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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:
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

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

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (20)
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Neighborhood Gem (15)
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Authentic (11)
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 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 2011

Everything we had was excellent! Oysters were delicious; Heirloom tomato salad outstanding; Steak special done to perfection. Expensive but worth it. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2011

We went to Lucca Back Bay with our family during Parent's weekend at a local college. It was upscale and the atmosphere was very beautiful inside. Situated right on Huntington Avenue in Back Bay very close to the high end stores in the mall, we appreciated the valet parking, and were ushered right inside to our table. The wine list, although we didn't drink, was extensive. The appetizers were unusual from a cold potato leek soup to a standard Cesar salad, and the menu was described both in Italian as well as English. The entrees were delicious, from the tagliatelle with lobster to the pork and sirloin, all prepared beautifully. The desserts were especially delicious so leave room. Service impeccable. A beautiful experience!

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2011

Exceptionally good food; interesting without being fussy and overly elaborate.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 28, 2011

This was my third visit to Lucca Back Bay, Each time the service has been attentive, the food excellent and the ambiance conducive to an enjoyable dining experience. I expect to return the next time I am in Boston.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2011

We had a group of 9, which they accomodated beautifully. Excellent service and wine list. Great evening.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2011

Celebrated my birthday here with a group of 8. Service was unobtrusive but always there right as you needed something. Pleasing 8 different palates isn't easy, but Lucca Back Bay delivered!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on September 10, 2011

Great food, service! Excellent choice post shopping!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Naples)·Dined on September 9, 2011

We love Lucca's in the North End, and since our hotel was in the back bay we thought we would give Lucca's back bay a try. Colors are brown inside making it dark, but we thought it looked cool. Noise level was a bit high, the high ceilings causing this I think. Our appetizer order came to our table a little mixed up but was remedied fairly quickly. The calamari appetizer was fantastic. The caesar salad needed a little something. The salmon was cooked perfectly and the cavatelli were homemade and delicious. Ask for the price fixe menu, for $37 worth it for the three courses. Would go back again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on August 31, 2011

We were a party of 4, and the service was quite good but a bit officious, and we got off to a good start. The appetizers were excellent, and the server was good enough to split the salad in the kitchen. They had run out of our first wine choice, but were willing to substitute a slightly more expensive bottle. Good service technique. Entrees were tasty, and everything prepared well. The location has been home to many restaurants in the past, and I am afraid that this will not last a long time - just because of the location. The dinner was very good, just not particularly memorable. $200 for 4 incl $38 wine.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 25, 2011

Delicious, authentic Tuscan food with the Boston seafood touch, extensive menu, portions are a good size so you can enjoy 3 courses, great ambience, waiters with personality. After the first visit, I couldn't wait to go back two weeks later!

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 (New England)·Dined on August 25, 2011

very good food, nice ambiance. they messed up my appetizer, but brought the new one out right away and were very apologetic.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 24, 2011

Went to Lucca on a date and was very pleased. The setting is elegant and romantic. I ordered a salmon dish and it was so buttery and delicious. I was very happy with all of the food we ordered. The drinks were strong and the waitress was extremely polite and helpful. Overall a pricy place but definitely worth it.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on August 24, 2011

The calamari was fantastic, it was wonderful to have it not fried for a change. The inside is beautiful with the high ceilings. The restaurant was a bit noisy but was overall wonderful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on August 24, 2011

I expected something reminiscent of Lucca North End, but what I got was an industrial-feeling restaurant fit for company parties/functions. Good food, and good service until I was reprimanded by the waitress for my choice of a red wine with a "white wine dish." Don't tell me what kind of wine I want with my food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on August 19, 2011

Main courses were very good but desserts were too ordinary.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 17, 2011

Went for restaurant week - the menu had good diversity, was well priced and highlighted just how good their kitchen is. The gnocchi was especially good - close to being some of the best I've tasted in Boston. Thoroughly recommended.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 17, 2011

Best restaurant week menu ever! The menu had many choices from their regular menu with small surcharges. It was great to have additional options. Service was great, food and wine was wonderful. Good place for groups - the place can hold larger groups and you don't feel too crowded. Can't wait to go back again.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on August 16, 2011

Very noisy with larger group difficult to converse. Food was wonderful

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on August 16, 2011

The food at Lucca is innovative and extremely well-prepared. Lucca Back Bay is simply the best in Boston!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2011

This restaurant caters to conference goers and others whose corporate accounts cover the price. It is over-priced. The food is good, service good, and the location is very convenient for anyone staying near the Prudential Building in Boston.

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 (New England)·Dined on August 6, 2011

Ask for the pre fixe menu. At $37 including starter, entree, and dessert, a great value consiering the quality and amount. Best desserts in the Boston (sepcially the chocolate).

Tags: Late-night Find, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2011

My girlfriend and I went for her birthday and eveything was wonderful. I felt like I was dining upscale without the pressure. The service was happy fast and acomodating. I would definitely eat here again.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on July 23, 2011

Food was wonderful, however it took way too long to get our appetizer and meal. We were finally given a complimentary glass of wine. Not sure why the food was so slow, there weren't very many people dining that night.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 23, 2011

Wow.. so disappointed as well. Asked for best table taken to back by kitchen. Annoyed waiter.... they knew special celebration, nothing not even a small regard of bite size cake or candle for birthday anniversry. Can't believe this was suggested on OpenTable. Very disappointed and spent $140 for two.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 18, 2011

The Bolognese was excellent! Lovely restaurant that was quiet and comfortable. But the service was confused and delayed. 25 minutes for our drinks to be delivered. After another 20 minutes we asked about our appetizer. Server said she had just been notified that it was ready, but our entree was delivered instead with no appetizer.

To their credit, they immediately agreed to package our appetizer (excellent beef carpaccio) so we could have it as a late night snack later. Then they comp'd the appetizer and gave us a comp'd dessert. They also allowed us, without hesitation, to split the appetizer so, overall, they did well except for the 45 minute wait.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 13, 2011

I have always had an amazing experince at both locations, I tend to favor Lucca Back Bay. Took my wife for her bithday and front start to finish it was a perfect 10!!! I am in the restuarant buiness and I was blown away by the food. The staff was very gracious and professional. I recomend this restaurant all the time and look forward to dining there agian.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2011

Had the gnochi and chicken entree half-portion as an appetizer and scallops. Both were well executed but not terribly inventive. It was a good meal and the restaurant is fairy priced for the quality and location. Nothing really knocked my socks off. Energy level in the dining room was just a tad lower than ideal.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 8, 2011

Each one of the 5 of us enjoyed our dinners. Pasta with lobster had a ton of lobster. Fish was fresh and cooked perfectly. The chocolate budino is worth a visit by itself!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on June 25, 2011

while the dinner entrees and salads was tasty and well prepared (especially the pasta primavera and bolognese), the cocktails and dessert were honestly really bad. The cocktails were not as described and felt very off balanced.. we had to send the sangria back and the gimlet and grapefruit/cranberry cocktail were really tough to swallow. And the chocolate pudding was akin to Swiss Miss pudding.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 15, 2011

Restaurant was dark, not in a nice ambience way, but more cave like. everything was brown.

Server was uninformed, but pleasant enough.

maitre'd, while pleasant and showed the table some attention, was dressed as if he had just come shopping from the mall.

menu was limited, ordered 6 items, all were fair. The cheese course was the star of the table. excellent course.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2011

I thought my meal was fantastic and the service was exceptional. Never had to ask for my water to be filled and didn't get the feeling of being rushed out while we finished catching up with our friends... even after we paid the check. We would definitely come back and recommend this restaurant to friends.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2011

Very helpful with accommodating a reservation for 6, before the Pops on a college reunion night.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 28, 2011

Food was good; however our service was terrible. Our waitress forgot to bring our first course of oysters and then brought us the wring bill which was not corrected until after we had paid. Despite me telling the restaurant it was my husbands birthday there was no attention to detail or anything to make the night special. No energy or vibe in the dining room or bar. We will not be back.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 22, 2011

Table not ready on time. Ordered a martini with olives. The only olives available were jalapeno-stuffed. Kinda tasty, but what if I didn't want jalapenos to dominate my cocktail? Wine chosen was not available, had to settle for another. Main problem was the entrees. Took 45 minutes between first and second courses. One dish was lamb ordered medium but arrived bloody rare. One was a chicken dish with virtually nothing else on the plate. We searched high and low for the advertised mushrooms, but they were either tiny or evasive. No apology for the late entrees until the waiter brought two unrequested desserts to appease us. He did not ask what dessert we wanted - never even gave us any choice. Overall, was just as bad as we had heard.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 22, 2011

We went there for my daughter's college graduation with the family and it could not have been better! Every dish was beyond delucious! Everyone was happy!

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 (Manitoba)·Dined on May 21, 2011

Had a great Steak , and a bottle of Tolaini wine, that was outstanding !!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (New England)·Dined on May 19, 2011

Excellent choice for dinner before a performance of Boston Pops.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2011

Second version of original North End Italian but much, much less of a tourist trap. Excellent food (tagliatelle with lobster is exceptional) with extensive but very reasonable wine list. Modern,sleek digs with soaring ceiling not very conducive to intimate conversation but tables nicely spaced. A definite destination in the Back Bay

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2011

I LIVE IN NEW YORK AND TRIED LUCCA ABOUT A YEAR AGO. LUCCA HAS BECOME MY #1 FAVORITE RESTAURANT IN BOSTON. I HAVE BEEN TO LUCCA SEVERAL TIMES WITH NO PROBLEMS. THIS TIME WAS NOT A GOOD EXPERIENCE OVERALL. I HAD TO WAIT 15 MINUTES AND GO UP TO THE HOSTESS IN ORDER TO GET A WAITRESS TO COME OVER TO THE TABLE AND EVEN THEN I HAD TO WAIT ANOTHER 5 MINUTES. I COME THERE ESPECIALLY LOVE THE RICOTTA CAVATELLI DISH BUT TO MY DISAPPOINTMENT IT WAS NOT ON THE MENU THIS TIME. I HAD ASKED IF THEY COULD MAKE IT FOR ME BEING I COME FROM NEW YORK FOR THIS DISH...THE WAITRESS CAME BACK AND SAID NO. NOT ACCOMMODATING AT ALL. NOT THAT I DESERVED SPECIAL TREATMENT BUT THERE WAS NOT EVEN ANY HELPFUL ALTERNATIVES. THE WAITRESS HAD NO PERSONALITY.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 14, 2011

Absolutely spectacular on all counts. Very creative food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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