Lucques

4.7
2104 reviews
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$50 and over
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Californian
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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
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Cuisines
Californian, French
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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.
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Phone number
(323) 655-6277
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Suzanne Goin
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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.
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Private party contact
Matt Duggan: (323) 655-6277
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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.
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Cross street
La Cienega
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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
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AL
Los Angeles
127 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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!"

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LP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Too salty . Halibut. Good but far from exceptional.

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NC
Los Angeles
5 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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WL
Los Angeles
77 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.

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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.

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s
Los Angeles
34 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!

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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.

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

Perfect dinner for a summer evening!

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

Great food. Cramped space.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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P
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Another excellent meal, this time from Guest Chefs Chris Bianco and Russell Moore. The only downgrade is from a value perspective of this ~$200 (after service and tax) five course prix fixe menu. Ordinarily expect to spend half that or less.

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SR
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great Californian food, excellent wine list and very helpful and friendly staff

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TS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lucques is always impeccable and delicious.
The food and the service was great.

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KF
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a real hidden gem on busy Melrose. Love their menu of farm to table deliciousness. I particularly enjoy their Sunday night prix fixe family style dinner experience. It is always a real treat! Wonderful service, great food. Don't miss it.

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OT
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Lucques several times over the years--Sunday dinners and special occasions. We are never disappointed. We always leave happy. Lucque's flavors always suggest a subtle and delightful North African influence, but without spiciness, with sauces more influenced by onion than garlic. Following an appetizer of roasted vegetables, my wife had lamb and I had Halibut. Her preparation was flavored much like the appetizer, so if you order the lamb you might try a different appetizer for variety. Mine was super, though perhaps the subise was a bit too rich--if that is possible. A great experience.

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NC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food
Fabulous wine
Fabulous patio
Fabulous service

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d
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

My group of 3 ordered appetizers and entrees. All 6 dishes were under seasoned. I found the service to be inattentive, never checking back on our plates as we dined, but I was able to flag our server for some salt. Given all the accolades, I was really looking forward to the dinner being in town for only a few nights, so I was disappointed that the food and service did not meet expectations.

On a positive note, the menu does provide excellent options for a variety of diets. The rear dining room with the retractable roof made for a wonderful atmosphere. The wine menu was also notable.

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MO
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an anniverary special for the resteraunt, Spanish Night. The menu was prepared by their friends that they had spent time with in Spain, each chef choosing a course.
The meal was wonderful with lots of different items and flavors. We've been to Lucques for dinner before and it's always been terrific.

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LA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We go to Sunday Supper every month or two, but the food was especially nice this past Sunday. Melon with shaved fennel, goat cheese, and mint, and something yummy in the dressing--maybe just lemon, but maybe orange or yuzu or something? I came home wondering why I never thought of this particular combination of ingredients. The salmon was melt-in-your-mouth silky and luscious; the chicken saltimbocca was lovely and not insanely salty. And let's not go into the blueberry and passion fruit tart! The suggested wines for the chicken and the dessert were perfect (my husband thought). I suppose my one complaint was the fig leaves wrapping my salmon--a little fuzzy and tough.

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AW
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very impressed with food here. I came here for lunch on a recommendation of a friend, and was blown away. Lunch time on a Saturday was nice and quiet, valet was very friendly. Definitely recommend the burrata appetizer!

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PG
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Disappointing...

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d
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service was friendly and attentive, and the food was top notch. My friend and I had the short ribs and the preparation was the best I ever had.

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B
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My ladies-who-lunch buddy and I went to eat and toast Jonathan Gold, and chose Lucques since it's always on his 101 Best Restaurant lists. We also went during dineLA so it was quite reasonable. (Of course $19 for the glass of Sancerre brought it up some!)

The food was very good except for the falafel burger, which was dry and left a funky after-taste. The stone fruit salad with peaches had a delicious dressing, and the halibut was excellent. In retrospect, we should have each had the fish rather than splitting the two entrees.

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c
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere was absolutely lovely! Ingredients were fresh and interesting. The dishes were
creative and in a class by themselves.

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