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Permanently Closed - Luca's Ristorante Flemington

4.2
145 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. A refreshing departure from the ordinary; Luca’s Ristorante Flemington is inventive and original, all-the-while authentic regional Italian gastronomy. It’s Chef Luca DiMeglio’s personification of the soul of Ischia (Italy’s famous island wonderland, located off the coast of Naples) right here in the heart of suburban Flemington. Maintaining with the philosophies that make Italian food such a delight, Chef Luca believes in crafting every element of the dish by hand. Against the beautiful backdrop that is Luca’s dining room, you will begin your dining experience with a basket of assorted artisan breads, followed by one of his homemade pastas, or from a selection of one of the evening’s enchanting specials. The final touch; one of Chef Luca’s select desserts accompanied by the perfect cup of locally micro-roasted espresso or cappuccino. Benvenuti e Buon Appetito!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, French American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Mon-Thurs noon to 10pm
Fri-Sat noon to 11pm
Sun 1pm to 10pm
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Phone number
(908) 284-9777
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Luca Dimeglio
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Catering
Full catering menu
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Rte 31
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Entertainment
Music of Italy
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Special events & promotions
New Years Eve Four Course Menu $59 per person. Regular menu will not available on this evening.
Additional
BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.3
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4.4
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4.1
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3.9
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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

Service by Bill was excellent; he was sensitive to our needs and was very accommodating

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3.0Dined on December 9, 2017

The food was good, but a bit over priced. They got a couple of things wrong on our orders, but overall it wasn't anything to complain about. The pasta special that I got was good, but the pasta was a bit under cooked. Also, it was crummy weather, so the place was mostly empty, but we still felt a little rushed. It was a convenient spot for us to meet our friends in the middle and we had a nice time though...

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5.0Dined on November 27, 2017

A hidden gem in Flemington. Saw this through open table and did not recognize the name but wanted something different. Want a fantastic pleasantly pleased surprise.
0.half portions to try more things. Half a portion of the best calamari I have had in a long time. The buffalo mozzarella was creamy deliciousness.
0.Small entree portions so that you can try appetizer and have room for an entree. You can also have the full size entree if you are hungry. Half portions you won’t go away hungry. I had the tortellini and wife had the steak lasagna (WOW). Both were fantastic.
0.The best part of ordering smaller portions is room for dessert. Upon description of imported cannoli, I was sold!! Had to try and was not disappointed.
We were greeted upon entry and seated immediately. The waiter was both knowledgeable and helpful and had everything memorized. He was attentive and made sure we had what we needed or wanted throughout the meal. Fresh pepper. Fresh grated cheese. Ground salt. I can’t think of a better evening.

Decide is old world Italian. Reminded me of my grandmother’s place. Wine press. Italian nik naks.

Easy to get to off route 31. Just look left fast otherwise you will pass it.

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5.0Dined on November 26, 2017

I am Italian and a very good cook. It is seldom that we find an Italian restaurant that's better than home. Well, that's changed--Luca's was outstanding and the gnocchi were superb. Gravy just like grandma used to make. We will return as soon as we can.

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3.0Dined on November 16, 2017

Appetizers and service were the best parts of dinner. Pear, spinach, goat cheese and walnut salad was delicious. The stuffing in the artichoke was dense. The beef bracciole was very good. 3 out of 4 if the Main courses were not great. The veal was not tender in the Gremolata and the shrimp/lobster filling in the pasta was not as fresh as it should have been giving the fish a very fishy taste. The double beef entree was good.
Overall, Not worth a second visit!

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

What you get when you have a chef/owner who is willing to test the boundaries of traditional Italian food to create the most innovative menu? Luca’s continues to evolve (and to impress) with excellent preparation and a very focused approach to great food. My braised Lamb shank was savory and tender, with a unique blend of interesting vegetables. All of the pasta dishes are freshly made in house and my wife’s past was amazing. Our salads were oversized and incredibly fresh. But save room for dessert because they also make those in house and are equal unique. This was already one of the best restaurants in the area and it just continues to get better and better.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent service, great ambiance, wonderful portion size and the best gnocchi I've ever had other than my grandmothers!

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3.0Dined on October 28, 2017

This was our first visit to the Restaurant.
First impressions, decor tired and dated.
The waiter was friendly, knowledgeable
and professional.
The Pinot Grigio wine from a local vineyard
was light, crisp and delicious.
The fish dish was very nice. However, the ‘homemade ‘ pasta vegetarian dish was heavy. It also had too much Balsamic Vinegar which overtook any other flavors.

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2017

Took a chance and went with the reviews on Open Table. Enjoyed our meal very much.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

We went at 5 pm on a Saturday and were the only people there(awesome because it was quiet and we were catching up with friends we havent seen in over 3 years). Service was outstanding, calamari app was good. Dinner entree we chose was
Braised rib with beef reduction and an AMAZING mushroom sauce. We'd def come back again!

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3.0Dined on September 23, 2017

The service was outstanding but the food just okay.

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5.0Dined on September 17, 2017

Authentic Italian food in a cozy, inviting atmosphere. Great friendly service and easy to make a reservation.

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2017

Intimate atmosphere. Good for a dinner date or any special event. Wait staff friendly and attentive. I recently tried their Tortellacci, which was delicious, you can tell the pasta is homemade. My favorite has to be their 50 layer lasagna. If you want authentic Italian food, look no further.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

When you walk in you are greeted by delightful aromas.
Portions large. Best expresso and canoli I have had in years.

Off the beaten path but worth the deviation for a great meal.
Do not be put-off by strip mall location.l Inside is another world.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2017

Wonderful dining experience. Great food and terrific service! Always a pleasure dining at Luca's.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at Luca's. The calamari was the best we have had in years. Very fresh, lightly dusted in a rice flour and perfectly cooked. The arugula salad was delicious. Finished with mussels in a red sauce over homemade pasta. Delicious! The bread that accompanied our meal was a true highlight. Polite and attentive service from Bill. This was our first visit, but it won't be our last!

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4.0Dined on July 6, 2017

Nice specials
Huge portions

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2017

The food was delicious and the servings were huge. An entree could easily serve 2. The menu was limited but definitely had some great options. Even the salad was big enough for 2. The Brasato was delicious, the 4 fishes special was great with the biggest prawn I'd ever seen. Our waiter was on top of our every request while giving us plenty of space/privacy. Great little spot with a great menu at great prices.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2017

It is always exciting to see what new items are on the menu at Luca's. The owner/chef is terrific at adding his own point of view to classic dishes and tonight he really outdid himself. He has a visiting Chef from Tuscany helping in the kitchen and she is also extremely talented but together they are a force of nature.

Swordfish Carpaccio was fantastic, with just a hint of citrus sweetness. A wild mushroom Lasagna was perfectly prepared and beautifully plated. Spinach salad with wine-poached pears was fresh and crisp. Cannelloni filled with cheese and chicken and was enough for another entire meal! Homemade gelato and a hazelnut tart completed our thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Luca's is truly a local gem, and my wife and I probably dine and/or entertain there six or eight times a year. The food has always exceeded our expectation and this weekend was no exception.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2017

I took my husband to Luca's for his birthday. The wait staff and the chef were warm and inviting. I loved the fresh homemade pasta with bolognese sauce. Super authentic and delicious. We cannot wait to go back and sample some of the chef's creative specialties which included infused pastas, seafood and steaks. The price was reasonable and a good value for what we received.

Great place with unique food. A gem!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2017

Amazing food and even more amazing service! We shall be back here!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2017

Great pasta - really a gem

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2017

Food was freshly made, great munu, staff was awesome. Nothing more to say

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2017

We went to Luca's for the first time last Saturday and the experience was fantastic. Our waiter, Brandan was attentive and had a good sense of humor! The portions were huge and delicious. Definitely worth the money and can't wait to take my friends back for another meal.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2017

Went for Saturday dinner. Very attentive wait staff. Excellent food. Only downside was the small selection of gluten free entree options. The menu was recently redone. Good selections. Lots of specials. First time we've seen it nearly full.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2017

This is by far the most under rated place with a radius of 10 square miles without a doubt. Great food prepared by a chef who could easily run a Michelin stared place.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

What a wonderful experience! The food was absolutely outstanding and the service was impeccable. A bit pricey but our meals were worth every penny. Can't say enough great things about Luca's!

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

We went to Luca's for the first time this weekend. It was by far, thee best Italian restaurant I have ever been to (and I'm Italian!). I have lived in the area over 10 years and I never heard about it until now. It is very hidden. Don't pass on it just because it's in a strip mall. It deserves to be in it's own elaborate upscale building. It is the most authentic Italian food you will find anywhere. The portions were huge enough for 3-4 people! The prices are high but given how much leftovers you take home, it's not bad. The quality of the food is top-notch and very fresh! You can tell the chef really puts a lot of pride into each and every dish! Even the bread was hot and homemade. We had appetizers, entrees, salad, and dessert! Every bite was amazing. I can't say enough about this place. It puts other so called Italian restaraunts to shame! I do agree with other reviewers, don't expect to go there if you are in a rush. It took us 1 hour and 45 minutes for just the 2 of us and there were no other people there the entire time. But that is only because everything is being freshly cooked while you wait. Definitely worth it!! We will absolutely be coming here again and again!

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2017

The dishes are uniquely crafted for all different tastes. Loved the homemade pasta and the fresh mozzarella! Servers were attentive and kind. Authentic Italian with a twist of culinary creativity! Must try!!

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4.0Dined on January 15, 2017

Excellent service. Huge portions. Homemade pasta was very good.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2017

Luca's has long been a favorite of ours. He has an interesting approach to Italian cuisine and we love fresh pasta, which they make daily. Tonight 6 of use got together and had a fantastic evening. Out waiter, Bill, paid careful attention, and the kitchen was really on their game. Most enjoyed: the grilled Radicchio salad, which was smokey and crisp. They had two Lasagne specials, one with short ribs, one a seven cheese version, and both were perfect. My wife thoroughly enjoyed Grouper, and one of our friends devoured a seafood quartet over squid-ink infused pasta. I somehow talked myself into a Hazelnut tart for dessert, which was dense and flavorful. Luca's seldom disappoints but tonight they really gave us their best.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2016

Food exceptional. One is in for a treat by going to this restaurant. It is worth ones time going there.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2016

The best Italian food in all of Hunterdon County!! The Sunday Ragu is out of this world!! We had seven fishes for Christmas Eve. It was incredible!!

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2016

Great as always! Food is great! New offerings! Just don't be in a rush. One of our favorite places.

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5.0Dined on December 6, 2016

Delightful surprise a few former colleagues were looking for a mid point to meet for lunch. Staff was very accommodating, we spent a good part of our time there catching up and never felt rushed. Our meal was plentiful,so much so that we each took plenty home. Love to support local neighborhood restaurants like Luca.

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2016

Loved the ambiance! Service was prompt and helpful. We lingered over dinner but they didn't rush us. All our entrees were delicious. We will go back there again.
Thank you!

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4.0Dined on October 29, 2016

Luca's continues to evolve. Owner/Chef Luca has always been a scholar when it comes to preparing a unique approach to fine Italian food. Tonight specials were outstanding and it was very difficult for us to narrow it down to just two entrées. 50 layer lasagna with short ribs was outstanding and enough for two people. Beet ravioli with Ricota filling was absolutely the freshest Pasta. The fried calamari was delicious. And my wife's pear and spinach salad was terrific, albeit a little overdressed. Homemade gelato rounded out desert. It was a terrific evening the food was outstanding and we look forward to our next visit to Luca's.

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2016

Very cute atmosphere. Loved the food and decor. Went for lunch and it was quiet and nice. Nice surprise for the first visit.

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5.0Dined on September 18, 2016

What a surprise in NJ. Great food and certainly more than enough for two.

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5.0Dined on September 7, 2016

I can't say enough about the fresh ingredients they use. The specials are always unique and worth a try. The portions are on the large size so you'll be going home with leftovers for tomorrow's lunch or dinner. The ambiance is simple and quiet but upscale. You can bring your own bottle or order from their wine list. We'll defiantly be going back.

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