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Luciana's Ristorante

4.6
1306 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
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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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Join us for Mother's day dinner. Seating will start at 5:30. We are offering our regular menu along with our daily specials created by our Executive Chef. We are looking forward to serving you on this special day.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 1306 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.4
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Had an outstanding meal drinks and appetizers. The service was excellent. The hostess was outstanding and the food was well beyond expectations. We will return everytime we visit Dana Point. Highly recommend

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

three meals were very good
lasagna noodles were tough

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

I was expecting a more intimate, quiet atmosphere so was surprised when we were seated in a rather small room and there was a large party (16 people?) at the adjacent tables....they were apparently old friends holding a celebration of some sort so they were quite loud and apparently unaware that there were other diners sitting close to them.

I suspect that on any other night without the presence of a loud crowd nearby we would have been able to enjoy a quieter and more romantic experience.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great food, great atmosphere, great service. Marcus the bartender has an amazing spirit. Stop by and get a pop from him before you sit down.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Fantastic outside table next to the fireplace.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We usually have a great experience but this time our waiter
Would not ask the cook to make veal marsala. They always
Will make it for my husband.. second they ran out of the white Wine our guest wanted and the third thing they ran out of brandy our guest was drinking.... I suggest you have
spumoni on the menu.
The food was good as always.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Our favorite restaurant when visiting Dana Point!!!! Love the ambiance...the food...the service... AND our favorite waiter, Jose!!! Everyone there is so friendly and accommodating!!!! Love it!!! Nancy and John 😍

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

According to the hostess, we no longer have to request our special room and table. She put the info into their computer. The menu changed and the prices were upped. Still all good. Charles our waiter was superb, he made our date night.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Oscar was great!!! He made us feel very welcomed .

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

From walking in, I was impressed. The ambiance is evident at the entry. The decor is charming, this is a fantastic spot for a date night - or just friends catching up. The bruschetta was incredible. I ordered the linguine pasta with clams and if it weren't for the carbs, I'd eat that every day. I also ordered dessert (its been a while since I've done app/entree AND dessert but the food was all so amazing I couldn't resist) and it was perfect. Don't pass on the tiramisu! Impressive wine list too!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

It is a beautiful place and we have enjoyed the service and food there in the past. This time thought the prices were higher!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Favorite Italian food in Dana Point!!! Great food. Great ambiance. Great music. Great staff.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Birthday - awesome service and food

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This place is awesome. I've been here several times and the food is wonderful. Service is a little slow but we had a large group. Definite recommend for Italian food.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Nice place. Love this place

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Fantastic 100 % in all areas, as always
10 out of 10,
I am looking forward to my next visit there asap.
I would dine there every evening, if I could.
Our service & timing is was & is always, according
to our time constraints.
Sometimes we need to order, dine & go.
This is the only restaurant in any city, state in USA,
that I can say this about. Always great.

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2.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Very poor service! Waiter was not very professional. Never around for our order and had to ask for him t9 return via the bus boys. Food was ok!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Food was superb. Service was excellent. The occasion was a birthday party. The only concern was that the room was noisy and somewhat difficult to carry on a conversation across out table of 8.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Very slow service. Very very busy restaurant. Food was bland.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Server "Jose" is excellent. Food Superb
Front dining room a bit noisey. Difficult for relaxed conversation.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Love the music! a little disappointed they did not have my favorite dinner but the recommendation was ok, great accommodations, awesome bartender and fun customers. Be back hopefully they have clams!!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Everything was perfect and another consistent
Enjoyable experience 100%, for all of us.
From start of entering for our reservation to the moment we left.
Definitely a 10 out 10 , on every aspect .
We are looking forward to our next visit , this week.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We had a large party with a few children. Our waitress was extremely nice and went out of her way several times to make sure the children were comfortable, and that they got exactly what they wanted for dinner. Even had a pasta made with custom ingredients that they liked! Our food was wonderful and because of the service we had a fantastic evening. I wish we lived in the area, we would be making this place our go-to restaurant!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

A wonderful neighborhood restaurant with excellent Italian cuisine. We have frequented this restaurant for years and never experienced anything but excellent foods, professional service and wonderful memories. Our only wish is that there be a "quieter" dining area. As we have aged, we find the noise level to exceed our desired comfort level. We usually dine early, before the restaurant becomes filled with guests.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

The service was amazing. This was our first time there. The experience was amazing. We will be going back again

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Food, wine and service all superb. Had a bit of a wait as the restaurant was catering to a very large birthday event. Well worth the wait in every respect

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2.0Dined on March 19, 2018

We’ve been going to this restaurant for over a decade. Haven’t been there much in the last year we had met some friends there and told them the restaurant what is great, but we were instantly disappointed. I booked through open table for 630 reservation and there was no table for us till after 7:30 AM. There is no room to sit in the bar and hastand the whole time for an hour. The food was good but not as great as we remembered the Servers and hostesses were disinterested in the diners. I had hoped for a much better experience, we will not be back.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Thank you Linda for accommodating us! I made an 8:30 Saturday night reservation for a date night with my wife and we showed up almost an hour early. Linda was able to move a few things around and get us seated right away. It was our first visit and we were looking forward to it for a while....probably why i showed up so early.
We loved the food & ambiance. Especially the accordian player in the bar. The music was appropriate to the setting. The caesar salad was on point and my wife's pasta was perfectly al dente. My New York Strip was cooked perfectly. Can't wait to return.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Always have a great time when dining at Luciana's. The traditional Italian food is superb and the best quality. The service is always exceptional (Thank you Jose). And Donna on the accordion adds fun and liveliness to Saturday nights.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Luciana's Ristorante is a staple if you want Italian in Dana Point.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Excellent and friendly service. Flavorful food. Love the Cesar salad.
Will be back next week

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3.0Dined on March 12, 2018

A slight let down this time around. Our food was just ok, service was poor and the overall experience lacking. Perhaps on a better night.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

fantastic food and ambiance. Everyone loved the restaurant and service

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The atmosphere, the food, the variety of items on the menu. It was a perfect night. Food was out of the world. It is hard to find unique Italian restaurants in Southern California that are not chains. This was such a great find. I will definitely be going back. So happy to have tried this and found this place. Service also was great and abundant wine selection. Overall very happy with this choice to dine here.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Excellent food and service as usual. Love this restaurant and the convenience.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

The food was very good and nicely priced. Our server was subpar. He was never around when you needed him and arrogant. The ambiance was great and perfect for a date night. I was disappointed that even after having reservations ahead of time and mentioning it was my boyfriend’s birthday that they didn’t do anything special for him - even just saying “happy birthday” would have been fine. The hostess was a young teen who was a lackluster of a host and did not even crack a smile when greeting. If the food wasn’t as good as it was, I wouldn’t be back due to the service.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Our waitress Ryan was the best. Attentive, engaging. Food excellent. A cut above

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The food is absolutely phenomenal. Their special was chicken lasagna with arbiata sauce. Perfect spice/ best I’ve ever had. Service was okay. I’ve had better. Busy night but we brought 3 bottles of our own wine (party of 6) and the menu reads $25 corkage each and then 3 mor more $50. We read that as you aren’t charged more that $50. Oh now. After 2 bottles the corkage fee is $50 per bottle!!! WTF?? Luckily the nice manager did not charge us the fee for bottle 3 and we purchased another bottle from the restaurant. But seriously? That’s just wrong. Very loud inside, but looks like an Italian villa. Fireplace and Tuscan feel. Comfortable seating. Parking tough. Will be back but no more than 2 bottles of wine. First time for us all.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Service was uncharacteristically poor. Waiter blundered in, interrupting conversation, was not accommodating. Felt like a nuisance to the waiter. Could never seem to give the right order to the correct person. Food, however, was excellent. Very noisy dining room, so conversation was difficult. Won’t be returning anytime soon.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great Italian food, wonderful atmosphere, attentive service.

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