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Lucca Back Bay
Lucca Back Bay

Lucca Back Bay Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.luccaboston.com
  • Email: natasha@luccabackbay.com
  • Phone: (617) 247-2400
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner daily 5:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Contemporary Italian
  • Executive Chef: Nathaniel Lawrence
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our elegant mezzanine dining room seating 40 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: * (617) 247-2400

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Garrison Street
  • Public Transit: Prudential or Copley on Green Line or Back Bay on Orange Line
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is offered for $16 per vehicle.
A word from Lucca Back Bay
From creators of the acclaimed North End restaurant, Lucca, Lucca Back Bay features upscale, regional, contemporary cuisine in Boston's Back Bay.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The three course meal, followed by dessert, was excellent. Our server was quite attentive and engaged in the presentation of the meal. There was just a little too much time between our courses: we arrived at 7:00, and didn't get out until 9:30 for a party of eight. As highlighted previously, though, THE FOOD WAS EXCELLENT."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "It was our first time dining at Lucca and we were not disappointed. The ambience is warm and romantic and the service is A+. We were celebrating our children's birthdays with family and ordered a few appetizers, cocktails and dinner. Everyone seemed to enjoy their meals. However, I would have liked to see a few more entrée choices. I usually get a fish dish and chose the Monk which was the nightly special. It was okay, rather bland but that being said it didn't damper our dining experience because the evening was a very enjoyable one. I like that the tables are spread apart enough to enjoy some privacy while dining and that it did not have the hectic atmosphere that a lot of Boston restaurants do. We would definitely go back again."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I had the cavatelli and tried the crudo -- both excellent. Also tried the crudo. The cocktails are well-planned and well-executed. For bourbon, try the "Reverend Craig". The server was very personable, attentive, and not condescending. He was very knowledgable; he knew the menu and the preparation of the each dish, important because of food allergies in our party. The dessert was the best part of the meal, mixing classical and modern touches. The atmosphere fell short -- at least up on the second-floor balcony area, where we were seated next to a rather loud group of twenty guests. (I think this placement was poor form, but they may have been fully packed on the main level. Overall, Lucca lives up to its accolades. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I enjoyed the dining experience here. The food was good, the atmosphere conducive to a relaxing evening, and the service is as god as I've experienced if not better, at higher priced restaurants. I came by myself, which sometimes makes for an automatic downgrade in where they sit you, and the service. But I was greeted well, given a seat by the window, and served very well. The Calamari appetizer is one to come back for. The veal was cooked very well. The SemiFredo was delicious and worth busting my carb counts for. I definitely recommend to all."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Great food and attentive service in a pretty space. Great find!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Calamari appetizer was great. I had the rigatoni which was fine, but my wife had the tortoloni with the jonah crab and it was cold (compared to my steaming hot rigatoni) and had a very fishy taste. The manager appologized and took the tortoloni off the bill, but still disappointing."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "If you don't order the more expensive items from the menu including the wine the wait staff provide very poor service. Wait time between courses was unacceptable. Should not take that long to deliver a piece of cake. When it arrived the ice cream on the side melted (cake was not warmed) I exclaimed "My ice cream is melted" . The waiters reply was "sorry". And he said that as he was leaving the table. No eye contact nothing to even fake sincerity. The restaurant was not busy, many empty tables so no excuse for poor service."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "Our experience was bad, beginning to end. The wait for a waitress was long. When she came, I asked for Club Soda; she said they only had "sparkling water"!The Menu was fixed price, but each item had extra dollars added on. I ordered chicken; it had no taste and was dried out; the Ceasar salad with anchovies, had only one anchovy! Service was long. When there for almost 2 hours, I asked for dessert wrapped to take home. That took long. When I got home, it was not the one I ordered. Finally, I was given someone else's bill. I did not notice this and paid anyway. When leaving they said I was mischarged and my card needed to be done again. I received a new bill without itemizing dishes and the total was $25. higher! We will not eat here again!"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Food was very good, service was attentive, quick but not over bearing The ambiance was pleasant; even on an early Saturday dinner before Symphony it felt comfortable. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The Carpaccio was excellent but the main courses were definitely poor. Too much salt with the Scallops and a kind of ball (1 inch) of spaghetti glued together in the middle of the plate of Spaghetti Carbonara. These issues were mentioned to 2 different waiters and nothing happened in return. Very pricey too (the 3 course menu is the only option and price add-ons are almost a mandate) I do not recommend"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The food was sophisticated, grounded in classic Northern Italian cuisine. The websites was personable, very knowledgeable but not intrusive or overbearing. Sweetbreads were to die for!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The service overall at Lucca the other night was fantastic. I was in there with a friend from out of town and you guys represented extremely well, the hostess was really friendly, waitress we had was fantastic - helpful and friendly, and the manager also came around to make sure everything was cool. I'd recommend Lucca to anyone, and that is before even mentioning that every food item we got was 10 out of 10 delicious! I'd recommend Lucca Back Bay in a heartbeat."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Just attended a trade show in the Boston area and enjoyed a fantastic meal at Lucca Back Bay. Everything was delicious and the service was exceptional. We try to make it to this restaurant every year when we attend the show and we are never dissappointed!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Both the service and food were outstanding! Would definitely return!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Been there many times, and they have gotten better each month. Highly recommend!!!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We had a great dinner time last Saturday. Food is very good, and portions are big enough to share. Good wine list. very attentive service. Well-priced for Back Bay."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "My one complaint is the food. The duck was very salty and the risotto very bland... overall a disappointing meal."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We dine at Lucca Back Bay or the original Lucca in the North End once or twice a year. The menu changes often enough that there is almost always something new to try. This time my wife really enjoyed the Jonah crab appetizer. We were especially impressed by our server's attention to the couple next to us. They thought they were in a red sauce type of place (they weren't) but the server walked them through the menu and also offered some choices from the bar menu so that they could eat a meal they were comfortable with. Very nicely done."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The whole experience was excellent: food, quiet atmosphere, service, selection of wines by the glass. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Lucca's is a perfect antidote to the battle between nouveau Northern Italian partisans and red sauce Southern types. The offerings were inventive and diverse and the quality was high."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "My "go-to" favorite for an elegant dinner with family or friends. Food is reliably, prepared, and of excellent quality,and not "over the top." Staff friendly and accommodating, always gracious. And quiet enough for conversation! Not a restaurant for the young and hip, though the bar area is appealing, More elegantly sophisticated. Perfect for me."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I went there on a date and the food was incredible. Staff was attentive and knowledgeable. The waiter brought me a martini but rather olives he brought me a lemon Rhine, I like Gin and it was mainly gin, but I happened to say to my date "oh i just miss my olives"He heard and brought me olives! Then knew my next martini was to be made with olives. I would definitely go back!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This place has a really nice atmosphere, great food, service and the wine list is fantastic."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We recently moved to Boston and dined at Lucca on Valentine's Day. It was fantastic! We stared with the oysters (from Duxbury)...cold, sweet served with mignonette. Then we shared the buccatini and two amazing entrees...the chicken and scallops. The service was very good, we were seated at a nice corner table and we were not rushed. Dessert was delicious too! Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was very good and we ordered off the menu which the chef accommodated without hesitation."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "I like the food. Several pasta dishes are outstanding including the fettuccine and wild mushrooms. I've been 4 or 5 times and this last time it was surprisingly loud. I think there is a bar area that was unusually vibrant that evening. Service was excellent, as always."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Awesome dining experience--among the very best we've encountered in Boston!!! All requests submitted via Opentable were granted for wife's birthday. Superior, friendly service that was just right. I recommend using the valet service, which is a good value and very convenient. Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Both entrees were delicious. The choices were limited to about 5 pasta, 5 additional plates and two specials -- so folks with limited range of preferred foods may find that an issue."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Not trendy but consistently well-prepared dishes served by friendly and attentive staff in one of the most gracious rooms in town. I've never been disappointed here. I hope they keep up doing what they do so well. Thank you Lucca!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We celebrated my husband's birthday here and it was very nice! Service extremely attentive to our needs and answered all our questions. Absolutely fabulous oysters!!! Being from New England, we know great shellfish and Lucca's did a wonderful job in its preparation. Have the option of the smaller menu too which was a great option. Delicious scallops, bolognese terrific and pasta wiith wild boar sweet ... But tasty! The flour less chocolate cake was a special birthday surprise and much appreciated. Lovely decor too. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Wonderful evening - though the balloons began to fall too early (New Year's Eve decor). Food and drink superb."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Our fourseome had an excellent dinner to close out 2013; the service, food and ambience were all excellent. Everyone made remarks on how good and fresh their meal was. Defintely a great date night destination, or if you plan ahead, a place to have a group gather for a fine meal and conversation.. I must say that we certainly appreciated the great service as well and accomodating menu selection. Bon Appetit all"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We enjoyed our experience at Lucca Back Bay very much. We were greeted and brought to our table by a very friendly hostess. The room is beautiful but not stuffy in any way. Food was outstanding, from an antipasti plate to our pastas. The service was very good. We will absolutely return!"
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "Had a business dinner here as a group of 5. Service was very attentive without being obtrusive. The wait staff gave thoughtful recommendations based on our likes and was very helpful with the wine selections. The courses were delivered in a timely fashion; never as a rush and without any delay. The ambiance is very nice. Lucca has a separate and well-appointed bar that would make it a great spot for drinks or a small weekend casual dinner. Dinner tables are well spaced and the room is very comfortable. With all of that, the food is the real star. All meals were full of flavor and depth; each being a treat. Several of us had the osso buco and we all commented that it was perhaps the best we ever had. We will be back."
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "Noise level was not just "energetic". I would call it "punishing". However the food was very good (except for COLD bread which is my pet peeve) and the the service was excellent. Not sure I would return due to the noise level which is too bad as the atmosphere is lovely. I felt like i was yelling across the (two person) table the whole time. Also, my husband and I deliberately arrived early to hang at the bar before our reservation, but there was a private party going on downstairs and the bar was closed. I had talked to the hostess earlier that day to confirm our reservation and she never mentioned this. It would have been nice to know so we could have made other pre-dinner plans."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "good location , easy to reach, but the Rib Eye was very hard to chew ! I ointed out to waiter, no action taken. was not in the mood for argument."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "I had high hopes for Lucca and i was not disappointed. I had dinner with my wife and the ambience and service were excellent. We had the pork chop and the Osso Buco and both were very flavorable and perfectly done. We would defintely go again when visiting Boston."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "Lucca is one of those restaurants that is always good, reliable. I can't think of anything I've ever had there that wasn't good."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "We had a company holiday dinner. Nine of us ordered various items: lamb, steak, chicken, salad, cavatelli to name a few. Everyone loved the food. I personally had the cavatelli (minus the bacon) and it was delicious. Service was very good. I would definitely return to Lucca."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "We went for dinner before attending the symphony. My meal (lamb) was fabulous, My wife's steak was good but not great. we came back after the symphony for drinks. A nice evening. would recommend Lucca."
    Dined on 11/23/2013