Luciano's - Charlotte

4.5
1167 reviews
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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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New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

It was obvious that salads and entrees were prepped in advance vs made to order. Chicken parmigiana was dry/overcooked.

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Restuarant was nice. Service was excellent. The only problem was we were seated near the bar. There was a group hanging around the bar having drinks and it was distracting. The servers had to work their way past them to get to and from the kitchen. We were at a table for 4 luckily there were only 2 if us, because of the location of the table 4 people would have been uncomfortable.

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Cancun
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reunion with old friends

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Charleston
75 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Overall nice place and location. Food was just ok - nothing special. We had an excellent server.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We very much enjoyed our dinner. The wine the server suggested was perfect, the calamari appetizer and caesar salad was so good, and the entrees were all delicious.

Luciano's - Charlotte
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We're glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Several steaks were not cooked as requested and sent back to kitchen twice. Sending it back to the kitchen once not a big deal but twice is ridiculous and it still did not come out right. Waitstaff did not listen well. Had to request drinks and silverware several times.

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Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visiting Luciano's and had a wonderful celebration for our daughter's birthday! Food was delicious and the portions were plentiful. The service was exceptional. One of our new favorite restaurants, we will definitely be back!

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TF
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been dining at Luciano’s for over 3yrs now. The staff is amazing and the food is perfection!

Luciano's - Charlotte
Responded on July 11, 2019

Thank you so much for this amazing review. We're glad you can count on us for an excellent dining experience. We look forward to serving you again.

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MM
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

2nd visit in a year the Chilean sea bass had a weird aftertaste and veal parm was tasteless and pounded to oblivion. Prices much higher and did not need reservations for a Saturday night. Excellent service though

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Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Out waiter was wonderful. Extremely attentive which made our last minute July 4th lunch outstanding

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LW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We went for our son’s birthday..The Server described the specials without including the prices. We asked after the first then she described the next two but didn’t include the prices.Small point but indicative of her inattentive service.
The food was fine.
It wasn’t very busy.
The experience was good not great.

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Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Won’t be back.
After sitting for 20 minutes, I had to snag one of the waitstaff to take our drink order, then waited another 10 minutes before they arrived. My friend’s cosmo was so weak she complained. Then we had to ask someone if they could take our order. Our Rez was for 6p, so there weren’t many tables full. Calamari was unremarkable. The mussels in lemon butter were good, but unfortunately half of the shells were empty. Lobster ravioli special and spaghetti bolognese were yummy. Cheesecake was flavorless. Very disappointing experience.

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Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Meal, loved the Salmon!!! The service was excellent as well. The restaurant was quiet and would definitely go back.

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Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First time at Luciano's, great food and service. Definitely would come back.

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Charleston
206 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect service and outstanding food from Danny and John! What a team!

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Western NC
11 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meals were excellent! The staff was awesome!
Thanks for a wonderful date night!

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Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and the food was outstanding! This was our first visit and we will be back! Thank you for making the evening memorable!

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an excellent Italian Restaurant I consider it fine dining. I rank it one of my favorite restaurants of all .

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Sadly the Sunday brunch was a huge disappointment. The staff was very friendly though. Opening the door and nice. Our server specifically, was not talkative and not much personality. But that’s ok that doesn’t bother me. The drinks to start ($5 mimosas and $5 Bloody Mary) were a joke. Mimosa was just orange juice and a splash of champagne (maybe), the Bloody Mary my husband had was all ice and a splash of V8 with a lime wedge... the avocado toast was just sandwich bread with the thinnest layer of avocado and a poached egg. The side bacon for $3 was the skimpy bacon at a whopping 3 pieces. So literally $1 a piece. I get better bacon from the store for less than that. Only positive was we were able to make reservations for Sunday brunch. Way to expensive for less than appealing food

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Definitely was great service. Went for a date night. Expect to pay (including a drink tip and tax) around $50 a head.

Food was ok - definitely elevated Italian but not the best I’ve ever had. Bread was good, I ordered the frutta de mar and had a glass of wine.

Ambiance was not great, there was a crying baby and a few dinner parties who were loud. Overall, 4 star experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fathers Day Dinner

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BB
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and service. One of the few places in town where people can enjoy great food, drinks AND each other. Music is background music as it should be so people can hear themselves talk.

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RM
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and drinks. We all tried and shared several items from the menu and they were all great. Will definitely go back.

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MF
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my husband’s retirement with a private dinner party at Luciano’s. Jose was attentive in answering my questions, helping me set it up, and choose a menu. Luciano’s offers three pre-selected, one price private dining menus. The options were nicely paired, and I had no reservations selecting one of those menus for our guests. I was able to make one menu change in advance thanks to Jose’s great customer care. When we arrived, the table was set and we were greeted. Our appetizer course included three different flatbreads (all outstanding), bread, carpaccio, and a wonderful meat and cheese tray. The portions were generous and everything was delicious. Our second course was soup or salad. Again, everything was delicious. The main entree options included streak, pasta, soup, and salmon. They did everything well, and timed the service beautifully (a challenge when serving a group of 17 people). Then there was dessert! Fabulous meal, wonderful evening for all of us! Throughout the evening, we had a very team serving us. Our lead server offered great recommendations for wine (really good choices with our budget in mind).

Overall, our evening was superb, everyone was complimentary about the food wine, and service. Job well done, Luciano’s!

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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our friends from out of town and we all enjoyed the experience and said we look forward to coming back again. I highly recommend.

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Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

6 girlfriends for lunch—lovely waitstaff and delicious food all around

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Charlotte
78 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, wonderful shrimp oreganata, and truly magnificent chicken picatta

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KN
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

Food is OK for the pricing. Was expecting better and more quality food for the pricing, there are better Italian restaurants in the area.

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TK
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, nice place! Food is delicious, serving size is on the smaller end of the spectrum. Fair prices. Does get a little loud when the restaurant is full. Will be back again and recommend to friends.

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SR
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The service was attentive the food was served very hot the bread was a bit oily however it was a nice touch to have the red sauce with Parmesan served with the complementary bread I would recommend and sound deadening Decour as large parties tend to get a little loud and it makes it distracting to have a romantic evening.

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LC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been here 4 times in the past year and is one of my favorites. Always good food and good service. Will be back again and again!!!

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JR
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dining experience is always fabulous! The wait staff is very knowledgeable and always anticipating your every need. It is one of our favorite restaurants, if not number one. We continue to enjoy and will be loyal customers.

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Charleston
206 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect night! Food from Danny and John was outstanding! Wonderful place! Be back very soon!

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CW
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter dined at Luciano's several weeks ago and she couldn't stop talking about. So, we made reservations for dinner and went. It was a wonderful experience. It was easy to park and get into. The reception staff was alert and accommodating. The wait staff was perfect and very timely with all services. And, the food was very delicious. I would recommend Luciano's to everyone!

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JB
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful and Robby who took care of us went above and beyond. I would highly recommend everyone who likes good Italian food and good service put this place at the top of your list!

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O
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

I have been to this restaurant before and it has always been amazing. This last time the waiter didnt seem to want to serve my table. Not even offered cheese. The manager made the night right.

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Western NC
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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BF
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our party of three arrived early for our reservation and were welcomed warmly and seated immediately. The tastefully appointed decor and well designed seating layout is much appreciated. Their wonderful menu is not overwhelming but loaded with great selections including salads, steaks, chops, seafood, chicken and all the different pastas all in the Italian tradition. I had a 14 oz Durock Marsala Pork chop that was to die for. They offer evening entree specials and an extensive wine list to compliment whatever your food selection might be. Whenever you are in Charlotte treat yourself by visiting Luciano's.

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Greensboro
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a nice dinner with friends for a birthday.

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Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 4

Food is always good
Waitress was awful

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