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 (91)romantic (82)special occasion (68)fit for foodies (46)notable wine list (34)good for groups (22)great for outdoor dining (8)hot spot (8)vibrant bar scene (8)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (5)great for lunch (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Loved It
    Annie
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I chose Luciana's by going to TripAdvisory.com where it was rated very highly. Neither my friend nor I were disappointed. The evening was very nice.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming
    John
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Located in an old house this family owned Restaurant has been a great place for dinner for years. Good reasonably priced food, good service and lots of atmosphere
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best
    yumyum
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    This restaurant is in our neighborhood and it is THE BEST. Love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Luciana's is the best!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Luciana's restaurant handled my flower delivery with precision & flowers were waiting at table when we arrived. Excellent service from a humble and very polite staff. Management is first class! Will go back soon!
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quite the find.
    SirFluz
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Luciana's never disappoints! A great local spot for those romantic evenings.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service is everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We have frequented this restaurant for the last two years, and have historically had good experiences. Unfortunately our last visit turned out to be miserable. Our waiter (young guy, great hair, clueless otherwise) had to be chased down after20-30 minutes at the table, forgot a minimum of three requests (including menu items we ordered), and never touched wine bottle on our table. As we expressed our dissatisfaction, his attitude got progressively worse. An unfortunate experience in a restaurant we typically enjoy!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quick Good service
    runner
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Enjoyed a family reunion dinner here. Very good affordable food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rose
    bear1035
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Lucianna's gave us the perfect night to celebrate my new job and some great health news. Very special and the food was fabulous. I highly recommend Lucianna's. They make every occasion a very special one. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always very good and reliable.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Very few restaurants get it so right time after time but Luciana's is one of them. Lovely ambience, terrific service and very good food.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a great meal and sdervice
    Localfrequentdiner
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    This is one of our favorite eating spots! So romantic and charming. Food is amazing, not just Italian but cooked with Italian flair. Had the trout (!) and it was fabulous. This place is always full, you must make a reservation to get a spot these days because the secret is out.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Menus
    Touche
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Never had a bad meal.Love the atmosphere, the service is always impeccable.Great restaurant for Date Night.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinningdelites
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    We loved our dinning experience which was a birthday celebration! The food was fantastic! John our server was so attentive and enjoyable. Look forward to may returns!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed!
    vtmom
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    The décor of the restaurant was very nice! It was very cozy. The service was above-average and very friendly. I had a special - chicken lasagna and it was fantastic. I would definitely return. We did not order a wine, but a mixed drink and it was awful. We should have returned them. I was served lukewarm coffee, but upon request received a fresh, hot cup. Overall it was a good experience and I would definitely return with friends.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Italian - Comfortable Venue
    OCNeighbor
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Food was excellent and very fair pricing. Service was very good, perhaps a little too attentive but it was a slow Monday night.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    Pffulton
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our 10th Anniversay here last week, and it was a perfect occasion. Good food, great prices, and excellent service
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hopeful, yet disappointed
    foodgrpee
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Had great expectations for an authentic meal. However, veal was not veal, it was pulverized beef which was stringy and tough. I ordered the special of red snapper and it was overcooked and dry. Service was great, ambiance was great, food not so great.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was excellent. Like being
    bobwVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Food was excellent. Like being in Italy. The server was vey attentive and friendly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Luciana's Ristorante is always consistently a wonderful experience. Proprietor Jorge Luhan is cordial and friendly and makes each dining experience one to remember. Food is quality and service is perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My husband and I dined here
    Kelpie
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    My husband and I dined here to celebrate our 9th anniversary. I had made a 7PM reservation, but we arrived an hour early because we were very hungry. The hostess was very nice and told us it may still be close to 7PM anyway as it was so busy. After a brief wait of maybe 15 minutes, she managed to get us a really nice booth. We were so happy to get seated early and it was a romantic booth too. Our waiter gave excellent service and every part of our meal was delicious--from soup to desert. They even remembered it was our anniversary and gave us gelato. We had a delightful time and will be going back to this restaurant. I'm so glad we chose Luciana's to celebrate our anniversary. The food is great! Thank you to the staff, especially the chef!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was a perfect choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    This was a perfect choice for a birthday celebration. We had a delicious meal, served beautifully in a warm, comfortable, but not stuffy , environment. Our birthday celebrant was made to feel special in an elegant way. We haven't been here in a while, thinking it was expensive. Not true! We had a wonderful meal at a reasonable price, wine included. We will definitely return soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a wonderful experience
    JScottE
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Had dinner here for our 25th anniversary; fantastic. Started with fagiolini verde, perfectly cooked; Caprese salad made with fresh, quality ingredients. Wife had Lasagna Bolognese; loved it. She's a lasagna snob, and has had lasagna across the country; this was one of her favorites. I had the Polenta Salciccia, which was delicious, but would have been spectacular with creamy polenta instead of grilled. Service here is impeccable; we were thoroughly impressed. Our server was incredibly friendly and helpful, and the bussing staff might be the best I've ever seen. Only thing that kept our experience from being perfect was noise level in the dining room; small room, busy night. Can't say if this is normal, but it was a little disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian food
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I really like this restaurant. However they booked too many large parties close together and we had to wait a long time to be seated. We had to ask several times to get a bucket for the white wine, for a second bottle of red and the food coming out of the kitchen was slow. Not enough wait staff for the crowd they had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Keep coming back
    zman
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I have made this restaurant a regular vist. The value, service and quality of food is excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • On a scale to 5 they are a 6
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    This is a place we go on special occasions. We should go daily. Absolutely wonderful. Can't say enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved It!!
    yumyum
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Great service, delicious dinner, reasonably priced. The wait-person was very friendly and knowledgeable regarding the menu and wine list. Definitely would recommend Luciana's!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Daveeeeeeee
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    The food was awesome and the service was great. Eggplant appetizer was amazing!!!! Great dinner overall. Marcus was the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming Little restaurant
    Tealee
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    family-owned Italian restaurant with wonderful food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best Italian restaurant in DP.
    food4thought
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    The food always delicious no matter what dishes you order. The ambiance is very cozy, feel like you're at home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Impressing the lady
    TrancedifiedVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    She loved the romantic ambience, the live music and setting. More brownie points for me! The food was delicious and the staff was attentive. Get the chocolate cake for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely birthday evening
    debbers
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    This was the choice for a birthday evening w/ 5 guests. After some initial difficulty/confusion in finding a table suitable for the group (despite reservation more than a week in advance), the service and food were outstanding. I would suggest being specific about seating upon making your reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Good Reservations Really Recomme
    GoneAgain2
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    When all the 'locals' tell you this is their favorite special place to eat... believe them. Pasta and salmon exceptional!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I spent a few days at Villa
    zman
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I spent a few days at Villa Lucia in Tuscany. She is the mom of the current owner. The food in the restaurant compares well to the Italian dishes inn Italy. The restaurant is crowded, reservations should be made and the conversations can sometimes be heard at adjacent tables. However, the service, value and service staff expereince is well worth the visit
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Friends Night
    Mikey
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Requested the booth in the window and received it! Brought own wine - corkage fee reasonable. Service (Monica) was impeccable! Ceasar Salad excellent as was the Farfalle Contadina - added some extra vegetables on Monica's advice. Great choice. Others had Chicken Parm, and Shrimp w/pasta. All good. Was busy but not loud. Been here many times and will return again. Great neighborhood choice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    MarkNLu0304
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    A great restaurant with delicious fairly priced food. A long time in Dana Point and when you visit it you understand why. Great food at fair prices.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressed!
    JoeF
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    I read some reviews that were very good and others that had me worried. I do not understand the ones that had me worried anymore. The experience was great. I was very impressed with every aspect of the experience. I look forward to coming back again!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our second visit. Decent Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Our second visit. Decent Italian cuisine and atmosphere. Service was a bit off once again. Maybe some training with the service staff would improve matters. We may return for the convenience of the location.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy atmosphere
    Socaliving
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    The atmosphere is always cozy and friendly and the food is consistently delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent Food, Noisy and Crowded
    OCDiner
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Nice traditional Italian restaurant in a house. The food is good, but not gourmet. The place is crowded and noisy, which is a sign of success. But it doesn't make for a great overall dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Most Memorable Birthday!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Made early Saturday reservations (5:45pm) for my wife's birthday! Table was ready when we arrived in rear part of restaurant where there is plenty of room between tables. Waiter helped us pick out a nice, fairly priced Italian wine which was delicious. We had a couple of appetizers that were just ok. We had a variety of main courses including seafood, pasta, and sausage; they were all five-star and the serving sizes were perfect. The waiter brought out a delicious chocolate gelato desert with a candle for my wife's birthday which was very nice. We had not been to Luciana's for a while and as a result of this experience we will be returning more frequently. We have always liked the place but it has gotten even better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant in Dana Point
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Best swordfish I ever had and a wonderful atmosphere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.