Lucca Back Bay

4.5
1668 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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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and friendly staff.

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JP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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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New England
23 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
1 review
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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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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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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PL
Denver
58 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always good food portions are much too big

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DB
New England
33 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great service and excellent meal with friends in advance of the Speaker Series. The staff is very friendly and professional. My friends and I always have a great time and Sean does a great job ensuring that the entire dinner party is happy with their meal and service.

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FG
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were returning to this restaurant after a prolonged absence due to dissatisfaction with the menu and food. Hence, we were pleasantly surprised when all the food from the gnocchi to the lobster pasta were excellently created, prepared, and presented. Of minor note was a very disappointing Caesar Salad. Although the wait staff was efficient, our waiter was less than knowledgeable on the menu and certainly not very friendly. The hosting staff, however, were very friendly, accommodating, and concerned for our care while in their restaurant. I found the cost high, but not necessarily by Boston standards where everything is outrageously priced - the reason why we don't visit, from the Cape, nearly as often as we used to. We miss our previously frequent overnight visits for concerts, plays, the museum, and just generally walking around a very pleasant city, but it's just not affordable in any season.

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l
New England
24 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pasta dishes were awesome. Service fantastic

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New England
21 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My go to place for out-of-town visitors, special occasions, and whenever I want a good meal.

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JK
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was quite good, service was attentive but not hovering, and ambiance was classy, yet not stuffy. My wife and I quite enjoyed a meal together out!

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Spent my birthday here & it was absolutely amazing!

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very nice restaurant, I would dine there again

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating running the Boston Marathon

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New Mexico
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Enjoyed our meal. Open table secured us a reservation during the busy Boston Marathon. We were seated in the entry pathway and our server was spread thin, as expected, given the crowds waiting for a seat.

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Chicago
97 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Local restaurant with an Italian flare. Excellent pasta. Service with a smile. Would definitely visit again.

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SM
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful and Full of Flavor! Would recommend to everyone!

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DM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Attentive without being overbearing.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good

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Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Waiter was catering to other tables because we did not drink, charges for fresh brewed tea and fountain pop refills, every other table was given bread baskets and we were given two pieces, waiter tried to say after the bill was brought out that he was trying to do something for the birthday noted on the reservation which seemed like an attempt to increase his tip since nothing was provided like dessert, overall not impressed with the overall experience, won’t say the food wasn’t good but the rest of the experience put a bad taste on the rest

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