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 - 3:30pm;
    Brunch: Sunday 11:00 - 3:00
    Dinner: Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm,
    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm,
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Luciana Crosa
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: NE 191st Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Luca Bella
Luca Bella features a 20 person bar, comfortable furnishings, dimmed lighting, and a blend of soft caramel colors, accented with a few bright fabrics to create a modern twist to an authentic Italian eatery. 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, will feature 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Luca Bella reviews from OpenTable diners
32 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (24)special occasion (13)good for groups (12)fit for foodies (10)romantic (9)great for lunch (3)notable wine list (2)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • 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
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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.
    • Food
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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
  • nice dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 155 reviews are from the Luca Bella reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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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  • 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
    • Food
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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.
  • Great food!
    EatIt
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great food but slow service! I have to say it's was valentines day and they were swamped and to be honest the food was well worth the wait! We had a the set valentines menu, all of the food was excellent I would highly recommend this place, especially if they aren't the crowded!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly attentive staff,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Friendly attentive staff, delicious food, generous portions, great for sharing all this made our dining experience most enjoyable. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is OK. Portions very
    Lovetoeat
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Food is OK. Portions very large. Caesar salad overdressed even though requested LIGHT dressing. Felt we were being rushed through our meal.
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  • Great neighborhood restaurant
    BubbypeggyVIP
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    Michael along with Eddie and his efficient staff have Luca Bella well run. The food is always great. For a local Italian restaurant in the Aventura area I would say it has it hands down over their competition.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.