Luce Ristorante E Enoteca
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.
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
They were not able to honor our reservation, made a couple of days before, because they had given all their available tables to walk-in customers. There are too many good restaurants in this area to put up with that, so we went to Frederick’s just down the road and had a wonderful dinner.
Great experience as usual. They made a great wine recommendation. Food and service were excellent.
Great food and service... good wine list.. very busy and noisy..had a lot of Xmas party groups and they were just having a good time..
So many wonderful memories choices. Everything at our table was fantastic
Happy hour is a must! Amazing food and drink prices. Fun atmosphere. Dinner entrees were large in portion size. Our waiter was attentive and entertaining.
Joe, the owner, and his staff are incredible. They make you feel as if you're part of their family and could not be welcomed more warmly. Service is top notch, great food and love their decor, especially the outdoor patio. It is one of our favorite places to go to.
Luce is so special. You don't always find such a gem in a shopping center, but the location is so perfect, and the inside and outside dining areas both provide cozy and comfortable seating. The food is fantastic...we had pizza this time and it was amazing...and the service is exceptional. There are so few places that provide the trifecta of ambience, food and service...but this is one of the best! Thank you to the owner Joe for always being so gracious and welcoming! We'll be back!
This was our second year of dining with them for Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey was cooked perfectly, vegetables were fresh, mashed sweet potatoes were just sweet enough, stuffing was great, and if you wanted more of anything, all you had to do was ask!
Our first dinner visit to Luce. My spouse had been there before for happy hour. Our server, Michael, was very helpful and made several dinner recommendations. Believe it or not, the meatloaf selection he mentioned was amazing. My lasagna was outstanding, and quite unique with several types of pasta and small slices of salami intermixed with the usual ground and spiced beef. Portions were hot, fresh, and quite large.
Pretty location and great service. My squash soap was amazing however my entree was undercooked and bland. I’ll try something different next time , definitely worth a visit.
Every meal I’ve had at Luce has been excellent. The food is consistently outstanding and service is always attentive. The noise level is low, so it’s great for a business discussion or a date night. Highly recommend!
Joe and his whole staff are great!
Celebrated 2 friends' birthdays -- good food, service as usual. Recommend this restaurant especially for gatherings at lunch time.
Excellent as usual. The menu is extensive with interesting Italian offerings not usually offered at other restaurants. Thanks to Sylvia for great service. Thanks Joe for another great dining experience!!
Great food, decent service. Will definitely return.
Another great time at Luce with Silvia. Always recommended for good Italian food.
Everything was great - except for the music. Why doesn't an Italian restaurant have some Italian music playing? It would add much to the ambience. The rather loud pop selections detracted from what was a very lovely meal.
Excellent meal and service. Joe even made a special, off the menu, meal for my wife for her birthday. And then insisted on comping two desserts. We felt like old friends - and it was our first ever visit. Highly highly recommended.
This was our first time to dine at Luce 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!
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
Great food and great service. I will definitely be back
Excellent food and service. Always a great experience. Thanks!
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.
Server was excellent! Shinee
Great staff and food!
Lice is a great happy hour spot. They offer a large amount of snack options
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!!!
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.
Superb food and service with a comfortable, soothing environment.
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).
Everything was just okay nothing great.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The food and the staff at Luce never disappoint. Quiet enough for conversation. Wonderful atmosphere. Extensive wine list.