Luce Restaurant & Enoteca
Luce Restaurant & Enoteca

Luce Restaurant & Enoteca

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lucenyc.com/
  • Phone: 2127241400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:30pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Conti, Alfredo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We have been catering for private events for quiet some time with special focus on the Manhattan area. Our locations include Luce Restaurant on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and our other two sister restaurants on the East Side of Manhattan.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a great room with high celing for private events and are very knowledgeable with these events due to our two decade event experience in Manhattan.
  • Private Party Contact: Tony Mila 2127241400

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 68th & 69th
  • Public Transit: Very convenient by subway. Train number: 1,2,3,A,C, and D.
  • Parking: No
A word from Luce Restaurant & Enoteca
LUCE is a popular Italian restaurant located on the Manhattan's Upper West Side in the vicinity of Lincoln Center. Its creative menu, attractive location & experienced team offer an inviting fare right here in NYC. You will find LUCE to be warm, friendly & engaging experience that you'll be tempted to repeat. All together a wonderful dining experience at surprisingly reasonable prices.

LUCE's proximity to Lincoln Center makes this a perfect spot for pre and post theater dining. Our terazzo on Broadway is a must try place for lunch, dinner or our popular weekend brunch.
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Luce Restaurant & Enoteca reviews from OpenTable diners
95 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (58)great for outdoor dining (56)romantic (19)fit for foodies (19)great for lunch (19)great for brunch (16)special occasion (14)notable wine list (12)good for groups (12)scenic view (9)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (7)hot spot (5)vibrant bar scene (3)Show More
  • over and over we return
    AFloridianVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    to Luce. Quite busy for a summer Monday night. The best salmon I have EVER tasted, and I am no salmon aficionado. Waiter Juan ordered it "medium-well" when I had requested "well"; he knew that what I thought I wanted would be too dry! H's seafood black linguine fra diavolo was not too spicy. Both portions were too large for us and taken home for Tuesday's dinner. My H's first dinner out after major back surgery felt leisurely but took only 55 min. as we had asked. Stop asking for our opinions: people will think that we have a financial or personal interest in the restaurant!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luckyduck
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We were welcomed by a delightful young woman who helped both of us handicapped women to our seats. No one rushed us. The menus were offered and explained along with the specials. The food was ordered and brought out without a long wait. The food was absolutely delicious. We left out tip in cash for which the waiter was grateful. We shall certainly return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxing
    CosimaCat
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    A relaxing way to spend a summer Sunday. Food was good. Wish the brunch menu offered something aside from egg dishes though. Well, they do have a fruit salad, but would love to have other choices, maybe a variation on waffles or pancakes?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A sour note
    Dennis14127
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The service, ambiance, and food quality was very good. Our group of four couples had a delightful afternoon lunch until the bill came. I requested four separate checks on Open table with our reservation. This request was verified with a reservation confirming phone call before lunch and again by our waiter before service. The waiter finished his shift and our service was taken over by a new waiter who presented us with a single check. He had no knowledge of the request and refused to reconfigure the bill. He offered to divide the check by four for payment which was unacceptable but finally agreed to. It spoiled a delightful afternoon lunch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food at a reasonable price!
    Lisa
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Went to Luce for an early dinner before seeing a show. Was not busy at this time, so the service was excellent. The entire staff was very attentive and polite. Food was great at a very reasonable price for NYC. The ambience was also very good. Not too loud and great location. Would recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I should be embarrassed...
    AFloridianVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    by the # of times we dine at Luce's when in town. The menu and daily specials are varied;it is easy to find attractive selections.I usually spot an appetizer & an entrée that I want and don't want to be "deprived" of either so I bring a portion of each home. Recently I had 2 soft shell crabs sautéed with garlic over spinach:LUSCIOUS. My H's mushroom risotto was PERFECTLY prepared, al dente,& very tasty. Our attentive, experienced waiter Matteo again made our visit special. Dorian, the manager, had our William Hill Napa cab slightly chilled upon our arrival. Dorian provides the leadership that makes Luce so popular. He WORKS, helping his staff, as his eyes scan constantly looking for who needs what when. SERVICE COMES FIRST thanks to Dorian.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    perfect location, service was great, waiter was fun and very attentive. pastas and fish were perfectly prepared. a real gem.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden treasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    My friends and I who are long term (over 25 years each) residents of the neighborhood somehow managed to miss this excellent restaurant. What a delightful surprise! One negative - we keep getting the same waiter who is consistently unfriendly, arrogant and pompous; however, we shall continue to patronize Luce and ignore him.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't stay away!!
    AFloridianVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    As we contemplate dinner and review our list of Lincoln Square spots, we return to Luce over and over! Efficient service, delicious food, superb location for Lincoln Center dining, great management under Dorian, William Hill cab of which we are very fond. Even the bread is REALLY good with firm crust outside, meaty but light inside. We have introduced dozens of friends to Luce who return and return themselves.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mgs7540VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The food is excellent, as well as the ambiance and service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Restaurant
    Dizzycathywac
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My wife and I have eaten here several times and have not been disappointed. The service they go out of their way to accommodate you. The food is outstanding and the atmosphere is suburb. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to dine out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    NYhome
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Excellent food, great unrushed service and proximity to Lincoln Center make this a great choice for a special occasion or just a pleasant night out. The atmosphere is pleasant and in the summer with outside dining available the openness is very appealing.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • favorite Lincoln Square restaurant
    AFloridianVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    From the bread to the William Hill cab (the wine of Lincoln Center that we can't find anywhere else nearby), we always enjoy dining at Luce. Dorian, manager, is "on top" of everything with relaxed efficiency and attentiveness. Service is outstanding yet unobtrusive. Bread and spread are delicious. I can't resist the sautéed mushrooms (side) as an appetizer. Pasta is cooked al dente and perfectly. The chef will vary his creations to suit your desires. Servings are sizeable and plated prettily. You can dine in 30 minutes or 3 hours depending on your needs; the entire staff will accommodate. The seafood salad equals that of Naples (Italy). Had soft shell crabs last visit that were divine. H's fav is pasta with mussels & clams in white sauce.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Luce a Gem
    tippi
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Luce is indeed a neighborhood gem, a cozy Italian spot with delicious food, friendly and attentive staff. Convenient to all Lincoln Center and movie theater locations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pleasant Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Had not eaten here for awhile. The food and service was very good - We both had fish and it was perfectly cooked Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fine for Brunch, Lunch and Dinner
    Irishfe53VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I had a Wednesday early lunch and Saturday late dinner after a NY Philharmonic rehearsal and concert at nearby Avery Fisher Hall. I selected Luce because of its quieter venue and more reasonable prices than its larger fine competitors immediately surrounding Lincoln Center. Service was welcoming, friendly and timed to my needs. The stracciatella soup and asparagus with prosciutto were a great lunch. I had soft shelled crabs with spinach and my spouse had veal with mushrooms. A bottle of moderately priced red wine completed a happy meal. Luce has never disappointed. I have gone for brunch before and after weekend movies at 68th St. I like its airy open air room in nice weather and the cozy warmer closed door space in winter.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant, reasonably priced
    KKNYCVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    There are many mediocre, overpriced restaurants in this neighborhood. This one is an exception. Lovely, airy space, nice menu, delicious food and very fair prices.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining near Lincoln Center
    Maryellen
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Came across Luce while looking for a different restaurant near Lincoln Center Food was very good and very professional and friendly Will definitely return
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nola
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This was the third time that we had eaten in this restaurant, and it is consistently excellent. The most important thing, though, is their wonderful manager that is always ready to please. Great place near Lincoln Center.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Luce
    PensFanVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    average food, good service would not go again as there are so many other choices
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  • Great for Groups!
    vics3535
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    I had my birthday party of 23 people and they were so accommodating! It almost felt like we had our own private space! Furthermore, everyone LOVED their food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely brunch
    dinahVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    There were six of us for brunch in their outdoor area. Very accommodating waiter and good food.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Luce!
    tippi
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    This Italian eatery is a neighborhood gem. Staff really cordial and helpful, quiet ambience, Italian coziness. We had delicious bean soup, followed by an excellent chicken dish and grilled salmon. Complimentary biscotti! Try it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • a gem of an Italian restaurant
    PatsyVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Close to Lincoln Center, Luce is a real find. We loved the food and service. Even the potatoes and the julienned vegetables were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely pre-Lincoln Center choice
    wslaura
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The ambience is charming, and food is good. I had the salad and filet mignon -- steak was cooked properly, and of average quality. My friend had the grilled swordfish with spinach risotto, and it was great -- not dry as some swordfish can sometimes be.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant
    Maria
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Love , love Luce .I wish I lived in the neighborhood were this great restaurant is located because I would go more often. The food is good and the service is very attentive and professional .
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delightful to sit outside
    SpangleNYCVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Wonderful salmon for lunch at a reasonable price. Perfectly done, as requested, with tasty mixed vegetables and potatoes. Deserts were also good - the flourless chocolate cake with vanilla gelato was rich and chocolatey, and the berry tart was delicious. Worth repeating often!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    UWSDiningVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    We figured we would try this across the street from where we live. The good looked much better on the menu than in person. On the dirt I am on, I asked what things came with the dish. What the waiter told me was fine, but then the vegetables wre different. The appetizer was cold. The fish was dry.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Warm and inviting environment
    LincolnCenterReg
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We were looking for a nice place to dine and talk without paying the premium prices. Luce is not inexpensive but relative to restaurants in this class, the value is good. The waiter and overall service were EXCELLENT. We lingered at the table for quite awhile and never felt rushed to move along. Their daily fish special was very tasty. The portion sizes are adequate and definitely not the huge meals you often find in NYC. Without question, we will go back again for another visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mike
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The octopus appetizer was excellent. Our entrees were delicious and the wine was reasonably priced. A very nice restaurant among the many over-priced, mediocre choices around Lincoln Center.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A place to revisit
    Italiano
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    A place to revisit – My wife and I happened to stumble on to this lovely Italian Restaurant while doing some shopping in midtown. We had a wonderful dinner especially the Papardelle , Scallops and Asparragus. The Luce salad was also outstanding. We really enjoyed the atmosphere and the service was fantastic. The place was very busy and all the tables were full. We shared a nice bottle of Chardonnay which the metre d' suggested. It was a very good choice. The desserts were delicious. My only concern was the weight I gained from finishing the generous portions they served us. Considering the location this is a bargain. We shall return. Frequently...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant dining
    Soprano
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Pleasant dining – We have eaten here many times and have never been disappointed. Great food and the service is very attentive. Would recommend it anytime .
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time: a hit!
    BobbyjiVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    We (5 of us) thoroughly enjoyed our first dining experience at Luce! We're coming back. Food was great, service perfect, and staff congenial. We're Lincoln Center devotees, so afpgsin, We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Exceptional Service
    Divino
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Great Food, Exceptional Service – My sister and I were in town for the weekend. This restaurant was recommended by a NYC resident after we had already made dinner reservations following a Broadway show. We stopped in for a light lunch before the show and were so impressed, we cancelled our previous dinner reservations and returned for dinner. The food was great and the owner and staff were very friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great post-matinee choice
    2fromPA
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We've dined at Luce twice, once outside and once inside, following matinee performances at the Metropolitan Opera and were very pleased both times. Attentive service, wonderful menu. On this visit my daughter chose the risoto and I the veal scallopini over porcini mushrooms. Both were excellent. Deserts and espresso very good as well. Only a ten minute walk from the Met.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    By the numbers Italian. Oddly, the desserts were deeply flavorable, something the rest of the food could have benefited from.
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  • Lincoln Center find!
    tippi
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Luce is convenient to Lincoln Center, not extravagant but offers very tasty food and excellent service!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • RodneyVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    An excellent neighborhood italian restaurant with a traditional northern Italy menu that is excellently prepared and served. Friendly place, frequently large groups that feel comfortable there. Close to Lincoln Center and the movies as well. Reasonable pricing. Very consistent too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very good foor and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    We ate here before going to the theater....the food was surprisingly good - my husband who enjoys, but rarely praises food really liked his shrimp/broccoli rabe pasta. I had the octopus salad which was really enhanced with the addition of pear. It was a great meal. The waiter was terrific. I have a food allergy and they were very concerned and attentive. I highly recommend Luce. Not sure where the mediocre reviews came from, but I certainly had no complaints. A thoroughly enjoyable dinner.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • .A wonderful place
    Soprano
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    A nice restaurant with a great atmosphere, good food, and excellent service.Charming manager .A wonderful place for a date or intimate conversation. It was crowded when we got there, but we had a very short wait for a table. The service was great and very efficient. As an appetizer, we ordered asparagus with prociutto, which was spectacular. Our entrees (branzino and gochi ) were also good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.