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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
  • "Great wine and setting but food was a bit underwhelming this night. would try again though as the service was excellent"
    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."
    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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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"
    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"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "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
  • "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."
    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
  • "Table of 4 and everyone was happy with their meal. Very friendly and efficient service."
    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