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Luce Ristorante
Luce Ristorante

Luce Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "Everything was impeccable. By far the best experience we have had dining in Uptown."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Another great business dinner at Luce. Service, food and wine were excellent as always."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We love coming here for special occasions and seeing other couples doing the same thing. It's pricier than typical Italian but that's because it's not a typical restaurant. We started with a small bruschetta and wine. For our entrees I had the spiral pasta with meat sauce, she had pasta with shrimp. We had to skip dessert because we were going out that night but we'll be back again to try a sweet treat!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "On Tuesday night for the first time, the food was only average. Have historically raved about Luce. I hope management addresses this change."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Excellent service, pasta to die for, over all great experience before the performance at the theatre!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We really enjoyed Luce for our business lunch. We had 10 people and it was very easy to hear everyone, even those on the other side of the table. This place is always pretty quite for lunch, which makes it perfect for a business lunch. We had a little hiccup with the service on this visit (hence the honest, two star rating). Normally it is impeccable service... so I wouldn't let that deter you unless you start to see a trend in the other reviews."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Old style Italy, with the food, service & wine selection being exquisite. A must for those who appreciate authentic gourmet Italian food."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Typically I would not order lasagna - you can get it anywhere, but the lasagna at Luce was something special as were all of the other dishes we ordered. I highly recommend this resturant."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Luce was an absolutely wonderful dining experience. I would recommend it to anyone looking to class up their night at an affordable price!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "This restaurant is always consistent with both the quality of the food and the service. The menu is varied with something suitable for just about every palate."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Laughable to call the food "Italian". An over priced step up from a chain."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Everything was perfect here Manuel gave us incredible service and a wonderful wine selection. Top notch itslian"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Excellent service and ambience. The staff was very attentive and the food very good. Very reasonably priced and good portions. Excellent wine list. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "While out of town on a business trip, I ate at Luce and was pleased with the food and more so, the service. The wait staff was extremely attentive and professional. I had the arugula salad which was very good, although it could have used some more walnuts and gorgonzola, and also the home made ravioli which was light and flavorful. The only complaint was the bread which was a little stale - but the wait staff replaced it immediately upon request. Delicious Italian meal!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • " fruit flies don't really appear unless food is left out for long, sadly I was concerned about my health. Keep your kitchen and surroundings clean. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Always a very good dinner. Everything they have is perfect. The MARE is my favorite!!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great food. Awesome service. Even sneaked us through the kitchen to take the skyway to the Belk Theater to avoid the incredible downpour outside. We'll be back. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Dinner here was outstanding. Everything about the food was exquisite if you love Italian food. We've been to many great Italian restaurants in NY and other locations and this gem in Charlotte shouldn't be missed. Try the grilled octopus and Bronzino. Halibut special was amazing as well!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "From the time we ordered to the time we received the meal took a very long time. Especially when not many people were in the Resturant. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I go every week.! Should I say more ? If you want excellent authentic Italian food and incredible service this is a must place to go. If you have not been there yet, you need to try this gem. You will be back."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I generally love all Italian food. I was not impressed. The staff is very attentive, but when you leave a plate half eaten and your waiter doesn't inquire about your meal, I take issue. Especially at a restaurant of this caliber. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "What impressed us was both the high quality of the food and the passionate seriousness with which all wait staff approached their work. It was elegant!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "My wife and I have been super busy over the past 4 months with our work and family stuff, and we decided to go out for a nice meal. I had been to Luce's for lunch before but my wife, despite working downtown all her life, had not. We were greeted by Manuel as we arrived, whom I later discovered was the manager. He was a charming fellow who flits around the dining room chatting with guests and his staff and was never still for a moment. We started with a split of Prosecco and these odd little bread sticks that reminded us of Harry Potter's wand. After a Caprese salad, I had the fish (a breaded Corbina - pan seared and served over creamed potatoes colored with squid ink. She had the shrimp with pasta and artichoke - DELICIOUS! "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "This is among my personal favorites in Uptown Charlotte. It is my first choice when I want Italian food. Great menu and service and the size and ambience of the restaurant is perfect. (Note I've been to top restaurants all over the world and my practice is to give five stars only to a select handful, so my four stars are representative of quality most would probably give five stars.)"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Arrived to be seated promptly. The food and service were excellent. The atmosphere was very comfortable indoor and out. We never felt rushed. It was a bonus to have parking validated. Well done!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Wonderful meal! Had the Mare - it was outstanding! Service from bar tender Sarah was great - personable, attentive and friendly. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "I would recommend Luce for the Mother's Brunch. There were great choices from the special menu."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My wife and I have now dined Luce five times with the most recent occasion being Mother's Day. The staff was attentive and courteous and the food was simply amazing. We have most often attended with just the two of us, but this was the second time we had a larger group (10 or more) and could not have been happier with our experience. I highly recommend this venue to anyone who has not yet been here. I am confident that you will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Luce is a fabulous restaurant if you are looking for great authentic Italian food, good service, and nice atmosphere. The food is amazing! Fabulous always!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I took my mother for mothers day on sat evening. We are Italian and travel to Italy every year. Going to Luce is like visiting a top rated restaurant all over. Authentic, fresh , and prepared per order with perfection. Fabio our waiter is incredible. Treated my parents like taking them back to italy to feast on great food. A must for the real thing."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "A true Italian feel with excellent service and plenty of attention to detail. Our appetizer was fried calamari, served with two sauces which were excellent. The calamari was lightly breaded and tender. My seafood pasta ("Mare") was excellent though the lobster was average at best. I think it was a bit overcooked. My wife said that the ravioli was excellent and her friend's lasagna that they shared was okay, but not great. I think it had to do with an unfamiliar spice. Our side of spinach was very good. The waiter suggested the wine and it was a nice Italian white, i.e. a fine suggestion. We have a lot of good Italian restaurants in Charlotte and this is definitely one, with maybe a little nicer ambiance than most."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Luce is a lovely restaurant in the heart of uptown Charlotte. Ambience is perfect for a romantic evening. Atmosphere is intimate, service is professional, understated and courteous. Dinner selections will suite all desires....fabulous appetizers, pastas and veal dishes were outstanding. Meals are presented artfully and are delicious. Great restaurant for special occasions and for entertaining guests."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Almost empty on a Thursday night. Caesar salad lettuce was brown. Disappointment and not worth the garage parking hassle. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend out to make up for something I did wrong. By the time the night was over she had forgiven me and I'm sure it is because of the resturant. The food was great and worth the prices."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "My female server was accommodating and helpful. I asked for a smaller portion of pasta carbornara (one of my favorite Italian dishes) and she checked with the manager and was able to arrange it. (A full size portion would have been wasteful and would have precluded me from ordering an entree.) It was just as good as the carbonara I used to get at an Italian restaurant in Nurnberg-Furth near my apartment when I last lived in Germany. For the entree I had veal piccata, another of my favorite Italian dishes and it was yummy. My glass of wine was only so-so but maybe I just ordered the wrong one. Several prom couples were at the restaurant the evening I dined there and they were treated with the respect and courtesy of all customers."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Luce is a favorite in Charlotte. Great food and atmosphere. Never disappoints!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "When planning a special occasion, dinner before the theater or just a dinner out - Luce is our #1 choice for uptown dining. We have never been disappointed and recommend or take friends often. Thank you again Luce for making a milestone birthday a celebration!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We love quality Italian food and a restaurant with ambiance. That's why we were so excited to discover Luce. From the waitstaff and the bread to the menu and the entrees, this place has not disappointed us yet. It's our go to restaurant when we're uptown for a date night. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Enjoyed a fine evening with my wife upon our first visit to Luce. The service was excellent. The food, appetizer and entrees, was excellent. The ambience was on the money. The price was quite reasonable. We look forward to a return visit! "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Luce was absolutely delicious. Our waiter was excellent and there was always staff around to assist you in whatever you wanted or needed. Started off with the arugula salad that was perfectly dressed and very fresh. I got a pasta dish with shrimp, garlic, and artichokes. The pasta was perfectly cooked and they make it fresh. The shrimp were great and plump and the dish was great. Our waiter recommended a great wine from their list. It was very reasonable and he was very knowledgeable. It was also my boyfriends birthday and they gave us complimentary desert. It was great and I can't wait to go back. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014