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Luciana's Ristorante
Luciana's Ristorante

Luciana's Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://lucianas.com/
  • Phone: (949) 661-6500
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm -10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Bao Troung
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Luciana's endeavors to accommodate the banquet needs of the local community as well as embracing guest from across the nation. We welcome the celebration of future brides and grooms, and have the ability to create an undisturbed setting in which companies may conduct business, all the while enjoying authentic Italian cuisine. We have three lovely areas to accommodate groups of all sizes. Our Main Dinning room holds up to 75 guests and is complete with access to the Front Patio as well as a charming fireplace. Our Library room seats 40 guests, and is exceptional for quaint gatherings, offering an intimate experience. Our wine room offers smaller groups a remarkable private dinning experience. Situated adjacently to, and complete with a view of our Wine Cellar, this room will hold a party with a maximum of 30 guests. A full bar separates the Main Dinning room from the Library. Total seating capacity is 150 guests. Luncheons are also available and require a minimum of 25 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Matthew S. Santore (949) 661-6500
  • Entertainment: We have an Italian, European and Latin American accordion player with over 50 years experience.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Blue Lantern
  • Public Transit: OCTA bus stop on the corner of Del Prado Ave and Street of the Ruby Lantern.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: A private parking lot is located on the south side of the restaurant assessable via Del Prado Ave and Street of the Ruby Lantern.
A word from Luciana's Ristorante
Located in a historical home in the resort town of Dana Point, Luciana's Ristorante has been serving the Orange County community for over 30 years. The decor is reminiscent of a cozy European-style inn, establishing it as one of Orange County's most romantic restaurants. Awarded the Southern California Restaurant Writers gold medal since 1996, three stars from the California Restaurant Writers, Zagat Survey, Zagat's Top Italian Restaurants of North America and an Award of Excellence for its wine list, Luciana's has been setting the standard for classic as well as innovative Italian cuisine. Whether visiting our cozy restaurant or our Bed and Breakfast and Cooking School in Tuscany, Italy, you are sure to experience the best and freshest combination of the old and new worlds.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Went there for my wife's 60th birthday. The hostess was very sweet, the waiter was nice, but seemed to be the waiter for all the tables. Busboys were very competent, but the seafood dish was extremely salty, and the temperature was uncomfortably warm to the point of having to wipe our faces with a damp napkin. Have been to many Italian restaurants in our area of Rancho Santa Fe, and honestly there is no comparison. Food generic, as was the menu. No Marsala dishes. Had much higher expectations. Will check out other restaurants next time were are in Dana Point."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Service was rushed, food was fair at best, place was dark, and management couldn't have cared less....."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Me, hubby, teenage daughter and mother had a great experience the other night. The food was delish authentic Italian, and we're Italian so we know good. Delicate and fresh mozzarella on the caprese. Calamari frito fried to just the right tenderness with a slightly spicy marinara. Baked eggplant with fresh ricotta. All the pasta entrees were excellent. Cooked perfectly. Everyone was happy. Thee service was extremely attentive, friendly and professional. We'll be back."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Whether it's just a dinner out or a really special occasion, Luciana's is always great"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "No complaints, everything very very good. We brought a guest and she loved it as well."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "If you love great Italian food, this is the place to go."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Dined with our family of 5 adults and 1 teen. Everyone enjoyed the food very much. It even passed the test of my wife and sister-in-law who are Italian and are overly critical of Italian food! Service was a little slow, however we heard more than one employee comment that they were way more busy that a typical Monday night. Luckily we made a reservation, as there was a steady line the entire time we were dining."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Great food and a very friendly staff that really wants you to enjoy your meal and your surroundings. They make sure you are served and satisfied so that you can spend time with your company."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We showed up at the restaurant and was asked about a reservation. We said 6:15pm made on OpenTable. They could not find the reservation at the designated time. Instead they found it at 8:45pm. They said no problem but not sure what happened. Enjoyed Luciana's but won't use OpenTable again."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We were a party of five and all got different dishes - Lasagne, Chicken Parmigiana, shrimp pasta, etc. All disches were very tasty and well worth the price paid. Service was entertaining and enjoyable. This was our first Time there and I will be back. Very good value."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We went the second time to this place. We took my mother in law for her birthday and it was as delightful as the first time we went there. They were incredibly friendly and very helpful with selecting wine. The food is spectacular, and so are the prices. I highly recommend this restaurant for special occasions. It is cozy, intimate, beautifully decorated and it makes you feel you are dinning somewhere in Europe. Two thumbs up!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We are scratching our heads wondering why no one told us about Luciano's. I guess they were holding this treasure to themselves. Shame on them!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Service and attention was perfect. The steak I ordered was grilled to perfection and the vegetables were also prepared perfectly. Presentation was very nice."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great old style restaraunt. Food was excellent and the service was well done."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Lucianas has wonderful food, along with good pricing and excellent service. This restaurant is always at the top of our list. Billy and Elizabeth Diederich Laguna Niguel"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Food and service was great but was very noisy inside....not a place for a romantic dinner... Outside dining also noisy because so close to the highway Good for a lunch and quick dinner...skip this place if you are looking for a quiet dinner"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "This i sthird year in a row for our visit to this spot. Absolutely love it. It never fails to meet and/or exceed our expectations."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Just... Ehhhhh. Server was very nice but requests from everyone in the building was slow and water seemed unimportant to refill. Food was ok... Nothing incredible except maybe the bruschetta. The hostess was awesome however, friendly, and did everything right."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We hadn't eaten at Luciana's in years. We recently had dinner fir six to celebrate a friends birthday. The food was excellent. My wife had fresh halibut perfectly prepared. I had the Tagliana which was off the chart. Haven't had anything close to this since we visited Tuscany. The service was top shelf. Don't overlook this spot when in Dana Point."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Had a great meal. Everything was excellently cooked and very affordable."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Lucianos is a wonderful dining experience. The ambiance, food and staff are topnotch! We have been going there for years and have never had a bad meal. The management makes sure everyone has a great time. I highly recommend this restaurant!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "As always, a perfect evening. One of our favorite restaurants."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Pleasant experience and great food and wine. We were appreciative of the good service, from helping with our wine selection to consideration for our Grandson who was dining with us. Will be back when we are in the area."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Luciana's did not dissapoint. The food was absolutely delicious every bite was amazing! Small restaurant tucked away in Dana Point with great ambience and old fashioned charm. I will with out a doubt be going back anytime I'm in OC again."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Again we took a group who had never been there before and again Luciana's wowed them. From the accordion player to the martinis to the bread to the entrees, our picky guests continued to rave. We started with the eggplant; rich and tasty. The Caesar salad (ask for anchovies) was crisp and perfect for one. When the vegetarian lasagna came, folks said I'll never be able to eat all that - and then they did - irresistible to the last bite! Penne puttanesca was complex without being too spicy and the gluten-free linguini with vegetables was a winner. They were out of the salmon and then accidentally charged us for it but that too was fixed immediately providing another excuse to go back. We just have to see what they do with salmon!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Am giving only 3 stars on overall rating because we had to wait 30 minutes for our table, in spite of having a reservation. And, this is the 2nd time you've run out of a special described to us as we perused the menu, but no longer available once we ordered our meals. If you're going to offer a special, make sure you have enough for your typical number of diners in an evening. To run out of a special by 8p is just unacceptable and results in customer disappointment. Why do that?"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We've been here many times before. Our party of 5 all agreed that Luciana's is a great restaurant. We will all be back and will bring others."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Good Prices for quality food. Service had always been outstanding"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Lucianas food is Italian food the way it should be made. Authentic, delicious, and beautifully served. There is always a nice selection, and the service is excellent. The ambiance is like dining in an old country home. And there is ample parking. it is my favorite restaurant in the south bay area. Don't change a thing, please."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Everything was so delicious! We had the arugula salad and the tomato soup to start. I have been thinking about that salad since! For our entrees we had the handmade ravioli and spaghetti pomodoro. So delicious! The tiramisu was great too :-) we will be back. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My wife and I visit Luciana's once a month whether it is for a special occasion or for a night out with good food. Having visited for the past 20 years, the food is consitantly great, and service impecable. A great selection of California wines, however, I tend to pick the Italian wines due to their extensive list. Many choices for appetizers, salads, and pasta dishes. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I have dined at Luciana's on several occasions over many years. My experience only gets better. I have shared romantic evenings with my wife, social events with my friends, held business meetings in the cellar room & recently held my retirement celebration here with over 65 guests. Every time the owner, Jorge Luhan II, has been a very personable, gracious host, the service has been excellent, the staff are friendly, the food delicious & the wines amazing. We love the ambiance of this lovely Italian Ristorante!!!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We were staying at an inn around the corner from this restaurant so it was very convenient. It had an old style Italian restaurant feel and seemed like it was a place that locals went to regularly. The service was friendly and professional. We had an outstanding Caesar salad. We chose pasta for our on entrees. They were okay but not noteable. That is why we gave the restaurant a four star rating. My husband had an Italian sausage that was one of several items within his pasta that was very good. Perhaps if we had selected a pasta with just sausage we would have felt differently about the food overall. We would give the restaurant a second try."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Food and service are always exceptional The management especially Jorge is very frindly and attentive. The Linguine Luciana is a favorite and always consistently excellent"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Wonderful! Great service and ambiance. Oh, and the food was good too!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our food - prepared as requested. Our waiter (Jose) was very attentive - checking back regularly and making sure we were kept up to date about our food, dessert, etc."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "After reviewing all the Italian restaurants in the area we took a chance on this one. Great food and service for a neighborhood gem. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Non-pretentious, authentic Italian, neighborhood gem, great wine cellar. There is also a great private room for a large part of 15-20 at one table."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We used to frequent Luciana's and can't remember why we stopped. Anyway, we tried it again and enjoyed the evening. This little house is charming, the food was good and the service was exceptional. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "As an Italian, when I go to a pricey Italian restaurant, I expect freshly-made pasta. The noodles were not al dente - they were obviously packaged, hard to chew, and flavorless. I was SO disappointed. We wanted to sit outside, but their patio was not open. Bummer. The server rushed us as well. I wanted to relax and enjoy my wine, but it was so fast-paced I felt like they were waiting for us to leave after only 20 minutes! Don't go here... "
    Dined on 5/18/2014