About Scusa Italian Ristorante
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!
Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM | Live Jazz Music Thursday - Saturday 6-9PM
Hwy 50/Lake Tahoe Blvd.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Large private parking lot in front of the restaurant.
Private Party Facilities:
Semi-private room for up to 20 guests.
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Scusa Italian Ristorante Ratings and Reviews
We went here for our one-year anniversar ...
We went here for our one-year anniversary and everything was outstanding. They aren't kidding around with their portions. The linguini and clams probably had a pound of little neck clams on it and it wasn't overly seasoned. The sausage and peppers linguini Bolognese had at least four full Italian sausage links sliced up and piled on. We couldn't have asked for a better waiting staff. Everyone was very attentive to our requests. And they surprised us with a special complimentary desert for our anniversary. We loved the live musician playing the saxophone who came to our table to play a little serenade for us. We highly recommend this place for a special date night.
This is an old Tahoe favorite, though we ...
This is an old Tahoe favorite, though we had not been in maybe seven years, since it was on Ski Run Boulevard. It's in more spacious digs, with its own traffic signal leading into the parking lot. Scusa did not disappoint; living up to its long-standing reputation. You could taste the browned garlic in the garlic soup, complete with a couple cloves at the bottom of the cup. Very tasty if you are a garlic lover. It would do justice to the Gilroy Garlic Festival. Salmon picatta was perfectly done and flavorful, as was the accompanying spaghetti in light oil. Eggplant parmesan was a generous portion. All very good. Our waiter, Chris and the busboy were very attentive and laughed at our jokes.
We love Scusa for special occasions, but ...
We love Scusa for special occasions, but it is absolutely appropriate for an everyday dinner as well. The food is always spot on, and the service was great as well! If you are having a special occasion or want something a bit romantic, ask for a booth with a curtain!
I made my reservation on Open Table and ...
I made my reservation on Open Table and no surprises when we arrived. Wait staff was attentive and very timely. Food was terrific! I had the Salmon Scaloppini and my wife had the lobster ravioli. Next time we travel to South Lake Tahoe, we'll come back.
We come to South Shore every September a ...
We come to South Shore every September and meet up with old friends. We always look forward to our special double date at Scusa. We love the food but would come for the Scusa garlic bread alone. We get to sit, enjoy each other's company and we always come away feeling very satisfied.
First time there and food was great. Fou ...
First time there and food was great. Found on YELP and not disappointed. Also when you "check in" on Yelp you get free garlic bread which was delicious. Lobster ravioli appetizer and the sauce it came in was amazing. Very rich but will likely order as meal next time! Chris our waiter was darling and all staff was very nice and attentive.
A great place to take guests. The food a ...
A great place to take guests. The food and service are excellent and the prices reasonable. We have taken friends with varying dining requirements and been able to accommodate everyone, and they've all enjoyed it. If it is not on the menu, the staff will try to invent something to your liking!
Food was excellent, however our waiter s ...
Food was excellent, however our waiter somehow spaced out on my husbands entree order and only brought out his salad, never an entree.. Hello! Had to eat half mine and get his to go. Major screw up in my opinion!
The food was absolutely delicious with g ...
The food was absolutely delicious with good-sized portions. We all ordered different things and everyone loved his/her dish. The setting is good for a special occasion or a nice dinner out, but not overly pretentious. My family visited on a word of mouth recommendation to celebrate my brother and sister-in-law's anniversary. The staff was knowledgeable and attentive. They brought us a free lava cake to share at the end. We will definitely be back on our next visit to Tahoe.
Amazing service! Our waiter Drew was gre ...
Amazing service! Our waiter Drew was great, as was all the support staff. Another waiter even cleared our plates as he went by because he noticed we were finished. The angel hair pasta with capers and olives was so flavorful, as was the Caesar salad. Wine prices were excellent, too. What a great experience!
I love Scusa , everytime were in tahoe w ...
I love Scusa , everytime were in tahoe we try to get dinner there one night. Their food has always been delicious. Calamari Scusa, always tasty. I didn't care for the mayo (aoil) they put all over my asparagus this last time. And I usually get the Greek salad but this time I tried the blue cheese/Gorgonzola salad w/bay shrimp. I wasn't impressed :( there were literally maybe 3-4 little pieces of shrimp on some salad greens with a little bit of shredded cheese. Wouldn't order it again. Everything else was good!
It was our first time at Scusa, although ...
It was our first time at Scusa, although we have enjoyed food to go from the restaurant. The service was very good, the special preparation of the sole with white sauce and capers was very good, as was the lasagna. We will definitely dine in again!
We were in South lake Tahoe for 3 days, ...
We were in South lake Tahoe for 3 days, celebrating our anniversary, and this meal was the best we had during our entire stay. We went to several other very nice restaurants, some selected because of the view of the lake, but the food did not compare with Scusa. Being of Italian decent, I am picky when it comes to Italian food. The menu was wonderful, the food delicious, the value was very reasonable, the service friendly, and the atmosphere delightful. The only thing missing was a view of the lake. Thank you for a lovely anniversary evening, we will definitely return.
We've been here MANY times over the year ...
We've been here MANY times over the years and always enjoyed it. This time was extremely sub-par. I'm not sure if ownership changed or the chef changed, but our food wasn't very good. Our veal piccata was swimming in grease--this is a dish we've enjoyed countless times at Scusa. There was asparagus squirted with mayonnaise on the side! Our bottle of wine was warm. Our waiter was extremely inexperienced. We enjoy a good dining experience and don't mind paying for it, but this $200 was wasted.
Loved the food, it was amazing. The saxo ...
Loved the food, it was amazing. The saxophone player and music was too loud. For a dinner house and intimate dining, we could not hear one another talk and felt like we were yelling.
We will return but hope the live music is background music.
Thanks so much!
Best spaghetti and meatballs! (Though I ...
Best spaghetti and meatballs! (Though I seldom if ever order this in a restaurant.) Rediscover this entree as a reason to order spaghetti in a fine restaurant that offers many other fine and exotic dishes. I will return for the spaghetti and meatballs!
Scusa's never disappoints! The food and ...
Scusa's never disappoints! The food and service is outstanding! A couple of favorites of my husband's and mine is the Garlic Bread Scusa Appetizer and Sticky Bun Bread Pudding Dessert! Everything we have tried has been delightful! If you come in on Friday they have a live Saxophonist playing in the background...very nice!
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