Luca's Ristorante of Somerset

4.8
486 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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JE
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very good food and service. Seating is tight

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day dinner with our 7 month old baby was awesome, the food was amazing, we BYOBed and our baby sat in the high chair. Service was great, they were patient with our chatty little baby.

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k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Just a little noisy and tables are crowded close to each other but the food was outstanding.

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CP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to LUCA'S for years and the food is fabulous, service is attentive, and overall the restaurant is great and it is BYOB!!! It may be small but its perfect.

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G
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything was terrific . Service was exceptional . We had a few delicious appetizers and chose the pasta with seafood as our main course .

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I
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a great meal, good service we come here often, even if we do not have our name on the table, as some long time patrons do.

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JC
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, very good. Not very crowded on a Saturday at lunch.

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VM
San Joaquin
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible! A little pricey but worth it... We’ll be going back for sure :)

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BB
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites, this time I had 3 appetizers for dinner.

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GJ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always at Luca’s Ristorante, our overall experience on Saturday, April 13, was superb. This includes all elements of any restaurant meal: food, service, and ambience. All were excellent and we look forward to returning to Luca’s this upcoming weekend.

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LJ
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great quaint place that serves amazingly good food!

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CD
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fabulous food! I started with the figs wrapped in prosciutto. I always say I going to get something else but I love them so much I never do. They actually made them even better with the addition of mango pearls which were these little “balls” that were on top that burst when you eat them! My husband had the bruschetta , which was like a mini pizza topped with fresh heirloom cherry tomatoes. Also delicious. For entrees,
My husband had the gnocchi which he thought was great and I had the cannelloni stuffed with lobster, crab and bay scallops. I tend to stay away from bay scallops because everyone over cooks them but not here. It was packed with seafood. Excellent.
Always enjoy going here because the food is some of the best in the area.

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a hidden gem! We were in need of a place to dine and have a business meeting and I found Luca’s on OpenTable. The food is amazing. From the butternut squash ravioli to the fall-off-the-bone short ribs to the Pompeii dessert. And the server could not have been more accommodating and attentive. Can’t wait to go back!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is the best! One of our favorite restaurants! The lobster cannelloni is one of the most delicious things I've ever eaten!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love dining at Luca’s. The servers are always very courteous and the food is delicious. My in-laws came with us this last time for a birthday and enjoyed it very much.

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JF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service! Also enjoyed the option to have local wine or byob.

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JO
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was very quick and food quality was excellent. This is a cozy family run restaurant in a strip mall. We wanted a table at 7.30 but it was not available. When we arrived for our 8.15 slot there was plenty of room. That was odd.

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S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great meal. This place never disappoints. Great food creatively prepared and nicely presented.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a charming BYOB restaurant with fantastic food and great service.

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SW
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is always great, love the updated menu with additional options and the specials are difficult to turn down. Service isn't fast but I find it as a positive like they are not rushing you to get out.

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N
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matt is a wonderful waiter who knows the menu and how to pace a table. Food was outstanding and the setting was terrific

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My fav Italian restaurant!! We drove 2 hrs from NYC for it!
The Luca pasta is always so delicious.
The Fico starter is a must have.
BYOB!

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J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A real gem! We loved it and will be going back soon. The food is so fresh and delicious. The portions are generous and our server was terrific!

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S
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely amazing creative dishes beautifully presented. Large portions. We had 3 appetizers and 4 different mains and all were outstanding

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DM
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Spectacular food. Service was attentive at the beginning of the meal, but lapsed a bit at the end. Not really a problem, as my friend and I were having a great time catching up. Portions were sensible; filling but not excessive. Don't plan on leftovers; it's so good, you'll eat it all, hungry or not.

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EB
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is lovely with a rusty c Italian vibe. The staff were personable, attentive and food and the food was delicious. It’s a gem!

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GB
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This has to be the most delicious Italian meal I've had in a long time and I go to a lot of restaurants the menu was so varied and one dish sounder better than another our server was excellent, don't recall his name but he was on top of everything didn't appreciate the closeness of the tables and some people tend to forget they're in a close environment and don't respect the diners around them. I have told so many friends and family of this restaurant and I have every intention of going back maybe until I try every item on the menu

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TL
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saturday was our first time at Luca's Ristorante and it definitely will not be our last. From the minute we walked into the establishment we were in love with the place! Great atmosphere, attentive and informative server, and the food was wonderful!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
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
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
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 on February 13, 2019
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
31 reviews
Dined on February 9, 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 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food! Great service

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CP
New York Area
3 reviews
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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