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Luce Ristorante

4.8
1416 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Romantic (33)
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(704) 344-9222
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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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.
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Private party contact
Manual Camprese: (704) 344-9222
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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
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
North Tryon & 5th
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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.
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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.
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Special events & promotions
Ask us about our monthly Italian wine dinners and special holiday events.
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1416 People Are Saying
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4.8  based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipErin (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Delicious authentic

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EricC (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We have been coming here for years and love it! Best place to eat!

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WilliamC (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The service was excellent, food was amazing and the wine was wonderful. My girlfriend and I will definitely be back!

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Will (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

2nd time here. Amazing food and ambiance! Would def recommend to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Very nice staff and great food.

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BillG (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

We were there on a Tuesday and it was not crouded. The service was great. I ordered the fish special grouper wonderful the pasta delicious.

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OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Food and service was excellent! My fiancé and I will definitely go back!

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Joelaurie (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Elegant setting with authentic Italian food
Rosamaria was the best!!

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OpenTable Diner (Western NC)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

From the moment we walked we felt so comfortable prosecco at the bar to table wine selection was very good food was all authentic Italian as if we were home fantastic flavors dessert on point and grappa to finish👌👌 carpaccio , pulpo to start gnocchi and fruit di mare finished with tortoni and cannoli we will be back for sure

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Great night

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vipfoodlover (Raleigh)
2.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

The food here is very good and the ambiance is delightful if you like low key quiet dining. But my experience was entirely overshadowed by the rude treatment accorded to me by the host. Without boring you with the details, I will say that the manner in which I was treated was inconsistent with my past experiences with this restaurant. I do feel that my treatment would have different if I were male. I was willing to shrug it off, but both my son and daughter-in-law are adamant that we should find a different Italian restaurant at which to dine. Oh well. As Tom Colicchio says, you come to a restaurant for the food. You return for the service.

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OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Pre-valentine’s date! Awesome place, food, and ambiance.

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HaganW (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Luce was outstanding and the host was ultimately accommodating. We had a perfect meal and evening overall.

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MJfromCLT (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Outstanding - menu, service, wine, experience! Not our first time - we will continue to return - we have never been disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was delicious and a great value. Service was top notch. Our server, Manuel, couldn't be better. We went prior to a Bocelli concert but would consider driving 2 1/2 hours again to eat there! The location was also great as it is within walking distance of the Spectrum Center.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Special night with friends and dined at Luce's before the Bocelli concert. Everyone ordered something different and the food was amazing! I had the Branzino fish and is hands down the best meal I've ever had. The service was exceptional....thank you for a very special evening! We'll be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Have eaten here many times and have NEVER been disappointed.

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vipJohnkwparadise (Key West)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Excellent Italian in Charlotte uptown. Service and food both very good. Must try the meatballs.

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OpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

great, attentive service, fabulous food, and exquisite preperstion

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OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

My husband and I love Luce’s and don’t go often enough. It didn’t disappoint this time either. We arrived early but were able to be seated within minutes. Our wait staff was superb. The food was terrific, the choices for Queens feast were delicious! We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
2.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

I have been to Luce once before, about 4 years ago, and it was great. This experience was awful. The food and service were not good at all. I took my Mom there for dinner before taking her to see Phantom of the Opera. I told the host, when I called to confirm the reservation, that we were going to the theater and wanted to make sure I had given us enough time to have a relaxing meal. He assured me we had plenty of time. Our salad plates sat on the table for 20 minutes after we were through with them before they were cleared. We had a very tough time getting our waiter's attention and when we finally did get his attention and mentioned we were going to the theater and needed to get our food quickly, he told me I should have told him we were going to the theater. Hum? There's no excuse for having our salads sit there for 20 minutes and taking 30 minutes to get one entree and a soup.

As for our food . . . we had the muscles, which were fishy. I believe we had two each and couldn't eat any more. I had the beet salad, however the beets had no flavor at all. The goat cheese was the only thing that gave the salad taste. My Mom had the caesar salad, which was the only good thing we had. I had the butternut squash soup (the soup special that evening) as my entree and it had very, very little flavor. I took three bites and that was two too many. My Mom had the cheese ravioli and it was incredibly bland for such a basic plate, but the worst part was how thick and chewy the pasta was. This was definitely not the experience I had the first time. I have always heard great things about Luce, but it will be tough for me to go back and pay those prices for food that bland.

I have to admit, I did not mention these things to the waiter. I am not a confrontational person, but also as mentioned, we were in a hurry to get to the theater after waiting so long for our food. He had already made me feel like it was my fault we were running late, so I kept quite.

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OpenTable Diner (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Service was prompt and attentive. We did Queens Feast and I had Insalata, Rissoto and Sorbet. All was presented well and the dinner was delicious. Definitely will be back.

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MS10 (Charlotte)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was overall good but my service was not. Had a reservation for 5 and my server himself was not attentive. The ladies who were walking around filling up my water glass and taking the dishes were so much more attentive. They were super nice. Came to our table with a smile every time whereas our server didn’t even look our way while taking our order and every time one of us asked a question he seemed annoyed. I expected better service but food and ambiance of the restaurant was overall good.

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vipbonlom (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Had a great meal here on a Friday night during Restaurant Week in Charlotte but chose to order off the regular menu. Bruschetta and the Burrata appetizers were amazing. The Buttera and Pollo Parm were great entrees. Service was exceptional. Will return.

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
3.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

I reserved a table for 2 two weeks in advance and when we got to restaurant they didn't have our reservation. I'm not sure who's fault this is either Open Table or Luce but still trying to give a fair review. They had one small table by the kitchen and bathroom that they gave us so we were grateful for that. The food was just ok for my husband and me and the portions seemed kind of small. We had the tartar for an appetizer which was really good. However, our waiter, I think his name was Antonio, was exceptional. He was very attentive and very nice; we never had to wait for anything. We were running late for a show and he boxed up our dessert in a blink of an eye! I would try them again if the occasion presented.

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vipYummfoody (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Loved it! We had never eaten here before. Wonderful service and Italian food. We had the bruschetta and meatball for appetizers. I had the beet salad (needed more arugula in my opinion) and the Mare linguine which was divine. My husband had the house salad and tagliatelle and really enjoyed both. Great Italian wine and reasonable prices. We will be back!

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BigDent (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Food was great, service was superb. Excellent choice for a romantic dinner date!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

We went for restaurant week. Everyone ordered a different entree. My daughter and I shared two entrees. We both felt that the halibut was a little dry. The fusilli with short ribs and meatballs was delicious. My girlfriend’s risotto was amazing. Another friend had the ravioli and she loved it. I had a delicious French martini. Overall, a delightful evening out.

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Foodie1213 (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Always great customer service!! Food amazing

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Merlo (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Best Italian restaurant in Charlotte.
Food, service and atmosphere is second to none. We have been going to Luxe for 14 years and have never been disappointed. Many thanks to Manuel, Ceasar, Rosa, and the entire staff.

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