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About Luca's Ristorante of Somerset

If you are seeking not just a great meal, but a great dining experience, you need look no further than Luca’s Ristorante Somerset. Tucked away on Rt. 27 between Princeton and New Brunswick, Luca’s Somerset is an oasis of authentic regional Italian cuisine. Offering modern adaptations of traditional dishes from Ischia, here you can enjoy hand-cut ravioli stuffed with Chef Andrea’s latest mouth-watering combinations, a selection of fish entrees so fresh that they evoke the Mediterranean Sea, or a filet of such quality that it is paralleled only by the accoutrement that accompany it. Our dining room décor is uniquely Ischitana, and goes to show that here at Luca’s Somerset, we understand that the difference is in the details. When you are done with it all, take in the cozy setting with a delicious dessert made from scratch, and the perfect cup of locally micro-roasted espresso or cappuccino. So please, be our guest.

2019 State Highway 27
Somerset, NJ 08873
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 11:00am - 10:00pm,

Friday & Saturday 11:00am - 11:00pm,

Sunday 12:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Between New Brunswick and Princeton, Cozzens and Finnegans Ln

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(732) 297-7676

Website:
http://www.lucasristorante.com/

Catering:
For catering please refer to our website, www.lucasristorante.com and contact within for your orders.

Parking Details:
Additional parking in rear

Executive Chef:
Andrea Di Meglio

Additional:
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Delivery, Private Room, Takeout

Special Events & Promotions:
Fixed price, course menus for New Years Eve, Valentine's Day

Luca's Ristorante of Somerset Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (12)
Special Occasion (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
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Cozy (10)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Authentic (7)
Business Meals (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Romantic (6)
Casual (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

The Brushetta was delicious. Their portions were ample. The restaurant was intimate, warm and inviting. Wish they had a liquor license.

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

If you love Italian food you will not be disappointed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Food was Amazing. Delious meatballs for appetizers and wonderful pasta. Service is friendly and attentive. Highly recommend!

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Authentic
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Good food and excellent service. Would definitely come here again and recommend to friends and family.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The restaurant Opentable write-up nor the customer comments noted that this restaurant was a BYOB entity. Since I do not live in Somerset nor in the State of New Jersey, I did not know of the BYOB policy.

The waiter asked for our drink order and I ask for a glass of wine and he advised wine only by bottle. I advise him that I will NOT be purchasing a bottle of wine and that ENDED our SERVICE for the evening. I ordered a salad and we ordered our entrees with a glass of tea for each. He NEVER delivered the teas. The help staff when the salad arrived was advised about the tea orders and immediately provided them. When my glass was empty, I placedit by the aisle side so it could be refiled. NEVER happen by the waiter. The help staff refilled the glass after delivering the main meal. Thus, I rated service has highly unacceptable and lower my food rating since it is hard to enjoy your food when your waiter ignores you as a PAYING customer.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Luca's needs to do nothing more than they are currently doing. The service is spot on; the bread is always served warm; and the food is spectacular. I had the Genovese Artesian Pasta (gnocchi and braised beef) which was excellent. The gnocchi melts in your mouth. My wife had the Luca seafood dinner which she orders all the time and is never disappointed. We found Luca's when we first moved to Somerset 4 years ago and have never been disappointed.

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Good authentic southern Italian food.Good local wines at reasonable prices.

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Best Italian restaurant in Central NJ. Chef Andrea delivers an authentic experience down to every detail. Food is fresh and creative and the ambience is warm with local Italian artisan objects from Ischia & Tuscany. Service is friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommend Luca’s!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent home made food at very reasonable prices. A gem hidden in a strip mall

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

This restaurant got > 4 stars from hundreds of reviews; it is the best-rated Italian restaurant in the neighborhood. We drove 20 minutes to get there and were immediately seated. The place was busy and customers looked happy. It is BYOB unless you want a full bottle of local New Jersey wine which is decent but not stellar. Service was good and menu is inspired but the food was not very tasty. We liked the pancetta Caesar salad which the waiter recommended as more popular than the regular Caesar salad. The bread was fresh and served hot in a ceramic bread box, very nice. The Saltimbocca was well-presented but not flavorful. The black bass special came on wilted spinach and topped with lump crab. The fish was fresh and was properly cooked but again it was not very savory and the crab was simply chunks of crab, briny and cool, seemed to have just come out of the can. The gelato and sorbetto came in multiple flavors and were served in generous portions. Nice ambience, cozy unpretentious neighborhood place, clever decor, good service, fair prices. If the food had more zing I would rate it a 4-star.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

I absolutely love this place and have been here many time. The food is exquisite, the ambience is great and the service is always top notch. The homemade pasta's are beyond delicious and the fish (branzino is my favorite) is always fresh and expertly prepared. No matter what you choose (i.e., fish, veal, chicken or beef) you will not be disappointed. Be sure to save room for dessert - the tiramisu is amazing!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food is fantastic! The reason for the so-so rating has to do with service. We were seated and sat for 15 minutes without seeing any of the wait help. I had to get up and mention to the maitre d. He apologized and after that the service was good. We'll go back as it's close and the food is great. Hopefully the wait staff will be more attentive.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The pasta is homemade. Ossobuco os good. Ambience is cozy. Service is good. The bread is warm and delicious. I really recommend this place.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Our service was extremely slow and we had to actually find the waiter and ask for the entrees. The mozzarella salad was pretty good as was the bread from the bread basket. My panini was just ok and I only ate less than half. My son't fish was nothing special a little overcooked. We opted not to have dessert. Won't be back

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

This was a good meeting place for my cousins and I to meet for lunch. It was mid-week, quiet, and only a very few tables were occupied. At one point, we were the only table. It took a long time to get served, and we had to ask several times to get things we asked for (e.g., lemons for my sparkling water, bread, salt). The waiter would disappear for a long time. Luckily, we were not in a hurry. However, the food was delicious and we really enjoyed our meals. I had a chicken dish that had an Italian ham, asparagus, and bechamel sauce. It was delicious. I would return again (this was our second time here).

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

A hidden gem! Delicious, authentic food that is moderately priced. The BYOB option is a great bonus!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Been there many times always great food and excellent service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Excellent evening. Food and service were both great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

I come here regularly for not your everyday Italian. I've enjoyed every dish I've had, personal favorite: osso bucco. Honestly, can't go wrong with this place.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 25, 2017

They offer a nice selection of wines now but you could bring in your own bottle.
Happy to see Prince Edward Island mussels on the menu again. Mussels appetizer was great as usual. Ordered seafood combo in red sauce and wife ordered the salmon special. Both were excellent. Got gelato for desert and it was yummy.
Will go back there in future.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Cozy byob with authentic Italian menu. Fresh figs, mascarpone, pine nuts, prosciutto di Parma, balsamic reduction, mixed greens, EVOO and Meatballs made from short rib, chuck, sirloin, pine nuts, golden raisins, organic tomato sauce, melted provolone were marvelous. The pappardelle bolegnese with burrata, shared by three as a mid course was as good as it gets. The lamb shank with rosemary cognac sauce was fork tender and rich. Service was attentive. We will be back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Luca's is an off-the-beaten-track gem hidden in a small strip center. The food and service were excellent. The restaurant emphasizes seasonal specials featuring local ingredients. We found it because we had made an overnight stop in nearby New Brunswick and would happily return again.

Tags: Romantic, Seasonal
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 25, 2017

A wonderful find off the beaten path in a little strip mall. Fantastic food and ambiance.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Loved every bit of it! lots of fresh seafood dishes! Second time dining

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Terrific authentic Italian, hand made pasta, simply delicious.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Cozy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Outstanding food, average at best wine and Incredibly great service!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

I wanted to try a new restaurant nearby to Metuchen, so I went online & looked up reviews. Luca's received rave reviews for being a neighborhood gem so I called & made a reservation for 2. When we arrived at the strip mall where Luca's is located, I was concerned b/c all parking spaces were filled. Luckily, I saw that there was a driveway that led to a parking lot in the rear. While waiting to be seated, I noticed a wine storage cabinet containing various wines from a NJ winery - Hopewell Valley Vineyards. We enjoyed our appetizer (Bruschetta - small) and our meals (Artisan Pasta called "Valentino" and a shrimp dish called "Luca") and of course we ordered a bottle of delicious red wine (HVV Rosso Della Valle) to wash it all down. Like so many other fellow diners, we walked out with 1/2 of our meals in a takeout bag because we were stuffed! Mangia is the rule at Luca's , so come with a big appetite!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

We always enjoy Lucas. The food was excellent. This time we were at a table for 2 stuck up against a large group at a round table. Unable to talk they were so loud. The chair behind me was up against mine. No room to move or get out.
Our entrees were brought to the table while we still had our salads.
Not our best visit. But we will go back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Highly recommended by friends and did not disappoint. Food was outstanding, the waiter was extremely helpful and accommodating. This is not average Italian - this is creative, inspiring, and delicious without being pretentious. We will definitely be back often - even the kids enjoyed their food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Always one of our favorite places!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Luca's was great as usual. Perfect BYOB Italian place. Every time we've been it is consistently excellent. If you want to go on the weekend, get a reservation!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 16, 2017

This was my daughter's favorite restaurant before I even knew abut it. Now it is my favorite also! We go there for special occasions or just to meet and catch up. Excellent food and service! Highly recommend! !

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 15, 2017

excellent venue for casual to fine dining. everything is served fresh and you are not rushed. We dined for two hours for my wife's birthday. We both loved it!!!👌🖒

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

What a diamond in the rough! Hadn't heard of this place even though I'm only 10 minutes away. Its small, a little tight, but the food is wonderful! All 6 of us loved our meals. Waiters need a little training to be fine dining qualified. Nice, but didn't introduce himself, welcome us, ask for our drink order first, ask if we wanted appetizer, if we needed help with the menu, etc. our party had Luca (seafood pasta), Veal shank, short ribs, and Pappardelle. All excellent. Will def go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Arrived to 1/2 empty restaurant, one side totally empty, other side 1/3 full. Waiter greets me and takes me to empty side. Asked to be seated closer to "civilization" & was given a table on the other side.

Place is BYOB which I did not see mentioned in their on line site (they have a beer/wine license).

Had plentiful seafood pasta (shrimp scallops etc served hot from the pan in an Alfredo sauce. Shrimp were large, scallops tiny. Very satisfying main course. House made bread was good. Service adequate. Worth another visit if I'm back in the "neighborhood.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 5, 2017

I thought DJI Refresh was only valid in the region that it was purchased. - Such as if I purchased Refresh in the US and crash but recover the Mavic while vacationing in Greece, it would be covered as it is a different region. Is that correct? Please correct me if I am wrong. I hope I am wrong this time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Great experience

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Business Meals, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 25, 2017

Luca's is the best Italian restaurant in the area outside of NYC. The food is always hot, delicious and well balanced. The service is always attentive and friendly and courteous. The cooking and dishes are as close to my grandmothers and moms home cooking from Sicily. It's a gem. Our favorite restaurant to eat out in, by far.
I hope no one reads this and goes, as it is always packed and hard enough to get a reservation.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 15, 2017

A wonderful surprise!
Luca's is a delightful little gem in an unlikely location. The harsh flourescent lights of the strip mall outside cannot prepare you for a trip to Italy once you step through the doorway. From the moment we arrived the service was impeccable. Each course was outstanding. We had the burrata and the meatballs for appetizers. The meatballs were delicious, but the burrata won me over with the tiny balsamic pearls and the peppers. It was amazing. The entrees were equally wonderful. The home made beet pasta is specatacular. We ended the meal with the sorbetto which was a perfect ending to a perfect meal. Just don't forget to bring your own wine!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on April 1, 2017

As usual excellent!!!!

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