LUCA

4.7
1466 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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About

RUSTIC ITALIAN CUISINE

Inspired by the generosity and conviviality of the Italian table, LUCA brings a casual yet elegant new dining experience to Lancaster. We enjoy a deep love for the "Old Country" where the union of food, drink and family still remain the highest pleasures of life. LUCA is casual, rustic everyday food made with integrity for our community. We look forward to serving you!

The Fire is Always Burning

Our wood-burning hearth and handmade Neapolitan oven infuse all that we do at LUCA. We specialize in Neapolitan-style pizzas, handmade pastas, salumi and antipasto, simple roast meats and seafood and an Italian-focused beverage program. Our menu focuses on various regions of Italy and the dishes and ingredients of those indigenous areas as they are available to us in Lancaster County, PA.

LUCA combines the culinary traditions and charm of Italy with the heritage of Lancaster County, PA.


Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Tuesday-Thursday 5pm to 11pm, Friday-Saturday 5pm to Midnight
(Kitchen closes 1 hour prior to closing)
**Nightly we have over 40 seats in our bar area that are available on a first come, first serve basis for walk-ins.
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Phone number
(717) 553-5770
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Taylor Mason
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lancaster
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Parking details
LUCA has a large parking lot on-site for our patrons. Please make an effort to find a spot in our lot before looking elsewhere. As a community-focused small business, we kindly ask our patrons to respect our neighbors and their residential parking adjacent to the restaurant.
Additional
Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was very good, unique, and the food was made very quickly. The waitress attended us often and made sure we had everything we want. The food is worth the price.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. We loved Lancaster.

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OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, my girlfriend and I enjoyed a lovely meal at Luca. The host and manager are always friendly and accommodating. The service is always educated & attentive, but never overbearing. Our Dolcetto was delightful and very seasonably appropriate for the items that were on the menu. As two sommeliers, we were admiring the well curated wine & beverage selections. I always appreciate the tuile that is served with your cappuccino. Well done!

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KC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We dined at Luca for the first time this November. We chose Luca to celebrate my birthday. Our server, Reed (I think) was very charming, energetic and knowledgeable with the current menu. He provided suggestions and explained some of the tricky titles to us. Overall experience was great. It’s a small space, with a good mix of people. If you don’t mind closer quarters and a jubilant crowd, this is a great atmosphere to enjoy some creative authentic twist dishes.

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EW
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Luca. Everything served is a new taste sensation. Flavors so new and exciting. Need I say anything else. Can't wait to go back. Pizza at Luca is unlike any pizza anywhere else on the planet.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

I guess we should have read the menu
on line. Wasn’t used to seeing beef cheek and beef tongue anywhere. The four of us were able to order dinners that were more to our liking and we were happy. That being said, the service upstairs was not great. The servers were very friendly when we saw them. The downstairs was not crowded.
The parking was not great either. Had to walk 4 blocks to the restaurant. All in all, the place was very cool inside and we would come back for drinks on the patio in the summer.

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PC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Excellent meal. We especially love the grilled cauliflower Our waiter Mitch was very knowledgeable and enthusiastically answered very question. He was tremendously helpful. A wonderful evening !

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RA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First timers at Luca's but we WILL be back! Very fun! Didn't feel like we were in Lancaster! Loved having pizza leftovers, just as delicious 2nd time around!

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UW
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are looking for fresh local ingredients and a menu that changes with the seasons, Luca is your place. Everything is fresh and executed in a timely manner. The atmosphere is relaxed and the servers are very attentive.

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S
New York Area
171 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

What a great restaurant-cannot wait to return

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m
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m in love with Luca. It simply never fails to disappoint.

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JS
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience! Great food and service A+ all the way

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c
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food & drinks once again! Although very noisy, this place is worth it.

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RL
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

With this being my first visit, I was very impressed overall. The food was amazing. We started with a bsprout small plate and a beet salad. Also, we tried a pizza and a pasta dish. Everything was so good. Nothing was over salted and the taste was spot on. You could everything that was out into each dish. Nothing overwhelmed. The service was exceptional and not overwhelmingly. The ambience was a bit much where the noise level was much higher than expected. This was minuscule for a complaint but did leave me having to talk a bit louder than I wanted to to my date across the table. Nonetheless, we are still raving over the experience and can’t wait to return.

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SF
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Late night small plates dinner that worked with the available salads. And wine by the glass. Server was attentive and knew the menu. Very nice dining area with enough room to talk quietly.

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ZT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

delicious food, great atmosphere, excellent service, cocktails are amazing, food was so fresh and delicious.

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A
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner and service! We all tried a different pasta and they were all superb . Our server was very personable and made good recommendations about the menu.

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BV
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual Luca restaurant never disappoints. Cuisine and service excellent. One of our favorite go to places.

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S
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Pizza crust was limp and overall flavor was uninspired with minimal topping. Service was friendly but slow. Salads were tasty. Noise level was loud but tolerable. Not sure why this restaurant is so popular.

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r
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was great, menu really interesting.
Much too noisy.
the dessert rice pudding was a big disappointment

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RV
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my wife’s birthday on a Wednesday night with friends (who had never been here before!). What an awesome night. From the moment we walked through the door, the staff went above and beyond to make it an awesome experience. Our server was very young, yet very knowledgeable. The food, well it is always spectacular. The new artichoke appetizer was incredible. We had a chopped salad and finished with our favorite, the Fungi pizza. Just as we were getting ready to leave, Simon surprised my wife, dessert with a candle in it. WELL PLAYED!!
It was a night to remember!!
Thanks.
Highly recommend LUCA-

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KK
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

I hosted my dinner group at Luca expecting a great experience. Generally good, but did not live up to the hype. Two people had cocktails that were awful. The food portions were very small for the cost. The pastas had great flavor while the pizza was so charred it over powered the flavor of the toppings. We have had some delicious meals there, so it was a bit of a let down.

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LM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

I was very disappointed in the service which was mediocre at best. I selected LUCA for a birthday celebration and felt like we were treated as if it were any other night grabbing pizza. The staff did not have our table ready when we arrived and were unapologetic, and did not offer a birthday candle or anything special despite us having mentioned that it was a birthday dinner. LUCA's ambiance and food is good, but it does not blow you away. Having lived outside of Lancaster for the past ten years , I've had better rustic Italian at this price point and with much better service. Overall, I was disappointed and will not be back anytime soon.

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GB
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Luca never disappoints. The food and service are always outstanding.

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BS
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic. Choose spicy for the “what would you recommend the restaurant for” because Spicy is the truth!

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CS
New England
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food with an amazing vibe! Not to be missed!

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LB
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

This was our third visit to Luca and the food is very good but the portions
are small. The menu is limited. Our friends would like to have had a meat dish.
I also would like pepper to be offered and bread should be included.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Waitress was good. Service was good. Exciting??? Food was good.... beets were de-lish! Artichoke small playe✅✅. Pizza ok. Chopped salad very good

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MB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Took forever to get any of our food... the pizza by far was the best thing about the restaurant! Beer selection was very limited.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Hubby thoroughly enjoyed his food. My pasta dish was good but lukewarm. Dessert was GREAT!

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OT
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came here for date night - it didn’t disappoint! The bolognese is a must!

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S
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is just the second time we have one to LUCA but both times were really good. The food is great, pasta made fresh and you can tell, food is delicious and just the right portion that you can have apps, main and dessert and not be overly full. We were celebrating our recent marriage and my wife's birthday and LUCA surprised us with complimentary drinks. It was great, my wife felt very special!

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DR
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LUCA is one of our favorites that we be frequenting often

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l
New Orleans
55 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very nice. Good food. Maybe some bread while waiting for food wood be good???

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MC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food, Service and vibe! A major player in Lancaster’s hip restaurant scene!

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JW
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was great. The pasta was somewhat chewy.

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c
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Very knowledgeable waiters...creative menu

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ND
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. Unique ingredients and combinations that you just don’t see in Central Pa.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time dining at Luca, but first time dining there with friends who had not been there before. One person in our party remarked that their meal (a chicken dish) was the best ever. Great drinks too.

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DR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Only thing is that the portion size is small, even on the entree

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