Tuscana West Closed Dowtown on Feb. 5th after 20 Years

1350 I Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

Tuscana West closed abruptly last week. Sign on door says they weren’t able to renew their lease…”

Last Wed. they wrote on their Facebook page:

“It has been 20 excellent years, but we will be closing our doors for the last time tonight. We appreciate each and every one of you for dining, laughing, drinking, and celebrating with us over the years! It has truly been a pleasure serving you. Please join us this evening as we bid a final farewell to Tuscana West.”

On Feb. 6th they wrote:

“We would like to sincerely thank you, our patrons and friends, for your continued support. It was truly our pleasure to serve you all for so many great events, lunches, dinners and happy hours.
It’s been fun–we really appreciate your patronage!

Please visit us in our sister restaurants,
RISTORANTE PICCOLO in Historic Georgetown (202.342.7414) and
our newest restaurant, right around the corner on K Street between 15th & 16th Streets, CATCH 15 Restaurant + Oyster Bar (202.969.2858).

Both are open for Lunch, Happy Hour, Dinner and Weekend Brunch

Providing the same top-notch, friendly and professional service that is our trademark”


Tuscana West was located across from Franklin Square and near the coming soon Toro Toro from Chef Richard Sandoval:


10 Comment

  • justinbc

    It’s hard to believe a place that regularly vies for worst food in DC managed to last 20 years. Then again, I’m guessing they did a good bit of their business with the afterhours booze.

  • I went to a work dinner there — it was booked by someone else — with large contingent of foreign types and I was somewhat mortified as a patriotic American that we had taken authentic Europeans to a restaurant that served such awful faux-European cuisine. Of course I tend to romanticize Europeans — their palates, anyway — and they all worked in the processed food industry, so maybe they weren’t as appalled as I was. And maybe I just resented having a rare free, expensive dinner be so lame (as will happen again, tonight). But still, it will not be missed.

  • I’ve actually only had good experiences there. They had a wonderful lunch special at the bar and I’d frequently take colleagues and friends there. I can’t comment on the wait staff’s service, but the bartender was always wonderful and attentive.

    $12.99 for a two course Italian meal, that was always delicious is a good deal in my book. I was really sad that they had to close.

  • They had the hugest $5 happy hour glass of wine I’ve ever had. Must’ve bankrupted them.

  • This place was awful and I’m really surprised it lasted as long as it did.

  • This was one of the worst restaurants I’ve been to in DC. Terrible.

  • I only ate there once. The food wasn’t good. After spending $50 on a bad meal I wasn’t ready to return to give them another chance.

  • Never ate here but used to have the most fun partying in there lol
    right after i moved back here from undergrad i knew security and a bar tender there. Three of us would slide the bar tender 30 bucks total and drink anything (literally, top shelf etc) all night
    knowing the security we alked in through the back door through the kitchen to the dance floors. felt mobbish haha

    had many good nights there some years ago

  • I work nearby and did a LOT of happy hours and work dinners there. The food was not great but it wasn’t horrible either.
    I went to Catch 15 – one of their other places – recently. Great happy hour drink and food specials (bar only). The hugest wine pour I have ever had at a happy hour.

  • Tried it once. I was told that adding chicken to my pasta would cost extra but was shocked when $10 had been added to the price of my entree!

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