Another Gem in the city
The service was excellent and the staff was attentive and very friendly. The staff explained each of the dishes that we ordered and explain the preparation of each dish.
The chef was excellent with fantastic flavoring and the presentation was beautiful. Excellent for special occasions and the ambiance is superb. Highly recommend and a gem in San Francisco.
4/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Innovative menu and friendly,
Innovative menu and friendly, attentive service.. Likely overlooked simply because of its location indide a hotel, it's perfect for a quiet, romantic dinner.
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went for their tasting menu using a Gilt City coupon. The meal was an absolute delight from start the finish. The wines were paired perfectly with each course and detailed explanations were given by the friendly and professional staff. I am sincerely incapable of finding even 1 flaw. This was even better than the 1st time we went there.
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Mother's Day Brunch
Looking for a place for Mother's Day which gave a lot of choice for a diabetic diet. Luce was a perfect site. Great atmosphere and a truly varied spread of high quality items.
5/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Luce has the best burgers around. Always cooked to perfection. Portions are just right! Love taking friends and family there.
5/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was outstanding. I went on Tuesday and the restruant was not busy.
The prices were reasonable, the service was friendly and well timed..
I also met the chef.
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Luce is a pleasant surprise
Luce, located in the Intercontinental Hotel, proved to be a pleasant surprise. The food was very fresh and delicious. The Branzino was flavorful and cooked to the right temperature giving it a very tender texture. The chicken was a bit dry as in most restaurants but still flavorful. My only complaint is that no "sides" or starches came with the dish, only vegetable garnishes. The service was excellent as the waiter checked on us often. The decor is beautifully modern with high glass walls and tall ceilings. A bit overpriced but a great place to visit for a special occasion!
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful food delicious gourmet cutting edge fresh ingredients. Great service very accommodating servers. Too bad location is in a hotel, ambiance needs improving
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
My palette is still dancing
It is hard for to figure out why this perpetual Michelin Star awarded eatery isn't packed. Perhaps being located in a hotel casts a stigma upon it. I too may have taken a pass if I didn't see the congratulatory ad in the elevator ...very glad I saw it.
The experience overall was very good, the food from the amuse bouche onward was excellent. Luce is a foodie-worthy destination. We will return while in San Francisco.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Flawless service and food! A surprising find in a downtown hotel but will definitely return!
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Luce is Superb
From the moment we entered the restaurant to being seated and served ... we were treated with so much respect and kindness. Never thought a distinguished restaurant could have such great staff all the way around. We were so lucky to go there when SF was having its Dining about Town because the 3-course menu was fantastic. Our server Keith was delightful and his assistants Farog and Enrique were equally well-trained and efficient. The entire meal was like a grand symphony, food was so fresh and delectable, and service was so spot on. All in all ... a wonderful celebration of our 40th!
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
I expected the freshest, most select ingredients and preparation from this Michelin starred restaurant, but each one of my three courses went beyond good tasting. Each plate was eye candy, so artfully presented that I wanted to look at it and study it before starting to eat. Once on my palette, the textures were so intriguing that I sometimes yearned to touch the food with more than my tongue. The blend of ingredients was not only imaginative and artful, but delicious. Textures of chocolate and olive oil. A touch of pistachio granola juxtaposed with tender, silky baby lettuce. A basel scent wafting from the panna cotta. Luce was a standout dining experience.
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
dine around town week
we went for dinner during dine about town week and had a three course tasting menu for under $40 a person. I was worried because of the occasion and special pricing the quality of the food wouldn't stand up to the level of items on the regular menu, but i was amazed. the portions were generous and the attention to detail was the same a regular dining experience at Luce. If anything I would complain about the service, we had three different people serve us over the course of our meal, and our designated waiter was less attentive than he could have been.
6/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
I took my partner for his
I took my partner for his birthday and I think I have made a good decision we both enjoyed the food very much and we surprised the restaurant also have a pre-set 3 course menu and it was awesome. The service and atmosphere was great I will recommend to my friends and family it was a great dinning experience.
6/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
A wonderful dining experience made special by Amanda, our waitress. She has a great personality and was just terrific in explaining the dishes. You can tell she loves what she does. The dinner gave us all a new culinary experience. The flavors were intense and stimulating. Overall, a dinner to remember. Will back again.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding Hotel Restaurant
This hotel restaurant is competitive with almost any stand alone restaurant in San Francisco. It is airy, light, with high ceilings; our table was, as requested, away from the bar-lounge, next to the 6th Street windows; the wait team was led by James with a server, assistant bread server, and a water server. James is excellent in his role, not patronizing, knowledgeable, and good humored. Luce should be congratulated for maintaining food standards even with the departure of Dominique Crenn, a Michelin star.
My one small complaint dealt with the bread server; he forgot to return with a second roll-incidentally well baked and fresh.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was in town for a conference at Moscone and was very pleased with the food choices and service, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a special dinner near the conference venue.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had one of the best meals ever! I'd note was the amouse bouche which for once did exactly what it was suppose to do! The rib eye was the highlight of the meal for both myself and my wife. Perfection.
The waiter was a good balance of helpful, personable, and restrained.
We were very surprised and pleased.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
We will be back ....
We enjoyed Luce so much on June 2nd celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary, just the 2 of us + Mom, that we went back for more. We enjoyed the dine around town menu on June 2nd and on June 29th we were able to enjoy the regular menu items. There were 4 of us this time and the regular menu sure did not disappoint, one dish is better than the other and of course we asked for Keith's station. To top off the wonderful experience, in addition to having Keith serve us, they added James who was just as nice and accommodating. We had a marvelous time. Don't miss the Lobster main course, nor the Lamb, nor the Chicken and so on and so forth. From the welcome staff to the chefs on to the servers, everything was flawless! We'll be back!
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
An amazing experience
When I made the reservation for this restaurant I mentioned it was our honeymoon. We were sat to a beautiful large table and the special treatment didn't end there. We were offered complimentary prosseco which was a nice treat. The sommelier was a quirky and knowledgable man who steered us in the right direction. The food was fantastic. We had the amberjack (melts in your mouth), sweetbread ravioli (delish!), lobster (buttery and cooked perfectly), and lamb loin (wow!). I would recommend every item we ordered. Our server really made us feel special and we can't wait to go back to San Francisco so we can eat here again.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for food and chatting
The food is delicious and delicate, and the environment is comfortable. Strongly recommended.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have enjoyed 3 dinners at Luce!! The food and service were outstanding. We will be REPEAT customers.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Merits the Michelin star
My wife and I very much enjoyed our Saturday evening dinner at Luce. The flavors and presentation of the food were outstanding, as were the drink menu and wine list, the service was efficient, friendly, and very professional, and the venue was lively enough to be interesting but not so noisy as to be an issue. Overall, a 5 star experience.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Luce exceeded our expectations at every level.
Surprisingly, it was not noticeably crowded on a Saturday night. This made for a quiet atmosphere and the service felt very personal.
Pacific Amberjack: The amberjack was an absolute work of art--one of those dishes that you remember for some time.
Abalone: Generous slices of abalone layered on some sort of grain served at temperature really complimented the texture.
Maine Lobster: Cooked to a perfect level of tenderness and infused with subtle seasoning beautifully complimented by roasted corn and strawberries.
Pacific Halibut: All three components, fish, scallops, and clams prepared perfectly.
Pluot tartlet: Amazing composition to showcase some perfectly ripe seasonal fruit.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Truly amazing food.
For what looks like a hotel restaurant this was an outstanding restaurant. The menu was impressive and showed great attention to detail. The food more than lived up to the menu. I was barely able to contain my joy as I ate the sweetbreads appetizer. The whole meal was wonderful and the service was excellent as well.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Lobster Ever
We had a 9:30 reservation, the kitchen closes at 10 on a Saturday? This is typical of what we found on our San Francisco/Napa trip. However I must point out, we were not rushed, and our waiter was very good at at making us feel welcome. Joe gave us great tips on food, wine and more importantly where to go after dinner. One of our party is an East Coast Girl born and raised in Nova Scotia, and claimed the Lobster was the best she had ever had in her life. Great wine list, after dinner drinks. Amazing experience.
I rated ambience as very good, because it is a Hotel restaruant and on our particular night there was a family dining as well, not something I expect in a find dining experience but one that cannot be helped.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent intro to fine dinin in SF
Absolutely delicious food and a wonderful wait staff made Luce the perfect place to take my boyfriend on his birthday. Couldn't have asked for a better experience! We particularly enjoyed the beet salad and the 4th course palate cleansing sorbet. Thanks Luce for a special memory on our trip around America!
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service and Food outstanding.... Could get top marks, except I am saving that for the restaurant I haven't found yet:)
Highly enjoyable - no regrets - will do again!
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Luce deserves its Michelin star
Food was really good, staff was excellent, the ambiance superior. Four of us had the prix fixe lunch and it was wonderful. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really enjoyed our evening at Luce. Food was very, very good. I'd give it 4.5 stars if I could. We did the tasting menu, where most of the courses were delicious. Service was outstanding...on par with the best we've had. Ambience was a bit off...the restaurant was half full on a Saturday night, so not really energetic. Probably because it's a BIG restaurant, and possibly because of it's hotel location. It wasn't sull by any means, but it wasn't high energy either. Regardless, a really great place to spend an evening at. On the expensive side, but deservedly so, in my opinion.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
hearty meal, beautifully prepared
and appropriately presented. service was extraordinary without being obtrusive. the waiter was friendly without being patronizing. also, they made incredibly sure if there were was anyone in the party with an allergy or food idiosyncrasy or just ingredients someone didn't agree with.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food & Service
The lobster was the best I have ever eaten - it was fantastic. My wife had the rib-eye and was just as pleased. The service was outstanding throughout the evening. Our meal was delayed and a complementary appetizer was brought to us with an apology. The only downside was that our table was not too far from the bar which was very noisy. Overall a great experience.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Every single thing we ate was perfect! We will definitely be back!
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our second dinner
This was our second dinner at Luce. This time my sweetheart had the beet salad, full of subtle flavors. For her main course, she had the poached lobster. If you love lobster you have to try it here. It's delicious, delicate and flavorful. The corn side dish was a great compliment to the lobster's sweetness. I had the Halibut, Manila Clams, and Diver Scallop. All prepared in a heavenly broth with the seared side of the scallop facing up so as not to soften in the broth. For an appetizer I had the sweetbread ravioli with fried sweetbreads. It was good but I'm not sure I'd order it again...with so many other delicious looking choices. All the desserts looked great. Try an Infused grappa flight.
8/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fine Dining Experience
Excellent food, especially the appetizers. Very attentive service and extensive wine list.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A nice treat
I met a friend here for a Sunday brunch. She ran a bit late, but the host was very accommodating and gave me the option of seating earlier.
We both opted for their all-you-can eat lunch. The options were varied and clearly fresh. A decent mix of cooked (eggs, pancakes, meats) and fresh (fruit, cheese, cold cuts).
The service was top-notch at every level.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Finally - a quiet restaurant
Although the bar was very busy the restaurant was not and it was a pleasure being able to spend 3 hours enjoying our delicious meal and easily conversing. The food was delicious - although relatively small portions - and the wait staff and service were outstanding.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took my customer to a business dinner here during a conference. I have to say that I was very impressed. The staff was exceptionally attentive from the moment we arrived. The menu was really unique and offered either a fixed menu which my two guests had or you could order items individually. Everything we ate was prepared beautifully and rich with flavor and texture. This restaurant would not be suitable for extremely picky eaters as it uses a lot of different and interesting recipes that would fall outside of what most people have had. Those who are foodies and love to experiment will be delighted!
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Almost a great experience
The food was fantastic. The bread and a little complementary appetizer were just perfect. We started with the salmon confit which was perhaps some of the best salmon I have ever had. A really great mixture of flavors and absolutely perfectly cooked. We then went on to one of our main, the lamb and crispy belly. The lamb was a little tough to eat and the flavor of the dish as a whole was a little less put together as compared to the other dishes we tried. I felt as though the meat was the overpowering ingredient and since it wasnt perfectly cooked, it was a bit of a flop. Our second mains was the lobster which was also perfectly cooked and the corn extras were just amazing. We finished with the panna cotta which was absolutely brilliant.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food - Creative flavor combinations
Food - Creative flavor combinations and superb visual appeal, but 4.5 stars for small portions--closer to those expected for tasting menu.
Wine - List extensive but high priced---even for haut cuisine. Few wines by the glass; generous selection of half bottles nearly all >$40/b.
Service - All attentive and proper, but principal server trying too hard to impress in her borderline pompous manner.
Ambience/Acoustics - Chique decor and surroundings, but intolerably noisy in center near bar with celebration underway; fortunately, table for 3 of us far enough away we could all hear the conversation.
All in all a very pleasant experience, but pricey considering the imperfections described above. Not on par with from Michelin 1-star in France.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
I went back a year later
Another convention a year later landed me back in SFO. I liked Luce so much last year that I went back again for a business lunch meeting. I was not dissappointed, great food and service. An added bonus is that it is only 2 blocks from the convention center. I will go back the next conference in SFO!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Now I know why Michelin liked it!
I'm very skeptical to think of a spot inside of a chain hotel to be amazing. Maybe 4 star. But this definitely earns all 5. I met a colleague for lunch and it could not have been more impressively intimate and enjoyable. The staff are all attractively awesome and go out of their way to let you know they care only about their guests (not customers). They clearly have the Nordstrom model of service and it shows from the call they made to check on my food allergies the day before through the guy chasing after me with my doggie bag that I forgot on the table post check. Truly amazing.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
I just took my girlfriend there for dinner on Saturday to celebrate her 40th birthday. The food was perfect, the ambiance was amazing and our waitress was the best I've ever had. When they called to confirm the reservation they asked if it was a special occasion and I let them know about the birthday we were celebrating... Once we were seated they immediately brought over champagne on the house so we could toast the birthday. This restaurant was simply top notch and I would recommend it to anyone who asked.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and staff
Fiance and I ordered the tasting menu, everything was fantastic! The staff was great too! You expect a certain level of awesomeness and they bring it.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had a business lunch here recently. Good Service and very good food, along with enough space between tables for "reasonable" privacy. The menu is a bit on the chic side for those who prefer hearty food, but 2 salads and 2 dishes were well executed and tasty. It is in the InterContinental, but don't hold the hotel setting against them.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Took my mother out to lunch. She loved it. She had never been there.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Met a friend here for brunch and I have to say the food and service, impeccable!
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service was impeccable, the location and setting were superb. The place was empty at lunch time, but food was pretty tasty, despite just having a soup and burger.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food and presentation are excellent. Staff service is friendly and attentive. Location and decor probably I appealing to
San Franciscans although it's worth a try for the quality of the food. A real find for Moscone Center participants.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of our best meals ever!
The food and the wine pairings were outstanding. The atmosphere felt a bit sterile, but the service was very attentive and went the extra mile to answer our questions about the menu. Even the bus service was amazing! Head to toe, this is a great culinary experience.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM