Food was excellent. Our party
Food was excellent. Our party of 4 all had delicious meals. We shared appetizers. The calamari was very tasty. All of our entrees were wonderful (scallops, gnocchi with rabbit, duck and paparadelle pasta). We shared 2 desserts, pane cotta and flourless chocolate cake. We would recommend both. Very nice atmosphere. The service was a tad slow, but we were no in a rush so we didn't mind waiting a bit.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food and service,
Excellent food and service, and a fabulous wine list!
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
A wonderful evening
Lucca Back Bay Provided an excellent meal with excellent service. We were able to enjoy our evening and still be on time for our Pops Concert at my husband's alma mater Northeastern University. Thank you again.
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
This is the best restaurant
This is the best restaurant withing a reasonable walk for most folks from Symphony or Jordan Hall. It's not so good that I would go there otherwise, but it is good enough to enjoy once one is there. On this particular occasion, my date was late, and phoned the restaurant to report she would be, and the staff was quite solicitous both before and after she arrived.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for business dinner
Food was outstanding, seated on time and were forgiving of one late in our party on a very busy Saturday night. Service would have been 5 star if they hadn't forgotten us at the beginning to get the wine order, but was attentive as soon as the food arrived. Would highly recommend made my boss AND client happy.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
The entire evening was memorable. From the minute we walked in the door, the service was tremendous. When our wine selection was not available, we were offered a better wine at the same price as the bottle originally requested. The appetizers and entrees were outstanding. Dessert was also delicious.
We were going to the Symphony and had valeted our car when we arrived for our 5:30 reservation. We mentioned the symphony. When we returned to retrieve our car at 10:30, it was parked right at the front door waiting for us. This is the height of fine service!
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good for business dinners
Interesting menu. Food well prepared and presented.
Non-intrusive, competent wait staff
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
As billed a good experience
As noted (by others) a very nice space with a pleasant and accommodating wait staff. The food was interesting in composition and description. Portions are smallish but interiesting. Some dishes such as gnocchi were a bit bland but otherwise OK. Prices are up there but not out of keeping with the neighborhood
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
great place for dinner
We have eaten here several times and have not been disappointed with our dining experience. The duck dish is a favorite of ours. The pasta dishes are also very good. We like the child's menu, too. Wait staff is always very attentive. Will be going back soon.
5/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food....great service...
Beautiful restaurant, great food and professional staff. The restaurant is a little dark (great for that romantic dinner out) so bring your flashlight to read the menu. Lamb lolli pops as an appetizer are a plus
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food And nice room
Not the best location on. Main drag, but very convenient from comply square and excellent food. Lobster crepe app was fantastic, and pastas were excellent.
Would be a great place for a business dinner
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful 10th Anniversary
My wife and I had a wonderful 10th anniversary dinner and truly enjoyed ourselves dining among a friendly crowd including Red Sox fans, couples and families.
5/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous food but a deceptive check
Our group had a great meal until the bill came. The surprise? In addition to our alcoholic beverages we were all charged $4.50 each fit water. Not Pellegrino, not Perrier. Just plain old still table water. And with a large party, that adds up quickly. Sure, charge me for water when I don't order a drink. But if I order a $10 cocktail perhaps water should be gratis. Especially when the service charge is added on top of the extra charge for water.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, terrific service.
The menu was limited, but this means each item is made exceptionally well. I had the duck and was delicious.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Italian Cuisine - for a price
Typical Pru Center atmosphere: big windows, kinda noisy, people running off to other things. Not romantic, but the crowd is part of the appeal.
The food was outstanding across the board. Carpaccio and Pappardelle pasta were memorable. Scallops were enormous and perfectly cooked.
Nice selection of local liquors. First time I've seen that.
Attentive waitstaff, though we did wait a while for our entrees.
Total bill, including two drinks each, was $165, without tip. Not cheap, but the meal was memorable. A those prices, we won't be regulars, but this is a good choice for a special occasion.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food & service but pricey
Did not love the space different feel from Ambrosia, food excellent & our server was awesome!
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great restaurant for dinner
Great restaurant for dinner pre-show. Also great for leisure dinner date. Food portions are good size and they are all excellent. The main course Salmon and Duck Breast were out of this world. The side dishes were big enough and elegant enough to have as appertizers. Deserts and wine list also very good. Try it you will not be disappointed!
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gem in the back bay
Fresh, well prepared selections from a small menu with daily specials. Tasteful presentations of Italian specialties and traditional dishes in a comfortable setting. Valet parking fee $16.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Limited but great menu. Perfect
Limited but great menu. Perfect for pre-symphony Hall dinner! Can be loud when restaurant is full.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
started dinner with glass of wine and $1 app at bar We did the prix fixe which was great. Caparcio excellent, salmon had perfect crispy skin. service through night very good. highly recommend Lucca Back Bay.
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Easily among the very best
Easily among the very best restaurants in the Back Bay area. A bit pricey, but wort it!
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lucca Back Bay
Exceptional customer service! The entire staff was courteous and very attentive to us the entire time we were there. Lucca's is a great place to dine and the food is superb - Excellent Italian food!
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to Lucca after finding it on Opentable. It was close to our hotel so I figured, why not? The food, service and ambience were exactly what we were looking for. All were outstanding. We will definitely go back every time we are in Boston. Boston has many outstanding restaurants & Lucca is one of them.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food, location and service
Food, location and service was good. A bit rushed between cocktails and ordering.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food, Excellent Service
On our recent trip to Boston, my wife and I went to Lucca for our anniversary. We were so pleased with every aspect of our meal and the service that we brought two friends with us for dinner a few days later.
The staff at Lucca are very knowledgeable and very thorough. The food is excellent. I particularly recommend their scallops and the vegetables that came with the entrees our foursome ordered. Absolutely superb baby potatoes and sauteed spinach!
We will return the next time we are in Boston!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were very happy with this restaurant. We did not know what to expect at all and would go back again anytime
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service & gluten free options
The server was very knowledgeable of the ingredients of many dishes, which is really helpful for those with dietary restrictions. The Manager was very proactive with guests as well. Lucca has a great atmosphere, more of a fine dining experience. They offer gluten free options, which are marked on the menu, including pasta dishes. I will definitely be coming back.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent meal and service
Excellent meal and service and the ambiance was perfect for a special meal.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellant Service-Tasty Pasta
We had dinner at Lucca's prior to attending the theatre. We delayed our reservation twice with phone calls while sitting in traffic. The Hostess couldn't have been nicer or more understanding. When we arrived and explained our time limitations to our server, she moved into action recommending entres that were quicker than others, etc. Her service was outstanding and she was a delight to chat with. Our meals were served promptly. All 4 of us had pasta dishes that were delicious (especially the Gnocchi and the Fettucini) and well executed, but the portions were small. I was not expecting huge amounts, but they could have been larger! All in all a really nice place, great service, and perfect before walking to the show!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Elegant Italian cuisine
This was our first visit to Lucca, although we have been to other restaurants in this elegant location. We found the service to be excellent (attentive without being stuffy in the least), the food to be excellent (mildly adventurous cuisine with excellent flavors and presentation), and the prices to be reasonable for the level of the experience. It was a fine dinner, and we will be back.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place - highly recommend
After a truly awesome dinner, the place provided two excellent deserts "on the house" as they felt it took a bit long for our meals to come out. Would go back there in a heart-beat!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
All around good,
Great menu, service a little negligent but rectified when mentioned
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yummy posh Italian
Had the risotto with shrimp. Fabulous! My husband had the chicken sausage pasta which he found a bit spicy . Posh area, great for a night out when you want to get dressed up!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great dining pre-theatre
A party of six enjoyed a great meal before going to the Huntington Theatre. Our table by the window was super. Waitstaff was friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu and specials. Diverse wine list. As the time approached 7pm and the main dining room filled, the noise level rose to the point we needed to raise our voices somewhat to converse. Still, the food was delicious and the restaurant very well located. We'll be back!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is excellent (I am
The food is excellent (I am a tough critic) and always perfectly prepared. Even more outstanding is the gracious, understated atmosphere- quiet décor, tables set reasonably far apart, service that is efficient but now showy- truly elegant and a favorite for a quiet dinner in town with my husband.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ate there twice while in Boston
Ate there twice while in Boston on 4the day stay. Very busy on Saturday night &we were rushed to place order, then huddled out after dinner was finished. Food was great.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bartender was wonderfully
Bartender was wonderfully attentive and made delicious cocktails. Dinner service was very good - not rushed & evenly paced courses. Quality of food was terrific - my steak was perfect medium rare & very tender. Kudos to the chef!
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Solid Italian Food
I reviewed OpenTable reviews prior, the concensus was good to great food with mediocre service, I agree. The bread and bean puree topping was interesting because it was unusual, but ultimately I was not impressed, I would eat it again if hungry, but I would't mention it as a highlight. I ordered the Bolognese, I thought was very nice, perfect texture to the homemade pasta, and a nice heavy, comfort food style sauce that was well balanced. Service was attentive and prompt through receiving main course, then the assigned waiter disappeared, and the bus boy stepped up and finished service. We were not in a hurry and anticipated this based on reviews, had we not expected it, we would have been irritated. I would go back for the food.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our 40th anniversary dinner!
Our 40th anniversary dinner! We were seated at a two-for table, by a window and out of the walkway. The whole experience from, greeting on the way in and thanks yous on the way out, was enjoyable. We were not rushed. The waiter was attentive without being intrusive. The food presentation and taste were delicious. The ambience was a little more casual than we had expected, but suited us.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was perfect about this dinner. I had pasta with roasted Brussels sprouts and pine nuts; my husband had osso buco. It was a lovely experience.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a fun evening at Lucca Back Bay. Service was excellent-both friendly and with excellent timing. We appreciated the gluten-free pasta. The bar was lively and looked like a great place for a late-night drink.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent in every way!
We were celebrating our daughter's 40th birthday; the event had some elements of a surprise. Everything went off like 'clockwork.' We had made several requests on specifics ahead of time...all were fulfilled. Great food, service, table setting, etc. The restaurant could accommodate our large party at the our desired time. Everyone was pleased. Only hitch...WE arrived about 15 minutes late because of Game 1 of the World Series...but who knew? Go Red Sox. (Other guests knew alternate routes!)
We had dined at Lucca Back Bay on an earlier occasion to celebrate another event and found it excellent. We worked extensively with Natasha S, a staff person, who responded to all requests in a timely and thorough manner; perfect! Thanks Natasha!
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The menu was tempting, but
The menu was tempting, but my husband has some allergies. Although we had alerted the restaurant when we made the reservation, the server was unaware of the limitations, even after we asked him to check with the chef. The food is good and creative, but our experience made the visit to Lucca less delightful.
10/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great for casual dining in the bar
We both had the fettuccine with wild mushrooms and it was excellent. The bar area is small and intimate, a little loud but you can hear each other talk. Service wasn't great but I think it was the guy who waited on us, not a reflection on the place itself. He clearly was partial to other parties that included at least one male diner. (We were two females.) Perhaps he has gotten bad tips from female only clientele. (Still, not a good excuse for poor service.) I tip very well when I'm pleased with the service but did not in this case.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
they make you feel at home. in the back bay it is the only real Italian cuisine worth experiencing.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good Italian. Done right and with all the right bells and whistles. They didn't skimp on anything I saw.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went for dinner before attending the symphony. My meal (lamb) was fabulous, My wife's steak was good but not great. we came back after the symphony for drinks. A nice evening. would recommend Lucca.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, excellent service
Great food, excellent service and a fabulous bar...one of our favorite spots before symphony
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a company holiday dinner. Nine of us ordered various items: lamb, steak, chicken, salad, cavatelli to name a few. Everyone loved the food. I personally had the cavatelli (minus the bacon) and it was delicious. Service was very good. I would definitely return to Lucca.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lucca is one of those restaurants that is always good, reliable. I can't think of anything I've ever had there that wasn't good.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM