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Permanently Closed - LUCCA

4.1
589 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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  • Fit for Foodies (709)
  • Great for Lunch (463)

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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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4.1  based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.0
service
3.9
ambience
3.7
value
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 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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vipGary (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 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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Chocoholic1 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
2.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 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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Roger (Orange County)
3.0  Dined 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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vipJim949 (Orange County)
3.0  Dined 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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vipGreg (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

Cinnebuns were great. Service was on the slow side though

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined 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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kkdm (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined 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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vipLizzie (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 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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BandC (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on December 13, 2016

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

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vipRevommended (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined 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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vipSurfer (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 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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