Luce Ristorante

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1814 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
The setting at Luce is romantic. The Murano Lights, Venetian Plaster and Travertine floors create an exclusive dining ambiance. Luce means “Light” in Italian and the restaurant clearly “glows” Luce provides an ideal dining experience whether you stop in for a quick lunch or settling in for a full course dinner and fine selection of extensive wines from Italy. Luce offers fresh, authentic Italian cuisine rich in flavor and passion inspired by our Italian chef, Gabriele Grigolon. The attentive and knowledgeable staff always provides impeccable service allowing you to sit back and enjoy your dining experience. Conveniently located in the Hearst Tower Plaza in the business district of Charlotte’s Center City. Luce opened in 2002 and has achieved outstanding accolades. Helen Schwabb, Charlotte Observer Food Critic, gave Luce an “Excellent” rating. ZAGAT has given Luce an “Extraordinary” rating from 2004-2010.
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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food in an authentic environment

i
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always a good experience. Service is excellent. Wines by the glass sufficient, could be expanded

OT
Charlotte
106 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have a great experience at Luce...food, service and ambiance even restaurant is full on a Saturday night. Fish was superfresh.

GH
Western NC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

This was the 2nd time I have eaten @ Luce and the food was not equal to the value you pay. We had 4 in our party and everyone's meal was too salty. This will be our last trip there.

TC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed myself. My friends and I enjoyed are food and our waiter provided outstanding service. I would definitely come back and recommend Luce to my friends.

RB
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding and service was incredible. Very enjoyable experience!!!

SC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, wonderful service. Best italian I've had in the US!!

BA
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best Italian food I have had, and I’ve been to Italia! The butera was amazing. The service and wine recommendations were top notch. Will definitely go back!

AC
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The last QUIET and quaint restaurant! Absolutely amazing!!!

TM
New England
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it, food, service and wine was awesome. The owner was a real nice guy.

RH
Cleveland
23 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service!

TB
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Service was excellent. Nice setting. Would go back anytime.

MC
Charlotte
28 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Osso Bucco I have had anywhere in the world--and I order it often.
Service is personable and efficient.
Best Italian/Mediterranean restaurant in Charlotte

OT
Charlotte
31 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visiting but won't be the last. Food was terrific & I so appreciated the half bottle of wine option - perfect amount for our date night. Lots of pasta and non-pasta options for even the pickiest of eaters. Service was quick and attentive and the food came out fast. Wasn't crowded inside when we came (Friday at 6) but the patio was full on a beautiful day. Really great spot to eat if you're going to an event at Belk Theatre or close.

F
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Portion was extremely small, 8 raviolis isn't enough to fill up anyone especially when you pay $25 a plate and have to stop somewhere on the way home for more food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for our anniversary. Delicious food, quick and courteous staff, elegant ambiance. Would definitely come back!

MM
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met my close friend from Hawaii here for dinner. She was craving noodles and wanted Italian. This place was recommended by another friend and we were not disappointed. So delicious. Not sure what my favorite was but I loved the octopus appetizer. Then the tagliatelle, mare (seafood medley), and there was another dish that we all loved, the garganelli! And we had an amazing red wine that was amazing.

JT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service with amazing food. They made our wedding anniversary feel as if we were the only ones in the restaurant. Simply amazing!!!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rosa was awesome - so engaging and attentive. The food was excellent as always. It is as close to Italy as you can get from our experience.

L
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday dinner for my mom get the buttera.

EC
Houston
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The setting was beautiful and the service swift and often. The food was salty and lacked nuance. The bruschetta appetizer was dry and needed either more balsamic or more olive oil. Veal and potatoes didn’t mix well so we left enjoying the wait staff but the meal just average.

LB
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic, as usual. Manuel and Caesar greeted us at the door and pampered us during our meal. We were under a time constraint and they made sure we enjoyed our meal ina timely manner.

l
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy eating at Luce with friends before a show at Blumenthal. Service and food are always excellent. Recommended to a friend just today

JL
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and outstanding service!

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

Great staff, great food, nice setting. A bit pricey but wouldn't hesitate to go there again, in fact I know we will!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian Restaurant in Charlotte!

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OT
Charleston
18 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent.

TK
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

While Branzini was fantastic. Underwhelmed by the pasta dishes. Need to work on sauces. Lobster ravioli is a pass. Service was great and engaging. Would go back but maybe order a little differently.

W
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was pretty good but wait staff was a bit uptight

OT
Raleigh
131 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great meal and great gluten free options.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very welcoming friendly staff, great food, decent wine & good atmosphere.

OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are always wonderful!!

EB
Charlotte
22 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Carlo was the best waiter!! Excellent wine recommendation and his service was excellent. The food was really good and we had a great time

w
Western NC
12 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent bar service! Fantastic drinks!
Mouthwatering food!

BG
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They always say it’s never as good when you go back. But we can definitely say that after 10 years the food, service and ambiance were as special as ever. Just sorry not to see Augusto Conte to tell him in person.

LM
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was very good. We expected it to be more expensive in Uptown, but pasta dishes were way overpriced.

CC
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Filet was over cooked the first time and had no flavor the second time. Everything else was good.

CL
Atlanta
26 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food & service were excellent!!!

DD
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Luce and it was a fantastic surprise! Chose Luce off of open table app and could not have had a better experience! The staff were so helpful. My husband and I needed vegan dishes and they were so accommodating and made our night perfect. The food was so fresh and delicious!! Will definitely return!!

JH
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Romantic little Italian place with delicious food! I got the mare pasta and it was sooo yummy but a really large portion as well I couldn’t finish all of it. Our waiter was friendly and the staff was very quick and attentive.

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