Lucia Ristorante
Lucia Ristorante

Lucia Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.luciaboston.com/
  • Phone: 6173672353
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Donato Frattaroli
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout
  • Catering: Any Foods for pick up or drop off
  • Private Party Facilities: Two dining rooms that can accomodate up to 70 people each, for any type of event.

    For parties greater than 8 people, please contact the restaurant for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Donato Frattaroli 6173672353

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Harris Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer valet parking nightly from 4pm to closing
A word from Lucia Ristorante
Lucia Ristorante offers traditional regional cuisine from the Abruzzo Region of Italy, in the most unique atmosphere.
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Lucia Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
95 reviews since April 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (47)good for groups (39)special occasion (27)romantic (23)fit for foodies (19)notable wine list (17)kid-friendly (11)great for lunch (11)late-night find (7)scenic view (3)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We booked at the last minute and were pleasantly surprised to score a great table. Food and service were great, reasonably priced for Boston. The only aspect we would change was the level of air conditioning that evening. However, once mentioned, the temperature problem was addressed. Overall, a great experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • North End gem
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    One of our favorites in the North End. A bit further up Hanover St from the better-known places, so doesn't attract the same crowds. Have always been able to get a reservation here on a weeknight and usually on the weekend as well. Food is excellent and prices are reasonable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hit The Spot
    Cheryl
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We each ordered off the nights specials list. The service was friendly and timely. We were given time to chat and enjoy our appetizers and dinner never felt rushed yet very well attended to. The food was incredible and the wine recommendation was perfect. Would highly recommend this place and make a reservation to get the great window table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • STOP and go in and eat...
    meandhim
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Have been here a number of times and never disappoints. Very comfortable with an energetic lively feel. Make sure you make reservations or you will be waiting for a table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian meal
    Argos14
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Enjoyed this restaurant very much! Chicken parm was fantastic as was my starter pasta fagioli soup. Service was good if not too quick. Wine list is average. Would recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Pleasantly surprised. Had reservations and was seated on time. Wait staff was excellent. Food was great. Nice comfortable table will definitely return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special request
    skinnybisquit
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I had a special request for Chicken Francese that I love and was not on the menu. It was so delicious and the lemon sauce great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not first choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    made reservation for 6 a week ahead, when arrived table was ready (a plus) however we were escorted to the basement bar where ambiance is non existent. hostess stopped midway through escorting our party to ask the bartender if he could wait our table. Just got worse he is clearly a bartender only not a waiter! He did not know specials or menu . When I asked about a fish dish he neglected to tell me that it was deep fried (pretty important fact I think) when it arrived I asked for something else but it took 3 people to make that happen. No one was friendly or gracious upstairs looked like a fun place if your lucky enough to end up there. I paid a hefty check for 6 adults was expecting a fun North end experience felt more like Olive Garden
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    NC123VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We love Lucia. The service is spectacular (we had Cosamina for our server) and the food is outstanding. The best place in the North End, hands down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hoping for more.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I went to this restaurant with my spouse and in-laws. We were quickly greeted and seated by very personable hostesses. Unfortunately, the service went downhill from there. Particular grievances include: bringing the entrees without clearing the table first such that there was a serious shuffle of places to fit everything, not clearing the drink glasses from pre-dinner cocktails, miscommunication about dishes ordered with dishes not ordered being brought to the table and then returned to the kitchen. The food was hit-or-miss for our table; I loved my penne and eggplant; other dishes were less well received. Mid-way through the meal terrible music started playing, which added to an already loud space. Overall, average meal, anticipated more.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Lucia!!!!!
    Paolatina
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    As always amazing food and great service. But this time it was way too noise :(
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wow what a dinner!
    BigPappi
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Five of us dinned there on a busy Sunday night. (Hint: Make reservations). Service was top notch, they did not miss a beat. Wine list was well rounded, not too much, not too little. Food....well can I say out of this world? Some of the best Italian food I have had in years. Would highly recommmend this place for visitors (like myself) or locals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    GoodFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Excellent food. Great North End experience. Would definitely go back. Glad we had an Open Table reservation! The person ahead of us was told that there was a 1-hour wait. With our reservation, we were seated immediately.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Open table was quicker than waiting list, right in the middle of the North End - fantastic atmosphere, great food, quick service
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best in the northend
    MaryLou
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Service was very good we were seated where I had requested and although very busy they took time to accommodate us. We had reservations for 4 everyone was very happy with their entrees and the sangria was very good. Great spot on Hanover st.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent food, great atmosphere
    Secondwinder64
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food was excellent. They were able to accommodate our request for a table by the window, which was a large open window to the street. This added to the atmosphere, and the night air was wonderful. We were across from the Paul Revere Mall, so at that time of night there was not as much foot traffic. The wines were excellent and reasonably priced. The noise level is a bit high, bit every restaurant on which I have dined in the north end has the same issue so this restaurant was about the same. We had 7 in our party, including a 5 year old, and everyone loved their food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, great service, very loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Had reservations and were seated right away. The service was very prompt and the food was tasty. We were seated upstairs where it was very loud due to poor acoustics. It was hard to carry on conversation due to the noise level.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent dinner
    Marlarachel
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Dinner on Saturday was excellent and our waitress was super. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    GardenweaselVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This was our 2nd visit. They saved us a terrific window table per our request. Their house salad dressing is so good I actually opted for a salad over all their other tempting app choices. The penne ala Norma with a side of terrific tender, porky meatballs in marinara hit the spot. The only drawback is the noise level, so just keep that in mind if you are looking for a quiet, romantic experience. We will def return when back in the North End!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • North End
    Pammy
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The service was exceptional, except that they were unable to make my husband's drink as they ran out of the needed ingredients. The lasagna was the best I have tasted. The decor was nice with a vibrant, fun atmosphere. Hard to beat a location across the street from the historic Old North Church.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A simple dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Food is good but not exceptional. Compare to other restaurant in north end it was probably a bit cheaper. Great service!!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    jvw912
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We had a wonderful time. We had pasta dishes and they were all delicious. The only downfall was that the restaurant got very loud after about 10 minutes into our dinner and we had trouble hearing one another talk.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just Average
    AVerayB
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    We ordered Chicken Marsala and Clams and Linguine. The meals weren't as flavorful as other Italian restaurants I have been to. The staff was nice and friendly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening with friends
    Friendly
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We have eaten at Lucia previously on several occasions, and were happy to return when friends agreed to share an evening with us. Everything was wonderful ... but a special praise goes to the mussels with gluten-free penne one of us ordered: the gluten-free pasta was cooked perfectly [not an easy feat] and the mussels were judged superb by our friend who, having grown up on the Coast of Maine, 'knows her mussels.' We have eaten at several good and enjoyable restaurants in the North End, but Cafe Lucia is clearly our favorite.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Graduation celebration
    Tcha
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We were at Lucia for a celebration with 9 people. They were ready for us at our reservation time. The wine, sangria and food were great. The room was noisy but we've noticed that just about every restaurant in the North End is loud too. Our service was OK, not exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food, but noisy
    mememe
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We were seated upstairs at a cramped table. We had to shout across to each other to be heard over the din. It was graduation weekend in Boston, and super busy, which may not always be the case. The food and wine was good, but I longed for some quieter times.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved this place!
    Norma
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We went to this restaurant with a group of 7 including 3 guests from out of town. Reservation was based on good reviews from yelp, urbanspoon and other sites. Food was delicious, and all 7 of us including 3 teenagers and 4 adults all enjoyed our meal. Service was great, too!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    2saturn
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We were a group of 7 ranging from 12 to 72 yrs old, and everyone enjoyed their meals. Service was excellent, our server was chatty, friendly, and knowledgable. When we asked to add grilled chicken to the pesto linguine, she made a point to tell us that everything was made to order and the kitchen was fine with changes or even off-menu. We had 5:00 reservations, seated within 10 minutes, and were walking out the door at 6:45 (our choice, we weren't rushed out). Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Foodie
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I went to Lucia with a group of 6. We had a reservation on a Saturday night and was seated promptly. The food was excellent, all of our plates were cleaned off! However, if you are looking for a more intimate setting I would not chose this place as it is extremely loud. It was hard to hear everyone at my table, we had to shout.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service
    BCgradfamily
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Lucia's provided both for our group of six. The restaurant was busy, graduation week in Boston, but the hostess, waitress and support staff were professional and attentive. The food and wine were just as we expected - top shelf! We will come back again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reunion dinner
    soup2nutsdiner
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We had early reservations, and thankfully we did! It was a graduation weekend and the whole North End was jam packed. As soon as our party was there we were seated and waited on quickly for drinks and she did apologize for how busy it was. The dishes came and were all done well. The veal was tasty and one member had the lasagna and was pleased. The noise was at a level that matched the crowd. I believe they did a very nice job given the crowd. Would certainly be a repeat customer.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always great
    Jeff
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    i have never had a bad dinner here and i will continue to keep coming back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wouldn't Return
    Jaclyn
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I wouldn't go back here again, the food was below par because it was cold, lacking flavor and the gnocchi was hard in the middle. Not to mention, the seafood pasta we ordered was heavy on the noodles, light on the seafood and low in spice. The service was probably some of the weakest I've encountered in the North End. The waiter wasn't attentive, didn't bring us water, extra place setting for our 3rd guest, our food came out at very different times and he didn't know the menu! I asked him a few questions about my dish and he had no clue what some of the ingredients were or what I was referring to and asked to check my menu. To be honest, the north end has some of the best Italian dining in Boston and I wouldn't waste your time or mine here.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food, Loud Atmosphere
    katieinnbpt
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The food was excellent, however we were a couple seated at a 6 person table in a very loud basement dining room with a large birthday party going on. Not exactly romantic! Still not sure why we were seated there when there were seats upstairs. Service was excellent. Would definitely go back, just ask to be seated upstairs.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good price
    Yumm123
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    It was a delicious meal and reasonably priced for the north end.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy - serve delicious veal dishes
    laura
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Wish the noise level was better controlled, but the food continues to be good - have been going here for years. Veal dishes very good. For first time ever, service was sketchy - brought the wrong dish - but corrected the problem with apologies. For lively scene, request dining at downstairs bar, otherwise, the street level dining room is preferred.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 59 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 901 reviews are from the Lucia Ristorante reviews archive.
  • saved us
    marathoners
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    After Mother Annas lost our reservation we had weeks in advance and called to confirm the day of, Lucia worked us in the night before the marathon. Great food and service for a party of 7.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    onerun
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    It was a very busy weekend with the Boston Marathon but they handled it well. Food was good it was very noisy conversation wasn't possible. Only complaint was they didn't have a whole wheat pasta.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's ok
    doraemon
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    When we come to the North End, the objective is the food!! The mussels we had for appetizer were great. But the filets of sole (supposedly dipped in an egg batter) were more like sole and egg omelette and kind of weird. The veal parm with linguini was just ok- Had much better in many other places in the North End.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Hostess but Nice Night
    JaneVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I made a reservation for a party of 2 on a Friday night. We arrived and were informed that because it was Easter weekend our reservation was not actually a reservation, but we were instead added to a waitlist. The hostess was completely flustered and while tables became available, she was seating people out of order and at tables for the wrong number of people. After waiting 25 minutes (with a reservation) we were sat in a booth (for 2?) and proceeded to have a nice night. The service from there was excellent and the food was good (though nothing too too special). I wouldn't go back mainly because of the disorganization and experience before being seated.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate