LUCA

4.7
1320 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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
What 1320 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined a day ago

This is a reasonable priced modern Italian restaurant. Everything is made in-house.

My server, Jordan was excellent! He was
knowledgeable and attentive without being intrusive.

The watermelon appetizer with basil, toasted pine and salted ricotta was beautifully presented and luscious.

I I have been disappointed by the gnocchi at other restaurants but I decided to give it one more try. Luca’s gnocchi was sublime! Pillowy goodness with sweet corn and black truffles.

No wonder that it is going to be featured in James Beard magazine next month.

My finished my meal with a couple scoops of gelato. Incredible flavors and texture.

Who knew that you could get incredible Italian food in Lancaster, PA.

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1.0Dined 2 days ago

Want to like this place but after 8 or so times there I am consistently disappointed and underwhelmed. The food is pretty good but not exceptional, the place is incredibly loud, the service is erratic and the waitstaff often seem poorly trained and stressed out. One is given the sense that one should be happy just to have gotten a table and feels rushed from beginning to end. I am done with this restaurant.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Always great food, wine, service & atmosphere.

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Vibrant hip environment, fresh authentic food, good service, slightly loud indoors but great outdoor seating if you can get it.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great as always! I always want to try something new, but it's hard to order something besides the Piccante pizza because I love it that much. Will be back again soon.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Loved it! Can’t miss on anything you choose.
I had an amazing Pizza & my wife had the homemade gnocchi. Slammin!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I think that it would be impossible to have a bad experience here. The atmosphere brings to mind participating in a reality show where the food was prepared by your mother or grandmother. The portion are nicely sized, the staff is knowledgeable without making you feel dumb and attentive without being intrusive. You try to resist dessert but the selections draw you in. You leave looking forward to the next time that you can squeeze into their reservation schedule.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

First time visit at Luca was a phenomenal experience.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

I love that Luca pays attention to the seasons and recreates their menu accordingly, even their drinks! Food is fresh, inventive and delicious. The drinks, particularly their selection of bitters, are creative, fun and delightful. The servers are all super knowledgeable about the menu, are friendly and happy to provide recommendations. Always a great experience!

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Went last night for a birthday dinner. It was so loud you couldn't hear yourself think, let alone have a conversation. We enjoyed the food and our waitress was very attentive and efficient, but the dining experience was ruined by the absurd noise level. And no, I'm not 75 years old and noise-intolerant!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Food, service, all great, plan to add Luca as a must whenever in Lancaster as well as share with friends as a real find to experience. Ingredients locally & seasonally sourced where appropriate, cocktails devine, wine selection thoughtful.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Delicious food, also fast and friendly service. I would highly recommend Luca to anyone.

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4.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Always my go-to for a fun, delicious and interesting meal. The staff is friendly and professional, the vibe is always lively.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

I LOVE LUCA and feel so lucky to live nearby. It is an absolute treasure!

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Excellent food, service too
Will definitely come back soon!

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

We have been to Luca several times this summer. Had another wonderful evening with fabulous food; had a fantastic waitress who was able to answer well every question we had despite it being her first nite working at Luca. She was very well trained and delightful.
Parking and noise level definitely a continuing problem.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Fabulous meal; outstanding service. Upscale casual.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

The food is wonderful. I have a standing reservation for Wednesday of each week. Never disappoints. I have so many favorites that I’ll just say go to their site and walk through the menu. As a management consultant, I travel extensively, both domestic and international, so I eat at a lot of restaurants – Luca is one of my top few. I look forward to going every week. Great wines. Upbeat, top-notch, very knowledgeable, attentive hosts, hostesses, and wait staff. Simon, Kari, Mitch, Joe, … all are GREAT! I love sitting at the Chef’s table/counter and watching the staff pull together the wonderful meals. Very well managed. Reservations are easy to make, and the atmosphere is great – airy, a lot of energy, and people obviously enjoying their Luca experience. This a neighborhood gem.

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2.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Pizza was burnt. Bread came after our pizza...and was burnt. Tables are extremely close together that you can’t hear each other talk.

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2.0Dined on August 8, 2018

The restaurant was extremely noisy and conversation was very difficult. The food was just OK and the portion sizes were very small and pricey for what you received. Also, we felt very rushed - the servers wanted to take away plates that still had food on them. Our main entree arrived too soon after our appetizer (we had just taken one bite of it). All in all, not a pleasant experience and I would definitely not recommend this restaurant nor return.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

The food is always fantastic and the service is superb. I requested a table in the loft to reduce the noise; it helped! On previous occasions, we sat on the main floor and the noise impacted our ability to converse.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

One of my favorite Lancaster Restaurants!
NEVER disappointed in food, or service. Always recommend Luca to friends and to people visiting Lancaster.
Even celebrated our 40th Anniversary with family in their private room!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Do not be fooled into thinking this is 'just another pizza joint'. It is SO MUCH MORE!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Food outstanding. Our server, Jeff, was friendly and made great suggestions.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Third visit and consistently great experiences.
Food is modern Italian, farm to table local ingredients, VERY tasty, creative and interesting. Highlights: Pastas, fresh salads, cheeses, tongue and liver mousse appetizers.
Service is very nice and efficient. Ambiance is cozy but quite rustic. Value is adequate to the enjoyment received.
Definitely coming back.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

The first time we went to LUCA, we went we loved it! The seating is really uncomfortable- looks nice but it’s so uncomfortable that it takes away from the experience. The last time we went was for my birthday and we did not have a great experience. The one dish we usually get (bone marrow baked potatoes) had garlic in it that had gone bad- it tasted just plain gross. To add to that, our waiter was rushing around the whole time and didn’t ever ask us how our food was- there didn’t fell like a comfortable time to say anything about the bad food.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Our first time and LUCA did NOT disappoint! The food, wine list, and service were all top notch - not mention the value for what you get! This is what/how ALL “fine dining” should be - outstanding product without the pretense and unwarranted cost. Well done, LUCA - we will definitely be back. Cheers!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

The food was awesome The waitress was very helpful.

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

It was a very pleasant evening. Some of the food was a little over salted, but the combinations were very pleasant, and the drinks were made well. Our server Carrie was fantastic.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Our first visit didn't start out well. We were initially caught off guard with the noise level, and at our first table, we were getting drops of water on us from condensation on the AC ducts overhead (high ceiling, exposed ducts and conduits by design). But they accommodated our request to move and we acclimated to the high decibel level. My chopped salad and my wife's watermelon salad were excellent, as were our choices in wood-fired thin crust pizzas (about 12", we each had half and took other halves home). Our bill with 4 drinks (1 draft, 3 wines) was $90, so a little pricey for salad & pizza, but food was excellent (and we got next day lunches out of it). We'll definitely go back.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Devin’s 30th birthday!!!!

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

As always, Luca's is superb. A favorite go to when we want a great meal and energized atmosphere. Service excellent as well

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Everything was great, but it took the hostess over 20 minutes to seat 2 of us despite there being multiple open two top tables and that we had a reservation. No reason was given for the wait, which was frustrating.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

We eat at Luca at least once a month and love it every time! The food is outstanding and the service is great. My only complaint is that it gets very noisy during peak hours.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

When Midwest met Lancaster the family of 3 was complete for a celebration of a great visit. The menu is creative, as usual, with interesting and delightful combinations of wonderful food, prepared to exception, and served with a gracious and kind service that can only be found from gracious and kind people! Thanks again for a wonderful meal and celebration!!

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4.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Good food but was slightly disappointed after hearing so many great things. Our raviolis were slightly too al dente and the octopus that I was so excited about was extremely tough and difficult to cut with the knife given. The olive oil ice cream and frutti misto were outstanding and would make us go back.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

its hard to be anything but positive with Luca. It was my 5th visit, this time with some out of town work colleagues. Food was exceptional, drinks were fantastic.
Literally zero complaints or areas for improvement.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

An experience

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Delicious food, we were made to feel very welcome, servers were very helpful and friendly.

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Had pizza-they have a new menu. everything was okay

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