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Caruso's Tuscan Cuisine

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$$ - $$$
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115 San Jose Ave, Capitola, CA 95010-3261
+1 831-465-9040
17:00 - 21:00
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Tue - Sun 17:00 - 21:00
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2015

My husband is Italian and it takes a pretty fantastic meal to impress this Italian---and Caruso's delivered. He ordered the lasagna based on the recommendation of our server (outstanding service BTW). The serving is really generous and the cook makes his own noodles and sauce--and it's so tender you don't need a knife---your fork glides right thru. It' the best... More 

1 Thank jeannebpaul
Roseville, California
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2015

Second time here. The food was excellent! Only complaint was they were out of the only chardonnay on the wine list (we had seafood pasta) and the server told us they had another bottle for "a little bit more". We orderred it and it was good but the "Little bit" was $15 more. A little shocking when the bill came.

Thank janygrl
Eagle, Colorado
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2015

Great Italian. We've been before and keep going back. Excellent service. It's small, so get there early!

Thank Rayl Z
Sacramento, California
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81 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2015

I went for dinner on a week-day night in mid-June. I was on a brief visit to Capitola Village and didn’t have a lot of time because the shops were closing. I was really hungry, so I checked on Yelp and Tripadvisor for some suggestions. Caruso's was highly rated, so I thought I'd give it a try. I'm not a... More 

2 Thank Newhiker1
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65 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2015 via mobile

We had a wonderful dinner at Caruso's! We arrived fairly early, around 5:30, knowing the restaurant is very small and they don't take reservations for 2. We had a lovely table at the window. The waiter was great, and very knowledgeable about the wine selection. The food is delicious, and plentiful. My husband loved the salmon special, and said it... More 

Thank sunkitten60
Point Richmond, California
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2015

The tiny restaurant had a table for two when we went in. Amazing. As I am vegan, the waitresses and cook discussed what would be appropriate. I ended up with a smallish amount of delicious vegetables and a huge amount of overcooked salty risotto. I was charged full price for each which seemed excessive. My husband had a pizza that... More 

Thank LovelyLMP
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2015

The place is small but the staff is friendly- very jovial environment. The food was very good Italian and they have some great daily specials which we have always tried when we go. It is very near the beach so you can stroll there after dinner. Would recommend.

1 Thank K T
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42 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2015

We enjoyed a really nice meal at Carusos. The food was excellent; the gnocchi was among the best I've ever tasted, and the wood fired pizza was as close to true Italian as you're likely to find here in California. It's a stone's throw from Capitola beach, and it's very small; we arrived early on a weekday, but there were... More 

2 Thank DaddyinDublin
San Jose, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2015

We were on our way to a Thai place someone had recommended when we walked by this place. On their chalkboard outside they listed a special of lamb shank for the evening. My husband loves lamb and the only time he gets it is when we go out as I don't like or cook it. They had just opened so... More 

1 Thank Michele D
Santa Barbara, California
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143 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2015

This tiny restaurant serves the very best Bolognese sauce that is on their lasagna as well as some pasta dishes. My dish was fettuccine, (with the sauce of course), and was served in a conical shape that kept the pasta very warm, and yummy, throughout the meal. My wife had their carpaccio carne with a generous serving of capers, red... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
USD 10 - USD 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
Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 115 San Jose Ave, Capitola, CA 95010-3261
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Capitola
  • Phone Number: +1 831-465-9040

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