Carluccio's - Reading

4.2
201 Reviews
£25 and under
Italian
Welcome to Carluccio’s Italian restaurant in Forbury Square, Reading. The restaurant is just a 5 mins walk from the Oracle Shopping Centre.

We’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday to Sunday, offering a broad range of classic Italian food. On top of that, our menu also caters for vegetarians/vegans and those who are following a gluten free diet. Therefore you should book a table at Reading today!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 201 people are saying
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DalesS2015
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Lovely welcoming staff! Would definitely go again.

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Wendy
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was fantastic - very friendly and the food lovely

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HandA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent genuine and original Italian food with great service. Car parking available for free in evenings in secure location. Bonus of a shop to buy a range of Italian food ingredients.

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aks87
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was a nice experience overall, but I feel that there could be a more vegetable-forward choice of dishes on the menu.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded 7 days ago

Hi aks87, We appreciate you took your time reviewing us. Kind Regards Franco

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Sandy
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived early for our reservation as the concert we were at finished faster than expected. The staff were excellent at finding us a table early, and keeping us informed about the process, despite how busy the restaurant was. The food was delicious too. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and great service, reasonable pricing, overall a very pleasant experience. Will come back again definitely 😀

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KatherineW
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met a friend here that I hadn’t seen in a while so we wanted somewhere we could catch up with good food. This fitted the bill perfectly. Delicious starters and mains and my friend enjoyed her red wine!

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OliviaF
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The seating arrangements could of been better. Not that comfortable

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded 7 days ago

Hi OliviaF, Thanks you for your review, we really appreciate it. Kind Regards Franco

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GillianP
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious, we really enjoyed it. My husband would recommend the panettone bread and butter pudding!
Staff were friendly and helpful. Easy to book on open table.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded 7 days ago

Hi Gillian, We are glad you enjoyed your dining with us and we hope to see you soon here. Kind Regards Franco

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FrancisP
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Having eaten there for a number of years , before lockdown the food and service had gone down somewhat.
However , yesterday, thee food and service were back to their former high standard.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded 7 days ago

Hi Francis, Thanks you for your review. We are glad you enjyed our food. Kind Regards Franco

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Benjamin
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Although it was a quiet Tuesday night, the staff could not do enough for me. Our host was attentive but not crowding, and the food came out quickly, hot and was delicious. I was greeted as a person by a person, and I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a romantic date location or a dinner with friends.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded 7 days ago

Hi Benjamin, Thank you for taking your time reviewing us and we are happy you enjoyed your night with us. Hope to see you soon. Kind Regards Franco

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DYMO
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Early dinner at Carluccio's in Reading and the restaurant was not too busy (probably because it was bonfire night), so we were warmly welcomed and well served by attentive staff. the food came quickly and was up to the usual standards that has made Carluccio's such a regular haunt for us, particularly for occasions and celebrations. The specials menu was great with some very attractive choices. Our only sadness was that as a non milk/cream person, the dessert menu was very limited. I was disappointed that they had a wonderful selections of delicious Panettones on sale in the shop but not o the dessert menu!

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BRAYSTEVE
London
11 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a great reunion (5 x School Friends)
Had great Waitress- nothing was too much trouble.

The lack of 5 stars was the Minute Steaks. Had no flavour which was a shame.
The Calamari Starters and Puddings were great.
Overall good.

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Esther
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time here. Great food, and good menu, had a lovely time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Berkshire
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Although we love eating at Carlluccios just recently we’ve noticed some of the food isn’t as good as it used to be and the portions are noticeably smaller especially the chicken liver pate.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on November 1, 2021

Hello, Thank you so much for your feedback! We have recently changed our plates so some dishes might look smaller due to the presentation but I can reassure you that the quantity is the same as we have been following the same recipe for many years. Kind regards, Augusto

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AnnJ
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Friendly and efficient service and lovely food. Good atmosphere. Family friendly.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on November 1, 2021

Hello Ann, Thank you so much for your feedback! Kind regards, Augusto

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very attentive staff

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on November 1, 2021

Hello, Thank you so much for your feedback! Kind regards, Augusto

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ALFREDM
London
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good atmosphere, value and quality. Attentive service.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on November 1, 2021

Hello Alfred, Thank you so much for your feedback! Kind regards, Augusto

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ChristopherH
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good dining out experience- not very busy on a Tuesday but good service, excellent Calamari shared starter follow by Pasta dishes - Ragu and Carbonara both excellent, plus good rose wine and profiteroles for desert a very enjoyable dining experience! Only just starting to eat out and Carluccios in Reading is a good one. Grazie!

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on November 1, 2021

Hello christopher, First of all thank you so much for your feedback! I will look into your suggestion, that's very kind of you! Looking forward to seeing you again Kindest regards, Augusto

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Mark
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, great atmosphere and as always exactly what we expected.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on October 26, 2021

Hello Mark, Thank you so much for your feedback! We are so happy to be able to always match your expectations! Kindest regards, Augusto

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Konrad
Berkshire
75 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Carluccios has a good reputation but was not able to fully live up to it on this occasion. Whilst the food was OK it was not up to the standard I had been led to expect. The ambiance was fine but the staff seemed rushed which helped take the edge off our experience.
I hope the restaurant can regain the levels of performance that gained its reputation but, on this showing, there's a significant gap to be bridged.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on October 12, 2021

Hello Konrad, First of all thank you for your feedback. We take every comment very seriously as we are always looking to improve to provide the best service and experience possible. It saddens me to read this and rest assured I will look into this matter closely to prevent it from happening again. Kind regards, Augusto

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JaneH
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a lovely meal at Carluccio's Reading on Sunday. We ate at 3:30pm so the restaurant was not very busy but the atmosphere was still good and the staff very attentive.
We had the set lunch for £12.50 and the choice was great and the food delicious. I love the fact that they offer interesting and a little different vegetarian dishes

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LeeL
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for brunch. Staff were very good. Food very tasty.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on October 9, 2021

Hi LeeL, We are happy you enjoyed your brunch with us. Hope to see you soon. Kind Regards Franco

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ShelleyG
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Couple of the starters seemed quite salty. Staff were very friendly and welcoming, nothing was too much trouble after ordering a second bottle of wine and realising we were too full up to drink anymore, after one small glass the wine was returned and a charge for a small was deducted instead of the whole bottle, manager was very accommodating. We will definitely come back with friends and family again. Highly recommended. :)

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on October 3, 2021

Hello Shelley, Thank you so much for your amazing feedback. I remember this specific situation, you came to dine with your husband and daughter! Such a lovely family to welcome in our restaurant! I am truly happy that you had a good time and we are looking forward to seeing you all again! Kindest regards, Augusto

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Justine
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The food was very good, although pricey. The service was patchy as the venue was being prepared for an evening event. Background music was too loud.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on October 3, 2021

Hello Justine, Thank you for your feedback. Music was loud due to the fact that our restaurant was booked for a private event and they had asked us to higher the level slightly as they were all talking. We are sorry about that. Kind regards, Augusto

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Steve
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Reliably excellent. Always enjoy it here.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on October 3, 2021

Hello Steve, Thank you so much for your amazing feedback. Looking forward to seeing you again in Carluccio's! Kind regards, Augusto

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CharlieH
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The calamari was awful and wouldn’t be rushing back, the servers don’t even get their tip on card

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on October 3, 2021

Hello Charlie, Thank you for your feedback. Kind regards, Augusto

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PatR
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Lunch- staff friendly and efficient- menu varied and seasonal set menu offer was excellent. Really relaxing afternoon with great food and really competitive prices. Recommend

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SueM
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate outside and had one course. Everyone agreed our meal was very good and all the staff were very friendly and helpful.

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SharonT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First Carluccio breakfast and it didn't disappoint - fab cooked breakfasts, freshly squeezed orange juice and creamy cappuccinos - yum. Will defo return soon to try the chocolate pancakes!

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on September 16, 2021

Hi Sharon, We are glad you enjoyed your breakfast with us! See you soon! Kind Regards Franco

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a birthday lunch and get together

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on September 14, 2021

Hello, Thank you for your feedback! Hopefully see you again soon! Kind regards, Augusto

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning food and service!! Glad to be back

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on September 2, 2021

Hello, Thank you for your feedback! We are glad you are back as well! Kind regards, Augusto

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vipOpenTable Diner
Berkshire
8 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good value for great food and friendly staff

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on August 23, 2021

Hi, Thank you very much, we are glad you enjoyed our food and service. Hope to see you soon. Thanks Franco

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JonM
London
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

great food, good location with really good fast service.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on August 23, 2021

Hi JonM, We are happy you had a good experience while dining with us. Hope to see you soon. Thanks Franco

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Great service from the team, food was a little lacklustre.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on August 19, 2021

Hi there, Thank you for your feedback and visit on the 18th of August. We are sad that the food we cook with so much passion did not impressed you. I hope you did mention on the day as we are always open to suggestions as we are here to create a great experience for you every time. Kind regards, Andrea

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viproper
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply delicious - new menu has some lovely dishes on. Very good value, excellent service, staff are just wonderful.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on August 18, 2021

Hello Roper, Thank you for your amazing feedback! I am very blessed to be working with such amazing people and I am really happy that you can appreciate as much as I can! We are really excited about our new menu as well!! I really hope to see you soon! Kind regards, Augusto

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Dunk
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The vegan and vegetarian breakfasts are lovely and the staff are very friendly and attentive. Great seating area outside.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on August 18, 2021

Hello Dunk, Thank you for your lovely feedback! I will make sure to let everyone know! Kind regards, Augusto

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Foodmum2
Oxford
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and the ambience very nice. We sat outdoors and the service was excellent. Had a good time, thank you Carluccios.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on August 18, 2021

Hello, Thank you for your lovely feedback! We can't wait to welcome you again into our restaurant! Kind regards, Augusto

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MichaelP
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

previous week, didn't notice any music background, much quieter, which we preferred - this week music was too obvious!, but still great food, lovely staff, excellent food

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on August 18, 2021

Hello Michael, Thank you for your feedback! We will make sure to keep the music a little lower. Please do not hesitate to let us know on the day as well as our customer's satisfaction is our own! Kind regards, Augusto

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OlgaT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Fake Italian restaurant, staff was nice but despite using probably Italian's ingredients really not an Italian restaurant

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on August 11, 2021

Hello Olga, Thank you for your feedback, I can ensure you that our products are 100% authentic and we are always willing to improve. Our main focus is to always ensure the happiness of our customers. Kind regards, Augusto

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FAQs

Carluccio's - Reading offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0118 214 7089.

Carluccio's - Reading is rated 4.2 stars by 201 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.