Luce Ristorante

4.7
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1900 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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vipBarb
Charlotte
24 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service — always outstanding

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Thundershaker
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian I have had since I was in Italy (some time ago).

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vipSusanP
Washington DC
90 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a wonderful meal here. The fish with lemon butter was done so well, not overcooked. The spinach was good, but needed more garlic and salt flavor. The potatoes were really good. I asked for pasta with olive oil because I didn’t think I would eat the potatoes. The pasta was really good. The veal piccata was really good, too. Service was excellent.

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vipHaveWineWillTravel
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is so delicious. Service is spot-on. Luce is our favorite restaurant in Charlotte. They do a fantastic job, feels like Italy. The flavors and quality of ingredients are superior to anything else in the city.

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vipTerry
Des Moines
45 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We had eaten here several years earlier on a previous trip and the food was great! When we were recently in town we invited friends to join us. We were all disappointed with our meals. Two appetizers and four different meals, and none of the four had any wow factor. My risotto was very undercooked and the seafood tasted like it had been frozen a very long time. The bread tasted prefab and the waiter was leas than attentive. We were really disappointed and embarrassed by the experience!

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vipKDF1135
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again we had a great dinner at Luce. The service and food were outstanding!

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vipJayH
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I would definitely recommend. great food and nice Uptown location.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my son to Luce’s for his Birthday. He wanted fancy Italian. And it was perfect!

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DeeDeeD
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone's dinner was perfect. The service is spot on. Best of all, Luce is both warm and elegant, not too loud and yet lively.

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Jeeter
Charlotte
18 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely, quiet restaurant with great service and wonderful Italian food.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply Spectacular

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vipYveMarie
Charlotte
20 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a little while for the food to come out, but once It did...it was delish. We had a show to rush off to.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and the cozy environment!!!

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VegasNative2000
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The restaurant is a little hard to find, but totally worth it. We were going to a dance performance next door so the location was perfect. Got seated right away, everyone there was super friendly and service focused. Started with a split of the Gnocchi for an appetizer. So good, I wish we had more! Meals were good, but not fantastic. I had the burrata appetizer for my meal, friends had the scallop special and the eggplant Parmesan. I do have to admit I eat a lot of Italian food so I'm going to guess most people would be more than pleased with their meal. The pineapple sorbet was a perfect ending, if it is on the menu I recommend it.

Overall I would recommend this restaurant to people. Service was excellent, food was pretty good with shining stars mixed in.

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Amanda
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good experience; great food and excellent service. This was our first time; really enjoyed everything about the establishment and their personnel. Also has excellent desserts. We'll be back!

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Duckie
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I took my daughters to a concert in Charlotte so we were on a bit of a time crunch, which was just handled beautifully. We had had a late lunch so our appetites were a bit smaller than usual, which made me very sad. We truly enjoyed our experience, and plan to visit again on our next trip to Charlotte.

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AnthonyP
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was awesome! Service was great! Great setting.

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robertdeb
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Two of us ate at Luce's on 02/17/2020. The entrance is a little different because there's no space to wait, but we were seated quickly. There were many open tables in the restaurant, but we were seated right by another group that came in just before us. The tables are only 16 inches apart. The next party of 6 was seated on the other side of us and they were "enjoying" their time out. It was if our "date night" included 10 other individuals, there was definitely no "private conversations".
The atmosphere was good, music and decor was lovely. The food came out quickly, but was delivered to the table next to us. The party next to us soon realized it wasn't their order and asked us if it was ours. Again, we were so close to them they just passed the food over to us.
The meal was more than disappointing. Portions were very small for the price. I ordered pasta with meatballs. The dish looked as if it came from a can. Meatballs were about the size of gumballs and weren't good. Pasta was very under cooked and bordered on crunchy. Super disappointing, especially since for two people the bill came to just under $80.
The entire time I kept looking around at the otherwise empty restaurant thinking that those other tables must have been reserved, but no one ever came and we left an hour later, very disappointed in the experience.
To me, it just made no sense to sit us where we were seated, but the biggest disappointment was the meal itself. Just really bad. I hate to write negative reviews, and this may have been just a really off night for them, but I wouldn't waste my money there ever again.

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vipdinnette
Charlotte
35 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding and the food was wonderful. My only complaint would be we felt a bit rushed but I would go back and highly recommend this establishment. We went on a Sunday night and the tables were packed in tightly. I would recommend getting a reservation at 7:30 or later as many people leave around 7:45 for the Blumenthal and it becomes more intimate and less noisy.

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JimS
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Great service, food was good, not necessarily outstanding but very good. Wine was a bit over priced. Overall well done.

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vipjeanie
Charlotte
78 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had reservations and we were seated right away. Wines were explained . We asked about the specials and menu had something for everyone. Salads were fresh although my Caesar needed some extra dressing - rather on the dry side.! Pastas were all good and we will return . Thanks for a nice dinner before Bocelli!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated as soon as we walked in, servers were very attentive, food was very good. Overall experience exceptional!

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Susan
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best, if not the best, restaurant in Charlotte! The customer service was super and the manager went out of his way to make sure that I chose the right wine for us! We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on Valentine’s Day. The customer service was phenomenal. They made us feel comfortable and refilled our glasses whenever necessary without having to tell them to. The restaurant was pretty and had gorgeous chandeliers and mellow lighting. Our food was really good, but they were small portions. The only thing I didn’t like was the seat we had. We had a 10 pm reservation and sat by the window and it was freezing outside, so whenever the door opened, we felt the cold air. Overall, it was an incredible experience and we plan on going again!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic evening- delicious food and attentive staff!

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vipRobert
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Always fresh

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DerekB
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exceptionally good food and service. The servers are extremely attentive especially the manager who takes interest in his guests and provides excellent service and recommendations. The food, especially the pasta, is reasonably priced for what you get (it’s great food). I recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves genuine Italian food with a friendly atmosphere.

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Christine
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luce was everything you could hope for in a gourmet feast from service to wine pairings to the food.

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Waveridernc
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

One of the best in CLT. Great lunch. And great portions. But, little oops, the caesar salad had no dressing. We were in a business lunch and didnt want to disrupt so never said anything.

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vipVegasrags
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Highly recommend

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JaniceS
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We selected Luce because it was near our venue for our concert. Our concert was, unfortunately, cancelled but we were already in Charlotte so we decided to stay. As usual, I found selecting among the many seemingly delicious offerings to be a challenge. Sensing my frustration our waiter offered to select what he thought would be the best pairing of the items I was considering and to give me a half portion of each. What a wonderful idea and one I had never been offered before. Of course, both were amazing and very different. Giving me a diverse experience of the restaurant’s capabilities. We had a seven-year-old with us whose first impression was that the restaurant was too fancy for her, but the servers all made her feel so welcome and special that she left saying she loved the restaurant. Of course she loved her pasta! I would absolutely recommend the restaurant and would gladly go back for more!

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Scbeach
Charleston
23 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our first time at Luce, excellent restaurant, food was outstanding, service very good and ambience was perfect. Recommend you try Luce if you are in Charlotte.

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vipbryan
Charlotte
92 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was a wonderful dinner experience. Great service and food. Thanks

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vipAnthonyR
Naples
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was really amazing. Fantastic in every way. Well done!

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vipRichardO
Charlotte
17 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get together with friends

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ek84
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This establishment is by far the best authentic Italian restaurant in the Charlotte area. Food never ceases to amaze me. Staff is extremely attentive and we always see familiar faces. This is a must try if you’ve never been, but is a must have for my family and I.

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Joel
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We have enjoyed Luce Ristorante in the past years ... the food is excellent, the service attentive, the ambiance pleasant, and the menu interesting. In the past, the server and chef have been attentive to dietary restrictions but at our most recent visit, the server seemed quite confused by the dietary restrictions that were not only stated but also written in order to guide the chef. Our server seemed un prepared to address dietary restrictions -- this has not been the case in other visits. We will be back hoping that this does not occur again.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific meal and great service

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DougW
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food for restaurant week. Pasta was exceptional as was the fish special. Very good service. Will definitely go back. Good wine list as well with 1/2 bottles available (great for when you want red and she wants white).

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vipBarryL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were celebrating two birthdays and a retirement. Food and service was exceptional! One of our favorite Italian restaurants. We will be back!

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