Luca Bella
Luca Bella

Luca Bella

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lucabella.net/
  • Phone: 3057922222x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Hugo Ferrira De Araujo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: We offer Customized Catering Options for all your Events on and off Premises! Please call us for additional information 305-792-2222.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: NE 191st Street
  • Public Transit: Bus Stop on Biscayne Blvd
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: No Fee Parking
A word from Luca Bella
Luca Bella features a 20 person bar. Our name, inspired by Maltese's two children, Marcelo Luca and Isabella, will feature walls accented with baby pictures, as well as a see-through kitchen and a stunningly beautiful mocha polished concrete floor.

Our family-style portions of popular Italian-American comfort foods include a variety of classic appetizers like clams casino and fried zucchini, savory soups like pasta fagioli and crisp salads, like our Italian chopped salad with imported salami and provolone. The menu will also offer numerous pasta dishes, baked Italian specialties like Mascarpone meat lasagna that will take center stage, plus a host of veal, pork, chicken and seafood entrees.

We offer Whole Wheat and Gluten Free Pasta

Our Private Dinning Area is available for all your Party needs

Catering is available for Private Parties off site.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Luca Bella reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (19)good for groups (13)special occasion (12)romantic (8)fit for foodies (7)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for outdoor dining (2)notable wine list (2)late-night find (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Disappointed this time around
    MimiVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    After waiting a full yr to return to Luca for a birthday (as our two families are a distance from the location), we were disappointed to say the least. While the food was absolutely to die for, our server lacked experience, the bus boys were constantly on their phones, and we were embarrassed about requesting a free dessert for my father's birthday after receiving it last year without an issue (on the server's extension of gratitude). It was mentioned confidentially to our server who said it wouldn't be an issue, and then all of a sudden the manager (Claudia) came rushing over with a loud and raspy tone stating "wow, happy birthday. I'm sorry you were under the impression we give away desserts, but we don't do that here." Embarassing moment
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Odd experience
    Yum2
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We have had family style before, but typically the servers ask if you want them to serve you. Here they dove right in, portioning out the food which wasnt what we wished for. We told them repeatedly, so it was a bit awkward. Service itself was unprofessional: reaching across, auctioning food, having to ask for water refills, waiting a long time for drinks, not getting drinks at all, and not being able to find someone to take our check. The food was fine, but it didn't make up for the prices or lack of service. The cannolis were good. Italian cheesecake not so much. We were given a gift card by the owner as a kind gesture because we had to get up to find someone to take the check.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luca Bella - Delicioso
    scubagirl310
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The server as Luca Bella was outstanding. We were a party of five and our waitress was amazing. She catered to our every need. The food was marvelous and the ambiance was great. I would recommend this restaurant highly. They have a diverse menu and a great wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a Treat
    Ben314
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Neighborhood favorite. This visit was a family dinner for 12 which they handled well. Great choice of menu items - something delicious for everyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food...huge portions!!!
    Julie
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Great food....Italian goodness...and portion sizes to match!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Larry2014
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Very quick visit, but will return, if in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stulawyer
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great neighborhood restaurant. We eat here quite often.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food!
    BertaVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Warm ambiance, great waiters and outstanding food. From the pasta to the veal chop our food was excellent. A great place for the whole family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a veal
    EduAlmeida
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I loved everything in this restaurant, but the veal deserves 6 stars instead of 5.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lasolas
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Worst dining experience. Waiter had to leave. One hour later we were advised only after we asked why our appetizers were not yet served. No waiter was assigned to us. The main courses which were served after two hours of waiting, two of which were not what was ordered. The food was not good. Even the bread was not fresh. The assistant manager offered us free dessert which we refused because it was so late. They took 50% of the bill which we would rather have had good service and good food. Very frustrating experience to have to wait so long for food while seeing other diners who arrived long after we did get their food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant was closed
    Pipote
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I rated everything outstanding above not to affect the restaurants' ratings negatively. However, after getting a confirmation from OpenTable for Sunday July 6th at 2 PM and driving all the way to the place it turned out to be closed as they open Sundays from 4 PM to 10 PM.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New York City (Brooklyn) Yummy!
    RainbowKeeperVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The chicken Catchitorie is as good as what I have eaten in Tuscany. The Baked Ziti, takes me back to my years in Brooklyn. The food is just great. The waiters are attentive and fun in that I feel like I am in Brooklyn talking to another New Yorker. One room is great for groups, one is lively and one is romantic, it has whatever atmosphere you are looking for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not as good as last time
    love2eat
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We frequent the restaurant every now and then for good family style Italian close to home. This night the kitchen was off. Had to keep asking for items that usually come with the food. Lemons for the calamari, pasta for the scampi, etc.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 158 reviews are from the Luca Bella reviews archive.
  • nice dinner
    Lisa
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Meetballs were really good, the bread great, and the service very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DELICIOUS!
    rhodaVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Wow! If you are in the mood for Italian food this is your place. We were visiting Miami for a wedding and this restaurant was referred to us. We ordered the salad which is large enough for four people. We had the gluten free pasta with meat balls that were to die for. And we also ordered the chicken. Large portions, good food, and great service. Highly reccommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    service poor, food mediocore Not at all like previous visits
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful experience!
    Congratstothegrad
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Wonderful staff! Our picky family was all taken care of with smiles. Food portions were great sizes and everyone was very happy. Arrived as guests left as part of the Luca Bella family... Hugs included!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    michyVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    I went to luca bella with a group of friends and it was a wonderful experience. The staff was friendly and courteous and the food was great. Will definitely be going back soon! !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good Food
    betterthancooking
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Our reservation was honored as soon as we arrived. Shortly after being seated the waiter took our drink order. Our dinner started with a large chopped salad, which was large enough to feed four. We ordered two half entrees and a half order of burnt vegetable for three of us. The forth person ordered his own entree. We had coffee, but no dessert. The food was delicious and plentiful, as always. You can always count on being full after a meal at Luca Bella!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious neighborhood find
    Mdgwine
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Food always delicious and well prepared Service with a smile Family oriented Great place to dine as long as you can finish their half portions!!! We love them Try the Napolean for desert absolute heavenly!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Becki
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Firs,t time at this restaurant. Pleasantly surprised how good the food tasted and service was very good. The hostess and manager were very friendly and helpful. An excellent find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's ok
    Nicky
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I took my mother to this restaurant for Mother's Day. The food was good but over priced. The alcoholic beverages were not good and over priced. The staff was very attentive and pleasant. The overall setting was nice but not worth going back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great home style Italian fare
    RinraterVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Luca Bella is great to share with family, friends, or a date. It has an amazing versatility. Even for groups. The food and service are consistently great.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could have been better
    Disappointed
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    First time. Ordered Veal Marsala for two. The veal was somewhat tough and not lean. The sauce plain. For the same money I have eaten better quality tasting veal in other restaurants in Aventura. Bread delicious. Service good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Could Not Have Been Better
    Ben314
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Perfect evening for our party of six. Our server, "Dee", did an outstanding job of taking care of us and we shared many wonderful dishes family-style and loved them all.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    TimP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Luca Bella quickly became one of our favorites while visiting in the Miami area Not unusual to see families with smaller children, young couples, older couples and everyone in between Great food and service You will not be disappointed
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A wonderful place
    Brian
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    This is a family owned place and even though we were there for the first time we were treated like regulars. They even made me something not on the menu that was a special request. We had a wonderful meal and fantastic time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and wait staff...
    Cheryl
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Excellent food and wait staff... Family style portions. Great for business/ social dinner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second time a looser
    ShellyS38VIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Poor service, long wait for food, had to go to Publix for bread. Cold ravioli for child. Great desserts!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great consistent Italian food
    BubbypeggyVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    As usual the food was great and Eddie, you're the best... Peggy and Earl
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VERY GOOD
    PABOT
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Good restaurant to family, friends and business associates
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is always delicious and
    KazyVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Food is always delicious and Mike is the best host. Very welcoming & warm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ONE OF OUR FAVORITES
    CapefoodiesVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Great food, great service. Outstanding!!! This restaurant works very hard to please their customers.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good find
    Baylee
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Recommend by a fellow resident who said it was her favourite. We enjoyed it very much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    KazyVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    The food is consistently delicious, and the staff friendly and accommodating. Mike is a great host. Makes everyone feel special.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Needs Improvement
    NormVIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Very nice owner with unprofessional waiter.He never checked on us, was sending bill before asking us if we wanted dessert . When we asked him about items he could not answer-left us & then gave us wrong info upon his return. We returned it. They were also serving us only 2 pcs on he plate for $8 when we were told 3 pcs.-rip off. Chairs are in poor repair & uncomfortable.Food is good but needs more seasoning.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We have all our birthday dinners
    maxieVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Staff is helpful and attentive. Food was delicious; hot antipasto, chopped salad, Caesar salad, pastas, veal all cooked in that southern Italian style that satisfies the palate.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good food but..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Two chairs were broken... the tables are crowded, no much space in between. After waiting for about 35-40 minutes for the entree the Nioquis were cold, needed to ask to reheat them. The rest of the food was very good. The vodka sauce is awesome and tasteful The fried zucchini as appetizer was EXCELLENT
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Neighborhood Restaurant
    betterthancooking
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Although it was quite crowded, we were seated promptly for our reservation. The waiter came over within a few moments with water for the table. Our order was taken shortly thereafter. The chopped salad was a bit bland, but with a little added balsamic it was fine. Our dinners were served hot, and were all very tasty. The food at this restaurant is consistently good. They offer half portions, which are more than enough for one person. We would definitely return for another dinner at Luca Bella!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentine's Day 2014
    foodie2k14
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My husband and I came here for Valentine's Day for dinner and the food was very good. It wasnt as romantic as i was hoping for but i was pleased overall with everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.