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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
  • "I love this restaurant. It is consistently good and, in Charlotte, it's difficult to find restaurants which prepare food so nicely."
    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."
    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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great Italian food!!!! LOVED every bite... Would be there too much if I lived in Charlotte"
    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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Every time we go to Charlotte, we make it a point sine at Luce. The food is incredible; the service is superb. We share plates so we can get a taste of all we order. It is quite the experience, especially with knowledgable wait staff to help guide you through items that will please your tastes. Will be back in September!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Just too expensive for the quality of the food or the presentation."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Been here several times, in spite of all the options uptown. Great spot to go before a show, right across the street."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "A colleague from out of town and I went to Luce for lunch. We had a great meal with exceptional service. Our server was very knowledgeable about the food, the menu and how things are prepared. She was quick to make recommendations when asked. The food was delicious and made the experience wonderful for my colleague from out of town. Will certainly go back to Luce; this has not been my first visit and will certainly not be the last."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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