Toscana Cafe Wine Bar

★★★☆☆
  • 238 5th Ave

    San Diego, CA 92101

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  • 619-231-5788

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Mon-Sun: 6am-10pm

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Breakfast was good but expensive, service was a little slow like many other reviews said...so I guess that is consistent. I had bacon and eggs and the hash browns were great, the eggs were good, and my sour dough bread was OK (She never

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Breakfast was good but expensive, service was a little slow like many other reviews said...so I guess that is consistent. I had bacon and eggs and the hash browns were great, the eggs were good, and my sour dough bread was OK (She never

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Toscana Cafe is great for happy hour, they have great specials! There is a lovely outdoor patio and otherwise stylish decor, I'd recommend it.

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★★★☆☆

Toscana Cafe is great for happy hour, they have great specials! There is a lovely outdoor patio and otherwise stylish decor, I'd recommend it.

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I recently joined my husband on a business trip to San Diego and decided to treat myself to lunch at Toscana one day while he was at work. The restaurant itself appears nice- tasteful decor, sidewalk seating, fairly upscale menu. I ordered a salad with grilled chicken and balsamic dressing. When the meal came out, it looked good- fresh, presentable, nice portion size. After two bites, something tasted 'off' to me. I have a severe peanut allergy and I recognized that 'tingle' on my lips and in my throat. So I immediately flagged down TWO waiters to ask if ANYTHING in my salads could have peanuts. The first replied 'I think so,' but the second went to the back to ask the cook, then returned and said 'no.' Then they exchanged perplexed looks. So I chalked it up to my own paranoia and continued eating my lunch. Afterall, it didn't taste bad, just 'off.'
As I walked back to my hotel about 2 blocks away, I knew something wasn't right. My stomach began to throb and my throat was itchy. In my room, I decided to lay down and just 'let it pass.' Within 20 minutes, I was running to the bathroom, barely making it before the (pardon my bluntness) projectile, violent vomiting began. Once I was able to gain my composure temporarily, I was able to call my husband to come immediately, that 'clearly my lunch had peanuts SOMEWHERE in it.' En route back to the toilet for Round 2, I caught a glimpse of my reflection in the mirror- hives everywhere, beet red skin, swollen lips, and blood red swollen eyes from where the vessels burst while I was heaving. Thankfully, my husband walked in within minutes, took one look at me, and we headed for the emergency room. In the car, I called Toscana to ask again. Once there, the staff started an IV immediately, commenting that 'this one has no time to spare, people.' At this point, my recollection is hazy as anaphylactic shock had already begun. Fortunately, the medical team was able to halt the process with good drugs, careful monitoring and patience. The doctor confirmed my suspicions with testing- there had, indeed, been some form of peanut (flour, oil, dust, etc.) ingested within an 2 hours of my arrival- the only food to cross my lips since 7a that day was my salad at Toscana. Hours later, I was released, feeling as though I'd been hit by a Mack truck.
That night, I called Toscana again, speaking with yet a THIRD person. I told my situation and asked the question again. She immediately- as if she had heard my inquiry earlier that day- said 'no, we only have one dessert with peanuts and it comes that way. There is nothing peanut here.' To that, I say LIARS. The tests confirmed it- there were peanuts in my body and this restaurant is the ONLY way they could have gotten there. I could have DIED from this preventable accident and rather than own up to their mistakes, they LIE. Be very aware, folks. It's been 5 days and I'm still dealing with the effects of my severe reaction.

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★☆☆☆☆

I recently joined my husband on a business trip to San Diego and decided to treat myself to lunch at Toscana one day while he was at work. The restaurant itself appears nice- tasteful decor, sidewalk seating, fairly upscale menu. I ordered a salad with grilled chicken and balsamic dressing. When the meal came out, it looked good- fresh, presentable, nice portion size. After two bites, something tasted 'off' to me. I have a severe peanut allergy and I recognized that 'tingle' on my lips and in my throat. So I immediately flagged down TWO waiters to ask if ANYTHING in my salads could have peanuts. The first replied 'I think so,' but the second went to the back to ask the cook, then returned and said 'no.' Then they exchanged perplexed looks. So I chalked it up to my own paranoia and continued eating my lunch. Afterall, it didn't taste bad, just 'off.'
As I walked back to my hotel about 2 blocks away, I knew something wasn't right. My stomach began to throb and my throat was itchy. In my room, I decided to lay down and just 'let it pass.' Within 20 minutes, I was running to the bathroom, barely making it before the (pardon my bluntness) projectile, violent vomiting began. Once I was able to gain my composure temporarily, I was able to call my husband to come immediately, that 'clearly my lunch had peanuts SOMEWHERE in it.' En route back to the toilet for Round 2, I caught a glimpse of my reflection in the mirror- hives everywhere, beet red skin, swollen lips, and blood red swollen eyes from where the vessels burst while I was heaving. Thankfully, my husband walked in within minutes, took one look at me, and we headed for the emergency room. In the car, I called Toscana to ask again. Once there, the staff started an IV immediately, commenting that 'this one has no time to spare, people.' At this point, my recollection is hazy as anaphylactic shock had already begun. Fortunately, the medical team was able to halt the process with good drugs, careful monitoring and patience. The doctor confirmed my suspicions with testing- there had, indeed, been some form of peanut (flour, oil, dust, etc.) ingested within an 2 hours of my arrival- the only food to cross my lips since 7a that day was my salad at Toscana. Hours later, I was released, feeling as though I'd been hit by a Mack truck.
That night, I called Toscana again, speaking with yet a THIRD person. I told my situation and asked the question again. She immediately- as if she had heard my inquiry earlier that day- said 'no, we only have one dessert with peanuts and it comes that way. There is nothing peanut here.' To that, I say LIARS. The tests confirmed it- there were peanuts in my body and this restaurant is the ONLY way they could have gotten there. I could have DIED from this preventable accident and rather than own up to their mistakes, they LIE. Be very aware, folks. It's been 5 days and I'm still dealing with the effects of my severe reaction.

Pros: location

Cons: health violations

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Really good food, but always busy so if you are in a rush this isn't the place for you. I had the chicken salad, which was excellent. Overall a good spot, I'm just impatient and don't like to wait like most other Americans!

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★★★☆☆

Really good food, but always busy so if you are in a rush this isn't the place for you. I had the chicken salad, which was excellent. Overall a good spot, I'm just impatient and don't like to wait like most other Americans!

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