Lucca

4.6
299 reviews
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Italian
Lucca, a wood fired Italian-inspired restaurant is located in one of Portland's favorite historic neighborhoods. This vibrant eatery serves farm fresh ingredients in a bustling, stylish dining room reminiscent of the trattorias found within the walls of their Italian sister city Lucca, where families and tourists gather to celebrate and enjoy the seasonal bounty.



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JT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Curt waiter, no bread, small table next to service area, and very noisy. Green beans raw but other food good. I won’t bother to return

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TB
Portland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very small tables for 2 is the only thing I would change. Everything was so delicious and very affordable!

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SS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food great as always. Got pizza and salad. Would be nice if there was a "side salad" sized salad to accompany pizza.

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HH
Portland
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lucca has lovely food and a great space. My only quibble is the noise level is not conducive to conversation.

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S
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal and great people. We loved the pasta and the salads.
Not too noisy after 8:00 pm when the families have gone home.
Overall I rate it a five star.

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B
Portland
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

My wife and I and two guests ate at Lucca for the first time yesterday. Some quick comments...lunch menu is small with a limited number of choices. I ordered the tuna sandwich...which was okay but not great. The bread overwhelmed the tuna...very little between two sizeable slices of bread. One of our guests ordered a pizza without basil....unfortunately it was served covered in basil....they took it back and redid the order and ultimately comped us for the pizza because of the mistake and additional time to correct the error and serve the food. Service was okay....restaurant was quite empty considering it was noon when we arrived and when we departed a couple hours later it was still almost empty. Prices are about what you would expect...but for the money...I would have expected a higher quality of food served. It's unlikely that we will be returning.

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ND
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We returned to Lucca after our previous dining which had been excellent. Maybe it was the time and day, but we felt a bit rushed and the food was not as good as we remembered. Still, we like Lucca's and will come again.

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OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1/2 birthday dinner for teen

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C
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service! Great food! Highly recommend this Italian restaurant. Will definitely be back while visiting Portland.

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday, great food, like reservation option and smbience

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GC
Portland
30 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great neighborhood place with consistently good food. Cocktail menu is especially innovative and solid. They could do with a little more variety in their entree selections.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful but acoustics are terrible making it hard to have dinner conversation

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d
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service!

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BG
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

How about some soundproofing in the ceiling or somewhere/something to make it easier for conversation? Also it was a bit cold in that back room. Loved that our waiter let me sample of white wine. Thank you

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SH
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

All the dishes we tried were excellent. I brought a friend who had never been to Lucca’s and she loved it. It’s always fun to introduce people to Lucca’s!!

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F
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food and service overall; with prompt attention provided by the waitstaff once you’re seated. However, the acoustics make it so that your drunk neighbor’s cackling would be amplified ten times, potentially ruining your dining experience. Good thing their negroni makes up for it.

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GB
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

More vegetarian choices on the menu would be nice. Tables are close together, so conversations can overlap from one table to another. However, it's a very nice neighborhood restaurant and we enjoyed our evening there.

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S
Portland
35 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful place to meet a friend for dinner. The food exceeded my expectations and I have been eating here since the restaurant opened almost 10 years ago. Thank you so much for preserving such a great place together and enjoy delicious meals.

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TE
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a delightful dinner. We had an antipasto, shared a salad, and each had pasta course. Well prepared all around. Portion size nice -- not overdone. We will return again.

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HC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and very friendly staff! Went with 2 grade school kids and kid menu fantastic too!

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AB
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was awesome and attentive. Food was amazing! We went for date night but it's a place for everyone, lots of kids and families there as well.
A great choice for some good Italian food!

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CB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

We had reservation and checked in with the host. While we were waiting to be seated (the table was already ready), another couple came in that did not have a reservation. They were seated right away. The portions were small. Our waiter was not solicitous of our needs. When the waiter came to ask if we wanted dessert or coffee, we declined. She immediately gave us our check - as if she had predetermined we would not be getting dessert or coffee. We purchased the dessert and coffee we wanted somewhere else. We were celebrating my getting a new job and expected this to be an amazing experience. We were disappointed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lucca's was an amazing restaurant. It was the perfect combination of small yet spacious. It felt really cozy and was fantastic for a date. I loved how warm and cozy it felt; the right amount of cozy and classy. Plus, I'm pretty sure the pasta was hand made and utterly mouth watering. I kept stopping to admire all the flavors and texture of the pasta. Good food deserves time for appreciation and respect. Haha, my boyfriend had to literally drag me away from looking at the desert menue (already made something and he knew I wouldn't be able to help myself after how good dinner was). The food did come out rather quickly and I would had liked more time to sit and enjoy myself. However, we didn't get anything other than our pasta, so that is to be understood but still. I put 'find something that makes you smile' on the comments part of the online reservation and the waiter thought I meant for us not him, and gave us free cookies. Those little morsels were soo good..... Overall, a little pricey for a college student but very very very recommended. Especially for a first or any nice date.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Our experience at Lucca was average. The service was awesome, the food was so-so. I wouldn’t tell anyone to NOT go there, but I also wouldn’t think to suggest it.

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TS
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our food was excellent but the wait staff, particularly Erica our server, made our Valentines Day dinner a memorable experience. We’ll be back!

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i
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent tasting food in a nice setting and good service. The food tastes like more, partially because it's delicious and partially because the portions are just too small. Lucca could be better value for the price, but I think it's just right for a special occasion.

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RL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

I thought it was really weird for the server to come over and ask "do you guys really have a reservation?" after we had already been seated and served cocktails. It was also highly rude of him to rush us several times for our orders, but never check in on us.

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KP
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

For a neighborhood "joint," Lucca is also a worthy destination for folks from all across PDX.

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JB
Portland
21 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had not been to Lucca for a long time, but we have been there twice in the past 10 days. They have certainly stepped up their service a notch, and our dinners were very good. We shall return!

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DC
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Lucca is a favorite of mine. Come there often. Love the food.
Lunch today was at 12:45. There were few patrons on the restaurant. Our orders were extremely delayed. Yet there was no apparent reason. Servers busted themselves folding napkins to get ready for dinner crowd. But the kitchen took forever preparing 2salads.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food - wonderful service!
Cocktails were great - loved sitting at the bar!

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming here for years, every time I fall in love with the place all over again. Everything tastes amazing and the menu changes with what’s available seasonally. A real NE Portland gem!

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Portland
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was quite good. The room temperature was a bit cool. All in all it was a very enjoyable meal.

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n
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

In a city of vastly overrated dining venues, Lucca provided us with a very pleasant dinner experience. We were met and seated graciously and quickly. Our server/bartender took our drink order (one glass Montipulciano and one perfect Negroni) and delivered them in short order and maintained a fun but professional demeanor throughout the meal. We shared a chicken liver mousse as a starter and found it flavorful yet lite. That was followed by two pasta dishes, one mushroom based with a cream sauce the other a all' amatriciana with garganelli, both very good. Liquid dessert of Limoncello which was kindly offered "on the house". Don't go here for the decor, there isn't any. Go here for the impossible, simple things done very well with genuinely warm service.

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AN
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Food was bland and portions are very small. Wine pour is also very small. I love the decor, which has kept me coming back, but it's just not worth it.

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NS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! It was wonderful .

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SH
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the menu and this restaurant is close to us; we live on Fremont street, are seniors, like to dine early, before it fills up and gets buys and noisy.

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LC
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service.. Thank you so much to our server and amazing chef! It was my first time eating here and it definitely won't be the last!

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v
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was amazing and very reasonably priced! I can’t wait to go back and try more!

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J
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service with a great atmosphere. The food was all excellent, very nice level of execution. Well composed dishes with quality ingredients and attention to craft. Thank you. Staff all around did a wonderful job.

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