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About Lucca Back Bay
From creators of the acclaimed North End restaurant, Lucca, Lucca Back Bay features upscale, regional, contemporary cuisine in Boston's Back Bay.
Boston, MA 02116
Italian, Contemporary Italian
Hours of Operation:
Dinner daily 5:00pm - 2:00am
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet is offered for $21 per vehicle.
Prudential or Copley on Green Line or Back Bay on Orange Line
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Lucca Back Bay will open at 4:00 PM on Sunday, April 16th, 2017
Early reservations are still available through Open Table or 617.247.2400
Lucca Back Bay has three private dining rooms that can accommodate groups from ten to one hundred. We also have the ability to host cocktail receptions for up to two hundred.
Lucca Back Bay Ratings and Reviews
Lucca's is one of the best restaurants I've ever experienced (and I travel all over the world all the time). There was only one main I could eat (I'm a vegetarian), but it was outstanding. I also had an entree, which was fabulous. Three people ate with me, and all enthused about the food. Lucca's chef mixes ingredients that aren't normally seen together, and they work. Preparation of every dish was exquisite. Excellent beer and wine lists. This is a top rung restaurant, and the price is good for such an outstanding place. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed by Lucca's. Except maybe vegans.
I had the lobster tagliatelle, which I read about on their on-line menu, and I was looking forward to it so much from the description that I was practically drooling when I sat down to eat . Very disappointing experience. There were some clumps of chewy pasta in the dish that I almost choked on while trying to swallow - 4 attempts to gag the mass down. There was a serious dearth of lobster - I think I forked 4 reasonable-sized pieces; the rest was just a few shreds of lobster meat. It was also over-seasoned w/ tarragon to the point that I only ate about 4 bites (including the chewy mass I almost choked on) - I couldn't finish it bc of the over-seasoning and sense of too much fat in the dish overall - whether butter or oil; I couldn't tell. But too fatty so with each bite there was a greasy aftertaste.
The only good thing was that the portion size was perfect (for me) - about 1-1/2 - 2 cups of food (but $27 dollars for that??). More than that requires a doggy bag for a second meal, and I wasn't going to take that to the theater with me!
Service was great but my date had to wait way too long for his drink before dinner.
I love restaurants where you don’t have to raise your voice to talk to the person across the table. Lucca Back Bay was perfect. Quiet. Classy. Truly exceptional food. Impeccable service. The perfect restaurant for a special occasion or romantic meal. Highly recommended.
We were not disappointed by our 2nd time dining at Lucca Back Bay. The burrata appetizer was delicious - the olive & roasted pepper relish provided a perfect contrast of salty and tangy to the creamy burrata. My husband enjoyed the venison - sharing a bite with me, while I chose the swordfish special. Service was attentive with just the right combination of friendliness and leaving us to enjoy our pre-theatre conversation. We will definitely return.
Very average Italian. Pasta was good, but not spectacular. Sauces were over-savory (if that makes sense). I much prefer dishes where the chef has the confidence to rely on the quality of their pasta and not overdo the sauces. Simple simple simple. Would have liked to have seen a cacio e pepe done unforgettably well than these over-complex sauces.
This is a superb restaurant in the center of the happening scene in Boston ---Back Bay, Prudential, Copley Square. Tables far apart, quiet upscale dining room with amazing wait staff and food to match. It was exactly what we wanted and needed. I ordered venison! Thanks for a Superb dining experience.
We had a group of couples together for dinner before the Boston Speakers Series at Symphony Hall. We added a seventh person to our reserved table for six without a problem. The food was exceptional. I particularly liked the beet salad off the normal menu. I also had the Halibut special which was perfectly prepared and plated on one type of squash purée with another type of squash served alongside along with sautéed kale. Everyone else liked their food too. However, given that we communicated that we needed to leave by 7:45 when we sat down at 6:05, it was disconcerting that we did not get our entrées served until 7:20 following a delay after we finished the appetizers. I think the problem arose because the waiter used the conventional approach of drinks orders and then food orders, with the result being that the food orders were not out in soon enough to comfortably meet our schedule. The waiter knew timing was getting tight, but avoided us despite our efforts until he knew exactly when the food was coming.
2nd time there and opted for bar seating v. table. Bartender was friendly, attentive and funny! Can't recall his name (tall w/beard) but I've seen him at the North End location too. Enjoyed a couple beers and cocktails before having very tasty, large plump mussels..great flavor and the bread for enjoying the broth is really good. My wife had the crab arancini special, very good! Split a great caesar and the spicy linguine...perfect. Really enjoyed our experience there and loved sitting at the bar. Certainly miss the vibe/people watching of the NEnd locale, but this was perfect for what we were looking for. Will be back!
The poached pear salad was fantastic. The Burrata was fresh and delicious. The scallops could have had more flavor. The prosciutto was too overcooked and the pumpkin undercooked on the scallop dish. The restaurant atmosphere was inviting and the owner was charming. Overall we enjoyed it.
Everything about Lucca was exceptional. The setting itself is both convenient and beautifully appointed. Tables are spread out to allow for intimate conversations and that means the noise level is much lower than some comparable eateries. The service was impeccable — our server was helpful, giving recommendations about how to narrow down our choices and offering to split both entrees and appetizers so we were able to enjoy the menu more fully. And then there’s the food itself. Beautifully presented without being fussy, multi-layered flavors and textures — each bite was unbelievable. We had the hurray’s, the rigatoni and the semifreddo for dessert and all were unforgettable. A pleasure to recommend to others seeking delicious Italian cuisine.
The calamari appetizer and the beet salad were as good as it gets. My wife's halibut, a daily special, was perfectly cooked but a tad too salty. My pork chop was excellent, as were the accompanying slaw and sweet potato wedges. Service is very professional, with staff members constantly but unobtrusively circulating through the dining area. The tardiness of our wine to accompany the main courses was noticed by several staffers, and our server seem flustered after that. We've been here many times before, and we'll certainly be back.
I’ve been going to Lucca many times over the last 2 years, and I especially enjoy just sitting in the bar area having drinks and appetizers. The meatballs, calamari, arrancini and pizza of the day are always good. The service is great and I’m always greeted with smiles hugs by Lisa.
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