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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/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.

Luciana's Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (51)
Romantic (48)
Good for a Date (45)
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Cozy (40)
Neighborhood Gem (37)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Notable Wine List (26)
Quiet Conversation (26)
Good for Groups (24)
Worth the Drive (19)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Comfort Food (15)
Fun (14)
Casual (13)
Bar Seating (11)
Business Meals (11)
Seasonal (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Hot Spot (6)
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Healthy (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 5, 2010

Food was good however the noise level was extremely loud. The waitress tried hard to make our experience good.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 3, 2010

Great food and ambience. Service is very orderly. Waiters are over worked, so not very personable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 28, 2010

As always we had a great meal with great service. We took our son with us who is visiting from Seattle. He lived in Italy for five years...He was impressed with the authenticty and quality of the food. The attentive service impressed him, too. Luciana's is THE place for Italian cuisine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 24, 2010

From the hostess to the busboy, exceptional and friendly service. Very much a "family" feel. Excellent food, nice atmosphere. Will return many many times.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 22, 2010

First time there and disappointed because we felt rushed through our dinner although the restaurant was not busy or full. The busboys kept coming to take the plates away while we were in the middle of conversations. Also the chandelier above the table kept dimming and brightening.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 21, 2010

We were celebrating our friend's 90th birthday and our waiter made our evening so enjoyable. I would describe our waiter was an excellent ambassador for Luciana's. He was extremely attentive, informative, a great deal of fun yet not intrusive. Unfortunately, I don't recall his name - just that he had a shaved head and said he was from Mexico. He had a great smile!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on August 20, 2010

We are locals and regulars and consider Luciana's the best in Dana Point.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 15, 2010

The food was great, very authentic. Our first time there they put us in a little romantic spot that was away from everyone, it was kind if like our own little room. The service was great, and the wine selection was nice due to the variety. Great spot!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 14, 2010

We has early reservations, so it was very quiet when we arrived. The service was very good, the waiter was attentive and my water glass was kept full...I drink alot of water. It did get much busier as we were leaving, but we were there for our anniversary, so the timing was perfect for us.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 13, 2010

Luciana's Restaurant came highly recommended by a friend so we were disappointed when the food was just ho hum and bland. The atmosphere was quaint, but the ambiance couldn't make up for a boring presentation and bland taste. We wouldn't hurry back there.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 11, 2010

Really enjoyed our experience at Lusiana's, the ambiance was great and thought it was a great value. The food was good, I had the chicken parmesean, my chicken was tough and hard to chew, it was definitely overcooked but my husband loved his rigatoni with sausage. Would definitely go back to try the pasta dishes.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 7, 2010

This is a great restaurant with great atmosphere and very accommodating staff. Highly recommended!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on August 6, 2010

Food was very good as usual. Male waiters are better. Greeted as soon as we arrived which was nice.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 4, 2010

gnats flying around our booth were annoying

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 2010

yummy food, cozy and close to home. love this place! every time i always have a wonderful experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on July 31, 2010

Staff was wonderful. Food very good. Prices reasonable.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 31, 2010

Food is amazing. Time between courses can be long.... but worth it

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 30, 2010

Although this restaurant has been around for 26 years, we just discovered it a couple of months ago. We love the food and the service is wonderful. Have it on our permanent list!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 30, 2010

Specials were Delicious!!! Service was awesome. The appetizers were great, with the exception of the carpaccio..it was disappointing tough...needed to be cut thinner or marinated longer...so disappointed...dessert was wonderful...and the wine suggested added to the dinner!!!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 25, 2010

Food and service was excellent. Highly recommend it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 24, 2010

The rack of lamb was outstanding. The other dishes were good. I would go back to try some others. Gelato great, tiramisu not so much. Atmosphere is cozy, service pretty good.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 24, 2010

The food was relatively good, however the service from the bald, hispanic waiter was the worst we've ever had. We may consider trying this restaurant again in a few months. Hopefully by that time the previously mentioned waiter will no longer be employed by the restaurant.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 18, 2010

Yummy...had my favorite dish and appetizer green beans, along with garlic bread, clams, calamari, and then 3 special dinners, along with my grandson who loves your entire NY steak dinner. He's 11 and been dining here for 11 years!

wonderful atmosphere and flavors were outstanding!
thanks til next time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 17, 2010

Exceptional Italian food, fantastic service, and they even gave us a romantic table for two in our own mini "room". I will be back, and SOON. Thank you!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on July 16, 2010

Awesome food and great drinks, we were well taken care of!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 10, 2010

We found a gem of a restaurant. We will absolutely return to again & again. As soon as we entered Luciana's, we were warmly embraced with the friendly personnel, the warm ambiance & wonderful decor. The menu was exciting with many choices. Each person, in our group, ordered a different selection; each one of us loved our choice. The service was impeccable and friendly.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 5, 2010

The menu choice, ambience, and service are great at Luciana's. However the food on our most recent visit was not great. My chicken parmesan was tough, overbreaded and had too much cheese on it. My husband's seafood medley dish over linguine was only fair with seafood overcooked and not very flavorful. I also had a dinner salad of mixed green and gorgonzola cheese (nothing special). The white bean and pasta soup was good. The side of pasta was very good. Maybe stick to the homemade pasta dishes? Also, no menu choices for children although there were many kids dining in the restaurant (no separate menu, no small entree dishes, etc).
It's a shame that this place wasn't as good as we remembered it to be in the past.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 3, 2010

The food, waitstaff, and environment were fantastic! Very authentic Italian. Great Osso Bucco and Rack of Lamb.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 26, 2010

Food was great. Staff was very attentive. The only drawback was that the restaurant can be very noisy. We were seated next to a larger party who were very loud. It was very hard to have a dinner conversation.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 26, 2010

We have been going to this restaurant for many years and have always found
the whole experience delightful.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 25, 2010

Nice place, friendly caring service with class offering great food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 20, 2010

This is my second visit and it continues to not disappoint. More than anything the service is phenomenal and it is clear the staff works as a team . Having owned a restaurant I know how hard this is to accomplish. Kudos.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 19, 2010

I'm Italian so I'm a bit picky on my Italian food. The sauce here was excellent. There are some "fusion" elements on the menu but it's excellent and well worth going. I am just glad we have it so close to us!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 17, 2010

Food and service was good. Wine was a problem. There was a bunch of silt at the bottom of my glass of wine (about the size of a small bunch of dried flower stems). Showed the waitress and her reply was, "Oh well, that happens sometimes". I expected, "I'm sorry, let me take the wine off the tab". I won't be going back there again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 12, 2010

Food was great. Service good. Have been here several times and will return. I think dressing was forgotten on my salad, however.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 12, 2010

Food was excellent at Luciana's. We ended up at Luciana's because Magianno's in Costa Mesa was booked, we had a group of 14, but boy am I glad they were! Not only was the food great at Luciana's, but the prices were very reasonable, portions were very generous and they offered a full bar! Waiters were very friendly and attentive as well. I would definitely recommend, but if you make a reservation via OpenTable or Web, please call ahead to confirm. I received a message stating that they would not be able to accomodate due to the last minute reservation as I was parking (but I had made reservation 7 hours earlier on OpenTable). Fortunately they found a way to make it work and evening turned out great!

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 11, 2010

It was wonderful as always! tHE FOOD AND SERVICE ARE THE BEST!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 6, 2010

We went to Luciano's as a family for dinner. Everything was quite good. We will definitely be back. You'd spend about as much at Luciano's as you would at Olive Garden, but the food is so much better.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on June 4, 2010

Rigatoni pesto is awesome. Also had the Osso Buco which I've heard great things about (it's a special) but it had some kind of weird, Middle-Eastern seasoning (possibly cumin) that was a bit heavy-handed. The waiters/waitresses all take their jobs seriously and want to make sure you're happy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 4, 2010

We found this restaurant by accident and are certainly glad we did. We have been back twice in the past two weeks and were not disappointed. The food was excellent with a wide variety - great specials too. The wait staff is incredible and was very knowledgable about the food and wine selections. This will be a permanent dining spot for us!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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