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
67 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
72% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (44)fit for foodies (38)great for outdoor dining (30)great for lunch (20)notable wine list (16)great for brunch (14)special occasion (11)good for groups (10)romantic (6)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Overall very good
    Bigfatso
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    The food is excellent and for the most part priced fairly. There is an extensive albeit overpriced wine list. The service was excellent ... friendly, informed, diligent but not intrusive. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We brought our two grandsons, 18 and 20, for the younger one's birthday, and it was a nice fit, a step above the usual fare for them but not intimidating. The waiter was very attentive and the food delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Don't bother
    Coupleluv2dine
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    My husband and I would frequent this restaurant when it first opened, raved about it to our friends and brought others to it to dine. We went back the other night with a reservation and got not the best table. Ok glass of wine..do you want a half or full glass? We opted for full glass. It was barely half a glass, but they said it was a full glass..ok $15 a glass. Menu had changed and now included sliders. This used to be fine dining,small plates,artfully krafted. The starter we shared was adequate. My husband's dish came out almost 10 minutes before mine and it was barely warm,which he did mention and they did discount 10%off. My dish ok for scallops,not as described,risotto was sticky with no taste...WOULD NOT GO BACK
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No longer a gem.
    luv2eatout
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Our last three dining experiences at Lucca's have been a big disappointment. We have been twice for lunch and once for dinner. Of the three visits, dinner was the best, though quite expensive when compared to similar restaurants. The service has been fair and the lunches comparable to coffee shop quality. I fear Lucca's is living off it's past reputation when it was one of my 'go to' places. I will no longer 'go to' Lucca's.
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  • Fantastic!
    2sonsrfoodies
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    LUCCA has the best food I have ever consumed, without a doubt! The menu, preparation, and service are more than 5 STAR!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lmdine
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Great food and great service. Did not enjoy two very young kids on table next to us screaming. Very difficult to have conversations and relax. I know it is difficult to control this, but families should be more sensitive towards others who come to restaurant to relax and have a good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet place
    eatingismyhobby
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My husband and I came here to celebrate my birthday without the kids. And while we love fine dining, I decided against our typical go to cities for a celebration (Newport or Laguna Beach) because I just didn't feel like dealing with the crowds and the scene. Lucca was the perfect place. It is located in a quaint neighborhood center and truly you don't sacrifice the quality of food for the obscure location. Fantastic food & service. I don't really give out 5 stars, so 4 is pretty high for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    thefox
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We had a marvelous weekday meal. the service outstanding and the food excellent...you've got to try the Sunday Sauce!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Great Neighborhood Spot
    LunchingGal
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    A friend told me about Lucca otherwise I probably would of never found it tucked in a random strip mall. Great service, good food, great wine list. Nice patio as well but we choose to sit inside as super hot outside. Took clients, was quite enough to chat business and did not feel rushed to turn the table.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Wonderful
    LifeisgoodVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We always know that we will get wonderful service and fantastic food at this neighborhood gem. The seasonal fare is combined into wonderful tastes and plated so beautifully.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Skipit
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Lucca never fails! Great menu. Great food. Great service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Left me hungry
    BeastVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I ordered the artichoke, grilled, and the large size plate of lamb (5 bones.) my meal was approximately $40 before alcohol. I am a smallish person who doesn't over eat but when I left Lucca I was still very hungry. I had to go home and have dinner again, as did everyone in my party. Although one of the lamb chops was so over cooked i did not even try to cut into it. It looked like a piece of leather even with the bacon sauce. FYI - every bite tasted of bacon, not lamb. And the artichoke was served cut in half but un cleaned, the fuzzy part of the heart was still present. The server didn't notice any of these things, nor did he notice that my friend and I got to eat steak and lamb with a butter knife.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • delicious and unique
    foodiefriend
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had two delicious specials a smoked mushroom appetizer over wilted spinach and bacon and the swordfish over parmesan risotto and edamame puree. The flavors were amazing. The Gundelache Cabernet was fruity and smooth. We also tried their hamburger and fries, it was one of the best we have had. I would recommend this place to anyone. We sat outside on the patio. It is in a strip mall, but the patio is isolated enough that it isn't offensive. The inside of the restaurant has an interesting layout, it is on the small side, so I would recommend reservations. We ate early so there was no crowd, but by the time we were leaving it was getting full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My Go-to Place for Lunch
    Tanjaf
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    With the lack of good stand alone resturants in Irvine (the home of every chain resturant known to man), Lucca's is a gem. The food is always fresh and well prepared. The service is always good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent, as always
    Syd18
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious. The pork tenderloin was particularly good, as were the lemon tart and the berry-peach cobbler. We were dining with another couple who had not eaten at Lucca before, and I'm sure they will be back! The only slight downside was that there was a large group, and they were pretty noisy some of the time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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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  • 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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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Poor service, not a good value for the cost. Good flavor, but would not go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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.
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    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
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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!
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    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