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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.

116 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Contemporary Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner daily 5:00pm - 2:00am

Cross Street:
Garrison Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 247-2400

Website:
http://www.luccabackbay.com/

Parking Details:
Valet is offered for $21 per vehicle.

Public Transit:
Prudential or Copley on Green Line or Back Bay on Orange Line

Executive Chef:
Anthony Mazzotta

Additional:
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:
On Valentine's Day Lucca Back Bay Restaurant will exclusively be serving a $75.00 per person (not including tax and gratuity) pre-fixed menu until 10:00 PM. A limited Bar Menu will be served until 1:00 AM in the Bar and Lounge only.

Private Dining

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

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (39)
Special Occasion (33)
Creative Cuisine (29)
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Romantic (27)
Business Meals (25)
Good for Anniversaries (25)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Pre/post Theatre (24)
Good for Groups (23)
Notable Wine List (21)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Quiet Conversation (18)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Cozy (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Authentic (10)
Bar Seating (10)
Fun (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
People Watching (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Casual (3)
Healthy (3)
Seasonal (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Scenic View (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined 2 days ago

Always good food pretheater or symphony but portions are large— the servers are happy to divide
PickyL

Tags: Late-night Find, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Always a pleasure to dine at Lucca. Wish I lived in Boston so I could dine there daily.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Pork chop was the best I've ever had!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Nice place, but nothing that really stood out about it. Made me think of a place you might take a business contact. Food was quite tasty, service was professional. Server tried to up sell more than once (we narrowly avoided a $40 glass of Cabernet) but was pleasant enough about it.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I eat at Lucca Back Bay a few times a year when I'm in the area. I have always found it to be excellent! However, my most recent meal was disappointing. First, I asked for a pomegranate martini and they didn't have pomegranate juice so they made me a cosmo. That was an acceptable option, however, the cosmo was sour. When I told the server, he brought it back to the bar and returned it to me within seconds and it was clearly the same drink, I suspect with sugar added! My food was good but not as warm as it could have been. I did not send it back because I didn't want to ruin the evening by complaining a second time. I will give it another chance but, again, I expected better, especially for the $200 tab.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Girls night out for a birthday celebration. The waiter surprised us with a nice apple pie for the birthday friend. Nice place for a long chat over dinner. Mussels & calamaris were delicious. But the lobster soup was way too salty and it was the only choice for a really cold night. The entries are standard without much of wow factor. Will go again for a friends catch up!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Extraordinary food presented with style and elegance. Service was exceptional.
We love this restaurant.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I take my mother every year to Lucca's Back Bay when we go to Holiday at Pops. The food is always spectacular, and the service impeccable. The staff that greeted us were amazingly warm and welcoming, getting our coats and making sure we were comfortable at our table. Our server was friendly, had great timing on checking in, and was simply wonderful. I love treating my mother and she really looks forward to this meal. We come all the way from Cape Cod for the evening, so it is very special for her. My thanks to the staff, and the chefs, and can't wait to see you again next year.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Cozy, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Our table of five all thoroughly enjoyed our meals. The salads were delicious, and the cocktail choices were excellent. Our waitress could not have been more pleasant and the owner engaged us in fun conversation and showed an interest in how our evening went.
We loved our evening out!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great food but small portions. Service was excellent as well.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The four of us have had dinner at Lucca a number of times. Our experience Saturday was not great. We waited to order, waited for food....our server hardly acknowledged us. My major complaint was that our appetizer serving plates were left on the table for more than 20 minutes—the table is not very large and empty oyster platters, wooden salami boards, etc. made it difficult to even pick up a glass. We poured our own wine, and the server’s attitude about the vintage served being different than the vintage on the wine list was scoffed as immaterial.
And by the way charging $4.50 for filtered tap water is cheesy....after ther service, it added insult to injury.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Enjoyable dinner after a late afternoon concert at Symphony Hall. The dining room was busy but our waiter was attentive. We enjoyed a pasta dish and salmon - both nicely prepared.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 12, 2017

A favorite stop after a concert at Symphony Hall. Rather pricey, but wonderful food and service.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We went here for dinner prior to attending The Boston Pops at Symphony Hall. The valet service was speedy, the restaurant was packed but the staff knew we needed to make the show and got us a space upstairs. Excellent service and delicious food! I had the soup that has lobster in it. Amazing!!! They also made kid portions of pasta alfredo, fresh bread, great wine. Everyone was happy and friendly we encountered. I highly recommend!

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Downstairs was loud but we were seated upstairs and it was perfect! You could have a conversation without shouting.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

This is a regular event for me to bring friends to the Pops then dinner. Pops are great, dinner after splendid

Tags: Good for Groups, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Healthy, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We had dinner with friends - terrific meal - Halibut special was amazing. Terrific Sicilian wines. Calamari appetizer a gem

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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 (Miami)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Great food and a great beer and wine selection.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Had a lovely meal of the evening's special, roasted Halibut with roasted cauliflower and root veggies. Beautifully presented, accompanied by a wonderful South African Sauvignon Blanc. It was nicely lit for dinner and quiet, could carry on a conversation with my 'indoor voice'. Not rushed, leisurely pace, relaxed evening. The only (slight) hiccup was the server upselling appetizers and desserts after being politely informed that we were not interested. But, not enough of a hiccup to spoil the evening.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Went here for dinner after a show at the BSO. It's quite beautiful inside and the food and service were amazing. The noise level was very manageable, and we were able to carry on a conversation with a member of our party is who is deaf in one ear without difficulty (which can be hard to find in that neighborhood!). If you're a fan of beets, I strongly recommend getting the beet salad as an appetizer. Wonderful taste and textures and not so much that you fill up before your meal.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (New England)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We had a WONDERFUL night there after seeing a matinee show at the Huntington Theater. Everything was EXCEPTIONAL - the food, the cocktails, the service and the ambiance. Dinner there made for a very special night out.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Romantic, People Watching, Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 30, 2017

My friend and I were not very hungry so we each ordered two appetizers. The marinated raw oysters were out of this world. My friend ordered the soup of the day which was excellent. I ordered the beet salad which was delicious. The basket of fresh and warm bread came with a nice dip rather than your typical butter. I will definitely go back when I am more hungry.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

It was our 3rd time at this back bay locations and it was terrific as usual.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had a very nice meal at Lucca. The server was attentive and knowledgeable about the food and the wine. I had the halibut special and it was excellent, light and fresh. Hubby had the linguini shrimp, which was a little too spicy for his taste (but the menu did say spicy) We would definitely return to Lucca.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Wonderful meal and great service. We (family of 4) had a reservation at 5:30 which gave us plenty of time to eat and get to our 8:00 show (by Lyft) at the Shubert. Everyone loves their meals.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Food was good, service was fine.

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

exquisite & delicious food. Grade A service as well. A nice & convenient place for dinner before the going to the nearby symphony

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·Dined on November 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Organic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Outstanding late night dinning!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Very bad food and service. A great example of touristic scam restaurant.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was great and tasty. The portions were fair, but very good quality. The service was very nice as well. Great place for a nice night out in Boston.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Amazing service. Kind staff. Limited menu, but all option were delicious. Elegant dining experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Dinner before a show at the BSO.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We dine here frequently and the service last night was rather slow probably due to the busy night.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Sean an his team have the best restaurant in the Back Bay. Over the last five years I’ve frequented Lucca Back Bay a lot and have always had an exceptional experience. Rigatoni Bolognese is the best in the city!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Birthday- dessert with candle was complimentary

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