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Tuscan Rye

#11 of 78 Restaurants in Rye
Certificate of Excellence
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8 Lion Street, Rye TN31 7LB, England
+44 1797 223269
18:00 - 23:00
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Wed - Sat 18:00 - 23:00
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our party of 6 ate at the Tuscan Rye last week to celebrate a family birthday. For larger parties like ours the chef produces a veritable banquet. Despite our initial reservations at not choosing from the menu, we all loved the selection of food. The atmosphere was perfect - the restaurant is small and intimate, the staff were delightful and... More 

2 Thank MaryShoo
The Tuscan R, Owner at Tuscan Rye, responded to this review

Dear MaryShoo, Thank you very much for sharing your review. It is wonderful to hear that you and your guests enjoyed your evening with us. Your description of the experience is exactly what we aim to deliver, so thank you for the very welcome feedback. I will be sure to pass on your lovely comments to the team. I hope... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

Superb food, beautifully cooked. Prompt, efficient and very friendly service. Comfortable, happy atmosphere. Four friends on a sight-seeing trip to Rye who happened to be passing and thought "why not?". A resident saw our indecision and encouraged us to go in. "It's wonderful" and she was absolutely right. Although this was a busy Sunday we were immediately made very welcome.... More 

1 Thank Andy W
The Tuscan R, Owner at Tuscan Rye, responded to this review

Dear Andy W, Thank you for very much for taking the time to post your review, and indeed for your visit last Sunday. I am pleased you and your friends enjoyed your luncheon with us. I am glad that you found the atmosphere happy and comfortable, and the food and wine delicious. Rye is a wonderful town and I do... More 

Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

No wonder you need to book well in advance at this classic Italian restaurant as the hospitality, service and most importantly the food is exceptional. This was our first visit and we were treated as if we were long standing customers. We explained this was our wedding anniversary and were immediately offered a complementary glass of proseco. The menu offers... More 

2 Thank Mel H
The Tuscan R, Owner at Tuscan Rye, responded to this review

Dear Mel H, Thank you for choosing to celebrate your anniversary with us. Thank you, also, for taking the time to let us know that you both enjoyed it so much. It is wonderful to get the chance to welcome you once more. We look forward to seeing you very soon. Kindest regards Franco and Jen More 

London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

To put simply, this is the best Italian restaurant i have been to in the UK. Charming service, great cooking, amazing ingredients at a very reasonable cost. I saw a review on here that gave it 2 stars, which is either a fake review, or someone who has no idea about food and should probably just stick to their weekly... More 

3 Thank hume8377
The Tuscan R, Owner at Tuscan Rye, responded to this review

Dear hume8377, Thank you very much for your review. I am pleased the 2 star comments were in contrast to your visit. Added to which were closed in November 2016 (annual olive harvest) ! Our guests are our main concern and it is the best compliment you could pay is to say you we are the best Italian restaurant you... More 

Canterbury, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We dined here last Saturday and, as ever, gastronomic bliss. If you appreciate true quality it won't matter what your age; our son, daughter, sister, nieces & nephews all love an evening at the Tuscan. A true family atmosphere with wonderful authentic food and wines and such friendly and unobtrusive service. Thank you Jen & Franco, we can't wait to... More 

1 Thank June T
The Tuscan R, Owner at Tuscan Rye, responded to this review

Dear June T, Thank you for your effusive compliments. It is always a pleasure to receive a review from returning customers. We look forward to welcoming you again (if not every week, perhaps every other week)??. We are truly grateful for your support. How wonderful to bring along your family and friends time and time again. We look forward to... More 

New Forest, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are now regulars at Tuscan Kitchen and residents in Rye. It is brilliant and the food just gets better each time. Sunday lunch we had octopus followed by linguine with more shellfish than pasta. We have made several advanced bookings. There is a reason it gets fully booked. Go there and see.

1 Thank tuscanholidays
London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not a place to go if you enjoy modern Italian cooking. They deliver expensive authentic Tuscan food as mama used to make They don't make it easy to reserve tables, no online booking here. They clearly have a loyal following amongst the elderly Rye residents but for others this is to be avoided

Thank Enmac53
The Tuscan R, Owner at Tuscan Rye, responded to this review

Dear Enmac53, Booking at Tuscan Rye is not an entitlement on a dining app, which come to think of it might defeat our balance between locals and visitors alike. You appear to have misconceptions about age and Rye residents, a poisonous sentiment. True, we are a little old school, in all the best ways. "Cucina Povera" or peasant cooking is... More 

Oegstgeest, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In a lovely old building with plenty of atmosphere we were served the most delicious Tuscan food. The fried vegetables in batter are unforgettable. Service is good, prices reasonable for such outstanding quality.

Thank kwis2014
Cranbrook, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
54 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We managed to eat here two days running this weekend, with two different sets of friends and it was WONDERFUL food on both occasions. Atmosphere is buzzy, service is excellent and the building is charming. The old favourite of a salad with pear, rocket, gorgonzola, walnuts and honey was as refreshing as ever. The carpaccio of tuna was the best... More 

1 Thank bruno l
Level Contributor
13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing food. I always go for meats instead of pasta due to wheat allergy, and they had plenty of options. ( including gluten free pasta). Jen is front of house and remembered us from a year ago! She knows so much about fine wines and also helped me order food, offering off menu gluten free options. Can't wait to come... More 

2 Thank Anna L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$52
Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Cash Only, Seating, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 16:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8 Lion Street, Rye TN31 7LB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Sussex  >  Rye
  • Phone Number: +44 1797 223269
A must visit, former owners and founders return to Rye. Florentine chef Franco and Jen take you straight back to a day in Tuscany. Whether you want a moment to relax or stay and linger, they welcome you to their home and kitchen. Recipes past down generations from the pages of an old family book to savour and enjoy. Wine is as important as food here and there is an extensive list of Tuscan region wines. Lion Street is tucked away leading to St Mary's Church in the heart of Rye.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?