Luca

4.7
1887 reviews
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$30 and under
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Chef Frank Bonanno dug into his Sicilian heritage and east coast roots to create this authentic Italian Eatery. Luca has amazing personal touches from the daily made breads and pastas to the meats and cheeses that are cured in house, to the charcoal drawing of Bonanno’s son (and the restaurant’s namesake) that hangs in the dining room. Luca is colorful, lively, and tasty; the menu is designed for gluttonous abandon. It’s not your ordinary pile-of-pasta-and-sauce Italian joint; it’s the real (and tasty) deal.
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CP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot. Love the ambiance and the waiter Charles was great!

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Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at Luca and we will definitely be back. Everything was delicious - a highlight was the meat and cheese plate with added homemade burrata. Charles took excellent care of us and made our dinner special with his recommendations and friendliness. A great bday dinner!

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G
Denver
125 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Late night meal of the house salad and the mushroom pizza. Heaven!

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DA
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I brought my wife to dine at Luca, 1st time dining here. Everything was WONDERFUL!!!!
We will be returning again.
Daron
Denver Cutlery, Inc.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great everything just a little pricey considering the amount of other great restaurants out there for less expensive.

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

So glad we gave Luca a second chance. Our first experience here was with a large group. Food reviews were mixed, and overall we felt we'd overpaid for a not-so-great experience.

Upon returning (just my partner and me this time around) we had a wonderful experience. Charles, our server, was excellent! The Margherita pizza was authentic and flavorful, showcasing quality ingredients prepared right. The pizza crusts (gluten-free and regular) were perfect for both of our orders. Drinks were good (although pricy) and appetizers did not disappoint either. The kale salad was simple but satisfying - thankfully not overdressed. The calamari and sauce it was prepared in had us returning clean plates to the kitchen. Cozy environment, tasty food, and great service mean we will be back in the future.

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KM
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant awesome server! The food was hit or miss. We had the meat and cheese board and added the borata which was amazing! I had the mushroom pizza. Wasn't a lot of mushrooms and the crust was soggy! 😑. Husband had the beef spare ribs which was awesome! Brother had the duck! It wasn't rendered at all and was chewy...would maybe come back service was good food was ok.

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BL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our evening at Luca. It was quiet enough to have conversation but lively enough o be fun. The food and service were both outstanding. Highly recommend the papparadelle bolognese and the whole cooked fish.

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L
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I've always loved the food, cocktails, and service at Luca!

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LD
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Surprised by the 2 for $50 menu which we all took advantage of. Everything was quite good. The 3 boys loved it.
Will come back.

ld

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Denver
18 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Coldest night in Denver since 60 years, so I’ll cut them some slack, but it was cold at our table for awhile. The boiler must’ve taken a bit to kick in. Food, however, was outstanding as always. Went for restaurant week, but I’m sure it’s no different than any other night. Perfect portions; even though it looks small went first put in front of you, the three courses we had put a strain on the old belt! And the freshness, quality, and taste are fabulous! We’re guilty of not going as much as we should, so thankfully restaurant week comes by to remind us how great this place is.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an incredible experience, very personal, felt as though a family was running the place and we were family visiting!

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B
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Big disappointment. Had not eaten there in several years and was remembering it as back in the day producing some of the finest dining experiences when I lived closer to Downtown so I jumped on Restaurant Week special-pricing with limited menu. Wife and I went to an early Saturday evening seating. Restaurant was curiously un-busy. We ordered martinis to start, and then for appetizers I had the meatball and Rita had a nicely fresh but unremarkable Arugula Salad. The sugo on my meatball was truly outstanding and the meatball, though tasty, was tough and rubbery. For Secondi I liked the homemade Fettucine in my Bolognese which was tender but toothy and properly done. But the Bolognese sauce had none of the meaty richness nor unctuousness of a well built Bolognese. Needed salt too. Rita's squid ink pasta with clam sauce had good flavor but there was very little clam meat in the broth and what was there was so finely minced it slid off the pasta. That noodle was also well made and perfectly Al Dente. For mains I had the chicken parmesan which turned out to be a small skinless chicken breast paillard with a nice schnitzel-like crusting covered first with the same delicious Marinara sauce that had rescued the meatball and then what appeared to be a melted and re-solidified disc of Asiago (I think) on top of all with a barely detectible dusting of Parmesan. Okay but not terrific. On the other hand, Rita's grilled flank steak was uncuttable and unchewable. Or more properly it was infinitely chewable as it refused to yield its ropiness before being spat out (Rita's bite) or being swallowed like a ball of wet string (my bite.) The waiter insisted on replacing the steak with one that was cooked properly and buying us dessert. The replacement steak was identical to the first one. The waiter was nice and attentive and his wine suggestion was excellent. Dessert of Lemon Cake with Lemon Sabayonne was pretty good. We won't be going back anytime soon.

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RG
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Luca during Denver Restaurant Week
We were lucky to get reservations on a Saturday night and really enjoyed the menu. Our party fo 6 sample many choices from the menu and found all to be generous portions and tasty. The waiter was excellent. My husband felt the pomodoro sauce at Luca was thick, almost a marinara, compared to that at the Milk Market. The food temperature was not as "hot from the kitchen" as I'd like. We were only disappointed that the gelato selection didn't include stracciatella.

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GY
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! Great food, ambiance & service from Luke.

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LM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and excellent service! Loved the atmosphere and genuinely good meal

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NG
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

The food was fairly bland. I have been wanting to try this place for a long time and was disappointed overall. The wine was very expensive, but good. The service was excellent! However, we had to go to another restaurant after because the portions were very small.

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KK
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Restaurant week dinner was good — the starters and the pasta courses especially. The entrees were so-so. I do have a bit of a bone to pick. I bought a Bonanno Concepts $100 gift card back on cyber Monday. Have not used it, but when I gave it to the waiter he came back and told me it had a zero balance. I told him that was not possible since I had not used the card. Anyway, could not get them to honor it. Since then I have been reaching out to them by email and voice mail without response. Have been a loyal FB customer for many years— not super happy with the complete lack of follow up by the staff.
Follow up -- heard from Luca and they are solving my issue. Thanks!!

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B
Denver
72 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, cozy ambiance, and great service. What more could you want?

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SH
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambience was very nice. Food and service was excellent!

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D
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am a big fan of Luca's little brother Osteria Marco, but I have to admit the burrata at Luca is a notch or two up.

My wife and I were amazed at the fact that we thought OM was the best in the state until last night.

The menu has its own amazing delicacies that differ from Marco, and that is a wonderful thing.

The pasta was delicious, and the shrimp was some of the best I have had in a while.

My wife had the steak enjoyed it thoroughly.

We just made reservations for March to introduce our friends to this treasure.

I can't wait.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went during DRW and they had a great selection. Squid ink pasta was amazing! Service was outstanding. Overall we had a great experience and will return!

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Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and the level of service was superb. We dined over restaurant week. I appreciated the options for the 3 course, fixed menu. Cocktails were delicious and dessert was outstanding. Will definitely go back.

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C
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal with great service. The atmosphere is nice, and fairly quiet, which is so appreciated.

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jake was our server and he was excellent. We have a wonderful and relaxing experience. The smoked mozz was delicious, as were the meatballs. My fiancé had the fusilli and I had the bolognese, paired with a great Nebbiolo. Finished with the Chocolate Bavarian dessert. Awesome meal. Awesome service!

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SM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall fantastic. Great service and delicious food. The staff were very knowledgeable and helpful when it came to making recommendations. A little pricey but well worth it! Great place for a date night. Will definitely return.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Valentine’s Day menu was different from normal menu and customers noticed

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AR
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable meal for Vday. Frank even brought our food out which made it extra special. Thank you Luca!!

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AC
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Valentines Day Prix Fixe menu was delicious and special for a romantic dinner out!

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k
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful! Luca always delivers a fabulous meal. This is one of our favorite restaurants.

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MM
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A delightful restaurant on a Sunday night not too loud and the food and service were great. The only minor distractions were that the music was a bit loud and not dinner-style music and also the seats were found to be a bit hard for 2 hours of sitting by older members of our group.

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AF
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing - delicious, delicate and divine! Wonderful selection of taste sensations. The burrata was a terrific way to start the meal. Mushroom pasta and sausage pizza were our favorites.

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k
Denver
40 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was delicious as always. However, we miss not having the breadsticks and plain bread as before. Loved the beet salad. Appreciate having a choice of sizes on the entrées.

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N
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, wish we had been offered some bread though

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OT
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding new menu and manager Max. We'll be back

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RC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent pasta

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W
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service--birthday meal coudn't be better!!

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DE
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Felt like we were in an intimate setting with a table for 4. Service was friendly and unrushed. Ordered multiple salads (grilled pear and grilled romaine hearts) and four different entrees (lobster fra diavolo, margarita pizza, burrata stuffed chicken parmesan and roasted duck) all of which were excellent.

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CM
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Our first visit, and Luca did not disappoint. Tyler is a great ambassador for Luca and the other Bonnano restaurants. A very fun experience all the way around. We moved into the neighborhood several months ago and will be revisiting Luca often !

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EF
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Staff are friendly & knowledgeable, space is welcoming and not too loud. It's pricey but not unfairly so. Great for a special occasion.

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