Luca's Ristorante of Somerset

4.7
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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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B
New York Area
40 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.

KM
New York Area
2 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
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
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!

J
New York Area
6 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....

P
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!

VR
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 ..

K
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!

CD
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful dinner at Luca’s! Definitely one of my favorite restaurants in the area including the New Brunswick and Princeton area.
There were three of us dining . One started with a raw oyster special and she raced about it. She said the sauce it came with was addictive like crack lol. I had the figs wrapped in Prosciutto with marscapone and pine nuts. I love this dish and order it every time even though their were so many wonderful choices. My son had the spedini which is delicious too!
For entrees I had the osso bucco with risotto. I loved it. My so. Had the angliotti with a cocoa pasta and stuffed with butternut squash filling it was excellent and another had the gnocchi with short ribs .she thought it was great. Even the cappuccino that my sons girlfriend had she said was the best she ever had!
Service was perfect, attentive without being obtrusive. I highly recommend eating here!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch!! Service and food perfect! Highly recommended!

SC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I never write reviews but this time I must. It was out first time here. When we walked in to be seated we were greeted by almost the entire staff. Our servers name is Matt, he has to be the best waiter I ever had. He was friendly, knowledgeable and had a great personality!! He gave us recommendations for our apps and entrees. The food was fantastic!! I highly recommend this restaurant. If you go ask for Matt!!

OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous once again and service was excellent. Definitely going back!

SG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

This was our first time eating at Luca's and it was not a good experience. It took 1 hour and 20 minutes to get our main courses and we were told that everything was made to order when we questioned what was happening. All food should be made to order so that was not an acceptable reason. Once we did get the food, all 5 people at my table thought their dishes were not good. In addition prices are very high and not commensurate with what is being served. I eat out a fair amount and as far as Italian food goes this was really bad.

p
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner here. The food was delicious and the service was great. We had some dietary restrictions and allin our party allergies and they were

SM
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my wife to this restaurant for her birthday and we both felt like we were in Naples. The interior of this place reminded the both of us of a table in a piazza.

The food was very authentic of the place/region the owners family was from Ischia (Bay of Naples). Each dish was better than the other. We recommend the figs for a appetizer.

LOL, even the restrooms reminded us of how they are in Italy.

We recommend that anyone that is interested in authentic Italy food to try this place, you will not be disappointed.

DB
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply outstanding! Beautifully prepared, high quality and great setting.

DT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great

JG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always!!

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was perfect at Luca’s this evening. Staff, service, food & wine the best!! ❤️

GJ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As every meal at Luca’s has been for many years, dinner for my wife and me on Friday, November 8, 2019, was superb in every way. We look eagerly forward to our next visit.

CH
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food; Excellent service; and, the noise level was very low, which is uncommon. The four dishes were all 10 out of 10. I HIGHLY recommend this restaurant, and i plan to be back many times! -Charles G. Horn.

SL
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was easily the best meal that I have had in years . Do not hesitate. Go eat here

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great as always’

LS
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous lunch. I’ll be back at Luca’s soon!

LF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always a pleasure dining at Luca's. We've been coming to the restaurant for over 14 years and are always impressed with the food and staff. Keep up the amazing work.

MW
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is amazing

n
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

more expensive than i expected for the food. the food was good but portions were slight for price.

KC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food! It's in a strip mall so it's a bit surprising. Decor is eclectic. Noise level when the tables are full is high. But servers are personable and the food is amazing! Reservations needed for weekend nights.

BD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very authentic Italian restaurant which provided excellent service and outstanding food.

DT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

SD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always fresh and delicious

A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to Luca during a business trip. Awesome experience. Definitely will repeat when I get back to NJ. Points of excellence: the courtesy bread made in house, the waiters attention, and the food quality. This place is a true jewel in NJ.
Alonso

CO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to celebrate a 64th birthday Everything was perfect! We loved it!!

NM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience5

Had 5:30 reservations on a Friday. Walked in no one in restaurant. Which would think you would have awesome service well not so much. We ordered small calamari it was fine sauce was spicy to go with didn’t taste that fresh. I had the Luca again it was fine nothing great. My mother had the cannelloni she did not like it said one of the fish inside it was not fresh. 80 some odd dollars later left unsatisfied. The price is expensive for what you receive. Two entree and small appetizer 86 dollars. If food was phenomenal I wouldn’t mind paying but it was not. I suppose for area the place is good. The server also did not check up on us once. I know they were very busy talking in the back. I will not be returning.

T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had never heard of Luca’s Ristorante. I found it on Open Table when looking for a restaurant located between us and family members we were meeting. We lucked out with our choice - the restaurant was amazing! We loved the food, the ambiance and the service from our server Andrew. The Fico appetizer alone is worth going back for! For our entrees, our party of 5 ordered Genovese (gnocchi with braised short rib), Pappardelle (with burrata cheese and Bologna’s sauce), Luca (shrimp, crabmeat, scallops, capers in creamy white sauce over linguine), a Filet Mignon Special, and Otto (octopus salad). We were all super happy with our choices, and thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Even the bread on the table exceeded our expectations. I think Luca’s is going to be our new family meeting place because everyone wants to go back there to eat again!

OT
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food at Luca’s is excellent. It never disappoints and is truly a hidden gem.

C
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The veal parmesan, seafood rolatini and sea bass were all delicious. I am always satisified with the food there. The pear salad and goat cheese was a little short on the cheese but otherwise fine. Ambience is great as was the service. It was a little noisy but I find that happens everywhere depending on the crowd so can't blame them for that. Overall excellent.

CJ
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Hmm. Lots of people rave about this place. We were disappointed. For what we paid, I'd expect more interesting flavors. The bruschetta is good but seriously overpriced; my son's pasta (pistachio pesto) was bland; I had the halibut which was good but not necessarily memorable; my wife had the ravioli filled with butternut squash--that was pretty special. Desserts were good. However, the restaurant was freezing cold; we kept our jackets on the entire time and were still cold, which is not exactly how you want to feel when you're eating out. The soundtrack is kind of horrible. And our entrees took forever--we arrived at 5:45 and were finally eating our entrees at 7. The waiter did treat us to a dessert as compensation, but that seemed barely adequate. Might have been worth it if the food had been out of this world, but it wasn't. And at the end of the day you're in a strip mall along route 27. More interesting food and better options in downtown NB.

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was perfect.

n
New York Area
797 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious...and great service! We started with a special of a peach appetizer with whipped ricotta...wow !! And the figs with prosciutto....yummy! Entrees were the chicken Bianca, pasta Valentino with chicken and pistachio pesto and the lobster cannelloni. All portions were more than generous and provided delectable lunches. And the bring your own just makes the restaurant more affordable. A great experience!