Luca's Ristorante of Somerset

4.6
701 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
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KristenF
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town for a wedding and ate at Luca. The food was delicious and the staff was welcoming and friendly. We had a great meal!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent, alcohol options are limited to NJ wines only, although you can bring your own bottle. This was the only negative for me. I should have read more about this and brought a bottle I loved the one we ordered was the Tuscan option and it was just ok. Again Fods was fabulous.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and accommodating staff with always delicious dishes!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, freshly prepared food. Always top notch.

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FrankC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was outstanding, our waiter, I believe his name is Karim, was quite frankly
the best food server I have encountered since the Covid-19 restrictions were relaxed. The best! And the main course, while excellent as always taste wise, was served cool, so that by the end of the meal it was very cool. This applies not only to my pasta dish but the veal parmigiana that my friend had as well (he commented on this at the end of the meal). Still all in all it was a very pleasant dinning experience and we will return.

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Disappointing
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The service was very good. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was pleasant.

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vipJEFFK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is BY FAR the best Italian restaurant in the area. It is the best European restaurant of any type in the area.

Service is friendly and efficient, food is impeccable.

I would say that it is impossible to disguise the fact that is is in a strip mall - but they do a great job trying with the decor. Tables are close together and a tight fit. You can hear what everyone else is saying - that might be the only drawback if you are trying to have a private meal.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

This was my 2nd time there this year. The last time was about two months prior to today.

I was disappointed. While we (husband and I)went there for the fantastic food…the service was slow. They seemed to be understaffed. They had one waiter and one bus person for one side of the restaurant. Around us were complaining patrons saying, “we’ve been coming here for a really long time and it’s not the same”.

We were also shocked by the cost of one of their specials. $57 for a veal chop. Had we known the price before ordering it, we would have ordered something else off the menu.

There was also chatter about the whereabouts of the owners. Apparently the owner had opened up 5 pizzerias during the past year. Maybe they just aren’t present enough and that’s why service is slipping?

I don’t know if I’ll be back. There’s plenty of other great Italian restaurants around.

Sad…because this place had the chance of being our go-to Italian restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved the old school Italian ambiance this place had. Super clean, appetizer came out fairly Quick but was very good. Fresh bread, and probably one of the best expresso’s I ever had. Super friendly waiter who told me about the history of the place. I will be trying their pizza next time for sure!

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ItalyBuff
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I never write reviews. We found this menu online and traveled 45 minutes to try it and it was totally worth it! The pastas are amazing- between 2 of us we ordered 5 because we couldn’t decide. Fresh ingredients. Great atmosphere. Would recommend. Need reservation.

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vipRayR
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Due to Covid we still prefer to eat outdoors and did so here. We were the only diners out in the small patio area but Denise, our server, did a great job in serving us. She was there at all the right times and we never had a need to wonder when she would be back. The food was delicious. We shared the Fico appetizer and both had the Luca for our entree. Both were delicious. We will definitely be back.

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PatN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luca's is located in a small strip mall. You would normally drive right pass it--don"t!! The food is exceptional!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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AndreaS
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was superb. Service was excellent. Highly recommend. We sat at an outside table.

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vipBella
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

OK...I wrote a review yesterday. Yes. True. Outside dining options WITH quality food are limited in this area. The restaurant we had planned on going to for lunch cancelled outside dining ...because of the forecast and the rain which has yet to arrive at 6:45pm. Anyway...I digress. A repeat of Luca's was more than acceptable. It was the opportunity to try the lunch entree's vs. more salads. :). We enjoyed the veal park and the veal saltimbocca. FABULOUS! Reasonable (healthy portions). The veal part was not smothered in cheese and read sauce. It was light and lovely. The saltimbocca.was also light. Both entrees were perfect. We were satisfied and not feeling overly stuffed as you tend to feel in most American Italian restaurants. And, Matt, our waiter (again!) was a delight. Reservations are already made to return in two weeks. Luaca's is definitely a new favorite! Worth the ride from Princeton Junction. The inside dining looks lovely. They serve Hopewell Valley Vineyards' wine...or you can bring your own. Noise level rating reflects eating outside. Today was the first time (my 3rd visit) the Rt 27 traffic bothered me.

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vipBethV
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was creative & delicious ! Service was great! Would def recommend & will be returning

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Stitcher22
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining at Luca's. The menu was not your run of the mill Italian restaurant menu. The dishes were unique. The service was friendly, the food delicious and the ambience relaxing. We will be going back for sure.

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GaryM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We’ve been to Luca’s many times and have never been disappointed. Food and service have been consistently excellent.

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vipJohnC
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Noisy and pricey food was good server was also good but $65 for an entree is New York prices

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KevinM
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a great dining experience for our anniversary. I will definitely recommend this spot to others.

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Martin
Dallas
18 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great find for any occasion!

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Msgr
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Their web page was deceptive. Not indicated: the place's small, tight size, that it was B.Y.O.B., and that it is in a strip mall. Service was polite, attentive and quick. Compliments for the unique "Ischia" food preparation. It was refreshingly tasty. Prices were $$$. Return ? ??

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NancyM
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Some of the best Italian food I have ever had. The service was outstanding and I highly recommend!

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vipBella
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a lovely lunch outside at Luca's. My friend is a longtime loyal guest. It was my first visit. Although our order was small, our server treated us like royalty. the complementary bread was warm and delicious. Our Farrow Salads were perfect. The menu has good variety for any occasion or time of day. The dinnerware and serve ware is just beautiful. Our only constructive thought is...a request for cushions for the outside seating! The chairs have good potential to be perfect with just the addition of a cushion. That said, clearly it didn't keep us from enjoying several hours enjoying the food and our friendship! We already booked our next lunch! We clearly found our new girlfriends lunch spot! Just a note..a Noise rating is required. Since we ate outside, this seating was not from an inside dining experience.

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NomedaA
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful and cozy place, excellent food and service!

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vipBobp
Philadelphia
106 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food served by knowledgeable staff. We shared several appetizers at lunch and all great. Unusual to see fresh figs and they were great along with the buratta and eggplant. Also had the squid ink pasta and octopus everything was fresh and delicious

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DavidU
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always unbelievable at this place. Great service and GREAT food

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KarenS
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food. The Pera salad and Eggplant Rollatini are the best, and I don't normally like eggplant. Tried the meatball appetizer for the first time and will definitely be ordering that again. My husband loves the Luca entree and always orders it.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very lovely restaurant if you’re looking to take ur family tor a significant other our for an evening together. The lighting is a little dim which I like. They play Italian music and have a lot of decorations and pictures which makes you feel like you’re in Italy. Our server was amazing, very tentative and professional. The food and wine were so good. My girlfriend and I really enjoyed our dinner. We will definitely be coming back. The only thing I didn’t like was how cold it was in the resultant. I don’t get cold easily so bring a light jacket just in case.

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AlanK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here based on friends recommendation and we were not disappointed. The food was well prepared and the eclectic menu had some interesting takes on what could have been but weren’t mundane entrees. It is a byob but also offers some NJ vineyard selections.

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Alex
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service. Worth the trip and cost!!

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GaryM
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Consistently excellent food. We’ve been to Luca’s many times and it’s always good.

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SushiSam
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Luca’s- the food is consistently good, tastes homemade but with really special touches to impress. The service is always top notch and they make us feel special every time. Shout out to Layla who was great with giving us recommendations, although I’ve never had a bad dish at Luca’s so you can pretty much pick anything and be happy!

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LoriM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad we found this place. Good is amazing and although the outdoor dining is small, it’s very nice. We will definitely be back.

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Tracker129
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food , Great Service. The waiter was fantastic...very personalble.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Perfect spot for a fresh lunch. Excellent farro salad and calamari. Small and quaint.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The experience was amazing as usual. I was here on a date and the setting was perfect. The staff was very attentive and the food was amazing. Always willing to come back to try more delicious food from this hole in the wall restaurant

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KaitW
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become one of my favorite restaurants. The food was so delicious and the staff was great! Would recommend to anyone!

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joanneb
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, as always!

Noisy at tables nearby that may have been less problematic if tables were spaced more apart

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RJart
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was perfect in terms of service when needed but not hovering. All food was delicious, unusual and creative. Each item was masterfully prepared from the fried calamari to the lamb shank and the dish of seafood and pasta my husband enjoyed. Of course, we ordered too much, but the leftovers were delicious too! Decor is very pleasant and good ambience. This restaurant is not at all what you would expect from location in a strip mall. When you are inside, you are transported. We came for my birthday, and it was definitely occasion-worthy. Tables are close but manageable and added to the convivial atmosphere. Highly recommend for discerning adult diners.

FAQs

Luca's Ristorante of Somerset offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 297-7676.

Luca's Ristorante of Somerset is rated 4.6 stars by 701 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.