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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

4.6

service

4.1

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Cozy (15)
Romantic (14)
Good for a Date (13)
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Good for Anniversaries (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Authentic (11)
Special Occasion (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Notable Wine List (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Business Meals (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Casual (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Healthy (1)
Spicy (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 3 days ago

It took too long for our food to arrive. Waiter was not attentive.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

We decided to give this place another try after swearing off of it for a while. If the food was great, we could overlook the noisy atmosphere and maybe the terrible service, but alas - the food was bad. There is not a single reason to go back & waste more money. Too bad because it is a cute little house.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Disappointing service especially timing on receiving the food. We waited 45 minutes to get our dinner after ordering while expecting a 6 and 9 year old to wait patiently for a buttered noodle and broccoli

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·Dined 7 days ago

Authentic Italian dining in a great Dana Point location. Ambiance is perfect for a date or quiet evening out, food was delicious and service was exceptional

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Was looking forward to eating here. I don’t like giving bad reviews. The place was Okay. Made reservations and had to wait almost 15 min for a table. The bruschetta was very bland and the tomatoes where not sliced thin. It was think sliced and not ripe. The veil was okay.

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food3
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service3
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Noisy
Too many Requirements to write a review
I have to answer too much to write a review

Tags: Special Occasion
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food4
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service5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Always have a great experience at Luciana's. The food is great. The service is awesome (especially José) and we love Donna's music on Saturday.

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food5
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Luciana’s is great every time. The staff is so friendly especially Valerie. Authentic Italian cuisine, fresh flavors, love the salmon.
In particular this restaurant is perfect for a special occassion like a graduation or anniversary. The private rooms are ideal. This staff can handle any menu or special requests.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Business Meals, Bar Seating
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Setting is posh and romantic. Menu is extensive and very Italian. Service is attentive but leisurely - plan on a lingering meal rather than a quick bite.
I very much like the ravioli although many other menu choices are very tempting.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Authentic
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The wait was too long with a reservation ... stood there at the hostess desk crowded with others... but liked the ambiance of the place once we were seated.

Ordered the arugula salad once before at another evening dining with Luciana's which normally has parmesan cheese shaving, pine nuts and truffle oil only to be disappointed that none were on the arugula salad this time around...

Wanted the Cioppino only to be told they ran out... oie!

So overall the experience the second time around was not up to par...I will try them once again ... hopefully these things will change.... because love the servers and the ambiance...

Tags: Happy Hour, Cozy, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Our waiter was not very friendly, he seemed rushed. A little disappointing since it was our anniversary. Never told us his name, was a little curt. The food was fine.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Luciana's was that first restaurant my wife and i dined at when we moved to Laguna Niguel some twenty four years ago.During those years we have continued to dine at at Luciana's for their fine food, good service and the cozy ambiance. It has always been a favorite place of our's and have recommended Luciana's to our family and friends.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The reservation was for a party of 2, a birthday celebration. The waiter rushed us at first, although the restaurant was fairly empty as we were dining early. After he served our dishes he literally never came back to our table, until he served the birthday ice cream. He had said upfront that he had a bad throat, so he wouldn't be singing Happy Birthday. There were parties of 5 and 6 that came in after us and he catered to them the entire time. Perhaps he saw the gratuities to be to his advantage elsewhere. We had to ask the bus boy twice for coffee. Our waiter never asked if we might like coffee or anything additional. The entrees were delicious, however, but disappointing regarding the service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Uninterested waiter... celebrating a birthday... no recognition... food delicious..

Tags: Cozy
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food4
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 29, 2017

This was our fourth visit to Luciana's, and all have been fantastic. The Calamari Fritti were tender and delicious. The linguini Vongole (clams) was absolutely perfect—perfectly cooked pasta and wonderful fresh clams. My wife claims the Puttenesca is the best she's had since Italy. Wonderful dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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food5
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Luciana's has been consistent in the 20-some years we have been enjoying their great food and ambiance. We have never been disappointed here, and usually leave, saying, how come we never tried that 'great dish', in the past.
We have shared meals here with close friends......they always leave saying....what an excellent restaurant!!
Their menu selections are many, and they always have a very tempting couple of specials.
Outstanding restaurant!!! Everytime we leave, we say, we need to come here more often!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

We have been going to Luciana's off and on for many years and have always loved the food and the service and the ambience. Recently however the noise levels were getting higher (or I am getting older) and it was annoying. That has been improved now and the dinner last Monday evening was lovely and conversation was easy. We were especially gratified when the owner came to our table and personally and sincerely greeted us and showed concern for our comfort. Luciana's is a Dana Point gem and has those qualities that you only get in a restaurant run by a passionate hands on owner. I give it an A+ and we will be back soon.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Cozy
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food5
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 28, 2017

I had the salmon and it was prepared perfectly and my husband had the lamb that he enjoyed said it was delicious. The service was fabulous.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Best skirt steak in the county! All four of us enjoyed our dinners.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Maybe it was post Thanksgiving but the service was slow and bad. I was given the wrong entree which was more expensive than my order and they did not offer to charge the cost of my original order. Orders had to be repeated and the bill was wrong. The food was just ok and the noise level was almost disabling. In summary the service was bad and the food mediocre.

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food3
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was excellent and one of the best! Being from NYC I found this place great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Enjoyed good food and quiet
Romantic yet good for small group
Service is very good

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 23, 2017

It was lovely, and the food and service were great!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Romantic
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Our reservation started on a down note. The Hostess was aloof, not friendly and said we would have to wait as there were not enough menus? Have not heard that one before. Her "five minute wait" turned into fifteen. When we were finally seated, the service was slow. Our server apologized for the delay and said he would comp our desert which he did and we appreciated his concern and effort. The good news was that the food was excellent as always.
Would we come back? Probably. This is the first bad experience after coming there for many years. It seems like they were either over booked or were short of wait staff. We will give it a second chance.

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food4
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service2
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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 on November 18, 2017

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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food5
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The very best in my opinion in OC. I will not recomend it to my friends because it is getting so busy .I then can not get a reservation at my desired time

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food5
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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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food5
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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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food5
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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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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