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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
  • "Great locals place. Nice atmosphere. Cozy and authentic. Excellent service and the food is always good. Been coming to Lucianas for years. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "Food and service were excellent and courtey dessert appreciated. For older people, lighting was dark and room was noisy. Will try room with bookcases next time which was quieter."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "Really love this place, one of our favorites. Consistent."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "The food was very good and the service was good. The ambiance was a bit dark, but seemed authentic. The one criticism I have is that it was very loud and it was difficult to hear or to converse. There was an accordion player who had an amplifier hooked to her accordion and that contributed to the high noise level."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "Old Italian Music playing alll night...which was cool...Our waiter was kinda ADD....but service was good and they didn't; bug us too much. Its a nice...low light but smaller and a bit loud restaurant. there are two rooms....one with a fireplace....maybe that was more quite. the Garlic bread was also cheesy and mmmm Good."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Wonderful Italian food and great wine list. Lovely ambiance, the only downside is needing more parking spaces or valet service. But allowing the area in Dana Point it is worth the inconvenience! We will go back many times."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Heard good things Crowded Waiting area uncomfortable The accordion player was terrible.....please lose her Waiter looked and acted like he shouldn't have been a waiter.... Manager type guy had to rescue him Sorry!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Luciana's is one of those restaurants that consistently delivers a great dining experience. It is always an old favorite that never disappoints."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Luciano's was recommended by a friend who lives part time in Laguna Niguel. We had a party of four and we each loved our choice of entree. We started with the carpaccio and anti pasta salad. My selection was the meat lasagna and I think it is the best I have ever had. My husband always finishes what I can't but he was disappointed this item, I cleaned my plate. The couple we dined with was from Long Island and Italian. They were thrilled with our choice of restaurant."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We have been dining at Luciana's for the past 25 years and have never been disappointed. In the past we have stuck to the traditional Italian menu items. Most recently I had veal parmigiana...as good as any I have ever I had. This time we decided to try the fish that is a special each time. I had halibut and my wife had swordfish.....both were excellent and reasonably priced (as are the wines by the glass). I would highly recommend this restaurant for a wonderful, intimate meal."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Had reservations & were seated on time. Restaurant was very busy & quite loud. Waiter was obviously very busy & did rush us somewhat. Specials blurted out so fast & the noise level so high that he had to repeat them all again. Two entrees out of the five not warm enough. Good but not great."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Juliana's is a lovely little spot in the heart of Dana Point. Even with reservations we waited thirty minutes for our table. One of our group ordered a cocktail and the rest asked for a wine list, which never appeared. The food was well prepared and delicious all around. The noise level was deafening! If one is looking for a lively and loud local dining spot, then Juliana's could be your new favorite. However, if you would rather have a quiet or romantic dinner, Juliana's is the wrong place for you. Our ears are still ringing!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Haven't been there in over 6 years, and it's still an excellent place for a quiet dinner with good food and service."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Felt the food was great, but didn't enjoy how we were seated. All the diners were crammed into one section, when it was clear the other half of the dining room had empty tables. So our experience was very noisy and we had no privacy for a romantic anniversary dinner at all!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Luciana's is a family favorite....great food and fair prices"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This is THE place we always take out out-of-towners and family to catch our breaths, enjoy a fabulous meal and can actually hear our conversation. The service is always impeccable - the wait staff is willing to allow us to take our time and enjoy the food and company - a rarity these days!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "One of the best Italliain restaurant on the coast. Love the Chicken Florentine, and all the salcicia dishes. I have them substitute pasta for the polenta and it is wonderful. Great wines, and desserts. Chocolate Gelatto is outstanding."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Favorite of ours especially when friends in town or business get together. Love the Accordian player"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "I am thrilled to have experienced at Luciana! I had a wonderful dining experience that included veal,veggies and potatoes. My daughter and girlfriend enjoyed delicious meals of pasta. We will be back!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Food is always great, menu selection is very broad and service if friendly, quick and attentive."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Luciana's is a charming restaurant, and so conveniently located to where we were staying. We just walked around the corner. Food and service were good, portions were large enough to share, and we'd certainly go there again."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We have online reservation at 9pm. It turned out that we had to wait 45 minutes to have our table ready and the restaurant was supposed to close at 10pm."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I am from NYC and visited lots of Italian restaurants around the world. The food here is classic Italian, excellent tasting sauces and great variety of dishes. We sampled several such as linguini and shrimp, lasagna, soups and salads. All delicious. Service is a bit slow, but very attentive. Place is busy for dinner, so make reservations in advance. This is located in an old house, the ambiance is a bit dark but comfortable with several dining rooms. Prices are moderate and you won't be disappointed. Parking lot to the side of the building gets busy fast but very convenient since restaurant is off a busy road."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We went to Luciana's for our 32nd anniversary. This is our go to restaurant when we want to celebrate a special occasion. The food and service was outstanding as usual. We went at 7:00 pm on a Friday and the place was packed. The noise level was a little high but we had a great evening."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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