Luciana's Ristorante
Luciana's Ristorante

Luciana's Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://lucianas.com/
  • Phone: 9496616500x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm -10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Bao Troung
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Luciana's endeavors to accommodate the banquet needs of the local community as well as embracing guest from across the nation. We welcome the celebration of future brides and grooms, and have the ability to create an undisturbed setting in which companies may conduct business, all the while enjoying authentic Italian cuisine. We have three lovely areas to accommodate groups of all sizes. Our Main Dinning room holds up to 75 guests and is complete with access to the Front Patio as well as a charming fireplace. Our Library room seats 40 guests, and is exceptional for quaint gatherings, offering an intimate experience. Our wine room offers smaller groups a remarkable private dinning experience. Situated adjacently to, and complete with a view of our Wine Cellar, this room will hold a party with a maximum of 30 guests. A full bar separates the Main Dinning room from the Library. Total seating capacity is 150 guests. Luncheons are also available and require a minimum of 25 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Matthew S. Santore 949-661-6500x
  • Entertainment: We have an Italian, European and Latin American accordion player with over 50 years experience.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Blue Lantern
  • Public Transit: OCTA bus stop on the corner of Del Prado Ave and Street of the Ruby Lantern.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: A private parking lot is located on the south side of the restaurant assessable via Del Prado Ave and Street of the Ruby Lantern.
A word from Luciana's Ristorante
Located in a historical home in the resort town of Dana Point, Luciana's Ristorante has been serving the Orange County community for over 30 years. The decor is reminiscent of a cozy European-style inn, establishing it as one of Orange County's most romantic restaurants. Awarded the Southern California Restaurant Writers gold medal since 1996, three stars from the California Restaurant Writers, Zagat Survey, Zagat's Top Italian Restaurants of North America and an Award of Excellence for its wine list, Luciana's has been setting the standard for classic as well as innovative Italian cuisine. Whether visiting our cozy restaurant or our Bed and Breakfast and Cooking School in Tuscany, Italy, you are sure to experience the best and freshest combination of the old and new worlds.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Luciana's Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
145 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (92)romantic (82)special occasion (69)fit for foodies (47)notable wine list (35)good for groups (23)great for outdoor dining (8)hot spot (8)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (6)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Everything was SO good, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/18/2008
    Everything was SO good, but our waiter Dale was the icing on the cake. Tremendous service! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Stay away from the Chicken
    Oswegogirl1
    Dined on 7/11/2008
    Stay away from the Chicken Parm, its dry and tasteless. Pasta dishes are good, however.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We have been to Luciana's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/28/2008
    We have been to Luciana's before but the last two time we were seated in the back room and it was so noisy we could not even carry on a conversation. I asked for a table in the front room but they were having a private party. The food is great but the service was very poor. There were just two of us and the basically took care of the larger party's with a lot better service. We had to continually ask for things and the waiter was not very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice casual restaurant.
    valley4foodieVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2008
    Very nice casual restaurant. Excellent food and exceptional italian wine list with great service.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I had the Rosotto Mare, which
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/21/2008
    I had the Rosotto Mare, which was excellent. My girlfriend had the Chicken Florentine, which was pretty dry. Also, she was suprised that a Florentine dish would have brown gravy instead of a white sauce. Perhaps she got the wrong thing? Even so, it wasn't anything to write home about.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Here, excellent, caring service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/21/2008
    Here, excellent, caring service starts with the hostess.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a very good time and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/18/2008
    We had a very good time and the food was very good. I had lamb shank and my wife had Vietnamise Sole which you wouldn't expect from an Italian Resturant. The only downside was there was a graduation party next to our table and it was noisy. Not the resturants fault. Service was good.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Italian and they
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/17/2008
    Excellent Italian and they treated us like royalty for our anniversary. Unique and quite different from our rotten world of over-priced steak houses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We sat in the library room
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2008
    We sat in the library room with a party of 16. We thought the food was excellent and the service was just fine. I really have no complaints and would recommend this to anyone who likes italian food. x the traveling fish
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My wife and I celebrated our
    socaloreoVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2008
    My wife and I celebrated our 15th anniversary at Luciana's and we were very pleased with the service, food and value. For a smaller place the wine list was fine. Be sure to try their gelato!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best overall dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/25/2008
    One of the best overall dining experiences we have had in a long time. A truly great and satisfying evening. We were not rushed to order, plenty of time to enjoy our meal and to converse without having to shout. The only negative was that two obese couples with the men dressed in floppers, shorts and tee shirts were seated next to us. Definitely not in keeping with the ambiance of restaurant and the appearance of the staff and other guests.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was excellent, we have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/25/2008
    Food was excellent, we have never been disappointed. This is truely a lovely restaurant. Very attentative service but I left with a feeling of being rushed, I asked others in my party and although no one could really put their finger on it, they too felt rushed. The wish to please may just have left the staff to efficient.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • excellent dining experience....jorg
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2008
    excellent dining experience....jorge, the owner, was very gracious and the food and ambiance was outstanding !!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was terrific. We can't
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/24/2008
    Food was terrific. We can't wait to go back and try other items on the menu! The appitizer we had was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It lived up to the reviews
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/23/2008
    It lived up to the reviews we had read. Great "locals" spot. Jose (waiter) did a great job. We liked the live accordian player too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The staff was extremely accommadati
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/23/2008
    The staff was extremely accommadating which complimented the icredible ambiance and the delicious food. I was told by another area restaurant that the food was very very good prior to my visit , need I say more? I would definitley recomend this restaurant and it is now my favorite. Larry Brody Laguna Hills CA
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is a wonderful restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/17/2008
    This is a wonderful restaurant. Very good northern Italian food, very good wine list, charming atmosphere and great service. All this at prices that are very reasonable. Will definately go again with friends and family. Try this restaurant and you will put it on your regular rotation!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The restaurant is charming.
    Newport1234
    Dined on 5/17/2008
    The restaurant is charming. We were seated in the library. Our server was a lovely young lady. All of the meals were outstanding. Would HIGHLY recommend the 'green string bean' appetizer as a starter for the table. It was incredible. The eggplant lasagne was delicious, as was the chicken parmigiana, and finally the veal stuffed ravioli. Not your typical heavy italian fare. Everything was done delicately and the portions were perfect. Prices are very reasonable. A GREAT quiet place to have a dinner of excellent food, great service, in a quiet charming atmosphere. There is an accordian player (don't make a face!) that places the old classics in a non obtrusive 'background' way. Kind of kitschy, but part of the charm!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I have been to Luciana's before
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/13/2008
    I have been to Luciana's before and always enjoyed it. This time was no exception. It was wonderful as always.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This is our favorite restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    This is our favorite restaurant for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Luciana's has been a long
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    Luciana's has been a long time favorite restaurant of mine. The food & service are consistantly good, however, this time I felt that the New York steak wasn't quite as good as it has been before. The ambience is always wonderful! Thank you & we'll see you again soon. Robyn Schiltz
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a very nice evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    We had a very nice evening with some good friends but the extra crowded restaurant due to Mother's Day created noise that I wonder is there on a normal evening. Our food was good and our waiter was excellent. We will definitely return again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I used to frequent there when
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    I used to frequent there when I lived in Orange County over 10 years ago. I have not been there since, and the food, ambiance and service were excellent just as they were over a decade ago!!! I think that says a lot for the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My husband and I found Luciana's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    My husband and I found Luciana's by accident & have returned many times over the last few years, including New Years Eve a couple of times. We've taken many friends there and they love it & keep returning!! The service used to be my only complaint but that has been corrected. The food is excellent and atmosphere the same. It's definitely a bit of Italy in Dana Point. I'm VERY picky about restaurants, which my friends know very well, so this compliment is truly genuine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The service was outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/27/2008
    The service was outstanding considering she has to cover other tables that are building up with other guest.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We really enjoyed our dining
    JRMP
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    We really enjoyed our dining experience at Luciana's and plan to return soon. The food and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • There was a wedding reception
    RonniefredVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2008
    There was a wedding reception in the main dining room which was very loud but understandable. Very busy but it was a Friday night and management and the host were very kind to us while we waited a few extra minutes for our very nice and roomy table. Waiter was good but very busy. Hadn't been there for a while but I'll certainly be back. Ron Gray
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Management was visibly testy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/25/2008
    Management was visibly testy when we requested a table change.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A friendly restaurant with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/21/2008
    A friendly restaurant with great services. The quality of the food is good enough for a neighborhood gem. But I had better Italian food elsewhere. The portion of the main course is too big. And the food is swimming in oil.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luciano's is a favorite of
    Cygnet
    Dined on 4/19/2008
    Luciano's is a favorite of locals, which has expanded its seating to include a basement cellar adjacent to its bottles. W/ only six tables, it seems the servers, none too well trained, forget patrons they send there.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We ate here two weeks in a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/16/2008
    We ate here two weeks in a row. The first night I had the salmon, which was superb. I enjoyed it so much I ordered it again this week. The recipe was a little different the second time, but equally delicious. My husband had Linguini Luciana, both times, for the same reason; it was so good the first time. This is our favorite restaurant and you can always count on an outstanding meal and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a great time and a great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/15/2008
    Had a great time and a great dinner. Will definitely be back!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Like this restaurant, have
    hungergames2VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    Like this restaurant, have been there many times...although it depends on where you are seated, as can be very "tight" and noisy in the front room on the right side up against the wall. When it is busy the noise seems to vibrate in that alcove area. Have to say the hostesses are always extremely friendly and welcoming, and try to seat you where you want.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We have been dining at Luciana's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    We have been dining at Luciana's Restaurant for a few years now and keep going back for their outstanding food. We have never had a bad meal. Jose our server is the best!! Thank you for always making our evening enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luxurious food with exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/5/2008
    Luxurious food with exceptional ambiance. Noise level was moderate in the "Library Room". I would opt for a table in the main dining room instead. Service was mediocre at best. Our female server appeared somewhat disinterested. We brought an expensive bottle of white wine (Riesling) to the restaurant to celebrate a special occasion. Prior to being seated, I asked the hostess if she could chill the wine for us. The hostess informed me that our server would take care of it at our table which she failed to do. Very disappointing considering the $20.00 corkage fee. Despite the fair service, Luciana's was a pleasant dining experience overall. One of our favorite Italian restaurants in South Orange County. 4 Stars, highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Have never had a bad experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/3/2008
    Have never had a bad experience at Luciana's. Everyone enjoyed dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a delightful small
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/30/2008
    This is a delightful small restaurant with consistantly good food and service. I always feel welcome and dine here regularly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The serving staff was great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/22/2008
    The serving staff was great. We all enjoyed our nicely prepared food and the evening. The atmosphere was very nice and the fireplace was elegant. Luciana's is my wife's and I favorite restaraunt. We drive over a hour to come on special occasions and we love the experience each and every time. The wine list in abundant with great choices. We have never had a bad evening out when we come to Luciana's.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have been going to Luciana's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/21/2008
    We have been going to Luciana's for years. We live in the area and have always enjoyed the good food and great service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate