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Luci, Melbourne, AU-VIC

Luci

4.4
4.4
114 Reviews
$41 to $100
Australian

Luci is a contemporary Australian restaurant set in the grand hall of Melbourne’s historic Equity Chambers building.
Its art deco styled dining room – designed by Bates Smart – provides a sophisticated backdrop to awarded Executive Chef Sam Moore’s contemporary Australian menu with Italian accents.

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Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Australian, Contemporary European, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–10:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am Dinner Wed, Thu 6:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 9116 8877

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Sam Moore

  • Neighborhood

    Melbourne CBD

  • Parking details

    We offer self-parking at AUD$25 (per 24hours). Valet parking is available 7 days a week, please contact our friendly team for details.

  • Additional

    Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access

Experiences

  • Luci - Chef’s Selection Menu

    A$120.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Luci’s menu 5 courses Chef’s Selection: Welcome drink – a delicious Limoncello Spritz, followed by House Baked; Smoked Beetroot; Pork Belly, pear and kohlrabi; Fregola, lobster emulsion and seared scallop; Dry aged Macedon duck breast, celeriac and radicchio served with organic witlof salad; and Valhona chocolate delice as dessert.

What 114 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Business Meals

  • Melbourne

    Romantic

  • City Centre

    Business Meals

  • City Centre

    Notable Wine List

  • City Centre

    Romantic

  • City Centre

    Special Occasion

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  1. JJ

    JonathanJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was excellent from beginning to end. It didn’t take long for the food to be served from the time of ordering, and each dish was of impeccable quality. Huge props to the team at Luci for delivering an outstanding experience!

  2. JW

    JohnW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food always delicious, coffee the best, and feel part of Melbourne’s history, sitting in hallowed surroundings. Time seems endless there.

  3. SS

    StephenS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    food well priced but wine way overpriced - food of high quality

  4. L

    Lucy

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time at Luci and the food + plating, venue, service and ambience were exceptional. Highly recommend the tuna tartare, lobster and scallop fregola, Macedon duck breast, and semifredo. The oysters were not as fresh, but I can excuse it for the whole experience. Would definitely come again and recommend to friends, family, anyone and everyone!

  5. SB

    ScottB

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic experience, food, ambience and service was outstanding

  6. C

    joanneC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3

    Duck was beautiful. Beetroot course undercooked. Other courses were ok not fantastic

  7. MB

    MalcolmB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food and beautiful decor. Will definately be back!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience5

    Food was okay but nothing special, definitely not worth the price. Proportions were off, entrees were the same size as mains. We had to wait 30 mins for our glass of water to be poured and order taken, then a further 75 minutes until our main meal arrived. They threw in dessert for free but it turned out to be a bland Bombolone that would have cost $18 for one small donut size. If they had better food and quicker service it would be a lovely experience in the beautiful venue.

  9. PL

    PierceL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience4

    Hour wait for cold food. Obviously they were understaffed

  10. NS

    NeilS

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exceptional service from the attentive staff. Food servings were of moderate size but presentation and most importantly the taste & quality outstanding. For those who require quantity, then order another dish. Value for money given the quality Music was not overpowering. Seating very comfortable

  11. AD

    AlexiaD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    Overall disappointing. Food and drinks overpriced, charging $16 for a glass of wine with a retail value of only $21? Food was okay, two of the main dishes could have been hotter. Most disappointing was the service, staff were friendly enough but well below the standard of what I expect in a venue such as this. Eg. failing to offer a second round of drinks, not explaining what dishes were. Unfortunately what was meant to be a special occasion was a massive let down. Sorry to say, I wouldn't recommend or revisit.

  12. NT

    NickyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Beautiful venue. Great service. Food and wine was a little pricey.

  13. AS

    AndrewS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a fantastic birthday celebration for my husband at Luci. The food was very good, the staffs are extremely helpful and understanding for my little baby's pram and high chair arrangement. Very airy and nice ambience with Art Deco style, in a high-end hotel-vibe. Overall, we had great exeperience at Luci. Would highly likely to come back and recommend to everyone.

  14. MG

    MelissaG

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic venue - the space is worth going for alone - beautiful heritage building that’s been fit out to feel cosy & inviting even though it’s a huge dining room. Service was very attentive & friendly. The food was delicious - especially the fresh pea & goats curd starter, the fregola with lobster broth and grilled scallops and the bombolone dessert - WOW! Definitely worth visiting this gem in Melbourne’s CBD. (With a drink at the bar before or after too!)

  15. DB

    DavidBo

    Singapore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My partner and I had dinner last night. Amazing experience. Fantastic service from wait staff. Very professional and knowledgeable about the menu and wines. Great ambience and very spacious. Food was 10/10. I highly recommend dining here.

  16. JS

    JaneS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Booked Luci for a work celebration based on online reviews, and it didn’t disappoint. Ambience was lovely with some quiet jazz on the background. Food and service impeccable. My boss was very pleased with the food and wine selection. Think I scored some brownie points with this one!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    A lovely spacious place with hall-like acoustics. Tables spaced out nicely for privacy and comfort. Waiters that I had that night were friendly and attentive.

  18. JB

    JulieB

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious meal, great service and lovely environment.

  19. DK

    DooyoungK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sooo fukin gooood Food is so fukin good Art of plate

  20. f

    faifai

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Entries were very good but mains and pasta could improve

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience5

    Love the ambience and design, definitely worth visiting. Service was pretty average , slow, inexperienced and clearly understaffed, but who isn’t right now. Lady who was in charge was fantastic, clearly trying to hold things together , but she can’t do it alone. Again, understand current situation of hospitality and won’t take this as negative. I’m sure they will get better. Food was good, nice selection , quality and presentation. We had 5 course set menu. Gnocchi was fantastic, melon entree was creative, nice and fresh. Lobster bisque and scallop course tastes good, but could be more elevated, snapper was nice just touch overcooked, could have had skin on, it would perhaps help. Ice cream sandwich was nice but not too exciting. I will definitely be back to try a’la carte menu.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Beautiful design and indirect but ample lighting. The menu was very limited but sufficient. Service was great but staff were noticeable new and often doubling up requests to take orders. Small wine list but the sommelier was excellent and offered a lovely off menu Shiraz. Desert was a “lemon meringue ice cream sandwich” that was very lazy

  23. SH

    ShelleyH

    Tropical North Queensland

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Lovely place but the serves are small so unless you order side dishes you will leave hungry we felt a bit rushed as well. The gnocchi was a bit dry.

  24. a

    anomynous

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food and great wine. Attentive staff. The above together with fabulous decor made for great evening.

  25. T

    T4tango

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1

    Service was really poor. Waiter asked if we wanted sparkling or still. I asked for sparkling for myself and still for my friend. We both got one jug of still water poured for us. We ordered a lemon lime bitter at the beginning of dinner and when our first course came out, we had to follow up again on the drink. When it was brought out, the straw was soggy, so it must’ve been ready for quite some time. I had asked for the wine list at this point. No one came back with the wine menu. We had our mains come to us, duck, fries and snapper. I had to ask for the wine menu again. The duck, fries and snapper were cold. Literally luke warm temperature. We had the duck and fries sent away and taken off the bill. Left disgruntled with our dinner experience here. It was also very hard to wave down a waiter.

  26. K

    Karlm

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Had the set menu, everything was great, the duck was a bit tough. The waitress was hard to understand with accent and mask , we thought the champagne was complimentary but was $26 a glass bit of a shock

  27. V

    Vernjanice

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was outstanding! Loved the romantic ambience and friendly staffs.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    From the moment we walked in we felt relaxed. The staff were friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was excellent. The focaccia was so soft, oysters were fresh. For mains we had the lamb and duck. Both mains were perfectly cooked and full of flavour. We finished off with the cheese platter with wine recommended by a waiter which complimented the cheeses beautifully. Loved our “Luci” experience.

  29. K

    Kownie

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Gorgeous restaurant - the food and aesthetic curate a lovely environment! Service was lacking as it seemed the staff were quite new/suffering some staffing constraints with COVID. Otherwise everything was tasty and well balanced.

  30. WS

    WayneS

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    I was really great having dinner last night, food was really good, service was excellent, friendly attentive staff, really enjoyed the experience, will definitely be booking again

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4

    Food was so bland extremely disappointed, management had an attitude but servers were nice

  32. RR

    RobynR

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Luci has the 'wow' factor in spades. Soaring ceilings, heritage design - I felt like we were in a movie! The food was delicious. It was just what we both needed after many years of being away from the beautiful city of Melbourne. A special occasion restaurant in every aspect.

  33. L

    Lamoomie

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful restaurant and the meal was to die for!!! Lovely staff and ambience. Cannot wait to return, highly recommend.

  34. C

    Christina

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    The serving was surprisingly small. That’s okay but we couldn’t have known. Hence value for money could be better

  35. KC

    KerrieCL

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    Perfect location for a breakfast meeting. Quiet, elegant and great location.

  36. U

    Urgh

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience4

    Meals were tiny. Overpriced. Service was slow and there were only 3 other tables seated at that time. Took us 40 minutes to get the bill.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience4

    Food all came out cold, and dry. The fish had clearly been cooked a while before and was incredibly dry and not enjoyable. Despite telling three (yes three, because they all asked about dietaries and didn’t communicate) that I didn’t eat meat I was still served beef and had to send it back. The replacement meal was a gnocchi, but that was also stone cold and you couldn’t even cut the pieces with a knife! More frustratingly, if you are a pescatarian and offer for five course meal you’ll end up with three of those courses being filets of fish - all cooked in the same way. The first a barramundi, second a John Dory and a third a snapper. Absolutely no thought or creativity because the sides for each filet were the same too. I usually don’t review places, but this was incredibly disappointing.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience5

    2 hour seating took 4 hours on Valentine’s Day. All wait staff had no idea about our pre-ordered items, and forgot twice to serve after we reminded them. We missed our movie as well due to extended/delayed service.

  39. LS

    LindaS

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    The ambiance of the restaurant was nice. We did not get our wine with our first course. We reminded them but it never came until after the entree. We did not get our main course until 2 hours after we arrived. The servings were small. Our maître recognised the problem and our second bottle of wine was on the house. I am sure it will improve! Staffing must be a problem during COVID outbreaks.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely food and very friendly service. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Luci is rated 4.4 stars by 114 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

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Experiences are available.
Google Map for Luci

472 Bourke St Melbourne, AU-VIC 3000

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Melbourne CBD

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 6:30 am–10:00 am Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am Dinner Wed, Thu 6:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Australian, Contemporary European, Contemporary Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    We offer self-parking at AUD$25 (per 24hours). Valet parking is available 7 days a week, please contact our friendly team for details.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Sam Moore

  • Additional

    Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access

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