Lucca Back Bay

4.5
1683 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
From creators of the acclaimed North End restaurant, Lucca, Lucca Back Bay features upscale, regional, contemporary cuisine in Boston's Back Bay.
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New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant can always be counted on to deliver high quality food and great service. Their oyster preparation is special and the tagliatelle never disappoints!

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RL
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

It's been a year since we visited Lucca Back Bay and although the greeting and friendly staff seemed unchanged, the food quality was very poor. Everything was either over seasoned or of general poor quality. The Sulami appetizer was made up of poor quality meats and the accompaniments were best described as jar variety supermarket quality products.

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R
Miami
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places for dinner. Lisa is outstanding!

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SW
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The resturant was very nice and the wait staff were great. I got the rigatoni and it was amazing! Highly recommend.

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WM
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I had 9:15pm reservations this past Tuesday night. We were very impressed with our Justin, who was our waiter. He was very knowledgeable about the menu and he made us feel welcomed. It is evident that the Lucca has high standards for the appearance of the restaurant regardless of the time of day. We also liked that the TV’s were only at the bar.

The food was incredible! We had mussels and burrata for appetizers; rigatoni and linguini for entrees. The food was fresh and had the perfect amount of seasoning. We will certainly make another visit. I highly recommend Lucca Back Bay if you are looking for a quiet, clean restaurant with good food!

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

Good food. Service is excellent!

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DI
New England
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Lucca several times and it never disappoints. The food is as good as it is creative, servers are attentive and informative, and the room is lovely. A bit overpriced, but to be honest, it's the best restaurant in its class for the area.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very pretty interior, excellent food, good service. It was a last-minute decision because it was close to the hotel but we were very pleased with the experience and I would recommend it.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Wonderful food. Good wine. All around good experience.

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S
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After the wedding party, wonderful dinner with my niece and her husband.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

The good was overpriced and not good. I had the linguini. It was spicy and rather dry. My wife shared it and has the same reaction. Can't you do a simply linguini in clam sauce for $20 and call it a day. I can do a better job at home than what I had. My part of 3 also didn't seem to like what they ordered. I suggest a new chef and keeping it very simple.

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KM
New England
12 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Nice place, 2 of the three meals were fantastic . One, the fish was dry and cold. The service was excellent.
Would return.

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JB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Lucca, and we've been enjoying the experience for days since then. The service was excellent, but the food and the beverages were even better. One always hopes that a fine restaurant will provide you with new taste experiences - like the lamb carpaccio appetizer. But when a common coastal dish, like seared sea scallops, not only respects the freshness and sweetness of the "meat" itself, but also enhances it such with seasonings and accompaniments then the choice seems like a "discovery." Although we no longer travel to Boston as often as we used to, we'll certainly put Lucca at the top of our dining list the next time we return.

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b
New England
64 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was excellent. Drinks were good, nothing out of the ordinary. The deserts were also very good. The restaurant is a little pricey for the type of food served so I can’t give it a five star value. If you are looking for giant Italian style portions, this is not the place for you. I think it’s great for a special occasion or date.

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PL
Denver
59 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is high end and good. Room and service lovely
But why have they switched to a doughy squishy white bread for the bread in this supposedly Italian restaurant- it is truly awful and to serve it with this bizarre idea of fusion- Indian spices in excellent olive oil is beyond me. Ruins the spices and the olive oil- this is not fusion- it is a culinary abomination at a place with delicious food otherwise

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and friendly staff.

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JP
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Poor service!
Bread was terrible.
Wife liked the fresh pasta
My dishes were over-spiced so I couldn't taste the mussels or the spinach
It was very loud and impossible to have a conversation. The floor needs a carpet to dampen the sound.

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F
New England
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, nice presentation- very nice service. However the noise level is very loud

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S
New England
24 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good and service was attentive. I was bringing family there for the first time for a family celebration. Our reservation was for 6 p.m. and our orders were placed by 6:30. I was disappointed to find out that the special for the evening, Swordfish, was no longer available. Two of my party had ordered it. I could have understood this if our reservation had been much later but not at 6:30. It didn't make any sense.

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p
New England
48 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a pre pops dinner celebrating my birthday. Very nice menu. Really enjoyed the calimari done very well but differently than most restaurants. It would be enough to make go back. Had the salmon very tasty and done well. A very nice restaurant that won’t cost you a ton of money unlike many of the more notable back bay restaurants whose menu and experience leave you wanting.

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CT
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Calamari in spicy tomato broth was a great start. Rigatoni w beef-pork-veal ragu was excellent. Very good wines by the glass and cocktails.

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Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Terrible experience. Worst evening we have had in a long time. We arrived at 6pm (party of six) prior to an 8pm Symphony performance. We ordered promptly. We advised the server of our timing. The appetizers arrived promptly (and were excellent). We waited for entrees - no food. More time passed - no food. We checked with our waiter and were told "coming right away." We waited some more - no food. We checked with our waiter again and were told "coming right away." We waited even more - no food. And no one was doing anything to address the issue. We finally went to the host stand to find the manager. We continued to wait - still no food. Our dinners finally arrived about 7:25 (more than an hour after we ordered). The restaurant was less than half full so there was no real excuse for such a delay. And to make matters worse, two of our fish entrees were barely cooked and not edible. We shared the food we did have, rush through dinner eating as fast as we could, and left hungry and very disappointed with the service and the food.

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BB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Very slow. Uncomfortably slow. Food was amazing when it came though.

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This meal was wonderful. Service was impeccable and food was delicious. I would recommend this without hesitation.

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FA
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

The food is good but not extraordinary. However, if you are there to have a slow paced meal and conversation, you won't be able to do that. It's too loud. I do not know if it's because of the high ceilings (and the propagation of sound), but it was very difficult for us to integrate everyone in a conversation. Also, they have huge tables so we were far from each other. But what annoyed me the most was that they included the 20% gratuity in the check but did not let us know about it, so many of us double tipped unknowingly. That is not ok. They should let customers know in advance so if we want to tip more or less, then it's our choice. I won't be coming back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Food was mediocre. Especially for the price.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good, service was very good, and the ambience is very nice.
We look forward to returning.

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SS
New England
19 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice evening, beginning with the gracious host seating us at a nice table. The food was very good, and service was great.

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k
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server and his team were attentive , pleasant. The mains, starters and cocktails were among the best.
Read the menu and imagine each item done perfectly, that's Lucca. There are some surprises too. Comfortable dining room, that is more traditional than trendy, but with good spacing of tables. Our new favorite. A stand-out for quality and consistency.

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RD
New England
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I liked everything about Lucca except for the cocktail. I had a gin martini, but as my guest remarked, it was "not a generous pour." The martini glass was probably a 10 oz glass and it was only slightly over half full. I had to order a second (which came more generously poured), rather than order wine.
The rest of the meal was fine.
The oysters were good and fresh, though I would have preferred them "not dressed."
The salad I had was the best of what I had served.
The main course was good, but not very remarkable (salmon I think).
The dessert was very good and creative.

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PD
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service--server told us about the location where the scallops(Dennis) were harvested. He was perfect with the wine pouring--750ml seemed like plenty of wine...our glasses were always just right without feeling rushed or neglected. The swordfish special was transcendent (very tasty), as were the pork and the gnocchi. The coffee was incredibly good--I regretted having to go to the theater and NOT have another cup. All around a very pleasant dinner.

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TW
New England
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Beautiful space, adequate service, decent food, but not nearly what is should be for the price.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

This was my second visit to this location. This first time I went I thought it was expensive but the food was good - not outstanding but good. My husband and I have season tickets to the theatre, and this restaurant is a convenient dinner spot before a show. We agreed to meet another couple for dinner before going to a play, thinking we would have plenty of time. In fact, we arrived early and were seated but no menu or wine list was provided, and no water was poured until our friends arrived almost 15 minutes later. When the waiter delivered the menus, we told him we were going to a show. Then, we ordered a bottle of wine and one soda. After confusing the wine choice, we received our drinks 15 minutes later. Next, we tried to order our food but when asked about substitutions for items not liked, we were told items could only be taken away, not substituted. For a restaurant this expensive, this is inexcusable, particularly when sides are available for purchase. As with the first time, the food was good, not great, once it arrived. Because it took so long to get our drinks and meals, we didn’t have time for dessert. In fact, we were late to the play and could not be seated in our main floor seats. Bottom line, we felt we were in Siberia from a service standpoint - no sense of urgency or desire to ensure we had a good dining experience. On top of it all, the restaurant did not acknowledge my Open Table reservation! Given the cost. I will search for a more enjoyable experience elsewhere.

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RD
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant, tasty food, impeccable service, and great ambience. We will be back for another visit

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DM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was fantastic. The food was amazing and the wine selection was good. Definitely pricey, so it is a place for a special occasion, but we definitely would go back.

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b
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

Food was cold, service was horrendous. Would not recommend.

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JS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and wine pairing suggestions!

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S
New England
10 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The food was overpriced and the service was awful. Our cocktail order was delayed. The waitress forgot to replace our silverware after the first course. It took three requests to get grated cheese. She did not keep an eye on refilling our glasses with wine or water.

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SK
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great modern Italian food. The service was friendly and attentive.

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M
New England
22 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Very expensive for the food quality. My swordfish was way over cooked. Starter salad selection was not great. Wines very overpriced.

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