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Casa Luca
Casa Luca

Casa Luca Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.casalucadc.com
  • Email: info@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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We went to Casa Luca for the second time, we went to celebrate a family birthday. And we had a toddler in tow. We went on the early side and a Sunday (its just so much easier to go early with a child) and the food and service was amazing. (They were even terrific with the child.) Thank you, thank you, Casa Luca!!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Food quality was top notch - we had the potato gnocchi with duck ragu and the filet mignon, along with the prosciutto appetizer and a side of asparagus. Presentation of the filet mignon was quite impressive (and delicious, of course). Also, it was my fiance's birthday, and the manager brought us champagne and other treats on the house. Only negative criticism - the decor is nothing special, but nice nonetheless."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "We ordered a lot for a group of four, sampling appetizers, pastas, fish and lamb dishes. At these prices, we should have felt great, but we all left saying, "good, not great." The menu is interesting. Wine is expensive (we brought our own and paid a corkage fee). The server was knowledgeable, but not quite as attentive as we like. And the food was...pretty good. Just not great."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Consistently versatile, outstanding, and fabulous! We've celebrated birthdays, mini reunion-days, and everydays at Casa Luca. This night---framed by a wonderful La Giaretta---we enjoyed the focaccia of roasted porchetta, bruschetta of asparagus, beef tartar, misticanza of spring vegetables, "Caesar Salad," smoked potato gnocchi, and monkfish Milanese. So delicious . . . and all the while continual bouquets of the grilled lamb wafted around us. The tastes and the aromas were mesmerizing! Our party was also spirited by Fiore Rosa, orange lemoncella, and grappa. Cent'anni! What a wonderful celebration of spring, of the cherry blossoms, of life. What a beautiful evening. Can't wait for our next visit!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Casa Luca is a wonderful find. Superb, rustic style Italian dishes from a master chef. Each pasta dish is prepared fresh daily -- no store bought anything here. Well Done!!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We dine often at Casa Luca and thoroughly enjoy the variety of options such as sitting/dining at the bar, or outside, or here and there throughout the restaurant. The greeting is always polite and gracious. We like their in house made pastas that are always more imaginative than red sauce and meatballs! The wind menu is also interesting, in that they have carafe wine but also several bottles of >30 red and white. The main wine list is very expensive. The owner, Fabio, now has 3 locations--it seems a good time to stop and keep all three in the top tier."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Great find near Convention Center. Innovative Italian menu that is reasonably priced."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We ordered fish and one pasta dish which was outstanding, probably outshining the rest of a very good meal. Get the ravioli!"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The carbonara topped with duck egg was smokey with pancetta, creamy with a perfect amount of cheese, spicy with a lovely shake of black pepper. My friend's noodles with greens were very, very good. The waiter did not know how to talk about the wine list or make recommendations. Turns out the wines were lovely and reasonably priced and we found a perfect match for our meal. But the staff need just a bit more training on beverages. On the whole, I'd recommend this spot for an efficient business lunch: not too hectic, not too relaxed. I'll come back."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Apparisers and salads were great! The pasta just bad. Soaked in butter and tasteless."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "As one of GQ's hot new restaurants, Casa Luca has already been discovered by food lovers. It did not disappoint. Creative, deicious food, served beautifully. Terrific Negroni, awesome wheat berry salad, yummy lamb. Highly recommended"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Excellent food and superior service. Highly recommend this spot. A bit on the pricey side but well worth it!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "The food was absolutely amazing. The wait staff were well versed in the menu and made amazing suggestions."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Aside from some minor service issues (our waiter seemed eager to follow a script and gratis bread appeared only after we had finished our appetizers and dug in to our entrees), my dinner last night at Casa Luca was great. Unlike other newcomers to the DC restaurant scene, the chef at Casa Luca isn't testing out his recipes on the customers; every dish seemed perfectly composed. Especially, the wagyu bresaola antipasta, an inspired combination of cured meat, rhubarb, blood oranges, strawberries and radicchio. Who knew beef and strawberries paired so well together? Simply sublime."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Great service and we really appreciated the restaurant acommodating a request for a somewhat private table for a special occasion. With a reservation, we were seated immediately. Lobster small bite and salad were my favorite. I also really liked my friend's puttanesca pasta. Lively atmosphere with the restaurants' decibels rising as the night progressed."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "A return vist before a Caps game and left just as thrilled as our previous visit. Waitstaff are helpful, attentive yet not omnipresent. Food is exceptional, fresh and fun. Let your waitstaff assist in pairing wines and making food suggestions. A real gem and I plan to be a regular diner."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "This is not a place for locals. Go a few blocks south to Michel Richard's Central. Probably okay if your in the neighborhood for a convention. Food is ordinary. You'll pay 50 cents per slice of bread. Service is unskilled. It took a committee to filet our fish. In a virtually empty restaurant, we were seated immediately next to another table for two. Host needs training in proper seating arrangements. Casa Luca, while very different, is not up to the quality standards of Fiola or Maestro."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "We had an amazing 30th wedding anniversary at Casa Luca. Arrived early for our reservation, had drinks at the bar -- custom-made Manhattan and one of Casa Luca's specialties. Dinner was superb -- salmon bruschetta and beef tartar for first course was oh so delicious. Chef's antipasti selection contained very pleasant surprises. Third course past dishes, especially the gnocchi, were out of this world. Then Casa Luca surprised us with an anniversary gift -- a special dessert. The service was magnificent. The food was to die for. The evening befitting the occasion."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We all enjoyed our appetizers and main courses, as well as the guidance provided by the waiter and his knowledge of both the food and wine. The service is excellent, we enjoyed sitting at a table that was fairly quiet, and the prices are reasonable. We had 2 different pastas, both of which were unique and very good. We also had the monkfish and branzino and those were both excellent. The mussels were good and we had an appetizer that had buffalo (cheese), rhubarb and several other ingredients, which was interesting."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Probably the best Italian in D.C. Affordable, casual, fun, Casa Luca was a great choice for an evening meal. Good Italian wine selection."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Another wonderful meal here. Great variety on the menu of choices and sizes of plates. Had a fantastic John Dory. Great place for gluten free options. All the pastas are available in a choice of gluten free pastas. The one we had was very good. Great selection of interesting and inexpensive wines by glass or bottle."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Casa Luca and we've been looking forward to coming back. We arrived a few minutes early for a 9:15 reservation and were told it would just be a few minutes. We spent half an hour at the bar before returning to the hostess to discover that our reservation, which had been visible on her screen when we arrived, was now gone. The hostess was very apologetic, but nevertheless it was another 20 minutes before we were seated - close to an hour all told. Several people stopped by to apologize -- first at the bar where we continued to wait, and then at the table to apologize. we appreciated the sincerity, but to be frank, the lavish and repeated apologies ended up being an additional disruption to our evening!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "A good venue for entertaining out of town visitors without breaking the bank, but still providing an upscale dining experience. Pasta was excellent; main courses were enjoyable and ample, although not memorable; the desserts were the highlight of the evening. The back dining room was comfortable and sufficiently quiet to allow conversation. The front dining room adjoining the bar area was noisier."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Three of us took a friend for a birthday dinner at Casa Luca. We all enjoyed it immensely. The wheat berry salad was delicious as was the Frutti di Mare over Polenta and Branzino. The restaurant surprised us with two desserts to celebrate the birthday. We liked the idea of the wine list which offered any bottle of wine for $28 and wish more restaurants would offer good wine at reasonable prices. The service was attentive and helpful in making wine and food choices. Also, it was nice to be able to carry on a conversation without having to shout to be heard. We will return."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Casa Luca, a slightly more casual restaurant than parent Fiola is an outstanding dining experience. Chef Fabio's creativity is seen and tasted through out the courses. I had the pleasure of dining on St Joseph's. An amazing experience. The monk fish is a must and the white asparagus with smoked art antic chard melted your mouth. Opening in July 2013 , Casa Luca is already on the top 100 DC restaurants. I believe 2014 will place it in the top 10 along side of Fiola."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The drink options for brunch were great. The food options were not as "brunchy" as I would have liked, but still great. The seating style is great. It's a very nice space for group brunch and or something more intimate. it's not too noisy, so you can actually have conversations with people."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "A first. An Italian restaurant that doesn't serve bread. It sells a mediocre flat bread. Salads were very good. Pork chop tasty but served in a pool of oil. Ravioli was excellent -- according to my daughter. Everything is overpriced for what you get. A tasteless coffee gelato should be avoided. Like most restaurants, they don't have a clue how to make canoli."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Loved it! Food and atomosphere was outstanding, can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Our half portions of pasta were both phenomenal. The pork loin was so flavorful and went perfectly with our bottle of Boscarelli Montepulciano Sangiovese blend...the cauliflower side was like nothing I had ever tasted before. Don't miss the coffee cake dessert! Great meal!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We were trying to hurry to make a concert and the waiter and staff were fantastic. The food was excellent. We made our concert."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "My companion and I had one of the best dinners of recent years. We came soon after Valentines Day and they offered a five course tasting menu. There were two choices for each course. Except for desert, where we both ate the chocolate option, we split each course in half so that each enjoyed a nine course dinner. Every dish was outstanding, which is a very rare experience for us. With only two exceptions we have eaten in every highly rated restaurant in DC. We look forward to returning."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Easily the best Osteria style restaurant in the city. Outstanding food and quality. Not fancy but exceptional regional cucina that would be at home in Italy. Make sure that try the Cacio e Pepe Pasta and Suckling Pig and the Mangalitsa Prosciutto (NC heritage pig prosciutto that rivals those from Parma). Keep it up Casa Luca."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We had a group of 12 and changed it at the last minute to 14 people without any problem. We were given our own private room. The service was flawless and the food was excellent. Highly recommended for large groups. I have also eaten here with just two people and had the same excellent experience."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "I believe in "reservation etiquette"... meaning that a good restaurant shall identify when a diner made a reservation well in advance to the date of the reservation, which in my mind translates to a diner planning a special occasion for whatever reason there might be. When I reserve a table more than 2 weeks in advance in a restaurant which usually does not require that advance reservation, I do not expect to have to wait for other patrons to make the take available, and I do not expect to be sent to the "back room" for my table. Casa Luca failed on both ends, even though the meal was very good. You get the sense that you are not valued, and that is not nice."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "I really enjoyed the appetizers (salmon bruschetta, burrata), but when it came to the main courses of pasta (gnocchi and mushroom tortellini), both of those dishes were too salty! The wilted greens side dish had bacon, so I expected that to be salty. The pasta itself was good--slightly lowering the salt level would have made it great."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "The server forgot or pretended not to have heard my colleague order a starter, which made for an awkward work lunch."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Absolutely superb curb to curb and everything between. Service is among the best in the Distric. Food is imaginative well presented and exciting. Staff are everpdesent, efficient yet discreet at the same time. Hostesses and managers are constantly circulating and everyone is wearing a smile. The food is exceptional. Recommend listing to your server's suggestions and order two half portions of the pastas (gnocchi and ravioli are strong recommended). Four courses all excellent, wines are a good value and the atmosphere supports a terrific experience."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Food and service were great. Very innovative food. Loud soul music in an Italian restaurant unbearable. When we complained. They did turn down volume. But how about some nice background music?"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This is a great place! The pastas are all delicious & can be ordered in half portions. They have an extensive very affordable wine list. What more could a girl want?"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "First visit to Casa Luca. Enjoyed an early dinner before a recent concert at the Verizon Center. Good food, nice staff. Incident occurred that I will address privately."
    Dined on 3/1/2014