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Caruso's Tuscan Cuisine

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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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177 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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80 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

Thank goldengal11
Capitola, California
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68 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

Thank Master Steven B
Guildford, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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121 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 

Thank Gelliott415
Oakland, California
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

We were looking for a restaurant with delicious, comforting food and good atmosphere. Caruso's fit just what we were looking for. The restaurant in very small - maybe a handful of tables - and be prepared to squeeze in. Service was very good and food (we shared an asparagus salad and pasta with meatballs) was delicious.

Thank OutoftheBay
Capitola, California
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41 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016 via mobile

I know, Pizza and Tiramisu, basic, right? Not everyone gets it right, for my taste, of course (I'm Italian). Their vegetarian or the margheritta are very good, but they also have other stuff in the menu that you need to try!!

Thank Mauricio O
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106 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016 via mobile

We had a wonderful meal on a Sunday evening. It's a tiny place with a lovely feel to it. Managed to be seated in minutes. Service was fast and friendly. I had a salmon dish from the specials which was cooked to perfection. The pizzas are authentic thin crust Italian and delicious. The starters are generous so I recommend sharing... More 

Thank Cheryl D
Santa Cruz, California
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

My family was in the Capitola (Santa Cruz) area and we went to Caruso's in Capitola Village for dinner, they accommodated the 7 of us in their small space by moving a couple of tables around in their small and intimate restaurant. The smells from the kitchen were intoxicating as we came in the door. The food on the tables... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $33
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Highchairs Available, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Families with children
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?