The service and food was excellent.
The service and food was excellent. I will go back for sure.
6/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Casual yet sophisticated
We have been to Lucca twice now and both times it was excellent! We shared a few starters - the pork belly was delicious - and then each had a main. Portions are a good size- not overwhelming but filling. Matthew was our server this time and he was great. Visible when we needed him but he didn't hover. Ambiance is energetic yet not too loud. We will definitely be going back.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
So grateful to live down the street
I love this place! My husband and I try to come once every couple months or so. They have a new (at least since we were last here) summer menu that is phenomenal. Wild tuna pasta - yum!
6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chicken Cobb Salad divine
Service was best. From Hostess, to Waitress to Bus Service. All attentive, nice, just right. Loved the suggestion of the Cobb Salad with Marinated Chicken. Lovely Patio....will come back for wine tasting events as well. Overall, great lunch.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, good service...
We went on a Saturday for brunch and sat outside with two nine-year-old boys. The service was great, very attentive, never an empty coffee cup. The food was very good, I had the special frittata and my son had the pain perdu, which we all tasted and loved. My husband had a killer omelet and we all really enjoyed the potatoes. My son's friend got the toad in the hole and liked it but it really isn't a kid's dish....too many green things....I'd try it next time.
The only real downside was the proximity to the police station and the helicopter noise, which may have been a one-off thing, but next time I think I'd opt to sit inside.
Great server, Rudolpho.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was good, the pork
The food was good, the pork belly appetizers were wonderful, but the short rib pasta needed more seasoning. Overall, everyone was satisfied. We were really happy with the variety and taste of the desserts! The Cobbler and raspberry sorbet topped the list.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good for a business lunch!
Excellent salads - I like that they can accommodate portion size and add the option of chicken, beef or fish to the salads, also. Easy parking, friendly staff.
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner at Lucca
This was my 4th or 5th time here at Lucca, and as usual, it was great. The service is always good - warm and friendly. Interesting food - lots of lseasonal, ocally sourced food (Orange County). Love that you can get 1/2 glasses of wine so that you can try more.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to stop for a late brunch/lunch on the weekend. Some of us wanted a breakfast type item and the fritatta of the day with the small lucca salad was perfect. I wanted something more lunch like and the homemade pasta with the Bolognese sauce was sheer heaven. This sauce is to die for!
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful small plates. Great cheeses, charcuterie. Everything prepared to a high standard. Great service.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small plate sharing
I have enjoyed Lucca for lunch, but this was my first visit for dinner. We enjoyed the tapas-style approach that let us share so many delectable dishes, each brought in succession with enough spacing so we were not rushed. Off the regular menu, we particularly enjoyed the lamb chop and asparagus plates, and of the specials for the day, the pork tender and the large ravioli dishes were fabulous. The raspberry and rhubarb crostata desert topped it all off.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a Treat
It was the first time at Lucca for my friend. She was very impressed with the lunch and service, and this was consistent with my past experiences at Lucca.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place is a great place to find high-quality food, with a a strong wine list and active owner/manager working the crowd. The small dishees permit a full range of tastes of local food without being stuffed. It is not cheap, but worth the investment if you want to sample some good dishes and differnet wines.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great For Lunch
Perfect lunch place. Everything's homemade and the staff and ambiance are wonderful.
7/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Exciting and fun
From the diverse menu to the amazing wine list, Lucca is all about exciting and fun dining. Their idea that the food items are to be shared around the table just adds to the fun and excitement because there are so many amazing offerings that to be stuck ordering just one for yourself would be disappointing. Their outside patio is very plesant and quiet allowing good conversation.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lucca never disappoints
We have been a fan of Lucca since it opened and have enjoyed many outstanding meals. The Sunday brunch is fantastic as is a regular Lunch or dinner.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dining with friend and wine
Dining with friend and wine discussion with server who was generous and kind was lovely!!
7/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always a fav!
Love love love this place! Our family has celebrated many special occasions here! A tad sad that the menu has recently changed.....a lot. Please bring back the main dishes of the pasta purses and braised beef! Most amazing dishes ever! Some say this venue is over priced....... Not at all! Excellent food and wine. We had an amazing waitress and on our most recent visit was super excited to be on the patio with the actor Mike Starr. This place is a total gem that even Hollywood stars frequent!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had not been to brunch at
Had not been to brunch at Lucca for awhile. Really excellent dishes on the specials.
8/3/2013 5:00:00 PM
Lunch at Lucca's
Great place for lunch. It was very busy, so the services was as attentive as I'm used to. There is a nice selection of items on the menu, and the wine list was varied.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
LUCCA is a special place
This was our second trip to LUCCA. My wife and I tried it a while back and liked it so much we decided to have her 50th birthday party here. The menu selection changes often enough for variety. Awesome small plates and larger meals. Very deep and wonderful flavors and creativity. Fresh, great quality, well prepared and great service. Really enjoy this place and will go back often.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
I wish I could give it a higher rating. We are still talking about Lucca's.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful waiter, the service was GREAT. Small plates to share, it was a fun dining experience. If you don't like to share you could do the plates yourself. We took our time and enjoyed every plate brought to us. If you want a place to spend time and
enjoy the company you are with and are not in a time crunch this is the place. Great company and great food equals a great time.
Thank you Lucca, my family loved it!!!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Came during orange county week. Gave this a try. Our family was happy & definitely enjoyed the meal. We asked for orange restaurant week menu. The menu is totally different from published orange restaurant week though. Plus, it was almost $5 more. Just glad we enjoyed our food.
8/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is our go to place when we want fantastic, fresh, seasonal food cooked creatively. Going with a group of good friends and sharing the small plates is a wonderful way to taste as many dishes as you can. This night, there was a wonderful Lemon, Feta pasta that was the perfect light pasta for a warm summer evening. The Heirloom Tomato Couscous had lots of bright flavor. The sausage stuffed calamari was flavorful without being heavy.
8/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
The lunch salads were delicious and the portions were very large. Taste and flavor were excellent and the salad ingredients were fresh and crispy. No complaints about the food at all.
My complaints are:
1. No coasters or cloth to absorb the water condensation on the glasses so our table was constantly wet because of our glass drinks on the wood surface.
2. Only one small napkin which was wet from wiping the table.
3. No bread or roll with the salad. It would have been nice.
4. The bowl in which my salad was served, although it was a lovely modern design, did not allow me to rest my knife on it without it falling onto the table.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Exceptional, as always
We took my in-laws here when they visited recently and they loved it. The food and service were outstanding, and the bottles of wine that were recommended were great as well. I know we'll be back soon and look forward to taking other friends and family in the future.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding food and service.
Outstanding food and service. I highly recommend this restaurant.
9/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Awesome appetizer, amazing wine!
The restaurant is really good, the wine list is not huge but is well chosen.
The food come in small portion but it deserve the cost and it is really really good.
For a romantic dinner, if the people at the table understand about food this is a very good place.
The cheese selection and the quality of the cheese is one of the best so far found in OC.
It is not a cheap place but in our opinion the money were totally worth it.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We stopped here for lunch
We stopped here for lunch and had a fantastic meal. The salad was fresh and filled with seasonal foods such as heirloom tomatoes, peaches and watermelon. The homemade pasta noodles were tossed with a deeply flavored sauce and mushrooms. The desert was Smore's in a Jar and one of the best desserts we have ever had. All of this was made in the restaurant to include the marshmallows. It had such decadent chocolate taste!
9/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food and Service
Very imaginative food combinations, perfectly prepared and beautifully presented. Our server was knowledgeable and
efficient and had especially good familiarity with the wine selections. Prices are a bit high when the total comes, but
everything we and our friends had was remarkably good.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was efficient, yet
Service was efficient, yet a bit brusque. Food was great as always. Thought my coworker was going to float away on the lemonade refills. She loves your lemonade!
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Share and Share Alike!
Lots of fun. Plates are small portions. Kind of Tapas style. All very well prepared. Some too expensive. i.e. there were of 4 us and everyone was interested in the scallops. They were delicious, but came two per order at $23.00 so in order for each of us to just get one scallop it was two orders, so $46.00. or $11.50/scallop. Yes, it was served with a nice dab of risotto, but still. Anyway, fun experience and each dish was well prepared. Just remember to savor each bite, because that's what you get.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was my 4th time dining at Lucca and each time I am impressed with their creative approach to dining. Everything I have had is very fresh and always tastes great.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Granddaughter loved it
SInce she had recently turned 6, I thought that my granddaughter might be ready for some nicer dining for lunch with Grandma. She declared Lucca's grilled cheese kids plate the best she has ever had! The cookie was so large and yummy, that she could not finish it all at lunch but had a snack for later. My fall salad made with Kale was simple but had complex flavors.
10/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Saturday AM treat!
The service was very attentive with a delightfully fresh brunch menu to choose from served in the glassed-in terrace. The guys ordered fluffy pancakes; the ladies ordered frittatas (hold the bacon). The presentation was lovely for these two items- frittatas were topped with zummy avocados. The Cafe Latte and the desert brownie added the final touch! We would definitely dine here again.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice Quiet Cafe
The food was very good, but the reason I would and have come back is to have a nice quiet evening, whether for a business discussion or a family meal, where the service is attentive, yet you can have a delightful conversation without the din of too many over energetic patrons in too small of a space. (The story may be different on a night when its crowded, but then food is still worthy of a visit.)
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Whenever we are in the area, we love to stop at Lucca. This time we were in for lunch. The butternut squash ravioli had a perfect amount of brown butter sage flavor so the squash was still the forefront flavor. My husband said the bolognese sauce was complex and delightful. I did have the chicken tortilla soup which had such a depth of flavor I almost did not want the ravioli but come on, it is Lucca!
10/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
We keep trying Lucca because so many people in our neighborhood love it. We are always disappointed! The food is very good but the portions are ridiculously tiny. Our waiter was impatient, arrogant and sweating profusely. I grew up in Europe so I know European food, yet he insisted he knew better about everything! We ordered to start, a cheese and meat board. The cheese portions were so small they were basically one bite. There were four of us but the cheese board was probably adequate for two people. We ordered four larger dishes. We never order desert but were still all so hungry we ordered four! All in all the atmosphere is lovely and the food delicious, but it is very expensive for what you get and the waiters have an attitude.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, but could be better serv
Duck prosciutto was amazing. Waiter was nice, but he didn't know the items on the menu. After dinner, I wanted to buy duck prosciutto from the deli counter because the waiter said lucca sells it there, but when I ordered with another person at the deli, he said they usually don't sell it. There was no price tag, so he said he'd charge us the same price as the regular prosciutto. When he rang us up he all of a sudden said he would charge us the restaurant price after he had already charged our card. He should've honored the smaller price because that's what we were promised.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had rather an impromptu lunch to meet with a friend. As always Lucca did not disappoint. We had superb frittatas with a light and refreshing side salad. So glad that this was light enough we had room for the S'mores in a Jar which is my husband's favorite dessert. We know we can always count of Lucca's for outstanding food and service.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
I met a couple of girlfriend's for Sunday Brunch here and it was our first time dining. The food is delicious, we all had the Eggs Lucca and Dessert! Our server Priti was incredible knowledgeable about the menu and offered great suggestions without being pushy. I recommend enjoying an afternoon on the patio-GREAT TIME!!!
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great birthday lunch
Went to celebrate my friend's birthday- they server was sweet and suggested champagne- we settled on a mimosa- and it set the tone for a nice celebration. The food was very good as always. We dined outside, as I find their inside seating crowded and dark. It was a very nice lunch.
I prefer their lunch menu to dinner, as I like my food to come in an orderly fashion.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Variety of the menu
We have been three or four times. Like the concept of the small "tastes." This time we ordered more than we thought we should and it was great. Lots of variety and all of it was different than an time before. Love the variety of the menu always changing.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding food, service
Outstanding food, service and ambiance. Sixth time there and we look forward to the next.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have eaten at Lucca's numerous
I have eaten at Lucca's numerous times and have always enjoyed their food....for lunch And fir dinner
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very wide range of food. You
Very wide range of food. You can try small plates or larger. Highly recommend the cheeses for a starter.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect for Birthday Celebration
Chef/Owners Cathy Pavlos and Elliott Pavlos made our birthday celebration so very special for our friend. They went above and beyond to make the evening memorable. We love to share the small plates and all of us thought he spinach dumplings were pillows of heavenly taste and there were moans of delight over the duck confit. The Hangar steak was so tender no knife was needed and was bursting with flavor. This seasonal take on the pork tenderloin was perhaps one of our favorite of Cathy's interpretations of this dish. Pumpkin Pie in a Jar was so good and so much better than traditional pumpkin pie. The birthday guest's dark chocolate pot de creme made her very happy!
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
I will be a regular now
Lucca was very delicious! My wife and I enjoyed a nice glass of wine and steaks (seasonal menu item I believe) that were well prepared and very yummy. The staff was very professional and took their time to explain menu items to us. We also enjoyed various cheeses and fruit. We will make this a regular option for us now. Also great for just wine and tapas style eating. Many flavors to explore! You will not be disappointed!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was very good, as usual.
Area was a bit cold, probably should have had space heaters going early on.
Took quite a while for food to arrive......not a huge deal for the adults, but it was
a big deal for the 8 yr. old.
Still, overall, it was good. We like Lucca's.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM