Luciana's Ristorante

4.7
2192 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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LINDAD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience2

enjoyed every minute. was an excellent evening as a birthday gift to a friend! thank you.

JM
JimM
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for accommodating us and reserving table 27 for us. The food was first class....the service exceptional. Oscar always makes it quite the experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always terrific. Oscar is a joy!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. The food, the service and the ambiance. Great place for a special occasion or just wanting a great meal. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a beautiful socially distanced meal in an outdoor patio.
Food and ambience was amazing.
Our waiter was quite a character.
Entertaining and very efficient.
Will be back again

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gb93
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Will be back.

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JeanV
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Luciana's Ristorante has the best Italian food in Orange County... period!

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JeffK
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Handled the COVID-19 situation with great customer service and food!

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vipkartica
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

These guys do it right. Beautiful outside tent with heaters and lights strung for ambiance. Service was great. Food was amazing and a very good value. Lovely night!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. Homemade pasta.

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Pablo
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

First time in Luciana. We liked the place the girl at the front desk gave us a great table in front of the fireplace. The food was good, also the prices. We were waiting a while to get attended to our table but in the end, it was ok.

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SCmom
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food. Consistently great. Fabulous authentic service. Front patio is a real treat to eat in, fireplace going, very cozy, romantic environment.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a way to spend Christmas dinner! Magical

JM
JimM
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places. George is the consummate host...Linda the tops as hostess....Oscar a fun and superior waiter! Love the food....the people and the ambiance!

Thank you!

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BarbaraB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An overall amazing experience. From the cocktails to the best rack of lamb I’ve had in a long time, Luciana’s never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

XMas Eve Dinner!
Great service, ambience, wine and dinner selections, excellent meal.

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LouD
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We love to eat at Luciana's, the owner Jorge is very friendly and takes good care of his customers.

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MoniqueC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was phenomenal. Can't believe it took us so long to come here. The calamari was one of the softest and freshest I've had. The flourless torte was divine. Because of new regulations we were seated outside in a tent. They did a pretty good job making it romantic, however I was a little disappointed we could not eat in the other outside area. Please try this place if you have not.

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vipAura
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excelente la comida muy rica!! 😃

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MargaretW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Been going to Lucianas for several years. Don’t know if it’s because of the pandemic but it seems not as good as it used to be. Ordered soup which was lukewarm. They took it back and returned the same lukewarm bowls of soup to us. Meals were not so good either.

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Josh
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for the great service and attention to detail Mike!

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vipBruce
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall we really enjoyed our meal and the service was top notch.

GM
GaryM
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place will definitely visit again

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DenisK
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. Each time we come here we try a different dish and they have all been amazing. The portions are just right and the food is always hot. The service has always been outstanding, We ate in an outside patio due to Covid-19 requlations. They have heaters set up and we were very comfortable. The tables are spaced more than the minimum distance apart and the servers all wear masks. We come here for special occasions and have never been disappointed.

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RWDe
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt safe eating at the outdoor area, tables were spaced out. Food was very very good, appetizer was so good, entrees and desert were very good as well. We were warm with the heaters and service was outstanding. Can't wait to come back.

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Renz
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old school Italian restaurant. Absolutely some of the best Italian food I’ve ever had, best service!

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vipJeffG
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a great time. Our Server was Oscar and not sure what our Bussers name was but they were both very good!

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vipMike
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a wonderful family dinner on Saturday evening!

Booked a table for 5 at 6pm. Arrived at 6pm and were promptly seated. (Back patio location was just OK (but due to COVID-19 we could dine outside only))

The Som helped pick an excellent bottle of wine and we had the calamari and eggplant appetizers to start ...both were excellent!

For dinner, our 11 year old loved her 1/2 order of Angel hair pasta with pink sauce, our 13 year old was thrilled with the Osso Buco and risotto, our 15 year old really enjoyed the vongole (pasta w clams), my wife’s chicken Florentine was fresh and delicious and I can’t say enough good things about the flank steak!

Our waiter, Mike and his assistant provided excellent service even through dessert, ...cheesecake, tiramisu, creme brûlée, gelato and tartufo... espresso and cappuccino delivered right on time!

... an all together excellent experience!

Thank you!

JM
JimM
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Disappointed in the cannolis.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent dinner....been going here for 27 years never disappoints and Jose is just the best server!

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LindaA
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last dinner before everything shuts down again. Always great food, nice ambience and servers very attentive!

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LianeC
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very safe environment to enjoy dinner. We opted to sit in wine tent. The Duckhorn barrels added charm.
Bologniases was terrific. Hubby had special Oso Buco. Very tender and delicious.
Our waiter was very busy. Too many tables fir one person, but he managed to accommodate us all

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PatriciaW
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luciana’s is our go to restaurant in Orange County. They have consistently excellent food and service and always make you feel welcome.

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CarlosF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server Oscar was great. He made the dining experience.

KJ
KJCalifornia
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a beautiful restaurant with a lovely outdoor fireplace, distance between tables and a wonderful waitstaff. We felt like we were in Italy! It is a special place and clearly the locals know all about it:) I had a seafood pasta, and my husband had the steak, our daughter had pasta and our son had lasagna. Not of it disappointed....Delightful!

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LaniC
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent, and the service was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

They really need to add pizza to the menu! This is Italian restaurant, my son would only eat pizza at an Italian restaurant... Also, the kids menu with some crayons would be nice.

TG
vipTonyG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Ristotante! amazing food and service. Dave was awesome.

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SerenaC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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Luciana's Ristorante is rated 4.7 stars by 2192 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.