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Luce Ristorante
Luce Ristorante

Luce Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.conterestaurantgroup.com
  • Email: manuel@conterestaurantgroup.com
  • Phone: (704) 344-9222
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Gabriele Grigolon
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Bring the flavors of Northern Italy to your home, office or special venue. Whether it’s a large hors d'oeuvres reception or an intimate multi-course dinner Luce can take care of it all. Pick-up or delivery is available, delivery fee varies upon location. For more information or to place an order call 704.344.9222 or email info@luceristorante.net
  • Private Party Facilities: Luce would like to personally customize your special and private events. We can comfortably accommodate eighty for a seated dinner and over one hundred for a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres event. We also have a seasonal patio that can seat up to forty for dinner guests and is the perfect venue for a summer evening cocktail reception. Luce is available for private parties, rehearsal dinners, receptions, showers and all of your special event needs. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions and we look forward to hosting your events.
  • Private Party Contact: Manual Camprese (704) 344-9222
  • Special Events & Promotions: Ask us about our monthly Italian wine dinners and special holiday events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: North Tryon & 5th
  • Public Transit: You can use the LYNX Light Rail Blue Line and get off on the CTC/Arena station and walk towards 5th street. Walk west on 5th, one block, to the Hearst Tower located on the corner of 5th and College. Luce in located on the Tryon level of the Hearst Tower in the courtyard.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Luce patrons can park in the Hearst Tower parking deck. Entrances are located on 5th and 6th streets in between College & Tryon. We offer two hours free parking validation M-F before 5pm, after 5pm; on weekends parking is free with Luce validation.
A word from Luce Ristorante
The setting at Luce is romantic. The Murano Lights, Venetian Plaster and Travertine floors create an exclusive dining ambiance. Luce means “Light” in Italian and the restaurant clearly “glows” Luce provides an ideal dining experience whether you stop in for a quick lunch or settling in for a full course dinner and fine selection of extensive wines from Italy. Luce offers fresh, authentic Italian cuisine rich in flavor and passion inspired by our Italian chef, Gabriele Grigolon. The attentive and knowledgeable staff always provides impeccable service allowing you to sit back and enjoy your dining experience. Conveniently located in the Hearst Tower Plaza in the business district of Charlotte’s Center City. Luce opened in 2002 and has achieved outstanding accolades. Helen Schwabb, Charlotte Observer Food Critic, gave Luce an “Excellent” rating. ZAGAT has given Luce an “Extraordinary” rating from 2004-2010. Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "We always enjoy dining at Luce. We have been a huge fan of the Conte restaurants for over 22 years"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Luce's outdoor seating is lovely on a spring evening. The view of the city lights is so romantic. The food as always is fabulous as is the service. The wine list is reasonable with numerous gems. Augusto Conte is one of the attentive owners I have ever met. He is tireless in assuring his patrons are well cared for. We are very frequent guests and we feel so welcome."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We have dined at Luce several times and have always found it to be excellent. They have a good selection of wines by the glass or the bottle. The menu follows the traditional divisions of an Italian meal, with appetizers, salads, pasta courses, main courses and desserts to meet all preferences. In addition, they will offer one or two "very specials" each night... as if there are not enough choices on the regular menu! A full meal with wine and dessert will be moderate to a bit costly, but you receive good value for your money. The service is attentive without 'hovering'... they are there when you need them. We will be back again soon!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "My husband and I dined at Luce before we went to the Belk to see a show. The service was phenomenal and the food outstanding. I would definitely recommend to my friends. We will be coming back!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Received a recommendation from the Dunhill hotel and Luce lived up to their praise. My husband was delighted with his lasagne which had less noodles than usual and was complimented by an excellent béchamel ragu. I chose house made ravioli filled with ricotta and topped with a fresh tomato sauce...very tasty. We enjoyed our first ever bottle of Sicilian wine. Sadly we did not save room for dessert. We will return on our next trip to Charlotte, NC!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Everything was excellent. The food, service, ambiance. Definitely would consider going there again when traveling to Charlotte."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Our food and service was excellent. Always consistent and will continue to come back!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "This restaurant is tucked away at the end of the BofA Corporate Center. You are transported to another world and there's not much like it in Charlotte. Both pasta dishes we tried were amazing and the Formaggi appetizer was divine."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Great authentic Italian food and ambience. Highly recommended and justifiably so. Service was exceptional and everything (including the bread) was A +++. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The special pasta with a lobster sauce was fantastic as was the scallops."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I had a pleasant lunch experience at this fancy restaurant, this restaurant is next to the pwc towel. The food they served was pretty good and I recommend it."
    Dined on 6/28/2013
  • "Great restaurant. My wife and I are moving to charlotte in a few months and we were in town housing hunting. Found this gem online with great reviews. Great menu and wine list. Awesome service and everything was perfectly cooked and seasoned. We will definitely visit again."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I visit all of Conte's restaurants, difficult to pick a favorite but Luce ties Toscana for my favorite. Since I work uptown Luce is most convenient for lunch, and it is a lovely spot for a special occasion lunch. Selection excellent, service attentive -and the desserts!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "We wanted to take our daughter and her husband to dinner to celebrate her recent promotion. We knew from our experiences at Luce that it would be perfect and we were, once again, not disappointed! The food is always delicious, the atmosphere is beautiful, and our waitress made excellent suggestions for wine based on what we said we liked. We have taken many friends to Luce since 2006 and we have always walked away looking forward to our next return!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "My wife have been dining at Luce's each year, for the past four years, during our visits to Charlotte. Luce's never disappoints when it comes to a first rate dining experience. Our most recent visit was no different than all of our prior visits. Everything was perfect. The food, the service and ambiance all extraordinary. We look forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I would heartily recommend. Nice variety in food choices. I had the sea bass - it was presented beautifully and tasted delicious. Our server suggested a moderately priced wine, which we all enjoyed. Lovely ambience and very attentive wait staff. It's now one of my favorite restaurants in Charlotte!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Luce has always been on my list of restaurants to try, but always got bumped. I'm so glad I finally went before going to the Blumenthal (which is right across the street). My girlfriend told the waiter we were celebrating my birthday. They brought out complimentary champagne & dessert. We decided to split their seafood special (a piece of salmon, grouper, shrimp, & scallop w/ asparagus) and their housemade pasta with shrimp & artichokes. They split the dishes on our plates with a beautiful presentation! Our waiter Fabio was very attentive, knew the wine list & menu, and was able to provide quality recommendations. I will ABSOLUTELY come back again! Phenomenal food + fantastic service = extremely satisfied customer!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Luce Ristorante was a wonderful experience. Located in the heart of uptown Charlotte, it was the highlight of our trip. Don't miss this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We had the nightly special which was a duck lasagna with a white sauce which was wonderful. The calamari, salad, and desert were delicious."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I now consider myself a regular patron at Luce's. The ambience, food and service always pleases our guests. Best in Charlotte!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Another wonderful meal here......The food is marvelous. We cannot say enough great things about the place. We plan on coming back time and time again."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Best Italian food around. Food is made from scratch including the pasta and cheeses. Ambience is fantastic, small and quiet."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Valentines Day Menu only-nothing online stating that. The sausage, short rib pasta- the bones should have been removed. Over priced appetizer (Shrimp and Calamari). Crem Bru Le should not have rosemary in it, terrible after taste. Service was okay, and wine list was average."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Luce was more than what I expected. From the time we walked into the door till we left, we were treated like we were the only ones in the restaurant. Extremely friendly staff and outstanding food. Wine selection was phenomenal. A definite winner in my books!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We were able to book a last minute reservation on Valentine's Day after other plans fell through. While they had a limited menu on this night, the food was delicious. The restaurant is small and quaint. Despite having reservations we had to wait 20-30 minutes for our table. The servers were cordial but looked frazzled, as they may have been short-staffed due to the recent winter storm. We would go back as I'd like to order off their normal menu."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had a reservation for Valentine's Day. We were seated right away and the service was fabulous. The menu was slightly different than the normal evening selection, which we didn't anticipate, but it was still sufficient for our needs and we both had a wonderful meal, cooked perfectly and delicious. The restaurant itself is beautiful."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "It was our first time there. I was a little late for my reservation and the table they had available was near the kitchen not an ideal spot for a romantic evening. We request another table and had to wait a few minute. The manager gave you a complementary drink while we waited. With in 5 minute we are escorted to a new table. The rest of the night was great. My entre appetizer and dessert was fantastic."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We were a party of 6, some of us ordered the half portion meal. Half portion was REALLY small-not enough for adult to eat. Some of us had enough food to eat. The place is not kid friendly, no kids menu, but they were able to put something together for my little one, which I really appreciated. I would visit again, without any kids next time. Food was tasty though."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Great restaurant. The table service was fantastic and the good matched it. Friendly staff and for the place the prices are very reasonable. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "As usual our Luce experience was excellent. Perhaps the absolute best osso buco to be had in Charlotte. The service was perfect."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The food was excellent and the service was great. We had not been to Luce in a long time, but I remembered how much we liked it the first time we went. Made reservations for my husband's birthday. We were not disappointed. It was fantastic."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We travel to NYC often and have the opportunity to try many of the numerous restaurants in Manhattan. Luce is right up there with some of the best Italian restaurants we've been to and then some! It's not a big place but has a very cozy and warm ambiance. It's a great place for a date or a special occasion. Now on to the food..it's to die for! Everything we tried was absolutely delectable and perfectly prepared. The service was impeccable and the prices are very reasonable. I can't wait to go again!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We were very happy with our evening at Luce overall. The service is wonderful and friendly. We have found the pasta dishes to be the highlight of this restaurant. We ordered the ravioli this time, and it was excellent. The branzino was recommended by the server, touted as being similar to sea bass. I didn't get the similarity, and the fish was just cooked and served on top of fried potatoes and some mushrooms. It was plain and somewhat disappointing. We will definitely go back, but I think we will stay with the pasta dishes. Both times we have been to Luce, the pasta has been to die for."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Nice little restaurant when you are in Charlotte, with fresh pasta, well cooked meets, and innovative specials. While nothing blew me away on my visit, I would say everything met my expectations, and came away satisified."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "I lived in and around Manhattan for 30 years and ate in some of the finest restaurants in that city. Luce rivaled any of them, providing lovely ambience, excellent and gracious service, and the best Northern Italian food I have had anywhere. It was a perfect evening and, given the overall superiority of the venue, quite reasonable."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Loved the pasta and fish, excellent service....wonderful desserts."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "I dined at Luce with my mother during restaurant week and order the Fillet Mignon (medium well). It was cooked perfectly. My mom had the lamb which was also delicious (rich and full of flavor). For dessert we had the Tiramisu and chocolate mousse cake. Neither was not overly sweet, which is the way I like it. Our waitress was very attentive with a pleasant personality in spite of the volume of customers. The tables are really close together, which is my only negative."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "It has been a few years since we went to Luce so we decided to give it a try for queens feast and we were so glad we did. Beautiful place and it feels as if you were in Italy. We loved the the food, the wine and our waiter was wonderful even speaking Italian. We told him to let Mr Conte know how pleased we were with his restaurant and before we knew he was at our table saying hello, I thought that was so sweet of him. We can not wait to go back and tell everybody about this incredible neighborhood jewel."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Delightful Italian with fresh ingredients and excellent service."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "This is the best Italian food I have ever had in Charlotte--it brought back memories of my trip to Italy a few years ago. Absolute perfection"
    Dined on 1/24/2014