Carluccio's - Reading

4.2
156 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 156 people are saying
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4.2
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EmmaL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booked at 1745, went to order at 1755, they said they couldn't do the set menu which finished at 1800

Bread was stale.
Ragu was watery!
Drinks the didn't do the discount deal, had to raise this with them.
Veey rude staff, made to feel ver unwelcome
Dessert tiny portions and all good very overpriced.

Would not recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A relaxed and enjoyable lunch.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for the lovely feedback. Andrea

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Poonam
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant and very tasty breakfast! Lovely to speak to the chef on how some of the food was cooked as the spinach and courgettes were divine. Great value for money!

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Poonam, Thank you for your lovely feedback. See you soon . Andrea

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AshleighW
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good place. Will go back. Nice food and a good price for what we ordered.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Ashleigh, Thank you for your feedback. Hope to see you soon. Andrea

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TlMo
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Waitress who served us was lovely! Very happy and friendly. Along with the delicious food, it made for a good experience.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded 3 days ago

Hi TIMo, We are so happy to see that you had a nice experience in Carluccios Reading. See you soon. Andrea

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall we had a nice time. Not too pleased about the price as it does not reflect the quality of the drinks. Bottle of wine was ridiculously overpriced and it put a downer on the whole experience. Cocktails were too small for the price. Excellent food and service though. Decent atmosphere. Would come again without ordering any wine or cocktails.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded 3 days ago

Hi there, Thank you for your feedback, We are happy that your experience went well. Andrea

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MagdaK
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend this place, staff very nice and food very delicious.

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vipthomo26
London
21 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Carluccios is always reliable; although the new owners have taken things like the platters off the menu which is a big mistake

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded 3 days ago

Hi thomo26, Thank you for your feedback. Hopefully in the nearer future will have the sharing platters back. Andrea

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SusieC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exactly what we needed - dining al fresco with fabulous food and cocktails! Excited to return!

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MargaretL
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My daughter and I both had the Veganese and really enjoyed it. My son had the Salad Nicoise and also enjoyed it but felt the tuna steak was a bit small. The service was prompt and friendly. I’ve been to this Carluccios before and not enjoyed the food, but on this occasion it was very good, so I’d go again.

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and good value , very attentive staff

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FrancesF
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food, lovely setting in a quieter and prettier part of the town centre. One of my favourites.

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Dunk
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really lovely vegetarian breakfast, friendly non-intrusive staff and - on a weekend morning - a pleasant, open location (nice outdoor seating area) and relaxed atmosphere.

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StephenB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and very nice service would go again and again kids loved it

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NicolaR
Oxford
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh tasty pasta, could tell it was made fresh

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Rich
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Overall the staff were helpful and the atmosphere was positive. To eat we had a starter, main and a side each. The starter tasted fresh and well flavoured but the main course let down the meal unfortunately. Both mains didn't taste fresh and had questionably be frozen. The side of which was a salad was really the best bit. Having visited other Carluccio's this one disappointed.

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TimS
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Ordered two mains. Both were missing a key ingredient (lamb rump - no potatoes, chicken bacon & avocado salad - no avocado). Waitress insisted the lamb rump dish didn’t have potatoes - I had to pull up the menu on the website to prove it was missing before I was provided them separately. Then got a grunt when I didn’t add a tip!

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KatieG
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Missing items from the desert menu was disappointing

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JennyS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go to Carluccios, Lovely setting, perfect service and great food.

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AlBBach
London
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Prompt COVID safe service

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food at a reasonable price and great service as always

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Natasha
London
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food was very overwhelming! The mussels were not fresh and the overall quality left a lot to be desired. Nothing like how we knew Carluccio's to be.

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JeanH
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Helpful staff, reasonably quick service, a pleasant location and tasty food in reasonable quantities. It gave us the chance to see our grandchildren for the first time since last October, also at Carluccio's!

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PatR
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Saturday morning for fun breakfast outdoors. Great service

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NathanC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t fault the place good was lovley portions where massive so well worth the money really emjoyed our time

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Orville
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food wasn’t what I was expecting I had the lasagna and it kind of look microwaved if I’m honest

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TalZ
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Could not specify outside table or inside. Had to phone to specify in addition to online booking

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LisaC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food is passable but nothing fantastic. The service was okay until we wanted the bill - our server had disappeared and nobody else came forward. Eventually I approached another server and we got the bill but why should we have to wait when we were ready to leave? My family actually left to not waste the afternoon and I eventually joined them. It was not busy and so I do not understand this type of delay.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booked table for 20:45 (quite a short term booking); arrived on time to be told that kitchen is already closed… really?

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CatherineP
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delighted to be back in Carluccio’s Reading after such a long time! Staff were very friendly and helpful and we got to enjoy our favourite dishes - we will be back very soon!

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DeanB
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great staff, food and location. Cannot recommend highly enough

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PatN
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Carluccios's is consistently very good - I am never disappointed

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roper
London
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful treat coming here - such friendly staff, food is delicious, service excellent. We keep coming back for more,

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JanetF
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Five of us met for lunch. Lovely meal. Good value. Not rushed. Very enjoyable

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emmaf
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal here and can't fault in anyway, the food was amazing and the service was great too.
tip top service from Luigi and a very pleasant evening will be going back again.
Keep up the great work.

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AlineZil
Dublin
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had some difficulties to find a place to park the car and we were more than 30min late from our booking however the staff were really friendly and helpful.

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Kelly
London
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Staff were so lovely! Did their best despite the awful
Weather!

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JoshuaU
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant with lovely food. No complaints at all

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DanT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We were outside due to CV restrictions, and despite the bad weather (intermittent rainfall) it was a relaxed, great food, great value dining experience for the family.

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OpenTable Diner
Berlin
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Was very good thanks

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 156 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.