LUCCA
LUCCA

LUCCA

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.luccacafe.net/index.html
  • Phone: 9497251773
  • 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: Organic, European, Mediterranean
  • 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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LUCCA reviews from OpenTable diners
68 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (43)fit for foodies (38)great for outdoor dining (30)great for lunch (25)great for brunch (19)notable wine list (16)special occasion (12)good for groups (12)romantic (7)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Brunch
    MimiVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Best French toast ever! Great suggestion from waiter
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, inconsistent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This was only my 2nd time having lunch at Lucca. My first visit was great so when I needed to take a client to 1.5hr lunch, I choose them again. Although the restaurant was only 60% occupied, our server took 20 mins to take our order & another 25 before our meals arrived. She also neglected to refresh our drinks while we waited on the patio. We ate quickly, only consumed a portion of our meals before leaving in a rush - disappointed.
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  • Over-priced
    TellLikeItIs
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    $15.00 charge for a 6 oz glass of sauvignon blanc at lunch is utterly outrageous. The $8 listed on the menu was for a "tasting" portion of 3 oz. I will never go there again, especially because the hostess seem to care less when I reported it after I saw the bill at home. That's the reason for the 1 star for service.
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  • Chris
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Loved the cheese and charcuterie appetizer, short ribs were outstanding as was the New Zealand sole.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappoints!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Love the food; always try something different and I'm always happy! Service rocks!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch
    AandD
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    After the obligatory cinnamon role which we could not pass up, we had the apple stuffed pancakes and California frittata. Both were excellent. I don't know what the secret spice is in the pancakes, but their flavor is unique and really good. The frittata was served as ordered and had just the right amount of heat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Things have changed
    Biewel
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Lucca was one of our favorites for years but things have changed. Menu used to be innovative and full of imagination but has become the same old same old you can find anywhere. Service while not bad is just lack luster. Plates for the main course came out 5 minutes apart (table for 2!). Pork Belly on a stick was nothing but fatty bacon bunched up on a skewer, Duck Confit was dry and over powered by the sauce, Scallops cooked correctly but boring sauce and tasteless.
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  • Delicious & Consistent
    ckmgo
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Good eats!
    Suzjer
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Good food, atmosphere,and got right in at our reservation. Loved the varied food selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not the same
    DiscerningDinerVIP
    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.
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  • Food was very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Gdub
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    slow service during work lunch and signature dish was ordinary
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  • Unusual Food Policy
    3522VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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.
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  • Sunday brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good but not great
    TigreVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Second time at Lucca - meal just OK - disappointing. Halibut was fairly tasteless with competing accompaniments - like sister restaurant Provenance quite a bit more
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden Gem
    coach4life
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I've been here several times and it is always a pleasure.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not that great.
    OCFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Big Disappointment
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
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  • Love this place!
    SoCalTouristVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food in a casual atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food unique and delicious
    Cindysue
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Very enjoyable evening.
    Bigfatso
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quaint with excellent service
    DiscerningDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Organicmom
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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...
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  • Fun and funky menu
    winewish
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad birthday brunch
    Alondraugh
    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.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Lunch with co-workers
    LunchBreak
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently the best there is
    LifeisgoodVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Accommodating for our group
    disappointing
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Foody Oasis
    FoodyHiker
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 338 reviews are from the LUCCA reviews archive.
  • We thought it might be a joke
    ACash
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great
    Italia
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Love the food. The Tartine on the special menu was delish. Love the staff always friendly and helpful.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mothers Day buffet
    Mommy
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
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  • Too expensive for what it is
    OuroborosVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
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    kid-friendly
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  • Delicious fresh and natural food
    NycgirlVIP
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice lunch for an afternoon
    donna1
    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.
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The cinnamon rolls are a must
    NeighborVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.