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About Luce Ristorante

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.

214 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
North Tryon & 5th

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(704) 344-9222

Website:
http://www.conterestaurantgroup.com/

Catering:
Bring the flavors of Northern Italy to your home, office or special venue.
Whether it’s a large hors d'oeuvres reception or an intimate multi-course dinner Luce can take care of it all. Pick-up or delivery is available, delivery fee varies upon location.
For more information or to place an order call 704.344.9222 or email info@luceristorante.net

Parking Details:
Luce patrons can park in the Hearst Tower parking deck. Entrances are located on 5th and 6th streets in between College & Tryon. We offer two hours free parking validation M-F before 5pm, after 5pm; on weekends parking is free with Luce validation.

Public Transit:
You can use the LYNX Light Rail Blue Line and get off on the CTC/Arena station and walk towards 5th street. Walk west on 5th, one block, to the Hearst Tower located on the corner of 5th and College. Luce in located on the Tryon level of the Hearst Tower in the courtyard.

Private Party Facilities:
Luce would like to personally customize your special and private events. We can comfortably accommodate eighty for a seated dinner and over one hundred for a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres event. We also have a seasonal patio that can seat up to forty for dinner guests and is the perfect venue for a summer evening cocktail reception. Luce is available for private parties, rehearsal dinners, receptions, showers and all of your special event needs. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions and we look forward to hosting your events.

Private Party Contact:
Manual Camprese: (704) 344-9222

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Ask us about our monthly Italian wine dinners and special holiday events.

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Luce Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (44)
Romantic (40)
Special Occasion (40)
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Authentic (35)
Good for Anniversaries (35)
Quiet Conversation (31)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Business Meals (24)
Notable Wine List (24)
Pre/post Theatre (21)
Cozy (20)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Worth the Drive (16)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Comfort Food (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Casual (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
Fun (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
People Watching (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Healthy (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

Dinner was outstanding. Taste, presentation, service all equally superb. Parking ticket checked was a great plus! Wait staff very attentive but not over-bearing. I rated the noise level as "energetic" only because the long table behind us had a rather loud party of 12-15 people. Once they left, the ambience returned to "nice". Prices were very reasonable as well.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined 6 days ago

Birthday dinner, great food and service

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We went for lunch and really loved it. Everything was great. We will go back again and soon.

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·Dined on November 2, 2017

I have been to Luce many times for dinner and they always do a great job. Lunch was no exception with great attention to detail and fabulous food! Service was personable and timely. This is one of Charlotte's gems!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The pasta and seafood are amazing! Great for a special night out.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 24, 2017

We visited Luce to celebrate my fiance's birthday knowing the food was delicious, the setting cozy, and they offered gluten free pasta options. Our waiter went above and beyond; at the end of our dinner, he surprised us with a creme brulee and candle plus two glasses of champagne. It took us by complete surprise. We've always recommended Luce in the past but even more so now.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Gluten Free Options
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great diner once again at lucy! The guy with the jacket was very attentive! Great staff

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Enjoyed dinner elfresco before a show. Perfect evening weather wise. See were waited on quickly for our drinks. Have specials in addition to their main menu. Food was delicious and the service was right on point. Knew when we needed more drinks and cleaned away dishes without interruption to our conversation. This makes my third visit to Luce and I continue to be impressed!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Lovely restaurant, with excellent food. After moving here from Chicago, we missed great Italian food. Luce is the best we've had since we've been here, and offers great service, too.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Excellent food and service. The scallops were perfectly cooked. Luce never disappoints.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Very good option for a business meal or special occasion. Was a bit noisy in the restaurant, but not noisy enough to affect our experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Superb. Incredible food, including homemade pasta; friendly service; great wine selection; wonderful vibe and ambience in the heart of uptown

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The waitor was helpful in explaining menu and making recommendations. Service was excellent and enjoyed atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

The food was outstanding and the price is very good. Service was above average. Ambience was ok. We are out of town but definitely will go back based on the food and liked the menu options also.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Always enjoy Luce for top quality, tasty, enjoyable and relaxing meal before a symphony or the theatre.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Our favorite restaurant in the past. Did not have our band of liquor. Appetizers were good but main course not up to past experience.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Just what we wanted for a romantic,get away evening. It was perfect. Loved the fig/ prosciutto appetizer.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Great food, great service. Loved the experience. Would highly recommend and return again.

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

my parents enjoyed excellent food. reported amazing service. They were happy to spend an important night here.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

The food and the service was outstanding!
"Our server Carlo was very attentive as well as the rest of your staff" "Please tell Carlo thanks for the great service" "Your food was excellent" "My wife and I are looking forward to our next visit to your restaurant"

Tags: Disabled Access, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Organic, Vegan, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Casual, Good for a Date, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We eat fairly often at Luce's sister restaurant ,Toscana, and thought we would return to Luce after not dining here for several years. It was my wife's birthday, and we were presented with complimentary prosecco upon our arrival. Food (rack of lamb and fish of the day prepared like dover sole) were very good. Excellent service as well. We will definitely return.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Super attentive service, and great care was taken to serve me a delicious vegan meal. Not a lot of vegan options unfortunately, but what I had was great. There are many vegetarian options.

Tags: Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

One of our favorite places to go for special occasions and quiet celebrations .

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Authentic, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Service was great and food was too! Very happy we chose this for the only night we spent in Charlotte

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

We celebrated a birthday here in early September. The food was excellent and the wait staff was super nice. Highly recommended, enjoy!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Sat outside, it was beautiful a beautiful atmosphere, the service was on point and the food was even better. I was looking for an upscale place for a date and it met every expectation I had.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Luce is one of my favorite restaurants in Charlotte. The atmospher is wonderful, the food is great and the location downtown is ideal. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Great restaurant and full of ambiance! We went to celebrate my birthday and we were not disappointed. We made reservations and arrived and they seated us immediately (others were waiting). Immediately we chose a great bottle of Prosseco and took our time looking over the menu. Our waitstaff was excellent and offered some great suggestions. If you like beets - get the beet salad - amazing! The seafood pasta - unbelievable! The desserts - fabulous and large enough to share. We've come here many times in the past and are always pleased and actually surprised that they continually set the bar higher every time. Thank you!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Yet another fantastic evening courtesy of Augusto and his staff, particularly, Karlo. Great food, great service, great patio -- just greatness all the way around.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Our server, Ceasar, was top notch!!!!!! Food over the TOP! Beautiful!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Food was excellent. The eggplant parm appetizer was not your typical but it was very good. The ratatouille served with the salmon was also delicious. Service was very friendly and attentive.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Nice Italian place in downtown. More of business dinner atmosphere then a romantic date

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 (Puerto Vallarta)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Fabulous meal at Luce on a Friday evening. We ate inside .... outside dining looked nice. Inside was attractive with soft lighting. Though we were seated near a table of six it was easy for two to carry on a conversation over dinner. Service was attentive. Food was some of the best Italian cuisine we have had, including Italy. Tagliatelle with ragu was out of this world....wonderfully fresh pasta and flavorful meat sauce. Caprese salad was excellent...very little basil but good quality balsamic vinegar, flavorful tomatoes and rich mozzarella. Tomato and beet chopped salad was delicious. Risotto with mushroom and lamb also delicious. Semifreddo for a shared dessert was wonderful. Meal was well priced for the quality of the food. We'll be back.

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Low quality food. Ravioli was flavorless and may have been microwaved (plate itself was very hot, ravioli insides were cold). The service was on par with what you would expect from an Applebee's or Chili's (friendly but disconnected from job, little to no knowledge of the menu, unattentive, etc.). Overall not a restaurant you should be paying $30+ per plate

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great dinner! Beautiful restaurant! Will recommend to others.

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·Dined on August 19, 2017

This is the Italian restaurant we have been looking for!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Romantic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Cool restaurant in downtown charlotte. Food was great.

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

We had an excellent meal and the service was outstanding. Love this restaurant!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Business Meals, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Good business meal on a Wednesday evening. The service was excellent.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on August 15, 2017

This was the perfect place to celebrate my husband's 40th! The service was great and the food didn't disappoint either! We had ordered salads for starters and then the ravioli and chicken parmigiana for dinner. Both were exceptional! We were later treated with a surprise dessert since we were celebrating a birthday! Who can resist a tiramisu? We will definitely come back when visiting Charlotte again!

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic
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