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Caffe Luna

4.7
2045 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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 two decades.
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4.6
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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wife’s favorite restaurant. Food great and service is top notch. We go every weekend.

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Priyansh
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience4

Awesome food, no AMAZING food. But the servers kinda made us feel rushed. To begin with it was my Mom's birthday so I wanted to take her to a nice restaurant. We got there and we got the smallest table in the house. Cool no worries, it was just the two of us. But when the food came there was barely any space. One after another plates just kept coming in and the server would just look at us to make the space and finish eating (we were not done yet). She also started to pick up our appetizer plates and then would ask if we were finished....There was clearly food left. Just no space for food and we felt very rushed. The waitress came to pick up our main course plates about 7-8 minutes after we got them... I understand it was a busy night but it just made us feel unwelcome and as if other guests after us were more important.

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StuartJ
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience. Service was very attentive without being overbearing. Food was remarkable.

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Sheronb
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food at Caffe Luna is always outstanding. We did seem to wait a bit longer than usual between salad and main course, but it was busy. We never miss the opportunity to eat there.

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JenniferF
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Arrived on time with reservations and they acted like they were trying to find a table for us then we reminded we were there for her birthday and none of the staff chose to say happy birthday just dropped a piece of cake in front of our Daughter! Bless your heart Caffe Luna you tried.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food was very good. It was fresh and seasoned very well. The wait staff was attentive, checking on us a bit too much at first, but about right as the evening progressed. My only real complaint is that it was freezing in the restaurant. They have a room air unit that was blowing directly on me and it was only 70 degrees at most outside. I feel strongly the temperature should be right for the guests rather than a focus on the kitchen.

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MW02
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great evening at Cafe Luna. Enjoyed a lovely dinner with great service and we'll definitely be back again.

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Grant
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a great dinner. Could not have been better!

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Willis
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! From the staff to the delicious food, you really can't miss with Caffe Luna. Real, authentic Italian food in an intimate environment is perfect for a date night! Highly recommend it for ANY occasion.

JM
vipJimM
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had great food and great service. It was a little hard having conversation because of the energetic noise level.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent tasting food! Will definitely go back soon!

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AlexandraC
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, extremely affordable prices for a big city and great food. Would recommend 10/10. Atmosphere could be for friends or a romantic date. Service was professional and friendly and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and surprisingly reasonable prices

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Had not eaten at Cafe Luna in 16 years and was looking forward to it. There were a couple of men walking table to table so we asked for suggestions. He looked at us like we were dumb when we mentioned piccata. He said everyone in Raleigh loves a heavy cream sauce. Whatever. We started with mozzarella Fresca and it was fairly blah. The insalata del pastore was fantastic. My wife ordered Mahi and it wasn’t bad, just wasn’t overwhelming. I ordered linguine peacatore and it just wasn’t good at all. Sort of sad because I had big expectations.

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MirandaD
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for any occasion! Go check them out!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. My wife’s favorite restaurant. We always come here. Food is great as well as the service. Recommend to anyone.

MM
MorganM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! The food was delicious and reasonably priced. The owner came over and spoke to us and was very friendly.

MB
MaryB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food was delicious but the service was painstakingly slow

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DukeT
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner with family. Very nice spot. Good food and service. Can be a little loud so prepare for noisy environment.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed every minute from the moment I walked in until I exited. Food was delicious and flavorful.

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Waverly
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I had seen this restaurant last time I was in Raleigh and loved the look of the place. I made a reservation for a Saturday night (highly recommend) because the place was packed! The food was all wonderful both my partner and I enjoyed the dishes. It was very loud but nothing I didn’t expect from previous reviews and it didn’t bother us too much. The atmosphere is very lively and makes the evening enjoyable. I was very pleased with our service and had multiple people checking in during our dining experience. Overall I would definitely visit here again.

DB
DianeB
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly wait staff, owner inquired how our meal was and food was superb.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been going to Cafe Luna for over 20 years and Parker is always welcoming. 😊♥️ The service and food has always been consistently excellent though out the years. We highly recommend this restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exceptional service! Excellent food! It’s my daughter’s favorite restaurant and it never disappoints!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Sadly, our waitress was not attentive the entire night - including not receiving bread or appetizers until an hour after we sat down, no water refills until we asked, and our food was set on a tray next to our table and the waiter walked away without serving it to us for 5 minutes. On top of that, there was a waiter walking around taking our plates then asking if we were done after taking it off the table. There were two wedding parties going on at the same time, and in reality they shouldn’t have at the restaurant side open that night. Food was very good! so disappointed by the service side.

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CarlieH
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We can’t wait to visit again next time we are in Raleigh! There were five of us dining at Caffe Luna and all of us ordered something different. All five of our meals were excellent! We couldn’t believe how fairly priced the menu is considering how amazing our meals were. The service was excellent and we also enjoyed meeting the owner. Definitely add this place to your “must go” list!

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DeniseM
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great. Staff was nice and efficient. Owner stopped at every table to chat.

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vipKimberlyM
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pasta I have ever had! Such great value for high quality Italian food in a spacious area, extensive wine offering

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exhibita
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great prices, all in a beautiful setting perfect for a romantic night out! And I especially enjoyed being able to see outside with the huge windows!

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MiaA
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. I have been here a couple of times and it never disappoints!

MK
MattK
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very good and reasonably priced. This was our first visit and we’ll definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Italian food! Will be returning

MT
vipMegaTron
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Pastas were delicious, but menu needs more vegetarian options like an a la vodka sauce. Too expensive for the quality of the food…some dishes are exceptional and others have no thought or creativity.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only thing that I did not care for is the soda in can , it just yelled low class !

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PamP
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The ambience and service here was great. However, the food was just terrible. The bread tasted strange, and I couldn't cut the veal parmesan. When I finally was able to taste a piece it was incredibly tough. I couldn't eat more than one bite. It was also odd that they don't serve any cocktails.

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CaliforniaBob
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great open ambience; very comfortable setting. Meals were thoroughly enjoyed by all. Are repeat customers so had high expectations that were met and exceeded. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very well done

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Theatre with friends

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PatrickS
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always good food and service

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Words that come to mind… Generic, mediocre, and overrated.

Let me first say, our server was very kind and flexible. Also, our water glasses also remained full throughout, which, for me, is a small but important part of any meal.

While we did send one dish (veal Parmesan) back and we were not charged for it, the unfortunate reality is that none of the dishes were especially good and replacing it would not have been worthwhile. The best dish was the calamari (maybe the bread?), though that was also a tad salty. In addition to the lackluster food, the plating was sloppy (there were even splatters of espresso on the edges of the cup), the chairs were uncomfortable, and the decor, other than the art, was in need of updating.

There are plenty of excellent restaurants in the Raleigh area. Unfortunately for our palates, Caffe Luna turns out not to be among them, despite the positive reviews.

I was not going to post this review on more than one site until I noticed the insultingly high rating it somehow retains on OpenTable. To put it into perspective, Le Bernardin in NYC—one of the actual best restaurants in the world—has only 4.7.

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Caffe Luna is rated 4.7 stars by 2045 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.