Lucques

4.7
2119 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$50 and over
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Californian
Since opening in 1998 Lucques has garnered extraordinary accolades and is now recognized as one of the country’s best restaurants. It's California cuisine with French and Mediterranean influences is served in the warm and intimate setting of the rustic carriage house of the original Harold Lloyd estate.

One of the reasons for the all the acclaim is the Sunday Supper, the night that best exemplifies the original mission of owners Chef Suzanne Goin and Sommelier Caroline Styne, by offering seasonal prix fix menus that re-create the atmosphere of a relaxed family dinner.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Californian, French
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Dinner:
Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Monday &Tuesday: 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday- Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:30pm.
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(323) 655-6277
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Smart Casual
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Suzanne Goin
icon/ic_private_diningCreated with Sketch.
Private party facilities
Dining at Lucques is a singular experience. It’s undoubtedly fine dining, but in a wonderfully comfortable environment. We are fully capable of bringing that identical experience to your private functions.

From the exposed brick and inviting hearth a the center of our main dining room to the all season garden area, the spaces we can offer your large group are equal for any occasion.

Whether it's a cocktail reception or a seated dinner, our restaurant staff can create an event as special as Chef Goin's award winning cuisine and as unique as Caroline Styne's artisanal wine list.

For more information please call us.
icon/ic_contactCreated with Sketch.
Private party contact
Matt Duggan: (323) 655-6277
icon/ic_cateringCreated with Sketch.
Catering
Lucques can cater anything from a small, intimate gathering, to a full scale gala event.

Past events and clients include the Screen Actors Guild Award Dinner, GQ Magazine, The UCLA Hammer Museum, Vanity Fair Magazine and many private individuals.

For more information please call us.
Open Google Maps
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
La Cienega
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking details
Valet is located in front of the restaurant at 8474 Melrose Avenue.
On street also available.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2119 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
C
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place. Haven’t been there in a while and that’s just wrong.

Report
Helpful
E
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always

Report
Helpful
JR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lucques THE BEST!!!!!

Report
Helpful
J
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful. Great cocktails and food. Lovely service and ambiance. It’s low key but excellent.

Report
Helpful
MM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are longtime (20+ years) Lucques patrons. Lucques has comforted us in difficult times, helped us celebrate in good times. It is always warm and welcoming, and the food and drink are always, without fail, wonderful. Bright flavors, seasonally tuned, deeply satisfying. And the staff are supremely professional and attentive. There is no other restaurant we love as well.

Report
Helpful
e
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sehr Gemütlich!! Oktoberfest at Lucques. The food was exceptional, and the service as usual was perfection.

Report
Helpful
CY
New England
50 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Our reservation was on the early side, having just come in from the East coast, so it was not that busy. We felt rushed and slightly disconnected from the service as they were going through the motions. It was meant to be a special dinner and even with a bottle of wine we were out in a little over an hour. Food was delicious but total experience was lacking.

Report
Helpful
AH
Phoenix
31 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I was very much looking forward to dining at Lucques. However, my expectations were not met. The best about the restaurant is the wine list which has an excellent selection of French wines, especially Premiere Crus. However all of the good wines start at $255 per bottle. Other bottles were priced well below $80 but were of inferior quality.
The food was good when they made it correctly. The Steak for 2 arrived very much undercooked, and the arugula salad was very salty and not edible. The grilled vegetables appetizer was very good.
The service was annoying. We were constantly getting interrupted in mid-sentence, as the waiters were more interested in getting orders placed rather than just letting us take our time.

No management came to our discuss the service issues nor did anyone offer us any compensation for the problems with both the food and service. For $400+ I'm not sure that I would go back.

Report
Helpful
s
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lives up to its billing! Always a wonderful experience

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would recommend Luques to anyone who wants an elegant, fantastic romantic dinner. An LA original note to be missed.Suzanne Goin culinary prowess is amazing.

Report
Helpful
NK
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and the most delicious food! One of our favorite restaurants in Los Angeles! They never disappoint!

Report
Helpful
JC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good!! Grilled cheese is a go to for lunch

Report
Helpful
OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

An iconic favorite restaurant! Always a great experience in all aspects and especially the fresh and creative dishes!

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was excellent, but we were surprised to find that Sunday night is pre fixe with a very limited menu. Two entrees and no choice on first course or dessert. This would have been good to know in advance

Report
Helpful
AL
Los Angeles
129 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

putting Lucques on our go-to list. Many more items my husband can eat. The food is always delicious; I have to remember to say, "No Added Salt, please!"

Report
Helpful
LP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely atmosphere. Inventive menu. Delicious Food. Great service.

Report
Helpful
OG
New England
26 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. Recently visited to celebrate an anniversary. Great food, lovely space, attentive and intelligent service.

Report
Helpful
JW
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Suzanne Goin and Carolyn Stein are impeccable in everything they do. Dinner at Lucques was exceptional, as usual. Since I began eating there a decade ago, my tastes and food ethics have changed considerably. They do a beautiful job of accommodating, so if you don't see anything on the menu that suits your eating habits, just ask. I have no doubt, it will not only be appropriate, it will be a beautiful dining experience.

Report
Helpful
CH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was one of the best I've had in the last several years. All of the food was exquisite. The lamb, the tomato salad, and the cocktails were particularly impressive, but the hangar steak and the soft-shelled crab BLT were also great.

Report
Helpful
S
Montreal
38 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Too salty . Halibut. Good but far from exceptional.

Report
Helpful
NC
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant. It always lives up to our expectations for great food and service.

Report
Helpful
a
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Luques has been a favorite of my husbands since it opened. While our meal was solid, the service and the atmosphere still terrific, the food was unremarkable, not memorable. At the time Luques opened, cuisine in LA was undeveloped so Luques was a real standout. It no longer is -- feels like a restaurant from yesterday. There needs to be a serious re-vamp of the kitchen for me to go back.

Report
Helpful
Z
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Tomato and avocado salad for $21 was like 4 cherry tomato and a quarter of an avocado.
Short rib was great as always.
Black Cod in tomato sauce was not a good choice.
Too expensive for what they offer. Not good value at all.

Report
Helpful
A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food, good service, and warm ambience. The heirloom tomato salad was as good as they say, and the short ribs (one of their specialties) were amazing. Sit in the back courtyard for some extra charm.

Report
Helpful
OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Food was simply ok, nothing to write home about. I understand that wine is the drink of choice but that's no reason why my draft beer had to be flat. And the service was terrible. My wife's first cocktail sat empty for at least 15 minutes before someone came over. Our empty plates sat in front of us for what seemed like far too long. Once they were finally cleared, desert menus were thrown down in front of us and then no one came back for 20 minutes. For what this restaurant is supposed to be, we were disappointed.

Report
Helpful
o
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The service and sommelier were excellent. Food was over salted and blah.

Report
Helpful
EM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Best seats are on the patio. The ambience is great. The service is great. The food is delicious and there are many dishes to share if you would like. The bread is wonderful! It was not too loud and you can carry on a conversation comfortably without shouting---what a treat compared to many other restaurants.
We are eager to go back!

Report
Helpful
OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was nice and easy to order and everyone was super polite - the food was the right portion and delicious

Report
Helpful
p
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Jesse, was great. We sat on the lovely patio on a beautiful night.

Report
Helpful
BC
Cincinnati
10 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An all-around home run. The tomato-and-avocado salad seemed straight out of someone's garden, only more interestingly arranged and seasoned. The lamb was superb, succulent and cooked just right. And let's not forget those addictive olives and almonds that greet any patron of this restaurant. Service was polite and friendly but never obsequious -- i.e., just right.

Report
Helpful
WL
Los Angeles
80 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been here 5 or 6 times. If anything, the restaurant is getting better. My wife and I shared everything. We had an heirloom tomato salad that was excellent, followed by very good short ribs that were a bit too salty, and a cookie plate that was very good. We had a 2014 Melville Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir that worked well with the food as it is pretty big for a Pinot Noir.
The wine list here is extensive and expensive with some very interesting wines. One can find some very good wines at reasonable prices, but one can also spend a bunch if not careful. If one is willing to spend a lot on wine, I would recommend asking the sommelier for help. There are a lot of $150+ wines on the list.


They were playing modern jazz that made conversation difficult, but they turned it down when we asked. We went fairly early for a weeknight so the noise level wasn't too bad, though when the restaurant gets busy, conversation can be very difficult.

Report
Helpful
RJ
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lucques is my favorite restaurant in Los Angeles and it never fails to please and impress!

The food and the place are impeccable

My girlfriend and I partook in the rib feast and I'll be doing it again next year too. The staff were all in costume and it was lots of fun.

Report
Helpful
s
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lucques is one of my favorite LA restaurants, maybe the top one. The BBQ night was a riot. Cowboy hats, dress on waiters and music and piles of meat and beans collards and cornbread. I liked the pork ribs and corn bread best. Highly recommend the place on this day each year, or any day. Fabulous!

Report
Helpful
S
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic as was the service. This place ain’t cheap and the Sunday supper menu only allows for two entre options so a value, it is not. But if you want great food and service, this is the place to be. Also, the cocktails are out of this world. The bartender makes his liquors and bitters in house which make for some amazing specialty cocktails. I had the best negroni of my life there.

Report
Helpful
R
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect dinner for a summer evening!

Report
Helpful
OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food. Cramped space.

Report
Helpful
TH
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

surprised at the mediocre cooking and questionable quality; i live near the sister restaurant Tavern
and the food is fresh-flavored, well spiced, and innovative. this meal, for all four of us, was rather
tasteless, meat was tough, in a word, dull! the corn soup with "crab" or "whiff of crab" had no
flavor and no discernible crab. my cod was overcooked and drowned in an undistinguished
tomato sauce.
we were ushered immediately outside to the patio, over my protest, which is a crowded stucco
lined box at the top of which you could see a little sky. would have been nice to sit at the
cozy looking booths - usually we get seating of our choice as we make opening time reservations.
table for four crowded and uncomfortable - we survivewd as all four of us are small people -
do not come here if you are tall or robust!

this restaurant is "over-the-hill" unless it gets a new manager or a better chef!

Report
Helpful
GL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been coming here for years, always great food

Report
Helpful
F
Los Angeles
108 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

So disappointed. This used to be my favorite restaurant. I tried the two specials - a charred deconstructed ratatouille dish with lemon yoghurt sauce and halibut with onion soubise, green beens and a sauce of some kind. I should have stuck with the soup and short ribs.... The char was a bit much, and the individual vegetables had no unity into one dish. As to the fish dish, instead of the brilliant green and perfectly cooked green beans being on the side of the fish, it was blended into the soubise and covered with the sauce which was also on the fish, served on a stack. I at least order fish for health reasons and because it's lighter than meats, but the rich sauce mixed with the soubise made most of the dish way too rich and inedible for me at least. And I didn't like having to pick out the green beans from the soubise and the sauce. Then the ice-cream was melting before it got to my table.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 5

We went for the special dinner to celebrate the 20th anniversary. A friend of mine was one of the special guest chefs and I was really looking forward to seeing him and tasting his food. The food was amazing but service was really off. We had three people offer us water when we sat down, our first course arrived before our champagne (we were celebrating our engagement), and the service was stilted and awkward at best. I had contacted the restaurant three times to inform them that my fiancée only ate fish, yet they still managed to serve her the duck for the main course. They fixed the error and the manager was very apologetic but at the end of the meal we still received a bill for the three drinks we had (the dinner was a prepaid affair). When I called the manager over, he apologized and took away our bill.
I really wanted to enjoy this meal, especially as it was a special night for us, but the service mishaps overshadowed the quality of the space and the food. While the service team was very lovely and sweet, there was a level of polish lacking that I would have expected in restaurant of this caliber.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
53

Tweets by Lucques