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Luciana's Ristorante

24312 Del Prado, Dana Point, CA 92629-2713
949-661-6500
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Ranked #5 of 113 restaurants in Dana Point
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $12 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Blue Lantern
Transit: OCTA bus stop on the corner of Del Prado Ave and Street of the Ruby Lantern.
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.
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new york
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

Whenever we return from our Cali trips, we are racing back to New York to have a proper Italian meal. We miss great italian food every time we visit the west coast. I wish we found Luciana's years ago. we usually stay in the Newport area, and there is ZILCH in the way of authentic Italian up there. Luciana's is... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

My family arrived at this gem of a restaurant without a reservation at 7pm. We were told they wouldn't be able to seat us until 8:30. My five year old looked at the hostess with his big, puppy dog eyes. The next thing I know, the hostess was rearranging her reservations and was able to seat us within three minutes.... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
Top Contributor
154 reviews 154 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Our food was delicious - Veal parm was very good. A nice wine list with a large variety of domestic and imported. Great dessert and good Grappa. Most of all, our service stood out. Jose, our waiter was outstanding - checking in frequently while handling a number of customers and keeping his cool. And giving us updates about our meal,... More

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Orange County, CA
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107 reviews 107 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We have been here a few times, and the food is always excellent. We were not disappointed this visit. However, our waiter had a very laid back attitude; no personality and very little interaction with our table. He seemed entirely disinterested in us and his job. That was disappointing for a special anniversary dinner.

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Dana Point, California
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95 reviews 95 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

I've lived near this restaurant for years and just recently decided to try it. I had the seafood pasta and the rest of the clan went for the lasagne....yum!

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Chicago, IL
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41 reviews 41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

What a quaint little place. My husband and I dined here while on vacation. Making reservations through open table couldn't have been easier. We enjoyed the Chicken Parmesan and Pesto Rigatoni and they were both delightful. The wine selection seem perfect for the restaurant. We found the service to be excellent. I would have loved to see some home made... More

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Dana Point, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Lucianna's Restaurant is my wifes favorite place to go. Every year we and friends enjoy a very special Valentines dinner in the Library room. Awesome food, Awesome service, Great Ambiance. Excellent wine selection as well. Can't be beat!

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Dana Point, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Classic atmosphere, professional staff and outstanding good. What's not to love! Try the lasagna - very good and calamari is lightly breaded with a mildly spicy sauce.

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Des Moines Iowa
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67 reviews 67 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Atmosphere, service and food join together to take you away from your day for a wonderful respite. The décor is Italian eclectic and charming. The service is very attentive and pleasant. The food is excellent!! Every 'local' we spoke to about dining in Dana Point recommended Luciana's. We found out why.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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40 reviews 40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Had a wonderful dinner in Dana Point very good Italian Restaurant excellent selection of appetizers,they had very good specials prompt service ,dessert to die for and live music

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