Luceti's on 25th Avenue
Luceti's on 25th Avenue

Luceti's on 25th Avenue

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lucetis.com/Home_Page.html
  • Phone: 6505741256x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: M-Fr 11:30am-3:00pm Dining Room

    Lunch: M-Fr 11:00am-4pm Bar/Dining

    Dinner: M-Su 5:00pm-10:00pm Dining Room

    Dinner: M-Su 4pm-10:00pm Bar/Dining
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering available.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Room available for parties of 20 or more.
  • Private Party Contact: Sandy Navarro 6505741256x
  • Entertainment: We have live jazz music Thursday thru Sunday. 6:30pm-9:30pm. There will be no music on the second Thursday of every month.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Flores
  • Public Transit: Walking distance to local bus and train service.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Front and rear of restaurant.
A word from Luceti's on 25th Avenue
A taste of Tuscany and local treasure that is simply delicious. For over three decades, Luceti"s has served Italian cuisine created by world class chef and awarded San Franciscan, Roger Bertola. Founder of the legendary Doro's, Ruggero's and master chef of Fior and the Iron Horse. Mr. Bertola was also the personal chef to generals Eisenhower and Paton. Today, Luceti's owners carry on the same tradition and cuisine that was started by Dr. Ron Luceti in 1984. Luceti's is a great place for private parties and business meetings. Full menu is available at bar.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Luceti's on 25th Avenue reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (28)special occasion (18)good for groups (13)vibrant bar scene (8)fit for foodies (8)romantic (7)kid-friendly (7)notable wine list (5)great for lunch (5)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • good food, nice homey restaurant
    kld123VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    we enjoyed our meal here the other night; the veal dish was very good but the scallops were more poached than seared. tasty soups to start, a bit noisy. we had made reservations so got in right away while some friends of ours who were there before us left while waiting too long for a table. overall pleasant neighborhood Italian place.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Neighborhood Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Friendly staff very nice food and service nice place to go
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good find!
    RoseVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Wonderful and tasty Italian food; generous portions.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CJ Trailer
    cjtrailerVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I had the Petrale Sole which is always good and my wife had Chicken Livers--yeah, I know! They have a French Onion soup that's the best on the entire Peninsula! Reservations are a good idea as they were packed on the Friday night of a 3-day weekend! They have live music on Friday and Saturday nights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • outstanding food
    maribel029
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food was excellent. Seafood was fresh and everything was cooked to perfection. The service was outstanding and the ambiance was friendly. The portions were large and yummy. I guarantee no one would be disappointed. We had a variety of plates in our party and from the seafood to the raviolis the flavors were outstanding. A definite must for anyone that enjoys good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luceti's in San Mateo, CA
    NonaVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Luceti's is a great neighborhood restaurant. I have never had a bad meal. The food is "always" served hot to your table. Thursday nights is Prime Rib night. By far one of the best Prime Ribs I've ever had. Friday night is Crab Cioppino night and it is outstanding. There are many other great meals to choose from. The servers are fantastic, especially Mario!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luceti's in San Mateo, CA
    NonaVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I have NEVER had a bad meal at Luceti's. The food is always served hot; never cold! The service is excellent (ask for Mario, he's been our server of choice for years and years. The restaurant is always packed. The owners always come around and greet the guests. I love this restaurant!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FROMJ2K
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I was relieved Luceti's was able to accommodate a last minute booking of 15. Just happen to stumble upon Luceti's while searching on Open Table. The Hostess was very friendly. The Rack of Lamb was prepared as ordered and very delicious! Yummy, yummy, yummy!!! Everyone liked the food and was extremely pleased with the service. It was a very enjoyable dinner with family!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't go after 9 pm
    zingloversVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We did not like the chicken livers, which were served overcooked and rubbery. However, the server offered, and I accepted, to have this dish cooked again. It was better the second time but for me it was just average in taste. The fettuccini was ok and they did serve extra cheese tableside. The service was very good. We felt welcomed and attended to. However, there are many new Italian restaurants in the Bay area, which seem to be providing more tasty and creative food experiences.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old World Wonderful
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    This restaurant has changed hands but they have not spoiled the ambiance or the menu. It is still a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • canne
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    This is a nice reliable neighborhood restaurant with a good bar and mostly consistent continental cuisine. Salads are fresh, vegetables are done perfecty, and most entrees are very good. I would call this not necessarily a "go to" or "hot spot" restaurant, but a solid stand by restaurant when you want a full service meal with good quality food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Local Restaurant
    Dick
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Very good food and service at reasonable prices. Waitress very efficient and hostess has a welcoming personality. Have eaten here many times over last 30+ years and would recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 111 reviews are from the Luceti's on 25th Avenue reviews archive.
  • Viva Italiano
    JlawVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Found this on open table .....WOW !! Great service and excellent food! The owner and staff very passionate about your experience being enjoyable and insuring the quality of their meals. Great neighborhood GEM!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Patt
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Always consistent and a great spot. New owners revitalized it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely dinner
    tweetie
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Very good food - enjoyed it. Waitress very very helpful. The Musician was a little loud.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a very nice Easter Sunday
    eileenVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We had a very nice Easter Sunday. We had brunch.the eggs.benedicts was great and so were our bottomless mimosas. Tanya our waitress was very nice and attentive.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mom's 95th Birthday
    Diana
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Knowing it was my mom's 95th birthday, we were treated especially well. Great location in a side room for our party of 8 which provided us with easy listening and a place away from the crowd. Great care and attention to how things were going throughout the meal. This place has been my Italian mom's favorite place for over 30 years!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food good but noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Noise level is very loud, and it is difficult to have conversation. Can't hear others in our party.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad experience
    uclabruinbelle1998VIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    the food was not good - i got pasta with meat sauce and meat balls. the sauce did not taste fresh and neither did the meatballs. it had some weird after taste. two others ordered lamb, neither was impressed. the service was absolutely terrible. one person ordered a diet coke and it was flat, and when we asked about it, the waitress brought out a bottle and said it came out of the bottle. she took the drink back and 20 minutes later, still hadn't brought out another diet coke, and said they (pointed at the bar area) is having problems. we assumed she meant the soda machine, but then why did she bring out the bottle to tell us the drink came out of the bottle? our food did not come out for more than 35 minutes after ordering.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Mingle and meal
    JlawVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    WOW! What a find. Greeted by what was thought to be an employee, warm and welcoming. Then to find out he was the owner was a great surprise. Musician was excellent and very friendly and kind, he spoke with us and shared great stories. The Food was outstanding as well as the service. This little gem is nestled in the midst of a little downtown strip center. Amazing time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous
    eileenVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The restaurant was very busy the food and the service was great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Do they have new owners? Didnt
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Do they have new owners? Didnt recognize anyone and food was not up to par. Veryndisappointing
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The chicken carbonara tasted
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    The chicken carbonara tasted more like alfredo sauce than carbonara. Everything else with dinner was fine.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We go to Luceti's every couple of months. The food is consistently good, and we usually order something different each time. Very few restaurants serve veal any more, but Luceti's has several dishes. The veal is always tender. I had the scallops this time, and they were perfectly cooked; they just melted in my mouth. The accompanying vegetables are usually zucchini and carrots, which are two of my favorites so there are no complaints. The restaurant is small, and can feel cramped at times, and that contributes to the noise level, but we solve that problem by going early. All the waitstaff is courteous and friendly, and so it's not only the good food but the good service which keeps us returning.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shot in the Dark
    Jane
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    The only bad thing in the evening was there was a table that was extremely loud. A woman was obviously loud to where tables were frequently affected by her decibel level. The owner knew this issue affected us and bought drinks fir each table. It was gracious. I think it ruined what could've been a perfect 5 star evening. Food was stellar and our server got 15% more gratuity for her classy service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely old time Italian restaurant
    Arlene
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Lovely old time Italian restaurant with excellent service and good food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best French Onion Soup on Peninsula
    cjtrailerVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    If you go to Luceti's on 25th, you MUST have their French Onion Soup--it's the best on the Peninsula!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • But Still
    accordnguyVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We've been to Luceti's for over15 years and we've never had a bad meal. The service is good and the ambience european. I'm not quite sure the reason, but, when the server mentions the specials, shoudn't they also include the price in the presentation. It's not that I would not order a higher priced entree. It just would be beneficial to knwo the cost before the bill arrives. Anyway, I would recommend Luceti's to anyone that is looking for great food at reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Party of 12
    mrTRAXVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Our server, Francine, did an excellent job handling our party of 12. The way tables were moved together to accommodate our group made if difficult to speak with anyone except the person sitting right next to you. The food ranged from good to very good depending on the entree. As the main dining room is fairly small, tables are pretty close together, but despite the noise, it creates a neighborhood, friendly atmosphere. I'm sure that we will be back, but with a smaller party.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st time- not the last- at Luceti's
    DawniVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Although I had heard of Luceti's, I had never been there. But will happily go back. Used Open Table on our way home from the beach and decided to give it a try. We did have to wait almost 40 min past our reservation time, but we passed the time playing dice at the bar. Apologies were made- hostess said they just got super busy right before we came in- but I guess they didn't save our table. The restaurant was FULL and loud, but nothing we couldn't handle. 2 of 3 entrees were outstanding; gnocchi and spaghetti w/ meatballs were delicious and the portions were hearty. The lasagna was ok, and the portion was small compared to the other two. We will be back - not a place for an intimate conversation- but a great spot for wonderful food!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent heart of romaine
    Marie
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Excellent heart of romaine salad, escargot, clams and tiramisu. Great service - our server was very attentive to us. Will go back there again. Reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Day special dinner
    JGIII
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Nancy and I enjoyed our first visit to Luceti's -- she did the research to find it, and we both enjoyed the music (electronic piano) in the background. Place was jammed (hey, Valentine's Day), but service was very attentive and food was wonderful. After a couple of sippies I decided to ask the piano player if I could do a couple of tunes, so was able to play my Sweetie's favorite tunes for VDay -- YYYAAAAYYY!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our favorite neighborhood gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Our waiter was so attentive but didn't hover. She noticed when one of out scallops was a little undercooked and sent it back for a fresh one. Paul and his wife the owners re so friendly and involved and always come by to chat and check on things. Just a great experience and great food to boot!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood Gem Still Shines
    Dani
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    At first I feared our romantic neighborhood restaurant had been "modernized" to the noisy level favored by the younger set, but after a vivacious table next to us left, the room's noise level dropped to its normal conversational pitch. The deep Italian menu brings back the fine dining and attentive service of the 1960s. Fans of "old school" dining should check it out. Great old bar, too. Thanks to the new owners for keeping the ambiance and the osso bucolic special on Wednesdays.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELLENT DINING.....
    LCMUNCH
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Always an excellent dining experience when we go to Luceti's. The owners are wonderful, the service friendly and the food is the best ever! We LOVE Luceti's on 25th!!! We highly recommend it to anyone who wants the best Italian meal and a fantastic restaurant experience. Give it a try today!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Real Gem
    RoseVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    We frequent this restaurant. It has a wonderful atmosphere, friendly and professional staff, and great food. Oysters Rockefeller is delicious as is the crab salad. I've never been disappointed. Instead I always leave satisfied and in a great mood. Love the romantic live music too!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • friendly place
    luv2dine2VIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Great place to meet friends for a group dinner. Friendly and welcoming staff. Food was great and so was the service. Music was also included guitar on Thursdays. A nice touch.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    This is the second time I have dined at Luceti's on Thursday's specifically for their Prime Rib, which is featured. First time, the Prime Rib was tough, but I decided to give it a second try - still very disappointed. I will order something else in the future, as I feel at $28.95 it should have been definitely "Prime"!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Pleasure to Dine
    RoseVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Wonderful food and great service. I always enjoy my meal here.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    Carol
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Food was great. Our group had not been there for many years and remembered it as a ho-hum location. We had a wonderful experence. Everyone had a different dish and each person reported the food was great! It was a little noisy, but not over the top. We will return - soon to enjoy another feast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.