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LUCA, Lancaster, PA
Luca On James - LUCA, Lancaster, PA
LUCA, Lancaster, PA
LUCA, Lancaster, PA
LUCA, Lancaster, PA

LUCA

4.6
4.6
1482 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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.



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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • 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.
  • Phone number
    (717) 553-5770
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Taylor Mason
  • Private party facilities
    Our mezzanine, which can accommodate a maximum of 30 guests, is a semi-private loft overlooking our main dining room and bar.
  • Neighborhood
    Lancaster
  • Cross street
    Lancaster
  • 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 Options, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,482 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

1,482 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Reviewed on August 9, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    Excellent Food!! Looking to go back tonight! ;)

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  2. VTScot

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A wonderful local spot close to Franklin and Marshall College.

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  3. excessiveeaters

    New York City

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at LUCA tonight! Everything from the starters, veggies, pastas, and pizzas was top notch! We sat at the chef’s counter and had a great time watching all the food being prepared and interacting with the chefs! Thank you to the entire staff at LUCA for making our evening memorable! We look forward to returning on our next trip to Lancaster!

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  4. DebG

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waitress, Sierra, was very knowledgeable about the menu. Her recommendations were spot on. A little noisy due to the high ceilings but we sat up top which was a little less noisy. We had pizza, gnocchi and another pasta that melted in your mouth. Definitely becoming one of my favorites in Lancaster.

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  5. BeckyB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    What an excellent meal! I don't even like brussel sprouts, and I couldn't get enough of them! It's a "taste experience".

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was our first time to Luca and are experience was very good we had Three different things the flavors were amazing and so different on all dishes. The night and meal was very memorable we will definitely go back

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  7. John

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall the experience was excellent. We just didn’t realize we were reserved on the mezzanine and one of our party had a mobility issue so we had to wait thirty minutes for a table to open.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic!!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible meal as always!

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  10. AimeeS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant. Food is amazing. Go here every year for our wedding anniversary. Highly recommend!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Porchetta di testa was phenomenal. Conchiglioni and Vincenzo Pizza were also delicious. Budino for dessert was a great finish. And Reese, our server, was very pleasant. Another very nice evening out at Luca.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Waitress was friendly and outgoing. The bar staff seemed like we were invisible. Next time we go there will be just for dinner and skip the bar. Drinks were top notch though. Food was delicious and came out quick.

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  13. bethz

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant with unique flair. Seasonal food, artisan cocktails, GF options, informative and friendly staff - we will be back!

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  14. MarkF

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Restaurant. Very eclectic atmosphere! Good variety! Great taste!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 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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  16. JoannN

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. We loved Lancaster.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 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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  18. KristinC

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 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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  19. EllenW

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 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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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 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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  21. PattiC

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 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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  22. RuthA

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 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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  23. UntilWeEatAgain

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 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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  24. Stan

    New York City

    312 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    312 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    What a great restaurant-cannot wait to return

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  25. maryd

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m in love with Luca. It simply never fails to disappoint.

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  26. JaneS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience! Great food and service A+ all the way

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  27. cbajustin

    Philadelphia

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food & drinks once again! Although very noisy, this place is worth it.

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  28. RobLi8082

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 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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  29. 20190131Boston

    New York City

    92 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 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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  30. ZztT

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    delicious food, great atmosphere, excellent service, cocktails are amazing, food was so fresh and delicious.

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  31. Andy

    Cleveland

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 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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  32. BVPNCC

    Philadelphia

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual Luca restaurant never disappoints. Cuisine and service excellent. One of our favorite go to places.

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  33. Sunny2

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 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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  34. ronl

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was great, menu really interesting. Much too noisy. the dessert rice pudding was a big disappointment

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  35. RVB13

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 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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  36. KristenK

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 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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  37. LMH5

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 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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  38. GBYP

    Philadelphia

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Luca never disappoints. The food and service are always outstanding.

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  39. BryanS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fantastic. Choose spicy for the “what would you recommend the restaurant for” because Spicy is the truth!

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  40. ChelseaS

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food with an amazing vibe! Not to be missed!

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LUCA is rated 4.6 stars by 1482 OpenTable diners.

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436 W James St, Lancaster, PA 17603

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Lancaster
  • Neighborhood
    Lancaster
  • 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.
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • 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.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Taylor Mason
  • Additional
    Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (717) 553-5770
  • Private party facilities
    Our mezzanine, which can accommodate a maximum of 30 guests, is a semi-private loft overlooking our main dining room and bar.
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