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Caruso's Tuscan Cuisine

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$$ - $$$
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115 San Jose Ave, Capitola, CA 95010-3261
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Santa Cruz, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had read about Caruso's both on TripAdvisor and elsewhere. We have been there twice in the last month. Normally I only go out for dinner once or twice a year. The first time we tried they were closed, even though it was a Tuesday. But this is really a family-run restaurant, and if one of the family members is... More 

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Waltham, Massachusetts
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43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

We visit our daughter in Soquel often and have tried so many different Italian restaurants, none of which seem to compare to Italian places we're used to enjoying in the Boston area. But several years ago we found Caruso's and it's now the only place we'll go for Italian food. We were somewhat worried when we didn't see the original... More 

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33 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

We made reservations for a party of eight to celebrate our anniversary. We had to wait a few minutes for them to set our table. This place is very small. The restaurant seats maybe 15 people tops. They move tables into the hallway of the adjoining mall toward the end of the evening. I heard the patrons say they didn't... More 

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Sacramento, California
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

Caruso's has a very talented chef and good service, which saved them from getting only a 2 rating. The dishes are better than other Italian restaurant's and are served in healthy proportions. Caruso's has a large menu selection and wine/drink list, as well. That being said, the dining area is EXTREMELY close-quarter. Tables are in very personal proximity to other... More 

1 Thank adidasfvr85
Santa Cruz, California
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217 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2016

Great little Italian place -- perfect for escaping the madding crowd in summer, or getting cozy in winter. Food is really quite good and nicely presented -- along with decent wine list, you can't go wrong.

Thank brocdog
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83 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

We went here 2 years ago it was fantastic!! We made a 7 o'clock reservation months ago, when we arrived we were told they don't take reservations. But to our surprise they had several openings at 7 PM on a Friday night, that should have told us something. Caesar salad was Wilted and The taste of anchovies was overwhelming. The... More 

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Capitola, California
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71 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016

This is my second review as Caruso's is now under new management. I can say that the quality of the food and the atmosphere has not changed. It is a great place to eat but very very small, so expect a cosy feel. Try not get seated in the 'mall' area as it does not have the feel of the... More 

Thank AlantheRover
Modesto, California, United States
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52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

Yes, very small restaurant. They only take reservations for a party of 6 or more. They just have 5 table area and a sit down at the bar area for 2. Open 5pm last meal served at 9pm for dinner. I had the special for dinner as well as my daughter. You can bring your own wine for a small... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2016

Nice Italian food, served well, in friendly intimate atmosphere. We ate there one night & booked for the following evening. The waiter remembered our christian names, welcomed us like friends & the atmosphere again was easy & unhurried - unusual in US.

Thank nobesfam
San Rafael, California
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157 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

We stopped by family of four for dinner around 5pm. They kindly told us party in 1.5 hours so should be good. Service was great, our waiter was kind and did a great job. 2 pizzas, 2 pasta carbonara a. All was great minus the carbonara meat was a bit diced large and maybe too much fat content. Maybe that... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $33
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Highchairs Available, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 115 San Jose Ave, Capitola, CA 95010-3261
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Capitola
  • Phone Number: 18314659040

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?