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Luciano's Dorchester

3.8
3.8
178 Reviews
£25 and under
Italian

Luciano's centres around classically prepared hearty Italian food using the best fresh local produce and Italian suppliers, for authentic flavours.

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Booked 9 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 11:00 am–11:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:30 pm
    Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    01305 302303

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Luciano Marco Pierre White

  • Neighborhood

    Dorchester

  • Parking details

    Long stay parking available opposite restaurant

  • Public transit

    Bus & Train stops available within walking distance of the restaurant

  • Entertainment

    null

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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What 178 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Dorset

    Good for Groups

  • Dorset

    Outdoor Dining

  • Dorset

    Romantic

  • Dorset

    Special Occasion

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  1. A

    Appp

    Dorset

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience2

    The food was so plain and bland, lacking flavour, small portions very disappointing experience overall

  2. HT

    HazelT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Andrew and Tia were excellent hosts. The food was perfect.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    Luciano’s appeared to be a high quality Italian restaurant, trading on the Marco Pierre White name. But the experience was really poor. Service was slow and inattentive. We waited for about 10 minutes for a waiter to arrive, and it was only because we caught the eye of the manager that someone was sent over. The staff were all friendly and polite but just seem very inexperienced, so that they do not spot that drinks are late arriving, or check that food is ok, and there was almost constant noise of cutlery being dropped on the way to and from the kitchen - I suspect this is a very young and poorly trained team. On top of that, the food was nowhere near the quality suggested by the menu. When you see “parmigiano” listed as a main ingredient you would expect freshly grated shavings of cheese. Instead our meal had massive lumps of pre-grated Parmesan dumped in one place on the dish, without even an effort to distribute it across the dish. The Carbonara had a bright orange sauce plopped on top of half the pasta, again with no sense of presentation. And the sauce tasted slightly cheesy and nothing like any Carbonara I have ever eaten before. Definitely to be avoided if you are looking for a quality Italian meal.

  4. JB

    JustinB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time here and so impressed with literally everything ,I’ve seen a couple of negative reviews but we could not fault this place ,food was absolutely amazing and so nice to go to a restaurant around here and have really tasty food ,service was brilliant Just can’t fault the place

  5. SA

    StephA

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Very welcoming staff, friendly and helpful. The food was delicious and enjoyed by all. A great place to celebrate with a group of family or friends! Highly recommend!

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a winner. Amazing pasta and the service was good!

  7. KR

    KateR

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    Very poor main meal, Spaghetti had congealed and the flavour of an Arabiatta was lacking.

  8. SL

    SylviaL

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    I went with a friend to have dinner at this excellent Italian restaurant in Dorchester. I had the beetroot for starter and found it tasty and fresh to eat. My friend had the melon and Parma ham, she too was delighted. For main course we each had Luciano's own ragu pasta and found the sauce to be rich with flavours, a pleasure to the taste buds. The sorbet/ice cream we had for afters also tasty and the right texture. All in all, a lovely meal and I am happy to go back there again.

  9. HD

    HelenD

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a really lovely evening, food, service, ambience, everything. The outside heating works great. Something about being outside creates a friendly atmosphere amongst fellow dinners too. Final word has to be to truly fabulous pasta.

  10. P

    Piquet

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Friendly, quick and helpful service, pleasant surroundings, and good food. Ideally, I would have liked to see a bit more variety on the menu - e.g. including a clam or other seafood pasta (admittedly lobster was available), and pannna cotta, which were among my favourites at its predecessor. But then the bill would no doubt have to be higher. Overall, good value for money at the price point, and a very enjoyable experience. Would go again, and recommend to friends.

  11. BH

    BeckyH

    Dorset

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    Food was ok, drinks came out way after main meal was ordered, bar service was slow

  12. C

    Cath

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2021

    overall2food1service3ambience2

    Waiting staff were lovely. We went on a sunday and the food was tasteless my tagliatelle had no sauce or flavour the Broccoli was stone cold hard and char grilled. 5 of us went out and would not go back. Apparently they now have a chef in not the one advertised and it was his night off so a temp chef which may explain why the food was very poor but it put us off and spoilt the night

  13. JG

    JulieG

    Dorset

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2021

    overall3food1service4ambience5

    The choice of mains is really poor. No chicken or other white meat. My husband and I had the spinach ravioli which on its own resembled a starter and not a main course. My friend had the tagliatelle which had beef in and said it was far too spicy. More choice of mains is required.

  14. CW

    ChristineW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely meal, good choices on the menu, attentive and very friendly staff, looking forward to next visit!

  15. PM

    PastaMad

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience3

    We visited at lunchtime. I had the ravioli and it was lovely. Disappointed that there wasn’t a fresh lemonade on the menu and limited veggies but I enjoyed what I had. Service was fine, no long waits. The bottle of water on the table was a nice touch.

  16. RA

    RobA

    Dorset

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2021

    overall3food5service2ambience4

    The food, as ever, was excellent. Our waitress, Maisie, was outstanding. Despite her best efforts and apologies, we were, unfortunately, kept waiting for an unacceptably long time for our main course. This seems to be a bit of a pattern here at this restaurant; the same thing has happened on each of our previous visits. We live in Dorchester and we want Luciano to succeed here, but these delays need sorting somehow.

  17. NC

    NickC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Overall really good, but I think they had a few new staff and they were quite slow with taking orders and getting the bill ect. But the food was excellent and the drinks were great. Will be back

  18. JM

    JohannaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our utterly delightful waitress helped make our evening a really lovely occasion. She was so attentive and engaging. It was a night to remember. Food was good too!

  19. DE

    DeborahE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    This is my first visit and I loved the restaurant which is airy and a very lovely space. Tables did not feel too crowded despite being quite busy for a midweek night. I ordered the focaccia bread which comes out as a single large slice of toasted bread. It was delicious with olive oil on the side to dip. We shared this between 3 of us and it was a tasty appetiser with drinks. We didn’t try any starters but they sounded interesting. I ordered the spaghetti a la sorrentina (tomato sauce and mozzarella on top) which was extremely tasty although a little small for the £14 price tag. The saving grace is that a drink is included! It is simply pasta so a slightly larger portion size could be considered. I have to say that Everyone on the table enjoyed their meal but felt portions were a little small. Puddings were again delicious but not large. I would definitely return as it was a lovely meal and place to be.

  20. RT

    RosalindT

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    My advice would be to look around . The tables on either side sent back and refused to pay for in one case 100% of their meal and in the other 50% . We used this information to tell our waiter to get things correct or we would follow suit . In fairness he did . However to have missed an explained allergy as they did in one case is not good .

  21. NM

    NicolaM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience3

    We enjoyed the food but it took an inordinate amount of time to arrive. Complex pricing, should just be simplified. Staff don’t seem to really know what they are doing although there are a lot of them. A shame as don’t think the restaurant will last as they just haven’t got it right, perfect position etc but as I mentioned a complex menu, things missing/not available & service just too slow, not friendly enough etc… The food that we had was good.

  22. CS

    ChloeS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Awful! Bad overpriced food and staff need training. Would seriously sort this place out before it gets shut down. No wonder it was basically empty and zizzis had a queue at the door Will never return and will make sure we tell our family and friends that this place is not recommended

  23. k

    kitty

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent service, wasn't many people in though. Food was piping hot and tasted delicious ( 9 in our party, so variety of food was had) Music was very loud and you had to shout to hear each other

  24. G

    Giacomo

    Hampshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2021

    overall2food1service3ambience2

    Poor menu. Dominated by spaghetti and Gnochi. Poor selection of desserts. Better menu and value at Cote Brasserie nearby.

  25. L

    Lucy

    Dorset

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    Confusing menu and slow service despite empty restaurant but waitresses were very lovely and accommodating. Beautiful outside area. Didn’t dislike, but wouldn’t rush back .

  26. MW

    MarionW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    Service was poor perhaps to the lack of experienced staff

  27. JP

    JennyP

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Good food, attentive but not intrusive staff. Music a little too loud for us.

  28. AB

    AdrianB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2021

    overall2food1service4ambience3

    3 of Our party ordered spaghetti carbonara of the very limited menu This came out and was basically spaghetti uncooked dark orange egg yolk a and a sprinkle of Parmasan this was poorly executed and was not something you wanted to eat The menu is very limited No pizza no garlic bread very little meat dishes , portion sizes also very small The back ground music was a loop tape I had to listen to frank Sinatra’s New York song 5 times in 20 minutes (no joke) There is no draft beer and they only have small bottles of morretti Shame really the place looked great from outside

  29. O

    Ocrsam

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    We ordered cocktail aperitifs which we were expecting to have before the first course. The first course arrived and we still hadn’t had our drinks. I reminded the staff and the drinks were brought more or less immediately. Possibly your staff need to be briefed that many people don’t drink cocktails with a meal. We had ordered a bottle of wine to drink with that… The beetroot starter was ok, the steak and chips however were very good.

  30. JD

    JimmyD

    Bristol

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2021

    overall1food3service1ambience1

    No focaccia available, no bread of any kind. No alcohol free beer available. My sorbet came without coulis, I think they thought I wouldn't notice but they had served one to the next table earlier. Then they claimed the coulis was incorporated in the sorbet. The music was too loud. The pasta was good.

  31. HS

    HannahS

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    The food is very nice but the service is often only average. Waitresses regularly reaching over people’s meals, getting drinks and food orders wrong and a very long wait for dessert. We had extra coffees we didn’t order, cokes instead of diet cokes, no lime cordial or appletizer in stock when ordered etc etc.

  32. SC

    SueC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We ate here when it first opened, but we were not impressed. We went last night for a second time, what a difference, good food and wine list, very good service. Needless to say we will be back

  33. AG

    AndyG

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great atmosphere, fantastic food, great service. Not much more to be said!!

  34. I

    Ianb

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    Main meal steak chewy, half a broccoli head cooked nice but was then burnt possibly char grilled spoilt the taste of the meal burnt broccoli is not nice beware, regarding sweets having chosen my sweet was told that they don't have any of that at the moment, would be a good idea to let the customer know if something isn't available when handing out the menu. Disappointed that they didn't do baileys coffee I thought that was a stable after dinner drink. Service was okay the girls were very attentive but when coming to pay the bill giving the customer more than 30 seconds after bringing the bill would be a better touch rather than giving the customer the feeling of they just want you out as you haven't had a sweet. Not the experience I was hoping for on our anniversary

  35. A

    Annie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    The food was good, although not as good as the last time we visited, when we thought it was excellent. Maybe it was a different chef but there needs to be consistency. The staff were lovely and very attentive and the ambience was good. So although slightly disappointed with our food, we had enjoyed our evening and it has not put us off visiting again.

  36. S

    Sophie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience5

    It was a gorgeous restaurant and great value for money but the main for both me and my husband was bland and disappointing the staff were friendly and the stuffed peppers were amazing but we wouldn’t return purely based on the poor main dishes

  37. NH

    NatashaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and excellent service would defo recommend 5 star

  38. D

    Dawn

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Had a lovely meal here for date night! Service was friendly. Food was lovely especially the bruschetta and the thick cut chips! Great value for great tasting food.

  39. MK

    MissKatela

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really lovely food will definitely be going again soon.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went to celebrate my mum and dads 30th anniversary. Food was amazing cant fault it Pudding was amazing also Staff friendly and very helpful

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Luciano's Dorchester is rated 3.8 stars by 178 OpenTable diners

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Booked 9 times today
Google Map for Luciano's Dorchester

1 Dray Horse Yard Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1GS

  • Neighborhood

    Dorchester

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 11:00 am–11:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:30 pm
    Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Long stay parking available opposite restaurant

  • Public transit

    Bus & Train stops available within walking distance of the restaurant

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Luciano Marco Pierre White

  • Entertainment

    null

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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