Luciano's Ristorante
Luciano's Ristorante

Luciano's Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lucianosristorante.com/
  • Phone: (732) 815-1200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am-4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm-10:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm-11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Joseph Mastrella
  • 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, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: All Luciano's menu items are available in catering sizes (trays) to make the next holiday or special event extra special and delicious! And always, our regular menu items are available to-go every day.


    To view our menus please visit our website:

    www.lucianosristorante.com

    Click on the menu page.

    Special requests made to order. Let us
    cater your party affair with our fine
    quality food and experience.
  • Private Party Facilities: Let us impress your business clients, make your birthday a special event, your anniversary a memorable day, and all special occasions such as rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, engagement, and retirement dinners by giving you the service and hospitality you deserve.
  • Private Party Contact: Joseph Mastrella 7328151200

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Monroe
  • Public Transit: Luciano's is located one block from the Rahway train station, with the addition of taxi service and bus service offered throughout Rahway.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have a parking lot located across the street from the restaurant. For special occasions and weekends we also offer complimentary valet service to all our guests.
A word from Luciano's Ristorante
Luciano’s Italian restaurant will truly make a lasting impression on you with its Tuscan flare. Our chef has been delighting guest palates for the past 20 years with his outstanding culinary talents. The distinctive architectural interior is complimented with a new traditional cuisine which makes Luciano’s the perfect place for an extraordinary time.

Our impressive fireplaces and our relaxing lounge will allow you to enjoy the tantalizing food complimented by our world class wine list. Whether you are enjoying an evening out or celebrating a special event in one of our two impressive dining rooms, you can be assured of an extraordinary experience. Our Private dining rooms are able to accommodate corporate events for business meetings with accessibility to Wi-Fi or if you are looking to plan an engagement party or surprise birthday party we are there for you.

Our event coordinator will go through every detail of your special event to exceed your expectations.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Luciano's Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (18)neighborhood gem (18)special occasion (17)romantic (16)notable wine list (9)fit for foodies (9)vibrant bar scene (8)great for lunch (3)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Food was amazing....
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    I get to Luciano's frankly not often enough. Every time I have dined there - it has been good - however, Friday night it was awesome. The food was the best I have ever eaten there - the Risotto was killer (Thanks Chef for creating a special version on request). My guests were very delighted with the evening. The only negative was the live music was a bit loud at times - and did interfere with our conversation. But we were able to overlook that (only time I've ever had live music there). Thanks Luciano's for a great evening! Mike
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    First time - extremely noisy but when asked the waiter he said it was highly unusual that they had a lot of private parties that night. Also the hostess came over and apologized for the noise level. WE appreciated that. Service and food were excellent. We'll try it again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for a date night!
    Jen3
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Nice quiet ambiance. Food was amazing. Good service. Live music on Fridays. Valet Parking!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SUSIEMAC
    SUSIEVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    AS ALWAYS WE HAD A FANTASTIC MEAL. WE ARE NEVER DISAPPOINTED WITH ANYTHING.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bentley911
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Food was fantastic our server was friendly and very knowledgable about the menu. Definitely will be returning!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food & service
    AliCat3
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Excellent as always. Rich,our waiter, is a gem and he makes a great Cosmo too as he was also the bartender the night we visited.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Evening
    hungryprofessor
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The weather was horrible, but we decided to venture out anyway AND we were SO glad we did! Everything was excellent. The ambiance, the service, and especially the food were great - really great. Four of us had a variety of carefully cooked and presented appetizers and soups (loved the cream of mushroom soup) and the short ribs, duck and filet mignon received unanimous 'thumbs up!' For sure, put this one on your list and make sure that you get there!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not our best visit but good
    napollomoose
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    This was not our first visit to this restaurant - as normal the service was superb! Food this time wasn't up to the standards I have grown accustom to. First they forgot the appetizer, second the rib eye was just ok and over cooked. Pumpkin ravioli was great - desert was amazing and the wine was fantastic. I will be back it is a great find and love the the service!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We came here as a party of six for my husbands birthday. They honored my request not to sit by the bar and we had a nice round table in the corner. Everyone in our party loved the food. It couldn't have been a better night.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a wonderful experience
    MLopezVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Food is great, Service is outstanding. The decor is beautiful, with the exception of random empty liquor bottles on the fireplace's mantle.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Walter
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food and service was supper The music was a nice addition to dinner We ate in the Bar area
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Italian
    Quantify
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Italian restaurants are a dime a dozen in NJ. Really good ones...are still rare. Luciano's falls into the latter category. Preparation and ingredients are stellar, the atmosphere is elegant, and service is professional. We just celebrated my wife's birthday here...wouldn't go anywhere else for elegant Italian.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just OK this time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I've been to Lucianos many times and always came away completely satisfied with the experience, however, I must admit that this past visit we did note a difference in our meals. The service was great, and we were tended to in a timely manner. I'm sure we'll be back as this is a local favorite. Maybe there was a different chef during this visit...just not what I'm used to, I guess.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SUSIEMAC
    SUSIEVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    WE ALWAYS HAVE A FANTASTIC TIME HERE. FIRST THE SERVICE IS ALWAYS OUTSTANDING AND THEY ARE ATTENTIVE. I HAD THE VEAL PARM AND IT WAS TENDER AND THE PASTA WAS FRESH. MY BOYFRIEND HAD THE BRAISED SHORT RIB RAVIOLIS AND THEY WERE OUTSTANDING. WE ARE NEVER UNHAPPY AFTER SUCH A WONDERFUL EVENING THERE.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 129 reviews are from the Luciano's Ristorante reviews archive.
  • Almost perfect
    mrichter
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food and ambience here are perfect. The only thing marring a completely perfect meal and evening was the service. It was much too slow. We waited over half an hour between the waiter serving our drinks and returning to take our order. We waited another half hour for the appetizers and then almost 40 minutes for the entrée. 20 minutes after the plates from the entrées were cleared I had to get up from the table and find someone to get our bill so we could pay and leave. It was a nice night and we would normally prefer the slower service but this was too slow. That said, this was not a problem at the other times we have eaten here and we will be going back. The food is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pre-show restaurant
    RaymonduduOnhiself
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This is a great Italian-american restaurant! We were a party of 6 having dinner before going to a great Dennis DeYoung (STYX) featureing Jimmy Lehay at Union PAC
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    Mike
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    My wife and I have been to Lucciano's many times simply because we enjoy it so much. The food, service and ambience are top notch making it one of our favorite places for both regular visits and special occasions. I highly recommend it to everyone.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • From the heart
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    This is the 4th Anniversary we have spent at Luciano's and I would not go anywhere else. why travel to New York when there is a world class restaurant in your own town. My compliments to Chef Joseph for such a fine menu. The sampler was exquisite. Highly recommended
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neverhomeVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Our first visit here. The restaurant is very large and I thought it was strange that everyone was being seated in tables around the bar. We started with one order of arancini fir the table..very good! Dinners were a chicken parm, huge portion, a special of mushroom raviolis, scallops and the snapper. The seafood was particularly fresh..good sign on a Sunday night. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner and a Show!
    Ritakay
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My husband and I joined friends for a dinner before our show at The Loft, which is walking distance from Luciano's. What a great experience we had. Our server, Anna, was friendly, and professional, the food selection was perfect for everyone - a wide enough selection to satisfy a broad palate. Conveniently located with enough on street parking, to explore the town. Will visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Food is always excellent Great menu with many choices which makes it easy for picky eaters to find a satisfactory meal . Have been here several times and have always been pleased with the food, and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luciano's is a must go!!
    Sicily69
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Often traveling to New York for good Italian food, I was pleasantly surprised by this neighborhood gem. The atmosphere is very nice, the food is a mix of old school "red sauce" offerings mixed with more refined and modern Italian food. The fish is fresh, pastas are a delight and the service is attentive and very friendly. It's great not to have to pay tolls just to get decent Italian food. A great local place where you can "mangia" and leave satisfied!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GREAT EXPERIENCE
    njswedeVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    It was excellent all around! But the thing I liked best was the wine list was listed by prices, i.e. $25, $35, etc. and there were some excellent choices! Cannot wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • never again
    mary
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This was not ours first time in this place. Unfortunately the last one- the food was not eatable. I did the reservation 3 days before - and we still have to wait 20 minutes standing in the hallway-no chairs-sorry. Our food arrived one hour after we place the order- ONE HOUR, and not eatable. Wine was good, and the waitress was nice.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Went for Union reunion!
    JoemidiVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    My wife and I along with another couple went here for a semi class reunion. We decided to start off with dinner. We were plenty satisfied. I would highly recommend eating here. We all were very happy with the serive and the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian at its best
    FinallyItalianVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Finally a really good Italian restaurant. The food is great the service is great as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place to Dine
    Dante
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We were a party of 8, there is a very pretty bar area if you care to have a drink prior to dinner, the service was wonderful, staff very pleasant, the ambiance is charming, food is great - we were not rushed and the tables are on top of one another and we didn't have to yell to hear one another. Prices are moderate- Luciano's makes for a very pleasant evening. There is also valet parking. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful night
    Fran51
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    We were seated as requested, in the front room with bar and entertainment. The evening was perfect. Wonderful food, great atmosphere and great music. Will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    DocCVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    I had to ride around twice until someone parked my car. The waiter who happened to be the bartender was outstanding. The sangria was good but the food was just average. The restaurant was busy and the noise level was quite high. I would definitely not rush to go back there again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Luciano's
    Ponce
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    My second time going there. Once for large bday party....and this time for valentines day and anniversary combined. The food is awesome.... staff very attentive and friendly. Only negative thing I would say, their specials are not specially priced they are extremelyexpensive and prices of specials are not given when the specials are reviewed. So I will ask next time prior to odering any specials. As the bill was a surprise. Would recommend Lucianos to anyone.....wonderful place to eat. Have sent many people there and not one negative review from anyone....
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Valentine's Day
    TBrez
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We had a wonderful dining experience for Valentine's Day. The menu was fixed, the service was excellent, the food was cooked to perfection and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We have been regular customers for a couple years now and will definitely continue to do so and we'll make sure to include special occasions as an excuse to enjoy it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have been going for several
    MICKEYNJ
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    We have been going for several years for our birthdays and just there again for our anniversary. Food and service are impeccable. The quality has not changed since day one.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service and Staff
    Domf
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Luciano's should be proud of its staff. Excellent & courteous from the minute we walked in. Our four main course dinners were good but I wouldn't recommend the calamari as it came out oily and over cooked. The double cut port chop giambotta was excellent but I believe was overpriced at $ 28.00. We were happy with the food but felt a bit pricey. A note to the bar crowd, I had a Sapphire and tonic and my wife had a Double Cross straight up martini. Both drinks were like drinking water and it wasn't from the ice????!!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good option before a show
    NB23
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed a nice dinner at Luciano's before a show at the UCAC. Good choice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SUSIEMAC
    SUSIEVIP
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    WE HAD A WONDERFUL TIME AS USUAL. THE FOOD WAS FANTASTIC AND THE SERVICE OUTSTANDING, ONE OF OUR FAVORITES IS THE OSSO BUCCO.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • From Zero to Hero
    Single
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    I came to NJ for business and have been dining alone, I made a reservation for one just in case they were offering OpenTable points, so when I walked in to check in the Hostess laughed at me and didn't even know what OpenTable was or how the point system worked, so this sent red flags and I felt uncomfortable, but I went ahead and sat down at the bar anyway. This is where it all changed Nick the bartender was amazing, friendly, engaging, gave great recommendations and just turned the bad experience I had at the door to one of the best. I had the Chicken Ravioli it was so delicious I devoured it in minutes. Then Nick made me a chocolate martini, to die for! Great bartender and good atmosphere changed everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    KenO
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    First, let me say that my family has been going here for several years now, with the last visit extremely disappointing! Despite making Christmas Eve reservations weeks in advance, and having an early dinner seating (5 PM) they seated us at a table with the third member of our group facing a wall. When we requested to move to another table, just one over, despite the fact that the restaurant was nearly empty at that time, they refused (Amazing!!!). They had a francese dish on the menu that night (I think it was shrimp). My mother in law wanted veal francese. They would not prep the veal, despite the sauce already being made, and the restaurant not very full. Not accommodating at all! We will NOT be back!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • like2eatout
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Great proximity to the Union County Arts Center. This is my go to spot whenever I attend something @ the Arts Center. Just a few steps away from the Rahway train station
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place!
    Kent
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Excellent food and service. Great selection. Recommended for lunch and dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steak night
    GinaF
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    The food is always good here. The service is good too, but it slows down as the place gets busier and large parties start arriving. Several of us ordered the Friday night steak specials and we were just a tiny but disappointed to find the steaks overbooked just slightly. They were still great, and the quality was amazing but next time we will order one less degree of doneness! We will return and have dined here several times before.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.