Luma
Luma

Luma

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lumarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6472884715x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday, 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Michael Wilson
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Luma and Oliver & Bonacini Events offers full off-site catering opportunities throughout the entire TIFF Bell Lightbox facility including the sixth floor event space and outdoor amphitheatre, with seating capacity for 150, reception capacity for 250. For details, contact Oliver & Bonacini Events.
  • Private Party Facilities: Luma offers an intimate 12-seat private room for exclusive dining, as well as opportunity to cater to some exclusive private areas within the TIFF Bell Lightbox facility. Luma is also available for full buyouts.
  • Private Party Contact: Oliver & Bonacini Events 4163641211x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: King and John Streets
  • Public Transit: By subway, exit at St. Andrew station on the Yonge-University Spadina line, north east corner. Travel two blocks west on King Street. By streetcar, access the King Street line to John Street.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Paid parking is available underneath the TIFF Bell Lightbox and there are plenty of private lots within a short walking distance. Street parking can also be found nearby.
A word from Luma
Luma takes movie nights to a whole new level at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Located at the corner of King and John Streets, the TIFF Bell Lightbox is home to the Toronto International Film Festival, and houses five theatres, three exhibition galleries and a dramatic sixth floor event space. Paying homage to Toronto’s rich, cultural landscape, Luma’s menu showcases global and Canadian artisanal cuisine featuring the finest local and regional ingredients. Chef Michael Wilson's original, imaginative cooking is the perfect complement to Luma’s warm, inviting dining room, designed with rich woods, leather and stone and outstanding floor to ceiling views of King Street West. Luma is open for lunch Monday through Friday and dinner Monday through Saturday, and drinks and light dining in the spacious bar lounge. Enjoy innovative cocktails and a rich, diverse wine list.
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Luma reviews from OpenTable diners
279 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (152)fit for foodies (151)good for groups (116)great for lunch (106)romantic (83)hot spot (77)scenic view (69)great for outdoor dining (57)notable wine list (47)great for brunch (43)neighborhood gem (41)vibrant bar scene (26)late-night find (18)kid-friendly (9)Show More
  • Did not disappoint...again!
    Terry
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Our waitress was amazing, the food was delicious, fresh and sophisticated. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for Celebrating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Five couples went to Toronto from Boston to celebrate a friends birthday. Luma was a perfect dining experience for a celebration. The dining room is beautiful, the service was excellent and the food was good, not necessarily memorable but very good. The noise level was very comfortable. We were all able to enjoy conversation during dinner. It was a great choice for our group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unhappy with food and service!
    MissMangia
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    In a great area and bldg., decor was awesome, crowd was great. But please be aware that you will be paying a lot of extra money for that, and not for great food. They try to build value with ambience, fru-fruness, and the perception of expensive. My octopus appetizer was overcooked, burnt in some areas. My lamb entree was very bland and tasteless. I make better lamb and I have no culinary expertise. Service started off great- knowledgeable and friendly- really nice guy. Water was filled promptly. However as it got busy, we were left to the side. Dessert, coffee? Had to get up and ask staff at the counter for our bill. Felt really ripped off $130 for 2ppl and left hungry. Food was worth less than half of that. Never going back.
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  • refreshed menu is much improved
    mjwfoodguyVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Always good food in the past but a little pedestrian. We had squid, charred octopus and tagliolini. All bursting with flavour. It was a Friday night during TIFF so the place was buzzing. Despite that service was prompt and attentive. Great dinner spot after you see a movie at Bell Lightbox.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Nice room, poor service. Waitress forgets steak knife, forgets to bring us bread until we get our full meal and frankly behaved like she was to important to serve us. I understand corporate restaurants (O&B) have higher prices but with that people expect a tight ship. My GF and I has just come back from NYC last weekend going to Balthazar and Gato... Luma really needs to do better. Its shocking that a place like this is even moderately full on a friday. Food was not bad, Ceasar salad was a Ceasar salad. The "truffle" fries that come with the steak had been sitting for way to long under a hot lamp. Message to management: young people have money and aren't charmed by rude/bad waitstaff and sub par food. Get your act together.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Requests cannot be managed
    loveoffood
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Nice spot if you want to see a play or TIFF movie. The food was good but service was disappointing as was the latte at the end of the evening. It was a special night for us as we wanted to celebrate my daughter's big birthday. They noted this when we were seated but neglected to have the special dessert requested, where they said they would write the surprise note on her plate regardless of what she ordered. Unfortunately, we were seated beside a few rude men who were somewhat encouraged by their wait staff. Overall not the special evening I intended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun and great location
    ASRQVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Perfect for pre or after events in the theater district...service was fun, attentive and very lively......would go back again for sure.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great time with friends
    waglerette
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We were a group of five from out of town wanting to soak up some of TIFF. Mission achieved. The food was good, there was an overdone steak but it was replaced and taken off the bill. The service was outstanding. I wouldn't hesitate to return given the chance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic meal
    TIFFdiners
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We had a delicious meal at Luma. The wait staff were all very welcoming, and our waiter was extremely knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic. On his recommendation two in our party ordered the piglet which was delicious. I had the scallops which were also great. Wine and appetizers were on the pricier side but as you'd expect in a restaurant like this. I'd definitely go again, the main dishes were special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TIFF
    Melakai
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We had lovely dinner at Luma. Food was great. They accommodated my gluten intolerance well. I find the atmosphere of this restaurant a little lacking because of the openness, bright lighting, high noise level and closeness of tables. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    It was a great way to finish off our day!! We all enjoyed our food, the ambiance and the conversation. Thanks again!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favourites~
    Abee17
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I had a great time at Luma, the feel of the restaurant is very open, simple, classy and modern! The food selection is broad and everything sounds delicious. I always fall back on the steak frites, because I LOVE their truffle parmesan frites! My steak this time was not the best, but everything makes up for it. I also got a green tea mojito, it was great! We went right before our TIFF movie and our waiter was super at making sure our food came out in a timely matter so we didn't need to worry about being late for our show. Our waiter was the BEST, I'm sad I dont' remember his name because he really should be commended... He was tall, dapper, salt and pepper hair with a fantastic personality and very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good effort, but doesn't deliver
    nikita
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Neither the appetizer nor main I ordered would I recommend or order again. Main dishes both arrived lukewarm, even though they were 'rushed' from the kitchen (as we had waited about 60 min for them to arrive). Server offered complimentary drinks while we waited, but it didn't make the food any better. Not an intimate setting, perhaps better for working meals.
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  • Great pre-TIFF dinner!
    brandcVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Overall, was a great experience dining at Luma. The service was fantastic in spite of being very busy during the Festival. My caesar salad was not the same as last time. I ordered it because I like the original take using escarole as the salad base. This time it appeared to be romaine leaves and when I mentioned it to the waiter, he said it's a mix of escarole and romaine because escarole alone would be too bitter. Also it was a bit overdressed. My husband thought the carrot salad tasted a bit strange but liked the currants. Our mains were both delicious--halibut perfectly cooked and lightly treated, salmon a lovely pink and flavourful. Loved my dessert mini-bites. Cheese portion could have been a bit more generous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good ambience
    annafromtoronto
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Had lunch with a friend. We dined out on the patio and the weather was as lovely as our server. She was absolutely pleasant as well as knowledgable. It a appeared to be busy outside but we didn't feel rushed at all. Would love to come back for dinner another time.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brilliant Service
    gtmo
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our waitress was absolutely phenomenal and personal. She truly cared about our experience and also took the time to recommend changes to our order (that were delicious). We will definitely be back here again :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and ambaince
    LocalSocializer
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The location, ambiance and service are all are all outstanding - I've been here twice now and the service in particular has been excellent both times. Staff are friendly and helpful and pleasant and nice. The food is good too -but it's a bit pricey so this might be more of a 'special occasion' choice than a 'dinner before the movies' locale. I've had the short ribs and steak frites and a lemon curd dessert and all were very good. The standards for consistency seem to be quite high and the kitchen actually remade my chicken rather than sending out something they were not happy with. In fact I only knew because several members of the wait staff apologized for a delay I hadn't really noticed myself. There is also cheap parking close-by.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luma continues to impress
    George
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    On the slowest afternoon or the busiest evening, consistently strong, friendly service and consistently innovative and delicious dishes. The daily sandwich is a bonafide lunch time hit, and Luma's steak frites rival any French bistro. Wines are tastefully chosen and their price tags tend to be reliable indications of their merit. And the new decadent banana/marshmallow dessert is to kill for.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
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  • a comedy of errors
    FOODIE
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Two of us ordered steak: one rare, the other medium rare. They both came WELL DONE. The staff were extremely apologetic and offered to bring us new steaks, but this would have been awkward because the other 2 at our table had their meals and we didn't want to wait, so we ate the steaks as is. The manager took both steaks off the bill, which was very much appreciated. It was the birthday of one of our party, but the restaurant had no candles (when has that ever happened?), but they did write "happy birthday" in chocolate sauce on the side of her plate, which also was appreciated. Then, to our surprise, the desserts were also taken off the bill. So despite the above mishaps, we enjoyed ourselves because the staff were really nice.
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  • excellent dinner &excellent service
    aviaf
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Just recently went to Luma for our anniversary, the host asked us about the special occasion and when our server came she was already congratulating us. The dinner was superb and delicious and the appetizers especially seemed like great value for the prices (they had as much food in an app as other places serve for an entree). The service was great, our server was funny and witty and knew just when to check in or top up our drinks/water. Lastly, when the dessert was brought out, they had written Happy Anniversary in chocolate beside the dessert and onto the plate, it was the perfect touch to tie off the night, especially with such a delicious plate ( the Luma chocolate bar). I will definitely be going there again and again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Luma is always great! I have never been disappointed. Our server was particularly good on our last visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My first time in Toronto
    KWR57VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    If you can find the place (I walked past the address 4 times before finding them), you will be in for a treat. I was in Toronto on business for a few days and Luma was hands down the best meal I had while in town. The staff was very attentive and knowledgeable. The food was excellent. The wine list was somewhat limited, but my server's recommendations proved to be excellent pairings for my dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fine dining, excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This was a very lovely evening. From my early arrival, drink at the bar- the bartender chatted with me and made me a few testers he was trying, very sweet. Dinner was excellent, and the service was flawless. It was quiet (Friday night, summer) but the room is pretty and we could see the action on King st. Lovely.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Fantastic
    Delicious
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We were warmly greeted with kind words and a smile. The waiter could not have been nicer. My daughter needed a gluten free option and was impressed with the many wonderful dishes that accommodated her, she had a hard time deciding! We will return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    Nataliya
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Went there for lunch with a friend. Sat a a nice table on the patio. The food was spectacular cannot go wrong with anything on that menu. Enjoy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining on the divine
    kathryn
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The patio is an amazing find; with. The view of the CN tower and the King St scene below, the charm of leering down on tourbuses below is such fun. Chef made us a sampler menu which had us moving from one mouth watering gem of a dish to the next. His touch with fish is amazing, the flavours were simple but complex, and the meats were perfectly moist morsels accompanied by gems like watermelon marinated in olive oil, grilled pineapple, and cauliflower with cashews. Desert was a light lemon cake with just the right amount of sweetness to make you forget the tartness of the lemons. Well worth the slightly hefty price we paid due to wine consumption!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    My partner and I had a wonderful time celebrating his birthday at Luma. The servers made it a fantastic experience. Would certainly come back and recommend it to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice meal.
    brandcVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Excellent and unique take on caesar salad--made with escarole and puffed rice. I had the spiced chicken tostada app as my main which was good but not great--deconstructed, which it does not say on the menu and not really spicy. The rice paper "tostada" was not crunchy but kind of stuck in the teeth. My family enjoyed their meals which included perfectly prepared yellowfin tuna, steak frites, the tuna special and seared scallops. Lemon tart, chocolate bar and cheese plate all delicious and nicely presented. Our server, Meghan, was excellent and made our dining experience fun and relaxed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Very good food, excellent service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Very good food, excellent service. We will return!
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  • Great staff!
    MsMo
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The staff were absolutely amazing, and definitely made the expereince that much better. We had a few different people stop by our table to check on our party. Never did we feel like we were overwhelmed but that the staff as a whole worked as a unified team to ensure every patron had an amazing experience. We had the summerlicious menu and the entree and dessert were amazing. The starter wasn't my favourite, but it was a taste preference more than anything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good!
    KirkVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Really nice, innovative dishes (at least for vegetarians). See my google review.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Summerlicious at LUMA
    CCL1208
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    It is alright if the summerlicious menu lacking variety, but the a la carte menu does too. That is not a great start. Since the a la carte and summerlicious menu is the same, i went for the summerlicious menu. Food is very mediocre. The beans in the chicken supreme seemed like they were from a can. The chicken is tastless. They didn't even give you one scoop of ice creame for my sundae. They just gave me one bite. I mean even though it is summerlicious, giving me a biteful size of ice cream is not acceptable. It's pretty obvious I won't go there again.
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    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice
    JuniperMeVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    It was a lovely experience but frankly I had a much better meal outside of summerlicious once. Still a great spot to try especially if you enjoy a busy feel of King St West and or going to see a show :)
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    scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Walmart of Restaurants
    Ron987
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Reliable food and a service. Never really bad. Never really good. You know what your getting, but nothing is ever outstanding.
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    good for groups
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  • successful summerlicious dinner
    DowntownDiner
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We booked here for a quick bite before a TIFF movie. Often Summerlicious means a second rate menu, but Luma's was delightful. The service was attentive and when we realized we were going to be late for our movie, the hostess boxed up our desserts to go. We'll be back!
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I wll go again
    Karen
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Nice restaurant, good food and servive. I will go again with my friend.
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    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
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  • Yummy as always
    Foxy
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    A great spot for lunch, and perfect portions. Never too big or small. Charming servers - ever so attentive and upbeat.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Summerlicious Menu
    LienLyVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This was much better then Biffs, the menu was actually 'summer' ingredients.
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    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Summerlicious Gem!
    MRodVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    AMAZING food, service and ambience! Can't say enough. The portions was amazing and for a total price of $20…can't beat it! I definitely want to make lunch at Luma a monthly thing. I told lots of people at work we need to have our christmas lunch there…amazing!! All the staff were super friendly…and my hats off to the chefs! The food was outstanding! I had the cucumber soup, tuna and oat crumble - fabulous! Definitely plan on coming back again and again! I love going to the Canteen and now I can add Luma to that list as well. Fantastic gem in the entertainment district!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I have been to Luma many times. This time was a bit disappointing, perhaps because Summerlicious was on and the regular menu was shorter and less interesting. But the food was great as usual and the service impeccable.
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    fit for foodies
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