Casa Luca
Casa Luca

Casa Luca

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.casalucadc.com/
  • Phone: (202) 628-1099
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mon – Thur 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
    Fri 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
    Sat 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    Open Sundays 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Fabio Trabocchi
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 11th Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking for dinner only
A word from Casa Luca
Casa Luca is Fabio and Maria Trabocchi’s casual osteria celebrating the rustic spirit and traditional recipes of the Marche region of Italy. Whether you are hosting a family event, enjoying a date night, or a working a power lunch, Casa Luca offers many choices to customize your meal.

Casa Luca has unique Italian wines on tap (available nowhere else!) and a cellar selection from Italy, Spain and California. Our approach to wine is accessibility, quality and variety to encourage unfettered enjoyment. Our bar features beers on tap, cocktails a large selection of classic Italian amari – including Varnelli and Meletti, both from Le Marche – and other digestivi, as well as grappa and many other Italian liqueurs.
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Casa Luca reviews from OpenTable diners
273 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (181)special occasion (96)neighborhood gem (74)great for lunch (68)hot spot (57)notable wine list (56)good for groups (53)great for outdoor dining (52)romantic (50)vibrant bar scene (33)kid-friendly (19)late-night find (18)great for brunch (6)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Can't go wrong w/Trabocchi!
    MarianaLVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    I loved Maestro, adore Fiola/Mare, and can't live without Casa Luca! Excellent from the crescia bread (worth every calorie) to the standout, expertly-made pastas to the fun meringue dessert to share. Cocktails are fun and inventive (try the hot cider cocktail!), and the Manager, Josue, treats everyone like guests in his home for a dinner party, amiably chatting and flitting around making sure everyone is having a great time, and deploying his expert staff to see to it that every table is a VIP table. What more could anyone want?? Easily one of my favorites in DC!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & service and a Shaw neighborhood gem!
    CapitalCarm
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Casa Luca has been my favorite neighborhood "go to" restaurant since they opened. I've been there many times and have never been disappointed. So, when we had a visitor from France in town and wanted good food, good service and to sit in an area quiet enough we could hear each other talk, I made reservations at Casa Luca. I made an extra request for a "quiet area so we can have good conversations without a lot of noise." We were given a table for four in a small private dining area next to the bar and it was perfect! From the mouthwatering short ribs to the delicious ravioli, everyone enjoyed their meal and our French friend was delighted! This is why I'm a regular there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greats staff
    Pumpkinninja
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Staff was incredible for my boyfriend's birthday, which I highly appreciate. The food was great - the antipastis were different than the usual array but delicious, and the waitress Sophy offered half portions of the pastas so we could try a few. Table next to us got the giant steak/lamb dish and it was IMPRESSIVE. overall, an amazing experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Heaven
    kkelton126
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Literally amazing! I can't say enough good things about Casa Luca! My boyfriend and I arrived on time and our table wasn't ready yet, so the manager brought us complimentary glasses of champagne. How glamorous! Needless to say, we will be back. Everything that we ordered tasted AMAZING.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Solid 4 out of 5 Stars
    AverageJoe
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    A great meal, no question! Would strongly recommend. My only critique is that when the restaurant is full (e.g. Saturday or Friday night), it feels very full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Trabocchi's have done it again!
    Mangiabene
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I have to say that of all the restaurants in DC, Fiola is my absolute favorite. I often recommend their other, smaller, less expensive restaurant, Casa Luca, as an equally delicious alternative. We arrived early, and though we were not waiting too long for our table to be cleared, they still offered us a complimentary glass of prosecco (from the tap!). The service was excellent, the meal was incredibly delicious. I only give it four stars because I still prefer Fiola!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casa Luca
    MatchboxVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    A fabulous dinner Saturday night. High praises for all aspects of the restaurant - the ambiance, the service including all of the staff, and the food. When I had an unfortunate allergic reaction to the bread, our server was quick to offer help and knew all of the ingredients. She must have additionally informed the manager who came by to inquire about food allergies and how they could best prepare something for me. The main courses were also so tasty and I was glad I decided to give the food a try as prepared by the chef-delicious lamb, pasta and steak. To celebrate a birthday, we were given glasses of house made lemoncello. Also yummy. Finished dinner with house made gelato with special decorations and birthday wishes for the celebrant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underrated Gem
    maschm
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Washington is not known for Italian. This is a restaurant that should change that. Fantastic food. Wonderful wine pairing. This is by far the best Italian meal I have ever had in DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and friendly service!
    To7fa
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We really enjoyed Casa Luca. Their fall fruit salad was spectacular. We all had pastas which were great.ine was the burata pasta which was nice but had too much creamy sauce. In Italy all the pastas were flavorful and light so that would be my one recommendation for the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, good service
    ChicagoTraveller
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    We took a client there for lunch during a conference at the convention center. Seating felt spacious - we weren't crowded and could easily converse. The tomato soup was perfect, and the pasta with prawns was outstanding. I went for half portion, which was plenty, but it was so tasty I was wishing I stuck with the full serving. Service was attentive and timely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • kathyVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Absolutely excellent food and sevice. I will come back here whenever I can!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • maître de maison
    catyVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Absolutely terrific and attentive. Our table was ready late and he offered us free champagne and took great care of our group of 4.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    LivinginLititz
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We went based on word of mouth. Our food was just ok. Not great, not terrible. We did not like the $7 charge for water nor the recommendation from the waiter that we would need 2 appetizers when 1 was ample. I was disappointed. I thought we would have an amazing night and it was just mediocre.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for groups
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The food at Casa Luca was quite good. Especially recommend it for groups or couples who share the same meal. The family style Fisherman's Dinner over polenta was a stand-out. The restaurant seems to excella at these shared plates. Good for festive occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Not as good as our first visit. Pasta dish that we had thought was exceptional on first visit was only OK. Servers need to better interpret size of portions so as not to order too much.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What happened?
    Dantheman
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I've been to Casa Luca five or six times...this was not good. Almost as if no one is watching what's going on in the kitchen. My wife's salad was inedible - it had been drenched in a heavy vinegar....puddles at the bottom of the bowl. Her pasta dish wasn't good either with a VERY heavy mushy caper sauce. My burata salad was ok, and my pasta dish was good but not great. I won't be back - because it's a distance to go for me now that I've moved out of the District.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A regular
    BacciVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I love Chef Fabio's restaurants. I have dinned at Fiola, Fiola Mare and Casa Luca often. Casa Luca is a casual restaurant compared to the Fiola duo but the food is excellent. I enjoy lunch at Casa Luca often and am pleased with the variety and change in the menu to accommodate seasonal foods. The waitress we had though could use a bit of personality.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    I made a reservation for my anniversary and Casa Luca really accommodated. I informed them it was my anniversary and they had two glasses of champagne waiting for our arrival. They set us up in a great quiet booth per my request and gave us free desert too! Would definitely recommend to a friend.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great and Consistence
    antifoodie
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Great service and wine recommendations. Everyone is always happy to thrilled with the food. In a little over a year in DC, I've been to this restaurant more than any other (aside from my neighborhood brunch spot). Highly recommended if you're looking for a great business lunch or to entertain out-of-town guests.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • simply elegant space, tasty food
    Yougottaeat
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    My daughter picked the venue. I was late, but she looked comfortable when I arrived. She was seated midway down the first row of tables for two, on the bench side of a rich Italian cordovan leather cushion custom-made for a room-length booth. Her chair faced the open room and windows to 11th St., NW. She had water and a cocktail. I ordered water and wine. We had important things to talk about. And although there were other people seated nearby, there was never a sense of forced ease dropping on other conversations. The acoustics allow for intimate conversation, without shouting. The food was delivered quickly with a fine presentation. She had fusili with a delicate sauce. I had smoked salmon and greens. we were both satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too loud-we left within 5 minutes
    HoosHogs
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Waiter offered us another table but I'm not sure that would have helped.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant experience some drawbacks
    Dine42
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Pleasant evening, restaurant was very busy quite noisy although we had booked the table was not ready and we had to wait at the bar. We ordered one glass of wine and got a carafe and did not get told it was for two. At the end of meal, the credit card machines were not working properly and several people were upset as their cards were rejected, we were given an old fashioned swipe machine slip to use and we're asked for our phone number. It was a clumsy end to a pleasant enough evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Restaurant-Order Carefully
    OB1canOB
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    This restaurant was highly recommended to us and we enjoyed it very much despite a major setback. I think we ordered the worst thing on the menu for our entrée which took away from the overall experience. The steak for two is flavorful but the cut of the meat is so chewy it makes it impossible to enjoy. Otherwise the inventive menu makes good use of seasonal ingredients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Newbie
    WTXAJB
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I am not from DC and wanted to check out a local hotspot. I have also never tried truffles. The food was amazing, service was wonderful, and my overall dining experience was by far the best meal of my trip to DC. Be prepared to spend some money but it is worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite
    JAMIN
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    One of the best new restaurants in the city -- with fabulous food and service, a menu that accommodates allergy and eating issues, and a staff that is unmatched. The decor is stylish and yet personable. The wine list is excellent. This place is a gem. HIGHLY recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing pasta and ambiance
    ohkate
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I've been to Fiola and Fiola Mare and was curious about Casa Luca so I finally stopped in for an early lunch. The ambiance was very cozy (especially on a cold and rainy day) and handled the increasing noise levels of my fellow diners quite well. The service was on point, just enough to make sure I had everything I needed but not overbearing. The food and portions were more than I could have hoped for. Everything was fresh, perfectly al dente, and seasoned extremely well. I will definitely be coming here again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not quite
    Dineline
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Made a 5:30 dinner rez and were among the first seated for dinner. Service was disappointing from the start. My guest and I were unfamiliar with tap wines and the waitress was not helpful in advancing our knowledge. Her response was "some people like them because they're lighter". (maybe a small taste given the price point and rareness of this option and the limited number of bottled wines by the glass? At least a little more info?). She then hovered a lot even though the place was nearly empty. We ordered 4 small plates and had to repeat the order for one after it failed to arrived. We asked for dressing on the side for our salad, but it came dressed. I could see and taste what's possible at Casa Luce, but it's not quite there.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Appetizers + Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Took my friends who were visiting DC, and they had a fantastic time especially because of the appetizers (Bruscetta/Platter). Superb. The entrees were not as impressive as the first course, but still very decent. We couldn't eat lamb but they were included in the mixed plate so the waiter brought out more beef steak for us. And they also gave us delicious, free pear sorbets for dessert. Great service, I should say!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dull and flat food
    AdequateVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Boring menu that was inexpertly prepared and served by lackluster staff.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Somewhat Over-hyped
    aniefoodie
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The ambiance of the restaurant and the service was excellent. However, I was disappointed by the food. It felt like they were trying too hard to make innovative Italian. First, we ordered the bruschetta with ricotta and persimmons. There were quite a few bells and whistles on it, but the flavors did meld very well together. Unfortunately, this was the only good dish of the evening. We also ordered the lobster appetizer. There was such a strong, smoky flavor that it overpowered the lobster. I could barely taste it. For an entree, I ordered the white pork ragu gnocchi. It tasted great, however, the texture felt like I was eating a bowl of paste. It was heavy and gooey. Stop trying too hard, Casa Luca!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A regular
    BacciVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    A great meal once again! I have dined at Casa Luca numerous times. The past two were not to the standards and quality I was accustom too. However, yesterday's meal was back on mark! The quality of the food was superb. The small plates are a must. Each month they feature an ingredient in season. This month it's truffles!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food
    83Ags
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The food was really good. It is different from standard American Italian. They have a decent wine list. It was very loud, tough to hear at times.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classic with Good Taste
    DJC555VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We truly appreciated the attentive wait staff and welcome of Casa Luca. Our selected menu items could not have been better. Venison, tender, delicious, seafood & polenta, devine! Our dessert, simply wonderful. Celebrating my mom's 85th birthday, this restaurant makes one feel so special! Thank you for the gift of glass each of prosceco for our table and mom's surprise dessert. You made an extra effort, beyond the well prepared food. We highly recommend dining at Casa Luca for classic fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Pasta
    DCFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Overall good pasta. The service was okay, it could need a little more help. The dessert was amazing!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner @ Casa Luca
    BarryVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary there in June and went back for my wife's birthday. They could not have been nicer. A great table and fabulous service not to mention outstanding food. My birthday is too far away so we'll have to go back soon on a "non-occasion."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • don't miss out on this spot
    FStreetFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Second time we've been here, and it confirmed our view that this is a real find. Excellent food, good ambiance, first-class service. Started with charcuterie platter, chickpeas with tuna, and caesar salad. All superb. Then the daily special -- a seafood risotto, and two pastas. Great. A menu that has more than the usual to choose from. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Judy
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Great lunch, great service. The only aspect that I would change is that the music was playing rather loudly and I had a bit of trouble hearing conversation... this was late-ish, after 2:30pm and it may be that lunch time was over. All else wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pierre
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Casa de Luca was less than I expected after reading many reviews
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I was expecting good food and excellent service and was quite surprised that both were not like the experience I had at Fiola's. I would not recommend nor would I come back.
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  • Thoroughly Professional
    ProntomacVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Casa Luca may be the informal version of its big brother Fiola--but it certainly has a very high standard of kitchen success and service. The pastas are unique but sensible. Appetizers are inventive and deserts are full of imagination------and all of this comes at a very decent price point. They also have some very fine house cocktails. We are happy to go there any time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.