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About Caffe Luna

Situated in a beautiful historic building in downtown Raleigh, Caffé Luna has been bringing authentic Italian cuisine with a Tuscan flair to the Triangle for over a decade.

136 East Hargett Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch daily: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Blount Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 832-6090

Website:
http://www.cafeluna.com/

Catering:
Caffé Luna’s professional catering is also available off-site. Some popular locations include: Marbles Museum, Museum of Natural Science, Museum of History, Tucker House, Art Space, Haywood Hall and Nicole's Studio & Art Gallery.

Parking Details:
Free parking is available from 6pm - midnight in the corner lot on Hargett and Blount. Parking is also available on the street and city owned parking decks.

Executive Chef:
Claudio Zagarella

Private Party Facilities:
The Palm, Tuscan and VIP Rooms have made Caffe Luna a top venue for any event in the Triangle. Luna is the perfect location, whether you require a special setting to celebrate a product launch, a festive atmosphere for a holiday party, or a closed-door session for brainstorming.

Private Party Contact:
Darcey Tinga, Catering Manager: (919) 832-6090

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Caffe Luna Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (46)
Special Occasion (39)
Good for Anniversaries (35)
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Romantic (30)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Authentic (28)
Cozy (25)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Worth the Drive (24)
Casual (22)
Good for Groups (22)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Fun (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Notable Wine List (15)
Business Meals (14)
Comfort Food (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
People Watching (7)
Healthy (5)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Seasonal (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Scenic View (3)
Vegan (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

Chad has been our server on 2 occasions now, and he is an excellent waiter!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

Have eaten here many times, but it seemed to be an off night. The food was not as spectacular as it has been in the past. Maybe a new chef or the chef was off. Too bad...

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

Food and Service was great!

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 (Wilmington)·Dined 4 days ago

Caffe Luna is a gem. This long standing restaurant in downtown Raleigh never disappoints. The quality of the food is outstanding and the prices extremely reasonable. In addition the R Line downtown bus loop goes right by so it’s convenient for Duke Energy Center if you give yourself enough time. Well worth it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Great location! AMAZING food!!! Wonderful service.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The best restaurant in Downtown Raleigh if you want good, authentic Italian food! Could not say enough good things about this place!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Our dinner was amazing! The food, service, and atmosphere has made cafe luna our new favorite place to dine.

Tags: Vegan, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Live Sports, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Tapas
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The owner, Parker, is the ultimate host. The staff is super professional and prompt. You can get in and out quickly, but you were never rushed after your meal. Great gluten-free options.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Organic, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Fun, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Authentic, People Watching
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Caffe Luna continues to be a perfect Raleigh lunch or dinner destination for any occasion.
We love it for many many reasons, including proximity to Duke Energy Concerts. The proprietor
and his son and family are perfect hosts and the kitchen and wait staff are exceptional. Luna always hits the highest marks. It is a pleasure to dine there.

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Awesome experience, great food, great service. I was very happy with my New Years Eve restaurant choice.

Tags: Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Always delicious. Our server was outstanding as well. So many incredible options!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 29, 2017

So friendly! Food was delicious

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We have been to Cafe Luna many times and our recent night out with friends did not disappoint. While there are many great items on the menu, my husband and I absolutely LOVE the tomato based sauces. Food was excellent, service was great, and the prices are reasonable. The ambience is also perfect and the atmosphere versatile. We would feel comfortable on a date night, with kids, casual or dressy, small or large groups. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Fun, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We've been to Caffe Luna three times, and it has never disappointed. The food is exceptional, service always appropriate and unobtrusive, and the room is beautiful. One
of Raleigh's true gems. Highly recommended!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

Amazing food and service. Plentiful portions. Wine quality could be better for price.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, People Watching, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

We had such a great time and really enjoyed the food and service. Would definitely go again and would also recommend to a friend.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

We love Caffe Luna. It's our destination of choice when we're in the Raleigh area. We're always greeted with great hospitality and the food is awesome without being overly expensive. We highly recommend Caffe Luna to friends and colleagues. Cheers!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We had not been to Caffe Luna for several years as we thought it was so-so, but a friend wanted to go. It was worse than we had expected. THe chicken and roast potatoes dish had overcooked chicken and potatoes that looked like they had been frozen. The scallops and spinach dish was horrible. I ordered a bottle of chianti classico reserva, but the bottle that was brought to the table was not a reserva. I questioned the waitress, who insisted that it was what I ordered because it said Toscana wine (although several bottles were from Toscana). It was not a reserva. Service was okay; nothing special. Will definitely not be going back.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Always have a wonderful meal at Caffe Luna. Saturday night was no exception. Delicious food and great service made dining there a great experience!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Afternoon Tea, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Our daughters have both studied abroad in Italy and they said the food here was better than most places they had in Tuscany! We love it and will be back again 💕

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

As usual we had excellent service and consistently great food! Love the fiocchi for something a little different than anywhere else. It is a little loud there in there with the high ceilings and wood floors, but lively and festive. They got us out of there in time for our concert at Meymandi and started a nice evening for us.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Dinner was delicious! Corey our server was chipper, funny and attentive. I will visit again. Thank you!

Tags: Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Fun, Seasonal, Casual
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Always a special evening when we dine there! The pasta dishes are exceptional as well as their grilled Salmon! This has been a fav of ours and family for years and they never disappoint!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups, Cozy, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on December 7, 2017

A Raleigh staple. Always a fun atmosphere. The Owner makes it special and really shows his appreciation for you dining with them. Love him!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Caffe Luna never disappoints!

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

We had to ask for water, coffee and tea refills. One of our orders was wrong so our party was unable to eat at the same time. There was an older gentleman walking around asking ladies if everything was good but he walked around our table several times and never asked us.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Caffe Luna is Raleigh's classic Italian restaurant. Pasta is the star, from mild vegetarian dishes to smoking hot Fra Diavola (as hot as you want). Start your evening antipasti; I never miss Calamari Fritti, the best I've had anywhere. If I don't skip salad, my 2 favorites are "Insalata del Pastore" Goat Cheese, Walnuts & Greens" or "Insalata con Gorgonzola". If you're not into pasta, menu Entres include Italian spiced veal, chicken or rib-eye, plus selections of seafood: shrimp, salmon, & tuna. I grew up on the coast, so I'm here Luna's fresh seafood. But, like I said, pasta is the star & I have two favorites: "Linguine Pescatore" (Calamari, Shrimp, Mussels, Clams, & Scallops in Olive Oil & Tomato). It's mild (not spicy) but tasty, with lots of seafood (hence I skip the salad!). Then there's killer "Linguine Fra Diavolo" (shrimp in SPICY Tomato Sauce over Linguini). Now, Parker Kennedy thinks that "SPICY in bold letters is sufficient warning that this dish is HOT - but, beware. "Diavolo" translate literally to devil or hell, so you can add heat to suite your ego. I love Fra Diavolo, but 2-3 years ago Parker snuck a plate to me that made my ear lobes sweat. I sheepishly sent it back & swore it off (I'm getting old). If Parker isn't guarding the kitchen, I still order it for old times sake. As for the rest of Luna's pasta dishes, if it has seafood I've eaten it & it's great. I like "Taglioline del Golfo" (shrimp), "Tortelli Crostacci" (lobster, crab & prawns - fancy name for shrimp), "Fantasia di Mare" (grouper & diced shrimp) & Penne Capesanti (scallops). Desserts: CHOCOLATE describes "Irish Bash": dark chocolate cake with chocolate ice cream covered with chocolate sauce. I know there are other desserts, ask my wife. Have dessert with coffee or a glass of port. Luna's wine list is NOT OVERPRICED & has some great selections. It took me 10 years to talk Parker into expanding his beer options to include local brews AND Highland Gaelic Ale!!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Casual, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Spicy, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Healthy, Authentic, Great Beer, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Wonderful food at very reasonable prices. Love the personal touch by the owner stopping at every table!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I thought the experience was fine. Service was good and staff very friendly. The food was just average though and I would hesitate to stray from the Italian staples on the menu. Price was not unreasonable.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Food used to be better lady two times food is cold or very little is on your plate. The calamari was cold
And not cooked thoroughly. The breading fell off the pieces as soon as you picked it up my
Salmon was not fresh probably frozen and a small small piece with 3 slices (as thin as you can make it) of a zucchini and squash. Very disappointing won’t be back anytime soon. Food has gone way down in quality

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We really enjoy Caffe Luna. Pasta dishes are my favorite. Would recommend for anyone who wants a great meal with a wonderful wine.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We love Caffe Luna. The food, service and ambiance are always excellent. Parker and his staff are first rate. Coming here feels like coming home, if everyone at home was happy and the food was always delicious!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

My fiends and I went to celebrate my birthday. We had an awesome dinner

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Seasonal
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This is a jewel of a restaurant. The food is fabulous with variety and excellence, the wine list extensive and well priced, the service is friendly and Parker ( the owner ) is visible and welcoming to all. The atmosphere is sophisticated city, without the phony. Just a great place to dine, no matter what time of the day.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Waiter was attentive. Food was good and served in an appropriate time. I had the fish special and my spouse had the steak. Both were good I thought. Water was filled often and dishes cleared in a timely fashion. The owner thanked us for coming out to his establishment.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Mom’s Birthday

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Excellent customer service , impeccable and convenient wait time for food, fair pricing all in all completely happy with my first experience at cafe Luna !

Tags: Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, People Watching, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Fantastic food and good ambiance. Only reason this isn't a 5-star for me is the lack of craft beer on tap, which I feel is a must now, for establishments, in the Raleigh area.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Great food and beautiful setting. Staff is always attentive and friendly. One of the best restaurants in the Raliegh area-highly recommend!

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fun
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food is always good and the service is always great

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