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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

4.2

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (32)
Romantic (32)
Good for a Date (29)
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Cozy (27)
Special Occasion (26)
Neighborhood Gem (24)
Authentic (20)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Notable Wine List (15)
Worth the Drive (14)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Casual (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Seasonal (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Business Meals (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Fun (7)
Tasting Menu (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 4 days ago

We've lived in this area for 25 yrs. Always enjoyed Lucianna's.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (Orange County)·Dined 4 days ago

One of our favorite restaurants in Dana Point. Very busy so I recommend making reservations to get a table on ANY night. The food is the best and the service is outstanding!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined 5 days ago

We love this restaurant, however we arrived at 5:15 PM for a 5:30 reservation and found the door locked. Since it was cold ourside, we knocked on the door and was told they don't open until 5:30 and we would have to stand outside until 5:30. We asked if we could go inside and sit in the entry and we were told no. We went back to our car and sat there until 5:28, went back and door was still locked. People waiting inside let us in.
Moral to story: Don't be early!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent restaurant found while vacationing in Dana Point, thanks to online reviews.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

Everything about our dining experience at Luciana's Ristorante was delightful. Great wine, interesting delicious food, friendly and helpful staff. We will eat there again.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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food4
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The waiter was not engaged during the entire evening. He took the order and delivered the food - did not make the evening special. The meat lasagna had to much cheese (ricotta) and not enough meat.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

This restaurant seems to have a problem honoring the reservations it makes with its customers. We were seated Thirty Minutes after our reservation time. As if that weren’t bad enough, no one seemed to feel the need to apologize for this, let alone offer to make amends in some way such as an adjustment to our check or a complimentary beverage or desert. This is not the first time we have not been seated close to the time of our reservation at Luciana’s. Very disappointed in this obviously cavalier attitude about honoring reservations; it took a lot of the pleasure out of our dining experience.

1 person found this review helpful.
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

What a great evening! We met friends from out of town at this g of a restaurant. Atmosphere was cozy and comfortable in a historic home, our waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful with both dinner and wine selection and the food was delicious! We will definitely be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Authentic
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food5
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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Very nice romantic atmosphere. Good wine selection, great food presentation and good professional service...thanks to Charles.

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food4
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 1, 2018

It was our anniversary and New Years Eve and we had a fantastic dinner and dessert evening without the kids. The service is always great and the food was really good. Our server Jose was fantastic.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 1, 2018

A local quality gem.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Been going there for 20 years and it just keeps on getting better.

Tags: Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great place to enjoy with family and friends. The food, drinks and locale are a perfect match.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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food5
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent food and wonderful atmosphere. Love taking new people there it’s always excellent !

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

The service was great. The food was wonderful. Everyone enjoyed it!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Love the atmosphere of this 30 plus year Italian establishment. Will definitely return!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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food4
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Excellent old school Italian food and service in a beautiful cozy house. Good value. I will be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Luciana’s has been our favorite restaurant for many years. We recommend it to all our friends and always look forward to dining there. Outstanding service, friendly staff, great service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The Risotto de Mare was amazing. The Lobster Ravioli was great. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable. We have lived here for four years and this was the best restaurant we have eaten in.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Fantastic. Good Italian food. Great wine list, too.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fun, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Oscar is the best server I’ve had in years. He is all over you without being ALL OVER YOU. The food is incredible and the cocktails spectacular!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fun, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We love to go to Luciana's for our holiday dinner with friends. Mostly because we like the ambiance. The food is good but I've had better.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Horrible service. Do not get there when they open, even with a reservation. They seat everyone at the same time . It took 45 minutes to get any kind of service. Our waiter was outrageous and then they sent him to work a large party and we got a man who was terribly slow .
The bartender had a horrible attitude. We have been going every year for 10 years on the same date. We will never go back. The food had no love.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 20, 2017

The first seating was undesirable. It was near a large conference room being set up and was noisy and in a traffic pattern. There should not evened a table there. After talking with the hostess, we were reseated in the front of the restaurant and everything was fabulous from then on.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Cozy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

we brought our employees to dinner for Christmas . We had a 5:30 reservation and it wasn’t to crowded. It took a vey long time for have anyone come to the table and that was for drinks. Nobody came to take out order and we asked for bread as we waited which we never got . The waiter finally took our order and we asked for bread again , since by then he 6 of us were starving . Other tables had been getting baskets of bread around us. We ordered 3 deserts only received 2. THe 6 of us were in the restaurant for almost 3 hours From being seated to paying the bill. Sorry to say the service was horrible and I’m not sure I will ever return

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 17, 2017

2 Saturdays before Christmas, very busy restaurant day. Serving staff was crazy busy but still efficient and amazingly friendly, especially the bar tender who took time to thank us for coming and ask my party if we were happy with bar service. Food was good. I’m hoping my monthly dinner group chooses this place again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Casual, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Been coming here for over a decade. The best food in OC period.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 15, 2017

I found the service to be less then cordial. The waiter was abrupt and acted as though we were doing him a favor for being at Luciana's. The food was cold and somewhat marginal . The wait staff started clearing the table while two people were still eating. Very bad! I will not be going back nor recommending this establishment to any friends.
Frank Kirchhoff

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·Dined on December 11, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner. Food was great and the service was amazing .

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Charming decor, good service, good food! Very pleased, will return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great service and ambiance. The recommendation's from the waiter were in perfect harmony with our mood. We had an excellent table near the fireplace with a good view of outside Christmas decorations.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Service was exceptionally slow and very little personal care.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 7, 2017

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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 6, 2017

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 on December 5, 2017

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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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Noisy
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I have to answer too much to write a review

Tags: Special Occasion
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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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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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