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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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4.7

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4.7

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4.7

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4.5

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96% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Worth the Drive (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Great for Lunch (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Hot Spot (6)
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Fun (4)
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Good Vegetarian Options (4)
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 4 days ago

Delicious authentic

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·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Comfort Food, Romantic, Tasting Menu
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 5 days ago

Very nice staff and great food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Charlotte)·Dined 5 days ago

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

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 11, 2018

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

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great night

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 (Western NC)·Dined on February 11, 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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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 10, 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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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Raleigh)·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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Authentic
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Have eaten here many times and have NEVER been disappointed.

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vip
 (Key West)·Dined on February 1, 2018

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

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 1, 2018

great, attentive service, fabulous food, and exquisite preperstion

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 (Charlotte)·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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 (Charlotte)·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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 (Charlotte)·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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 (Charlotte)·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.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Charleston)·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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 (Las Vegas)·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.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Charlotte)·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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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 21, 2018

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Always great customer service!! Food amazing

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 (Charlotte)·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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 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Luis was amazing

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent Italian food and service. Definitely recommend.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Lovely service and enjoyed our meal. The scallop appetizer was cooked perfectly. Pasta with veal tips and osso bucco we’re both delicious. Chocolate hazelnut dessert was delicious as well.

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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We had family in town and we’re going to a show at Blumenthal. We had a great experience. Food and service were excellent.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My husband and I dined at Luce last night and had a wonderful meal there. Their staff was very kind and provided excellent service.

-Christina McKean

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Fabulous New Years Eve dinner. My wife and I are not big on New Years Eve partying, so wanted a standard fine dining experience. The martini at the bar was exquisite, the staff professional and friendly. My dinner veal chop was one of the best I have ever had. If we lived in the area this would be our regular go to restaurant. Well done!

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was very good.

The service was very intense (perhaps too much) at the beginning and end, but there was too much lag time between the appetizers and meal, even though the restaurant was not crowded.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great restaurant for a special occasion or fancy night out. Service at the bar was a little slow and my lobster bisque was disappointing, but my gnocchi was wonderful and everyone was gracious and attuned to making our night the best it could be. We will be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 29, 2017

My husband and I used to live uptown and would go to Luce at least once a week. Now that we have moved and have a daughter, it’s harder to get out. But three of the five nights out we’ve had since she was born have been at Luce! The welcome we get when we walk in the door makes the drive into uptown completely worth it. The staff is incredible and caring. We absolutely LOVE it there.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Business Meals, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on December 28, 2017

This was our third or fourth visit to Luce, and it could not have been better. Staff is very cordial but not intrusive, and the food is superb. We’ll always go to Kuce when we’re in Charlotte.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy
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