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Luca's Ristorante of Somerset

4.7
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599 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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.

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  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
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  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
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vipneverhome
New York Area
833 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is second visit in 2 weeks. We really enjoy the food here and the fact that it is BYOB only makes it more appealing. The bread basket is amazing! We started with the meatballs, which include raisins are are mouthwatering. Entrees were a ravioli type of cocoa pasta stuffed with butternut squash in a cream sauce with pistachios...oh my was it wonderful! And a differently named ravioli with many layers..no tomato sauce... cream, veal, mushrooms. Delicious and huge.. we just finished for lunch. A really nice evening!

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JoulianaF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food! Spaced out seatings, attentive servers

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Jack
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience5

Waitress didn't care and because of that we couldn't wait to leave

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve written about Lucas before; LOVE this place!!!
A little pricey, but I’m worth it. 😉

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AvaH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food , service and outdoor seating service was very good.

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vipneverhome
New York Area
834 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A rainy evening and we were fortunate to be able to eat inside. The food here is amazing...things prepared with a little twist that elevates excellent to spectacular. And to be able to bring your own wine is attractive. The bread that comes before the meal could be a meal in itself... we took the extras home as they were too delicious to leave behind. We ordered like one very hungry person and shared everything. Each dish was split in the kitchen, a touch we really appreciate. The started was figs stuffed with ricotta and wrapped In prosciutto. The sauce was balsamic and there were pignolis...yum! We chose the roasted pear salad. The portion was very large and filled with goat cheese and other goodies. The entree was a veal chop special with tomato cavatelli and asparagus. We each left a bit of the half chop. Truly a wonderful meal.

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vipJERRYGOLD
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We dined outside and the table Configuration was slightly tight. The food was outstanding and the portions were large.
We shared the small portion of meatballs (2) and it was more than enough. We had the gallinaio (a battered chicken breast with eggplant and spinach and the cinquanta which is
lasagne with veal tenderloin stew, cheese, mushrooms / marsala sauce. Both dishes were excellent. We were too full to order desert. The only drawback was the road noise and there is nothing you can do about that.

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JessicaP
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish was exceptionally flavored; the bread & oil/sauce, multiple appetizers, and our entrees. The wine list was excellent and local. We will be coming back to this restaurant for many years !

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My husband and I have been looking for a new Italian “go to” since our favorite local place closed. Based on the Open Table reviews, we were excited to give Luca’s a try. We opted for outdoor seating and the front patio area was nicely done. Unfortunately, the meal did not match our expectations. Food was heavy and sauce laden, pasta was a bit too al dente, and presentation was lacking. Service was very slow, especially since there were so few diners, although in these pandemic times, that was somewhat expected and not a game changer. Overall, it was an OK experience but we would not hurry to return.

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BrianO
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic dining experience. The restaurant was not too crowded and had a cozy atmosphere perfect for an intimate date night. The food was delicious - the burrata (excellent, the eggplant and red peppers were a nice touch); the branzino (for her, she loved it); the pumpkin squash-stuffed ravioli (loved it); the creme brulee and and espresso to top it off. Great atmosphere, great service, great food.

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vipFranky
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was much slower than usual but food is always very good.

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vipSarahB
Mobile
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was outstanding.
Food was delicious and unique.

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vipPastalover
New York Area
123 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent food and service.

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PeterW
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great. The lamb and pork chops were done nicely in a good presentation

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AlisonL
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adorable cozy environment, great food and service. Specials are fresh and in season. BYOB is nice because you can bring your own pairing.

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vipCindyM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a gem!! BYOB and the food is absolutely delish. Their homemade bread is to die for. Would definitely go back. Reservations recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Dined many times in the past and latest trip was by far the worst experience and service thus far. Providing the feedback not as a complaint but for management to recognize there are a core set of customers who have been dining for many years and continue to return because of the quality of the food but more importantly, the service. Don’t lose that as you grow.

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GaryLynn
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious, service was good. It was Valentines weekend so it was very busy. Wasn’t 100% happy with where we were seated but overall it turned out to be a pleasant dining experience.

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vipFrankieDOA
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience3

My wife and I have been eating at Luca's for years. This is the first time we tried it over a holiday weekend (Valentine's). It was more crowded than usual and took forever to get our food (which was great as usual). The kicker was when we asked for the check our waiter told us there was another group waiting for our table and we had to move fast. This when we had waited over an hour for entrees. That warning was out of line and not in keeping with the patience that our party of 4 displayed.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Place too tight that you’re mere 5 inches away from other table.

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JHBoro
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent dining experience overall as usual for Lucas. Food was excellent as was the service. Very attentive servers but not bothersome. Price was a bit on the higher side, but expected for quality.

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Stuffed
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Valentines day

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service as always.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere and was quickly seated with reservation. There is also a liquor store right next door so that is convenient as well. The service is prompt, the food is put of this world stunning and amazing. Servers are knowledgeable and helpful.

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hsaurin
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luca's is a neighborhood gem! A great place, with great service, food and ambiance. The interior decor reminded us of a restaurant in Capri we had been to during our trip to Italy recently. The food at Luca's was delicious. Highly recommended!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fantastic!

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vip5inflight
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lucas has remained a lovely BYOB restaurant. Great food, great service

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was authentic and delicious. My girlfriend and I will eat here as often as possible. I cannot wait to try everything on the menu! I highly recommend trying the butternut squash agnolotti and the gnocchi dish. Don’t let the prices intimidate you. The food is very filling and you will probably be taking left overs home.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Neighborhood gem

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JimBo
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will go back again, and again

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MCB212
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

One of the best restaurants in the area! Food is great. Seating is tight, so travel light!

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vipJaimeandAlice
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Don't be fooled that this restaurant is in a strip mall. The food was very good. Service was a little slow to order and it took a more time to get drink refills than we would have liked, but we did not feel rushed as and after we enjoyed our dinner. We also talked for a long time we finished eating and we were not rushed to pay or give up our table. If we lived closer, I could see this becoming a regular place for us to get a very good meal.

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vipBobdito
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food, service and ambiance scored well, as usual. Fig appetizer, rice balls and eggplant rollatini were exceptional starters. Lamb shank, cavatelli Valentino and branzino hit the mark. Gelato and sorbetto were deliciously refreshing. I lowered my over-all rating, however, because they ran out of the rack of lamb special even though it was only 6:30 p.m. Disappointing for our group.

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KristaM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luca’s is a hidden gem. Tucked in an unassuming mini strip mall, this byob is our favorite Italian restaurant in the area. Food is fresh and inventive, and service is always great. Make sure to make a reservation on weekends because they can get busy. If you forget your bottle of wine, they do serve their own as well.

CJ
CatlynJenner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Luca’s! Great meal and experience every time!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was great. They were out of tomato paste though which is part of the recipe for bread dipping sauce.

Love the apps and entrees!

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vipJustus
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

New Years was fixed menu, wait for bread 30 mins to come out with your appetizer s, because they save on plates....

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Percel
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our friends from Cape May loved it. They met us for a lunch date. It is our local go-to restaurant!

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VeronicaR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Went here for Christmas Eve dinner and cannot stop raving about the food! My husband and I recently returned from a trip to Italy (specifically the Amalfi coast and Rome) and this was the closest we have had to authentic food since we have gotten back!
Only negative I would say was the service. Our waitress did not smile and was not friendly , and we were ruShed to finish up our meal - understand that this is a holiday but to be told that other people are waiting for our table is a no-no ..

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Kiran
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Went to check it out due to the great reviews and was glad to have tried. Cozy little place with great ambiance and delicious food! The complimentary assorted freshly baked bread basket was unique and they tasted great! The waiter recommended Oysters from the appetizers and we never had Oysters before and it was probably the right place to try first! Fried Calamari was perfectly cooked and melted in the mouth! The bruschetta was different than what I tasted in other restaurants and was more like a flat bread but it was good. The Tiramasu was absolutely delicious! The service was great and food came reasonably fast. Will be my future destination for Italian food!

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 4.7 stars by 599 OpenTable diners.

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