Caffe Luna
Caffe Luna

Caffe Luna

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafeluna.com/
  • Phone: 9198326090
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch daily: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Claudio Zagarella
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Caffé Luna’s professional catering is also available off-site. Some popular locations include: Marbles Museum, Museum of Natural Science, Museum of History, Tucker House, Art Space, Haywood Hall and Nicole's Studio & Art Gallery.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Palm, Tuscan and VIP Rooms have made Caffe Luna a top venue for any event in the Triangle. Luna is the perfect location, whether you require a special setting to celebrate a product launch, a festive atmosphere for a holiday party, or a closed-door session for brainstorming.
  • Private Party Contact: Darcey Tinga, Catering Manager 9198326090

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Blount Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free parking is available from 6pm - midnight in the corner lot on Hargett and Blount. Parking is also available on the street and city owned parking decks.
A word from Caffe Luna
Situated in a beautiful historic building in downtown Raleigh, Caffé Luna has been bringing authentic Italian cuisine with a Tuscan flair to the Triangle for over a decade.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Caffe Luna reviews from OpenTable diners
125 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (79)romantic (62)neighborhood gem (54)good for groups (50)fit for foodies (41)notable wine list (37)great for lunch (18)hot spot (17)late-night find (14)kid-friendly (8)scenic view (6)great for brunch (4)great for outdoor dining (3)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • try it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food was tasty. Good quality. Pasta dishes were plentiful, but other entrees were small.Anyone with a big appetite would find they were still hungry after dinner. Tiramisu was soggy, like it was recently defrosted so we sent it back for a yummy apple pie. Cappuccino was in a tiny cup and mostly froth and not liquid. The price is fair. Service was fine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Caffe Luna scores again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Fine menu with daily specials. Quality was superb, as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really hit the spot
    ncstategirl
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Haven't found good Italian in a while this was perfect.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Favorite
    JimD
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Caffe Luna has been a most reliable favorite of mine for many years. Especially fast service for dining before concerts, plays, etc. Great specials always impress and delicious desserts are a perfect ending.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a wonderful experience
    RaleighDiner89
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Every time I've visited Caffe Luna it's been nothing but wonderful. Their wine list is reasonably priced and the meals are always delicious. The specials offered are always just that, special, and nothing you would find elsewhere. There is always a lively atmosphere perfect for a fun date night or dinner with friends. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always happy!
    Raleighite
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Consistently excellent with first class attention to detail from the owner and staff. We have dined here many times and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent
    operaballetsubscriber
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    we dine here before every ballet performance, usually 3 times a season. outstanding service & food! love it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • wonderful night
    ccardwell86
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We had such a wonderful dinner for our anniversary. Thank you for making our night great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Caffe Luna - Downtown Gem!
    FloJo
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My husband and I and our daughter and her husband recently enjoyed celebrating his birthday at Caffe Luna. The food was wonderful and we enjoyed the energy of this lovely Italian Bistro. The staff was very friendly and accomodating and held our table even though we were a few minutes late. I would have given it 5 stars except I felt the chef was a little too heavy on the garlic in a few of the dishes and the mussels were way too small. The fish we had though was cooked to perfection and everything else was wonderful. We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Easily my husband and I's favorite restaurant in Raleigh!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This place was our first date 9 years ago. We make it here every few years. The food is always great and the owner Parker makes sure everyone is having a great experience. I recommend Cafe Luna as a great date restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dennisk51VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Cafe Luna continues to be among the better restaurants in downtown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfecto!
    HBearVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I have no idea if that's how you say great or perfect in Italian, but that is how you will feel having dined at Caffe Luna. The food was great, the prices reasonable, and Parker (the owner/manager) will be there to make you feel like family. If you haven't visited yet, you owe it to yourself to got to Caffe Luna in a hurry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Experience
    Fine2dineVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I took my family here for dinner on Friday. The restaurant was beautifully decorated. Service was excellent and the food was amazing. I really like how the owner visits each guests table. You can tell he really wants to ensure you have a wonderful dining experience. This is my kids new favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Italian Food
    Barbara
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Caffe Luna is very reasonable in price with a nice selection of entrees. Friendly service and nice ambience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely splendid
    Rocinante
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have been wanting to go to Cafe Luna for awhile - every time I walk or drive past it, it always looks so elegant and lovely. I finally got a chance to this weekend, and it was just as elegant and lovely as it looked from outside. The food was excellent, the service was impeccable - everyone was extremely courteous and warm, without being overly friendly, which suited the ambiance of the restaurant to a tee. We will definitely be dining there again, and soon, hopefully!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Luna Dining
    Cj7941
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Excellent service, good menu choice, outstanding food served hot...rare. Food very well prepared. Good wine selection. A totally enjoyable and special experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Italian Restaurant in Raleigh
    lizzie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Caffe Luna is the best Italian restaurant in Raleigh. Food delicious, restored building beautiful, attentive staff & owner, lively feel, and affordable! My favorite restaurant!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well made Italian food
    MikeG
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Real bargain to get a dinner during restaurant week. The food was excellent and the selection great. The service was quite efficient. The decor of the restaurant was simple but nice. Unfortunately the noise level, as stated by other reviewers, was quite high. I have been here before, and will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My wife loved it.That's all that...
    Goodanniversaryspot
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My wife loved it that's all that matters! The staff was very courteous to our anniversary. We were seated close to the window for a city view. The food was very good. Dinner service was well handled too. Great overall experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprising
    luv2eat
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was good as always. Server was rude which has never happened before and we have been here many times. Also felt like meal was rushed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Longstanding gem
    SamV
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Raleigh has seen some new restaurants come and go and Caffe Luna has stayed tried and true. Always good food and a good time.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls Night Out
    nclkb123VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    A fun girl’s night out! John our waiter was as cute a button! He was friendly and helpful! The Chianti, he suggested was awesome as well as my MAIALE RIPIENO! As my grandmother would say…. mangiare mangiare
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Excellent time! We were there for restaurant week. The service was attentive, friendly, and timely. Meal was delicious.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and staff but...
    Gustavo
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Wonderful staff and the owner/manager went out of his way to make us feel welcomed and the food was excellent. It is rather loud and makes it difficult to converse. Not ideal for dates
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peter
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Restaurant was very accommodating for our group of 10. Food and service were excellent but noise level got pretty high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great!
    Anna
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The fiocchi is delicious! You really can't go wrong with any entrees here, though. Definitely recommend it!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Foodieforsure
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This restuarant has the smallest wine glass I've ever seen. I thought it was a joke when they first brought them out to our table. But I have to say the food was good and very fresh tasting. The chairs were hard and uncomfortable to sit in and the noise level of the restaurant was so loud that we couldn't hear eachother talking. We hadn't been to Cafe Luna in 10 years, I'm not eager to go back any time soon.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always wonderful
    Redskinsfan22
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Cafe Luna is always a safe bet, consistently great food and very good service. The owner stops by to welcome you & chat every time I've been. One of our very favorites!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I was very impressed with the manager & or owner of Caffe Luna. He made my husband & I feel like VIP. Enjoyed our dinner.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Making nights more memorable
    WD40
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Cafe Luna played a part in my new fiance and I celebrating our engagement. While we did not tell anyone at the restaurant specifically why we had made the reservation with her parents, sister, and brother in law they caught on to what we were celebrating and jumped in to make the night that much more special. The staff and owner were both outstanding and they even brought out a complimentary dessert to help us put a perfect ending on a special night. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Caffe Luna Exceptional!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I am very picky about Italian food, my wife is Sicilian and we know good Italian! Caffe Luna was all we hoped for and more. I asked about the veal and was assured "you can cut it with a fork", and it was that tender and lean. The entrée with pears and pasta was also great, and the Tartufo was amazing. The wine prices were very reasonable and a wonderful meal was had by all at our table. We will return and quite often, the owner was very helpful and justly so proud of the cuisine. This is the best Italian food in the triangle!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Friday Favorite
    CoastToCoastCarrie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Line out the door on the First Friday night downtown. We were seated as soon as we got in the door. Service was prompt and food delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent service
    JerseyGirl
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food was delicious and we had excellent service! We explained to the server that we were seeing a movie at a particular time; he made sure that we had our meals and had plenty of time to enjoy them. He was conscientious about placing the check at the appropriate time on the table for when we were ready. In addition, the owner made his rounds to us and confirmed that we were happy with both the meal and the service. This is a restaurant that families with small children should avoid in order to be courteous to the customers who would want to enjoy the ambiance and a romantic evening without disruptions that may occur from small children.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This Place is Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We've eaten here a few times now and both the food and service have been fantastic each time. The prices are very reasonable. This is a great place for a family dinner or a night out with your special someone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not my favorite
    Armenicrux
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The service was good and friendly. The food was not very special. The prices were ok. I remember having been there before (3 times in 2 months, in 2010), and it seemed a lot better back then. The pasta was good, the food was hot.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A bit disappointing
    poohbear
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I was looking forward to trying this restaurant. I had heard so many good things about it. My family and I went on a Friday night, it was extremely crowded and noisy. The noise level was too high to even have a normal converstaion. Our table was in the middle of the room where the waiters passed by constantly. It was a bit annoying. I felt as though the waitress rushed us. My pasta was good, but needed something extra. Everyone else did not enjoy their pasta with crabmeat. They said it was not very flavorful. I don't think I will return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great evening!
    finstwrt63
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    There were 4 in our party. We had a comfortable table, in the front were we could see the street traffic. It was quiet, probably helped by the fact that there had just been some heavy rain storms, that may have suppressed the crowds a bit, but in any case it was great to be able to carry on pleasant conversation easily. The server was very helpful with specials., wine, etc. The food was fantastic - authentic and delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Caffe Luna
    Drummerator
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Menu offers variety/something for everyone. (I don't have an opinion about the wine list since I didn't study it.) Service was very attentive and quick (but not rushed). Quality ingredients/prep/presentation/TASTE! Overall, a fine dining experience for the four of us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Very nice. Atmosphere was great. Great service and delicious food. I would recommend to family and friends
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.