Luciana's Ristorante

4.7
2222 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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vipSadie
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Luciana's does an exemplary job of accommodating the Covid restrictions to create outdoor dining in as pleasant a manner as is possible.

The food was served hot, it was deliciously prepared and seasoned and the service was attentive without hovering or being too distant. Wine list is varied and blends nicely with a range of interesting entrees.

The wait-time between ordering and serving is less than ideal but everything is made fresh and is so delicious that the inconvenience is forgivable.

Highly recommend.

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John
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such consistently great food! We had the mahi mahi, steak with Gorgonzola and pasta dishes; all excellent! Service great; hoping the restaurant is able to return to offering indoor dining soon!

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Steve
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Luciana's has done a great reinventing themselves during the pandemic. Still a romantic eatery with great food that still has reasonable prices. Check it out!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner

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LouD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We have always had a great experience when we have gone to Luciana's. They have great food and and a pleasant ambience and the owner is a great guy.

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vipSadie
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent menu with equally excellent wine list. The service is prompt and courteous, which completes the dining experience.

Luciana's observes all the COVID precautions and STILL creates an inviting ambience with fine wine, tasty food and an attentive wait-staff.

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vipDebbieH
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outside seating, was so warm with heaters and covering. Really a beautiful ambiance with lights and set up at the farthest tent. Great food! So good! Can’t wait to go back again!

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John
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a pleasant evening. The salads and cannolis were outstanding. The entrees were good and the service efficient and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had an amazing date night at 5:30 on a Monday evening. Absolutely recommend to anyone who wants a comfortable dining experience during a pandemic!!

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johnh
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luciana's Ristorante......I had not been to this restaurant for many years, but I will be back again very soon. The Valentine's day experience and food were FABULOUS!!

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ScottD
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't wait to go back. They offered a Prefix menu for Valentines Day, which was unbelievable menu with several choices. Food was great, the service was great, and is was safe & great eating back at a restaurant. Starting to feel somewhat normal again.. Thank you Luciana's.

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vipAlisonH
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful all around!

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DenisK
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. The food is wonderful and the service is outstanding. As far as COVID safety goes, all the employees were wearing masks and the tables were all spaced at least 6' apart. We ate in the outside tent and with the heaters we were plenty warm. We have been coming here for several years now and have never had a bad meal. Our server was very pleasant and friendly which made for a very enjoyable evening. This is a very nice place to celebrate a special occasion.

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vipMikeB
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great evening at Luciano's! The hostess Linda sat us at a very nice table. Jose was our waiter and did a great job.

Their food is very good with plenty of variety. Prices are very reasonable too.

This is a great local place for us in Dana Point!! If you've never been there you really need to check it out, you will enjoy all aspects of dining there!!

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vipatg136
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food neighborhood gem

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food with extensive menu. The Veal was delicious and so was the Chicken Parm. Nice wine selection. Had an excellent server “Steve”. Very knowledge and excellent communication and service. Good Italian Beer. Over all value for your dollar A +. 2 entrees, 3 beers, 2 glass Pinot Noir, 2 deserts, oh and an app - $130 before tip. We will be back.

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DanN
Orlando
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a great time , food was awesome 😊

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Dana
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had not been to Luciana's in a few years so I was excited to return. I really enjoyed the patio experience which had heat lamps to help with the chilly evening. The service was incredible with Oscar and others helping us. It has been rare to find this quality of service by professionals trained in the industry and it was delightful. I was with a friend so we were catching up and took awhile to decide what we wanted. Oscar also suggested a wine that wasn't on the menu and it was wonderful. The food is fabulous and prepared to perfection! I will definitely be going back here again soon. Thanks for offering such a great old school italian restaurant with amazing employees in Dana Point.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great thanks

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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DNazz
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good Italian fare at reasonable prices. Good neighborhood eatery.

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vipLKRay
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Saturday evening dinner. Our server Oscar was so friendly and helpful...gave us a great wine recommendation. Looking very much forward to the next time.

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MichaelC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We really enjoyed the food and the service was very friendly and attentive.

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JoeP
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I also enjoy eating here. The food is great and the service is always outstanding. I’ll be so glad when they start serving inside. The ambience is fantastic for a romantic dinner with a special lady.

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AmyL
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a wonderful meal here with wonderful service. My husband and I had the Tagliata and the Bistecca all Gorganzola. Both were cooked to perfection and dressed with wonderful sauces that did not overpower the staeks. Our companions had Lasagna di Melanzne and the Fettuccine Boscaiola and raved about them.

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Coco
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been enjoying Luciana’s delicious food and welcoming ambience for years! It is our “special occasion” restaurant and we have never been disappointed!

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vipmariaB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good but needed another heat lamp outside

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vipLocal
Mobile
17 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful!!

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AmberW
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Amazing food with a very cute ambiance, especially the bar. The bartender was extremely friendly and made our Lemon Drop Martini's perfectly! Would definitely recommend this Italian restaurant to anyone. We were a bit chilly outside on the back patio but the food and drinks made up for it being cold.

Thank you! :)

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening out!!

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LINDAD
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

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

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vipJimM
Orange County
14 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
4 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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Luciana's Ristorante is rated 4.7 stars by 2222 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.