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About Luca

Chef Frank Bonanno dug into his Sicilian heritage and east coast roots to create this authentic Italian Eatery. Brightly painted walls and contemporary art create an upscale, urban feel at Luca, where knowledgeable servers quickly meet your needs and engage easily in conversation about a menu that changes monthly. 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.

711 Grant Street
Denver, CO 80203
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
7th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 832-6600

Website:
http://www.lucadenver.com/

Catering:
Why yes, we do cater!

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet is available at the corner of 7th & Grant. Some street parking available is also available in the area.

Executive Chef:
Frank Bonanno

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Ring in the New Year with hand made pasta and thoughtfully paired wines at Luca! This year Frank Bonanno's classic Italian eatery is offering a special five course menu. Menu highlights include Lobster Tortellini, Seared Magret Duck Breast and Chocolate Butterscotch Panettone.

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Luca Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

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4.5

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85% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (27)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Special Occasion (22)
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Good for a Date (21)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Romantic (17)
Notable Wine List (15)
Cozy (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Authentic (11)
Business Meals (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Fun (5)
Casual (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
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Tapas (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined 3 days ago

We did not enjoy the food, and some of our orders were forgotten.
We were attended to very little.
I had let them know it was our anniversary, but no mention was made by staff or our server.
They were busy, but they made little attempt to make us feel welcome.
We did not enjoy our experience.

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 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

Luca is the perfect restaurant in all aspects outstanding food, incredible service with an amazing staff both front and back of the house. We eat here at least once a week and would recommend it over any other restaurant in Denver. It is truly our favorite place to go.

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 (Denver)·Dined 4 days ago

Luca was my favorite restaurant in Denver up until my last visit on Friday. It's just bad. The food was terrible. We had an order of rabbit ragu but were given beans, penne pasta, almost no sauce and I guess there was some rabbit but only our waiter could find it. The mushroom fusilli that used to be my favorite dish had so much truffle it wasn't edible. They recently took panna cotta off of the menu and replaced it with a dessert that is an assault on all desserts. I am shocked that somebody created this recipe and decided it was fit for human consumption. After trying it, the waiter admitted it was "different." I would have liked that heads up before we ordered it. It's shocking how bad the food was. Service was good, as usual.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Great meal took our neighbors out, the really enjoyed the evening.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Was visiting Denver for a thanksgiving getaway and discovered this precious gem of a restaurant. Absolutely at the top of the best-of-the-best list for extraordinary dining experiences of my life! Everything from
the food to the service was perfect and I will remember this meal as one of the most epic dining experiences of my life. You must not miss this place!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

The restaurant is cozy and inviting. The food was good, although I thought the sauce on my veal was salty. The fennel salad was very good.
The service was very good.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Can’t say enoug about the food, wine and service! One of the best in town!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Comfort Food
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great atmosphere and incredible food! Service and special drinks were awesome as well. We love this restaurant for special occasions. I'm fairly sure that the Braised Short ribs was the best dinner I have ever had.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great bartender: MJ

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Service was very slow and meat on the market plate was greasy. Had a better experience during the first visit.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Consistently one of our favorite restaurants in Denver!

Tags: Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We've been twice and didn't enjoy our experience either time. We also noticed the table next to us return their appetizer and one main entrée. We didn't return anything but we were not pleased. I would rather visit Mizuna around the corner for better food and service. Sorry, Luca, we won't be back.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 3, 2017

This was a great restaurant, a little on the expensive side for the portions but it was delicious. Try the pasta with mushrooms and truffles!!!

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We love Luca! We love Luca! Everything about this restaurant is outstanding. We love the service, the food, the price, the wine, coziness, complimentary valet. Luca first took our hearts when we were unable to go home for Christmas last year due to a snowstorm. We came there defeated & hungry. They gave us complimentary sparkling wine and a table right by the window to watch the snow fall. Seriously some of the best pasta and service I have ever had in Denver. Their meat & cheese plate is so incredible. Get the burrata! I would seriously just go there for a glass of wine and burrata cheese. Last time we went, it was for my birthday for a romantic date. Everything was still consistently incredible. I can't wait to bring my family here!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We experienced another stellar dinner at Luca. All courses, from salad to dessert, had great presentation, subtle and interesting flavors, and fresh ingredients. Our main courses (potato wrapped cod and duo of duck) were very generous in size. We had a great sampling of wines, chosen by Jim, the sommelier, that added to the entire experience. We prefer coming on a week night when the usual great service is even more so. We have always found the food to be consistently some of the best available in the Denver scene. We will return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Hedging pricey, but the service was pleasant and the best Osso Buco we've had in a long time, including the mushroom risotto.
Panna cotta dessert good, but sacher torte a bit dry
Worth a revisit.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Loved this place. Not kid friendly but they went out of their way for our 3yr old. Great place !!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

The Matrede assisted with great wine selections. Our waiter Jacob and assnts did a wonderful job. Our bartendress , MJ made wonderful cocktails.
All in all, a great dining experience!

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Service was good and nice ambiance, but we were pretty disappointed with the food. The appetizer was a new calamari dish – believe it was calamari stuffed with shrimp and spinach (not on the current menu online). It was extremely bland and very chewy, the sauce was bland as well. For dinner my wife had the Lasagnette, and same story, very bland – both the seafood and the sauce. I had the speck wrapped scallops and will say that the scallops were very good and very well cooked, but the risotto that came with it was not very flavorful. We also thought the portions were very small (3 scallops for my dish), and for the pasta dishes the normal size serving is the size of a small bread plate and the large serving size was what I would call normal; so this is definitely not a good value. We wouldn’t go back here

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Great food, extremely good service, perfect atmosphere, will definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Luca used to be a great dining experience--innovative menu and quality preparation. Sad to say this no longer is the case. Overall quality was very poor and plate presentation was like something from a roadside diner. Ordered three entrees--the osso buco was way overcooked and dry--have had better from Costco; veal saltimbocca was again overcooked and and very poor quality veal; scallops were cold but at least not over cooked. Overall very disappointing.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We love Luca, but we were away a few months, and the new dishes from chef Sean just knocked our socks off! I started with my favorite crab app, and my husband had the new shrimp and spinach stuffed calamari. Both were fantastic: super-fresh, rich and flavorful. I am from Maryland, and I believe it is the best crab dish in Denver! And my husband thought the calamari was incredible, too. On to sharing the freshest arugula salad in town (really!), then to the mains: I tried a 1/2 portion of the new squash and cheese pasta, surrounded by fresh crab (yes, I LOVE crab), in an incredibly rich, to die for sauce (maybe the best pasta I have ever eaten!). My husband had Frank Bonnano’s incredible veal osso buco; sublime and amazing, as always. No room for dessert, but wow! What a great meal!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Romantic, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food and atmosphere. Will definitely be back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Service was personable, friendly, attentive, and the food was amazing (i got the seafood pasta). so glad this place is in my neighborhood!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 15, 2017

20 minutes between courses... my party was falling asleep

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 (Montreal)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food was unimpressive and service was borderline terrible

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Everything was going well until the entrees were supposed to arrive. We watched several tables who had arrived after us receive their food and we seemed to have been forgotten. There was at least a 45 minute gap between salads and pasta. Waiter explained that "everyone ordered Pasta at the same time!" I assumed that since this was an Italian restaurant that shouldn't be a problem : / When food did arrive my Carbonara was so salty it was inedible. Waiter was overworked and under informed about some items on the menu as well. Won't be going back any time soon.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Luca is amazing. Incredible food, atmosphere and service. Great night out with friends, will make this a regular stop.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

The new chef delivered!! The hostess unfortunately did not! THE FOOD WAS DELICIOUS! Our waitress was on point!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Everything was perfect including a very knowledgeable waiter. Will try to go more often . Very yummy.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We went to this restaurant for our anniversary because I had always heard great things but we found it to be pretty mediocre. The atmosphere was much more stuffy then I would have liked, the server had no personality and didn't seem that interested in talking to us at all and the food was just okay. Pretty disappointed and will not be going back.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 24, 2017

prior perfect recipes should not be changed, food was good but not up to normal Lucas standards

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

We went to Luca to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. We were promptly seated, given complimentary glasses of Proseco, and wished a "Happy Anniversary" by the hostess. Our waiter also wished us a "Happy Anniversary" and was very knowledgeable of the menu and made a few suggestions for us to try. We ordered the grilled peach salad and the arugula salad to start. For our main courses we had the pappardelle with bolognese sauce and the ricotta cavetelli with wild boar sauce. We ordered more bread as it was so good! We split the double chocolate layered mousse for dessert. Our meal was creative and delicious! Service was fast and thorough. As we paid our bill, our waiter thanked us for coming to Luca to celebrate our anniversary and said he hoped to see us again! We will definitely go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 4, 2017

We went to Luca for a celebration and had a great leisurely dinner with burrata, beet salad and the fusilli and lobster pastas. We absolutely loved the fusilli and were craving more the next day. Service was great and our waiter offered us tastes of a couple different wines - we ended up picking an Italian blend that we really enjoyed. Highly recommend this spot!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Comfort Food, Happy Hour
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Server seemed distracted or new. Waited for each course- everyone's drinks arrived at different times. One of party members had her entree served with cocktail😢 Would not race back here

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Service was noticeably slow which is unusual for the restaurant in my memory. Waiter was outstanding, knew the menu quite well with good recommendations.

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 27, 2017

The only two-tops in the restaurant are right next to each other, so even when almost empty they will seat one couple right on top of another. Always a mistake. How can one have an intimate conversation? The music was loud/techno...totally unappealing for a nice meal out.
Otherwise the food was very good...although a seafood stew should NOT be only mussels (the cheapest type) but these things aside, it was a nice meal and the service was excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Dined here for our anniversary 8/24. For apps, hubby had jumbo lump crab torta, I had tagliatelle Lobster Fra Diavolo. Both had large amounts of perfectly cooked seafood, and were mouth-watering as always (the tagliatelle has long been a favorite of mine). Entrees: his was Ligurian seafood stew, mine was the halibut. Both were standouts on taste, freshness, and handled excellently. The broth for the halibut, which comes separately then mixed in tableside, is not to be missed!
Our only possible quibble could be that his stew did not contain prawns as stated on the menu. There could be many reasons for this which we are not privy to, but it was a disappointment for him. Neither were we told what those reasons might have been; we weren't advised of this at all.
But to balance that out, since the staff knew it was our anniversary, we did get a free glass of Prosecco upon arrival. They also graciously let us taste three different wines so we could decide what we wanted to have with dinner.
All in all, this is still one of our very favorite places in our neighborhood! We only live 3.5 blks away, although walking back up the hill is more ... um, "interesting" after one has dined well ;)

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 22, 2017

I love the happy hour tasting menu and cocktails. All good quality and nicely presented. Shared a dinner entree and it was a bit small but tasty.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 21, 2017

The Family Dinner available on Sundays was really nice. There was plenty of food and a good selection of salads, pastas and main courses. Always good food and service.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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