Luca

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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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vipKathleenD
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Perfect for date night or any night.

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BillyRinks
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luca is a neighborhood gem! Chef Bonanno does it again. Our entire party had a wonderful dining experience. THANK YOU!

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CharlesS
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I've eaten at Luca several times in the past few years and it is always excellent. The new chef seems to have excellent ideas and presents them well.

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vipClaytonB
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went during restaurant week to check it out. I Judge Italian restaurants harder than any others since my family is Italian. No, its not as good as moms but this place knows what they are doing. One of the few places that actually cooks pasta correctly. The flavors are not overly complicated like other places. Luca does it right! Planning on going back in the next few weeks to try the regular menu.

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7wheels
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Visited on the last night of restaurant week. Service was good, food was lacking. Disappointed since the cost of restaurant week was not inexpensive.

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vipYosh
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Went for restaurant week and it was busy. Service had some hickups with wrong orders coming to our table, but overall we had a great evening. It's been a while since our last visit here, but I would definitely return.

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vipAmyK
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited during restaurant week. Food was top notch and service was fantastic

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vipmichelec
Denver
37 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, very accommodating. Food selection was fabulois

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vipBabushka
Denver
84 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service.....will be going back.

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vipCynthiaS
Denver
100 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, presentation and the service was excellent!

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CindyA
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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RyanK
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
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

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JasonP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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jamesf
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.

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Kati
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful, delicious, romantic meal! Will return!

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LeslieV
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
167 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.

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viptroyd
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.

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vipsusanatthecastle
Denver
182 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.

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MayaM
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!

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Louise
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.

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CharlesB
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.

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vipDenverNative
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.

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vipAST1
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipHSNYTransporters
Jacksonville
8 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!

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Marie
Denver
27 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!

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Ashley
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
167 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!

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vipEdwardC
New York Area
15 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

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vipRobertF
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific exceptional fantastic just plain really good+++

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and good were outstanding!

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vipkrill
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
137 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.

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James
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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kdub
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Simply delicious! Amazing Italian food!

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