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About Luciana's Ristorante

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.

24312 Del Prado
Dana Point, CA 92629
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm

Cross Street:
Blue Lantern

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 661-6500

Website:
http://lucianas.com/

Entertainment:
We have an Italian, European and Latin American accordion player with over 50 years experience.

Parking Details:
A private parking lot is located on the south side of the restaurant assessable via Del Prado Ave and Street of the Ruby Lantern.

Public Transit:
OCTA bus stop on the corner of Del Prado Ave and Street of the Ruby Lantern.

Executive Chef:
Bao Troung

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Luciana's endeavors to accommodate your banquet needs. We welcome the celebration of future brides and grooms, and have the ability to create an undisturbed setting in which companies may conduct business, all the while enjoying authentic Italian cuisine.

Luciana's Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.1

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Romantic (6)
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Cozy (6)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Authentic (2)
Business Meals (2)
Casual (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Seasonal (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Spicy (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Love this place, the only issue for us was that most of the tables had large groups and it was quite noisy . If not for that I would have given it 5 star rating

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 6 days ago

As usual, the food, service and ambience were outstanding

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Romantic
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·Dined 6 days ago

After finally getting settled in the library room we had a great meal and dining experience. First, we were seated in the fire place room and we were in the middle of the room. Not comfortable so we were moved in the private cellar room. Not good for small parties. Finally asked to move to library and it was perfect! Staff was very nice and accommodating. Food was delicious. Will be back.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 16, 2017

We love this restaurant!!! We come to Dana Point to stay once a month and we ALWAYS come for dinner. We always ask to be seated in jose's station. What a fabulous waiter!! Mark is a very friendly welcoming and fun bartender!!! And the food fantastic!!!! Our favorite restaurant by far!!!🍷🥗🍛🍰

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Spicy, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Our friends were staying at the Ritz Carlton, but wanted to join us for dinner in Dana Point. I gave them three suggestions for a restaurant and they chose Luciana's Ristorante. It was their first time and they said that they would like to come again. We had a lovely evening!

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Had a reservation for 7:45, and were told there would be a short wait of 10-15 minutes. Weren't seated until 8:40, with only excuses being offered until I requested the manager. I had to make this request again at the table once seated. We weren't able to get service at the bar while waiting, until finally a table waiter took notice and made the singular effort of the evening to provide service in a service based establishment.
There were four other parties waiting to be seated, so there was clearly an over booking without an ability to honor any of our reservations. Again, no communication and no attempt to make the wait any more pleasant. I mean, comp a drink or just some bread perhaps? So we don't faint while you all get your business together?
Once seated our waiter was pleasant enough. The manager/owner did come speak to us, and offered to provide an improved experience on our NEXT visit. After the excessive wait time and excuse making, we explained that there would not be a next time, unless some improvements were made on this particular evening. He offered to compensate our meal (a whopping $30 tab...we were over it by then) and was rolling his eyes about it before even getting an arms length from our table.
Waiter brought the check and explained that it had been paid. Nothing further. We tipped him 20 anyway. He did his job.

Final score:
$25 in drinks with tip.
$20 waiter tip
$30 meal compensated. Food was mediocre. Slightly bland.
2 hours wasted.

We live five minutes walking distance from this restaurant and will not return. Not worth it on too many levels.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great menu, wide variety of choices. The food was really good, served timely. Nice decor. Overall one of the better Italian restaurants I've ever visited and I've visited many.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Always the best food and ambiance. Never disappointed. Waiters are fantastic. Food was excellent. Drinks are tasty and plentiful.

One of the best restaurants in South Orange County. A neighborhood gem.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Romantic, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had not visited Luciana’s for several years, and were please to notice the improvements. The cuisine and service is still great, but they have increased capacity. The wait for our entree was a little long and parking was difficult.
Even with these limitations, we will return soon!
Dr R

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 7, 2017

The waiter tried to "sell up" everything on the menu which was very rude. He also forgot until he brought us the bill that we were celebrating a birthday. Very unprofessional as far as serving the food, reaching across people to serve plates. My meal was very good and the setting is wonderful. They just need to improve the service.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 26, 2015

We had a party of four & our 1st time dining here...we all loved the food & atmosphere. We all would definitely come here again & strongly recommend to our friends!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 17, 2015

We dine there often and the food is consistently good. Nice wine list, full bar and outdoor dining in season.

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on March 16, 2015

We were in Southern California for two weeks, and Luciana's Ristoriante was our very best Italian dining experience during our visit: THE BEST food along with attentive and professional service --- all in a beautiful and romantic setting! The wine recommended by our server was also excellent! My husband had the Veal Scallopine; I had the Veal Ravioli --- both were HEAVENLY! Thanks you so much for a MOST wonderful evening!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 8, 2015

We went to dinner at Luciana's to thank our accountant for tax season assistance. He thought his chicken dinner was among the best he has ever had. We loved our food, wine and the delicate cheesecake. The food preparation and wait staff could not have been better. Also, we appreciate that it does not overcharge for delicious food and charming atmosphere as do other restaurants in the coastal region of Orange County. If you are dining anywhere near beautiful Dana Point, Luciana's is a most try location.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on March 7, 2015

Once again this restaurant comes through with a great meal and great service!
Always a favorite for the consistent food and nice ambiance.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on March 6, 2015

I have eaten there a half dozen times in the past - we are big fans. Still, this time service was rushed, and our food was very, very marginal. Timing was not great - our meals had been sitting under a heat lamp for some time - all had a warmed over look and texture. It will be some time before thinking of returning.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on March 3, 2015

Delicious food and great service made this a highlight of our trip to Dana Point, California! The menu variety is WOW and each dish came out hot and delicious! I would definitely go back if in the area again!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 28, 2015

Although food, service, and atmosphere is good, our party of four waited 45 min to be seated with a reservation. The manager on duty did not offer a complimentary cocktail or desert or apology,

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 28, 2015

Luciana's Restorante is a quaint neighborhood find, that mixes seafood with pasta wonderfully. Most restaurants don't get that seafood and pasta/sauce have to be cooked separately because the fish can get overcooked when cooked together, causing it to be tasteless. The cook here WOW, does he get it! I had the Luciana's Linguini and seafood. The best I have ever had. Very knowlegeable waiter. The only thing I would ask them to do better is to have a screen available for decanting delicate wines. I brought a 30 year old red, that needed a screen, though the waiter did his best without one. Great individual salads, and bread. Very romantic setting. I recommend this restaurant highly.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 27, 2015

The food was good but expensive, as expected. I used to come here a lot and always enjoyed the dining experience.

The noise level was very high and the addition of an accordion player took it over the top. They need to deal with the noise before I return.

Too bad, I used to like it and they're aren't many "table cloth" restaurants left.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 21, 2015

We were disappointed this time at the restaurant. We had 7:30 reservations and had to wait until
8:25 to be seated. We were told that a party of 20 came in, said they had reservations, and turned out they did not have reservations but were seated anyway. This was not acceptable as it made everyone else wait. It was our anniversary, and we were not happy with the wait, the service, or the noise level. It was a disappointing evening, not to mention we brought another couple for their first time there. We come to Dana Point every year and love your restaurant, but even our dinners were not as good as usual. It was an unfortunate evening. Sorry to have to write this review.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 16, 2015

I truly love this restaurant. I've been here before and my boyfriend and I love spending our special occasions with Luciana's. Our previous experience was perfectly fine, made reservations and sat within 10 minutes of arriving. Our most recent experience was a bit disappointing. I made reservations for 6:30pm and was told there was going to be a 10 minute wait due to a large party arriving. I don't mind that, but we ended up waiting 30 minutes and didn't receive menus until 7:07 (happened to be seated right next to where the waiters constantly bumped us and entered the orders on the computer). Not only that, but I had requested a table in a corner where there was a bit more privacy since it was a special occasion for the two of us, but we were sat directly between two very large tables. If someone makes a reservation for 6:30 they expect a table to be waiting for them, or at least to be sat within 10 minute of arriving. Especially since I made reservations WEEKS ago. I also didn't appreciate the hostess giving me endless excuses about why we hadn't been sat yet. I will return if we stay in Dana Point again. I really liked our waiter and the food never disappoints, but I hope this situation won't happen again. I wouldn't write about this kind of thing unless I truly loved a place.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 13, 2015

I still love the over experience - but the one AC vent blows right on you in a couple tables.

Also the bus boys should not double stack when they clear - and dropping all those dishes in a plastic bucket? TACKY
Plus they rush you.
Why not have a nice stainless cart and TRAIN them on this.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 8, 2015

We had a reservation but yet had to wait for 20 minutes beyond our reservation time. When we were lead to our table it was next to a large party that was very loud. I requested to have a different table if possible. A server walking by said in very rude tone "NO there are no other tables". We were eventually seated at a different, quieter table. We ordered drinks that took a long time to receive. Our food order was not taken for a considerable time after that. Our food took a long time to receive and then one of our 4 dinners took an additional 10 minutes - which the other 3 waited for so our food was cold by the time it arrived. Our water glasses were refilled 1 time in the 2 hours our meal took from start to finish. And then the check . . . took forever to receive and pay. If you have no where to go and don't mind waiting and feeling ignored. The food is good.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 7, 2015

We enjoyed the ambiance it is very romantic but we were seated near a large party and unfortunately they were extremely loud and rude- behaving like they were the only people dining there. The service was excellent and our waiter was very charming. We ordered 3 entrees that will be on our menu for our rehearsal dinner that we are having there and 2 of the pasta dishes were very bland. It was extremely crowded so we did not send them back but are hoping after we speak to the manager our dishes for the rehearsal dinner will be much more flavorful. Also the crime brûlée was delicious but the chocolate cake was flavorless. We will not be including it in the rehearsal dinner menu.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 6, 2015

I brought my grandson and his girlfriend here for dinner and we received a genuine Italian experience. The decor in this place is warm and lush. I felt I just stepped into Tuscany. Our pinot griggio was delightful and caprese salad a perfect appetizer. I ordered the house made ravioli which had the flavor of ragout. The other dishes were well received. Halfway through our meal, we were serenaded by the sounds of an accordion weaving their way from the bar. At this point, I expected Perry Como to burst out in song, but alas, it wasn't to be.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 5, 2015

We have visited this restaurant numerous times and always requested the same table, Sorry To report that our requested table was not available due to a set up for a large group. This restaurant has a special large room to accommodate large parties. We were not happy with the assigned table and were reseated in a larger and noisier room. For the first time we felt that the waiters pushed us thru the meal and out the door to make room for the next party.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 2, 2015

There was a musty smell when we entered. We were seated right away and the dining room was busy for a random weeknight. The salad was fine but the veal parm and chicken dish were just very ordinary. I think this place has a local following but think there are many more choices out there.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2015

We have been to Luciano's four times now and the food is always wonderful, unfortunatly the service is not. There is no management in site, 3 out of the 4 server we have had were burn outs, we did have one server( female) that was very good. Too bad for the burn out waiters its kinda of a slap in the face to the Chef, bus staff and hostess that are really good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 30, 2015

One of the best restaurants in South Orange County

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 29, 2015

If you make a reservation on Open Table, make sure the host seating you knows to mark it as such!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 24, 2015

In from NYC and we felt courageous desiring Italian food. Well courageousness turned into lackluster service and less than stellar food. We were very disappointed by the bland food. I have to say though the restaurant was very quaint and the lady playing the accordion was a nice touch. That's about it. A measly two stars.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 22, 2015

Great food!
Great prices!
Great staff!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 16, 2015

The food was excellent. And the portions were great in proportion to the price. The service was great. I tried a Chamay beer and didnt like it. Our server replaced it at no charge.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 16, 2015

This is a very charming restaurant with two separate dining areas and a small bar. Their food prices are very reasonable as is their wine list. The service was excellent as was our food.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 12, 2015

This was our second time eating at Luciana's. Both occasions were wonderful!!! I love this restaurant. The food is great. The service is great. The ambiance is great. I also enjoy that Luciana's does not have loud music playing. It's just a wonderful place to get great food. :)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 2, 2015

We had a wonderful evening at Luciana's with our family as we were in Dana Point for a few nights on vacation. Service was outstanding, food was wonderful, and ambience was perfect for a small Italian restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 31, 2014

Food was very good and worth a return visit. Service however was on the slow side. Waited for waiter to take our drink request and food order. I had to ask for refills on water (glasses were clearly empty) as well as bill at the end of the evening. In the section of the restaurant tables were placed way to close. Other dinners were inches away.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 30, 2014

Food, wait staff, and prices were good. Front-desk staff was rude and disinterested. Overall experience depends on the room where you are seated.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 27, 2014

We were a group of 8 and, through Open Table, we had requested a 'round' table to make convesation easier. When we arrived our table was ready and it was round!
We were very happy our request had been honored.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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