Luciana's Ristorante
Luciana's Ristorante

Luciana's Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://lucianas.com/
  • Phone: 9496616500x
  • 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 949-661-6500x
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Luciana's Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
148 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (93)romantic (89)special occasion (73)fit for foodies (50)notable wine list (42)good for groups (25)great for outdoor dining (10)hot spot (9)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (7)kid-friendly (6)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Great food and atmosphere!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Delightful dining experience! Delicious food and lovely ambiance...we will be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Always a great night! This is a must have when you have visitors it's quaint and cute, the food is great and the prices are fantastic. The bartenders are warm and welcoming you could dine by yourself and you'd be comfortable. If you haven't been here yet it's a must try...enjoy!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Uncharacteristically Poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Perhaps I need to start making my Open Table reservations an hour earlier? My recent 7:30 at Luciana's had us getting seated at 8:30. What I also found completely irritating was the reminder of the $20 corkage fee as we were being seated an hour late. Follow that up with the fact that yes, the wine got opened and poured initially, but that was it. I was refilling the glasses from that point on. Horrible service. My wife and I normally love the place, but everything went wrong that night. The duo playing in the bar area were annoyingly loud, especially having to listen to it for an hour while we waited, horrible service, the corkage fee debacle, lousy cell phone reception so we couldn't even let that pass the time. Tip-waive the corkage!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A go-to place at a moments notice
    lookingforfun
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Our first time dining here was very positive. The food was very good, the service great, and wine list very good. The ambiance was negatively impacted due to the temporary construction on the Coast Highway but did not spoil our time there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great neighborhood gem
    manja
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Lucianas is a quaint, charming restaurant that serves Italian food the way it should be served. The ambiance is warm and cozy and the service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perluc
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great locals place. Nice atmosphere. Cozy and authentic. Excellent service and the food is always good. Been coming to Lucianas for years. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another perfect evening
    yumyum
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Really love this place, one of our favorites. Consistent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • we would come back
    letdf2003
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oldie but goodie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RBHT
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Did not meet expectations
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a pleasure
    MrRob
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Luciana's is one of those restaurants that consistently delivers a great dining experience. It is always an old favorite that never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Favorite
    Dsg92688
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • halr
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Grace
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Italian
    loveopentable
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Neighborhood gem.
    eatoutalot
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Haven't been there in over 6 years, and it's still an excellent place for a quiet dinner with good food and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    MarkNLu0304
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Luciana's is a family favorite....great food and fair prices
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, nice ambience
    Cleanyourplate
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Schatzie
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Favorite of ours especially when friends in town or business get together. Love the Accordian player
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A new gem
    ProductReviewer
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    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!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding in every way!
    Wayne
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Food is always great, menu selection is very broad and service if friendly, quick and attentive.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    WE WERE STAYING ATT HE RITZ CARLTON AND WERE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT A GOOD ITALIAN PLACE FOR DINNER FOR THE LAST NIGHT OF OUR 15 DAY CALIFORNIA TRIP. WE CAME ACROSS LUCIANA'S TO CELEBRATE OUR 24TH ANNIVERSARY & LAST NITE WITH MY WIFE AND TEENAGE KIDS. THE FOOD WAS AMAZING AND THE WAIT STAFF WAS AWESOME....VERY ATTENTIVE AND I CAN SAY MUCH LIKE THE STAFF AT THE RITZ CARLTON. GREAT NITE WITH GREAT FOOD AND I WANTED TO CHARE THIS AS I TYPICALLY DON'T BUT THEY WERE SO GOOD I NEEDED TO. ENJOY!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice place to dine
    agent13
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    QuinnVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Luciana's is a quaint neighborhood gem that has delicious Italian food and ambience for a romantic meal, but can easily accommodate kids as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poor reservation system
    Jack
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Do not miss this Italian restaurant
    JackVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DPfoodie
    DPfoodie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelmed...
    sweet60
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • don't bother
    BobbiN
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Service was rushed, food was fair at best, place was dark, and management couldn't have cared less.....
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful authentic italian
    Tiramisu
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding!
    Wayne
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Whether it's just a dinner out or a really special occasion, Luciana's is always great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent as usual
    yumyum
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    No complaints, everything very very good. We brought a guest and she loved it as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Italian Cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    If you love great Italian food, this is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't Wait to Go Back!
    SoCalSmiles
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A god night in every regard.
    HungryMan
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed Luciana's, OpenTable blew
    zoot
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.