Lucca North End

4.6
2324 reviews
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Italian
Lucca has become one of the most talked about restaurants in Boston. Zagat survey named them, Best New Italian Restaurant and they won a coveted Best of Boston award for their elegant and lively bar. They are also the recipient of the Wine Spectator award of excellence with distinction. Whether you join them for a relaxing dining experience or a little later for cocktails and to sample their late night menu, you will be won over by Lucca's elegant charm and warm ambiance.
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New England
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our service from Mike was exceptional and the indoor/outdoor dining next to the open windows is truly a special experience to have on a mild night out in the north end! The scallops dish and veal special were out of this world!

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MG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you! This was Sunday night before Boston Marathon, so many runners were out getting their carbs. Made reservations weeks in advance. Everything was outstanding. Food was awesome. The people here work very hard. We were seated by the bar. So, yes it was noisy. Next time I would ask for the back room. Definitely will be back.

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Naples
23 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal and waiters

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Calamari was very bland

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B
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre marathon donner

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SS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Classic fare in a classic setting. Great place to be on a warm evening with the open windows!

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N
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous night at Lucca. Brought our friends from the Netherlands to dinner and experience the north end. Craig was an excellent server, the food was heavenly -especially the orecchiette, the meatballs and the tiramisu. The doors and windows were wide open to the beautiful evening. Atmosphere was so pleasant. Wine suggestion by the owner was delish!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner in the North End. Service was impeccable and food was near perfect.

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PM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! My Fav.

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CH
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Several people recommended Lucca to us, but we were disappointed. The restaurant was very crowded and they have tables in every space they can fit them. We were at an awkward two top and felt very in the way. Servers were constantly bumping into us trying to maneuver around the restaurant. It was extremely loud and difficult to hold conversation. The food was good, but it was not worth the hectic and loud atmosphere. The servers were running around frantically and needless to say our service wasn't the best, but I do not fault our server as I could tell he was overwhelmed. It took a long time to get a glass of wine and we waited quite some time for our food. I would go elsewhere next time.

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J
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would highly recommend Lucca's Restaurant at 226 Hanover St. in the North End.

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KB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal, excellent service make plans for it the next time in the North End.

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L
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was excellent. Very friendly and treated us like royalty. Food was amazing and the ambiance was excellent. Had an amazing dining experience.

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LC
New England
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always stellar, with some twists on the authentic Italian menu. The wait staff teamed up well to make sure we were taken care of throughout the meal. I especially love that they had Aglianico on the wine list - reminded me of our trip to Sorrento. Highly recommended if you're nearby.

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AF
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

So, our food was good - it wasn’t fantastic outstanding great ... but it was good.

The service started out good - attentive - took the drink orders and brought the drinks timely.
After that, we waited for 25 minutes ... no bread, no waiter, no service.
I asked for bread....
The waiter comes back to take the orders and the bread comes with the order.
My cappuccino never made it to the table or on the bill ( which in this case is probably a good thing...)
With all the places in Boston, I won’t be back to Lucca.
Very disappointing! Felt like we were a bit of a nuisance and not the customer ( this was just our waiter, the lady upstairs was very nice)

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JM
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Portions are too small for the prices. But fold and service was outstanding

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I was not ‘wowed’ at all by the food, my lobster was tough and chewy. The manager totally ignored me when asking my daughter if she wanted another drink. Never again.

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TG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our dining experience at Lucca --the staff gave us wonderful attention and every details was perfect. Highly recommend it!

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HH
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Bit on the expensive side but well worth it. Only complaint was, even at 9-10PM, noisy to the degree it was hard to hear the person across the table!

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall, a good North End spot. We waited quite a while for our drinks to come. But the waiter was friendly. Good food. Authentic Italian.

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ST
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Having consulted in fine dining for 5 yrs, I can say with confidence that our waiter does not understand his job. It is not enough to just write down an order and deliver food (which he also failed to do correctly). That kind is service I can get anywhere. What distinguishes a fine dining experience is a waiter who actually cares if you are enjoying the experience.
He started by rattling off what was obviously his opening monologue so fast we could barely understand the words he was saying. He ‘suggested’ a few things from the menu - all of which were the highest priced items- which made him untrustworthy. It was clear he wanted a high check average which came at the expense of caring whether we were happy. Are the staff gratuities based on their sales or on their actual tips?
Meatball, romaine + soup starters were all good except I asked the waiter specifically to bring meatballs first and then soup and salad which he didn’t do so our table was over crowded.
My husband and I both ordered pasta which was thick and overly chewy - more like a gnocchi texture than linguine- same with the rigatoni. The room was incredibly noisy (which happens ) and we were sitting two tables away from the front door so every time the door opened a huge cold draft came in. Get a curtain like every other restaurant with a draft issue.
One impressive thing: the hostess noticed our table was wobbly (something the waiter had not bothered to check prior to open) and came right over to fix the issue without us having to ask.
My conclusion is that the restaurant is busy all the time and has little incentive to make sure their waiters, on the front line of guest experience, are doing a good job worthy of the price point.
We won’t be going back.

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r
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best authentic italian food I have had in years. The valet parking, however, was a bit pricey on top of a nice price tag for a meal in the North End.

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HZ
New England
10 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Billy was an outstanding waiter as was the rest of your team, thank you for everything!!

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AH
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was beyond our expectations, from the atmosphere to the service to the food. We left full and very happy we chose Lucca for our anniversary dinner !

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice meal, great to get a last-minute reservation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food, as always good, but staff was a little too eager to remove plates. On more than one occasion we had to tell the staff we weren’t finished yet.

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A
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 3

The service was great but for the prices I didn't think the food was worth it. Portions were small and less than was expected. Didn't have much meat in the sauce :( and the bread was on the hard side by the time it made it to the table.

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible. We had the veal Osso Bucco and Filet. Both were outstanding. We stated with the Formaggio our only wish was that it was bigger.

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d
New England
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I think my friends would be disappointed with the service and portions. Expensive and small portions. I had the the lobster dish for $39 and it was hard to find the lobster. It just came with pasta. Also no one acknowledged us for 10 minutes. I had to ask for water, bread! The food was good but the rest was disappointing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, excellent food

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AV
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was my husband’s birthday and they came with a candle - very appreciative

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S
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service and good food overall would highly reccomend eating here

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food, was very loud and packed but have to expect this for the North End. The other dining room adds a little more of a quiet setting.

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DR
New England
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very good food, decent service during their busiest times, just a little too loud at times.

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SC
New England
27 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! The valet wasn't available due to some issues, but teh food is very good!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food. Terrific service. Quite loud.

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E
New England
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was good if you like salt (too salty, don't recommend if you have a blood pressure problem) and service were poor. We waited 50min for appetizers and if we didn't ask the reason, m sure we could wait for more. We were here for Dine Out, don't think I come back for a regular time. The manager apologized and made an extra discount because, but overall it is an average place.

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M
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was so attentive and really pleasant. Couldn’t of had better service! The food/drinks were exceptional. Buuuut there was a group of 5 that sat next to us and were SO loud to the point it was very obvious!

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J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food - we had the Salmon and Swordfish. Also had Calamari for an appetizer. All were perfectly cooked and flavorful. The vegetables that came with the Salmon were also amazing. The calamari wasn't fried, but sauteed, and it was different than the fried version, but also outstanding. A nice place for a date.

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CS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The lobster gnocchi was incredible. Scallops delightful. Great selection of wine.

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