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“If you don't live in St. Paul...”
Review of Scusi - CLOSED

Price range: US$20 - US$30
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“If you don't live in St. Paul...”
Reviewed 28 February 2014

Scusi restaurant, located in the heart of St. Paul's historic neighborhoods, caters to an after work crowd of neighborhood people. If they didn't have the neighborhood factor, I don't know that I'd go back.
The bar is a lively spot where you might run into someone you know. The bartenders are farther than usual away from the folks at the bar, and it's easy for them to forget about people. We sat at the bar and the service was super slow. A very busy night, booked in the restaurant as well as the bar, which has great seating options available. The hostess made sure I knew that I didn't have a chance to get into the restaurant, although when we arrived, there was a table ready to depart, and a waiting list. Two hours later, we never heard from her.
We ordered a variety off the menu. The salad was very crisp and light, with lots of good veggies. The pasta carbonara, ordered without ricotta, seemed to be a sticky mess of nothing but ricotta cheese and overcooked spaghetti noodles served lukewarm. The other dishes lacked flavor and a certain amount of freshness you might expect from a real restaurant with a haughty yet upscale, vibe. Won't be doing anything but having a salad next time.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank citygirlcountrygirl
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English first
St. Paul, MN
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Consistently great”
Reviewed 28 January 2014 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

While we love all the fresh made pasta, the beet salad (if you're into root vegetables, and you should be) is the best I've had. Loaded with fresh deep purple beets and balsamic reduction, topped with a wonderful thick slice of blu cheese, drizzled in a honey glaze. Even the small salad is enough for two.

Visited January 2014
2 Thank Techlysmic
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159 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 729 helpful votes
“Scusi Means (You'll be) Sorry”
Reviewed 6 January 2014

Scusi is one of those restaurants that gets an unrealistic local buzz … so much so that you are afraid to speak the truth for fear of ridiculed by those who speak so highly of the place. I may be in the minority, but I don’t like anything about this restaurant. It is pretentious, uninspired and overpriced.

The menu offers about a dozen entrees featuring duck, veal, seafood and pasta; each priced in the mid- to upper-$20s. There are starters and salads in the mid-$10s. The menu offerings seem unique and interesting. Unfortunately, the actual meal fails to live up to the menu’s fanciful description.

The food portions are small. I am sure that the owners are trying for that gourmet feel, but the food isn’t good enough to qualify. The short ribs were undercooked and unappetizing. The others dining with me made facial expressions often reserved for cough medicine as they picked at their dinners.

The atmosphere is awful. Scusi is located in a worn-out strip of shops at the corner of St. Clair and Cleveland. The space is small and the parking is non-existent. The owners have crowded the small space with too many tables, making for a cramped and claustrophobic feel. I would expect this from a diner, not an upscale restaurant.

The servers try, but are over-worked. Thus, the attention you receive is not what I would expect when considering the prices being charged.

Scusi might be a decent dining option if the owners would drop the menu prices by $10, have the chefs attend a cooking class and eliminate 1/3 of the tables. As is, it is over-hyped and over-priced. Do yourself (and your wallet) a favor and go somewhere else.

  • Visited December 2013
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11 Thank STP1606
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Nice little date night! Super dank bread pudding!”
Reviewed 14 December 2013 via mobile

First of all let me say we have been to Scusi a hand full of times but was our best experience to date. Our server Elizabeth was very pleasant and she made us feel like we had no reason to be rushed even though there was a wait for tables. She did ask us if we would be willing to slide over our seats about a foot and a half to make room for a six top, not even a big deal at all, but the manager (a dude with a pretty wicked beard) came over with some complementary vino! Unexpected delight! To top it off that bread pudding was some of the best ever... EVER! The chef lady even stopped by our table and asked how everything was. She told how she puts all kinds of pastries and good suff in the bread pudding, seriously it was so good! Thanks Scusi!

1 Thank theoDOTcom
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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79 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Delightful small restaurant and wine bar”
Reviewed 14 November 2013

Located between Macalester College, St. Catherine's University, and the University of St. Thomas, this small Italian restaurant is a favorite for small group entertaining and happy hour. The happy hour offers half-price pizza and a discount on the extensive wine list, both by the glass and by the bottle. Other favorites from the menu include the shrimp ravioli and the clam linguini. Watch for event dinners like the Opera night offered in October which includes dinner, transportation, and tickets. The service is excellent indoors, and usually good if dining outside. Not a great place for children if you can't dine outside due to soft lightening and the cozy settings of tables. Overall one of my favorites for a quiet dinner with my husband, or business associates.

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank tscollett
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