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About Tuscan Bistro Bar

"We serve every guest a meal that exceeds their expectations for a price that they"ll be happy with"

Restaurateur Bruno J D’Uva shared a vision to offer big plates of traditional Italian favorites using the highest quality ingredients at a value to its guest.

We are the "Hottest Ticket in Town". Come enjoy any of our featured weekly entertainers, where you’ll also find authentic Italian dishes, American fare favorites, and a full bar at the Tuscan Bistro Bar!

Come in and try our wood-burning oven rustic pizzas, homemade pastas, juicy burgers, our popular homemade desserts, and our new tasty pub menu all at family friendly prices.

1250 Hooper Ave
Toms River, NJ 08753
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Ocean County Mall

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(732) 797-2570

Website:
http://www.tuscanbistrobar.com/

Entertainment:
Live Trivia Tuesday nights 7pm-9pm
Friday: DJ beginning at 9pm
Saturday: Live music beginning at 9pm
Happy Hour Monday-Friday
Drinks 11:30am - 7pm Happy Hour Menu 3pm-7pm
Happy Hour all night on Tuesday and Thursday
BOGO Ribs every Wednesday
Football Specials during all the games

Catering:
Full menu is available for off site catering.

Parking Details:
Tuscan Bistro Bar has ample parking located in the rear of the restaurant. We are also surrounded by a large complex which offers plenty of additional parking options.

Executive Chef:
Jose Rodriguez

Private Party Facilities:
Here at Tuscan Bistro Bar, we have established a remarkable banquet reputation. We have a number of options to cater any special occasion or event, with space to accommodate parties up to 95 people comfortably.

We take extreme pride in providing the best possible options for each occasion. We have many menu options available, and do everything in our means to accommodate any special requests.

Private Party Contact:
Danielle Petrocelli or any Manager: (732) 797-2570

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Tuscan Bistro Bar has a full staff dedicated to ensuring your special occasion is remembered for years to come.

Tuscan Bistro Bar Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

4.1

ambience

3.8

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (6)
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Good for Birthdays (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Fun (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Healthy (3)
Authentic (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Good for a Date (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Business Meals (1)
Cozy (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Music (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food was ok. Didn't find much atmosphere. Service was very good. Good for family dining or casual meal. Not from the area, so I wouldn't go out of my way to return.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Food is always good, especially the ribs! Staff is always friendly.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 28, 2017

LOVE THAT THEY HAVE HEALTHY LIVING OPTION
GREAT SERVICE STAFF WAS AWESOME

Tags: Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Unbelievable. Our entire order was wrong. My food was never even put in. Everyone got their food at different times. Ginger ale was flat TWICE. We were only a table of 9. Our server was incompetent and never refilled our drinks or returned to check on things. It was my moms birthday and we didn’t even get to eat with her. There were 3! Tables! And the guys like “sorry my fault I’m bad at this”. Are you joking? So unprofessional. Manager was spoken to and he just took a few things off our bill. Said there was “no excuse” but it was not sincere at all and I was fuming. My family had to go to the airport. I didn’t even want my forgotten meal at this point. He gave me the meal 15 minutes after everyone left and it was ice cold. We ordered pizza, soups and salads. No excuse to take that long. I will never be returning or recommending this place.

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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Our reservation was honored on time. The service was top notch. And, the BOGO ribs were excellent. One of our party members ordered salmon which was very good. We did have to ask for bread when we saw others receiving it. Waitress complied and was excellent.

Tags: Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Live Music, Happy Hour
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Met a long time friend for an early dinner. We ended up chatting over food for four hours. A wonderful waitress, wonderful food, perfect atmosphere. I plan to return again and again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fun, Healthy
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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Waitress seemed in a rush. My mom asked for dressing for her salad and she brought back lemons. Wasn't very nice. And the food was very bland & tasteless. The Caesar salad I had was the worst one I've ever had. Tasted very sweet & definitely NOT what I Caesar salad is supposed to taste like. We ordered 3 other salads that were ok & the zucchini appetizer was good.

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·Dined on August 21, 2017

Table was ready upon arrival, food was excellent, priced reasonable, waitress was pleasant and informative. I would highly recommend this place to my friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 17, 2017

We went to dinner on a week night with another couple. Our waitress was very attentive and we started with drinks and two appetizers to share. The margaritas were quite sour but we enjoyed them. The rice balls and zucchini fritti were excellent. Our entrees (burgers, fish tacos & wedge salad) were cooked well and everyone was happy with what they ordered. We will definitely return to try other options!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2017

We were next door at Xfinity and saw the two for one ribs. It was terrific on the restaurant side.
We went the next week with a visitor from NYC and sat in a bar booth. It was mega noisy and understaffed

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·Dined on August 14, 2017

Great and tasty xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx. Cxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The room was very cold and very loud. The food was good but I didn't feel like it was anything special. It was just an easy place to go that could accommodate our large party. I would definitely go there again but it would not be a top pick for a special occasion. It is very much like a chain restaurant feel.

Tags: Casual, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

I took my mom here for dinner. It was both of our first time at Tuscan Bistro Bar. Food was fair at best. They were out of the bang bang shrimp app so we opted for the Thai shrimp app- which was over-cooked. Our server gave us a complimentary dessert to make up for it. However, the apple crisp was very bland so we didn't finish it. We both ordered pizza for dinner which was good. The overall restaurant was appears to be very clean (including the bathroom). The food is definitely not worth the price. We will not be returning.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Food and service were excellent. We enjoy going there when ever we are in the area.

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 7, 2017

The scarpariello wings never fail me. They are unique to this restaurant and delicious. The dinners were a great value but not as authentic as other places in town. The pasta was a little over cooked. The sauces were a little heavy. This is a good place more for happy hour menu or appetizers and drinks. The decor is very nice and comfortable and service is fantastic.

Tags: Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Good Food Poor Service.....unfortunately I do not necessarily blame the wait staff - I believe they are way understaffed and you have to wait way too long and then orders started to get messed up.

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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Food was okay

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on June 18, 2017

The food was good and the service was excellent. Valerie, our server, was friendly and attentive- We will be back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Great meals at a reasonable price. Much better value than any of the chain restaurants in the area.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Everything was great! Our server was amazing and very fast and attentive! He brought refills out quickly and put our food in right away. All the food we ordered was hot and delicious. We even ordered something not on the menu that evening but it was still made for us! Overall, a great experience.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Average food, above average pricing. Food had potential but was lacking in all areas.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 2, 2017

We were a party of 10- 6 adults and 4 children aged 2-5. We had an awful experience with service from start to finish, from a very long wait to order, things coming out wrong, not coming out at all, lack of utensils, and no wait staff around when you wanted to correct issues. We had a waiter and waitress in training. She was clueless about the menu and at times was handling our orders without the "experienced" waiter present. It was a disaster from the moment we sat down. My Dad flagged down a woman manager and told her about our experience. She did nothing to rectify the situation and never came back. The bill came and it had automatic 20% gratuity added. I was unwilling to pay 20% for really awful service, so I went to speak to a manager. The male manager was the most disrespectful person I've encountered. He didn't care about why I was upset and kept rudely stating 20% on parties of 8-plus is company policy and he wasn't going to go against it. It didn't matter that we were only 6 adults and 4 small children, it's company policy and he wasn't going to examine why I was requesting not to pay 20%. (Their website-company policy is 18%, so why I was charged 20% isn't company policy to begin with). After a few rounds of back and forth with him making me feel like an inconvenience for bothering him, I said fine, charge me. He then said "no it's fine, I'll do it, I'll do it" like he was doing me the greatest favor in the world but begrudgingly. I had a coupon and he looked at it and said snidely "So I guess you want me to take this as well?" One thing had nothing to do with the other. My issue was with a gratuity, which last time I checked was discretionary and for good service. The coupon was $5 off a bill of $25-plus. My bill was $200. Also, they nickel and dime everything. Soup instead of salad, upcharge. Dish over veggies instead of pasta, upcharge. You want your drink "on the rocks," an extra dollar for ICE! Very disappointing experience.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Good variety on the new menu. Portions were plentiful and food was good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Moms day
Good food

Tags: Live Sports, Casual, Comfort Food, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The Mother's Day buffet was poor by anyone's standards. Cold over cooked hamburgers? A pressed ham. Come on guys. You couldn't even spring for a real ham? The Platters weren't kept full and the desserts were tiny chopped brownies and mini cannolis.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Food was good as was the service. Was sat with my family and 3 children 20 ft from a noisy bar with jukebox music was not the setting we were looking for for a birthday dinner, have had better tables in past......

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 4, 2017

There was a prime rib special, however when we got there at 6 PM there was no more prime rib. How can you run out of the special so early in the evening?

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 24, 2017

It was nice, waitress was wonderful, music way too loud way too early, couldn't hear yourself talk at a table

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 22, 2017

It's just a local bar! It serves its purpose as a bar, it's just a basic bar! The food was basic "Italian American" overdosed on sauce and commercial ingredients! Nothing unique.... it's just a bar! Not going back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Service from our waitress Samantha was great but someone else brought out our salad's and they didn't have the dressings we requested when we ordered and no one came after this other person brought them to our table before we got our meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Delicious food! I enjoyed the pear and gorgonzola salad. My husband had the ribs and got the tuscan chips - SOOOO GOOD!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Just a great place

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Was seriously and sadly the worst dining experience ever. We were a party of seven for my daughter's birthday and we had the rudest waitress ever. From her disgust with us when we were ordering things they didn't have (she had given us last week' specials menu) to her total disregard for anything we asked for ( a soda refill, a spoon for spaghetti) she huffed and puffed and rolled her eyes at us. When they delivered the wrong order to my dad and he politely told her it was incorrect, she snatched the order and muttered "These people" loud enough for even the next table to overhear. It took forever to receive the correct meal. When we finished, she slammed some boxes on the table and asked us if we were through. We asked for the dessert menu because it was our daughter's birthday and her level of exasperation was obvious. She slammed the menus and for me it was the last straw. I quietly found a manager, explained the situation, and asked that there not be a scene as it was a celebration and we were trying hard not to have it ruined . He was polite...but the same waitress never returned with out desserts...at this point, the dining room was practically empty...when she finally returned with the ice cream, we questioned why she had such an attitude with us. Again, a defiant, nasty "who me?" I am so sorry it came across this way...another 20 minutes to get the bill...now totally being spiteful!!! I will not return. How sad that she was allowed to continue her behavior toward us even after a manager was informed. The last table commented how mean she was as we left. An epic disgrace...like nothing I've ever seen!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 5, 2017

I simply could not recommend anything about this restaurant. The ambiance is more that of a barn than an inviting eatery. The service was abominable. The food was passable, at best. No, nothing to recommend it whatsoever.

The service: to set the stage, the restaurant was less than 20% full - that should have warned us. The server was unskilled and inattentive. Never got nor offered bread; every other table did, and yes, we all ordered full meals. One of the entrees was wrong - chicken parm instead of eggplant parm. Never a sorry, just "I'll have them remake it" and then over 20 minutes until we saw the waitress again (at our table). Never asked if we wanted refills or additional drinks. Never checked on us just in general.

The food: mostly tasteless. One of our party who ordered chicken said it would have been better at a NYC automat. The marinara was like watered down tomato sauce, absent any seasoning. The eggplant parm (when finally received, after everyone else had finished eating) was just okay. The Italian Mac and Cheese was . . . uninspiring of comment. The Sangria (red) was lousy.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 27, 2017

Had the Monday night special. Very much worth the money. Would definitely return.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Outstanding Value, Live Sports
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Great time! Our waitress was awesome!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2017

We went for dinner and drinks... Our waiter was MIA most of the time, charges for ice (on the rocks) is insane, drink charges were higher than most restaurants in the area. We met up with friends and the dj who was playing brought in a crowd of people that were rude, loud and not friendly, not a crowd that a local Toms River restaurant would expect. For these reasons, we will NOT come back to Tuscan house.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Though we made a reservation on OpenTable, we had a ten minute wait before they could ready a table for us. The restaurant seems to be advertised as refined Italian dining, but it was a lower quality food joint crossed with a dance club. The hostesses looked like they were dressed to work at a convenience store. The bread strips were quite good; very tasty and hot. The salad was brown and wilted; it seemed like we got the last bits in the bottom of the bag. The fried ravioli was okay. We also had the "downtown chicken," which was overwhelmed with too many toppings and set upon a bed of cheap tasting spaghetti. The spaghetti sauce was poor; watery and not flavorful. But the server was very nice.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2017

You can get some light dinners. That is why I go back there when I go out to eat and I'm not going to a fine dining place.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Since it was New Years Eve, we were a bit worried about noise and service but everything was wonderful. We had a nice relaxing dinner before bringing in the new year.

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