Luce Ristorante E Enoteca

4.5
569 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
Founded in 2006, Luce is a local favorite featuring many traditional dishes. Flavors which often bring our guests back to their best memories of Italian specialties.



My goal for this restaurant to create a warm environment for all guests that is typical of a true Italian heritage.



Our menu consists of many Buonincontri family recipes and recipes brought back from travel to Italy.



Fresh fish, meats and produce expound throughout Luce's offerings and a focus on the finest ingredients are what make Luce special.



House made Gnocchi, Italian rice balls and homemade Mozzarella are just a few examples our passion for the finest Italian food.The word Enoteca means wine library. The walls of the entire restaurant are covered with wine bottles as you would expect books to cover the walls of a library. Wine is a very important part of an experience at Luce, with over 125 choices from our wine list available to you.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am- 2:00pm



Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(210) 561-9700
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Joseph Buonincontri
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Catering
Luce will cater your special event. Either pick up service or full off-site service is available.
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Cross street
IH10
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 569 People Are Saying
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San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined 19 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time to dine at Lucia and we certainly plan to return soon! We were greeted promptly by our server, Chris, who explained specials of the day, and guided us through the menu since this was our first visit. Chris explained more about the soups and salads upon our inquiry, and made very good recommendations for our meal, including our entrees. My wife had the Pollo Carciofi which was a balanced blend of chicken, artichokes, risotto and sauce; I had the Braciola alla Napoletana which was savory with a wonderful blend of meat, nuts, and raisins. The portions were abundant leading us to package half our entrees to enjoy later so we could enjoy dessert. For dessert we chose the Torta di Ricotta which was delicious; a cheesecake full of flavor without being too rich or filling.
We definitely want to return!

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San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Wine was on sale from $65 to $40, but in reality it was only a $14 retail bottle - not a good deal
The arugula salad was wilted and not fresh tasting
The seafood pasta dish was heavy on the tomato sauce and lacking on the white wine and flavor
The halibut was cooked well, but the dish lacked flavor, very bland

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DB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. I will definitely be back

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F
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Always a great experience. Thanks!

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WI
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Luce consistently serves great typical Italian food as well as outstanding sea food. Best Halibut in town bar none. The service is professional and friendly with good pace.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Server was excellent! Shinee

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff and food!

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AM
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lice is a great happy hour spot. They offer a large amount of snack options

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San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

There are not many good Italian spots in SA or Austin in general but Luces is top notch. Great service, food and convenient location albeit a little hidden in the complex! Great restaurant! I highly recommend it to all!!!

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YD
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This was a business lunch, it was great because we were able to have a conversation. I am not sure I would go there for an “everyday” lunch, as it’s a bit pricey.

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C
San Antonio
29 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and service with a comfortable, soothing environment.

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R
San Antonio
35 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service

Great food

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San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Restaurant week menu was very minimal, but still provided tasty options. Caesar salad was average (maybe a touch heavy on the dressing), parmesan crispy tuile was perfect. Sea bass was tasty and cooked nicely. Risotta was a touch more creamy than expected...very loose. Australian lamb had nice flavor but was undercooked (and I eat lamb, beef, & the like medium rare) - it was unpleasantly underdone. The Gorgonzola gnocchi was average, but needed salt. The chocolate lava torta was tasty, except for the burnt edges and top (which was the bottom of the foil pans it was baked in). It had a nice crispiness to the outer cake, and a beautiful "lava" texture and flavor. It was a nice dinner, but I felt it was a bit pricey for the quality (because nothing I had stood out as amazing).

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Everything was just okay nothing great.

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New England
86 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent spot for a couples dinner or a group. We had about 8 of us and our server was very nice and spoke to everyone about options , etc.

The food quality was excellent and options diverse for a business meal. Thank you!

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S
San Antonio
14 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great overall service especially when handling 4 kids. Brought out their meals first and kept the drinks coming. Food was spot on except just a bit salty all around for my taste. Everyone else loved what they ordered from salmon to seabass. Definitely will return.

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M
San Antonio
17 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

We arrived at our reservation time on a Thursday night. We sat for over 15 min. with no one coming to our table. Our waiter passed us a few times without acknowledging us...then Justin saw us and hurried over to greet us and when we expressed our displeasure said he would take care of us. He was a great server, helped us with a wine and was very attentive. If he hadn't come to our table we would have left. Food was very goodl

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DS
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was looking for a restaurant close to the car dealership my sister in law was visiting to look at a car late afternoon so we could meet nearby for dinner. I did a map search and we were pleasantly surprised. My brother in law and another friend with us said they had eaten here before (10 or so years ago) and were not happy with the restaurant then. However they both agreed that everything was substantially better and would be worthwhile coming to visit and have dinner again. The variety of food dishes was good, the food excellent and the wine was decent also. So I would recommend anyone who likes Italian food should make the time to come here for dinner.

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f
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Had the seafood pasta, gluten free ravioli and seafood salad. Seafood was previously frozen and over cooked. The seafood pasta was buried in an overly spicy tomato sauce that tasted like straight from a can. The Frutti Di Mare salad had no taste, thank god it came with a lemon. The ravioli came in a thin watery white wine sauce.

We were visiting from out of town and picked this restaurant based on good reviews and menu selection. At first restaurant the place looked very promising. Unfortunately the food was nothing but disappointing.

Wine was good a reasonably priced.

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DK
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having the owner, Joe B on site and overseeing the restaurant operations makes a difference. He is a wonderful host. And his best server is Sylvia, is a must for special occasions. She makes every visit special for us.

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San Antonio
19 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As I have said so often, this is my favorite restaurant for get-together with friends for lunch, for celebrations like birthdays, for just conversation. Also for meeting with a colleague for professional conversations around lunch.
Staff is always friendly & accommodating; ambience is inviting. Food is good consistently.

Keep going

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BH
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the staff at Luce never disappoint. Quiet enough for conversation. Wonderful atmosphere. Extensive wine list.

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PG
San Antonio
33 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Luce. The hostess was delightful and seated us at a wonderful table, as requested. Our server, Jessica, was very attentive, friendly and efficient. The ambiance was casual and inviting. A truly 5 Star dinning experience in Hubeler Oaks!

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PS
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our absolute “go-to” for great Italian food in a relaxed environment.

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San Antonio
35 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. 1st class

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TF
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding. Our server was very attentive at the right time. He explained the special and took care of a special request. The food was delicious. I appreciated that a caprese salad was one of the salad options. We will be returning.

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H
San Antonio
18 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another memorable birthday Celebration with a dear friend. This restaurant is my "go-to" place in the area for birthdays with friends and for business lunches.

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CS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Had reservations for 6:30 and we were seating promptly. The waitress was in a hurry for our order. We ordered a bottle of wine and she eventually came back and said they were out so we ordered a different one. We placed our order and got our salads. The Parmesan crisps were tough, not crisp. No bread. We eventually had to get another waitress to bring us bread. It came with our main course. The food was cold and the sauce looked like milk it was so thin. The bread was not hot either. Our waitress did manage to bring the bill but we had to get another waitress to take my credit card. Big, big disappointment.

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D
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Main entree was fantastic! Mescaline Salad was not great and we ate outside, so noise level was fine. Have been there before and is not usually that crowded or noisy. Waiter was a bit slow, but it was unusually crowded. Great value on wine. Enjoyed our meal.

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H
San Antonio
17 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time celebrating a Birthday. I had talked my friends into going to Luce & wanted the night to be 'special' and indeed it was so. The hostess, Susan, was great & very helpful. The waitperson was attentive, not intrusive, very accommodating to special requests & to answering questions. Just everything was wonderful. Guest sent great "thank you" notes to me today.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed everything. The meatballs were fantastic!

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L
San Antonio
30 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Service very helpful, but a little rushed. Got salads before we finished appetizers. Veal Piccata overly salty, but veal (and other food) of good quality. Portions generous. Cheesecake very nice.

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DF
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 1service 4ambience 3

Price is very high! My daughters ordered Spaghetti and it tasted horrible!!

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San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

First time at Luce. Restaurant was noisy. Need better sound barrier above in ceiling. We were seated right away with a reservation by the open kitchen area. We were lucky, we got the new waitress. Ha. We asked about wine Wednesday special. Didn’t know much about wine so we chose a bottle on the list. Apparently All the wine bottles were not half price as advertised. Asked for bottle. We placed our order as well. Calamari appetizer, chicken parm and my wife asked if they had chicken Alfredo, not listed on menu. She had to go find another waitress and ask. The other person came and she said yes, they can make as they make all food fresh. Ok. 20 minutes, still no wine. Finally she comes by with wine. Said, sorry bartender was very busy. I hate excuses or blame. Did not see her again. Still no calamari. 40 minutes, we se that she is waiting on table on the other side of the restaurant , Outside tables on the patio. No wonder we don’t see her. She is walking back to kitchen looks our way, I raise my hand to come here, rudely now. She approaches and says, ummm did you get the calamari? NO!!! She goes back to kitchen and starts looking around. Still 45 minutes or so, nothing. 5 minutes later, another server comes with our entrees. We laugh and say, no way. Server looks puzzled. We never got our calamari appetizer. She looks around and starts to walk off and we tell her, just cancel the calamari. Unbelievable. This is apparently the type of service this restaurant has, we don’t know, only our first experience to judge. The waitress did come by and apologize. Said the kitchen was backed up. Bar was backed up. Funny, table next to us ordered martinis and came in 5 minutes. She came by mid way thru meal. Could tell we were upset. Over an hour to get food. Never got appetizer. She finally came by and apologized again and said if we wanted dessert on the house for the error. We accepted. Her gratuity went from 20 to 15%. She’s lucky she redeemed herself in the end.

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San Antonio
16 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I have been there with friends & for business purposes many times. Experience has always been a good one.
The wait staff is typically very friendly; kitchen does accommodate special requests. Our waiter on this visit, Justin Burnett, was particularly attentive.
I recommend the restaurant repeatedly to friends.

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f
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great and service was good. Noise level was a little loud.

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KM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here many times, and Luce never disappoints. Check out the regular specials, such as 50% off wine on Wednesdays, great happy hour pricing for both food and drinks.

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VB
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is our second time going. Went about 7-8 months ago. Both time was good was amazing. I had the halibut with asparagus risottI. My husband had the chicken Marsala. His favorite dish that he will try anywhere. First attempt it came out and I took a bite and knew something was wrong but my husband don’t like to say anything so he took a few bites. But for the price of the plate for them to use a chicken thigh for Marsala I knew that wasn’t right. Sure enough it should have been a chicken breast after I bring it the there attention they apologized and remade his dinner. Only reason I didn’t give a five star was because of husbands plate. I absolutely love this place and will be back

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RK
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

as usual the food and the service were exceptional. we had a party of 8 and the service never flagged. anything with the lemon sauce is worth trying

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RA
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I had the large tubular pasta with shrimp. It had a good flavor but was drowning in olive oil. My husband had the meatloaf which he enjoyed very much.

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