Luca

4.4
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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CS
Denver
99 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful pasta! Very good service. I highly recommend Luca.

OT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, presentation and the service was excellent!

CA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service outstanding! Really enjoyed eating here.

RK
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We were a bit disappointed given that we have always had great experiences at Luca. Our appetizer (Meat and Cheese) and desert (Butterscotch Bread Pudding) were very good, but both our pasta entrees did not live up to the expectations created from our previous visits.

My Wife had the Lobster pasta and I had the bolognese. Both dishes had an "over spiced" taste to them. They almost tasted the same which made sharing the dishes less enjoyable and the subtle/differentiated tastes we have come to expect were missing. The noodles themselves were great but the spice really took away from the enjoyment of both dishes.

The service was fine, but the energy and charisma of our waiter was lacking.

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

This is a different Luca. Gone is the old nice Italian restaurant. They are trying to be hip or something. The music was loud and overwhelming. We couldn’t talk. The service was slow. The food was mediocre

Too bad we will not go back

JP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great solid food for 18 years. Have the Fusili! Trust me.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our 2nd time to Luca and we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Service was impeccable over all we loved it! and will be back.

j
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We had to wait 15 minutes past our reservation and I had to pay $32 for a NY strip that was over cooked and mostly charred fat. I expected more on Valentine’s Day since the menu was extremely reduced from an option standpoint.

K
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful, delicious, romantic meal! Will return!

LV
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

The meal was good, not great. Service was hurried, noise level and music were uncomfortable. We have been to Luca many times, but may not return.

OT
Denver
165 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to go to our Valentine’s dinner a day early, and it was a great choice. Frank Bonanno himself was in the kitchen, and the entire evening was extra special! Luca has a Thursday night deal for half price on wine $60 or less, and we had a wonderful Ripasso with our meal. After the complementary cheese, crisps and jam, we shared a new antipasti salad that was generous and divine! Meats, cheeses, olives, super-flavorful veggies; the perfect starter. Then I had the scallops and my husband had the chicken. Both were amazing! I mean OMG amazing! We took boxes so we had room for dessert...I had the chocolate cake with coffee gelato, and he had tiramisu. Yet another perfect course! Luca may be casual these days, but the food is phenomenal! If you haven’t been lately, you are missing a truly special restaurant.

t
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the menu. We were 2 couples at dinner so we ordered burrata, copa, Caesar salads and entrees (burrata stuffed chicken parm and porchetta were divine) but, if solo, I could have ordered a pizza or pasta and made the meal casual (I.e inexpensive). Great service and atmosphere.

s
Denver
181 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was exquisite from the mussels through the carbonara, the short ribs and the scallops, ending with the butterscotch bread pudding and tiramisu. Service was exceptional. We will be back.

MM
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Matt Hislop is an amazing chef! All the servers were also excellent, professional and very accommodating. We highly recommend this fabulous Denver restaurant!

L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We live in the neighborhood and were hoping for a great experience. While there was nothing “bad” about our experience, the food, service, and (Italian) wine selection were all just solidly average.

CB
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Luca was extremely busy on the Saturday night we went. Sat there for 10 minutes before we got water. Wine service was nonexistent for over 30 minutes. Waiter started out testy but did indeed rally. Food was good, not great. Not rushing back.

DN
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The restaurant didn't meet our expectations. Service was extremely slow, and inconsistent. A burrata appetizer was brought out burned and had to be sent back. The risotto was somewhat watery, and I had to use a knife to cut my polenta. And, one of our 7 entrees was forgotten. To the restaurant's credit, that entrée was comp'd. We spent two and a half hours for mediocre food and poor service. We won't be going back.

AS
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Decent meal but the kitchen had an off night. Very slow service and food was above average, but not as good as in the past.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal was a little late, so the owner presented each of us with an appetizer on the house. Great staff. Get them on Restaurant Week if they’re participating.

HS
Jacksonville
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parking was easy thanks to free valet service. Attentive staff, food was obviously homemade and was absolutely outstanding. We were able to go while waiting for flight as restaurant is only 30 from Denver International Airport. Would definitely eat here again!

M
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time we had dined at Luca and we were very impressed with the cuisine, atmosphere, and servers! We really enjoyed it!

A
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The food was good, but it took forever and the restaurant wasn’t busy. If we traveled back to Colorado, I don’t believe I would return.

OT
Denver
166 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the perfect evening: the service/pace was excellent, the casual atmosphere was warm and friendly, the Luca salad had super-fresh arugula and fennel, the mussels were large, juicy, and flavorful, my shrimp were amazing, my husband's steak was generous and mind-blowingly yummy, and the tiramisu and chocolate torte were the perfect ending to the perfect dining experience. Luca can be a quick, special meal, or a long, luxurious evening. We thoroughly enjoyed the latter!

EC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. They made you feel at home. Make sure to order the meat and cheese platter along with the goat buratta . The meats are home cured

RF
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific exceptional fantastic just plain really good+++

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and good were outstanding!

k
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

OT
Denver
136 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We had high expectations when dining here on New Year's Eve, since we have been to the restaurant in the past with no complaints. Our reservation was at 7:15 and we arrived early and we sat right away. We ordered a bottle of wine and made selections from the special menu. After an hour we had been served our first course (antipasti caldi and lump crab salad). We were very frustrated with the poor service. I mentioned it to the hostess and also to another server that approached our table, apologizing for th3e delays. Note our server NEVER said a thing about the service and how terribly slow it was. She was oblivious the entire night. The crab salad was NOT made with lump crab, it was just the cheap stringy crab. Next was the eggplant and jumbo prawns. One prawn was cooked perfect, the other was overcooked. We had the cheese ravioli and lobster agnolotti - no problems with these dishes, again, just the incredibly long wait in between the dishes. The table next to us after 1.25 hours was onto their third course. Next was the new York strip and tuna steak. The NY strip had a lot of gristle (tough to cut/eat). My date liked the tuna steak dish. Dessert was the opera cream cake and cheesecake. Cheesecake was a little dry (when was it made?) and the berries were not macerated. We left at 10:00!! Overall a really disappointing evening and a poorly managed kitchen staff. Not sure how this compares to prior NY eve's but I suggest they revisit the service issues and consider eliminating one course next year. We decided we would not go back for NYE.

J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Went for NYE dinner. Adorable little place, very cute inside. Had a pre-fixed menu, 5 course meal. The food was quite excellent. Only negative thing was that everything was extremely slow. We were there over 2.5 hours and had to ask for the remaining courses to be boxed up. Would still recommend and would go back. Just be mindful you maybe there for awhile.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the atmosphere, the service and most of the dishes. The only reason I am giving 3/5 stars is because the main course, which was the New York Strip steak, was not prepared to the proper medium-rare temperature. Judging from the other steaks set served to other patrons, this was a common issue. The steaks were much closer to rare than medium rare, which was a disappointment because my wife did not enjoy hers at all. Some of the fat needed more rendering, and the “warm pink center” was not really there on the thicker part of the cut.

k
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Simply delicious! Amazing Italian food!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything was incredible from start to finish; ambiance, drink selection, and food. Highly recommend finishing off the night with the affogato!

W
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was great! We’ll definitely be back for more!

OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience in every way.

JC
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We went on what appeared to be a slow Saturday night with several open tables. It took 40 minutes to get a cocktail. Even though it was not busy, the noise level was high due to the background music volume although it was turned down when we asked. The service was simply s l o w s l o w. The waiter was not attentive to our table at all. The most annoying thing was the value. It is clear the profit motive is much more important than providing exceptional quality or any kind of decent value. How about $20 for a Gin on the rocks with a splash of Compari? As was pointed out when I complained, their standard pour is 1.5 ounces. Wow! $10 a sip. Or maybe for an added touch, charging a buck an olive a cheese olives in a martini. It was embarrassing. I fully expect expensive drinks in a restaurant like this, but most of the good ones also provide an adequate drink. The food was fine, but not exceptional. I would never recommend this restaurant to anyone. Frankly, I wouldn't consider any of the Bonanno restaurants after this. Customer satisfaction is not the priority. It's the profit margin.

Luca
Responded on December 31, 2019

Hi John C, Sorry the experience you had wasn't great, we are always are trying our best. I am was the manager on duty and remember speaking with your table several times about service and wish you would have given me the opportunity to correct any speed of service issues. As for the gin drink, it was a double gin with a splash of Campari, hence the up charge (which was removed from the check after you spoke with the server about the concern) Hope you and your guest have a great New Year!

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G
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly Recommend! Excellent experience! I had been to all the other Bonanno restaurants, except Luca... so I had high expectations. Everything was amazing--from the initial greeting, the service throughout, every plate of food, and the tiramasu. I look forward to my next visit!

OT
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful neighborhood bistro. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall great experience!!

LG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance. The pizzetta blew us away...haven’t had pizza that good in a long time.

LS
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing italian food! was not too heavy, and portion size was perfect. I had the Mushroom truffle oil pasta- fantastic! Added Burrata cheese from our appetizer to my entree- highly recommend!

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