Luca
Luca

Luca

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lucadenver.com/
  • Phone: 3038326600x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Frank Bonanno
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Luca D'Italia can accommodate parties up to 18 guests in a semi-private dining room. Restaurant buyouts are available for parties up to 65. Please contact our event coordinator for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Emily Schwartz 3035251702x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet is available at the corner of 7th & Grant. Some street parking available is also available in the area.
A word from Luca
Chef Frank Bonanno dug into his Sicilian heritage and east coast roots to create this authentic Italian Eatery. Brightly painted walls and contemporary art create an upscale, urban feel at Luca, where knowledgeable servers quickly meet your needs and engage easily in conversation about a menu that changes monthly. Luca has amazing personal touches from the daily made breads and pastas to the meats and cheeses that are cured in house, to the charcoal drawing of Bonanno’s son (and the restaurant’s namesake) that hangs in the dining room. Luca is colorful, lively, and tasty; the menu is designed for gluttonous abandon. It’s not your ordinary pile-of-pasta-and-sauce Italian joint; it’s the real (and tasty) deal.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Luca reviews from OpenTable diners
107 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (75)special occasion (66)notable wine list (55)romantic (53)neighborhood gem (44)good for groups (10)hot spot (9)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (2)late-night find (1)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Very good! The buratta small plate was my favorite.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Italian at its Finest
    MikeMVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    What a wonderful find! Right from the start the food was impressive. The burratta was superb as was the sliced meat selection. The pastas are a must with something for everyone's palate. The entrees were exceptional especially the duck duo. This isn't a red sauce meatball and spagetti Italian, but fine dining Italian. Will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Great food
    CajhVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Food and service are consistently good. The sommelier is very knowledgable about the wines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • mostly fluff
    1degree
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I love classic french. It's food that has passed the test of time. Unfortunately, if you are not eating with your eyes, like me, this restaurant lacks classic great flavors. The food is absolutely gorgeous. However, more thought was put into presentation than taste. Beef cheek ragu paired with a NY strip. Really? Well it doesn't work. Not the way food should taste in great restaurants. I enjoyed the pasta with mushrooms, although the portion was small and more sauce would have improved the dish. Outstanding service.
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  • Luca a find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The food was terrific and the service was excellent. A real find and want to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our special occasion favorite
    FitforFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Since we started having a weekly "date night" eight months ago, we have had dinner at 36 different Denver restaurants. We have only re-visited two of those restaurants: one is our casual, good-food, reasonably priced favorite (we've been there three times); and Luca, where we have now had two outstanding dinners. We were warmly greeted at the door, given our choice of tables at which to dine, visited by the sommelier -- who recommended an excellent wine -- and waited on by a succession of friendly unobtrusive servers. PLUS our dinners were absolutely delicious. Needless to say, we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Fine
    StanLVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Luca is as good as any Italian available in Denver. Compares favorably with Panzano or Venice. Casual comfortable setting, excellent service, an exceptional Italian wine list (Jim is very helpful as a sommelier), elegant but not-too-rich preparations. It is a special occasion place that enhances the day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service
    BeBe
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Food was great. Service was terrible. Especially after spending $300.00 before tip. Nice waitress, BUT been nice if she would have come by and checked on us more and especially ask us how our meal was! NEVER asked. Had to ask for water refills at times and to pour more wine in our glasses from the bottle we ordered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    BMAFVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Most amazing meal i've had in a long time! We will absolutely go back. Best Burratta in Denver !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not accommodating.
    Jessica
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We were disappointed that the entire table had to do the Tasting menu, however one diner had a shellfish allergy, and we were told the chef would make no substitutions for that one item, for that one person. Our waitperson seemed haughty about it all. We normally love Luca, but not that night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • John
    John
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food was great but seems like our server forgot about us halfway through the meal. Took forever to bring our second round of drinks. They acknowledged that they forgot and accordingly provided them free of charge - very apologetic and cool about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best in Denver
    MC30
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Best tasting menu that I've ever had made great by knowledgable and fun wait staff!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A really great dinner
    KrisVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My husband really enjoyed the wild boar and I had 2 small pastas, because I couldn't make up my mind!! Both were delicious! Also had a great wine recommended by our server!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food,adequate experience
    New2Den
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was delicious and well prepared. Not what I expected for an Italian restaurant but very tasty. Extensive, high end wine list. Server was abrupt and inattentive and made us feel not welcomed. We only saw him once after taking our order. Apparently only those who order expensive wines get service. Ironically, the sommelier was very gracious and attentive. The ambiance was also not very pleasant with harsh lights awkwardly placed and glaring in my eyes. It was supposed to be a special birthday dinner but I won't rush back.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • O.K.
    r2d2
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Foods good but they stabbed us $24 for a little larger $12 pasta dish. It's no Venice!
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  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Nothing was terribly awful, but nothing was really terribly good either. After hearing such good things about this restaurant for so long, we left wondering what the hype is all about.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Things have changed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We dined here a year ago and both agreed it was the best restaurant in Denver. We went on Friday night and things are different. The food was still really really good.....but it wasn't "best restaurant in Denver" good anymore. Twice, our wine pairings didn't come until 4-5 minutes after the chefs plate was served......quite a long time when you are trying to enjoy why a wine was selected for each course and enjoy them together. We were also quite confused by the the ambience. The music was loud. And it shifted from The XX to Michael Jackson to something else very random. We told our server and he said they were trying different things with the music and appreciated the feedback. I will go back someday, but not for a while.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just perfect
    Amade
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I haven't been to Luca in years and it was really fun to get a group together to go for restaurant week. We were all really pleased with the restaurant week options (some restaurants tend to skimp). We had fabulous wine with dinner and the service was spectacular! Great music as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spend on Fabulous Pasta & Wine
    AnalyticalFoodie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We went here for restaurant week and it's definitely one of Denver's finer and more expensive restaurants. It was a great pick, but the antipasti and desserts were nothing to write home about and at this price point borderline disappointing. Secondi was very nice but at regular price I am not sure I would have felt it was worth it. However the pasta was the best in Denver so far and the wine was lovely and reasonable so when I return that's what my dollars will go into. If it's special night with extra dough to throw around... maybe also split a Secondi. One final tip, the bread is great, but they don't offer seconds, so save some up for dipping in their lovely sauces...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • demsum
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The staff was accommodating and friendly, even with a group of 8 twenty-somethings there only for restaurant week. The food was DELICIOUS, even if I could only afford it during this promo time. We weren't rushed at all, and the 2.5 hour meal flew by. Would be a great date-spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening with good food
    Dave
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Enjoyed grilled Caesar salad, swordfish, and a pasta dish. Nice service, perfectly cooked fish, lovely presentation. My beef: I thought some dishes were a bit salty. Not badly so, but I noticed. The foccacia and breadsticks both were salty enough that I stopped eating them (ciabatta was fabulous!), and then the sides that accompanied the swordfish were also noticeably salty. Could it be that I needed a glass of wine, and that would have balanced things out? Maybe - I had a gin before dinner and opted for nothing more. Still, I enjoy seasonings on and in food, and just seemed a bit much. To be fair, my wife did not say the same, so who knows? I'd definitely go back, but would ask the kitchen to take it easy.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Richard
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    A wonderful bargain for Denver Food Week! 3 fantastic Italian courses for $40 can't be beat! Great service, lovely ambience
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    One of the best Restaurant Week dinners I have had in my many years of participating in it. We ordered one of each menu item and were not disappointed in the food, service or ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Restaurant Week meal
    Emmaloohoo
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We enjoyed our Restaurant Week experience at Luca. The food was good, the service was friendly, and the atmosphere was nice. It wasn't quite as good as non-RW times, of course, as the food is necessarily more standardized, but it was a great deal, and we got a lot of food for our $30/person!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Excellent food, service...meh
    intomystic
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We have always loved the food at Luca D'Italia. Our dinner was excellent as always but the wait staff was not up to its excellent reputation. Perhaps Restaurant Week had worn them out a bit.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Visit
    sgbowers333
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Luca has always been a bit out of my budget, so when they were listed on the Restaurant Week list I went berserk and immediately made a reservation! It did not disappoint. Jordan our server was fabulous. The meal and specialty cocktails were just heavenly. A night to remember!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Find
    jesijamsVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We have always wanted to try dinner here and it was very nice. Plates were not over-flowing, which I like. Good quality food, nicely prepared.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    discerningdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We dined there the first night of restaurant week. The menu sounded delicious -- the reality, less so. I started with the melon soup. It was nice enough, but very one note. The second course, the amatriciana, was a two bite spaghetti in red sauce. The braised pork shoulder was tender and a little greasy, and again did not have any exciting or complex flavorings. Overall a very average meal, from what seems to me an overrated restaurant :(
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  • Great food, stilted locale
    elmoVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Decor seems dated and place a little stilted but food was very good.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service
    MmmDel6662VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Staff is so stuck up here. Bad service. Never once asked how the meal was. Music was obnoxious and sounded like someone was screaming (more like rap music for an Italian place?) . Just bad. Food was still good but you have to deal with the staff in order to eat it unfortunately.
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  • Great food
    ChicagoMike
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The staff was the best. Every plate served and attention to the smallest of details. We waited for nothing at Luca and I'll be back for more. So many great things to choose from and all great.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Chef yet!
    CaninekidsVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We came for my husband's birthday...because where else would we go? Luca has been great for years, but we think Eric is the best Chef yet! Flavors are interesting and innovative, but not overpowering. And the food is incredibly fresh and high quality, and the service is always top notch. If you have not tried this place, you are missing one of the great restaurants in Denver.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anneversary
    Jake
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food and most of the wait staff were amazing overall great atmosphere for special night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Knowlegable wait staff, excellent wine Stewart ands terrific food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still our favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Consistently great food and service. We've been coming here for over 8 years and keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed
    Wish4better
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Have enjoyed before but this time the food was just ok & over-priced. Annoying that add a tip for 6 people then made no mention. Our fault to not notice but felt inappropriate when everything already felt over-priced.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top Notching Dining in Denver
    dollyfood
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The menu is innovative and DELICIOUS, the service is excellent and the atmosphere inviting. A truly outstanding dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dinner and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The service was absolutely exceptional. From the moment we arrived to the completion of the meal, the staff provided great service and made every effort to ensure a memorable experience. The food was outstanding as well. It was just a great experience and it was clear that the service team were truly professionals.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like going to Italy
    skiingsam
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    It is very special. Jim's presentation of the wines are excellent and so is the wine. Food and special care is always top knotch.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Birthday dinner!
    mangiaVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We had a very lovely birthday dinner with family and enjoyed the entire evening. A little pricey for a casual Saturday night but for a special occasion it was perfect.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate