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Permanently Closed - Luca's Ristorante Flemington

4.3
145 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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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4.3  based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.6
service
4.1
ambience
3.9
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

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

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vipOkay (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 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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vipScottt (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 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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vipIdalucia (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined 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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vipGorgeousDecor (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 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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Gordo (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

The service was outstanding but the food just okay.

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AMB2013 (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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vipRichard (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 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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Mickey1 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on July 21, 2017

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

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vipNewToBucks (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined 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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Babbitt (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on July 6, 2017

Nice specials
Huge portions

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BFlats (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 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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vipGorgeousDecor (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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Suzanne537 (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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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