moments of my wanting something. It was her suggestion I try the house red wine which turned out unexpectedly delicious. I believe it was a proprietary label of the Hyatt's that could hold its own against any of Napa's $40 cabs or Livermore's $30 zins. I'm uncertain if it was a cab, or a cab/zin blend, but I was certain I could have drunk it all nigbt with its lush up front fruitiness, and velvety smooth whole mouth feel. It was my salvation as it rehydrated my mouth after each dry bite of steak.

This was my 2nd visit, the 1st being a Thanksgiving buffet which I enjoyed immensely. So perhaps their chef was having an off-night - it happens to us all. I'll give Tusca a third try before I close my book on them. Hopefully, I will discover that my once in a blue moon birthday out was a once in a blue moon Tusca anomoly.

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i
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Breakfast buffet cost $25 per person. The eggs were mushy, the bacon was stiff, the potatoes undercooked.
Dinner was $75 per person (incl appetizer, 2 cocktails, 1 glass of wine, bottle water). Calamri and main course were very salty.

I'm giving them 2 stars only because the staff were very friendly, maybe a little pesty, but w/good intentions.

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w
Sacramento
31 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The mashed potatoes just don't get enough recognition. We had the strawberry and greens salad, chicken piccata (with the "should be famous" mashed potatoes) and the salmon on rice. All were very tasty and served up by a pleasant smile by Cami. Great job to the folks in the kitchen.

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E
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

The food was atrocious. My Risotto was bland and my husband's steak was over cooked with no flavor. The salsa verde that came atop the steak had to flavor balance what so ever. The service provided by Sarah and Mark was excellent. We expressed our disappointment to Sarah and she immediately took both entrees off the bill. We did however really enjoy our calamari appetizer. We made sure she knew the service was amazing but the food was way below par.

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JW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

woefully understaffed, only 2 waiters on we were visited by our waiter only 4 times from beginning to end. busser palming clean glasses with dirty hands and placing them on table. Chicken picatta was over cooked and under flavored. Yes, I let the manager know :) because it is a HD violation and just gross. Squid ink linguine was good but squid was overcooked and rubbery. Ciabatta bread was good.

Could have been much better with proper training and staffing

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