Lucca

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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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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and had a great experience. The pizza is delicious. Lots of great wine options and some wonderful desserts.

DP
New England
105 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food and service at the table were excellent but the hostess leaves a lot to be desired!

K
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A good neighborhood restaurant! The noise level is high. The food is also a bit on the expensive side, although delicious. The food arrives pretty quickly after you order which is something I always wonder about but of course it's better than waiting forever. Try to find a quiet time and take your time ordering!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A month ago my husband and I were in Italy. Missing the food, we decided to go out for Italian. We booked a reservation at Lucca. It did not disappoint!

Lucca serves authentic Italian food with layers of flavor. The tagliatelle al ragu rivaled some that we had in Italy. The chocolate decadent cake was rich and complemented with a huckleberry sauce over the top. We will definitely be dining here again in the future.

KH
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place and feel privileged that it’s just a few blocks from us! The fall menu is wonderful!

b
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was wonderful. She made excellent recommendations and was very pleasant.

J
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always good

J
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Overall, the entir experience wasn’t worth the time. I would recommend going, LITERALLY ANYWHERE ELSE!

RK
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The only thing I would not do again is an arugula pizza. There was close to 300 lbs of fresh arugula on it. Not good in any way. But I believe any of the other pizza's would have been awesome. The pate (chicken liver) was amazing!
We will go again...without arugula.

SB
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love this wonderful spot right in our neighborhood. The service is great and the food is always amazing! A perfect place to celebrate something special, take guests or just enjoy a delicious meal with good friends and family.

J
Portland
13 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lucca is a great under-the-radar restaurant that doesn't seem to get nearly as much love as it should. Great entrees, sides, salads and soups. (The creamy roasted pepper soup sounded really good, it wasn't. It was incredible!) Our cocktails were excellent, and the deserts were wonderful. Service was friendly and attentive without being overbearing. Nice people here. All this in a really warm, relaxing atmosphere.....and the prices are absolutely reasonable.

AA
Indiana
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had to wait to be greeted upon arrival for several minutes. Didn’t like first table offered.
Wait person, owners son, was talkative & properly pointed out issue w wine list.
Food was excellent, portions were appropriate, interesting ingredients
Chef chatted with us for awhile as she knew I was a restaurant consultant & wanted feedback

I’d definitely go back Good neighborhood spot

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, wonderful atmosphere, great service. Highly recommend for a quiet date night!

SU
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Delicious food, especially pizza. Servers seemed a bit stressed.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Appreciate efforts to seat us at quieter table. Immediate attention to order wine. Great service and hospitality from all servers.

P
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service and cuisine was wonderful; great flavors and presentation very impressive.

CB
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was amazingly patient and attentive. Food is always great and a treat. Thanks!

MP
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are long time patrons of Lucca. We hadn't been there in awhile so I was extra impressed that the young lady providing water and initial service remembered what we like to order to drink! That's nice. I have gone all plant-based in my eating since my last visit. I was disappointed to see that the roasted beet salad I normally order wasn't on the menu anymore, and pretty much everything had meat or dairy. My waiter was not to be deterred though! He got the chef to modify a pasta dish for me that had chanterelles and white beans, and did not use butter. It was delicious, and I really appreciated him helping me figure out something I could have. I understand from him that the chef is planning an all plant based pizza for the menu. That would be great!

GT
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Delicious dishes and a nice wine list. The noise level in the main room was too loud for an intimate dinner but was fine for a family event.

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Solid neighborhood restaurant. The food was straightforward and delicious, but the service was a little rushed and we felt as though we weren't in her section but seated away from her other tables. Still, it was a very enjoyable meal from appetizers to desserts at a very reasonable price. I'm sure I'll be back.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was pretty good but they completely ignored my
request through my Open Table
reservation to acknowledge my guest’s birthday.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You don't last as long as Lucca has in that neighborhood unless you hit on all aspects of a great restaurant. Simply one of the best go-to restaurants in Portland proper. Oh...AND they make you feel like family...even when you bring your own!

NC
Portland
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had the bursts salad, the prosciutto and fungi pizza, and the sausage pizza. Everything was yummy. Definitely a favorite neighborhood place.

VD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best Italian restaurants in Portland. Food is always excellent, cocktails are well prepared and generous. Service is fast and friendly. Never had a bad meal here.

PH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening with great service by John our server! Took a girlfriend and her family, they were looking for delicious Portland food and Lucca was perfect!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Fantastic food. I had the Burrata Salad and it was delicious. My husband had pasta ... Whatever the bolognese dish is called. The only issue with it was a very small portion size. Smaller portions are fine for us, but this seemed particularly tiny for the cost. We topped the meal off with Chocolate Hazelnut and Pistachio gelato that was excellent. The service was great, but we got seated at a tiny table next to the kitchen that wasn’t ideal. We wondered why when we saw other diners with two to a table that accommodated four. I’m definitely going back for that salad.

I
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service. A little noisy when we first got there at 7:15 but quieted quickly. The service was some of the best we have had in a long time. Attentive and non-obtrusive both!

F
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

We liked most things about this restaurant but the noise level is SO HIGH that conversation was all but impossible. Too bad because food is very good and nice service.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and excellent service! Love Lucca - a great neighborhood Italian place!

d
Portland
25 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted by the owners and promptly sat at our table for which we had a 6:30 reservation!
Our table was immediately given water, bread and olive oil and order for cocktails taken!
Waiter was very good but think he might have had a hearing issue, he kept asking us to repeat our order!
The Cocktails, appetizers of grilled peaches wrapped in prosciutto were excellent! Our 2 orders of Bolognese were outstanding along with the pork chop with grilled peaches! AMAZING FLAVORS!
Had the Lemon Dessert and I must say “Outstanding!”
We loved the decor and everything about Lucca!
From start to finish you do it right!
We’ll be back!

David, Steven and David

SB
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent, and the waitress did a great job. The sound level make conversation difficult but not impossible.

JP
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I love this terrific neighborhood restaurant. Today the restaurant had a large party which impacted service. It is always delightful to be there. My favorite pesto chicken salad was not as terrific as usual. I think the recipe changed slightly — still really good.

FN
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal at this neighborhood gem. Family-friendly with great service and fresh local seasonal ingredients on their ever changing menu.

RO
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food is excellent, with adept use of sauces and things like spices. The prices are reasonable and competitive with portland places that are ok, just ordinary, not on the level of Lucca, which is close to gourmet as far as i can tell. (Not a foodie) We go there whenever we want to have a good meal in a fine atmosphere. It's comfortable for us, non drinkers, parents w children and a more reserved (not rowdy) young set.
THe only problem was that last time it was noisy, because of several children next to us, and a big crowd with yet more children, but this doesnt happen often. Roger / portland

C
Portland
26 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I hope this was a one-off for Lucca. I took 5 friends there for lunch. We had the chicken pesto salad and had hard time finding the chicken. Really poor salad.

JH
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

An out-of-town friend was attending a conference in that area of town. We (5 of us) chose to eat there based on its location and the very positive reviews & recommendations on the other food review sites. Food was very tasty and reasonably priced. Servers were helpful and pleasant. We'll be back.

B
Philadelphia
45 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and service. Smaller selections on the menu but the food was great.

J
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary
Erica was gave us perfect service. Made our Day!

SW
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood dinner spot. Casual atmosphere with accommodating staff, great service, and most importantly...great food. There are several options for your vegetarian dinner companions and many more wine options from familiar to uncommon varieties.

OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints. Great food and always consistent. It can be noisy in the main dining room, but the room in the back is much quieter.

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