Luca's Ristorante of Somerset
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.
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.
Love Luca’s! Great meal and experience every time!
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!
New Years was fixed menu, wait for bread 30 mins to come out with your appetizer s, because they save on plates....
Our friends from Cape May loved it. They met us for a lunch date. It is our local go-to restaurant!
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 ..
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!
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!
Wonderful lunch!! Service and food perfect! Highly recommended!
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!!
Food was fabulous once again and service was excellent. Definitely going back!
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.
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
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.
Simply outstanding! Beautifully prepared, high quality and great setting.
Fantastic as always!!
All was perfect at Luca’s this evening. Staff, service, food & wine the best!! ❤️
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.
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.
This was easily the best meal that I have had in years . Do not hesitate. Go eat here
Food and service was great as always’
Absolutely fabulous lunch. I’ll be back at Luca’s soon!
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.
The food here is amazing
more expensive than i expected for the food. the food was good but portions were slight for price.
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.
Very authentic Italian restaurant which provided excellent service and outstanding food.
Excellent as always
Food is always fresh and delicious
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.
We came to celebrate a 64th birthday Everything was perfect! We loved it!!
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.
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!
The food at Luca’s is excellent. It never disappoints and is truly a hidden gem.
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.
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.
Food and service was perfect.
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!