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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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Overall Rating

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4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (43)
Good for Anniversaries (31)
Special Occasion (31)
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Neighborhood Gem (25)
Authentic (24)
Romantic (24)
Cozy (22)
Worth the Drive (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Casual (18)
Good for Groups (17)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Business Meals (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Comfort Food (12)
Fun (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Hot Spot (8)
Great for Lunch (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
People Watching (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Healthy (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Seasonal (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Scenic View (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

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 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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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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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Birthday dinner for my daughter. Food was delicious and served in a timely manner. Price was good.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This was the best Italian food I have ever had.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

A Raleigh favorite with authentic Italian pasta and other dishes, a manageable and very reasonably priced wine list, and friendly clientele who keep coming backk for more.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

My first time but not the last. The service was excellent. The food, delicious. And, of course, my favorite...the owner came personally to ask us about dinner and SPOKE SPANISH!! We loved it!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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 (New England)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Highly attentive service. Very good food and priced fairly. Wine prices are well below what other overpriced restaurants charge

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 2, 2017

I've been coming to this restaurant for special occasions for several years. Last night the food

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 31, 2017

The entree was very good. Dessert was a letdown as it tasted like something from a box.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Always wonderful. Our go-to date spot. Had the pumpkin tortellini special and it was very good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great food and sat us in favorite spot by the window that used to be a door! Server was not being super attentive but manager came and took our order so everything was perfect

Tags: Authentic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Stopped by with some friends. Had the Tortelli Crostacci and it was amazing. Fresh pasta, cooked well, and the taste was outstanding. Wine recommendation from the waitress was on point.

Tags: Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Food and service outstanding as always!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 21, 2017

It's always so enjoyable to have a meal at Caffe Luna. The atmosphere is so pleasant and the food and drinks are always outstanding.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great food and great atmosphere!!!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Fabulous food, our server was super great, but we sat in the window and, with a big party going on (Friday night), it was extremely noisy, although we could easily converse with each other. Will come back for lunch or on a week night. Great place!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 19, 2017

overall the food was very tasty, but service was extremely slow and the place was very noisy!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Food was good. Server was nice. It was a good night

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Has always been one of the best restaurants in Raleigh! Such a wonderful go -to! The owner is there most everyday and night and always walks up to greet each table. Wonderful service!!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food was tasty and service was great. First time experience was right-on.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 14, 2017

much too noisy, couldn't hear the person across from me on a table of 4

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This was mine and my husband's fifth time coming to Caffe Luna (we look forward to our annual date here every year!) and it never disappoints. The pasta sauces are incredible and the staff is courteous and friendly. It's a great spot for a date and it's such a cute little Italian restaurant downtown. I highly recommend it!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

We were seated and tended to quickly by an excellent wait-staff. Good wine options and great food. There was a table of young women dining together near the back of the building, but their conversation and fun did not translate into too much noise for our romantic meal.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Fried calamari was very chewy and not fresh. Should not have eaten it as I got sick later in the evening. Will not return.

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