Luc's Bistro
Luc's Bistro

Luc's Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lucsbistro.com/
  • Phone: 8587489330
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch

    Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

    Dinner

    Tuesday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern, Comfort Food, French
  • Executive Chef: Alonso Cruz
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Luc's offers recorded musical entertainment and occasional sports and local television programming.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pomerado Rd.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Luc's Bistro
Luc's Bistro offers guests an authentic taste of down-home Southern cuisine. Try dishes like Crispy Crab Cakes with Lemon Aioli and Shrimp and Grits with Garlic Butter, which take Southern flare and meld it with a California twist. Ongoing specials pop up daily to switch the mood for returning visitors while allowing newcomers to sample unique creations from Luc's talented chefs. Cozy and casual, the "bistro-esque" dining room invites guests to dine with friends, family, or their significant other. Who says that a bistro has to serve only French cuisine? Luc's Bistro shows patrons that a restaurant can create its own flare by taking different styles and exploring a brand new approach to food.
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Luc's Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
4 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.3
  • Food3.3
    Service3.3
  • Ambiance3
    Noise LevelModerate
50% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (2)great for lunch (2)romantic (1)neighborhood gem (1)Show More
  • Dreadful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Having booked online we arrived to find bistro closed. No reason or warning.
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  • Less than special
    1WandererVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The macaroni and cheese was "blah"and soupy. The ahi tuna portion was generous, but salty.This is a stip mall bistro that tries, but doesn't quite succeed. It is interesting that they don't serve bread ,but for an extra charge you can order a small corn muffin.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 2 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 50 reviews are from the Luc's Bistro reviews archive.
  • Amazing shrimp and grits!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I'm not a grits fan, but the shrimp and grits appetizer was so incredible, I wished I had ordered the entree! Everything else we ate was very good, except for the crab cakes, which were fine, but nothing amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • scotcatVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Luc's is a neighborhood gem - great food and welcoming staff!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little local restaurant
    chandiegoVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Good food, reasonably priced for the quality. And the portions are not huge, they are not small, they are just right. The shrimp and grits are delicious!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great food
    JG22
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Not many places to have a non-chain meal in the Scripps Ranch/Poway area and Luc's is a lovely little restaurant with great food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter Brunch lacking
    RonC
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Not sure if the chef was in attendance but it certainly looked like the line cooks were doing the preparation and presentation. The crab cakes were significantly unimpressive: being sand dollar sized and certainly small enough to be buried under the poached egg. The omelet had a particularly dour look to it - seeming overcooked and swimming in the middle of a large plate all by itself. Tasted fine but overall not up to the levels of care, excellence and presentation we expect from Luc's. Let's hope this is was a anomaly not a portend of things to come.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Big Surpirse!!!
    Burn1
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We didn't expect much being in a strip center but wow were we surprised. We had the Shrimp Grits, Meatloaf, Jalapeno corn muffin and Apple crumble with vanilla ice cream. Everything was great and this is one of the few that I will be going back to and taking some friends. There were 3 tables of regulars from what I heard and that says a lot about a place. This is not one to miss!!! Keep up the great work.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • In a word, "Excellent", a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    In a word, "Excellent", a find in the middle of a non-descript mall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    LovinFood
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We had dinner there about a month ago and we are going back. The food was wonderful and the service was great. They had some great specialty drinks :) We enjoyed our quiet evening with drinks, dinner and desert!!!!! Would definitely recommend to anyone.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy comfort food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    My husband and I decided to go to this restaurant because we were staying in Ramona which is not too far from Poway. We were on vacation, so comfort food sounded like a great idea. Luc's bistro definitely served up a wonderful array of dishes that met that criteria. We will definitely be back and thankfully they like doing the Groupon offers which is enticing even more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    Evansmom
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Risotto was so salty it wasn't edible. Crab cakes full of carrots and celery filler. Cornbread muffin very dry. beet salad had miniscule amount of beets. Ribeye was charred and chewy. Drink cups left empty. Overpriced awful food.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GREAT LITTLE BISTRO IN POWAY
    Sandi
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I have lived in the area for 40+ years. I didn't even know this existed until I saw advertised on Groupon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try Luc's Bistro - outstanding food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    The food at Luc's Bistro was excellent, as always. They had a salad special - crab and avocado over their balsamic greens - very tasty. And Christina, the server, was in top form. The place was jumping - good thing I had a reservation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Food
    PowayDiner
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Second time dining here. Took the kids this time, and everyone absolutely loved the food. Service is great too! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cozy comfort food
    Foodie
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    We enjoyed the crab cakes, short ribs and braised chicken, Will go back soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'll be back
    Spunky
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Reasonable prices. Great service. The special wild boar pasta with a combo bolognese ragu and cream sauce was original and delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful Evening
    BA12
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    This is a great neighborhood spot. No frills, excellent food, reasonable prices, friendly service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christmas Eve at Luc's
    JohnCyn
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    We arrived for our reservation and were seated immediately at the last available table in this small restaurant. The staff was overwhelmed with a full house. Service was very slow, the wait time for dinner was nearly an hour. Our server remained upbeat & courteous in the face of a few unhappy patrons. We were not bothered by the wait as we have eaten here before and have always found the experience to be a good one. We ordered from the holiday menu. The prime rib was perfect. The mushroom soup, beat salad, garlic creamed spinach, and the delicious blueberry dessert were all the high quality great tasting items we expect from Luc’s. In spite of the busy holiday night this was an excellent meal and a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible!!!
    JimB
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Food was ok, but the service was the worst I have had in years. The wait staff is completely untrained. We waited a little over an hour before we tasted any food. The cocktail service was a joke. My daughter ordered a whiskey sour and I don't know what they put in it but it was not a whiskey sour so she sent it back for a Jack Daniels and was served a small glass half full. We could do only laugh. Then 30 minutes later, the food was served and my meal came with a dessert so I asked them to please box it to go. After sitting there for another 15 minutes, I placed cash in the check folder and we all left. No dessert, but happy to be gone. NEVER EVER WILL WE RETURN!!! Worst service of all time.
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  • Busy Christmas Eve
    BYcoy
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    It was our first visit to this restaurant and it happened to be on Christmas Eve. I read different online reviews mentioning the slow service and this is exactly what happened during our visit. There looked to be only three people doing front of the house the whole time. The service part of our experience took over 2 hours. The food, however, was the best part. We had fillet of sole, mac and cheese, and the chicken wings app. All were very good in their own way, though with small forgettable issues. Dessert was good. We shared the choc mousse and the crème brulee, Again, with small forgettable issues. Overall, we enjoyed the food and plan to return and give this quaint restaurant another shot knowing there's still potential service issues.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is not a place to go
    LoraleiLee
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    This is not a place to go if you are in a hurry - the food is prepared fresh and it is delicious but it is not fast. If you are really hungry when you get there ( or even if you're not) order the truffle fries as an appetizer - they are the bomb! Our party of 6 each had different entrees and I sampled some of each - all were really good. We all left with full and happy bellies!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Luc's
    BarryVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    Great high quality comfort food dishes with a sophistication you might not expect. All this at reasonable prices make this a great local find. The wait staff was very attentive and each of the 3 dishes we ordered were excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were looking for a place
    Patricia
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    We were looking for a place locally to have dinner on a Sunday night and found one. Everything at Luc's was great and we were pleasantly surprised. The menu was delicious comfort type food and the portions were generous. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem in Poway
    LeonSVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Our second time at this restaurant. Food is very good and the prices are excellent. A friendly staff as well. We will go back again to this little gem in Poway.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good comfort food
    gr8dining
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Our server was very friendly and helpful. My date and I had the sweet potato fries with chipotle mayo, which was delicious. I had the chicken & dumplings, my date had the carbonara.... both were very good... I would've liked my entree a little less peppery, but it was still very tasty. For dessert, we had the panna cotta. The panna cotta itself and the raspberry topping were delicious, but the "walnut crumble" that came on top of it was a little disappointing - it was more like a broken-up cookie on top, which didn't taste very walnut-y to me. Overall, though, I really enjoyed it. I'll be coming back here when I'm craving good down-home comfort food.... I imagine also wanting to come here on a rainy day..when comfort is what you want.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • work in progress
    BobB
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    This place seemed to be in the middle of figuring itself out. The food was decent americana. Pricing was OK on entrees and high on appetizers and drinks. Somehow it seems like there's no working air conditioner there and is not likely to be one, which just doesn't seem reasonable in Poway's climate. The interior was entirely generic. I wanted to like this place better and frankly could use a go to "nearly fine dining" option in Poway for business situations. This is not likely to work for me without some appreciable changes, but I think for other people it might be perfectly fine.
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  • Luc's Bistro-itis
    LJNative
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    Great spot for lunch. Luc's Bistro is our go-to place to meet our Mt. Woodson friends even if we travel from near downtown. Great food. I always have to try the soup. Beats "corporate chain" establishment menu items. "Tori", our charming food server on more than one occasion is always been first-rate. Try Luc's Bistro.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden Secret
    N2Dining
    Dined on 7/23/2013
    Ambiance, food & service were great! Try the crab cakes, jalapeño corn bread & risotto! You won't be dissappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thomas was awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    My entire waitstaff was great! They timed the courses perfectly. The chicken in wine sauce reduction was not the best texture but it had great flavor. The creme brûlée was magnifique. Tres Bon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a winner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    Luc's has been our go to in Poway for years. The best things there are the fish dishes, the soups, burgers and the shrimp and grits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll Be Back
    LJNative
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    Luc's menu offers items not found in your typical "chain" type establishments. Nice to be able to enjoy some dishes that are common in brasseries/cafes in France. My soup was divine, and the pasta dish was delicious. All in our group of four all said we'll be back. Our food server was charming and efficient, making our dining experience first rate.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Neighborhood find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    I don't think I would of ever found this restaurant just by driving by. It's in a set back strip mall. But what a find. Nice little place, quite and well decorated. Great friendly, attentive serving staff who made sure we were well taken care of. Food was unexpectedly great. The portions were appropriate and the flavors were deep. We did not have any alcohol, but they had a varied wine and bar list. prices were reasonable . Without alcohol about 18.00 each. Great find, will definitely go back .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luc's Bistro Critique
    Critique
    Dined on 5/14/2013
    This was the first and last time dining at Luc's Bistro. "Bistro"? No, it was a tiny hole in the wall, with a blaring big screen t.v., one big room, old and dingy, 3 employees running the place, none of who could remember who ordered what, plates were delivered to our table and taken back into kitchen, re-delivered, cold food, skimpy portions. When a server sets a plate of food down in front of a guest, guest has to tell them it's not what they ordered, the plate is taken back and given to another guest. BAD.Turkey foccacia sandwich,literally one slice of extremely thin turkey lunch meat bread burnt on the outside. This was a horrible and embarrassing experience for taking a group to lunch. I will never recommend this restaurant to anyone.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Horrible experience
    MrstatsVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    There were 8 of us and I knew after we ordered, I should have asked our waitress to read back the order. Most of our order was incorrect: The waitress kept telling us it was not her fault, that she wrote down the correct order, that the cooks got it wrong, but a good waitress would have noticed the mistakes, before serving the food. To rub “salt into the wound”, they did not offer to take anything off the bill and then added an 18% gratuity. I would have definitely asked to speak to the manager but since it was a special occasion, with 4 generations of family celebrating Mother’s Day including my 90 year old Grandmother, I didn’t want to make a scene. I will DEFINITELY not be back to this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Comfortable
    AnnaVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    This restaurant is a comfortable, pleasant restaurant where the food is delicious and nicely presented.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cave like appearance.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/8/2013
    Very drab appearance, dark,needs an up grade. Call Robert Irvine! Too hot but door opened to finally let in some fresh air.Salad was marginal as was the entree. Nothing special.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The place was empty when I
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    The place was empty when I walked in a little after 5:00PM so that made me wonder. The hostess/server was very friendly and helpful. My beet salad was overwhelmed by too much lettuce and not enough dressing. I had a filet of sole which was cooked perfectly and accompanied by broccoli and potatoes which were equally well prepared. What was lacking, I guess, were a few crackers with the salad or bread with the entrée, or something. Probably worth going back.
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  • Delicious food. Outstanding
    mlawkevin
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    Delicious food. Outstanding service. Awful location (though the restaurant itself is done quite nicely for being in a strip mall).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect, as usual
    JohnCyn
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Went to Luc’s for Easter dinner, everything was outstanding, which is what I have come to expect from this small gem hidden in a Poway strip mall. The lobster bisque was a perfect start to the meal. The special, braised lamb, was delicious. The signature beverage for the evening, a Maker’s Mark Mint Julep, could not have been done any better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet