Lucia's

4.4
215 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Authentic Neapolitan Pizza and Italian Food in the heart of Berkeley. Using local seasonal and organic product, we serve an array of Small Plates, Salads, Fresh Homemade Pasta, Neapolitan Pizza and other House Specialties. These include Porchetta, Lasagna, Eggplant Parmisian, Scottish Salmon, etc. We have a strong focus on Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan Cuisine. In addition, we have a bar and a wonderful list of Cocktails, Local Beers and Wines from California and Italy... many of which are natural, Organic and Biodynamic.
Come see our special wood fired oven imported from Naples Italy!
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BB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Lucia's has been a favorite for me. I have been there 5 times before and always had a great experience and wonderful pizzas. However, my last visit was a pure disappointment. We had a party of seven people and several of the group's favorite food options were not available. We order two different bottles of wine only to told each time it was sold out. So it took 25 minutes just to order and get the third wine they had. The staff communication between each other was not working. The food arrived all at sperate times, some people were almost finished and others had not gotten their order yet. My pizza was subpar compared to my last visits, the crust was soggy in the middle and cold on the edges like it has sat out for 15 minutes after it was pulled from the oven.

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AB
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is really the highlight of Lucia’s. Great pizza and while there are a number of deep fried items, they tasted lighter and fresher than I expected.

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PB
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good! Looking forward to a return to try more items on the menu.

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b
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always love the buzz and friendly service - great for pre-theatre dining

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SJ
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this place! Best gluten-free crust anywhere.

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LM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was tasty, but the pizza is incredible. The sauce is the yummiest sauce I have ever tried. It’s sweeter than expected, which I wouldn’t normally go for, but the combination of flavors is delicious. Service was stellar, even on a busy Valentine’s Day. Wine selection is good. I will definitely be back!

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OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Poor service. Okay food. Nothing special. Could be much better with a few changes. Just need to try harder. Seemed like a lazy dining experience.

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j
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Turns out that our waiter was one of the owners. We will return. I had the special pork dinner and my wife had the mushroom pizza. Sorry but I recall the actual names. The rosemary fries with Aoli were great. I also recommend the buffalo gelato.

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OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Was disappointed. Big decline!

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M
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lucia's is our go-to spot for dinner before a performance at the Aurora theater. The food is always delicious and the staff is friendly and accommodating. On our last visit it was super busy and it took a while to get our food, but it was worth the wait and we got to our play in plenty of time.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best Italian pizza I have had outside of Italy (where I lived for a while)--and I was having the gluten free version. I literally could have wept. My husband and I go here for date nights, but we've also brought our toddler daughter too--they brought her a little plastic cup even. They're super accommodating with GF consumers. One thing I'd recommend--don't get a pizza loaded with toppings. Get a super simple one b/c the ingredients are so good you can really enjoy them.

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DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

very good food and service and excellent value for a "pizza joint". Wine list is also well curated. For the price range it merits top rating.

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C
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Servers were very friendly but the service was slow. The food was good and plentiful.

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r
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good except my latte was lukewarm, my French Toast order was hot and my husbands Caifornia Benedict cold. The service was very slow but they were busy. However, when the bill arrived with a 20% gratuity already added ( for 2) people, it really didn’t sit right with me. The food has enough mark up that they can afford to pay their employees more. I don’t patronize places that add a gratuity, especially for a party of 2. I most decinsurly woukf not have left a 20% tip on this particular meal. This practice discourages me from returning. There are dozens and dozens of places to get good pizza and a good brunch. I doubt I’ll return with this practice in ace.

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DD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a pizza place, we went for brunch and the breakfast foods, and espresso drinks were great. My daughter had a pizza from their wood oven, also very good, according to her. It is small, and they were busy. Wait staff working very hard. As a warning, they automatically tack on 20% tip, with an explanation that it was to give the staff a living wage. My personal opinion is that the owner should pay a living wage, and either axe tips, or let customers tip for good service. As it was, the service was very good anyway. But, I was slightly annoyed at the message. Why not just raise the prices and pay your staff accordingly? That would be more straight forward.

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H
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

delightful as always. I love Lucia's gluten free p pizza - it's the best I've had

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SL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Lively, friendly, tasty.

open table wants me to say more, but that really sums it up.

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MW
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unimaginably good gluten free pizza!! The others in my party were very pleased with their gluten-y meals as well. :)

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CL
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We were here for a pre-theater dinner. Our salads were served quickly but we waited 45 minutes for our mains. The server explained that the pasta maker was being trained and things were exceptionally slow. In order to make the play we had to cancel the dessert portion of our prix fixe order. The server was extremely nice about it and adjusted our bill. And the food we had (salad and pasta) was delicious. Problems can occur anywhere but the mark of a good restaurant is the ability to roll with the punches and make diners feel taken care of.

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c
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Smaller restaurant near Berkeley theaters with both prix fixe and menu. Pasta was very good while salad was a little plain but fresh. Individual pizza was quite good and generous in portion. It is a little hectic and noisy but a nice and reasonably priced spot with a very convenient location.

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TB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and great service. Authentic Italian dishes.

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JJ
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Before theater at Berkeley Rep - this is our favorite spot. They are justifiably proud of their pizza oven -- the pizzas are great. Perfect crust and creative toppings -- at a good price too. Fried calamari was a nice starter and the kale salad was delicious -- Service was a bit slow this Saturday as they do a lot of delivery pizzas, but we had a very good meal and had plenty of time to get to the play. We will be back!

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TM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, great brunch, nice pizzas. We always enjoy being there.

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H
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best gluten free pizza I’ve eaten in the Sf/east bay period. It’s a little pricey but totally worth it. The cocktails and the rest of the food that I have tasted is delicious too.

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J
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great pasta and sauces. Friendly professional service & interesting menu. More than a pizza joint!

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a lovely spot tucked in on Shattuck. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and the food quite tasty. All the ingredients seemed very fresh and the flavors were terrific. Dessert was yummy and just the right sweetness. We would definitely come back!

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b
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great for pre theater dining. We always split everything so split fried calamari, a salad and a special pizza. Great bottle of Nebbiolo to accompany it.

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EM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I liked the ambiance and the menu options. I felt that the pizzas were lacking in substance and flavor. The toppings were so thin that it felt that I was eating mostly pizza bread (it was good bread). The flavor was mediocre on my pizza, but just not enough of it. My friend liked the taste of his pizza, but again had the same observation about amount of topping. I would probably go again just to see if that was normal or not.

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T
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

A couple of the dishes were tasty. Special pizza of the day was quite a disappointment. Soggy, bland...

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LL
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and great ambience. We were greeted with enthusiasm and warmth which continued throughout our dinner. The appetizer, burrata with bread, was delicious. We each had the pasta dishes which were delicious. Topped off with affogatos for dessert. Relaxing atmosphere. We will definitely be back.

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GM
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday brunch

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AM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great authentic wood fired pizzas! Definitely add the chili oil.

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SJ
New England
37 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were there on a Sunday after church. It was good we had a reservation or we would have had to wait. I ordered the special which was like ratatouille hash with a poached egg and a slice of sour dough toast. DELICIOUS! I will be dreaming about this. Tiramisu was very nice. Coffee was great too. Hope to return when we are back in CA.

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

we've enjoyed lucia's for several years. then in our previous visit, the service was poor (although the food was still good). i wrote a negative review and lucia's owner reached out to me. we tried again saturday and the service was great and the the food continues to be outstanding.

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P
Sacramento
17 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Innovative food, owners very pleasant, great location, pricey but in a very pricey locale. Would definitely go again.

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OC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BEST GLUteN FREE PIZZA I EVER HAD. After 4 years of being Celiac and trying them all, this GF has amazing texture and bubbles, there was no way to even tell it was GF. I actually cried it was so good!
Most GF crusts are flat, overly sweet, or tasteless with few exceptions. I never thought I'd get to taste Pizza this good again. The mushroom was the way to go. THANK YOU!! We will be back.

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s
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Happy return customers; previous review a year ago. The restaurant is even better and is running smoothly. Seated promptly and the wait staff knows their job--good knowledgeable service. Food is just great, fresh, comes at the right temperature. Nice selection of pastas, salads, pizzas, etc. Wines are decent from Italian house wines to premium offerings. This is a come as you are place and is ideal for before the theater. Enjoy.

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LA
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best pizza in the Bay Area, hands down. The menu is integrating but not intimidating and the gluten free pizza is the prize winner (and i’ve tried em all.) love the calamari, the caponata, the homemade pappardelle, the prosciutto,...

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KM
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Lucia's is a very casual place. Pizza is their speciality. We started off with the meatballs. We felt they were very dry. The charred brussel sprouts were very good. I had the margarita pizza, it was good but I like a crispy crust. The service was outstanding.

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B
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, but noise level is to high for conversation with anyone not right next to you

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