Luciana's Ristorante

4.7
2521 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Located in a historical home in the resort town of Dana Point, California, Luciana's Ristorante has been serving the Orange County community for over 30 years. The decor is reminiscent of a cozy European-style inn, establishing it as one of Orange County's most romantic restaurants. Awarded the Southern California Restaurant Writers gold medal since 1996, three stars from the California Restaurant Writers, Zagat's Survey "America’s 1,000 Top Italian Restaurants 2008" and an Award of Excellence for its wine list, Luciana's has been setting the standard for classic as well as innovative Italian cuisine. Whether visiting our cozy restaurant or our Bed and Breakfast and Cooking School in Tuscany, Italy, you are sure to experience the best and freshest combination of the old and new worlds.
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BrentS
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The lasagna and salad were outstanding!

As for service, we were seated near a back door and a couple of employees repeatedly left the door wide open on this chilly night. They saw us repeatedly close the door behind them and we even spoke to one of them, but they just didn’t care.

They also had a terrible time figuring out how to split the check three ways and we ended up getting charged for a glass of wine we didn’t get. We just paid and left. Very disappointing all the way around, other than the food.

MP
MaureenP
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Oscar was fantastic. His interaction with my three grandchildren was terrific, he brought them Shirley Temples, first time any of them had them! The food was outstanding as usual, one of our favorite restaurants for sure.

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Charles111
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server did a wonderful job. Thank you for making our dinner special to celebrate the birthday of my golf buddy.

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NatalieJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal and experience at Luciana's. The restaurant itself was very warm and inviting. The food was excellent and our waiter Oscar was very entertaining. We look forward to our next visit!

JM
JohnM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Table placement was terrible. All the waiters and service people had to pass within 12 inches of me to wait on the outside tables as well as the customers headed to the bathroom. My wife had her chair bumped a number of times and at one point a waiter serving the next table bent over to take a customer's order and her butt was within 10 inches of my wife's face.
The waiter was so selectively busy, we waited for everything. I believe the larger tables were more of an incentive to him. Very disappointing especially since it was our anniversary.

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ArnieK
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was good. The food is excellent, my compliments to the chef and all in involved in the preparation of the food. The wait staff was great in being attentive without being overbearing.

A great meal and dining experience——. I highly recommend the restaurant at my distress, it is a gem not to be shared but selfishly kept hidden!

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debrad
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

it took an hour after ordering our food to get it. horrible .

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vipSylviaR
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best execution of Italian food.

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POWERMIKE
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent as always. and great service! and good atmosphere. food also very good!

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JoelG
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We heard about this from several friends. Finally made it and it was awesome. I have traveler the world love bolonaise and lasagna and it was THE best ever. Mike our server was terrific too. Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great ambiance and quality of food and drinks.

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Mollydog2
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was very average. Service was decent not overly friendly.

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local
Mobile
19 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our local favorites!! They never disappoint!!

JM
vipJimM
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service outstanding! Thank you, George for the wonderful experience. Like the valet parking!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Birthday surprise for my husband. Food was amazing. Second time dining at Luciano’s. Will come again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tahoe
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Waitress was wonderful and food was excellent!!!!

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vipSummerwind
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, ambiance, cleanliness, perfect on a winter evening after the holidays.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service, and ambience

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GaryD
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

First time for us, but been around forever. Old-school like we like it - quiet, warm feeling with a little Italian/Sinatra music playing quietly in the background. Seated and greeted by the waiter (Italian from Rome - hates Venice) immediately. Food was out really quickly. I had the Fettucine Boscaiola - very good. My wife had the Risotto del Mare - as the Hawaiians would say: "Broke da mouth!" The risotto melted in your mouth. Our son had the Ravioli and it was good but a little short on quantity - like the pic on menu shows, only 4 or 5 ravioli. They had Creme Brulee for dessert and it was very good, but I had an upscale dessert I don't remember the name of, but it had a cheesecake base, covered in mixed berries and topped with a dollop of Sour Cream sorbetto - again - "Broke da mouth"! The sorbetto was light and super smooth - something new for me to make in my gelato machine!
All in all, a very pleasant experience.

GB
vipGiselleB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always it was excellent. The food, the service and the friendliness. We’ll keep going back for more!

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SandraL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luciana‘s never disappoints. We’ve never had a bad meal there and considering the quality the cost is really reasonable. They have lifelong professional servers which makes the dining experience that much better. Highly recommend.

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vipJmack
Orange County
35 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent!

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Suzanne
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We enjoyed the ambiance but the food was just ok!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience.
Felt host at front could have been more friendly and personable and not in such a rush.
All other Staff were helpful and accommodating.
Food presentation was beautiful.
Wait staff were attentive and efficient. Great ambience and nice music in Restaurant for New Year’s Eve.
Would definitely return.

CG
CatheyG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. Everything was delicious and everyone was polite and helpful. Thank You!!!!

BB
vipBrianB
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sweet little spot in a sleepy little town

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vipDebtanti
Orlando
17 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was nice, the food was delicious

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AimeeG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Very disappointed in the food. Pasta Fagioli was full of mushy celery and very bland. Awful. Salad was under dressed and not seasoned. Veal was okay but no seasoning. Seafood risotto was bland with no taste and scallops were not fresh. The only thing decent was the bread. Would not go back. Farthest thing from authentic Italian food. Place was also freezing. Don’t waste your money.

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WarrenR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I’m discerning and the food was very good. Well seasoned too. And lots of choices on the menu.
The stand out here the service. Plates didn’t sit when empty, waiter assistance was standing by to fill a glass or pull an empty salad plate when needed.

The restaurant is quiet doesn’t have a lonely feel. This place has several small rooms around a central bar area. It feels like your eating in an old family home. Maybe it was formerly a home?
They don’t have a view, so they rely on old fashion quality food and service to keep customers smiling and returning for more. Plenty of parking near-by too.

Anyway, if you want to be treated with class and respect this is the go to place for me. Cheers!

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wertyui
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Restaurant so popular seating was out in outside patio which was lacking ambiance of classic inside seating. Made reservations Dec. 4th for Dec. 24th seating. Waiters no longer wearing tuxedo's. I guess it had been a long time since we had visited this restaurant. My pasta dish was not as flavorful as I expected yet my wife's Salmon was very tasty. We will probably return but only if seated inside.

JB
vipJoyB
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's been a while since I've eaten at Luciana's due to Covid. Forgot how fabulous the food was. Yes! The interior hasn't changed much over the years and the younger generation might consider it "dated," but for me and my companions, Luciana's is a throwback to a time when eating at a restaurant with a white tablecloth was a special occasion. That's how the staff makes their patrons feel "special."

JM
JohnM
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was top notch. Prices were good. We were talking care of from the time we got through doors.

JC
JeanineC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four girls enjoyed and loved our time together! Thank you very much for your kindness and hospitality.

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johnb
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It had been a couple of years since we last had dinner her, but everything was better than we had remembered. The menu selections were wide and varied, which sets Luciana's apart from most other dinner houses. Our dinner party of 8 all ordered different choices, and all were extremely pleased with their dinners.

GM
GildaM
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great - indoor dining area was very very full.
Outdoor seeems to be a better option as they have heaters and the tables are distanced in the outdoor area.

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vipDeanna
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Absolutely amazing food and service and would definitely recommend it!

AW
vipAlohaWahine
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice spot for celebrations and/or everyday dining. Excellent service. Excellent Marcus at the bar! Patio dining available. Great wine list and som!

TK
TheresaK
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food. Very loud but everything was delicious.

CS
CarrollS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Luciana's was very festive leading up to the holiday with decorations throughout, a roaring fire place and the door to the patio open for air circulation (and to help the wait staff). The food was excellent and I will return

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday and Christmas

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Luciana's Ristorante is rated 4.7 stars by 2521 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.