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About LUCA

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.


436 W James St
Lancaster, PA 17603
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

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.

Cross Street:
Lancaster

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(717) 553-5770

Website:
http://www.lucalancaster.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Taylor Mason

Additional:
Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Wheelchair Access, Wine

LUCA Ratings and Reviews

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4
3
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (119)
Creative Cuisine (117)
Good for a Date (113)
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Neighborhood Gem (102)
Special Occasion (90)
Handcrafted Cocktails (84)
Hot Spot (78)
Casual (74)
Authentic (72)
Fun (72)
Local Ingredients (70)
Good for Anniversaries (68)
Bar Seating (66)
Good for Birthdays (66)
Worth the Drive (63)
Good for Groups (46)
Romantic (46)
Vibrant Bar Scene (45)
Comfort Food (39)
Notable Wine List (39)
Pre/post Theatre (36)
Cozy (34)
Seasonal (34)
Healthy (33)
People Watching (33)
Good Vegetarian Options (29)
Great for Outdoor Dining (28)
Late-night Find (27)
Business Meals (23)
Great Beer (21)
Happy Hour (21)
Tasting Menu (20)
Gluten Free Options (19)
Disabled Access (15)
Organic (14)
Kid-friendly (12)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Quick Bite (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Tapas (10)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Vegan (6)
Great for Brunch (3)
Scenic View (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

Wonderful food, wonderful service, wonderful ambiance. So glad I finally got to making a reservation - so worth it. I definitely understand why it is such a crazy-popular spot! I went with my husband to celebrate Valentine's and it was such a great choice!

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful restaurant, with excellent food, and a great service. I'm definitely going back. The only negative is finding a parking space.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Casual, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 4 days ago

We love Luca and all of the food was amazing although we were a little surprised at the lobster pasta special - the dish was average and the lobster was minimal w/small pieces. Usually everything at Luca is exceptional. Everything else was wonderful and we’ll definitely be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined 4 days ago

The experience has always been exceptional - the service and food are highest quality. The menu is absolutely amazing. Can't say enough about Luca's - everyone should experience it once in their life.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Agree with food network great salad as well as pasta and pizza. Staff, particularly our waitress, Savannah, were excellent. Very nice night.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Had a great experience here. We were unfortunately involved in a minor traffic accident on the way to our 8pm reservation. The hostess was great and assured us it wasn't a problem, they held our table and told us to arrive safely. The owner came out with complimentary wine to take the edge off as well as thank us for coming in still despite the circumstance, which was very thoughtful. The chef sent out an appetizer for us knowing we were late for our reservation and knew we were hungry. Our server was awesome and very knowledgeable, she took good care of us. And of course, the food was fantastic. We're excited to come back. The awesome employees here helped save our date night despite the rough start, thank you!

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Wasn't the greatest experience at Luca this time. Perhaps we did not order well. Appetizers were good, especially the arancini. But we had three entrees and they were all lackluster. My husband had the risotto, which had nice flavor but the consistency was mushy. It was impossible to even see the individual kernels of rice and lacked the perfect consistency of true risotto. My daughter had tagliatelle bolognese which is normally her favorite at Luca. But the sauce was way too cheesy for bolognese and was not well-proportioned to the pasta noodles. I had the wild boar lasagnetta. Again it had way too much cheese and the boar was in a tangy sauce that overpowered the boar flavor. It tasted more like southern bbq than boar and did not blend well with the lasagna. Overall very disappointing, especially for the price. Service was unusually slow as well. Have had better experiences at Luca in the past, but I may limit my visits to Luca for happy hour and apps or pizza rather than the pasta entrees. I do wish that the pizza selections included more "red" pizza options instead of so many "white" pizzas.

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

I have enjoyed all my Luca experiences, but felt a little rushed to get out of the building even though the only reservation they had available was 9:15 and it was Valentine’s Day. Would have liked to not feel rushed out the door at 11

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 6 days ago

Food was amazing !

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Came for Valentine’s Day. Food was fantastic start to finish! Our server was great and very attentive. This is one of our favorite spots. I have a 10 week old infant at home and LUCA was the obvious choice for our first outing without the baby. Thanks for a wonderful evening!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Dinner was exquisite. Service was tremendous. A great experience all around and a very happy Valentine’s Day.

Tags: Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

The overall experience was good. Our server wasn’t the best, however. He didn’t enlighten us about the special menu and he offered the table right beside us complimentary Valentine’s Day cookies after their meal, but didn’t offer us any— which was odd. I’ll definitely dine here again, but I’ll be hoping for a different waiter next time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

This is our favorite restaurant in Lancaster. Great food and great staff!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

Awesome casual dining with great food and outstanding service, reservation a must.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 13, 2018

For the prices on the menu the food had no flavor and while I understand that a pizza should have some color to the bottom, my pizza was just plain black on the bottom.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 13, 2018

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Lancaster. I always enjoy the Margarita Pizza. It is delish. It’s made in a coal oven.

The braised cauliflower is also good.

Great place:)

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Wonderful food. First time there and our waitress Emily couldnt be nicer. She helped us with the ordering process. Food was delicious. We cant wait to come back for the pizza. Nwxt time we'll order two snall plates and a pizza. Definately not for kids but a wonderful place for adults to go. Thank you!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Very few options for vegans which is rare in this day and age. A bit pricey for the food.

Tags: People Watching, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Just average...nothing real special.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

This was our first time and we came to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Service was the best in lancaster. We came on Sunday night and sat upstairs. I was disappointed that we were seated practically at the same table as two other families (booth along the wall) we were in the middle. We couldn’t enjoy our conversation because there was no privacy. The small plates were delicious. We would come back but definitely request to be downstairs.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Had a great time. Our server was very helpful and the food was great

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Had a great time!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Luca NEVER disappoints! Will always be a favorite! The Bronzino was outstanding!!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I love the creative cuisine approach but some of the food was much too heavily salted. Also some of the food didn't seem freshly served. It seemed like it had sat around a little. For instance, when I asked for an overly-salted veg dish to be remade, it came back much fresher-seeming. Like it had just been made. It wasn't as wilted as the first try; it was crispier and tastier.

Luca needs to not get too comfortable with it's success!! I've seen this in other successful restaurants. The standards start to slide.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Our food was amazing and we had such a wonderful time. Luca is always so much fun to go to and the menu never disappoints!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Me and my girlfriend absolutely loved the meal we had at Luca. We had such a tough time deciding exactly what to eat, so many creative, amazing options. Wonderful evening throughout. Will be back without a doubt.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Organic, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great food and server!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We were luckily seated in a side room for our party of eight. Otherwise, seating is tight, ceilings are high as well as noise level. Food is good but on the pricey side. Service was spot on.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was good
Didn’t like the bench seat with a row of tables
No Privacy

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

My fiance and I had dinner before seeing a show at the Fulton. It was a great spot to go before the show! Easy to get in and out of since we were on a bit of a time crunch, service was great and fast and the food was really good. Great Italian dishes, but not too heavy and portioned right so you're not overly stuffed!

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 7, 2018

My husband and I came to Luca for our anniversary. We had heard great things about it and it did not disappoint. The beef carpaccio was delightful and probably the best I’ve ever had. I had the lamb and my husband had the bolognese. Both were outstanding. It was one of the best meals ever. Delicious wine and a really sweet and knowledgeable server. 5 stars.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 4, 2018

The food was delicious, we enjoyed everything. Great service.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Love this place. We drive from Baltimore for the excellent food and service! Can't wait to go back!

Tags: People Watching, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Casual, Romantic, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great night out with friends. Our waiter was knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. The food offerings are a bit different than most restaurants, but really good. But , hey, that is one of the reasons we go. lots of interesting choices for beverages as well. We have been there numerous times.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for a Date, Casual, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Our server was not only well versed on the food menu but also the drink menu. She answered our questions in both categories and when asked for her recommendations, we were not disappointed. And wonderful freshly-made deserts.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Outstanding food! Delicious, inventive cocktails!! Chef Taylor was there overseeing all the amazing work his team does so consistently and Joe Hess made the experience memorable providing solid, “big-city” service! The freshest ingredients, expertly prepared- perfect flavor combinations, some surprising (like the ‘hot honey drizzle’ on the Picante Pizza- this is what you can expect at Lucca! It just does not get any better, even the New York Times knows about this place! This is not the spot for a quiet romantic dinner, the noise level is still an issue, but the rest of the experience makes up for it in spades!!! Mangia!! (Park in the lot on the side of the building)

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Emily was our waitress and did an outstanding job, answering questions, knowing the menu and describing ingredients new to us. She is friendly, professional, and attentive. With a full meal of appetizers, cocktails, entrees, and dessert, all of the elements were fresh, flavorful, and delightful. We will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Business Meals, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Casual, Fun, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Everything at Luca is always amazing. Drinks are best in Lancaster.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Painful. The noise level was as if we were eating dinner inside a soup can. My mother's salad arrived and neither of us had silverware- I had to walk to the check in desk to request. Drink prices are high for what you receive. My double vodka on the rocks arrived and the glass was half full at best. Food was mediocre....way overrated.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Dinner was excellent as always. Salads, Pizzas and Service is top notch.

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