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Luciana's Ristorante

4.5
1257 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Good for Anniversaries (52)
  • Romantic (51)
  • Good for a Date (46)
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(949) 661-6500
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Bao Troung
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Cross street
Blue Lantern
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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.
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Public transit
OCTA bus stop on the corner of Del Prado Ave and Street of the Ruby Lantern.
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Entertainment
We have an Italian, European and Latin American accordion player with over 50 years experience.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Patio/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.

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What 1257 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.4
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JamesC 
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

A lovely business dinner with a group of 15 that the staff handled smoothly and efficiently. Everything impeccable and professional staff, to include a confirmation call from the restaurant after booking earlier in the day on Open Table. THIS ALONE is so appreciated when hosting a large business group in Dana Point.

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GinaK 
2.0  Dined 4 days ago

was looking forward to going to good italian meal. food was fair ...service was terrible.....not even bussers seemed very happy to be there. was with two other friends...all of us always in hospitality industry and not pleased at all....not even greeted in first few minutes by either which should have been our first clue.....unfortunate because menu nice(although food needed a bit more umph! and atmosphere super cute.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
1.0  Dined 4 days ago

I didn't want to believe the poor reviews I read on Yelp on this restaurant. Went here before and it was great. But, this time it was awful and embarrassing to me as I had brought 4 friends with me who each came from over an hour away. The service was terrible. The soup took a very long time to come even though I asked about 4 times where it was. Then they brought an appetizer, which I very clearly said I wanted for dinner and it should come out that way, before the soup. The table behind us got their meals first and they came in after us. We had to get up and get the Parmesan cheese ourselves, since clearly no one was bringing it and now the food was on the table and getting cold. When the waiter did come over with it he was arrogant and definitely not friendly. He should have had the Parmesan cheese with him when he delivered the food. It's suppose to be a very fine Italian restaurant. We were very disappointed.

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DanaPointLocal (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

We had a wonderful time! The food was amazing and delicious. The ambiance was cozy and warm.

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VictoriaH 
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

The only thing I did not like was that I had a reservation for 8:00pm and was not seated until almost 9pm. Although, the manager was nice and competed us an appetizer, it was still a long wait

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vipArtguy (Orange County)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

Luciana's is a nice, neighborhood restaurant with a charming atmosphere, but service has always been hit or miss. The menu is extensive, and the food is good, but not exceptional. Service can be good, but again not exceptional, and there have been times when the service has been very slow and inattentive. The restaurant is a popular dining spot for locals, so it is often very crowded, and parking can be a challenge. On our last visit, although we had an Open Table reservation, we had to wait 40 minutes to be seated, and getting a couple of glasses of wine at the bar was a 15 minute ordeal. After expressing our concern at the long wait, we were finally seated. I wish I could say that the dining experience was worth the wait, but it really wasn't. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. Salads were good, although the bread was stale. My wife's chicken parmigiana was quite good, and the serving generous, but he swordfish special was overcooked. Overall, Luciana's is a nice neighborhood restaurant with an Italian flair, but not as good as it used to be, and certainly not on par with better options in south Orange County such as Rothschilds, with offers similar atmosphere and cuisine.

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vipBetty (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

AWESOME Restaurant
AMAZING FOOD
BEAUTIFUL Decor
I will definitely keep going to LUCIANA RESTAURANT
every possible time. I love Restaurant.

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Jack (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Great Italian food at reasonable prices in nice surroundings with good service. We keep coming back year after year.

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AJandAlura (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Amazing!!! Very warm and inviting. Authentic Italian food nomnomnom. 10/10

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

I was never informed the Valentine day menu was fixed price at $75. Per person + beverage, tax and tip.

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CaseyV (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Always great food and romantic place for date night!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Very busy on a Tuesday night, but they got us seated right away. Wine list was very good. Had the Bruschetta, which normally does not have capers, so that was a little strange, but good nonetheless. Both the fish and the pasta that we ordered were excellent. Would highly recommend.

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crzy8ts (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Good local restaurant. Good food and great service.

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Brothertime (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Best Italian in South Orange Coun

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SD90 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Very delicious food and service was great. Food came out piping hot.

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vipJohn (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We always have an exceptional experience at Luciana's. From the food to the service, everything is top quality and done with precision and care.
Donna playing the accordian on Saturdays is always a treat!

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Alg1 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Very good selection of Italian food. Good wine list with fair markups over retail. Most dishes are very fairly priced for quality and ambiance. First time but won’t be the last. As someone who grew up in an Italian restaurant in Chicago this ranks right up there, except for the Chicken Lasagna -first time I’ve seen that option. Look forward to going back and trying the lasagna and maybe some veal.

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Chris (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

It has been too long since I last visited this restaurant and was looking for a romantic place with great pasta to visit. So glad I did and will be back much sooner than later.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

We love Luciana's and go there for our family celebrations. Great food and such a cute restaurant. - cozy Italian.

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KenB (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Been going to Lucian's for sometime now. Always happy with what we get. Try to take friends from out of town when they come.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

Love this place - great food and atmosphere. Waiters are attentive, food is authentic and tasty, menu changes, and ambiance is friendly. We came with friends for anniversary and everyone enjoyed themselves.

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Noelr (Orange County)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

The restaurant was very accommodating when I had to add one other person to our dinner party. That and the overall vibe of the restaurant was very much old world Italian. , Accommodating and attentive staff, food was very good though not the best Italian in the area.....all in all a very nice experience....except for the overly loud and obnoxious accordion music. Ruined the whole dinner. We were there for a birthday dinner with friends that we hadn’t seen in some time, so we wanted to talk and catch up. Wound up yelling across the table the music was so loud.
Would have been a high 4 rating if not for the music.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Excellent restaurant. Would highly recommend. Bartender is outstanding

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vipBec819 (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Luciana’s is our favorite neighborhood restaurant. The food is always superb, the service impeccable, and the cost is very affordable. The decor is welcoming and charming. It’s been our “ go to” for years!

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BCBC (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Sadly our service was shoddy, at what has been one of our favorite restaurants. After a back and forth on cocktails (they don't have Nolets, did I want Hendricks instead? Sure. 10 min later: they don't have Hendricks, did I want Bombay Sapphire? Sure. 10 min later: they don't have Sapphire ...oh for the love of Pete: what fine restaurant doesn't have Sapphire? ) We instead settled on a bottle of wine. Another long wait. We sat there for over 1/2 hour waiting, waiting, waiting ... finally it arrived AFTER our dinner. So now we had a bottle of wine to guzzle late into the evening. The food is excellent and ambience lovely (except for the bright neon light in the kitchen that glares every time the kitchen door opens - which is often) so I'm sad to have to write this. This was a special birthday dinner for my BF, so very disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Consistency is a good thing; we will be back.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

This is our place for a great night out.

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Hazel (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Food was good! Service was mediocre! Waited a bit for our reservation , we were put in the old wine room and it was as though we were forgotten!

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TheCooks (Orange County)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

We also went to this restautant a few days earlier and had a better time because the service was better. The waiter the first time was better at listening than the second waiter. Overall we had a very nice time.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Great food selection, very authentic, outstanding wine selection, excellent service, fun waitress and waiter. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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