Luca's Ristorante of Somerset
Luca's Ristorante of Somerset

Luca's Ristorante of Somerset

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lucasristorante.com/
  • Phone: (732) 297-7676
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday 11:00am - 10:00pm,

    Friday & Saturday 11:00am - 11:00pm,

    Sunday 12:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Andrea Di Meglio
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Delivery, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout
  • Catering: For catering please refer to our website, www.lucasristorante.com and contact within for your orders.
  • Special Events: Fixed price, course menus for New Years Eve, Valentine's Day

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between New Brunswick and Princeton, Cozzens and Finnegans Ln
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Additional parking in rear
A word from Luca's Ristorante of Somerset
If you are seeking not just a great meal, but a great dining experience, you need look no further than Luca’s Ristorante Somerset. Tucked away on Rt. 27 between Princeton and New Brunswick, Luca’s Somerset is an oasis of authentic regional Italian cuisine. Offering modern adaptations of traditional dishes from Ischia, here you can enjoy hand-cut ravioli stuffed with Chef Andrea’s latest mouth-watering combinations, a selection of fish entrees so fresh that they evoke the Mediterranean Sea, or a filet of such quality that it is paralleled only by the accoutrement that accompany it. Our dining room décor is uniquely Ischitana, and goes to show that here at Luca’s Somerset, we understand that the difference is in the details. When you are done with it all, take in the cozy setting with a delicious dessert made from scratch, and the perfect cup of locally micro-roasted espresso or cappuccino. So please, be our guest.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Luca's Ristorante of Somerset reviews from OpenTable diners
54 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (39)fit for foodies (28)special occasion (17)romantic (16)good for groups (11)great for lunch (6)kid-friendly (4)notable wine list (3)late-night find (2)Show More
  • Be honest with your reservation times
    barrymVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    I don't appreciate restaurants that overbook. Restaurants that have been in business as long as Luca should know how many tables they can book. We drove an hour to get here. Our party of 4 arrived at 8:20 for an 8:30 reservation and we were told our table will be ready soon. Another party of 2 with an 8:30 reservation got there right after us. This was our first time at this restaurant but the other party had been here many times and they told us it is always a long wait. We finally sat down at 9:15. They got their table at 9:40. What is the point of making a reservation? For me the point is so I don't have to wait. For Luca the point is so that they can get more people to dine there. The quality of food, flavor of food, ambiance and service are all pointless once the night is ruined.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All around amazing.
    JSS44
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    We went here for the second time last night, and we absolutely loved it both times. The service is excellent and the food is to die for. They have short rib meatballs for an appetizer that practically melt in your mouth. Their pork ossobuco (which is one of three types of ossobuco on their menu) falls off the bone and is in an unbelievable sauce. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who truly loves good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Exprience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Work group of 7. Service, food and wine all fantastic. Dont let the strip mall this is in detur you, this is a quality dining experience. Mixed BYO with house wine service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • my favorite local spot.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We bring out of towners here often and they are always impressed. We just love this place!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost perfect
    52pickup
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Being in a strip mall did not effect my dining experience one bit. in fact I thought it was very unique. The food is always top notch and priced reasonable . One of my all time favorites. My only dissapointment is the young waitstaff that is a little slow with service and can hide at times. They are always friendly and eager to help besides that. If you haven't been here come check it out.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Repeat Performance!
    burmamaloves2
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Love the food and venue....how wonderful it is to know that Luca's delivers every time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent food and service
    Debbietori129
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Really enjoyed the food atmosphere and service. Best Italian restaurant I have been to in New Jersey. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Italian gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We really liked Luca's. Our appetizers were wonderful (antipasti and figs/marscapone/prosciutto) and our entrees were enormous. My daughter's lasagne was fit for a king. My chicken/asparagus risotto dish was swimming in butter. One of the drawbacks was finding nothing on the menu for my grandson. He enjoyed the bread basket and pieces of the antipasti and we ended up ordering him some buttered noodles. Service started out just great, but we were then pretty much ignored. Otherwise, Luca's is terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    KimBobVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    What a fantastic find after the Rutgers Wisconsin football game. I found this gem on Trip Advisor and it was only a 20 minute drive from the stadium. The food was some of the best Italian food that I have ever eaten. the Lobster Canneloni was to die for. The homemade focaccia was amazing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wendywonderful
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Luca's was a pleasant surprise. I didn't expect a neighborhood eatery located in a strip mall to be so charming and sophisticated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian Food
    KrazyKat
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great Italian Food. I would come back again. Service was exellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant, Comfortable, Relaxing
    Relaxation
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Luca's was a very pleasant restaurant to go and enjoy a delicious, quiet dinner in a very comfortable and charming atmosphere with friendly service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but slow
    Herrjohn
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    My wife and I have eaten several lunches at Luca's and have enjoyed the food every time. My wife loves the diamante pasta and their gnocchi with beef is outstanding. The only problem we have encountered is that the last time we were there the service was very slow; it took so much time between courses and there were just a few other customers. For instance, once we were given the bread, which is a selection of three great breads, we had finished it and a glass of wine before the salad arrived. And then there was another long interval waiting for the entrees. In summary, we enjoy the food, the ambiance and the wait staff very much but were unhappy with the length of time to get our food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem in Central NJ!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Food, serving waitress all top notch! I will visit again!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sundaydiners
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    two couples went on a Sunday it was very nice. we all enjoyed our food. The service was wonderful, girl very attentive. We thought it was a bit pricey but the food was good. We would certainly go again. we also like the fact it is a byob.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luca's always excellemt
    Elizabet34
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Four guests = we each had a different dinner, special fish dish delicious. Appys great - Fried Calamari - none better! Always happy with Luca's
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Italian and original
    businesstravelerfoodie
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Homemade pasta and original dishes that include some health conscious entrees. Great variety of fish. Enjoyed the vege dish with homemade spinach pasta, fresh tomatoes, wild mushrooms and fava beans. Traditional dishes looked great too. Pretty plates and hand drawn décor on the walls.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent as always
    Pharmboy34VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This place is a gem and I am thankful it is down the road. When I move I will miss the Crab soup.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian-ish
    KenPVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    A nice neighborhood Italian restaurant. My experience echoes the previous reviews -the food is dependably prepared and the waiters can be a bit goofy. What I haven't seen mentioned - and this may be important to you - is that the food isn't designed to be true to Italy and the wine list is un-Italian. The chef/owner wants to pay tribute to local ingredients. So he incorporates whatever is fresh. The dish then becomes localized with a very strong Italian concept. The food is tasty, but not true Italian. On the other hand, the wine is all from the same NJ winery. And it fails. I noticed some patrons brought their own wines. You should too. BTW - I lived many years in Italy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is great!
    LoboNJ
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We were surprised by how delicious the food is. The place is in a nondescript strip mall on Route 27, but inside it's very homey and comfortable. The service was a little slow on a Sunday night but only because they cook everything to order...and it shows, the food is really terrific. The meatballs were amazing, the lamb ossobucco was great, the seafood risotto and veal saltimbocca were all delicious. Highly recommend this place for people who like to go beyond the basic boring Italian meal. And, the most surprising and amazing dish was the agnolotti di cacao - sort of a chocolate ravioli stuffed with butternut squash - wow, that was memorable and in the best way. Even my 9-year old couldn't get enough of it. Delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food!!!
    YoungcoupleVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This is a relatively hidden place with excellent food!!! It is located in a mall which limits the ability to standout but the interior is very nicely decorated and the food is amazing. It will be part of our frequent destinations for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • terrific restaurant
    SheriSVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We absolutely loved our meal at Luca's. The calamari was perfectly fried and not too breaded. My chicken dish was outstanding as was my husband's seafood stew. Both were served very hot in a sizzling pot. We shared the death by chocolate which arrived in a coffee cup and it was well worth the 12 minute wait. Our waiter was wonderful and very efficient without being overbearing. Oh yes, the bread basket is amazing. Yum!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DJEaters12
    DJEaters12
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was outstanding and the service was very friendly and attentive. The waiter was very helpful with the menu and all of his recommendations were great! It was our first visit and we will surely be back. The atmosphere was very interesting and made you feel like you were in Italy.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian meal
    NJFoodie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I great find in our local strip mall! Once you enter Luca's you feel as though you have stepped into a restaurant in Little Italy. Great food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Good
    PatrickVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Our second visit. Shared a wonderful eggplant rollatini. One of us had chicken parmigiana and one had veal saltimbocca. Both were wonderful.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JerzeesalVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was really good here. We felt our server was a little too familiar. Or maybe just weird. At one point he asked me for my weapons...meaning my leftover utensils. There were other things, but he wasn't bad, just trying to be amusing, I think. We enjoyed our meal very much. A little pricey. Definitely need a reservation!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Cassman
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Excellent food. Every part of the meal was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Best food ever!!! If you're looking for authentic Italian this is the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 114 reviews are from the Luca's Ristorante of Somerset reviews archive.
  • always delicious byob
    KimboVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    You can't go wrong ordering anything here. Always a delicious meal with great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good
    jordydog1VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food and ambiance at Luca's are very similar: comfortable and well executed. We always enjoy Luca's, whether it's take out or dine in. The wait staff is professional and sweet.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nylamom
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Was not disappointed. Everything was wonderful! Brought friends for the first time and they loved it also.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So fine!
    burmamaloves2
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I adore Luca's! The food is excellent and the atmosphere is inviting and comfortable. Service is outstanding as well. "What's not to like?" As usual, there is no rush and an exceptional experience. Thank you soooo much for another wonderful, delicious meal which allows friends to bond and absorb a fabulous meat in a cozy environment. One of my favorite dining experiences.....and I am so grateful....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    ladyreader1VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We were recommended by friends and we are so happy to have found this wonderful restaurant. The menu is great with so many wonderful selections and everything tasted fresh and presentation was excellent. Looking forward to our next visit. It is good to find a good old-style Italian restaurant .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • donnagram
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food, service and ambiance were outstanding. A wonderful dining experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • July 10 2014 dinner
    Itailanfoodpro1
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    A total of 5 of us went to Luca's for the first time. The ambiance was nice, friendly staff but for the most part this is where it stopped. It took a very long time for us to receive our dinners. (Over 60 minutes) with only one ceaser salad as an appetizer. Between the 5 of us we each ordered different meals. Chicken parm, lasagna, pasta, and another chicken dish. The only meal that was so good that you would rave about was the pasta. Oh by the way the white merlot wine was very good. Based on the food taste and extra long wait I would not recommend Luca's. There are too many real good Italian restaurants in NJ to eat at. Believe me I have grown up eating homemade and restaurant style Italian food in NY and NJ. Don't waste your time here
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food
    Love2eatout
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    This is the second time I've been here and the food was delicious! We had the mussels marinara, lobster callolini and the chicken past with bolanaise sauce. Every time I come here, food never disappoints me. However we were seated next to a large group of people that had a toddler that screamed loudly a couple of times during dinner, so that was a little annoying, but other than that, I would recommend this restaurant if you like Italian food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderrful as Always
    JERRYGOLDVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We are regulars at this neighborhood gem. They have a creative menu, the best bread and great no matter what your choice is.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish!
    archer5852VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We brought friends from out of town for a special celebration and we were not disappointed. This is the best upscale Italian food in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nice Place
    FresserVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Caeser salad way under dressed and forgettable, The entrees were OK; too much sauce on the chicken dish but tasty. The shrimp and crab over linguini was very nice. The wait staff was friendly and efficient. A good place to go.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mspriss
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The food was absolutely delicious, service was great, the ambience was vibrant. Will make Luca's a regular dining out spot for my family.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic