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Luciana's Ristorante
Luciana's Ristorante

Luciana's Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://lucianas.com/
  • Email: reservations@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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "Had great expectations for an authentic meal. However, veal was not veal, it was pulverized beef which was stringy and tough. I ordered the special of red snapper and it was overcooked and dry. Service was great, ambiance was great, food not so great."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Food was excellent. Like being in Italy. The server was vey attentive and friendly"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The ambiance is cozy the menu selection great and the food delicious! When we want A good Italian meal, this is where we go. They have a very extensive wine list but you may also bring your own for a corkage fee."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Had dinner here for our 25th anniversary; fantastic. Started with fagiolini verde, perfectly cooked; Caprese salad made with fresh, quality ingredients. Wife had Lasagna Bolognese; loved it. She's a lasagna snob, and has had lasagna across the country; this was one of her favorites. I had the Polenta Salciccia, which was delicious, but would have been spectacular with creamy polenta instead of grilled. Service here is impeccable; we were thoroughly impressed. Our server was incredibly friendly and helpful, and the bussing staff might be the best I've ever seen. Only thing that kept our experience from being perfect was noise level in the dining room; small room, busy night. Can't say if this is normal, but it was a little disappointing."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Luciana's Ristorante is always consistently a wonderful experience. Proprietor Jorge Luhan is cordial and friendly and makes each dining experience one to remember. Food is quality and service is perfect."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "My husband and I dined here to celebrate our 9th anniversary. I had made a 7PM reservation, but we arrived an hour early because we were very hungry. The hostess was very nice and told us it may still be close to 7PM anyway as it was so busy. After a brief wait of maybe 15 minutes, she managed to get us a really nice booth. We were so happy to get seated early and it was a romantic booth too. Our waiter gave excellent service and every part of our meal was delicious--from soup to desert. They even remembered it was our anniversary and gave us gelato. We had a delightful time and will be going back to this restaurant. I'm so glad we chose Luciana's to celebrate our anniversary. The food is great! Thank you to the staff, especially the chef!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This was a perfect choice for a birthday celebration. We had a delicious meal, served beautifully in a warm, comfortable, but not stuffy , environment. Our birthday celebrant was made to feel special in an elegant way. We haven't been here in a while, thinking it was expensive. Not true! We had a wonderful meal at a reasonable price, wine included. We will definitely return soon!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "This is a place we go on special occasions. We should go daily. Absolutely wonderful. Can't say enough."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I really like this restaurant. However they booked too many large parties close together and we had to wait a long time to be seated. We had to ask several times to get a bucket for the white wine, for a second bottle of red and the food coming out of the kitchen was slow. Not enough wait staff for the crowd they had."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I have made this restaurant a regular vist. The value, service and quality of food is excellent"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great service, delicious dinner, reasonably priced. The wait-person was very friendly and knowledgeable regarding the menu and wine list. Definitely would recommend Luciana's!!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The food was awesome and the service was great. Eggplant appetizer was amazing!!!! Great dinner overall. Marcus was the best!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "It is always a pleasure to go to this charming restaurant...even better when Ray is our server and we get to sit in the Library. We have hosted several important family events at Lucianas. Thank you so much. Donna & Allen"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "The food always delicious no matter what dishes you order. The ambiance is very cozy, feel like you're at home."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "family-owned Italian restaurant with wonderful food!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "She loved the romantic ambience, the live music and setting. More brownie points for me! The food was delicious and the staff was attentive. Get the chocolate cake for dessert."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This was the choice for a birthday evening w/ 5 guests. After some initial difficulty/confusion in finding a table suitable for the group (despite reservation more than a week in advance), the service and food were outstanding. I would suggest being specific about seating upon making your reservation."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "When all the 'locals' tell you this is their favorite special place to eat... believe them. Pasta and salmon exceptional!!!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I spent a few days at Villa Lucia in Tuscany. She is the mom of the current owner. The food in the restaurant compares well to the Italian dishes inn Italy. The restaurant is crowded, reservations should be made and the conversations can sometimes be heard at adjacent tables. However, the service, value and service staff expereince is well worth the visit"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Order got screwed up, but they corrected it pretty quick. Celebrated an Anniv. that they never acknowledged. Food was good."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Requested the booth in the window and received it! Brought own wine - corkage fee reasonable. Service (Monica) was impeccable! Ceasar Salad excellent as was the Farfalle Contadina - added some extra vegetables on Monica's advice. Great choice. Others had Chicken Parm, and Shrimp w/pasta. All good. Was busy but not loud. Been here many times and will return again. Great neighborhood choice."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "A great restaurant with delicious fairly priced food. A long time in Dana Point and when you visit it you understand why. Great food at fair prices."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "I read some reviews that were very good and others that had me worried. I do not understand the ones that had me worried anymore. The experience was great. I was very impressed with every aspect of the experience. I look forward to coming back again!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Our second visit. Decent Italian cuisine and atmosphere. Service was a bit off once again. Maybe some training with the service staff would improve matters. We may return for the convenience of the location."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "The atmosphere is always cozy and friendly and the food is consistently delicious."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Nice traditional Italian restaurant in a house. The food is good, but not gourmet. The place is crowded and noisy, which is a sign of success. But it doesn't make for a great overall dining experience."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Made early Saturday reservations (5:45pm) for my wife's birthday! Table was ready when we arrived in rear part of restaurant where there is plenty of room between tables. Waiter helped us pick out a nice, fairly priced Italian wine which was delicious. We had a couple of appetizers that were just ok. We had a variety of main courses including seafood, pasta, and sausage; they were all five-star and the serving sizes were perfect. The waiter brought out a delicious chocolate gelato desert with a candle for my wife's birthday which was very nice. We had not been to Luciana's for a while and as a result of this experience we will be returning more frequently. We have always liked the place but it has gotten even better!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Best swordfish I ever had and a wonderful atmosphere"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Luciana's is always our go to place for special occasions. It is romantic and has an an overall happy atmosphere. I feel like I am in a locals restaurant in Italy. The food is always delicious and does not break the bank. We can actually order an appetizer, bottle of wine and our entree's for under $100 - it is fantastic!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Okay, we are regulars and the reason we are is the all around excellence of this establishment. One of a kind and comparable to the food in Italy. You won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Start with the fried green beans for an appetizer ... delicious! The shrimp and scallop fettuccine was outstanding as were the veal dishes. Luciana's serves the most authentic and delicious Italian food I have in South Orange County. The waiter was helpful in his recommendations and provided great service."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Plenty of room between tables, great food, always take some home, friendly staff and manager, lots of bread, it is just like being in Italy, but you can understand the menu and waiter."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "There was really nothing wrong with Lucianas, but there was. Also nothing about our dinner that would make us want to return. The service was totally indifferent - there are only so many times that you waiter can padd your table while looking away from you. The food (both pastas) were adequate but certainly not among the best we have had. There must be much better restaurants in Dana Point."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Went with 4 couples had an almost private room, excellant service, knowledgeable pairing of wines, and a very reasonable price for the quality and quantity. Italian with fresh pastas, as well as more typical California cuisine. Rack of lamb was outstanding and included eight ribs....enough to split. Deserts also very delectable. I'd go again, any time."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Five stars for one of the best Italian restaurants you will find in Orange County! The decor and ambiance actually reminds us some of the quaint restaurants we have eaten at in Italy. Very comfortable and inviting. Great menu with lots of choices, all moderately priced. Food is excellent, and the wait staff is very knowledgeable and courteous."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The service, atmosphere and food were amazing. I would absolutely recommend this restaurant to my friends! Thank you"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "All the food was GREAT I recommend Lucianas Linguine !!! The Cellar Brook pinot was a great wine by the glass and reasonably priced. My hats off to Raymond our waiter..very friendly and had great suggestions !!! We will be back with friends !!! The drinks at the bar with Marcus were also a great time waiting for a table. !"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "The food was excellent! The ambiance was perfect for our date night until they sat a group of 10 right next to us and they were so loud we couldn't hear each other talk. The table was very rude unfortunately. The only other complaint I have is that when we mentioned the noise to manager she didn't seam to car and said "that's what you get with good food and great wine". Not the response I was looking for. We hope our next visit lives up to our expectations."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Luciana' offers good, low key food and nice wines with no hype. Salads, pastas, fish were all fresh and well made, the room is comfortable, and the tables & booths are roomy. Service is fine & we'll be back next time we're in OC."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "I always am extremely impressed with ther service and quality of food. Love the atmosphere too!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014