Luce Ristorante
Luce Ristorante

Luce Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.conterestaurantgroup.com/
  • Phone: 7043449222
  • 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 7043449222
  • Special Events: 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Luce Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
119 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (82)romantic (75)fit for foodies (56)notable wine list (44)good for groups (27)great for outdoor dining (27)neighborhood gem (22)great for lunch (18)hot spot (6)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Stepping into the country itself.
    Foodie13
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    You are greeted warmly with English easily punctuated as a second language but it makes you feel like you have traveled somewhere. Our server who held himself as a maitre d was paced by European standards and refined to a five star etiquette. The pace was at some points almost too slow yet at other times there was an ever watchful eye on the table to move dishes for the next course. The water and bread person spoke not a single word of English, which gave us zero explanation of the interesting pallet cleansers she put down. We were definitely not able to ask for our waiter through her. But the food!.. was worth taking a journey for. It was beyond exceptional, it was practically perfect. The whole venue truly transports you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressive Service and Food
    Gimblet3
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Complete satisfaction. Overall great atmosphere with a professional staff that you don't find in most restaurants. The food was amazing. I can think of no way to improve our experience. Very satisfied and highly recommend for a romantic night out.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Dinner
    KensFavorites
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I ordered Polo Chicken, my date ordered Salmon. Both meals were outstanding and we had a great time. The service was excellent and the location was perfectly located for the theater performance a short walk away that we attended after dinner. This was a first date, and this place was a perfect pick...getting there earlier in the evening, we had a quiet table, perfect for conversation. -Ken K.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tiramisu is a MUST
    dalydoseVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My boyfriend and I dined at Luce on a Saturday night to celebrate his birthday. We absolutely loved the Polipo (grilled octopus) appetizer! I ordered one of the pasta dishes with imported gluten-free pasta and thoroughly enjoyed it. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and was able to provide wine pairing recommendations for each of our dishes as well. We finished the evening with some of the tiramisu, on the house because it was my boyfriend's birthday! The little bit that I had was the BEST tiramisu I have ever had, and the coffee and espresso we had to accompany it was absolutely divine. We decided that if we are ever uptown and craving dessert Luce will be our go-to place!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    kfarah
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We loved Luce's with some of the best food and service we have had. Every detail was taken into consideration. Champagne toast upon arrival for our special day and complimentary dessert to complete a wonderful meal. Authentic as the Italian food we had in Italy. Best Mozzarella ever! Palipo beyond description! Staff was ready to meet every need. Loved this restaurant and our only regret is that it is not in Jacksonville!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful place
    burrob31
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Finding the restaurant was interesting, glad we left early. Had to call and get directions then all was well. All staff were very attentive and very knowledgeable of the food. we had a great a dinner and fun time, would go back for such good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious meal!
    loveitalianfood
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My husband and I wanted to go out for a nice, inexpensive dinner for our 15th wedding anniversary. We succeeded doing to at Luce. The service was very good and the food was wonderful! We can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Eat2live
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had a group of 8 and we were all impressed with the service. Our meals were delish!! I am still dreaming about the mozzerella in the caprese salad. Reminds me of what I was eating in Tuscany!! Will def be coming back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasions
    JudyragsVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My husband turn 65 and wanted to celebrate, just the two of us. I normally take to my favorite restaurants, But he had mention he liked the food and ambience. We had a wonderful , attentive and beautiful atmosphere. Will return very soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Buon appetito!
    veteranfoodie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    11 of us celebrated a birthday, and from the warm welcome to the sweet farewell, it was a delightful, elegant evening. Service is professional and attentive without hovering. Menu is limited, which is good. Luce has perfected their signature dishes, and enhances their menu with daily specials. Birthday dessert was a spectacular array of special desserts, a tasting bonanza with a couple of candles, presented with aplomb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charlotte First Timer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    On my first night in Charlotte, after many many years, I chose to eat at Luce. I was not disappointed. Although it was after 9pm on a Monday evening, and there was only one other table that was finishing as we started, our experience could NOT have been better. The place is beautiful, the maitre d had read and responded to my requests for a banquette, and the service was OUTSTANDING---very attentive without being intrusive. We were never rushed and everyone was extremely gracious without being the least bit intrusive. BRAVO!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I have been looking for an excellent Italian restaurant since I have moved down here from NY over 17 years ago. Thank you Luce for finally meeting my taste bud needs. The food is absolutely fantastic and so fresh. I have been twice and both times Luce has never left me out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • amazing
    iker18
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I love the food there it's amazing! I recommend it so much!.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale, Creative Italian
    Hunter08
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Not sure which was better, the food or the waiter...both were excellent! The snapper was cooked to perfection, and the oasta fagioli was the best I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesom
    Leanne
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Always consistently good. It had been awhile since we had been here,and we were not disappointed. Looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot but off night
    kando
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Great wine and setting but food was a bit underwhelming this night. would try again though as the service was excellent
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bravo!
    JerseyGirl08730
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    A wonderful experience. The service was outstanding (knowledgeable, considerate, timely, unobtrusive). The atmosphere is lovely, high ceilings, tables spaced comfortably apart, perfect lighting, nominal noise. Our party of 3 had a fish, lamb, and a pasta/shrimp dish, all were delicious. Our waiter helped select a nice lower priced bottle of wine for us bringing both a red and white for us to make the selection. We choose the white, so he suggested a glass of red for the lamb dish, and even brought over a sample. This will be a destination for all our trips to Charlotte.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Traditional Italian meal
    Virgiegirl
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We were visiting for out of town. Luce was recommended by a friend who lives in Charlotte. Luce is a very nice, traditional Italian restaurant. Half of our party had the $30 tasting menu as part of the Charlotte Restaurant week, the others ordered off the regular menu. All the food was really good. The bean/olive oil dip was excellent (free). Nice selection of bread/breadsticks were great. Only issue, which was handled very well, our second bottle of wine (same vintage/wine as the first) tasted funny. They immediately removed the bottle and suggested another wine which was great. I would return for a special occasion meal. Great food, attentive servers and the owner/manager even checked in on us a few times.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fit for a king!
    Bossrod
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Outstanding wait staff, working hard to make dining an excellent experience. Great value for price. Entrees very well presented and delicious. Italian atmosphere from decor, back ground music and wait staff. Pasta top notch!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT
    LUCETODIE4
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I love LUCE' Try their pasta, it is to die for!_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Everything about this place is authentic. Even the prevalence of Italian being spoken by the waitstaff. Carefully and thoughtfully crafted dishes that are as nice to look as as they are to eat.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing - Fresh - Consistent
    JandJ
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Our Favorite place. We probably had dinner more than 15 times in the past 5 years. Great job on consistency. Every single time, it was perfect: Food, fresh ingredients, menu, impeccable service. Good wine list too. This is the best ever Italian restaurant we have been. Thumbs up Luce's team!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner with friends
    dgdiner
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We took advantage of Restaurant Week to dine at Luce and had a wonderful meal with friends. Their special menu had a wide range of choices and everything we chose was delicious. Manuel makes the dining experience one to remember. He has the perfect touch with all of the patrons! Looking forward to our next visit
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Food
    yogieatscharlotte
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We went for my mother's birthday and restaurant week. I got the ragu and it was AMAZING. And I am Italian so I am not easily impressed. Everything was incredible and the service was just lovely
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant Week Meal
    opentablevipVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We had dined at Luce previously, before shows at the performing arts center, but we decided to go on a Tuesday night due to the value of the Charlotte Restaurant Week menu. The restaurant was completely full, not one open table. For this reason, the service was slightly less attentive than it has been in the past, but the service was still good and the food was excellent, as always. We were impressed by the quality of the food, given the volume that was being produced. Luce is a place to enjoy a nice meal and conversation. I have seen other reviews commenting on the slow pace of the service, but it seems people don't understand the point of a restaurant like Luce. It is not a place to gobble your food in five minutes. Relax! Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a royal "Queensfeast"
    EMaNM
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We arrived about 15 minutes early, trying to beat the imminent rainshowers and were pleasantly greeted and sat upon arrival; we didn't have to wait for our reservation. As fresh bread and white beans with olive oil were delivered, the menus were explained. We ordered wine and our 3 courses and enjoyed the elegant, but comfortable setting. I had salad, perfectly sized and fresh, followed by spaghetti nero. It was a generous portion of pasta with tomatoes and garlic, tossed with scallops, lobster and mussels. The dessert was a dark chocolate mousse with espresso. The courses were delicious and left me perfectly satisfied! All of the wait staff were pleasant and attentive. I WILL definitely be back! A perfect place for a romantic dinner out.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • KfiginCLT
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I love this restaurant. It is consistently good and, in Charlotte, it's difficult to find restaurants which prepare food so nicely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BestMeaeverVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Outstanding in all categories!! I always enjoy my meal at Luce. It is the spot in charlotte my family always chooses. Thanks for another great night out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, great service
    pthrowe
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We went to Luce for the first time during Queen's Feast. Can't believe we haven't tried them before - the good was wonderful and the service outstanding. Great ambiance too, very romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luce Dinner at the Bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I went in for restaurant week, it was my first time at Luce and I loved it. I moved from the Northeast and am a harsh critic of Italian restaurants since we have an over supply up North. Luce is my favorite in the city and a great experience as well. Sarah took great care of me at the bar and every course was great. I would definitely go there if I am uptown before a show or entertaining out of towners. I will definitely be back to explore more of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Mixed Experience
    jplbridge
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Considering it was Charlotte Restaurant Week, we had relatives in from out-of-town and invited them to join us at Luce, where we have dined previously on a few occasions and enjoyed it very much. This time, while the food was well-prepared and very flavorful, the entree portion sizes were reduced *significantly* - I suppose, to account for the $30 prix fixe. However, the special menu was weighted towards seafood, and my wife instead ordered directly from the menu. She had same type of three-course meal - app, standard-sized entree, and dessert - and it was marginally over $30.00. So the three of us who ordered from the Queen's Feast menu felt a little disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had filet mignon and lasgna. The filet was nice. They brought the wrong sides, which they fixed. The lasagna was a mess, no flavor, dry, little cheese. It was certainly nothing to write home about. it had very little flavor and no seasoning, it was just plain bland. The dish it was served in was the same sort of dishes you purchase at Walmart. the table next to us was complaining that they hadn't had any food in the been there an hour and a half.our table was not already at the time of our reservation and we had a little bit of wait also. definitely not worth the trip.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thoroughly enjoyable!
    tkemery
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We went to Luce's during restaurant week, which is usually a nightmare for most restaurants, but we had an outstanding meal. There were 5 of us, and it was my wife's birthday, and so it was a special occasion. Only one of us ordered the fixed-price entree for $30; the rest of us ordered off the main menu. I had the Osso Buco, and it was mouth-watering fabulous! Everyone else had different meals, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the food. The waiter was an excellent Italian guy, whose Spanish was very good, and since my mother-in-law speaks only Spanish, it was very handy to have that ability. Overall, I really, really like this restaurant, and will come back not during restaurant week, just to see if they can do even better!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food
    mmsaVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    my daughter and i had dinner there. her scallops were very good. my laagna was good, but on the dry side. service was very good. they did not however give us credit for being there and told open table that we were a no show. got it resolved but it was a pain.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Girls Night Out....
    Lulu
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Excellent food, lovely ambiance and a great value for Restaurant Week! I had the steak tartar, pasta with seafood and cannoli: everything was delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unforgettable
    YumYumIWantSome
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Luce's is absolutely one of the greatest dining experiences my wife and I have ever enjoyed. Their Queen's Feast menu is extravagant, the atmosphere perfect, the wait staff (especially Fabio) are attentive, and the food...WOW.. the food was stunning!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    Kb236
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Table of 4 and everyone was happy with their meal. Very friendly and efficient service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • donu
    DonaUVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great Italian food!!!! LOVED every bite... Would be there too much if I lived in Charlotte
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ristorante eccellente!
    FireflyKeeper
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Our first time at Luce will be a memorable one. The food, atmosphere and service was impeccable! We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Luce
    dlibner
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Located in the heart of midtown Charlotte, this gourmet Italian spot does not disappoint. The food was flavorful and the staff is attentive. We did the Queen's feast here to get a chance to sample their cuisine. We left feeling warm and satisfied. They don't scrimp on the alcohol in their martinis either!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate