Luciana's Ristorante

4.8
2479 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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Robert
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Great as usual, but a little crowded. Our waiter could have been a little more congenial.

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vipMonicaB
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, excellent food and exemplary service.

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DouglasS
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I love the eggplant and you can order a sausage on the side! Delicious!
My husband had the veal scallopini
And the veal was over cooked and tough but the flavor was good.
We think the prices are reasonable and the atmosphere is cozy!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service—best bolognese I have ever had

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RobertS
New England
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! We loved everything about Luciana’s. The restaurant has a few small dining rooms, so the noise level was good. The ambiance was peaceful (we were in the “library.) Yhe waiter was attentive, pleasant, and helpful. The food was awesome. Nothing better than fresh homemade pasta. The drinks were ample.

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vipSummerwind
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything delightful

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Love2eat
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Four of us ordered different entrees and we all loved them.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for an Anniversary dinner. It was delicious and the service was excellent.

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CousinChris
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Luciana's is our favorite restaurant to meet friends for dinner or celebrate our special occasions and this is why. From the moment we walk in the people are greeting us and making us feel welcome. They know how to honor reservations and we have never waited for our table. We enjoy warm attentive service from everyone who approaches our table and every course is served in a timely manor and perfectly prepared. There menu has a wonderful variety of appetizers,salads, entrees and desserts. I personally love their specials and they make the best Tiramisu I've ever had. If you visit Luciana's you will leave feeling as if you had dined at Lucy's own dining room table in Tuscany!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience for my Mother-in-Laws’s birthday.

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vippicky
Orange County
215 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2veal dishes. Both tender. Scaloppini was good & not too much cheese. Good sauce. Other has white tone sauce. Delicate so could taste veal.
2pasta dishes were good. Lasagna was not overly large but satisfying. Seafood pasta had enough shrimp, clams etc.
dessert of house chocolate type cake & vanilla gelato was great!
Ate outside on patio be front door. Heaters were good. Very pleasant.

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vipSarahD
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner!

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DaveE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Excellent service from Chris (waiter). Good selection of wine also.

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Torres3boys
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food has gone down in quality since last there no flavor and portions were very small.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Continues to be one of our favorites for Italian food.

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KristaG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ambiance!
Our waiter was full of personality and helpful with suggestions.
Always enjoy our evenings at Lucian’s!

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DanS
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food (we had salmon special and a pasta with seafood) and had Oscar a terrific waiter. Appetizer was the eggplant which was also excellent. Salmon had a great sauce, and my pasta was so good (shrimp, scallops, etc on linguini with a light white sauce) I accidentally ate all of it. Will be back!!!!

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PatriciaB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and the ambiance is outstanding. Wonderful for a special occasion or just a casual dinner.

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LillyT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent good and service

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DianneM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Ambience is wonderful as well.

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vipJDIII
Orange County
77 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been a favorite of ours for years, so when my wife asked where to for my Birthday, easy answer Lucianas. Everything always consistently excellent.

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vipTerryB
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Made a reservation 36-hours prior. Then had to choose between sitting outdoors, waiting for Table inside, or taking seats at the bar. Would have rather had reservations elsewhere that could accommodate us.

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Groc
Orange County
64 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

You don't need a special occasion to dine here. We were here on a Thursday at 6:30pm. There were still a few empty tables but I'm glad we had a reservation. We started with a cocktail and the green bean appetizer. Fresh green beans in a light batter with two dipping sauces. A great start. I had the veal/beef ravioli. This is one of my favorite dishes. Very meaty ravioli in a delicious brown sauce. These are not your usual ravioli in a tomato based sauce. My husband had the Risotto del Mar. Yummy risotto with lovely shrimp and scallops. He loved it! We also got a slice of the cherry cheesecake to go. Amazing cherry flavor. My husband said it was the best cheesecake he has every had.

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jose
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Authentic Italian gustatory delight. Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is so friendly especially our waiter Jose.As always the food was spectacular as!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food!

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Jimstreks
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luciana provides excellent food accompanied by professional customer service.

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DennisL
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience all around. Good food, good server, nice atmosphere and prices are competitive

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MoniemS
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was superb and the dessert was delicious and the service was excellent. We had an Italian server, who suggested some excellent choices. He was also a big joker too (good/sometimes confusing). Overall, the place exuded ambience in Italian/Mexican style. Highly recommend the place.

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vipClaudio
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service and the food remains top notch

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Whit
Tucson
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming here! PHENOMENAL service

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vipOCfoodie
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual great meal. Calamari great appie very lightly breaded and fried. Caesar salad yummy, not anchovy forward in the dressing. Ravioli di Vitello is delicious!

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vipbwhitfield
Orange County
51 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the atmosphere and the staff. Food is wonderful. Thank you chef! Jose is our favorite most personable server👍🏻

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EmrieT
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We got there early so it was nearly empty but the dining room quickly filled as we ate. We started the meal with a delicious bruschetta then split the gnocchi Classico, which was simple but you can tell the gnocchi was homemade and perfectly soft pillows of deliciousness. I then had the risotto del mare. Shrimp was fresh and perfectly cooked. The Arborio rice had that perfect al dente bite. Very filling. Husband had stuffed veal in a Demi glacé sauce with roasted vegetables. He felt the veal had been a little beat up and he couldn’t distinguish a veal flavor or texture from another meat. We ended the night with dessert, cannolis with a slightly liquid filling and a classic creme brûlée.

Service was very fast and efficient. Our server was less talkative but still friendly and polite. We enjoyed our meal. I only wish their outside seating faced the ocean

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JonathanM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch food, service and ambiance.

As good as the best in Chicago!

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vipEllen
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Oscar, our waiter, was most entertaining.

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JohnL
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good place for Italian food in Southern Orange County. Great service and comfortable dining environment. More upscale than other area Italian restaurants. The food was delicious and nicely presented. We enjoyed our dinner and will be back again.

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Alenaj
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food. Great Service. This is always the perfect place to celebrate special occasions. Never had a bad experience.

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Luckyg
Detroit
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and very good service.

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vipCelebrating
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved our server who made it very special and the chef also went out of his way to make a vegetarian minestrone which was delicious!
Thank you!

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Luciana's Ristorante is rated 4.8 stars by 2479 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.