Luciana's Ristorante
Luciana's Ristorante

Luciana's Ristorante

  • 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 949-661-6500x
  • 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
143 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (88)romantic (75)special occasion (68)fit for foodies (47)notable wine list (31)good for groups (31)hot spot (9)great for outdoor dining (8)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (4)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great food! Excellent service
    JuanM
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    We always have a great time at Luciana's. The food is delicious and the staff is friendly. We always come here for any special occasion. The have great selection of wine. They really know what there doing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Candy
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    I love the ambiance and atmosphere of this place. As always they make you feel at home. The food was great. I would definitely come again to try more on trays.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Wonderful Meal.....
    ksb48VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We loved our meal at Lucianas. We had a great pasta meal with wine on our date night and will definitely return. The pasta was perfectly cooked al dente and ingredients were fresh and perfectly seasoned. Hubby had shrimp with his pasta and the portions are generous. We will return soon....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, Attentive Service
    SJLaw
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Very nice, friendly, accommodating and professional hostess sat us immediately at our table. Request DALE to be your server. He is knowledgeable about menu items, and informed us when something (such as bleu-cheese-stuffed olives or their INCREDIBLY GOOD garlic bread) would take a few extra minutes so we didn't sit there wondering where he went. Bus boys very attentive, removing plates, replacing flatware, bringing the next course. Nice menu. Very good food. Carpaccio: Excellent. Spinach salad: Would have every night. Excellent with "shoe-string-sliced" apples, goat cheese and pecans. Veal: very enjoyable. Good wine list. Pretty,comfortable decor. Plenty of free parking in the lot around the corner from the restaurant, or on the street if you're lucky enough to find it there. Several people were enjoying special occasions, with dignity (no singing waiters). Fair menu pricing. Very good and attentive service from Dale and staff. Definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed Bag
    MerryEater
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Beautiful interior, but 3,yes 3 crying babies in the dining room on a Friday evening. Staff is really pleasant, but the kitchen was so slow that it took 2 hours for dinner and even though we had said nothing, they compt us one of our appetizers when the server presented the bill.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Cozy and delicious
    Bbkluvsfood
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Hard to find high quality food in a comfortable home like setting, great service and not feel like you're getting gouged. I don't typically like Italian restaurants because my food tastes better. I'd go back here without hesitation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • local yocal
    localyocal98
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The food was good ambiance was romantic. I would go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occassion
    Steve
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Second time to Luciana; this time for a birthday celebration. Great experience except for having to wait to place our food order - somewhat longer than tables seated after us.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic
    Crab57
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Simple, quality food served in cozy, quiet, old Italy style surroundings. Our server was prompt, informative and very friendly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BesT Dining Experience In A While
    Foodlover
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Excellent food, excellent service, excellent prices. I can't say enough good things about this place. Well-decorated (not that that matters, but they knocked this one out of the park, too), staff is really nice, especially to children (despite the extra mess they make)...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    foodie
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Luciana's was a wonderful combination of good food, service, ambiance and music. We would definitely come back when we are in the area!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wave
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Consistently great food, atmosphere and service. One of our favorites!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The ambiance was great! Everything else was so so. The food was the biggest disappointment. My wife had the ravioli and I had the sirloin. Both were meh. Her ravioli was not tender and my steak was not tasty at all. I asked that the steak to be medium well done and it was very very red throughout. I honesty would not recommend this place for the price. Leaving there, both my wife and I agreed we would have been better off finding an Olive Garden.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Diana
    Diana
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Fabulous! Always fabulous and always welcoming.....what more need one say? Food, service and ambiance are excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food met my expectations.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    The meal was full of the flavors of traditonal Italy. No overpowering sauces or drowning the pasta in sauce. The wine list was diverse and the menu covered both classical and treditional dishes with the chef's identity clearly showing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The GM was amazing, the waitress was great, and the food was lights out. I'll be writing a Yelp review too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Really a great surprise
    Greatfind
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The owner helped us choose some great wine and our waiter and his daughter both added to a great overall experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not a place I would return to
    Surferdude
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Not a enjoyable night. The food was served warm not hot, my dish was veal with a side of pasta, the veal was tough and not fit to eat, the pasta was cold and over cooked, my partner had a seafood dish that was also served warm not hot, the shrimp was overlooked and the mussels were sandy. Not a place I will rush back to.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lrlov
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We were very pleased with the meals and the service was great. We booked a private party dinner. And, we are looking forward to another evening there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good but busy
    reggiesdadVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We went based on previous reviews. There were several large groups that resulted in a very noisy atmosphere and diverted service a bit. While the meal was good it was not as realaxing and peaceful as it might have been. Next time we would cancel if they had the same number of customers.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious and great service!
    PeachesandCream
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We were seated in what looked like a wine cellar, with a fireplace screen in the television. The tables are wide and several. Any room in Lucianas is great and feels like a trip to Italy. Food is delicious and service is superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ItalianGent
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Was not pleased with waiter's inattention. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gluten free friendly!
    Nsimonew
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I have Celiac so most restaurants aren't safe for me to eat at. Luciana's was fantastic in meeting my needs. They had a gluten free menu with pasta dish options. We had the chicken pesto and salmon entrees, both we amazing! For dessert I was able to eat the flourless chocolate cake- another hit! Cozy atmosphere, romantic and charming italian place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Leffe
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I have been there several times. Perfect as always, Leif
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EscondidoGarry
    SkinFixer
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Outstanding service from the moment we walked in. The entire staff worked together like a well oiled machine. The food was incredible across the board. Great experience and will most definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • can't wait to go back!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Beautiful place..... Very tasty food n great service! Prices were very reasonable TOO!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was a new find!
    lbbonnie
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Good food, reasonable pricing, friendly service. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 50th anniversary
    Wkwi
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    On 9/25/14 we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary at Luciana's. Jose and all of the staff welcomed us very warmly and wished us a happy anniversary. The recommendations for the specials, I had the mixed grill, which was great, and the wife had chicken cannoloni . The food was outstanding. We would highly recommend Luciana's for any special occasion or any time you want great food and service. Wayne & Mary Ann
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints
    Akomak
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    For many years Lucianas has been a favorite of ours, and the quality of food, service and ambiance remains high. It's always full, yet the service is attentive, friendly and professional, and we never feel rushed. The menu is varied and reasonably priced, despite elegant presentation and generous portions... I try something new each time, and I've never been disappointed. The wine list has something for everyone, both the conniseur of top drawer offerings and the house chianti devotee. The ambiance is warm and inviting, and it is our "go to" place for a romantic evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • been here lots
    zman
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    this is our 5th visit and most disappointing. Food was overcooked, service was so/so. We were a group of six, the veal was delivered tough, the chicken was overcooked and the server was not on top of refilling the wine. Previous visits were just two of us and much better overall experiences. Unfortunately our friends were not impressed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great place for any occassion
    checkitout
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    cozy place with great service. the bartender was very accommodating and service was great. foodwise, it's just ok. not a place to bring someone who knows their food. i will go there again because of the service, the ambiance and the prices are easy on the wallet.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Italian experience
    BSZ56
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Great food, nice and cozy décor, friendly, professional service! Make reservations. Gets very busy. Will definitely be going again, more likely for a special occasion. We live about 50 miles away.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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