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Permanently Closed - LUCCA

4.1
589 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch

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This restaurant is permanently closed. A Euro bistro & wine bar where casual friendliness meets chic, big-city elements. LUCCA features seasonal high-quality ingredients that are free-range, hormone-free meats & locally grown organic produce.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, European, Organic
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Hours of operation


Breakfast: Saturday - Sunday: 9:00am - 12:00pm;
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am-2:00pm;
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(949) 725-1773
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Cathy Pavlos
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Sand Canyon
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.0
service
3.9
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on February 6, 2017

SO SAD LUCCA IS CLOSING :( REALLY ENJOY THIS RESTAURANT AND THEIR COMMITMENT TO QUALITY FOOD AND SERVICE. VERY POPULAR WITH MY FRIENDS AND ASSOCIATES - VERY SAD. CAN NO LONGER RECOMMEND BECAUSE IT WONT BE THERE.

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2017

My girlfriend and I enjoyed brunch on Sunday after church. The restaurant was not very crowded and the offerings varied from a traditional breakfast to brunch options and to traditional lunch options.

The menu was a little confusing but we managed to sift through it and make some substitutions and arrive at a very satisfying meal. It is definitely a good option for Saturday or Sunday brunch.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2017

Lucca's has been consistantly good for breakfast, lunch and dinner since their opening. It is a somewhat hidden gem in South Orange County, but worth the effort to find.

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2.0Dined on January 14, 2017

Frankly and surprisingly disappointed in lunch today. Menu was very limited. We eat had both gluten free and dairy free needs for a guest. Only soup available had gluten so no soup. Pretty much salads were it that fit, and we love salads. When my guest asked if she could omit cheese and just add some garbanzo beans as in another salad, they wanted to charge extra! We replied cheese is more expensive than beans. Please send the manager over if you are going to charge more. They then said fine. My salad had hardly any roasted butternut squash and an overload of dried cranberries and too much cheese, which i eat little of. Overall disappointing. We also asked for a quiet non busy corner so we could talk, and were seated in a great spot. They then sat a noisy group of 5 next to us. We paid the check and finished outside on the patio. Don't plan on going back. Ate there in the past with better overall satisfaction and food, but not what it used to be.

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5.0Dined on January 8, 2017

Amazing food and service. You feel good after eating here, the food is so clean, no oil or fat. It's like eating at Grandmas, the food is delicious and healthy!

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3.0Dined on January 8, 2017

We have eaten here many times and this was the first time that service was either slow
or just plain awful.
Had to leave table to hunt for waiter...glasses never re-filled, orders and food came very
slowly. Meals delivered five minutes apart...etc...
Bad night at Lucca's.
This is not the norm but made for a less than enjoyable time...and we were entertaining
friends.

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2016

It was NY eve. 6:30pm. Server was surly from the beginning. I asked to taste the Bolognese sauce and was told that "everything is prepared to order so I'm not sure that is possible". Bolognese is not prepared when ordered - it is pre-made. I was provided with a taste and it was good so I ordered a plate of spaghetti and the ragu. Together - very ordinary. No offer of cheese to top the meal. Asked for water once - never came. Not crowded, so I am unsure why server was so slow to react. Perhaps she desired to have the evening off. Note - the cabinets in the entryway house ceramics and wines. The tops of the glass cabinet - about 15 feet long - I do not beliee has been dusted or cleaned for years. We sat on the other side of this cabinet and my view was directly looking at the down lights over each cabinet's dirty glass. Unappealing for a diner. Place needs help. I would call this a "fake" Italian restaurant.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Cinnebuns were great. Service was on the slow side though

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2016

Everything was great except..... Provide cushions for chairs. The center of the seats are lower than the metal frame, cutting off circulation to my legs.

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3.0Dined on December 22, 2016

I have been here a couple of times before so decided to organize a lunch for co-workers. Unfortunately it was just too noisy and we were seated on the patio so it was difficult to converse. Was very busy and had trouble getting waiter's attention although he was trying as hard as he could. Food was great, just wish the overall experience was a bit more organized.

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4.0Dined on December 13, 2016

What a wonderful surprise Lucca was. We went there before picking up our daughter at her company's christmas party. The menu had some wonderful selections for us to choose from and we ate every bite! The wine choice was superb and the service as well. Not to be missed if you are in the area!

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4.0Dined on December 13, 2016

Very limited menu and slow service. But when the food arrives it is great.

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3.0Dined on December 10, 2016

I had recommended this restaurant for a friend get-together based upon going there for lunch with clients in the past. The food, as I remembered, was very good but the atmosphere was not as I had hoped. We were situated at a table near the pathway to kitchen and restrooms. The chairs were not comfortable and there was no real holiday feel to the restaurant at all. The lighting was too bright (one of my bugaboos) and it was just very casual storefront style with finer dining prices. I will probably go back for lunch but disappointing dinner location in my opinion.

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1.0Dined on December 9, 2016

No menus
Brought appetizer after main course
Said "sorry, but we have a big party also going on"
Mediocre food
Nice ambience
Server was overwhelmed
Did not comp dessert and should have
Manager MIA

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2016

We have been coming to Lucca's since it opened. We loved seeing Kathy she was always so friendly. The food it just wonderful. We love coming here.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2016

One of our favorite restaurants. Food is wonderful and service is always great.

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5.0Dined on December 5, 2016

Delicious and our server was very attentive!

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5.0Dined on December 4, 2016

Great food and great customer service ! Highly recommend !

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5.0Dined on November 29, 2016

As always, Lucca delivers! The service is always impeccable and the food is wonderful!

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5.0Dined on November 28, 2016

Always a good choice for lunch with a friend or work colleague. Courteous and knowledgeable staff. Reservations are recommended. Have been countless times and ordered something new for me, their portobello grilled cheese sandwich & side salad. Heavenly!

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4.0Dined on November 20, 2016

We just happened upon this restaurant when another was closed. However, I am thrilled the other restaurant was closed as this was wonderful. We had great salads, generous portion and the service was excellent.

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3.0Dined on November 15, 2016

Italian restaurant without bread nor olive oil and the food is not that great and yet the price higher than high end restaurant. Maggiano's in Costa Mesa even have better price than this. The service is not that great either. Overall is okay but def. I'm not coming back.

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5.0Dined on November 9, 2016

Always nice and friendly.
Great food and enjoying.

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2016

One of those little restaurants that is unique. Comfortable and nice. Interesting selection of food. I had the Extra Large Ravioli's and LOVED them. I'm not a bread pudding person, but ended up splitting it for dessert...FABULOUS.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2016

Took friends to Lucca for their first time to celebrate a birthday and wedding anniversary. As always, my dinner was excellent, and my friends can't wait to go back. Mario, our waiter, was delightful and kept refilling our toast and delicious tapenade at our request several times. Love, love, love the Short Rib Bordelaise pasta!

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2016

It is an absolute pleasure to dine at this unpretentious restaurant. The elegance of dinning at a restaurant for the superb taste & quality of the food is a delight and I highly recommend this restaurant to my friends & relatives.

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3.0Dined on October 22, 2016

This was our 2nd time eating at Lucca. First time, the food was very good. This time, I got the Mahi Mahi...around $27. WAY overpriced for a bland fish. Only at half. Not very good. Bland.
Cheese platter was good though. And the Lucca salad was simple and very small, considering the price we paid for that. Will not come back. Way too many other good restaurants in OC.
Waiter was nice, but service was slow, considering there were only 4 other tables occupied at the time we were there.

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3.0Dined on October 9, 2016

I've been disappointed the last three times I've gone for brunch. Dishes come out cold, not at the same time, and service is not great. The waiters/waitresses are very nice, just not focused or something. I may try for dinner again, but not brunch.

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2016

Awesome list of small plates!!! Great food, everything was tasty.

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4.0Dined on September 29, 2016

This was my fifth visit to Lucca and it has always been an opportunity I looked forward to. The last visit we encountered a very busy lunch hour and not enough wait staff to handle it. We were ignored then rushed as time went by. I suspect this was an unusual day for the cafe but could have been managed better. Food as always did not disappoint.

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4.0Dined on September 28, 2016

Met friends for dinner. Food was excellent. I had the Salmon, others had the hamburger , sausage and peppers. Service was not what I would expect at Luccas. Have eaten their in the past and it was much better. Had to ask for water a couple of times. Won't prevent us from going back.

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4.0Dined on September 16, 2016

Really wonderful Mediterranean food. Very creative dishes. Servers know food and are very helpful. Patio dining is lovely, but really uncomfortable chairs!

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4.0Dined on September 16, 2016

Another great meal at Lucca! Food is good (try the short rib with egg noodles), servers are friendly and attentive, outside patio is a great spot but acoustics in the indoor seating area are extremely loud so we always prefer to sit outside. Don't let the fact you have a view of Albertans and a gas station put you off - the food will overcome the location!

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4.0Dined on September 14, 2016

Very good food. Really enjoyed the swordfish skewers but they were quite pricey for what I got.

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4.0Dined on September 10, 2016

The food was delicious and there was a notable wine list. We enjoyed our meal very much!

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2016

Lamb chops were fantastic!! And the donuts we amazing...we always come when in-laws are in town!

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4.0Dined on September 9, 2016

Love the cobb salad, it is always great! Great salad selection for lunch! I come here with many different people and they always enjoy it.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2016

Superb food with a lovely outdoor patio to sit on.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2016

The perfect place for a quick lunch with friends.

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2016

Very enjoyable experience. Good food and great service.

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