Tosca Café — Restaurant Review | Condé Nast Traveler



Tell us about your first impressions when you arrived.
This classic San Francisco haunt has recently been revamped, but the cozy cherry leather seats, open kitchen, and always-packed, rowdy bar up front remain as charming as ever.
What was the crowd like?
The mood changes depending on the time of day. The early evening crowd veers touristy, while the night owls who arrive later are either on a date or industry folks. Tosca Café is open late (by San Francisco standards): it closes at 1 a.m. every night.
What should we be drinking?
Tosca is famed for its house cappuccino (not an actual one, it’s made with cappuccino mix, cream, armagnac and bourbon), although if you’re hoping to skip the caffeine, you’re in luck: Tosca’s mixologists are inventive beyond the confines of the menu.
Main event: the food. Give us the lowdown—especially what not to miss.
Tosca blends fresh Californian ingredients with an Italian sensibility—noted in the hardiness of the dishes. Order both the bucatini and crispy pig ears, and don’t miss the tiramisu for dessert.
And how did the front-of-house folks treat you?
Whether you opt to dine at the bar or a table, the staff creates a welcoming place for a late-night bite and a handcrafted cocktail.
Who should we bring with us?
Tosca is prime for date nights, although the bigger booths make it a great option for double date and larger parties, too.