Lüke San Antonio
Lüke San Antonio

Lüke San Antonio

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lukesanantonio.com/
  • Phone: (210) 227-5853
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily : 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday-Saturday 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern, French
  • Executive Chef: John Russ
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Soledad St.
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Lüke San Antonio
San Antonio is now home to acclaimed Chef John Besh’s restaurant, Lüke, on the city's famed Riverwalk, Besh's first restaurant outside of his home state of Louisiana. The casual chic bistro features a menu of authentic Old World cuisine, combining classic German and French cooking techniques served in a warm and inviting space of stylish vintage interior, situated in San Antonio's popular downtown district.

At the helm of the kitchen of Lüke is Executive Chef John Russ, born and raised in New Orleans. At Restaurant August, Chef Russ began to form the relationship with John Besh and he learned the importance of forming relationships with farmers and fisherman, which would later be reinforced by his time working on farms in Alabama, New Hampshire, New York and Maryland. Chef Russ returned to the Besh Restaurant Group as Chef de Cuisine on the invitation of Chef Besh.

To complement its cuisine, Lüke offers an extensive wine list and beer selection.
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Lüke San Antonio reviews from OpenTable diners
122 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (75)special occasion (53)good for groups (41)great for outdoor dining (41)scenic view (35)vibrant bar scene (29)great for lunch (27)romantic (26)hot spot (24)neighborhood gem (17)great for brunch (16)late-night find (10)notable wine list (9)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • Still the best happy hour on the river
    ThisnicknamethingisstupidVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Oyster prices went up a quarter but still the best deal in town. Wait staff is professional and food is tops. Fried green tomato sliders? Yup. Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Pat1VIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Great food and super service. Turtle soup and Mussels were both outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still my fave
    rjgcctxVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Luke is still one of my favorite restaurants downtown. Be sure to try the Like burger...so yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Nice Brunch
    NetterFgillVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We went for brunch prior to the play and thought that this was a wonderful find. It was our first time and we only wanted to eat a very light meal. This was a perfect choice and we can't wait to try it again for dinner. See you in December for sure!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Just Fantastic!
    FrequentFoodies
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Luke was by far one of the best fine dining experiences we've had in a while. Not only was the service excellent and the food sublime, but the ambiance made us feel like we were in our favorite place - New Orleans! Add all of that to the fantastic value (we really felt like we got what we paid for, unlike other fine dining establishments in San Antonio that are getting by on name alone) and you have the perfect experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pseudo-cajun and way too salty
    radmanVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Big bustling place just off of the Riverwalk. Tries to be Creole-Cajun, but doesn't really make it all the way there. Food a WAY too salty, IMHO, and the sauces are too heavy. And for a place with such a big bar, the beer selection was weak.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what we expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Jumbo shrimp and grits- 4 small shrimp and 1\2 cup of grits for $26. Not worth it. Etouffe was very average. I've been in dance clubs that were quieter. Disappointing.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good and Loud
    Dinner
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We gave Luke a second try after several months for dinner before a show at the Majestic. We had gumbo, jambalaya and shrimp on grits and sausage. The food was really tasty. The bread was excellent. Bread pudding was good also. The price was high but acceptable and the food was a little slow to arrive. The only bad thing about the place is that it's really really loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ExpenseIt
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Food was very good. My group enjoyed. Portions were decent sized
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Always enjoy going to Luke -- one of favorites on the RiverWalk! A favorite entre - "Shrimp and Grits"! Appetizers are outstanding as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant; just a bad night
    Lovesunvalley
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We always enjoy the great food and service at Luke's. Halloween is apparently the worst time to go. Our dinner was good but not the usual great and our poor waiter must have been working on his first day ever. But, well give em a pass for this time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marvelous Luke!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Nice menu, oyster specials very nice: raw and grilled. Both the inside and outside spaces very light and spacious. Service was very good. Server helped my wife with gluten free request very easily. Will go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish!
    EmLuvs2Eat
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Went to Luke for brunch on a Gilrs' Trip to SATX and left stuffed full of great food and drink! The house Bloody Mary was huge (as well as delicious) and a bargain at $14 due to the size. The food was every bit as good as one would expect from John Besh. Luke is a must if you're looking for a nice place to eat while in San Antonio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lived up to John Tesh's reputation
    BetseyH
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Had lunch as Luke, as I was eager to try his first restaurant outside Louisiana. I am a huge fan of August in New Orleans. It did not disappoint. Had the shrimp and cheese grits. Excellent! Saw a number of burgers and fries go by also and they looked delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cajun Dinner
    2forDinner
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We wanted some New Orleans food and Luke was just what we desired. The restaurant is quite nice in appearance with a large patio. The service was outstanding with immediate attention always there. The food was also very good with the Seafood Gumbo rich and just spicy enough. Desert was a pecan bread pudding that delighted. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good, one hiccup
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Everything about the restaurant was really quite good. We had a large party of 8, with diverse tastes. Yet the restaurant was able to accommodate us very nicely. We sat outside, which I highly recommend (assuming that the weather is nice of course). One awkward thing about the outside was that they had to pull together 3 round tables to form a table large enough for 8 people, but that was only awkward not a deal breaker. The hiccup was the waiter. He just didn't have his act together. It would have ruined the evening, but after a a simple complaint to management. Others stepped in and the evening was saved. Thank you to management for being so responsive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very dissapointing...
    jerseyfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I was super excited to find out that this restaurant was opening...as I am a huge fan of the Chef-Owner. Unfortunately, everything I ate was a huge disappointment. The quail was beautifully fried but the melon salad with sherry gastrique was very unappetizing to say the least. The fruit was mushy and the gastrique had a burnt quality to it with absolutely no berry or citrus notes whatsoever. The server recommended the bouillabaisse to follow. What should have been a seafood lover's dream was drowned with nothing but salt...with no other flavors to be found. I could not even imagine going back for a second chance after such a huge let down...especially with this place just opening. Maybe I will feel differently somewhere down the road.
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  • Great as Expected
    AustinGM
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Can't beat the 50 cent oysters on the half shell. The char-broiled oysters were excellent. The service and special attention from the Manager (Cathy) was a real nice touch. Atmosphere was good and our table had a view of the Riverwalk. All around great experience and we'll go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food but slow/poor service
    Paul
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food here was good as it is in New Orleans. However, the service was poor. The waiter was unfriendly. The drinks were very slow to arrive and when they did the waiter spilled a Manhattan on one of us. The food was also slow to arrive.
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  • First time visit to Luke
    MBrad
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Overall delicious and will go back when in San Antonio. A little disappointing only because I expect a more creative menu from Chef Besh. Mussels and French 25 cocktail my favorites. The cocktail is outstanding especially is you like champagne. Bam Bam shrimp were okay, was expecting more flavor. Emeranthe and onion flatbread very flavorful, cheesy and crunchy. Mussels outstanding, crawfish gnocchi dish was okay, gnocchi were just a little overdone. Chocolate torte dessert very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Grits
    Shirlsmor
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Nice to find a New Orleanic restaurant in San Antonio. Nice presentation, excellent use of spice. Waitstaff a bit young and inexperienced, and "outdoors" is not at all attractive. Would return for the good tastes.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, small portions
    Skyking53
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The restaurant is worth a visit. The food is well prepared, but the portions were small. Overall a bit pricey as well. The service was quite good. I personally felt the beer menu was a bit limited, but adequate. The space is a bit loud, but not unacceptable. overall a 3.5 out of 5.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back
    mightymouse
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Of the six restaurants we visited last weekend, five of which were excellent, this was our favorite. Wonderful food and service in a relaxed and quiet atmosphere. Those who demand huge portions might be disappointed, but it was perfect for us (although the Lukeburger is gigantic). They gave us a wonderful complimentary appetizer in honor of our son's graduation from Air Force basic training, which we all greatly appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We had solid service and great food for a party of 6. Everyone enjoyed the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice night out
    eats
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Out on a monday night business dinner with some coworkers and Lüke was recomended by google and I was familiar with Besh so we booked it with open table. We were given an intimate table away from some larger, louder tables that afforded us an easier time to talk. We were greeted warmly and the service was kind and paced appropriately. Shrimp appetizers were "bam bam" as promised and the onion tart was delicious. My rib eye was a little thin which may have contributed to it being medium well, I ordered medium rare. It was saved by the sauce. More sauce than most french restaurants as it kindof drowned the steak, but it was so good that I didn't mind. I am back in san antonio in 2 weeks and will sneek in here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • See How to Do It All Wrong Here
    shegee
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    After wonderful John Besh's, August a few weeks ago, we were very excited to see he had another restaurant here. Not just in another city, it's on another planet. Upon entering the place and explaining we had a reservation for 6:30, I was told there was no reservation. Oh, sorry, it is for 6PM, which is when we arrived. I said the wrong time and the hostess wasn't going to seat us in a nearly empty restaurant until I corrected my mistake. Thanks, you made me feel so welcome. Then, three of the items in just the appetizers were unavailable. When we asked why, they told us that it was for a private party and not us. asked to speak to the manager - what a waste. All down hill from there. What a disappointment. Don't waste your time here.
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  • Amazing
    jat3clove
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Luke is a great spot for brunch. Eleven of my dear friends joined me for brunch on 9/28. The service was so amazing that we lingered there for two hours. Thanks David! As expected, the food was extraordinary. I highly recommend the quail and waffles, their clever take on chicken and waffles. For a real treat, try the frog leg appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Less than Expected
    YogafoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I have been here twice. Each time I have had the tuna tartare and each time it's too salty and the tuna less than fresh. Service is always slow and always feels as if you are bothering them. But this time I was really disappointed. It was a special occasion. I confirmed this when I booked my reservation and at check in but no one every acknowledged my event.
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  • Great meal
    Cleoandmaggie
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    This New Orleans native loved this place! We were in San Antonio to celebrate our anniversary. I was thrilled to see that John Besh had opened a place there. (Maybe he will open one in Austin soon.) It was hard to make a choice on the menu of great Creole dishes. I had the shrimp étouffée, and my husband had a crawfish ragout. Both were excellent, and we cleaned our plates. We also enjoyed the yummy bread pudding. The service was friendly and attentive, and the restaurant very comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too little for too much
    cmsanative
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I brought a couple of men with me who were not foodies. In fact, I suggested we try out one of the new great restaurants in town. There are ones popping up all over the place. They ordered the cheapest thing on the menu- the burgers. There should be some offering within the theme and purpose of the restaurant that is moderately priced. The burgers and fries were generous portions. However, I ordered the blue crab and avocado salad (so as not to be too far away in price) and it was the shape and size of a small can of tuna! The worst part was that they were taking me out. Please consider making your lunchtime menu more reasonably priced overall so that people can try out the restaurant without breaking the bank.
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    fit for foodies
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  • horne
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We enjoy the Charcuterie platter but were a little disappointed in the variety on a Sunday PM. The shrimp and grits were great and our server recommended a nice wine that went well with both the carcuterie and the spicy shirmp.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On our way to the symphony
    oldmanbellVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    An added bonus to the evening at the symphony was dinner at Luke and a valet bus service to the Tobin Center. Our waiter was most aware of all our needs - including the tickets for the valet. It was a great evening with Luke's food and the San Antonio Symphony at the new and beautiful Tobin Center for the Arts.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great choice
    JKrustowsky
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The service is very professional and also friendly. The gumbo and the fish po' boy a great combination. Great decor and nice ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good dinner
    Katharita
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We went on a Thursday night. We were seated immediately by a pleasant hostess. The tables have a white tablecloth with white paper on top of that. The napkins are indeed the white dishtowels with the stripe down the middle as other reviewers have mentioned. Our server was Raquel and she was a delight. No delays or problems with service. She was attentive without bothering us at all. While everything I ordered was fantastic (rita, gumbo, etouffee), my husband was a little less thrilled (crab and avocado salad which we both really liked, ribs were less than tender, quail was very good). We split the bread pudding and it was quite delicious. I'm not sure when I've had better gumbo or bread pudding. I will go back for those!
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, So So Service
    MillerbuildsVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We enjoyed a great dinner, but the service was slow. We waited 10 minutes after being seated, to be greeted. The waiter had to go back and check on the specials as he had forgot them. Water service was slow...
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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  • Such personalized service!
    repastrevue
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was a first time for me. Loved being made to feel special with attentiveness but not in an intrusive or overbearing way. Of course, the entrees were delish and had unique notes to them. The charcuterie platter was most unusual and interesting all round, but I recommend abandoning the pickled raspberries. Top notch service. I will definitely come again!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, romantic
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  • Known for their Oysters
    mtdicksonVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Did not eat their oysters, but I have been told they have the best in San Antonio. What I did have was quite good and the evening was lovely and low keyed. We had nicely done mussels and The crawfish ragout was very good with fresh peas and tomatoes, fresh gnocchi and of course the crawfish. My only concern was our service was a tad slow, having to ask a few times for things. However, the hostess was very good about walking around and checking on everyone so she more than made up for anything lacking in service.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • Absolutely fabulous
    bettyluvs2dine
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    A group of 8 dined here on a road trip from Austin. Having enjoyed the other John Besh restaurants in New Orleans, we were interested to see what Luke had to offer. And offer a memorable experience it did! We all enjoyed a wonderful meal in this casual bistro with consistently great food. The peach and fig salad was impressive; beautifully presented with an intriguing "dressing" that had been painted on the thick stone plate. The mussels were perfectly cooked with a crème based garlic wine sauce and the steak and frites could outdo ( especially at this price) any bistro in Paris. The topper to the evening was how gracious the staff was in allowing us to bring our own cellar wine to the dinner and pouring for us. A return trip is a must!
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    fit for foodies
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  • Noisy, but delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great food, beautifully prepared and presented. The Lüke Burger and étouffée were both wonderful. Service was informal but very attentive. The only drawback was a noisy dining room, even when not crowded. We will definitely be back!
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    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing good dining
    Lovesunvalley
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Our dinners were one if a kind quality quisine and we had a great evening. Luke is certainly one of if not the best restaurant in SA. The price was reasonable for the amazing and beautiful food. This is a destination reataurant.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.