Luca & Leonardo Ristorante
Luca & Leonardo Ristorante

Luca & Leonardo Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lucaleonardo.com/
  • Phone: 8325102110
  • Hours of Operation:


    Monday - Thursday: 11:00am -10:00pm
    Friday and Saturday11:00am - 11:00pm
    Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner 4:00pm -9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Danial Miranda
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Come Join us for our Valentines Day dinner at the most romantic location in The Woodlands. We are offering a four course meal for $75.00 per person
    !st course choice of one : Malfatti, or Tomato tartar, Fried octopus
    2nd course: choice of Ceasar or Wedge
    entree course: choice of Cornish hen,Branzino, Beef Tenderloin Riggatoni el pesto
    Dessert course: Merengatta, Sbrciolatto, Chocolate Mouse
    Two feature bottled wines are Seduction -red blend, and Syn Sauvignon blanc

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Woodlands Parkway
  • Public Transit: The Waterway Shuttle Trolley and Waterway Taxi boats both stop at or near our restaurant.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet and self parking is available.
A word from Luca & Leonardo Ristorante
Right on the Waterway - Come experience Luca & Leonardo's romantic, intimate Italian setting with a birds-eye view of the fountains at Waterway Square and the water taxis passing below. Our warm, friendly staff will welcome you a la familia when you walk in the door. The restaurant is the prefect dining destination for hungry Waterway locals and visiting business people new to The Woodlands. Relax and enjoy an exciting, satisfying journey to the world of Italian cucina!


Authentic, fresh Italian food – lunch or dinner or late night after the concert… Luca & Leonardo's chefs are inspired by authentic traditional Italian recipes - seafood, steak, veal, risotto, pasta, and pizza dishes, plus mouthwatering antipasti and dessert creations prepared under the watchful eye of Executive Chef Daniel Miranda.Sit among the rich stone and deep dark wood textures surrounded by unique artworks and beautifully appointed details that you and your guests will love.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Luca & Leonardo Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
18 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.6
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
60% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (10)special occasion (9)romantic (9)great for outdoor dining (7)good for groups (4)notable wine list (4)fit for foodies (3)neighborhood gem (3)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (1)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Best Italian in The Woodlands Area
    WoodlandsFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    It is hard to find something to criticize about this place. Every time I'm there I scratch my head and wonder why the place is not packed out. It is not inexpensive, but it is normal fine dining pricing for The Woodlands. You must either park away from the premises or pay for a valet. I have dined at this restaurant probably monthly or more over the last couple years. I really don't think I have ever had a bad experience there. I gravitate toward their seafood entrées which are top-notch. My favorite is the cioppino (seafood stew). They have an excellent wine selection and first-class service. While they don't have a "children's menu," they are happy to serve half entrées for a reduced price for kids.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I used to like this place
    gladiwentVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food is still decent but the overall experience is just so poor now. This is the second poor experience in a row. I think I'm done going here. The host we had, he just looked like he didn't want to be there and was not very friendly at all. The menu's were not priced correctly and they don't tell you until you try and order. Similarly, they ran out of items by the time it was 6pm and no one bothered to mention this to our table or any of the tables around us until orders were being placed. There is one waiter who is great, but we didn't get him. The staff was just inattentive overall. I don't know what happened to this service here or their previously good attention to detail. What a shame.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    My wife & I used to enjoy this restaurant. So, we brought my brother & his wife. The food was just okay. The matre D was doing everybody's job, my omelet was burnt, every time I needed something I had to get up & go find someone. The light in the women's restroom was out. No, I have better places to spend my money.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quality of wine/steak
    Stepuptotheplate
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We paid $57 for a bottle of wine that the cap was unscrewed at the table, I also paid $30 for a Ribeye. Being from a Nebraska farm where we sell our top beef to restaurant providers, I was surprised to see lots of grit & fat on a ribeye. Coulda went to a so so steak place for $20 and had a top ribeye with no grit or fat.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't wait to go back!
    ItalianLover
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Delicious and nice portions. We had Caprese, Lasagna, chicken fettuccini Alfredo, and gnocche with mushroom sauce. We went on a Saturday for a late lunch early dinner, it wasn't crowded. We received great service, clean, and an attentive-friendly staff. Loved the views of the waterway The made from scratch cannoli was AMAZING!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • In a word? Bland.
    DanieBarkVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The restaurant was completely empty on Father's Day and no wonder. The food was so bland. The pesto, the Caesar salad, the risotto. All BLAND. The only redeeming quality of our meal was the fantastic bottle of wine.
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  • Worst place in the woodlands.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Will never go back. Tried it 2x and both were terrible. Fish was old and dry... Mashed potatoes tasted like instant potatoes. Long waits and there were only 3 tables seated.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We'll be back
    YoungAtHeart
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Excellent food and Alexandra gave superior service! Charming place for dining!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional as usual
    KipperVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The quality of the dining experience here has never let me down. Whether dining with a large group from the office or eating at the bar with Ivan serving something from their great selection of wines, it is always consistently superb. I tried the shrimp appetizer and the the shrimp risotto last night and both were unique and wonderful. Ivan suggested the Sienna red wine which was perfect. Having been there 4 or 5 times, I already feel like a "usual". Everyone is so welcoming and kind. Can't wait for the next time!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice atmosphere!
    Secondchancediner
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    If you tried this place in the past, and said "not again", give it another try. New chef and great, attentive service. Still pricy, but for special occasions, nice place. We will go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 188 reviews are from the Luca & Leonardo Ristorante reviews archive.
  • Easy
    Steve
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Good food in a great setting. Italian food overlooking the Woodlands canal. Outside sitting just great
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    wonderwhale
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We came here for Mothers Day and it was just wonderful. Plenty of food. It was delicious and perfect. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not recommend
    Array
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Food was good, but way over priced. Service was good. Maybe the price was high due to Mother's Day, but even so bring your big boy pants to pay the bill
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  • Huge Disappointment
    flyredskyVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Hostesses were completely incompetent….all 4 of them. We were seated at a table with some sort of gravy spilled all over a chair. The hostess saw the spill, just stood holding the menus and while we cleaneed the chair. She said/did nothing…It is worth mentioning I am 7 month pregnant. After that welcome, service was terrible, food was terrible. Beware the recommendation to order the $32 osso buco…which seemed to be what every waiter was pushing. It was not good. Bland and unseasoned. The fettuccine alfredo was made with undercooked fettuccine in a thin watery sauce…also not good to taste. Waited 20 minutes or more each time for water refills or to see the waiter. Other then the pretty view, we would not recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceptional
    BigBear
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    First time visit to Luca & Leonardo's and definitely will return. Had a rare "date night" with my wife and would rate the overall experience as Exceptional. The food was perfectly prepared and the service was outstanding! While a bit on the pricy side, it is well worth making the reservation for any occasional - special or not.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Server was outstanding--attentive but not annoying. Patio was lovely, perfect for lunch-time conversation. Music was a little loud.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service but poor food
    eatoutoftenVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    This was our second time to dine here. The interior is very nice and our waiter was great. However, the food needs some attention. We found the food to be very bland with need of seasoning and flavor. Beef was tasteless. I hope they revamp the approach in the kitchen because the place has some big potential. Great location on the waterway and good service. With great food it could be a favorite place.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    Crisxo
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We Defently come back every time we visit this restaurant we have a great service and food is amazing
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The anomaly of the waterway
    churchkeysVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    What is it about the waterway dining? Is rent so high - they cut corners w/ the food? Is the view so amazing, they get away with mediocrity? If you look at my last review for this same restaurant, you will see L & L scored high with me. But just like the sister restaurant below, they quickly dropped in quality and cooking. Our food was - at best - TERRIBLE. The steak was a bad cut of meat plus cooked 2 levels more than our request. When I called the waiter's attention to it - he said - I'm so sorry. That's it. I'm so sorry. Well - so were we. We will never go back. We will never recommend it. We will never consider either restaurant owned by this company - even though they have prime waterway space. Nope. Won't do it.
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  • Very poor lunch service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    We were one of 3 tables at lunch which should have been the first clue. Service was horrible. Extremely slow. Waiter brought the bill then never came back to pick up the credit card causing me to have to get up and go to the bar to settle my tab. Unfortunate given the location as this should be a prime lunch spot. I will not return...too many other options in the area.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still smoking?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Cannot believe that smoking is permitted still - what a shame!
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  • Nice atmosphere, but mediocre food
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The food was subpar, which is too bad because it is so expensive, and the ambiance seems very nice and romantic. I don't have much experience in cooking Italian food, but I know, for a fact, that I can make a better tasting Alfredo sauce than their's. If I am the one paying for it...or if I have a choice, I'd rather go to a different Italian restaurant in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian Food, Great Service
    Delicious
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We enjoyed a quiet evening at Luca and Leonardo celebrating my parents' anniversary. The food was delicious and the service was exceptional. It is great to be able to get a reservation on a Friday night in the busy part of the Woodlands, so we did not have to wait at all for our table. Great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch!!!
    GroovyGoddess
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Joined my neighbors for brunch. The selection of food was great & included prime rib, lamb, crab legs & shrimp...YUM! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Restaurant
    SantaFeVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    My husband and I recently ate at Luca and Leonardo's in The Woodlands and had a wonderful meal. The food was great and the service even better! Our waiter went out of his way to make everything perfect for us. We had a lovely view of the fountains from outside on the porch. I would highly recommend this restaurant for good Italian food and reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Avg to Good
    Foodiefromhtown
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    It was middle of the road in terms of food quality, didn't have any preconceived expectation so really wasn't disappoint nor blown away. Just ok.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very poor quality food and
    psssVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    very poor quality food and slow service for only two other tables with people in the restaurant
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • After 4 visits of great sucess,
    SwissCanadian
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    After 4 visits of great sucess, we chose this restaurant to celebrate my wife's 65th birthday (just the 2 of us). his time we did not fair so well. My food was good, but my wife's risotto was overcooked and mushy, while her Sabajone was runny and lumpy. We also had to wait for the waiter to show up, but when he did, he was very friendly and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unorganized Chaos
    easycritic13
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I don't know what the food was like because we never got in. We had an 8:00 PM reservation, and showed up right at 8:00 PM and the girl at the front didn't even take our name. She told us they were two hours behind on reservations. No one knew what was going on around there. People were hanging out everywhere waiting for tables. A man came up the the hostess table and asked if she had an estimate on when he would be seated for his 07:00 reservation. She could not give him a clear answer. This was suppose to be our Valentine's Dinner. We left after witnessing such chaos, and went to a Japanese Sushi Bar down the street.
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  • Excellent food, horrendous service
    Enjoygreatfood
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Great food, wonderful ambiance and a lively, buzzing crowd. Unfortunately the appalling service ruined our dining experience. We arrived 10 minutes early for a 7:30 reservation and were seated at 8:45 pm. Once seated, it took an additional 20 minutes for someone to take our wine order. Bread, wine and main course arrived together. Having to endure the long wait surrounded by other equally frustrated patrons and the poor service at the table destroyed our dining experience. The General Manager of the restaurant failed miserably in my estimation. It's a shame because if this place is better managed it could gain a lot more business. Right now it is a miserable fail.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Horrible Experience
    rosi
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This was the worst dining out experience I've had in a long time. We had reservations at 7:30 pm but weren't seated until almost 9:00 pm. The hostess initially told us it would be a 20 minute wait and then disappeared. After insisting that she seat us, she placed us at the worst table. It took10 minutes for a waiter to visit our table. After all that, when my food came it was lukewarn. It was a huge disapointment. We will never return.
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  • Couldn't even sit down
    justwantedsomedinner
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Went here for dinner and we had a reservation, the hostess wasn't at the stand when we showed up and then she was so rude when she returned 5 minutes later and we asked when we would be seated for our 7:15 reservation (at 7:20) she told us it would be 15 minutes and didn't ask for our names. 20 minutes later she didn't say anything else, apologize, or ask for our names, and displayed a general arrogance about herself. We ended up leaving without eating. I had to rate the food in order to submit, but I don't know if this is accurate because we couldn't even sit down.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too popular for its own good
    SpringsteenFan
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    There is no place to wait while waiting for a reserved table. The entrance is small and cramped and really unwelcoming. We did get seated timely, but were ignored for over 20 minutes until a waiter explained he didn't know we were in his section. We were seated on the patio and it was cold. The heaters were insufficient. Just a really unpleasant experience. Food was ok .. But we would never return because there are too many other good places to go.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for entertaining guests
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We had family visiting & we decided on this location for dinner. Excellent food, service & ambience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We missed a movie after waiting about 40 minutes between salad and entrée. We will not be going back. For the price and location, the service, though very proper, was unreasonably slow.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All Around Good
    CGanyo
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was excellent and well prepared and the staff was extremely friendly. A great resturant for a romantic evening.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very over-priced for Valentines Day
    BMMBMMVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My wife and I went to L&L for Valentines Day. The priced fixed menu was $75 pp which was incredibly over-priced for what you received. For $150 we shared a small appetizer and a small dessert. We each had our own salad and entree. While evrything was good, it is hard to justify that price point. Our waiter was very good, however.
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    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Nice Dinner
    Scott
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went on Valentine's Day and had a very pleasant meal with a great wine
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nothing special...
    Letdown
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    I reserved a table at Luca and Leonardo for my wife and I to celebrate a special day. Upon arriving at the restaurant, we were told that there were no more tables and that we would have to dine on the patio because it was a wine tasting night..something that would have nice to know beforehand, considering it was around 50 degrees out. Once seated, we waited just over 15 minutes before having our drink orders taken, at which point the manager did apologize. The service from that point on was ok, but both steaks were overcooked and the food was decent, but nothing special. Desert was very good, but the entire evening's experience left plenty of room for improvement...
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall Great Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    We enjoyed just about everything about our first trip to Luca. The widow table was nice, restaurant clean and dignified, the food was especially well presented and delicious. The only thing I wasn't thrilled with was the choice of music. In such a fine dining decor and environment the music was too pop-like and beat-driven. I would have enjoyed something more classical or easy listening. It just didn't seem to match the atmosphere of the restaurant. Otherwise we really had a good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic