Always InventiveThe terrace is lovely, the food is excellent and inventive and the staff is friendly and knowledgable. Lucques is the perfect place for a special occasion.6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing food!I had dinner here for the first time a couple nights ago. We shared a couple appetizers, the soft shell crab and asparagus with burrata. Both dishes were perfect! Great flavors! I had the braised short ribs, and let me just say..this dish is perfection! One of the best meals I have ever had! I will for sure be going back very soon.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMLucques has kept up ts highLucques has kept up ts high standards over the Years. A pleasure to visit.6/12/2013 12:00:00 AMLucques was a recommendationLucques was a recommendation from a local and it was spectacular. Great space on Melrose and a menu that was excellent in all respects.
Server, Luis was great. he was knowledgable and attentive Overall a great meal.6/6/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent again!Can never say enough good things about this place. Food, service, ambiance always terrific!6/3/2013 12:00:00 AMA fave for special celebrationsLucques is our first choice when it comes to special celebrations. The Sunday dinners are a great deal for the quality of the food, the elegant ambiance, and excellent service. Each course is a delightful experience. For a starter, we had a inventive salad of arugula, a slice of prociutto, amazing goat cheese, hazelnuts, and apricots. What a fun assortment of flavors! We both had the duck confit with haricot vert and it was so delicious. The fruit tart desert was also subtle and just the perfect ending to a perfect meal. I wish we could eat there on a more regular basis, but it is well worth the wait when we do make the visit.6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing food... Slowwww ServiceWe have been dining at Lucques for years. The food has always been exceptional. One thing we have noticed is that the service has gotten incredibly slow. The servers are top-notch professionals, but the last three or four times we have eaten at Lucques we have noticed remarkably slow service. For example, when we at there this weekend, we waited almost 20 minutes for a bottle of wine we ordered, after waiting 10 minutes to order it... honestly this has happened several times recently and we hope they can fix this problems!5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMLamb festThis annual event is yet another of Suzanne Goin's brilliant special dinners. The meal was exquisite, the wine pairing first rate, and what fun to see the whole lamb on a spit paraded around the restaurant before heading off to the kitchen to be carved up!5/29/2013 12:00:00 AMConsistently superbAlthough we try new restaurants regularly, we return often to lucques. From the day it opened, whether it is a special event like the annual roasted lamb dinner), new year"s eve, Sunday night dinner,Saturday lunch or sitting at the bar to eat, we are never disappointed. Every time we eat there, I think we should come here more often. Food is always flavorful and well presented. The vegetables are interesting and delicious. The fish and meats cooked perfectly. The wine pairings perfect and not expensive. And, the desserts are never overly sweet. This is the first review I have ever written. We are great admirerers of Suzanne"s palate even cooking from her cookbook. Thanks for sharing your recipes!5/29/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful dining experienceWonderful dining experience once again proving why Lucques is tops in L.A.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMwonderful serviceOur little group was giving the care and service at an exceptional level, by everyone from the receptionist to the servers right up to the manager. Staff displayed a genuine desire to make our evening special. Food unfortunately could not be rated at the same level, yet we left feeling we had a good meal but it was expensive.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMPretty as two picturesLovely spaces inside and out.
Objectively, the service was great: timely, efficient, unobtrusive, but something was lacking. The wait staff seemed a bit robotic and perfunctory.
The asparagus was spectacular, charred, succulent and properly spiced, but it sat on a bland bed of cheese (I think--maybe burrata). The lamb was stunning. However, the chocolate cake was way too busy, both visually and in terms of taste.
I'd go back, but so far, not in my LA top ten5/23/2013 12:00:00 AMAlmost like homeFrom San Francisco. Lucques is almost like home, but with more style. Excellent fresh and locally-sourced food. Expensive. Worth it.5/22/2013 12:00:00 AMHave loved this spot sinceHave loved this spot since it first opened....a LA favorite!!!5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat ambience, good noise levelHad dinner at Lucques on a Monday evening with my mother, sister, and friend. Noise level was good--we didn't want anything too noisy. We were surprised by the music selection. It was quite young--lots of music my sister and friend and I listen to. We were expecting a more mature musical ambience. It was fine since it was music we like but not necessarily what you'd expect considering the rest of the restaurant's ambience. My entree was the least interesting of the three, but I tried my sister's entree and my mom's and both were very good. I would not recommend the market fish (barramundi) w/ coconut rice and curried peas. I was expecting a much stronger flavor and it was quite mild, almost too mild. Overall our experience was positive.5/20/2013 12:00:00 AMIt Never DisappointsThis was my 4th meal at Lucques and perhaps the best. I dined indoors for the first time and I preferred it to the outdoor space and would recommend it. At a restaurant like this, I have discovered that if I order the special of the night, regardless of what it is, I am never disappointed with what I get. That was certainly the case this night. Excellent! Also, the wine selection at Lucques is top notch and unless you really know what you're doing you can trust the expertise of the people there. In my opinion, this is one of the finest restaurants in Los Angeles.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMWe loved LucquesFinally made it to Lucques this week for our wedding Anniversary after talking about it for years and multiple visits to sister restaurant AOC.Great food, great service, absolutely awesome. Next visit will be within weeks not years.5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMNice but limited menu for lunchEverything looked perfect: patio dining, beautiful table setting, attentive service.. all of it., until we looked at the menu. 3 to 4 in each category: appetizers, salads, main course and even dessert. I brought my mother and my aunt for a special meal. My aunt and I had to settle for a hamburger5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMStellar food, wonderful ambiance,Stellar food, wonderful ambiance, friendly and respectful professional service, in an elegant, earthy and comfortable setting.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMTextures and FlavorIntrigued by her cookbook, Sunday Suppers, I was wanted to taste the food from the chef's hands. A delight! Susanne works with lovely, surprising textures and multiple layers of flavor. It was so fun. Ambience was comfortable and we were able to hear one another, actually have a Sunday Supper, a phenomena dear to my heart. To share it with friends where everyone at the table was happy was a real pleasure. A definite "Do Again" as we say at our house. I'm ready to tackle the cookbook,5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMSunday dinner is a joy atSunday dinner is a joy at Lucques. The service, which I find lousy at other times is always good. The food is better because it arrives hot and on time!4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways a winner!!! 3 neverAlways a winner!!! 3 never been before guests were over the moon with everything - that's why it has been a hit all these years - most excellent from greeting at check-in to waiter to food, service, etc.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMStill amazing....The food is just spectacular. What a wonderful evening. I always enjoy myself so. Just an adult place to have dinner and while it's still hopping you can still carry on a conversation!!!! Just great!4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMI ate alone and was givenI ate alone and was given a nice table and attentive but unrushed service. Such a pleasant experience.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food at reasonable price.Great food at reasonable price. Have been before and will for sure be back again.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMThe best dining experienceThe best dining experience in many visits to Los Angeles. Our informed, professional and delightful server set the tone for a wonderful meal for our party of four.Truly fresh ingredients handled with restraint,imagination and real understanding of technique made for a memorable meal comparable to any we've had in Michelin starred restaurants. The garden setting was lovely.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMI loved that they broughtI loved that they brought my and my wife a plate of cookies for our Anniversary. We were already loving lucques before that.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious food, creative andDelicious food, creative and beautifully presented. The menu is small but the ricotta dumplings are always a great choice!4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMSunday Suppers is the bestSunday Suppers is the best deal in town. This week's was no exception.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a nice way to spend Sunday PMThis place holds its own and the Sunday evening 3-course offerings are better than ever.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AML.A.'s BestAnother spectacular night at Lucques. Two first timers, myself, 8 flawlessly executed dishes. Having spent many fun evening eating around Los Angeles, Lucques is one of the few places to which I always return. Strictly perfect ingredients, rustic flavors, and utter precision in the kitchen.4/11/2013 12:00:00 AMFew choices for the lunchFew choices for the lunch menu. But the steak frites was very good. As was the chocolate torta for dessert. Service was attentive. They have outdoor seating, which I prefer to the dark main space.4/11/2013 12:00:00 AMThey didn't have a SauvigionThey didn't have a Sauvigion Blanc on their list by the glass only chardonney which was rather surprising but four of us ordered different entrees and all happy. The ricotta dumplings for first course were excellent. Will return.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMSimply amazing, Sunday SupperSimply amazing, Sunday Supper was such a great experience and the food was delectable.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMLucques Never DisappointsAs always, Lucques never disappoints. Sundays are great for after theater dining and we find it worth the drive from the Music Center to enjoy their prefix menu and great ambiance.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMInitially seated in the patioInitially seated in the patio with early evening reservation. The service and the food were outstanding. As the evening wore on and the patio filled the noise level was annoying. Overall the food is inventive the side dishes a gem but sit in the closed dining area if you want to converse normally with your dinner date. Pricey but worth it.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food, ambiance, and serviceThe food, ambiance, and service combine to create a consistently great dining experience. No complaints.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMWe've been to many of theWe've been to many of the upscale restaurants in LA, and this might have been the best over-all experience we've had. The food was superb, the setting was pleasing, and the wait staff was knowledgeable and friendly. We had friends from Boston with us, and they were very impressed with the high standards at Lucques. We highly recommend it to anyone who wants a five-star dining experience.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Sunday Suppers are wonderful,The Sunday Suppers are wonderful, and a great value. The regular menu offers a wide range of lovely dining options. One of the best restaurants in Los Angeles and a great place for a special evening.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMI cannot say a bad word aboutI cannot say a bad word about our experience at Lucques. It was wonderful -- quaint, friendly, warm, elegant. The food was amazing and the service friendly and impeccable. We will return and bring friends again and again!3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious and Unique FoodWe dined at Lucques on March 19 at 6:00, just two of us. First time. Smaller place, but nicely set up. Food was outstanding in both taste and portion. Very unique, delicious preparation/presentation. At that hour, it may be easier to park at one of the many nearby street parking meters ($2 for two hours) than to use the valet parking ($5.50). However, I don't know whether the meters get fully occupied for later times.3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMWe visited Lucques on a friend'sWe visited Lucques on a friend's recommendation. We were celebrating our 2-year anniversary and it was a perfect, romantic spot to share dinner. The short ribs were delicious and my husband nearly licked his plate of fried polenta and squash completely clean. I will definitely be going back again and would recommend Lucques to friends.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic food and wine. Friendly,Fantastic food and wine. Friendly, attentive service. A true gem of a restaurant - I can't wait to go back for a Sunday Supper.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGreeting and reception soGreeting and reception so gracious. Friendly staff. Delicious food.3/10/2013 12:00:00 AMEnjoyed the DineLA offering.Enjoyed the DineLA offering. Dessert was especially delicious.1/29/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful ambiance and deliciousWonderful ambiance and delicious food!!! I really enjoyed my winter squash salad with burrata cheese - yum!12/18/2012 12:00:00 AMWonderfulI have been visiting Lucques for years, after being introduced by a friend. What an amazing find! The food is on the list of the best in LA. If you like short ribs..... do yourself a favor and visit! All of their food is wonderful, their staff are engaged, professional and gentle. They want to ensure you have a wonderful experience and they leave nothing to chance. Come early because they fill up and I suggest you make reservations! Whenever I have family or friends in town visiting, I bring them. All who come back to LA always ask if we can return!
Great place for a foodie night out, a group of friends who want magnificent food and ambience, and of course for a romantic date with someone very special.11/23/2012 12:00:00 AMAbsolutely fantastic foodAbsolutely fantastic food and service. The autumn squash salad recommended by the waiter was superb in taste and balance with shaved Parmesan, toasted seeds, arugula and smoked prosciutto. The broth served with the steamed mussels was equally exceptional.11/14/2012 12:00:00 AM