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LUCCA Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.luccacafe.net/index.html
  • Phone: (949) 725-1773
  • Hours of Operation:

    Breakfast: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 12:00pm;
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am-2:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, European, Organic
  • Executive Chef: Cathy Pavlos
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sand Canyon
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from LUCCA
A Euro bistro & wine bar where casual friendliness meets chic, big-city elements. LUCCA features seasonal high-quality ingredients that are free-range, hormone-free meats & locally grown organic produce.
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Diner Reviews
  • "This was my fourth visit to Lucca. Each time the quality of the food is impeccable. It's a real treat to dine here, and I especially like it being in Irvine. It's hard to find quality like this here. It's not cheap, so be prepared to pay for the experience. You won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Good food, atmosphere,and got right in at our reservation. Loved the varied food selections."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This was my second time here and I didn't realize they only offer a brunch menu on Saturdays, anyhow the food was nowhere near as good as my first visit, we were a party of three and none of my companions were very happy with their meals. I know I won't go for brunch ever again."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Service was polite, but our entrees arrived at three different times - and not just a few minutes apart. That broke up our meal too much for the price you pay here."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We eat at Lucca a lot. Excellent food. Cheese plate one of the best anywhere - including great experiences in Europe. Sunday two of us had the special, Beef Wellington, it was very good. Our wives had fish - both very pleased. Entries so good we splurged on desert - not disappointed. My only complaint was our waiter seemed to get lost for brief moments - we were tucked away. Inconsistent service does not take away from the great food at Lucca; but they do need to address."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "slow service during work lunch and signature dish was ordinary"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Entrees are served when the chefs get to them. If you are with others expect to be served at different times. This is NOT just the small plate menu so be prepared to be the only one at your table eating. It's awkward & unnecessary. Management says it's the owners policy. My main course was sent back twice because it was cold. This is not acceptable especially when there were 2 occupied tables."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Always great food especially at this time of the year with fresh, garden vegetables. I had eggs in purgatory. I wanted to lick the plate when I finished the dish because the tomato salsa was so delicious. Also, their breakfast potatoes were unique and blended well with the sauce, eggs and cheese. The only disappointment was that they had already run out of cinnamon rolls by the time we got there. Oh well, next time."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Second time at Lucca - meal just OK - disappointing. Halibut was fairly tasteless with competing accompaniments - like sister restaurant Provenance quite a bit more"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Tucked away in qual hill shopping center, Lucca has a limited menu in which all the selections are very tasteful. This is my second time at the restaurant:1st with a group, 2nd with my wife. The food presentation was tasteful. The serving size was enough. I thought the cost was pricey. The service with the group was better than with my wife. I'm not saying it was terrible, but I thought more attention would have been given to us especially since there weren't many tables. There is only one restroom for the men, so you have to wait unlike the women's restroom which can accommodate multiple users."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I've been here several times and it is always a pleasure."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "My husband and I dined here on a Friday night and it wasn't that busy. The menu is confusing. Food was good but not great. Service was good. I had read about this restaurant being one of OC's best restaurant's of the year and had high expectations but I was really disappointed. Also, no full bar, beer and wine only."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We had been to Lucca's for lunch and thought it was good. How can a restaurant be good for lunch and mediocre for dinner? Well, it was. The food was blah...tasteless. Our waiter was good and explained to us that he brings the food once it is prepared to enhance its freshness. There were four of us and our meals came at different times, about 15 minutes apart. This meant that you didn't really have a meal with friends. It meant that you observe your friends having their meal. Awful service format! It made it easy on the kitchen since they don't have to time the the food preparation so everyone can eat at the same time. However, it certainly does not take into consideration the comfort and enjoyment of the meal by their customer."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The food is exceptionally fresh and delicious. Everything is flavorful as if it is homecooked but still restaurant quality. Their cobb salad is totally my favorite and it's HUGE! The pastas are all great as well. I enjoy the sunday sauce and chicken marsala but you can't go wrong. Their mahi mahi on any of their dishes is also very delcious - fresh, light, and tasty! Service is always great. I love Adolfo and a few others that I unfortunately don't know the name of. The coffee drinks are also a total treat! You wouldn't expect superior coffee / espresso drinks from a place with such great food but it's also off the charts. Oh.. and if you can't tell, they have enough amazing wine to last through a zombie apocalypse."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Lucca remains a place to get good, sometimes great, mediterranean food in a casual atmosphere. Our server was excellent; she recommended a change to a wrap I was considering (the mediterranean wrap - put it on a baguette instead of in a wrap; the wrap can get wet from the vegetables), which was a very good suggestion. It can get noisy at lunch, but not so much that I couldn't hear my table mates."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The menu is very interesting and creative...new and different salads that are delicious and healthy. Nice outdoor patio that could accommodate a large party. It's a favorite for lunch!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Unlike some past reviews we found the service to be excellent, from the initial greeting to the server himself. The menu is a tad limited, particularly on the pastas. The charcuterie plate was superb, as was the pasta carbonara. The pasta primavera was good but not great according to my wife. There is a good selection of wines by the glass, and some choices are rather reasonably-priced. Prices are not cheap, but are not out of line with the size of the portions and the quality of the food."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "This was our first time here and can't wait to go back. We sat outside on the patio and received excellent service from our server Adolfo. he was very attentive and gave us a free brownie dessert which was amazing!!! The Linguine with shrimp was out of this world delicious and my picky teenage daughter absolutely loved the summer cob salad. All in all this was one of our better forays as we eat our way thru Orange County."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "My family and I ate for the first time at Lucca last week. My kids enjoy quality food and were treated as guests which I appreciated. We tried many items starting with a cheese and meat tray, lamb chops, large stuffed Ravioli, pork tenderloin and more. Everything was tasty. We will definitely going back in the near future."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "the service was very slow, and food was mediocre and expensive and we sat waiting for 15 min or more with no one checking on us, and it wasn't the busy time of the day...very disakppointing way to celebrate fathers day.....we won't do it again..."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The dinner menu is a Mediterranean mix with some small plates and some entree style formats. Perfectly cooked lambchops were the winners of the evening."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "As a yelper I give the place one star! Horrible food and service. Waitress was horrific. Not even one smile."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We had a great time at Lucca. We went for lunch and sat outside, the weather was nice and that helped too. The service was very friendly and ready to suggest or explain the menu. Once the food was brought to our table we did not see the server again until he offer the dessert menu, yet he was attentive to other tables around us. The food was great, very tasty and reasonable size plates. The prices were a bit high but since the food was so good it was well worth it. We all liked it a lot and would recommend to anyone to visit."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Love the dinners at Lucca but you really cannot have a better lunch, either. Stopped in since we were in the neighborhood and had a wonderful meal presented with impeccable service even though they were extremely busy. Thank you Adolfo (sp?) The salmon special over the house made penne with a Vodka sauce was perfectly seasoned and cooked. John declared the Certified Angus Beef Tri-Tip and Havarti Cheese Sandwich made with Marinated Certified Angus Beef Tri Tip Steak roasted to medium rare, sliced and served with Havarti Cheese, Caramelized Onions, Oven-Roasted Tomatoes, Organic Lettuces and Mustard Sauce the best Tri Tip he has ever had. So glad that Lucca retains the highest quality in their ingredients."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We usually go to Lucca as a couple and have always loved the food and ambiance. This time we were with a family group of 11, and were pleased to see the experience there was just as good, though different due to the group dynamic. We were placed at the far end of the patio where we were able to interact easily without disturbing other diners. The food was fabulous as always, and our server was very helpful and accommodating."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "This restaurant is a breath of fresh air from the ho-hum corporate chain restaurants that dominate Irvine. The food is fresh, not ingigantic portions and comes in tapas style or more traditional entrees. The spot is great too, particaulrly as we took a late afternoon hike along the Quail Hill trails just up the road. An excellent end to a two-hour gentle hike in one of the few undeveloped spots left in Irvine. The eclectic wine list is well worth exploring."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I think our waiter was stoned - rude, forgot about us, clanked dishes twice, dropped and broke our glasses once, talked strange. Freaked us out. Other restaurant staff had to know something was up yet nobody came to help, apologize or anything. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Love the food. The Tartine on the special menu was delish. Love the staff always friendly and helpful. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "The food is always great at Lucca,the service was not on this visit,and we felt like they had taken on to many reservations. The place felt cramped."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "It's a casual neighborhood restaurant with decent (albeit under-seasoned) food made from good ingredients. There's nothing wrong with that, but the prices are 30% higher than either the ambiance/service or the food merits. They need to either step up their game to justify their prices or lower their prices to a level more befitting of their game. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I love Lucca you always walk out with a smile. The food here is one if the best in the area. They have a very good wine list "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food was very good. especialy the sandwiches. We sat on the patio so I would not be able to rate dinning inside. The patio was a very nice setting for breakfast or lunch. Probably would be nice for dinner too. Service was good. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The pancakes are also light and fluffy. My frittata was a little over cooked and the side salad was over dressed. The service was excellent. I wasnT going to try it because the reviews for service was not favorable, but I think they got that taken care of. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "One of my favorite OC restaurants but not up to usual level on my last visit. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Have been to Lucca's on several occasions and this one did not disappoint. Food is truly farm to table fresh and there was not one complaint among the 9 of us. Truly delicious in all ways and the wait staff was on point as usual. The only thing missing is spirits, though the wine and list is eclectic enough to satisfy most palettes and pairings. Thanks for another wonderful evening! "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "The place was nice but they don't bring out the food at the same time for the table. So I ate while my wife watched and then she are and I watched. It made for a very awkward dinner. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "I don't know what happened to Lucca cafe today. We've been here multiple times for lunch and dinner, but tonight was a disappointment. Food was so bad I don't even know where to begin (we overhead other tables complaining) and we're too nice to say anything. Took 30 mins to get our wine. One member of our party didn't even get his food until we asked. As for the food, probably the worst we had in years. Ok, granted that you don't put anything under the heat lamp, but one person in the party got his food 30 mins before another person? If you are short on staff, don't take more reservations!!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Date night with my husband; Lucca and a show at the Irvine Barclay. This was our first visit to Lucca. We tried it because of a great review in the Orange Coast Magazine. We were not disappointed. The food was very, very good - especially the charcuterie board and good service."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "LUCCA is a great place away from the hustle and bustle. It's in Quail Hill and a bit of a neighborhood gem. Food is decent and they have an excellent wine selection. They also have a deli and takeaway counter. The service is great."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We keep returning to this restaurant as we know it will always be outstanding. Go to place to celebrate our friend's birthday over lunch. Everyone helped to make Chris feel special. The service and food were both spectacular. One guest could not stop raving about the mushroom soup. Keep up the good work Executive Chef/ Owner Cathy and Elliott Pavlos. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014