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Lucia's

4.4
95 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:15 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(510) 225-9467
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Beer, Wine

Specials

Complimentary dessert chosen by our chef!

Our chef will choose one of our delicious desserts to compliment your meal!

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 29, 2017

Ends: March 31, 2018

Availability: Sun 10:30AM-1:30PM 5:00PM-6:00PM 7:45PM-8:30PM
Tue-Thu 5:00PM-6:00PM 7:45PM-8:30PM
Fri 5:00PM-5:15PM 8:00PM-9:15PM
Sat 10:30AM-1:30PM 5:00PM-5:15PM 8:00PM-9:15PM

What 95 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.5
service
4.0
ambience
4.1
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SASCT (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

Servings are way too small for the price. And there was no indication that the dishes were actually "small plates" not dinner sized.

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NataljaK 
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

This was the ABSOLUTE best gluten free pizza I've had in my life. Two of the 8 of us are celiacs and all the other guests ate the GF pizza and as well. They were all blown away by how delicious everything was. The wine, pasta and amazing owner were the icing on the cake to a brilliant dinner gather of friends.

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vipimpactoe (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

Lucia's is just okay. Nothing was terrible and nothing was wonderful. If you are stuck in the neighborhood and need a quick bite, it will work, but I would not go out of my way to go there.

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vipKarena44 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

The food was good but we weren’t happy to learn they automatically add a 20% gratuity. (Which I normally do on my own)

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OaklandEater (Salt Lake City)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Best gluten-free pizza in Bay Area, and probably the only truly Italian gf pizza in the Bay Area.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Wait staff seemed confused. We never got our drinks. Food was mediocre

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vippapiwolano (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

We've eaten at Lucia's a number of times before going to events at Aurora Theatre, Berkeley Rep and Freight and Salvage. The cuisine is Venetian as is the charming owner. The white pizza we had was good as was the pasta we shared. Calamari fritti was very good as were the meat balls on our last visit. The owner recommended an excellent bottle of wine. Our friends had not eaten here before. They were pleased and said they'd go back.

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Suziecups (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

I thought the gluten free pizza was outstanding! But the pasta left a bit to be desired. It was the orecchiette with broccoli rabe, sausage and a tiny bit of parmesan cheese. It was rather oily and lacking in flavor. I scored this restaurant low is because for the price of one pizza, one pasta and one lemonade, the bill came to $60 (including tip). It seemed pretty overpriced for what we got. The gluten free pizza dough though...it is the best so I am conflicted.

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vipKarenW (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Wonderful food. A bit noisy at first (on Saturday night) but it quieted down even before the theatre crowd left. Good find for downtown Berkeley.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

I loved my experience and the ambiance! The food was great, and the top of the pizza was amazing (looking at the pizza it looked like one of the best I've seen in California), but the bottom of the crust was a little doughy.

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vipPaoloS (Orlando)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Wow the pizzas and salad and dolce we ordered were all excellent. The staff were attentive, efficient and helpful. Will add this to our permanent rotation when we are in Berkeley

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Probably the best pizza I have eaten outside of Italy.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

We came for Berkeley restaurant week. Pizzas were huge, just like Italy.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Great pizza, reminds me of traveling in Italy! I love the brick oven, really warms the place up on a cold night.

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vipTokyoJohn (Detroit)
2.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

I think maybe some staff were out with the flu, but it took forever to get our food, which then tasted ok. And the house red wine was served chilled. The waiter said the keg had to be refrigerated by law, but gee . . . The place is very noisy. I will say it is friendly and certainly kid-friendly--watching them passed the time.

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KCM2114 (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Fabulous good! Worth navigating around Berkeley construction and traffic

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

They charge 20% for tips saying it's fair wages for workers but service is really not up to par.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Everything was acceptable except for the practice of adding tax to the overall bill after adding in the tax. That was a spoiler for me.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Lucia's was an incredible find. We had no expectations, just picked it for the convenient location. The owner was our waiter and he could not have been more knowledgeable about wine, about Italy, about the food, etc. The pizza was INCREDIBLE, the crust sublime. We also really enjoyed an arugula salad and other starters. The only thing that fell a little short was the dessert. They had run out of their own homemade gelato and the sorbet from next door was good, just not as good as the rest of the meal. Great, affordable wine selection.

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vipsherrae (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

Lucia's is a sweet place on Shattuck tucked into a long narrow wood paneled space, with a giant authentic pizza oven in the rear. It is owned by this cute young Italian couple; she runs the front of the house and takes the orders; he tends the bar, sometimes serves, clears the tables. There is a dedicated "pizziolo" who doesn't speak English but assembles the pizzas, serves them and supervises the kitchen staff. Although there are only a few staff the place operates smoothly like a well choregraphed dance. The pizzas are unusual, well priced and delicious. We had the mixed mushroom with smoked mozzarella. There are tomato based pizzas (no cheese options) and cheese based. They will also do a gluten free crust upon request. One could go with your gluten free, vegan or kosher friends and everyone would be happy. Four beers on tap, many bottle offerings and wines by the 150ml, 250ml and 500ml. Some of the same wines are by the bottle--good ones, like the Langhe nebbiolo and the Etna red. These can be pricy wines and you can try them out by the glass; they are also less expensive because the management has chosen to include the younger, more recent vintages. This is a casual place but the food is serious and the vibe, friendly and caring.

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Yamo (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Incredible waiter. Very attentive even though he seemed to be taking care of the entire restaurant. Food came quickly and was hot and delicious. Its close to the bart station and the theatres. Overheard the people behind us saying how much their family loved it. They had 2 small kids. They were happy to get there when they could get seated.

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vipAndy (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

Best pizza I've had in a long time! The wine list is delightful, and the service is wonderful. This is a gem in downtown Berkeley.

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vipGordon (New Mexico)
4.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

Good, mostly simple food made with excellent ingredients. In other words, real Italian! Short but good wine list — we had a nice Primitvo that I thought was reasonably priced at $40. Pizza was good, though the crust could have been more crisp. We were early; their wood-fired oven may not have quite come up to heat.

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JMax (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

They were very accommodating for our large group of 11! No fuss and the table was ready when we arrived. Food was yummy. They were quite busy and I know it can be a challenge with a large group but all the orders were correct and the plates were licked clean! Would recommend as a great place to go prior to attending the many venues in the area. Staff were very friendly!

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Lisa (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

Lucia's was such a surprise! Welcoming and warm atmosphere (less sterile than the pictures looked) with delicious food. The service was great and I can't wait to come back with a date!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

I've grabbed a bite here once before when we were lucky enough to get a table without a reservation. Wouldn't count on that, so made a reservation this time. Everything from the homemade tonic water to the orange cannolli was super tasty and fresh. The burrata has been super scrumptious both times. If in doubt, go here. Plus, service is always fun and friendly, which, to me, makes a difference.

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Anniesbiped (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

We were THRILLED with our dinner at Lucia! EVERYTHING was wonderful from the appetizer through the desserts. Our servers were personable, polite, and prompt. The food was OUTSTANDING!!! We will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 14, 2017

The service was exceptional, low-keyed and attentive at the same time.

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PattiB (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 12, 2017

Really good pizza. Nice thin crust, delicious toppings. We each had a pizza. Next time we will share a pizza and try one of their homemade pastas. Wait staff is great. Tiramisu was excellent too.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

Special Salad, Brussels Sprouts, and Big Ham Pizza were outstanding. A good pre-theatre dining option.

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