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“Loud, good food”
Review of Tuscan Bistro

Tuscan Bistro
Ranked #65 of 317 Restaurants in Traverse City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$20
Cuisines: American, Italian
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 26 October 2013 via mobile

The place was packed and we got the last table. Service was a decent speed considering how busy they were. Food was AWESOME. One giant minus was how unbelievably loud it was in there. I assume it's because the restaurant is round, but it was so loud it was almost impossible to have a conversation with the ladies I went with.

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Reviewed 17 October 2013

Good food at fair prices. Pasta is made fresh daily and very good. Noisy though and average in the way of atmosphere.

Thank dewline1
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

We decided to have dinner at Tuscan Bistro this evening, based on TripAdvisor reviews and the menu we were able to view on line. We were also attracted by the fact that they offer half servings of their pasta dishes, which we both ordered.

Although we did not make a reservation, Randy greeted us the moment we walked in, and quickly found a two top for us, even though they were very crowded. After leaving menus with us, he returned very quickly for our drink order, at which time we also ordered an appetizer. The drinks were delivered promptly and the appetizer a short time later. We were also given a basket of warm bread and a serving of pesto (which was very good and which could also be refilled!)

We started with a beef carpaccio served with shaved mozzarella and arugula (good, but not the best we've ever had), followed by Bolognese for me and a pasta with white wine clam sauce for my spouse. The Bolognese was excellent, and my spouse said his pasta was very good but he would have liked a bit more of white wine flavor to the sauce. Each of these half-orders were only $10 apiece and, with the appetizer and bread, more than filled us.

Throughout the evening, Randy was very attentive without being intrusive, despite the fact that the servers were all having to move quickly to serve the number of people there.

The only downside was the very high noise level, but I believe that was probably due to two rather large parties who were trying to talk across two very long tables. They were thoroughly enjoying themselves, but it did make it difficult for us to carry on a conversation.

We'll definitely return to Tusan Bistro on our next trip to Traverse City.

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Thank hoosier46NwIndiana
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Reviewed 3 October 2013 via mobile

A group of friends dined at Tuscan to celebrate a birthday. By all accounts minus one, the evening was great as well as the food. Unfortunately, the one was the birthday girl. Her steak, ordered rare, was served medium. Upon showing the server, he took it to the kitchen, only to return with the same steak and the statement 'the chef says this is as rare as we can cook a steak, if you take it to different light, you will see that it is rare.' It took an argument with the waiter and a discussion with the manager including taking the steak to different light, before a new steak was ordered. The new steak was terrific but the experience was horrible! Certainly not good for the birthday girl! 8 local regulars may not return.

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Reviewed 5 September 2013

Yes, we had a very nice experience yesterday evening. It was at Tuscan- B, not TuscanY...but it will do nicely until we can get back to the real deal in Italy.

Plenty of parking in the lot, lots of tables inside, several along windows which afforded plenty of light and views of the water, but we always opt for al fresco when possible, so outside we were seated. Prompt service, menus given, etc. A really professional waiter who knew his job well - to the point that management had him mentoring a new staffer. This all helped make our evening a delight.

The website (tuscanbistro.com, and my first FYI to anyone reading this) does a thorough job of presenting both the menu offerings and the wine list - complete with prices - so we already were set on what we wanted. We knew we were going to do splits, starting with a caesar salad, then followed by the cavatell with mushrooms. First tough, the meal was started with a complimentary basket of fresh, warm bread with a separate bowl of pesto sauce for dipping. Then came the salad, We chose the addition of chunks of gorgonzola, and it was delicious. Lots of cheese with, and just the right amount of dressing. We then ordered a couple of glasses of wine (Italian, of course, and red....and ecellent!!!) to accompany the cavatell. Whoa, we both agreed that pasta dish was creamy-good and earthy, with several different varieties of mushrooms, and waaay up there on the umami scale. Very satisfying. But that sauce was so tasty, we just had to have more of the bread with which we'd started the meal. Requested - and immediately brought to table. Again,excellent waitstaff. After all that, we were too satisfied to handle dessert, but I'll bet they are good. Maybe next time! And we will definitely be back, but to keep things honest, we did have one criticism.There are no placemats on the outside tables. We can think of several reasons for this...but it would have been nice to have them. And thinking back on how the whole time went, maybe all we had to do was ask.

Here's another big FYI. There is a path leading directly from the patio to a passageway that takes you under M-22 and into the parking lot of the Center Pointe building I will mention below. The passageway itself is well-lit and painted with pleasing murals, then leads to the lovely Pointe building, which will put you on the marina walkway. This all made for a very pleasant after-dinner walk.

One more FYI - The restaurant is just around the bend on M-22 heading north towards Suttons Bay, on the left side of the road, directly across from Center Pointe - a large cedar-colored roundish building on the harbor with white seagull sculptures hanging down the side. I write this because if you don't live here, Google maps has the Bistro on the right side of the highway - but it's NOT, it's on the left. It's Centre Pointe that's on the right.

I chose this spot because I wanted a place where we could dress up a bit and enjoy a fine Italian meal while dining outside. The Tuscan Bistro delivered. Molto bene!!

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Thank playaguya
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