Lucca Back Bay
Lucca Back Bay

Lucca Back Bay

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.luccabackbay.com/
  • Phone: 6172472400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner daily 5:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Andres Cruz
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, 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: * 6172472400x

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 $18 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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Lucca Back Bay reviews from OpenTable diners
93 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (47)special occasion (40)good for groups (32)notable wine list (30)neighborhood gem (27)romantic (26)vibrant bar scene (13)late-night find (9)hot spot (8)great for lunch (5)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • A wonderful dinner
    HungryRichardVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    On a busy Saturday night, we were seated immediately and served attentively throughout. The food was quite delicious. Outstanding was the fettuccini with wild mushrooms, a subtly flavored but hearty dish. A side of polenta with mascarpone was a creamy delight. I will return to try the menu more extensively but on the basis of this first visit, I recommend Lucca.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    mealdoc
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    the entire experience was very enjoyable- food and even the plate came out hot- which is a rarity for most restaurants!! the mixed green salad was dressed in the kitchen with the perfect amount of dressing to add flavor and was NOT dripping like many other establsihments. the service was engaging timely and not overwhelming as my (old friends) guests and I took time with old stories and didnt get rushed at all by the waitress. She could tell that we were re-acquainting and not in a rush.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The service was excellent and the setting lovely. It was a great place to go before the BSO. Other than oysters which were magnificent, the food just wasn't all that great. It was just standard restaurant fare.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Experience
    Ritayaya
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Great food and service! Dinned with a party of six. Table was a little late but we were checked on often, and offer a rectangular table which we declined. Very attentive staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably good
    CoopwriteVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    One of my favorite restaurants. A great neighborhood resource as well as a reliable place to recommend to out of town associates/friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect dining experience
    Mbo333
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    5 stars. Food, service and environment was perfect.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pleasant surprise
    LongIslandSueMay
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    After a delicious meal for our group of 7, attentively served, coffee came and we waited and waited for our desserts (which usually arrive with the coffee). The frozen ones were melting. When the bill came we saw the charges for them had quietly been removed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommend!
    BostonDiner
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I have been to Lucca Back Bay on several occasions now (work-oriented and social) and have never had a less than fantastic dining experience there. From the nice high ceilings, large windows, lighting, and decor that provide the perfect ambience, to the helpful and friendly host/hostess and waitstaff, everything about this restaurant is already great before you even get your meal. And once you do, the food itself is always so delicious! Personal favorites have been the tuna tartare and beef carpaccio appetizers, along with the steak, pork loin, and scallop entrees, but really everything is tasty. The desserts and drinks are great too - my fiancee loves the lychee martini. In short, there are few sure things, but Lucca is one of them!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Veal Milanese as good as I've had in Milan. A wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cozy and complete
    450painter
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    They accomodated my desire for round table. Food was great. Service a bit slow. Loved the comfort and location. Good place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot, great food and service
    Janie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We enjoy Lucca and find the menu and service of very high quality. The noise level is a bit high for us but in general the ambiance is quite enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food,atmosphere,and decor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Terrific design and layout of the restaurant. Great looking bar area and the design/decor and feel of the entire restaurant is exceptional, creating an energetic and comfortable ambience without being noisy. The food was excellent as well as the service and we are very appreciative of the special treatment received for our special occasion. Also appreciated the call to confirm and the suggestion that if we arrive a little later than 7:30 there would be greater flexibility in seating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We left disappointed/confused
    SeafoodFan51
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We were excited to try Lucca. Most reviews seem good and the menu was interesting. The actual experience was pretty disappointing, mostly because of the service. We were sat at a table that is right at the landing of the stairs to the second floor. It felt like we were in a busy hallway all night with the amount of traffic bustling back and forth by us. Service felt disconnected, random people taking our orders with our apps/entres/drinks. No real continuity, and the food, while it was done with quality ingredients, we just didn't get it. My swordfish special was good, she had chicken, which was notably dry. We left unsatisfied and confused, and went somewhere else to end our night. I can't say we left with a reason to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent, but beware the wine list
    SaraD0426
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    EXCELLENT! My girlfriend and I decided to have dinner here because we were going to the symphony. So happy with our decision. I was able to valet my car for $18, and they are open late so I left it there through the symphony and we even went out for drinks afterward. We shared the Caprese Salad as an appetizer, and also shared the Bistecca as our entrée. The steak was grass-fed, which had great appeal, and it was incredible! Note: beware the wine list. When we ordered our wine we did not realize that the first page of the wine list was for half-bottles, and not full bottles. Needless to say, when the check finally came we were in for a surprise. Fortunately, the manager realized that it was a miscommunication and corrected the bill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great
    jerriVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Go here before the theater all the time...love it thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not so great
    rSKI
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Nice place. Good service. Didn't care for the cold appetizers, and the filet was awful in my opinion. A $40 filet should not have to be chewed like bubble gum when cooked medium rare. Others in my party were satisfied with their entrees.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent atmosphere
    JuanCarlos
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Service and food quality are outstanding Also the space between tables and the sense of privacy
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luvtowine
    Luvtowine
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Easy walking from major hotels in the Back Bay. Spacious for private conversations along with exceptional menu items , make this restaurant a great find.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PCDBoston
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My friends and I enjoyed having dinner here. The food was very good, the service was attentive, and the room was attractive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Dinner Experience
    Mac3q
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We chose Lucca after weighing our choices in Back Bay Boston. Reviews of nearby Newberry St were eratic and often mentioned chain eateries. Upon entering we were pleasantly greeted and an accomodation to a table of our choice was made. Our waiter explained our options from the $38 prix fixe menu along with the many other choices from the reg menu.. There were at least 4 prix fixe choices for appetizers and entrees and 2 for dessert. Our apps of a green salad and a Wagyu beef plate were excellent to the point my wife changed to the beef for her entree. I chose the Pollo. Both were delicious and prepared to order. The staff as a whole were attentive while at the same time gave us our space. Overall I would recommend visting Lucca to all
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pre-game find
    JudyVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We went to Lucca before a Red Sox game, so we were the only diners there at 5 pm! Great service, really good food! Would be fun to go back when someone else is there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food good,wine warm
    EHSNYC
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The hostess was disingenuous. We were not given a warm welcome. The waiter had an 'air' about him as well until we made conversation with him. The food was good, not worth the price, and our $58 bottle of wine was warm. We don't plan on returning. We would have had a much better experience if the attitudes of the staff were professional.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    tnwvt
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Appetizers: Carpaccio was excellent. Octopus salad was tasty, although a bit shy on the polpo. Mains: The garganelli with chicken sausage was pedestrian. The sausage was dry, and the dish, overall, lacked spark. The lobster ravioli was, likewise, a bit flat in flavor, the the pasta was too heavy. This is a dish that demands a more delicate pasta than was presented. Other: The restaurant has a good cellar, and the wines are fairly priced. The staff are very good -- attentive and friendly, but not fawning. The noise level was tolerable, but surprisingly high for a room with soft furnishings and a high ceiling. This could be a good restaurant, but more attention to detail is needed in the kitchen.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Convenient to Back Bay Hotels
    Steverino
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Early evening dinner for 4. Good meal, not spectacular, but even teenager was satisfied. Would be a great late night spot for drinks & a light "bite"!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative, delicious, a great find
    sejdaVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Try everything. It was all beautifully presented and quite yummy.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Sergio
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The service was outstanding. I had dinner with my wife and daughters and the waitress was really helpful in recommending good plates / reasonable portions.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • prefer North End
    beachdocVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I've eaten at Lucca North End many times and always enjoyed the experience. This was my first time in the Back Bay location. The wine list is great , but otherwise the experience was disappointing. The restaurant was empty -- not the energy of the North End location, and the food was just average. I went back to the North End location the next night (I'm visiting from out of town and doing a lot of entertaining) and was much happier.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love to go back
    BabaRamDass
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Whenever we visit Boston, Lucca's is one of our go-to restaurants in the Back Bay. Good food and an atmosphere conducive to good conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian American style
    BainesVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Although Lucca has many local fans and the food was generally good, I found it more 'American' than Italian. The food lacked the true Italian flavor and flair was more an Americanized version of Italian food in a very American corporate feeling setting. For more authentic cuisine try Erbaluce!
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  • If scallops are on the menu
    SLH4HairVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We dined with 3 other couples, three people in the group of 8 had the scallops we all cleaned or plates. The five others enjoyed the meals as well. Our waiter was also very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    When I dined the second time I was disappointed that the "special" arugula truffle pizza wasn't on the menu
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spot on
    chrisd
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Special spot for a 50th wedding anniversary, service was impeccable, decor is lovely and the food is DELISH! Although the location is central, the "view" is nothing special of the street, but other than that no complaints and strongly recommend. (Try the meatballs, you won't be disappointed!!!)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another wonderful dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    From salad through dessert this meal was one of the best. We keep going back to Lucca because we are never disappointed in the food and service. We highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastico!
    szy13
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    In town for a conference, I promised myself one special dinner & was delighted to find Lucca a block from my hotel. The menu was incredible & even offered a very affordable $79 Chef's Choice option with wine. As a first course, I opted for a classical paring of melon with proscuitto elevated by incredible watermelon. Next I chose lobster with chervil risotto & shaved asparagus. While expensive, the portion was large with succulent lobster and a perfect risotto. The real winner of the night was a late harvest Reisling served with dessert. The wine list had a good selection by the glass, so I was able to chose nice parings with each course. The service was attentive and professional and truly appreciated how much I enjoyed my meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • gordo
    gordoVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The food was great. Service was efficient. Great ambiance
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 58 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 822 reviews are from the Lucca Back Bay reviews archive.
  • Great Italian!
    Tsquared
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Atmosphere, Food, Service and location are all great. Conveniently located in Back Bay.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salty
    Singa
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    I went to Luca for dinner, everything was extremely salty. I asked for the bolagnase but with gluten free pasta, I can say that there was an issue somewhere because my dish definately had gluten in it. It was very loud and it was difficult to hear our server. Also don't get the caprese salad.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went the extra mile...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    ...when I informed them I had clients coming with me. I have eaten here many times (I work across the street) and it is always top notch, but they really made sure the evening was flawless when I needed them to. My thanks to the entire staff.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood
    John
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Squid ink pasta was perfect. Could eat it every night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT!!
    BillVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The Chef's tasting pre-fixe dinner with wine pairing was phenomenal!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.