Caffe Luna

4.6
1388 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch daily: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(919) 832-6090
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Claudio Zagarella
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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.
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Private party contact
Darcey Tinga, Catering Manager: (919) 832-6090
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Blount Street
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1388 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.5
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4.5
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Caffe Luna is always great! My boyfriend and I come here for date nights and I have gotten the salmon bowtie pasta in the past but this time got the salad with tuna. Both of them were excellent, the tuna was cooked wonderfully and the dressing on the salad was super tasty.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Returning customer still in love with the food and environment.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great service and delicious food. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and wine/beer selections

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

We enjoyed a Father’s Day dinner! From the moment we entered until we left our service was impeccable. There were 3 of us. We all had something different and were not disappointed! Our waitress was very personable and the manager was attentive. We enjoyed his table visit conversation! This was our second visit and we will definitely return!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Awesome as usual!!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

parker and the gang knock it out of the park! we enjoy the atmosphere, the art, and the staff. of course, the food is great. the noise level is challenging and can be hard to talk when the restaurant is full, but we just try to show up early.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Our 10year anniversary & they gave us a private table in the window nook. Our waiter was great and Parker came by to say hello. We were treated very well and they covered our dessert & coffee. I enjoyed the Penne Con Carciofi and my husband really liked the creamy Taglierini del Golfo. We always enjoy Caffe Luna and have made this a tradition.

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3.0Dined on June 15, 2018

The restaurant had a good ambiance to it. We were a bit confused about why we were sat in the corner of the restaurant (by the bathrooms) when it was almost entirely empty. Our server was professional and polite ... but cold so to speak. Not very friendly.
My Ceasar salad was drowning in dressing, I send half of it back because it was just too much, the garden salad my boyfriend ordered was very plain .... some greens and a few tomatoes.
Our main dishes were very good. Dessert.... not so much. Tiramisu was saggy and dripping, not fluffy as you would expect a Tiramisu to be. This I guess varies from place to place.

We would give this place a second try because our main dishes were actually very good.

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Not terrible. Just not outstanding for the price. Service was lackadaisical, food was just okay, and noise level made it difficult to talk.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Cafe Lunna never disappoints. It is one of our favorites. The food is wonderful, and the service
is friendly, attentive , professional. We love the atmosphere. It makes us feel like we're on vacation in Italy !

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

This was our first time to Caffe Luna and it won’t be our last. Good service and a wonderful meal. It was restaurant week and we were looking for a place we had never been. The special menu for restaurant week looked appetizing but we both chose from the regular menu. We both love the food. We’ll be back!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Went out to eat with a friend and enjoyed everything about the place!! I will definitely be back

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Wonderful lunch. Service was excellent, food was delicious and very friendly atmosphere. My new favorite Italian joint!!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Caffe Luna is always consistent with food, service and Parker always makes you feel you are the only people in the entire restaurant! It's our go to for celebrations of all types! They are especially good during restaurant week! We never miss as the menu is excellent!

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4.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Very much enjoyed my time dining here! The atmosphere is very quaint. It was a bit noisy but I enjoyed the liveliness. The food was good, traditional Italian food, no frills or fanciness. Service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Great atmosphere with amazing good! Service was excellent and I 2mosy certainly return!

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Caffe Luna has been, is, and will probably always be THE single best restaurant in the Triangle. I've spent just over 12 wonderful years of my life visiting this establishment and I have yet to be disappointed. Mr. Kennedy and his wife have not only bestowed the gift of fantastic food/dining upon Raleigh - they have done so in the most consistent and amazing fashion possible. The staff turnover appears to be quite low, the food always fresh and delicious, the service superb, and I won't be going anywhere else any time soon.

When I need a perfect casual and fun dining experience for friends, family, date night, or any other occasion - this is my first stop every time.

-DH

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Food and service was very good and prices are reasonable. We were celabrating and anniversary and the experience helped make the evening special for us. We always recommend Cafe Luna to friends.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Great food and service.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Caffe Luna never disappoints! Consistent service and food. One of our favorite places to dine!

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

When we are in downtown Raleigh it is our favorite restaurant. Great dishes, well presented, lively and a bit noisy, but a fun place. Nice classic Italian menu with some creativity and great salmon. Attentive professional staff.

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Out first time here. The food was very good and plentiful but not over priced. It was a little loud, but everyone was enjoying themselves. I wish the owner would identify which door you should use to enter though. We went in the wrong door once, then almost did it again. FYI the entrance is on the corner of the building :)

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

WE have long been customers of Caffe Luna and that won't change any time soon, or possibly ever.
The service is always exception, the food is fantastic, and the prices are so fair and reasonable considering how delicious the food is. Highly recommend getting a fresh pasta dish because it simply cannot be beat and every other Italian restaurant pales in comparison (and this is coming from an Italian and my whole family agrees!)

Simply put: you can't go wrong eating at Caffe Luna.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

This was our first visit but will not be our last. Toughest part of the meal was narrowing the choices. Prosciutto and Mozzarella were excellent and large servings, calamari was a tad tough but nice breading level. We had 3 different past dishes and each was excellent, creating the dilemma of having the same thing next time or trying something different. Service was attentive, friendly and prompt, price (which included two terrific desserts) was quite reasonable for the quality and quantity of food. We will be back.
PS. We were headed to theater and were EARLY, which never happens.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Food was delicious and the hospitality outstanding.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

As always, Caffe Luna did not disappoint! My husband and I are repeat diners here, and we had tickets to see the Janis Joplin tribute in Raleigh on Saturday evening. We had a reservation which I made Saturday afternoon, and we requested a table by the window which they granted. The food was wonderful - I had the scallops over Penne pasta with spinach in an olive oil/garlic sauce. My husband had the Linguini Pescatore. We shared a Calarmari and Caesar salad. The house Chiati was excellent, too! The service was great, too - Quentin was our server and he was attentive, prompt, but we were not rushed. Thanks again!!

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2.0Dined on May 18, 2018

The service was very slow, we were completely forgotten about after our food was served. I had to go to the host table to get anyone’s attention 20 minutes after 20 we were served the entree.
Food was bland, way too much olive oil in every dish.
Dessert was ok, a little dry

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Very enjoyable meal. The staff is extremely friendly and resourceful.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Third time visiting Caffe Luna and have had a wonderful experience each time. The manager is always outgoing and ready to go above and beyond to accommodate guests. The wait staff is friendly and professional. They are great with reccomendations and are able to handle big groups. The food is always tasty. This time I tried the linguini carbonara which had the perfect amount of sauce and was delicious.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

From the appetizers to dessert, everything was delicious! Our server Cory was terrific! Noise level is high but food makes up for it.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Great place , has been one of my favorites for a very long time

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We enjoyed a lovely dinner before attending a show at Meymandi

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Food was just okay, bread bland, fried calamari was undercooked. Our main courses could have used a lot more seasoning

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Staff, owner, and food was great. I'll be back...

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants in downtown Raleigh. High recommend to anyone for any occasion.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Delicious! My family was visiting from Europe took them here as it is one of our favorite Raleigh spots. They loved it. The food is amazing! The service is great. I highly recommend making a reservation on a weekend as it can get full fast since the food is so good!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Parker Kennedy and his staff are among the very best in Raleigh - professional, personable and always aim to please. The Rigatoni con Pollo alla Panna is amazing. I go as often as I can!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Caffe Luna continues to provide the best overall experience a restaurant can give. The food, the service, the ambience- it’s all top notch. Every time I am nearby, I try to stop by for a bite. This is my favorite place in Raleigh!

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

The food was plentiful in portion but daily mundane. The red sauce was very good.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Really enjoy this place. Good food, nice servers, good wine selection, and not too pricey.

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