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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

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.5

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98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (32)
Good for a Date (28)
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Business Meals (19)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Cozy (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Worth the Drive (9)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Tasting Menu (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Healthy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
People Watching (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
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 (Charlotte)·Dined 5 days ago

Luis was amazing

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·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent Italian food and service. Definitely recommend.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (Charlotte)·Dined 6 days ago

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 January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

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 31, 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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 (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 29, 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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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We go every year for a Christmas date night after seeing
The Nutcracker! It was wonderful as always!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We were a party of nine with a reservation and they squeezed us into a table which would have been comfortable for six. The waiter had zero personality. My Manhattan must have been made with a half of a shot and they missed with the Vermuth. They were out of the wine that we ordered from the wine list. Although we have dined here before as a family, we will not in the future.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The food and the service is excellent always. Enough said!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The sommelier was excellent. Service was great. Food was excellent. We'll be back when we visit Charlotte again.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Service was exceptional. I personally ordered the veal chop and it was delicious. The beets with feta are a must try.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 15, 2017

By far the best Italian restaurant in Charlotte

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 15, 2017

My wife and I live about an hour away and this is the third time we have come to Luce and again loved it and we always bring different friends who have not been and they always love it. Food was fantastic and service great!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Anniversary

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Every meal here is excellent! Great service and fresh and delicious food.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Cozy
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

When we first arrive seem like nobody wanted to serve us because we were a young couple kind of felt like we were judged for it which i completely did not appreciate I was on a date and that was embarrassing, funny thing was my check was $105 and still left a $25 tip, don’t judge a book by its cover Im 22 years old and run my own business so I can afford to go where I want without a need to have to “skip a tab”. Our server was great though forgot his name. But In other words was a nice place and great food

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Service was excelent as was the food. Our waters never emptied, the beans that came with the bread were delicious. Beet salad was very tasty and filet was cooked perfect. Friends had 2 of the pastas and they really enjoyed as well.

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·Dined on December 12, 2017

Luce was a great experience. The staff was very pleasant and attentive and the food was prepared very well.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Great good, great service, great place for a business lunch.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 3, 2017

I enjoyed my meal immensely! The service, the atmosphere and the food were top notch! I look forward to my next visit.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Always love this place. Everything about it. Food is delicious service is attentive atmosphere is
Soothing. Desserts top it all off

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We ate here two years ago and enjoyed it greatly. So much that we were back in Charlotte this weekend and chose to eat there again. It was just as good.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Our dinner at Luce was amazing and we were very impressed with the seasonal and traditional cuisine, ambience, and service. We had a large group of friends and enjoyed many of the sumptuous appetizers-lightly fried calamari with shaved zucchini, burrata, eggplant Parmesan stack, and prosciutto & asparagus along with many wonderful Italian wines from their diverse list. The veal chop, lasagna, and seasonal scallop special with farro and butternut squash were divine! Even days later, we are still talking about what a wonderful gem Luce is. You must go and experience it for yourself!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Fantastic venue, cordial and helpful wait staff. The ambiance is exceptional. Wonderful choice for our meal.

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Went here the day before the ACC Championship football game. Food and service were exceptional.

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

The place and the food it's amazing he's become our favor

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

great vibe, authentic and amazing wine highly reccommend

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

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 on November 11, 2017

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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