Luca's Ristorante of Somerset

4.7
458 reviews
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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.
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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent. I highly recommend the gnocchi! Will not disappoint.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have dined at Luca's many times and it's one of our favorite go-to restaurants. The food is always excellent and the staff has always incredibly been accommodating. It's a small dining venue but everything done there is high quality.

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H
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Luca’s is consistently outstanding in terms of menu options, food presentation, service and ambiance. The staff is knowledgeable and exceptionaly courteous. I have been to Luca’s for dinner with my spouse and friends on a number of occasions over the years without ever having a single issue. Luca’s is also great for private catering. I chose Luca’s to prepare several dishes for a large dinner party held at my house two years ago and everything was second to none much to the delight of my guests. Most recently I went to Luca’s for Valentine’s Day dinner and once again everything was absolutely wonderful. Many other places skimp out on meal portions, food quality and service on Valentine’s while the prices are usually inflated at the expense of total value but not so at Luca’s. My wife and I were amazed at the generous portions, presentation and uncompromed food quality. The service was excellent as always. Great job on Valentine’s all around despite the place being packed! Plenty of parking in the front and also in the back lot. We can’t wait to go back for another royal dining experience!

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FP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A few years ago, I stumbled upon Luca's quite by accident while trying to find somewhere to eat in the endless NJ strip malls where the only options seemed to be fried chicken and burger joints. Being in the vicinity on a business trip, I decided to go again - and wasn't disappointed. The food was as fabulous as I remembered, as was the warm, cozy atmosphere and attentive, friendly service. Definitely a little gem in the NJ culinary landscape!

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j
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Cute, cozy restdurant thst made me feel luke I was dining in Italy. The service was professional and met our needs well from getting us bread , wster, opening our eine, and taking our orders. Apps, pasta fagiole and octopus salad were hearty, creative and delicious. Mains, on the otherhand, were a tad disappointing. With Chicken marsala, chicken was dry and marsala risotto was very heavy. Fluke dish was overly salted and the sauce was very buttery. Most of the dishes on the menu are quite heavy. On the brighf side, the cappuccino was amazing. Overall, ok, but don't think I'd revisit due to heavy food that missed tbe mark.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food! Great service

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CP
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food , service and restaurant is outstanding. The waiters are fantastic and polite, the food is spectacular, and I cannot say enough about the restaurant other than I wish it was bigger. We go every few months and are NEVER disappointed.

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s
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. The menu has many interesting selections and everything we ordered was exceptional. Great service as well, and the decor/ambiance was very nice.

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K
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and great service! Love the ambiance and the attention to detail. Small intimate setting is perfect for a date or intimate family get together!

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MV
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

My wife and I went to Luca's for lunch on our wedding anniversary. Without knowing how busy they might be during lunchtime, we made reservations. The restaurant was mostly empty during our meal but the service was slower than I would expect it to be during even their busiest time. We waited about 45 minutes for our first course. Up to that time I was getting pretty angry. This was a special meal for us and we came hungry but it took a long time for the waiter to even ask if we were ready to order (though our menus were flat on the table for at least 10 minutes) and for some reason the sodas we ordered came in a small rocks glass with a regular size drinking straw..that was bizarre. However, once the food arrived, any bad feelings were forgotten because Luca's always delivers amazing food. We started with the ‘A ZEZZENELLA È BONA pizza which has a bolognese sauce and burrata cheese. This was excellent! The bolognese was rich and meaty. Not too sloppy either! and reasonably priced in line with any other "fancy pizza place" like Nomad or Osteria Procaccini. This was the first time we've gotten pizza here and we will definitely come back for it! After the pizza we each had a pasta dish. My wife got the Genovese which she has ordered before and loves. It's gnocchi with braised sirloin and a beefy brown sauce that is packed with flavor. The menu listed a simple gnocchi with marinara dish and I asked the server if they could put vodka sauce on it instead. They did! And it was exactly what I wanted. The gnocchi was light and pillowy with an incredible vodka sauce.
Overall this was a mixed experience. We have been here twice before and will certainly come back for the excellent food. However, the dining experience left something to be desired. Maybe they'll get it right next time.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was mediocre, and service was terrible. Waiter never filled water, cleared table or was the least bit friendly. Would not recommend nor return.

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DB
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding!

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GJ
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For many years we have loved Luca’s Ristorante. Its food, service, and ambience are consistently excellent. Overall this restaurant ranks as one of the greatest Italian restaurants anywhere. We look forward to our next visit.

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SW
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful interior and we loved the food, dessert and wine suggestion was on point. |We will be coming back in the near future.

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SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I went to Luca's on 1/25/19 to celebrate her birthday. Excellent as always!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have been dining at Luca's for year, always a great food experience and a wonderful combination of traditional Italian mixed in with specialty items.

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CB
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

NOT A GREAT A SODA SELECTION NO GINGER-ALE OR SPRITE. NOT VERY FLEXIBLE WITH WANTING TO SWITCH OUT MENU OPTIONS. A LITTLE PRICEY FOR THE FOOD YOU GET. I ORDERED A BOWL OF SOUP IT WAS $15 FOR CRAB AND CORN CHOWDER. IT WAS NOT WORTH IT. MY HUSBAND IS VEGAN HE TOLD THE WAITER THAT THEY PUT CHEESE IN HIS FOOD. HE ASKED THEM TO ADD ARTICHOKE TO HIS DISH THEY SAID THEY DIDN'T HAVE THEM- THEN WE SEE THEM SERVE A DISH NEXT TO US WITH ARTICHOKES IN IT. WE SAID TO THE WAITER I THOUGHT YOU DIDN'T HAVE ARTICHOKES- HE JUST LOOKED AT US AS IF WE DIDN'T ASK FOR THEM. I FEEL THEY NEED TO GET A BETTER SELECTION OF DRINKS GINGER ALE NOT GINGER BEER, LIMES FOR THE WATER, GRENADINE FOR THE WATER MORE FLEXIBILITY WITH THE MENU.

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F
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious... homemade pasta is second to none. Service was stellar. All around great night!

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t
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious and service is fantastic!

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l
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I have been going to Luca's for many years and love it more and more every time we dine there. The food is always fresh, delicious, and expertly prepared. The other night I had the salmon special, served over asparagus in a creamy mustard-based sauce. It was amazing! The creme brûlée I had for dessert was equally delectable. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and the service was very well-timed and courteous! All in all, a great dining experience. Looking forward to my next visit.

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C
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Italian Cuisine. BYOB or use their Wine Menu. Expect seating to be a bit tight in the cute, cozy Southern Italian style venue. Fig Salad is a must, great seafood, pasta and the tiramisu was first rate.

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N
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an excellent North-Italian style restaurant. It is relatively small, and the service is very attentive and friendly. We shared a special Deep Sea Scallop starter, and had the Veal Osso Bucco and Lamb Shank for our mains; all were perfectly prepared and presented, and the portions were so generous that the leftovers sufficed for another dinner at home the next day. The coffee was strong and outstanding. We will go again (and again).

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most delicious food. Chicken Bianco was amazing, and fried calamari could not have been any more fresh. Definitely worth a try if you’re in the area

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GL
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was very attentive and the food was outstanding.

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IM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lucas food and service are always superb
It’s our favorite restaurant

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C
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The chicken marsala over mushroom risotto was delicious & the sevice was decent. It's a tight squeeze when there are large parties, but it's a nice local dining option.

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Columbus
9 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food did not seem like it was a frozen re-heat like a big Italian chain. The ingredients seemed fresh and tasted great. I had the gnocchi and it was amazing!

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JM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just loved this restaurant. Food, service and atmosphere unbeatable. Will return over and over again.

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DB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding. I highly recommend, but you do need to make a reservation since the restaurant is small. We will be back.

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I
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have been to this restaurant many times and we were never disappointed. Food is great, service is good and it’s byob. You need a reservation which is a bit of a pain, since it’s usually book by Wednesday for Saturday night, so plan ahead. It’s worth it.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal every time I've dined at Lucas, I've never had a complaint. I love that they're BYOB as well.

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SA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Italian food!
But I noticed the prices went to up quite of bit since last year. They seem to change the menu quite often.
Overall, I would recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food and service. I would definitely dine here again.

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PS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was prompt and professional. Was there for a business luncheon and it was quiet enough to have a pleasant conversation. The food was very tasty. Very unique take on a Caesar Salad, but wonderful. The pasta fagioli was a little odd in that it contained very little pasta or vegetables. It was closer to a tomato bisque, but very tasty. The bread is average and the croutons that came with the salad were stale and tasteless. They need to improve that aspect of the meal. A nice vibe in the restaurant, which was surprising because it is in a strip mall. Despite small issues with food, the overall experience was very good. I look forward to going back.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious food and awesome service. One of the best restaurants in Nj

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Once again, it was great . This place never disappoints. Real authentic Italian food. A great BYOB.
Service is outstanding

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food.

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BS
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Creative dishes served piping hot. Warm friendly atmosphere. Not your "usual" italian bistro food.

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JG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience!

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GW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was great. The service was excellent. I thought it was a bit pricey - but that being said - I would go back.

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