Luciano's - Charlotte

4.6
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1224 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Luciano’s Ristorante Italiano is a venerable institution that proudly serves family-style creations inspired by the rich traditions of Naples, the regions of Emilia-Romagna and Northern Italy.

Warm, rustic interiors that celebrate an open and inviting ambiance with modern details give life to this new concept that introduces the newest flavors of the Mediterranean alongside traditional favorites such as fresh Made Pastas, home-sliced Carpaccio, innovative baked flatbreads and Luciano’s signature brick-oven Neapolitan Pizza. Inspired entrees pair formidably alongside a handsome wine bar featuring select and exclusive Wines from around the World. Join us for lunch and dinner daily and Sunday Brunch, featuring Italian creations that are not to be missed! Catering is available anywhere or for private luncheons and dinner events in our restaurant up to 60 guests.
Buon appetito!
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Charlotte
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

First impression is everything. The smell inside was more like fabreeze instead of garlic. The value and portion was terrible. Taste was excellent, but $19 for 2 small chicken cutlets and a side of spinach is crazy. It was the equivalent of half a chicken breast. And then a side of pasta for $11.25. Will not go back. Also, left the tails on with the shrimp diavolo. Maybe not a big deal, but not normal.

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded a day ago

Hello, thank you for providing honest feedback. Knowing where we are missing the mark helps us tackle our weaknesses as we strive to be better every single day. We will take your feedback into account as we work toward improving the way we do business. Thank you for your review.

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Dallas
37 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a hit! Great atmosphere, food and service. The pasta was delicious and the blackened chicken yum! Great find!

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for your review! It is good to hear that we were all you expected and more. We are glad to know your experience was positive in every possible way. Thank you for sharing your experience, we hope to have the pleasure of serving you again!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fantastic meal with great service. Sea Bass is amazing. Scallops were also very good. Ed was a very attentive and engaging server. Very pleased!

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for your review. We're thrilled to see your were pleased with your dining experience. As such, we are delighted to read how our staff delivered above and beyond your expectations. Thank you for your visit, we hope to have the opportunity to serve you again.

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EN
Western NC
19 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service from the very knowledgeable Ali to the owner making sure we were satisfied. We appreciated the depth and variety of the wine listings and very much enjoyed an Antinori reserve DOCG Chianti. Our calamari was fresh and not excessively breaded and the very large portioned Rigatoni Salsaccia was delicious.
Good value and excellent food and service.

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for sharing your experience. We are so delighted to hear that your experience exceeded your expectations. We want every single customer that walks through our doors to experience the same level of service. Thank you for your review.

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Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a find! Our young waiter (from Italy) was outstanding - personable, attentive - while not overbearing - and efficient. The food was outstanding! So glad we tried this restaurant!

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on November 11, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We're so filled with joy to know that you enjoyed your first visit. We know that you have options and we are tremendously happy you picked us. We are beaming with pride knowing that we hit the mark and delivered on everything that we promised. Thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope we have the pleasure of serving you again.

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DN
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The Caesar salad dressing has no flavor. The antipasti platter has no crostini or bread, the meats were deli sliced and was uninteresting - absolutely not worth $21. The entrees (chicken entrees-Piccata, Parmesan and Marsala were flavorful but the portion of chicken on each dish was minimal. The waiter was inattentive and we had to ask for grated cheese and bread. This can’t be the standard. Very disappointed. I wanted it to be much better.

TH
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Excellent food. Easy parking. A bit over priced for my expectations.

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded 7 days ago

Thank you for your review.

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BL
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great anniversary dinner
Thank you

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on November 11, 2019

Thank you for celebrating your anniversary at Luciano's! We're so glad we made your special day a memorable dining experience.

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New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been here several times, the food and service are always great. Having moved from NY last year, it was hard finding good, authentic Italian food down here... then we found this place. Beyond that, the attention to detail is really wonderful... from the red wine being served in fabulous extra large glasses, to the garlic bread & sauce when you sit down, to the cloth "take home" bags... it's a cut above the rest. We will, obviously, be back.

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on November 11, 2019

Hello, we are extremely grateful for your review! We are beaming with pride knowing that we hit the mark and delivered on everything that we promised. We want every single customer that walks through our doors to experience the same level of service. We can't wait for the next opportunity to serve you; and will do everything in our power to once again allow you to experience the best that we have to offer.

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MH
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet, intimate space; perfect for a lunch meeting. Diana was incredibly attentive yet gave us the space to connect and be together for many hours. A secret gem in the heart of Charlotte on a beautiful, sunny Saturday afternoon. The food was dynamite- delicious, nutritious and nourishing. Thank you all at Luciano's for creating a peaceful space to meet and providing wonderful food for the community of Charlotte. Look forward to joining you again very soon. And thank you, Diana, for being you... Amazing!

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on November 11, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a nice review. We are so delighted to hear that your experience exceeded your expectations. It is thanks to customers like you taking the time to tell us what we are doing right that we are able to constantly strive for excellence. Thank you for taking time to share your opinion with others. We hope we have the pleasure of serving you again.

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The folks who served us were great! We enjoyed our experience and the food was on par with our expectations; but pricey. We will be back.

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for your review. We're glad to know you enjoyed your dining experience with us. We look forward to your next visit.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great ambiance, excellent service.

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on November 4, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We're thrilled to know you enjoyed your dining experience with us.

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R
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Luciano’s was able to accommodate us without a problem this evening. I called ahead to ask if we could bring in a cake we made at home and they said it wasn’t a problem and even held it in the back until we were ready for dessert. Our server was friendly and helpful. The only thing that we could say we didn’t enjoy was during the appetizers, my grandfather and mother were still eating their salads and they wanted them to move them out of the way for dinner to be served and they weren’t ready to stop eating their salads. They understood and took the food back for just another couple minutes until they were finished. Food was delicious and they were able to box it for us when we were through. Thought it was very quiet until a large party came in toward the end of our meal, but obviously not the restaurants fault. It was very good food, we will be back!

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on November 4, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are constantly hard at work doing everything we can to deliver high quality experiences to every one of our customers. We appreciate your patronage, and we look forward to your next visit. Thank you so much!

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LB
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent! Nice variety! Always friendly excellent service. Great for large groups!

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on October 30, 2019

Thank you so much for your review! We're so thrilled to know you enjoyed your dining experience with us! Thank you for your patronage!

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday for my husband it was very nice

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on October 28, 2019

Thank you so much for your review! We're glad we made your husband's birthday a memorable dining experience!

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always!!

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on October 23, 2019

Thank you so much for your review and patronage!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, and wine. Our server was the best.
Will dine here again next time we are in town.

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on October 23, 2019

Thank you for your review! We're so thrilled our team took great care of you and you enjoyed your dining experience with us! We look forward to your next visit.

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Charleston
223 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal! John does a wonderful job! Jose works very hard and is a outstanding manager!

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on October 28, 2019

Thank you so much for your review! We're so glad to know our team always provides you with the best dining experience!

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GR
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing atmosphere. Want real Italian food this is the place to go in Charlotte.

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on October 21, 2019

Thank you for your review! We're glad to know you can count on us for a great dining experience!

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E. Tennessee
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious. Great service, pleasant ambience.

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on October 14, 2019

Thank you so much for your review! We're thrilled to know you enjoyed your dining experience with us!

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CP
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was very good and so was the food. I would definitely go back.

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you for your review! We're thrilled to know you enjoyed your dining experience with us and our team took great care of you! We look forward to your next visit!

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Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A party of 5 and everyone loved their food. Service was terrific as well. We'll be back!

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on October 7, 2019

Thank you for your review! We're so glad to know you enjoyed your dining experience with us! We're looking forward to your next visit!

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Charleston
223 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can I say???? Outstanding service and John does a wonderful job! Jose works very hard and it shows with the service.

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on September 18, 2019

Thank you for your review! We're happy to know our team took great care of you, and provided you with the best dining experience.

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Baltimore
201 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Veal Piccata was excellent
Pasta dish was excellent
Shrimp scampi & risotto was excellent
We had the veal meatball appetizer which is a must have
Save room for dessert cause the tiramisu is a must have.
Will be Back again

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on September 16, 2019

Hello, we are beaming with pride knowing that we hit the mark and delivered on everything that we promised. We are constantly hard at work doing everything we can to deliver high quality experiences to every one of our customers. We're so glad to know you got to experience the best we have to offer! Thank you for your review.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

The waiter was very nice however very short with us. I ordered the mushroom pizza and I thought mozzarella was poor quality and I did not taste any truffle oil on top. I thought the menu was not very exciting, and limited.

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on September 16, 2019

Hello, thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. We can only address problems if we are aware of how our interactions are affecting the customer experience. We will take your feedback into account as we work toward improving the way we do business. We appreciate your honest feedback, and we hope this doesn't deter you from dining with us again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday dinner

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on September 9, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We're so glad to hear how our team took great care of you, and made your dinner a memorable dining experience. We hope we have the pleasure of serving you again!

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food was excellent however they did not acknowledge the special occasion (engagement) that I listed on the reservation. We had a large party and we stayed after our meal for a while to talk since we were all from out of town. Once we paid, the waiter never came back over to offer water or anything. My biggest disappointment is my 12 year old son was given money for his recent birthday. He mistakenly left it on the table when we stood to leave. He realized this as soon as we left the restaurant and went back inside to get it and they said they didn’t have it. I did not feel they were being honest about it so this, with the lack of attention to us, is why I have rated them lower than I normally would based on the food alone.

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on September 9, 2019

Hello, we apologize for the lack of attention, please know that your situation was an exception and we won't allow for repeats. We appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review. We have a culture of constant improvement and feedback like yours helps us shape the way we do things. We hope this doesn't deter you from dining with us. We'd love to have you again and provide you with a much better experience. Thank you for your review.

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Charlotte
36 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We’ve been to Lucianos several times and the food has always been very good. The wine list is extensive and reasonably priced. Our server was ok...she said she normally works at lunch so wasn’t exactly suited for the dinner crowd especially when serving the wine. All in all worth a visit .

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on September 9, 2019

Hello, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We're thrilled to hear your overall experience was positive. Thank you for your patronage, we hope we have the pleasure of serving you again.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant, delicious and accommodating. We asked for something not on the menu and Ed made it happen. It was a great experience!

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on September 9, 2019

Thank you so much for your review. We're glad our team was able to make your request happen! We're so glad you enjoyed your visit, and we hope we have the pleasure of serving you again.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Really disappointed this time. Service was really slow and then the food was not up to par either. Pasta was hard and warm at best. Not sure I’ll return and this used to be a fav but too many other good restaurants to choose from.

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on September 6, 2019

Hello, we're disappointed to see your recent visit did not meet your expectations. Please know that your situation was an exception and we won't allow for repeats. It is thanks to feedback like yours that we can tackle issues that may impact our most valuable asset; our customers. Thank you so much for your review, we hope this doesn't deter you from dining with us again.

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1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Large group. Luciano’s and the crew were very accommodating of needs. Excellent service, food and wine collection was great

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you so much for letting us know how we're doing. We're glad to know you enjoyed your dining experience with us. We hope we get the chance to connect with you again. Thank you for your patronage.

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AH
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Food, service and atmosphere continue to be wonderful!

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you so much for your review, we'll continue to provide a great dining experience.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service and food were excellent, this made a wonderful evening for us!!

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We're so thrilled to hear you enjoyed your dining experience with us!

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Charleston
223 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two thumbs UP! John does a wonderful job! Jose is a very hard worker and makes everyone happy.

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on August 30, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are glad to know your experience was positive in every possible way. Our staff is constantly hard at work finding ways to exceed customer's expectations and provide seamless service. We are so glad our efforts are paying off and you had the opportunity to experience superior service. Thank you for taking time to share your opinion with others. Please come again.

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KH
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive waitstaff and excellent menu selections. We enjoyed the pasta dishes and will be returning to try additional items.

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on August 28, 2019

Hello, thank you for sharing your review with others. We're so glad to see your dining experience was great in every way. We're looking forward to your next visit! Thank you for your review.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, great service. The ambiance is very nice but our large table was in the middle of everything and our end cap seats were near busier pathways of the restaurant. Seating and a very loud party were the only downsides of the evening. Overall a fabulous place. We will be back.

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on August 26, 2019

Hello, thank you for leaving us a review. We're glad to hear your overall experience was positive. Hearing that you enjoyed everything from our ambience to our service make us so proud. We're dedicated to proving the best dining experience, we're glad you got to witness that. Thank you for your patronage, we look forward to your next visit.

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Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was wonderful and portions generous but not overwhelming.

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on August 30, 2019

Thank you for your review, we're so glad to know you enjoyed your dining experience with us. We invite you to join us again. You can count on us to pour our hearts out and try our best to make your experience one worth bragging about.

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C
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I ordered a caesar salad and chicken marsala. Food was fresh and very tasty. Service was excellent. I highly recommend Luciano's.

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on August 21, 2019

Hello, we're so thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience with us. We're pleased to know that you enjoyed everything from your meal to our service. Thank you so much for your recommendation, we truly appreciate it!

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Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had friends in Charlotte from Beverly Hills. They loved the food, ambience, etc. It was definitely a wonderful evening and I was very glad I chose Luciano’s!

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on August 19, 2019

Hello, thank you for your review. We're so glad to hear your dining experience was positive in every way. We will do everything in our power to make certain every single visit is equally delightful. Thank you for your patronage, we hope we have the pleasure of serving you again.

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AF
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our first time there. We sat at the bar to eat and got moved because someone else had reserved those barstools. Didn't know you could do that. Three or four other parties who came in to those seats were also moved. Food was excellent. Not very good margarita. Bartender a little disorganized. Cannolis for dessert - very good!

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on August 21, 2019

Hello, we're glad to hear that you enjoyed your overall experience with us. It is because of feedback like yours that we are able to confirm that we are heading in the right direction. We are honored by your choice to do business with us, and look forward to your next visit.

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