Luce Ristorante E Enoteca
Luce Ristorante E Enoteca

Luce Ristorante E Enoteca

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://lucesanantonio.com/
  • Phone: 2105619700x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am- 2:00pm



    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Dessert, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Joseph Buonincontri
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Luce will cater your special event. Either pick up service or full off-site service is available.
  • Private Party Facilities: Reserve our private "Wine Room". Available Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner or Happy Hour. Free WiFi,screen and LCD projector available. Capacity: Up to 50 for a sit down function.
  • Private Party Contact: Joseph Buonincontri 2105619700x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: IH10
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Luce Ristorante E Enoteca
Founded in 2006, Luce is a local favorite featuring many traditional dishes. Flavors which often bring our guests back to their best memories of Italian specialties.



My goal for this restaurant to create a warm environment for all guests that is typical of a true Italian heritage.



Our menu consists of many Buonincontri family recipes and recipes brought back from travel to Italy.



Fresh fish, meats and produce expound throughout Luce's offerings and a focus on the finest ingredients are what make Luce special.



House made Gnocchi, Italian rice balls and homemade Mozzarella are just a few examples our passion for the finest Italian food.The word Enoteca means wine library. The walls of the entire restaurant are covered with wine bottles as you would expect books to cover the walls of a library. Wine is a very important part of an experience at Luce, with over 125 choices from our wine list available to you.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Luce Ristorante E Enoteca reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (24)great for outdoor dining (24)special occasion (20)fit for foodies (19)romantic (19)notable wine list (16)good for groups (10)great for lunch (5)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Just about perfect!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The Red Sauce that accompanied the Calamari had no flavor, the butters that came with bread were all terrible. Finally? The Creme Brûlée had very little hard shell on top!?(the dark brown candied shell?) it had very little, mainly just Creme.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    GrandmaShirlVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had the steak from cattle whose breed comes from Japan. The meal was great and so was the wine which comes from our private stash kept at the restaurant. I hope they keep the steak on the menu because it was better than anything we can get at specialty steak houses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • we'll be back
    twoofus
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Jorge treated us like we were special. The food was delicious, the wine exceptional. The price reasonable.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian food
    Italy
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Solid Italian food, not many in San Antonio. Food was good, service was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Excellent Experience!
    diningfool
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We have dined at Luce several times in the last few months and have come to the conclusion that this is one of San Antonio's true restaurant gems. Every meal has been a culinary experience, and the staff has been very attentive. We have always dined on the patio, and even in the middle of summer, it has been pleasant. We plan on continuing to make Luce one of our regular restaurant destinations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice for Special Occasion
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Ambience was great. Service could have been better but the manager was quick to make everything right making the night very nice. We definitely will go back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another Excellent Luce Experience!
    diningfool
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We received the weekly email from Luce listing a Swordfish special, and since our previous experiences had been very good, we decided to try it out. As before, the dish was excellently prepared and well presented. Our server was professional and attentive (although he wasn't very talkative), and even though it was July, it was pleasant sitting out on the patio. We are foodies, and this restaurant ranks up there with the best in San Antonio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Abbondansa
    bobemac
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    My Wife thoroughly enjoyed her veal Piccata with roasted fresh asparagus, spinach, zucchini, and yellow squash. The veal came lightly battered with crushed garlic and capers in a lemon brown butter sauce. My Scarpariello was amazing. they use real Italian sausage imported from NYC. The real McCoy! The sauteed chicken breast is tender and juicy and it's all surrounded by red, green and gold bell peppers, onions, garlic, white wine sauce, and mushroom Risotto. They have some interesting pizza selections and Happy Hour prices from 4 to 7 PM Monday to Friday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as always.
    mikemVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We've been here a number of times for happy hour and the food, service and ambience are always great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bubbad
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    great food-ambience not a romantic setting---why tv in wine room
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We had an excellent experience at Luce to celebration the marriage of 2 friends. Our server was fantastic! Very friendly and accomodating. The food was amazing! Everyone in our group of 10 raved about their entree. We all had a tough time selecting what to eat as their menu offers so many great selections. I will definetely be back and have already recommened this great find to friends!
    Special Features:
    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.
  • Wonderful as always!
    AudreyF
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Luce, and it was great! We both ordered the offered specials, and loved them. We have also met for lunches here several times, and each experience is wonderful. Thanks for having a great restaurant we always enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Better than average
    UtahKiwi
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Nice ambiance with friendly staff. Service was unusually slow for a group of six but the food was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    notworthit
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I had heard good things about the place.....but was disappointed. menu too broad....service poor......wines.....well very high priced and they poor a weak glass of wine. I was appalled at the amount poured and price $9 retail wines at $60/bottle. Lost me forever. Good luck.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place
    CocosmommyVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Great food - wonderful owner ! Enjoy bringing guests from out of town for good authentic Italian. Love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Delicious, genuine Italian cooking with elegance. Wondrous ambiance and architectural styling. Capacious wine list. Cool bar set off to the side, away from main diners. Altogether wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bill
    Bill
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Great food and service as usual. Never feel rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great business lunch spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Met a client prospect there for lunch. Grabbed a table outside, not too much sunshine, and very little noise. Wednesday afternoon and it was not at all crowded. Convenient parking and located near several large businesses in San Antonio. Food was good, not great. Reasonable prices, would like to go back for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Elizabeth Preuss
    Lizzibeth
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Love this restaurant, great service, and great food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 271 reviews are from the Luce Ristorante E Enoteca reviews archive.
  • Went there twice, and the
    Castro
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Went there twice, and the food is something amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    Lamore
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We wanted to introduce our out of town guests to the delectable food that we always enjoy at Luce. We each had different entrees: the Ravioli di Aragosta, lobster filled ravioli with a tomato basil cream sauce: the Braciola alla Napoletana, thin cut beef, rolled and filled with parsley, pine nuts, raisins, parmigiano, and toasted garlic; Eddie’s Delmonico, grilled rib-eye steak; and the special that evening, grilled halibut, served with risoto and vegetables. Each dish was cooked perfectly. We enjoyed these entrees so much that we literally cleaned our plates. The service at Luce is always first-class. The server was courteous, prompt, and anticipated our needs. Luce remains our favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food and elegant ambience
    mikemVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Luce is the perfect restaurant for a quiet, romantic dinner. Everything is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely gem
    Culinaryadventure
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Luce's is such a wonderful little gem of a restaurant conveniently located with great service! I highly recommend due to the unique food choices and great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for lunch
    enjoyamealVIP
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    Good for business meetings. Nice selections for lunch. The veal picatta was tender and tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Impressed
    chopper
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We were greeted warmly and seated promptly. The water was nice. The food however was not up to par. It was cold. The flavor was ok but not the best. We spent around 100 for the evening and it was not worth it. If you want to eat at a nice restaurant go somewhere else.
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  • We had a particularly great meal!
    cachirula
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    We love the happy hour, which is every day, from 4-7. So, we like to get there even if a few minutes before it's over & hang by the bar, which is reminiscent of Cheers. OK just slightly. :). Weather permitting the patio is awesome, and the restaurant itself is also very nice. I would definitely recommend Luce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So so
    CaptCOBOL
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Ambiance is very good on the huge patio. Speed of service is good. The wine list is large but a bit overpriced. Food: not so great. My Linguine Mare Chiaro was very good and the red sauce had a nice spice to it. Everything else was just average. My wife wanted Spaghetti Carbonara and asked the waiter if they could make it since it was not on the menu. He had never heard of it and asked if there was something else she would prefer. Not a good start to her meal, but she then ordered a medium done ribeye. Should have had a thin strip of pink in the middle. What she got was well done steak with no hint of pink. The waiter was very courteous and quickly returned the steak to get a properly cooked one.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth a try- do not expect too much
    DocET
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Although the food was good, the wine list was expensive (not fairly priced), cocktails mediocre, extremely noisy, it does not warrant a return visit.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date night
    Chriscat
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We dined here on Saturday night. My favorite item on their menu are the artichokes with the citrus dip, I was very disappointed this time it was a best mediocre. The rest of the meal was fantastic. Love this restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great evening!
    CW39
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    We really enjoyed this restaurant. We had a large group of 16 and they service was great. The owner kept coming over to check on us. The food was very authentic and they had an amazing selection of wines. We will return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine on a a budget
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    great place with great valentine menu, service was nice, menu varied and desert was yummy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gotta Try It
    Astro
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We had a reservation for four and we were seated immediately at 6:30 on a Saturday night, outside on a spacious patio. The food was served promptly and politely, piping hot and so very tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If you like very good Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    If you like very good Italian food , this is the place. It compares with some of the nicest I have had in my several visits to Italy. Having said that, this time I deviated from my traditional Italian menu and tried the Filet Mignon. Simply excellent. Don't skip the dessert. They are all very good.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Real Gem in The Strand
    Gaye
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I decided Luce would be a great place for a special dinner with my husband. The young hostess wanted to seat us outside, we told her we preferred inside. It seemed to "miff" her a bit, so she sat us at a row of tables that had bench seats in the back. The tables were so close, my husband could not walk between them, so I did. We were served water. We sat almost twenty minutes before a waitress came by to see if we had been waited on. She apologized, & said she would get our waitress. The restaurant was almost empty at that time. We had to wait for our wine & had to finally ask for our check at the end. It was as if we were invisible. We will go back, the food can't be beat, but was disappointed with the service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad service
    Jhsatx
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Showed up for valentine day.Bus boy tossed a plate of butter on top of the table, which made a loud sound. My wife and I stared at each other for 15 minutes. The waiter never came. Staff seemed annoyed that we were there.We left and were told to have a nice night as we left by the same lady who sat us 15 min earlier.
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  • valentine dinner
    rick
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This was my first time at Luce. Being valentine night, i know the restaurant would be busy so I made my reservation way in advance and even called the restaurant to confirm. I was a little surprised that we were seated closed to the entrance, table 19, I believe? however, it was in a corner, which was great. we ordered from the valentine special menu. Our waiter was good, he brought our drinks out right away but our caprese salads took a while. This rest of the food came out in a timely manner. The food was very good. The steak was cooked perfect ( meduim rare) and the scallops were great. The dessert was good, just not for me. overall this does seem like a restaurant i will return to.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Valentines Day Debacle
    luv2dine
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The restaurant was simply not prepared to handle the customers, even though most had reservations. We waited close to an hour between the time we got our salad and our main entree. It was sheer chaos, some groups and couples near us left. They were woefully short of cooks and waitstaff. The scallops entree was very skimpy,they probably did not prepare for that either. All things considered, we would not go there again,particularly on a special day. Y
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Deliziosa
    Lamore
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We celebrated Valentine's Day at Luce. The food was absolutely delicious. We had the pan-seared scallops and were pleased with the taste and texture, cooked just right. Our waiter, Jorge did an excellent job of making recommendations, timing our courses, and wine selection. We always enjoy dining at Luce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Experience!
    KenH
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Absolutely a first class experience, with spectacular food, service, and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Restaurant
    danodu
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We love Luce! It is one of our favorite restaurants and we will continue to dine there in the future. The menu has a great selection and the ambience is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.