Luc
Luc

Luc

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://thechefinthehat.com/
  • Phone: (206) 328-6645
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm,
    Friday:4:30pm -10:00pm,
    Saturday 4:30pm - 10:00pm,
    Sunday 4:30 - 9:00pm,
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Happy Hour: 4:30pm - 6:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French
  • Executive Chef: Thierry Rautureau
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Chef Thierry will travel, so remember Luc when planning a catered event, a private cooking demonstration in your home, or a luncheon at your office.

    For more information regarding catering events, please call the restaurant.
  • Special Events: Please email Jason Appleton at Jason@luc-seattle.com for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 28th Ave E & Madison Street
  • Public Transit: #11, #8
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking can be found along Madison Street and the surrounding neighborhood.
A word from Luc
Luc is a French-American café and bar named after the owner Thierry Rautureau's father, Luc Rautureau.

Located at the intersection of Madison Street and 28th Avenue in the heart of Seattle's Madison Valley, Luc is a neighborhood spot with heartwarming food, fresh cocktails and a well-selected wine list including our own blend, Luc.

The menu highlights the Luc Burger, Boeuf Bourguignon, Trout Almandine, Chocolate Pot de Crème along with daily specials and a daily specialty dish to be shared family style.

Luc is a journey and a feast for the senses in a very casual atmosphere.

Happy Hour is daily from 4:30pm-6:30pm at the bar, kitchen counter, and patio.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Luc reviews from OpenTable diners
142 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (116)fit for foodies (101)romantic (50)special occasion (50)notable wine list (25)great for outdoor dining (20)hot spot (20)great for brunch (19)good for groups (18)vibrant bar scene (15)great for lunch (10)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (7)Show More
  • Birthday celebration
    birthdayatluc
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Our family met on a Sunday night to celebrate a birthday. It was pretty celebratory just getting us all in one place at one time! We were seated at my favorite table near the back of the restaurant. Service was wonderful, attentive but not rushing, as I am so pleased to say always happens at Luc. Our food, appetizers to desserts, was wonderful. My only complaint and for one other dish as well was that it was too salty. The birthday boy was grateful that there was not a big deal made of his day by the wait staff, but it was nice to have a candle brought along with the pot de creme chocolat. Thank you, we had a wonderful time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pomme frites!
    Napanewbie
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We LOVE the pomme frites here at Luc's! They are as puffy and light as can be! Well worth the extra change. The hamburger is no slouch either. Try it with the Zoe's bacon. Yum!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bravo LUC
    Foodismorethanfuel
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    My favorite restaurant in Seattle. Everything was perfect and my dad was very pleased with his steak. The bouillabaisse was very very tasty with an abundance of seafood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My new favorite spot!
    squeeville
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    I've been wanting to try Luc for a long time, and a birthday dinner was the perfect time! Loved everything from service, food, ambiance to even being personally greeted table side and thanked by the owner. I'll be back for happy hour soon. Merci bien!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We Keep Returning!!
    Hungry
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    I met my sweetie at Luc a couple years ago. So, every year I take her there for our "anniversary." I also go there every so often for Happy Hour - which is wonderful. I wrote in the Open Table "special requests" section for the reservation that it was our anniversary and could they find us a corner table. Well... they did but, we threw a curve by asking to be seated someplace farther from the front door (a bit of a draft). They said, of course. The host and our waiter both acknowledged our anniversary without being too annoying. And, to our surprise, they brought us a free appetizer. And, when we declined to order a dessert, they brought us a small bowl of ice cream with an intertwined candle... on the house. Food, as always, great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Food
    Alaskanvisitors
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Sit at the chef's counter if you can. You'll feel like you're at the Food Network watching the chefs in action. Great food and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood gem
    Seattlegal
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    This is our go to place whenever we are in Madison Park area. I love the eggs benedict that comes with a salad. We preferred sitting in the back where you can see the kitchen and there are booths near the windows but this time the restaurant was crowded so had to sit near the front door. Wear something warm as it gets a bit chilly when the front door opens.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Keep coming back!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This is a great little spot. Great food and drink and the atmosphere is perfect. Great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An awesome dining experience at LUC
    foodie
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We tried LUC for Seattle Restaurant week. The restaurant is cozy and beautiful. Our appetizer and main Lamb course were presented beautifully and every bite was scrumptious. Our chocolate dessert was unbelievable. Our server was knowledgeable, very attentive and very nice. Our dining experience was made even more special when the Chef in the hat - Thierry stopped by our table to see how our dinner was. What a nice surprise. His conversation with us was genuine and you could tell he loves what he does. We watched as he made his way to other tables, putting smiles on everyone he met. We will definitely be back for another great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finally!
    Wanda
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Hard to believe Luc is no longer the new baby on the scene, as I finally got my husband and a friend together there. Lovely dinner for three with impeccable service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RipTorn
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The food was soooo good. I had linguini with a poached egg on top. It was probably the best pasta I ever ate. I will absolutely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Took me back to Paris
    LFSSeattle
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Dinner at Luc made me feel like I was back in Paris, at a small neighborhood bistro. The food was spot-on, the lighting low and atmospheric; even the 2-top table crowded into the corridor was just like I remember it in Paris. I will definitely return next time I need a Franco-fix.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can You Hear Me?
    Stargirl
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Tried Restaurant Week at Luc's. Food was good but noise level made the dinner unpleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty but noisy
    Diana
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The food was delicious. The lamb was fall-off-the-bone tender, the chocolate caramel cake was perfectly balanced and not too sweet. The only real downside was how noise carried in the space - I felt like I had to yell to my dining partner the entire two hours we were there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hidden Gem
    SammiJo
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I chose Luc for dinner for four, it was my husband's birthday and our best friends' 1 year anniversary dinner. We loved the ambiance, the food was incredible. The service was great and it was such a fun spot. Not too much noise, and family friendly while still being a suitable place for a very adult dinner. I would love to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal at a reasonable price!
    Privett
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    From appetizer to desert, we had a great meal with everyone commenting that we'd all be back. Two notable dishes were the wild boar and the steak--awesome. The soup du jour, a cream of celery/potato with walnuts was also very good. When we visited on a Friday night, the floor was little crowded, so look for a booth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely and lively place~
    elle89VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    My friend and I went to LUC for SRW. The restaurant has a very cozy and energetic atmosphere. I haven't really dined in a French restaurant before and LUC set a high bar for future French restaurants. I started with the soup du jour, which turned out to be a soup made of corn and lobster mushrooms. It tasted rich but it wasn't overwhelming. The braised lamb leg was perfect! The ratatouille and the mashed potato that came with the lamb was spectacular! I think the only thing that wasn't WOW was the butterscotch creme brulee. I mean it was good but I've definitely had better. The service was friendly but just a bit slow. Also, our waitress spoke a bit too fast for us to comprehend what she was saying. But overall, I had an amazing time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Country cooking on Madison
    Nickd1330
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Everything was excellent. I would most definitely eat here again
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice
    Aldona
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We really enjoyed our experience. We went for the Seattle Restaurant Week, so we didn't examine the wine list. We did get a wine pairing with our meal which was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pricey but wonderful
    Pete
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Luc provides a more varied menu that most other French restaurants in the Seattle area, and their Boeuf Bourguignon made with Kobe has to be the highlight. The Dijon Pork Chop is huge, tender and perfectly prepared. While creme brulee is missing from the desert menu, the Peach Melba and Chocolate Pôt de Crème are absolutely delicious. Most of the menu are reminscent of Paris, and the wine list provides wide choice. A full meal for 2 may run a little over $100, with one drink each, but for the taste, ambience, and service, you won't find better in greater Seattle. My major kudos to a particular Kiwi (?) waiter, who was kind, timely, helpful, and forgiving of my poor French pronounciation. The only negative was a rowdy party of six nearby.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nicely done
    DonQuixoteVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Great food & a fun ambiance mix for a special night out for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliably Good
    HappyEaterVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I've now dined at Luc's 3 or 4 times, living within about a 10-minute drive of the restaurant. Wow. They do a great job. The Salad Lyonnaise is a standout, and the chicken confit is outstanding. I would highly recommend this restaurant. The menu is not extensive, but everything I've tried has been of excellent quality. Very good value for the quality of the food. Low-key bistro ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food!
    ac94
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Went for a special occasion with my family. Seated by the open kitchen area, with quite a bit of smoke and cooking aromas in our table area as a result. Food was quite outstanding, liked everything that we ordered. Service was attentive. We will return in the future, maybe to sit outside on a nice evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Seattleeater
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Poor service, mediocre food. First time we went to Luc, it was great, each time we go back we get more and more disappointed. Won't return due to slow, inattentive service, spotty food. Too many other good restaurants in the city.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a great find!
    downtownseaVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    After receiving two recommendations about this restaurant, we decided to give a try. It was a great dinner in every way. The boeuf bourguignon was the best I've ever had. Paired with a perfect gem salad, it made for a wonderful meal. Our friend had the clams and she pronounced them wonderful. My husband had the pasta and loved it--said it was very simple and light, but tasty. We went early on a Saturday and the restaurant filled up quickly with a lively, mixed age crowd. It was truly one of the best restaurant dinners we've had in ages. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • what a treat
    Andy
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We are thinking of moving here and dropped in while browsing the hood. What a lovely pace, great food, drinks and bar tender!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A pleasant surprise
    Guzziguy
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My daughter and I visited Luc this weekend on Saturday. The restaurant was energized but not wild. The service was extremely friendly. In fact, I had made a mistake about my reservation day and that was happily changed to Saturday night at a peak dining hour without a problem. The food was excellent. I would say that it was French Bistro with a Northwest touch, such as ceder plank Salmon. The menu is varied and my daughter and I had difficulty in making our choices because so many items looked too good to pass up. This means that we will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As Luc would have it...
    RichardKelley
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My wife and I had never visited Luc, and when we came in at 6 PM we were surprised to find it mostly full and people spilling out onto the patio tables. We sat at the kitchen bar and absorbed a lesson in French cooking while we ate. The menu is remarkably large and diverse for a smallish place, and I saw several things I had seen in France but not in the U.S. (at least Seattle). My cassoulet came with house-made sausage and duck confit. The white beans were perfectly done, if few in number. My wife's seafood dish was excellent. All the portions are small, which I'm sure helps hold down the price. As is often the case, the Washington wines were well-chosen and a better value than the French. Our waiter seemed a little overworked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gem Bistro
    food4ed
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Excellent Service and great food. Found us a nice quiet table as requested. Seated promptly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    Maria13
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Every bite from starters to salad to dessert was wonderfully delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Third Visit -- All Good
    HappyEaterVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I've dined at this restaurant three times in the past few months, and it has been consistently excellent. The frisee salad with lardons is decadently wonderful. I've had seafood on past visits (great salmon), but on this visit chose the chicken confit. I was delighted with my choice. For the outstanding quality of the food, the price is fairly reasonable. I would strongly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely fabulous!!! This is a
    Pammy
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    great neighborhood restaurant for fine dining or just the casual burger. I live in Madison Park and don't like to drive downtown late at night so this restaurant was perfect. The service was impeccable and the food was beyond delicious!! Their boeuf bourguignon was "melt in your mouth" heaven. We'll definitely be coming back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another great dinner at Luc!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Our whole family (including 3 teenagers) loves this place and we usually choose it for birthday dinners. The trout almondine was indescribably spectacular and I'm normally not a big trout fan. Also, not too much salt in the food, unlike other restaurants these days that feel the need to oversalt for some reason. I would highly recommend Luc!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • luc's
    chopper
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    never fails, the food is amazing. sitting out side in the sun, what could be better, service , food AMAZING
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful experience!
    Greatfood
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had dinner Saturday night and had a wonderful time with outstanding food. A great value for the price!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fanstastic
    CodyjenVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Everything about our meal was fantastic. Better french onion soup than we just had in France! Steak Frites perfect. Salad Lynoise amazing. Peanut butter smores dessert to die for. We will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    FeedMe
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Sure, Luc is two blocks from our house so it's really convenient. But it's the food and terrific service that keep us coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our plates were left clean because the food was so good. We've been to several restaurants and this was definitely one of the best meals I've had. We dined there a couple months ago but I still remember my meal. I did the fixed menu, which included an heirloom tomato salad, salmon entree, and pot de creme. Yummy in my tummy!! Hope to go back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • pjreichl
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Service is friendly and very knowledgeable. Food is expertly prepared and full of flavor. French twist on local ingredients. Upscale but still laid back vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food at a good price .
    Bonappetit2
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Simply French bistro. Menu du jour set at a reasonable price with a good value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet