Luce Ristorante E Enoteca

4.4
604 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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.
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San Antonio
29 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice spot for business lunch!

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LR
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

It was an hour before we received our meal. The veal was not good; neither of us finished it. They said the Gelato was north Italian but if they had ever had real gelato they would know it wasn't what they were serving. The only good thing we had was the bottle of wine our server recommended.

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EC
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Luce has been around for a while but they continue to make it better and mix the menu up. They also can handle special requests with no problem. Very friendly staff. We will be going back soon.

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San Antonio
23 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My favorite spot for lunch gathering with friends & colleagues. This time, the gathering was for my birthday. Great experience among the three of us who enjoy Luce

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C
Baltimore
49 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Attractive setting with creative takes on usual Italian restaurant favorites. I particularly liked the bruschetta which was served "deconstructed" allowing me to add a variety of ingredients. The braciola was also excellent. Service was a bit slow, but acceptable. The mood isn't intimate but we did have a reasonable level of privacy. Overall, a good value that I'd recommend.

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OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We love this place. However, this meal was a disaster. My spouse and I both ordered Veal Picatta. My potatoes and spinach were burnt and his veal was missing capers

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

This was our fourth New Years dinner at Luce’s. For a party of 4, the quality of some dishes we ordered was spot on while others were ok but not great. If you didn’t order the New Years special - side substitutions were made for other dishes. Cocktails were also a hit and a miss. If you claim the bartender can make anything, you should also check with the bartender to ensure the ingredients is on hand first... before bringing it to the table....
Overall it was still a good experience and we hope next year will better.

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SF
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years Eve Dinner

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely superb. Service was impeccable. Appetizers and entrees were excellent.Totally recommend

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AC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very tasty food! Pasta cooked "al dente." Perfect balance of condiments in the four different entrees we had.

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VB
San Francisco
80 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

When we told the hostess our reservation time, she didn't greet us. She just let us know in a not friendly matter that we could sit at the bar and wait for a table because they were busy. She then offered us a table in the bar which we took.
Our poor waitress was running from table to table. I had to ask twice for utensils. My niece asked for more tartar sauce for her calamari and the waitress said it would be a while. It never came. My sister ordered tea which never came.
The food was horrible. My pasta & fagioli was tomato based which I have never seen. My chicken marsala had so much watery sauce on the plate it was unappetizing. Nothing was worth eating.
I question why anyone gave this restaurant a good rating.

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r
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed happy hour specials. Really great pizza.

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was great!! This was our first time there. We will be returning.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gaby our waitress was outstanding again, I had her the previous week and she was superb! From the ambiance to the food and staff, our dining experience was very enjoyable. I’d highly recommend Luce to family, friends any day of the week.

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MI
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed our Christmas Eve meal at Luce. Everyone was friendly and the service was great. Food was very good but not outstanding

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CP
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Just amazing definitely coming back
Was a Christmas Eve dinner but I going to have a date with my wife

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OR
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a delightful time with our annual Christmas gathering for a close knit group of High School buddies. Service was reasonable considering we were a table of 7, the place was crowded. Osso Buco was outstanding, Mussels appetizer was out of this world with an outstanding sauce. We had a wonderful time and highly recommend!

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M
San Antonio
12 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

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.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience as usual. They made a great wine recommendation. Food and service were excellent.

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H
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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..

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GC
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

So many wonderful memories choices. Everything at our table was fantastic

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K
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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K
Cancun
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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San Antonio
20 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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PK
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

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L
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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ST
San Antonio
21 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Joe and his whole staff are great!

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H
San Antonio
24 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated 2 friends' birthdays -- good food, service as usual. Recommend this restaurant especially for gatherings at lunch time.

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GI
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!

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LR
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, decent service. Will definitely return.

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D
San Antonio
32 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great time at Luce with Silvia. Always recommended for good Italian food.

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b
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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RB
San Antonio
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
San Antonio
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
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 on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. I will definitely be back

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F
San Antonio
9 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
4 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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