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 WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Luce Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
134 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (94)romantic (85)fit for foodies (77)notable wine list (56)great for outdoor dining (33)good for groups (29)neighborhood gem (22)great for lunch (18)hot spot (7)late-night find (4)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • RestaurantCriticVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Outstanding up-market Italian restaurant....strong menu, strong and balanced wine list, outstanding service. Excellent evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Dining Experience
    emeraldsgems
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My husband and I were in town for evening out with friends and decided to treat ourselves to Luce. What a treat it was! Excellent service, knowledgeable and attentive waitstaff, and the food was amazing!! My husband had one of the specials, flounder stuffed with seafood, and I had the filet - one of the best filets I have ever had! An excellent wine recommendation from the waiter complemented the meal perfectly, and the desserts were delicious. Our friends loved their meals as well and we all agreed we would be back again. One of our new favorite restaurants!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good food, service lacking
    2cooks
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My husband and I had a very good meal at Luce. The food was good and well presented. However, service was very spotty. Our first and second courses were delivered in a timely fashion but then we waited 15 to 20 minutes before our waiter came over to give us the dessert menu, simply putting it on the table with a curt , sorry! Another long wait before another waiter noticed that our waiter had not come back to take our order! By that time we were very discouraged and just asked for our check. Needless to say we would not go back to this restaurant when in Charlotte again!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    vewing
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    hands down, best salmon salad i have ever had - salmon cooked perfectly; wait staff – exemplary; love that they are true Italians, heavy accents really add to the atmosphere. I absolutely enjoyed being able to talk with a friend over lunch and not feel I was competing with background music or noise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evening Out
    UPtowngirl
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Living in Charlotte over 12 years we've enjoyed sampling the many fine restaurants in uptown Charlotte and surrounding areas. The meal was done to the highest quality. I'd have to agree with one reviewer before I went that the portion was a bit small for the price, however the quality and ambiance were very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time
    Yummy
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    What a great place for Itliam food lovers. Greeted us kindly with Champagna as we were early for our reservation. Every person from the bar tender to wait staff was always smiling. Food was delicious especially the Calamari! Italian wine made our lips smile! Only thing was hard to find if you are not from Charlotte, but who doesn't ask for directions? :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    hpnerd7
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We had one of the best dining experiences we've ever had. Excellent food and even better service, you could tell that every person serving our dinner was invested in our experience. We wish all dining experiences could be like this! Beautiful and romantic restaurant, we had an evening we'll never forget. Thanks Luce!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date dinner spot!
    RySwish
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Delicious authentic italian food, incredible wine selection. Service was pretty good, they were very attentive but not too much that you're being bothered. Found it a little odd that we didn't have a single person helping us, it was a jumble of different people. The manager (i'm guessing since he was in different clothes) was serving and helping at the tables. He was a little pushy and judge mental when picking wines-gave us an unapproving grunt when we ordered a Pinot grigio (my gf fav) for dinner. Overall a great place though
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time at Luce's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We enjoyed a pre-show meal at Luce's because it was the only place nearby where we could get last minute reservations. This was our first time there and we were impressed with the ambiance, food and service. Definitely add it to our list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Johndrew
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I don't give many 5*, but I have to make an exception with Luce.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Favorite Restaurant
    Merlo
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    We have been coming to Luce since 2005 and it is the best Italian restaurant in Charlotte. The food, service is always consistent. Patrons at this beautiful restaurant are treated like family. Try it, you will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently Outstanding Experience
    LindseyEats
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Whenever in the area, and anytime I can make an excuse, dining at Luce becomes the highlight of a trip to Charlotte. Tucked away off a main street, one quickly forgets one is in a major metropolitan area. It is like being welcomed home after a long journey. The staff is friendly, cordial, and attentive without being obtrusive. The menu is amazing. I have lost count of the number of my visits to Luce, but I have never sampled a bite that was anything but fantastic. The perfect ambiance for a special occasion or celebration, you would feel just as special on a random weeknight. The short of it: if you love great Italian food - just visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    M3147
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    First time visit to Luce. Looking for something special for my wife's birthday celebration and this turned out to be a great choice. Had the seafood pasta dish. Wonderful presentation. Delicious. Great selection of wines, including two of my favorites. I look forward to a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A little flexibility needed.
    dpd0843
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Service was good and attentive. Food we selected was good. The carbonara could have used some more "sauce". Our guest had some special requests as she had some issues with the sauces provided. Our server basically said the chef would not entertain any special requests and the menu was fixed and no variations allowed. I thought some flexibility would have gone a long way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service and Food - Impeccable!
    UnimpressedVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Luce's goes above and beyond every time I dine there whether with a small group or a large group. They are so accommodating and even remain open and staffed beyond normal business hours to service groups after local events. They are just excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luce Has it All!
    LoversofElegantDining
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    As always, our dining experience was outstanding which is why Luce is our favorite restaurant in the Charlotte area. Attentive but not overbearing service; delicious food with a delightful presentation; quiet, romantic atmosphere; all these things keep us coming back. We brought family to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary this time and they thoroughly enjoyed it! Thank you for providing such a wonderful European style restaurant! Elegant is the word for Luce! We constantly recommend you to friends and family. Now that the symphony season has begun we'll be back again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing evening
    Yomyomyom
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My wife and I had an anniversary dinner here. The service was spot on (always there when we needed them, invisible when we didn't need them). Food was wonderful and paired expertly with wine by the help of our server.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Far and away the best Italian restaurant experience in Charlotte. Even better than their sister restaurant Toscano's. Fabio takes care of you as if you were family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great birthday dinner here!
    AliB
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Loved it!!! Great server and delicious food. Lee were given a glass of champagne and free dessert for my bday!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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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.
  • love this place!
    CLTnewbie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Second time and it is still one of my favorite restaurants. Amazing service and fantastic food. Everything was yummy except for the fish of the day, it was good, just a little bland. Other than that, awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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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
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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
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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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    • 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
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    • 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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    • 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
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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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  • 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
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    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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    • 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
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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
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    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.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • 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!_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate