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Lusca

Lusca Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://luscaatl.com
  • Phone: (678) 705-1486
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    HAPPY HOUR - Mon - Thurs 5-7pm. Buy a bottle from our wine list get a dozen oysters free!

    CLOSED SUNDAY
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Angus Brown
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pallisades
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Free Valet by front entrance
A word from Lusca
LUSCA (looh-ska): a colossal octopus

Join us for Happy Hour Mon-Thurs, 5-7pm
Buy any bottle of wine from our list and get a dozen oyster FREE!

Since the inception of Octopus Bar, their celebrated late-night eatery, Nhan Le and Angus Brown have developed a shared culinary philosophy: simple preparations with thoughtfully chosen ingredients allowing the food to speak for itself. With LUSCA, the duo ups their game to bring Atlanta an innovative and meaningful dining experience in a lively setting.

LUSCA - Timeless cuisine and thoughtful service; a dining experience.

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Diner Reviews
  • "My wife and I dined at the sushi bar, and had a nice night out. The first thing that caught our eye were the fantastic hand painted murals of giant octopi against the white walls. Fun and interesting, but still clean and sleek. They had more unusual nigiri than your typical sushi bar, and the live scallops were a definite highlight. Don't come here expecting spicy tuna rolls and mayo sauce. This is where you want to come to broaden your sushi horizons and taste the true flavor of a fish - a rare find in Atlanta! So a 1/2 dozen east and west coast oysters, a pile of lemony fried sardines, and a hearty disc of toothsome beef tartare later, we left with a lasting impression. Looking forward to going back to try new dishes."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Overall we enjoyed dinner. Some of the better tartare I have had for sure. The Monterey squid, a tiny thumb sized piece of squid is not an appetizer or small plate. Great flavors but ridiculous small."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I took my husband to Lusca for his birthday we had an amazing dinner. The manager sat us in a great table by the window and brought us complimentary glasses of prosecco to start our celebration. Our waitress was super -- she did not rush us, but was attentive and gave detailed descriptions of dishes we asked about. We tried all of the mussels, some nigiri, and then split a pasta entree. Everything was fresh and delicious Excellent cocktails and wine selection as well. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "We just ate for the first time at Lusca and it is definitely a great new find. It was a small birthday celebration and it certainly lived up to the occasion. All the food was fabulous from the raw oysters (East and West Coast) to the charcuterie (heaven) to the inventive fish dishes. Possibly the best was the dry aged ribeye. Didn't know there was a fish I'd never heard of much less tried but it was wonderful. Sounds like the menu changes often as they definitely use fresh local ingredients (peach and avocado salad--yum). We will definitely go back to this gem!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "the entire experience was terrific, from entry to exiting very good food altho i did not partake of fish starters included chicken and dumplings--as good as previous reviews predicted as was the roast pork the baklava A++ extremely attentive service with enthusiasm.... a great decision for dinner last friday...7.11.014"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The place was empty when we got there and it took 10 minutes before we met our waiter and 20 minutes before we got our drinks. Our waiter was very impressed with himself and the restaurant but did not seem to care about serving us at all. He as consistently slow and did not provide real service. The food was just ok. The meat tray was very unimpressive and when we told the manager we thought it was odd on a meat try to get headcheese, two pates and one meat selection he made up some lame excuse about curing their own meat. Of course he did not know I had friend dine there the day before and they got a true selection of meat. I don't think Lusca is long for Atlanta's competitive restaurant scene unless they make some serious changes."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Extraordinary menu with many creative dishes to choose from."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "...if you read them as a whole. Lusca is creative, energetic place with very good food and excellent oysters. That being said, the comments about price/portion size are spot-on. The menu prices are ~30% higher (50% for the oysters) than comparable quality restaurants and the portions are quite small. It's hard to eat a reasonably-sized meal for <$50 (before drinks), which could really limit the number of people who will frequent the place once the novelty and hot-spot status begin to fade. I am a fan and wish Lusca every success, but I hope they will take all of the feedback seriously."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Gorgeous, elegant and creative, though simple, presentation, preparation, flavors and textures. Healthy, fresh, bright....every flavor stands apart and shines on its own. Sashimi seems as if it still lives. Service was excellent; sincerely friendly, enthusiastic and personable. Decor is simple, clean, sophisticated and quirky. I wish for outdoor dining, quieter dining room and less wine mark up. Still, this was a remarkably memorable, delicious and enjoyable dining experience."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Very very good food with interesting twists to each dish. Interesting sushi selection and oysters, followed by a wide selection of creative smaller plates. Had a fish I've never seen in Atlanta, spicy squid, and a well prepared summery pear and avocado salad. Wine list has a lot of very different wines on it. So be ready overall for something different, but good. Call me quite impressed. I hope it makes it in this eternally jinxed restaurant location..."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Hot new young energetic Yes all these things and its in Buchead! Wow best of all the food is really good. The menu may sound odd but everything tastes great. Even hesitant dinners at my table gobbled down the sea urchin pasta! Brandade it amazing and the chicken with ricotta dumplings is so good you will moan at first bite. Desserts were not only pretty but delicious. My favorite the blueberry tart. So excited to have this terrific spot close by."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We went to Lusca with a group of 6 people. The food was good overall. However, the service was VERY slow. Also, on the menu they list side vegetables to "share" for $8 each. As a group, we thought this was a good option. We ordered the green beans and potatoes. The portion size for this was SO small! There were 4 potatoes, FOUR, to "share" between 6 people. Also, we each got about 2 green beans. For $8 each dish, we all found this to be completely ridiculous. Probably will not dine here again because of this. The side items should not be listed "to share" unless they actually want to give enough on the dish to share."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "So happy to have a restaurant like Lusca in Buckhead! Amazing food and such a fun atmosphere!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This was my 2nd time eating at Lusca and it was just as good as the first despite the considerably more packed house. Word has gotten out and Lusca is now known and has a following. I had the charcuterie plate and escarole side which were both very good and satisfying. My husband ordered the pork chop which was so-so and our friend had the branzino which was delicious. The "table wine" carafe of red is a great buy at $28 and was a delicious Italian from the Veneto region. My only complaint is the noise level as it is very loud and we even had a quieter table in a corner. We will be back because the food and service are top notch, but maybe we'll try an earlier or later reservation to avoid the need to shout."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "As an out-of-towner this was an incredible recommendation by a chance meeting of a local! This restaurant was a fusion of top of the line, melt in your mouth sushi, tapas dishes that were heavenly and dessert that was divine! I can't imagine all the other amazing things they have on their menu. The chef was extremely accommodating to my son's food allergies, that is always a HUGE star in my world! I love that they source the local food from local farms and farmers markets. The menu changes daily. We were there on a Monday night and the place was hoping! Make sure to try their innovative drinks! They are known for their coffee but we were not coffee drinkers. I highly recommend this gem!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "This was our first time dining at Lusca, and we were not disappointed. The Roasted Chicken was attractively plated and flavorful. Ditto for the Octopus. Escarole was a healthy and delicious accompaniment to the entrees. The Blueberry Tart was the perfect finishing touch. The staff are friendly, helpful and attentive. Lusca provided a very satisfying and enjoyable dining experience. We look forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We eat out a lot. A LOT. My fish was barley warm, the meat plate had 3 pate's (not mentioned by the waiter) there were only 4 cocktails on the menu, only one of the 3 desserts on the menu was any good. It was mediocre food for really high quality prices. We wont be back and we won't let our friends go there either. Our server was good though."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I've visited Lusca three times. First, the manager Tim, place your trust in his ideas on food and wine. This is a restaurant where you want to work with the manager and the waiter (in our case Brian). Tim explained the oysters and suggested three. We tried them with a delicious Portuguese wine he also suggested. Outstanding the Shibumi the best but found the comparison much fun. As many say the Charcuterie at Lusca is excellent but again we had our preference of one pate over the other. I don't want to spoil dinner for you. Just order a few items and try the Portuguese Red Vinha Do Putta. Dessert.....oh the cheese (if you like ripened smelly cheese. we do) and a glass of the port (ask Brian.)"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Lusca is relatively new, and still working out some kinks, but overall, we thought it had very good potential. It is a comfortable and casual atmosphere. If you love oysters and/or sushi, you will definitely want to try Lusca. Even though we do not favor those foods, there were a variety of other tasty and interesting menu offerings, both small and large plates. Small plates mean small, so be sure to order more than one if you are trying to make it a meal. Loved the rabbit agnolotti. Hint: the bread is quite good, but be sure to ask for it, as it is served "on request" (which we didn't know until after we had finished our salads)."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Lusca was great and the service was just right - friendly, available but not overbearing. We had the crab and avocado toast, which was excellent. I also had a chicken and dumpling dish that was incredibly delicious. We will definitely be returning!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Food was delicious, complex but approachable and I'll return for the food! Service was not good - She didn't know food, wine or drinks. It detracted from the experience and didn't align with how good the food was."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "For the money the taste of the food is worth it, yet the portions were extremely small. I had the Corned beef hash, my wife had the salmon and grits. They were delectable, well presented, yet my portions size caught me off guard. I was okay with the Macchiato yet it was more of a latte. I may return again."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "This is the best dining experience I have had in a long time. Wait staff was knowledgeable, efficient, and well-trained. Their knowledge of the different dishes was most helpful. I eat out a lot, and this is an experienci I want to repeat soon. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My cocktail was fantastic. The wine list was great. Dessert was very good. Service amazing. Decor exceptional. Unfortunately, the food was dreadful! The salad was soggy with dressing, lettuce and one tiny orange slice. Then came dinner, roasted chicken: which was a bland plate of gravy with flecks of carrots and tiny pieces of chopped up dark meat chicken. It was the worst meal I have ever had. It's disappointing because I live just a few houses down and love to have dinner options I can walk to! Since Atlanta has so many amazing food options, including Saltyard and Watershed which are BOTH right across the street from Lusca, I am afraid Lusca won't make it. It's a shame! "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The oysters and charcuterie plate were outstanding. The latter, however, could have used another piece of the crusty bread or two, as well as some extra condiments (the mayo and mustard dollops were a little sparse). The kohlrabi salad was excellent, but could have used a little more presence of the white anchovies. The crab/avo dish absolutely needs some brightness, a lift. The crab/avo paste immediately takes the crunchiness out of the charred bread, and you end up chewing a bland, undifferentiated mash of dough, crab and avocado. As it is, there is too much bread proportional to the crab/avo mix, and a touch of lemon or capers or cool cocktail sauce or almost anything acidic would only help the dish. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Amateurs. Waaaay overpriced for what they're delivering. Undercooked $60 dry aged steak. Didn't even bother to cut off the outer dried up crust. Outside had consistency of beef jerky. $6 for single piece of nigiri. More expensive than Umi. Friendly staff and great vibe though. Hope they work out the kinks. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Food was great. Service was so-so. Water kept getting filled frequently. Had to beg for bread. Server disappeared at one point."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Not a typical menu, fried smelt, trout roe etc. Even items you know about like roast chicken are served in ways you didn't expect. Service is excellent. Prices are pretty reasonable. Valet in the back."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "I was excited to try this new spot! When I made the reservation I noted that we were all gluten free, when we sat down we told the waiter we were gluten free - but he wasn't paying attention - he came back and scolded me for not telling him we were gluten free when we turned away the bread service. I didn't appreciate that... The food was good - the atmosphere was sparse yet interesting... When it came time for dessert the waiter started raving about a tart when I reminded him that we were gluten free. We enjoyed the food - but due to the lack of service and NOT picking up on the fact that we were gluten free will probably keep me from returning"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Angus Brown and Nhan Le are just killing it.... the food is amazing. We did a multi (maybe 10?) course dinner and everything from the Golden Eye Snapper Nigiri, grilled Asparagus, Trout Roe, Rabbit Agnolotti served in broth to a Bone in Rib Eye was spot on, just fantastic. The service was equally fantastic and they are finding their groove quickly. This was our 2nd time and you can see they have already gone up a notch!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Over-pretentious, over-priced and yet the food was not impressive what-so-ever. Are they trying to be a lounge with the music? First impression when entering the door was confusing. Made a reservation, but the staff had no idea what's going on, waited 15 min before the table was ready and they tried to seat us by the front door. Noticed that the staff was running around don't know what to do. Not to mention who is behind the sushi bar, did not give me the confident to order overpriced Nigiri sushi that are priced for 1 piece, they are more expensive that Umi and Tomo. Our waitress was great, that's the only good point of the whole visit."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Having grown up in the area its so awesome to have a fantastic restaurant at this corner! The food was incredible and I love what they have done with the decor. I always get nervous cause this seems to be a tough area to maintain great restaurant business but this one is worth it! A note for those who don't love seafood - there are some great meat options as well and the cocktails are awesome. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014