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Luciana's Ristorante

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24312 Del Prado, Dana Point, CA 92629-2713 (Blue Lantern)
OCTA bus stop on the corner of Del Prado Ave and Street of the Ruby Lantern.
19496616500
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5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Orange County's Authentic Italian RestaurantLocated in a historical home...
Orange County's Authentic Italian RestaurantLocated in a historical home in the resort town of Dana Point, California, Luciana's Ristorante has been serving the Orange County community for over 25 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 Villa Lucia, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Never Dissappointed

Wish we could come down here more often. One of only a handful of Italian restaurants in Orange county that can call themselves "Italian." Food is always great, servers couldn't do enough for you and the chef takes pride in his work. I always order a special dish that is not on the menu (my... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Wish we could come down here more often. One of only a handful of Italian restaurants in Orange county that can call themselves "Italian." Food is always great, servers couldn't do enough for you and the chef takes pride in his work. I always order a special dish that is not on the menu (my personal sign of a GREAT... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

If you're from Los Angeles and eat italian food at places like the exceptional Fico on Robertson and have the Rabbit Ragu with fresh pasta than you're going to be in for a bit of a let down. Luciana is a nice place, a cozy house of atmosphere and the hostest and servers were top notch. But the food is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

We were in Dana Point for a week and ate here three times it was so good. Old style ambiance with white tablecloths. Great wine list. We both fell in love with the chicken parmesan. Comes with a side of pasta and some grilled veggies. Wonderful sauce made it special.

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Marin County, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

We had some great food, they offer some very reasonably priced wines and service was fine, but the atmosphere is a bit dark and dank. It needs a remodel.

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Windsor, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

The concierge at our restaurant recommended this restaurant and it was well deserved. My husband had the lamb special which he said were cooked perfectly and quite delicious. I had the swordfish special and the fish was very tender and moist. We shared the risotto which was very good. Service was great. I asked for a dry white wine that... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This was our first visit to Lucianna's; we came because of the TripAdvisor rating. We were seated promptly in the library room, where the ambience is wonderful. The live accordion music provided delightful background and the service was superb. The only disappointment was the seafood. The shrimp and scallops in my pasta dish were chewy and my husband and I... More 

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Dana Point, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

My husband and a dear friend enjoyed a lovely evening at this local restaurant. The food was delicious. My friend and I had pasta and my husband had fish. Everything was fresh and delicious. The service was just perfect. We went on a week day night and the restaurant was busy. It is probably better to make reservations ahead of... More 

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Mission Viejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We have visited Luciana's several times as a group of 8, and it offers the best combination of good food, quality wait staff, ambiance and background noise of any restaurant that we have visited. We will continue to use this restaurant as one of our favorite meeting places. If you go there as a group, be sure to request the... More 

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Dana Point, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

It's kinda the place you indulge when you have a gift card or when someone is paying the bill. But if you're someone who budgets, this probably won't make the list. It is a good place to go on a first date since it has a cute ambiance and vibe. Try the stuffed pork chop. It's amaze. I ordered it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Been there many time and the food and service is always excellent. The old Italian style dining area adds to the excellent rating.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 24312 Del Prado, Dana Point, CA 92629-2713
    (Blue Lantern)
  • Public Transportation: OCTA bus stop on the corner of Del Prado Ave and Street of the Ruby Lantern.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Dana Point
  • Phone Number: 19496616500

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 25
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions

Description

Orange County's Authentic Italian RestaurantLocated in a historical home in the resort town of Dana Point, California, Luciana's Ristorante has been serving the Orange County community for over 25 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 Villa Lucia, 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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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