Lucca Back Bay

4.6
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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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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great and very attentive to our table! She made great recommendations on the food and wine menu, and was very knowledgeable on their selections. They offered to plate our entrees on separate plates before we could even ask!

Aside from service, the food was spectacular and served timely so we didn’t feel rushed between appetizers and entrees.

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WayneW
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had planned to go to a concert, but that had been canceled at the last minute. We decided that we would go out and stretch out our “pre-concert” dinner at Lucca. The food was, as always, delicious and perfectly cooked. Our waiter (whose name I don’t remember) was wonderful: attentive, patient, knowledgeable, friendly and invisible until he suddenly knew when to appear... One on the best waiters I’ve met in some time. We had a great night and hope to be back soon.

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vipPaulR
New England
20 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice meal and very good service. Caesar Salad great as was Short Rib. Pork chop was dry. Booked an early reservation, so we could make the Bruins game. Had understood that Lucca was offering the Dine Out Boston special on the Saturday evening ... but no special menu was presented. Should have stayed in the North End where our hotel was located and around the corner from the Garden. I am curious if I am mistaken about the Dine Out special being offered by Lucca Back Bay on Saturday, March 7, or if they neglected to present this menu.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food3service3ambience5

I would’ve like upstairs so my guest could be in a room

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JustineO
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good Italian restaurant close to BSO/Jordan Hall. Salad, soup & pasta bolognese were good. Did not enjoy one of our ice cream desserts and the server kindly removed it from our bill. Great service and ambience.

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vipBackBayer
New England
18 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food presented beautifully.

Our waiter, Juan, was superb and very attentive.

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vipTony
New York Area
278 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food here was surprisingly good. Even the green salad was delicious. The rolled chicken was tasty and fairly moist, as was the fish. The wine list was encompasses wide selections of new world and european, particularly italian wines.

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vipCoffeLover
New England
32 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was great except it was slightly chilly near the windows. The service was really very good.

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JayG
New England
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Disappointed in my meal. Prior experience at Lucca Back -Bay had been very good, but this time I was served a barely edible pork chop. It certainly was a satisfyingly large chop, but so overcooked I could barely cut it with a steak knife. I should have sent it back, but I don't like to make waves. Probably will go back again, but disappointed this time.

DB
vipDianaB
New England
37 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

reliably great service and entrees - the staff and management are incredibly professional and the restaurant always delivers a great evening

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SoniaG
New England
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

The food was splendid. We shared four appetizers and were very pleased with freshness of ingredients and ideas. For example, the calimari was not breaded and fried but rather served in a very nice red sauce. The salad was a pyramid of nicely sliced mixed dark greens, light greens and purple cabbage.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had reservations for a birthday dinner. Excellent experience!!
Started out with two great appetizers which were the gnocchis and salumi. For drinks, a couple bottles of an Italian wine as suggested by our waiter. Entrees ranged from filet, salmon, linguini with lobster and a chicken dish. All were excellent!! For dolci, we had an array of sweets that finished off a very nice Sunday night celebration

OT
OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was great. We had the ravioli and the rigatoni and both were excellent. Definitely recommend this place and will gladly visit again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and lovely surroundings. One of the best restaurant martinis I’ve had. Not that I drink a lot of martinis! Service is very good. Noise level not bad for a restaurant of its size. Look forward to going back.

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MadeleineC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner at Lucca. The rigatoni was delicious and tasted homemade, the lavender gimlet was excellent with fresh squeezed lemon and the service was impeccable. We will definitely be back!

PL
vipPickyL
Denver
76 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Always a nice place to have dinner before theater/symphony or just to have dinner.
Portions are huge and most split easily

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vipGreifenklau
New England
23 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is one of our regular places to go when in Boston. It is convenient to Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, and the Huntington Theater. The menu is highly imaginative and varied, and the quality is always excellent. The waitstaff is uniformly friendly and informative. Our waiter this time, César, was outstanding. I especially recommend the calamari appetizer and the salmon.

JM
JayM
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service, really good food.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lucca is our go to place for a special occasion! The food, the ambience, the service - everything is always so amazing and we always leave feeling so special!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and service!

MS
MaryS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely will recommend this restaurant and cant wait to visit again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Valentines Day very busy and poor attention from servers. Meal was not paced well, wine bottle stored away from the table and had empty wine glasses for 5 min. Missing silverware.

The quality of the food was great and setting is beautiful.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Freezing temp, food came out way too slowly and the food itself was very meh

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BethD
London
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal on Valentines day. Prix fix which we felt a bit restricting.
But delicious food! And very good service. Will definitely return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Was okay but definitely over priced, but they are in Back Bay. Would give the restaurant 3.5 stars overall.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
20 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy the food at Lucca, and this was no exception. My husband enjoyed the penne with bolognese for at least the 3rd time. i had the evening's special which was superb. Our waitperson was outstanding - she was a real professional - quietly served some of her other tables with no extraneous conversation, and also intuited that we can enjoy conversing about the food, drinks etc.
Lucca is one of our favorite places to dine before Theatre, Symphony or other things in the area.

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Kbernard
New England
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pleasant service and wonderful food. Visitors were in town from U.K. and able to enjoy great food in city with central location

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MeredithW
New England
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about this restaurant!! It was the perfect place to celebrate our son's 18th birthday! Thank you for making it special for him!

KB
vipKathleenB
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Perfect dinner pre-Huntington Theatre, as you can easily walk off dinner before the show! Best Desert!

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vipSomaC
New England
37 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food, but some items on the menu were not available; even some wine were not

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vipKate
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service was excellent, restaurant was not overly crowded, even for a Saturday night.

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Debra
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This one of the best meals I have had in a long time. The food was outstanding and the service was impeccable. Highly recommended, and we will be back.

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vipRegulardiner
New England
483 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous meal, and wonderful service. We were going to the BSO and had a friend visiting from out of town. This made for a special evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

One member of our party is a strict vegetarian, which was disclosed to our server, but his entree still ended up with pancetta in it. He didn’t realize it until he was more than halfway through the dish. He’s not one to make a fuss, so he didn’t complain. But it was a major mistake that embarrassed me, since I chose the restaurant. I later discovered that we were also overcharged on our bill, so I quietly pulled our server aside (away from our table) to mention both issues. He had to rerun my card to correct the overcharge, but I was disappointed he didn’t comp the entree that was supposed to be vegetarian. Overall, the food in general was not good enough for us to want to return in the future.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered two starters to share amongst four people and we chose the calamari and the salumi. Both were very delicious dishes and were the perfect size to share. The pasta dishes were a good portion size and the atmosphere was sophisticated but not too posh. Would highly recommend

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vipDebR
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, impeccable service. Nice to have valet at the door in this cold weather. Prices were a little higher than I remembered but overall excellent.

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vipplemo
New England
30 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great at Lucca Back Bay. Menu has good options and everything they prepare show the special talents of the kitchen. I usually get the seafood special entree, but got the lobster with tagliatelle pasta and it was delicious.

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vipgaryt
New England
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wedding anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been coming here a lot for meals before concerts at Symphony Hall. Great food and service, staff always attentive to needs and timing.

K
Kate
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Wonderful experiance. Server was knowledgeable, food was very good and the decor lovely. My only comment is to ask ownership to give some thought to diners who enjoy a plant based diet. Salads and sides are often offered but it would be great if plant based patrons could enjoy the chefs and kitchens talents as much as other dining companions. I've enjoyed vegetable ravioli with out ricotta as a filling ingredient at other restaurants, something along those lines would be considerate and reflect a restaurant with Luccas sophistication.

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