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Luciana's Ristorante

24312 Del Prado, Dana Point, CA 92629-2713
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Ranked #6 of 113 Restaurants in Dana Point
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $12 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
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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161 reviews from our community

88% Recommend
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English first
Laguna Beach, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

east coast Italian in dana point. a favorite with great chicken dishes and pasta. the flavors are full and enjoyable with good service.

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Springfield, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This was the third year in a row my family treated me to Luciana's-and we have enjoyed it every time. We are from the east coast and go to Laguna Beach every year over my birthday. Luciana’s has everything (no kids menu, but whatever they want, they make). I have never had the same thing twice, neither has anyone in... More

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The house special which was 3 different kinds of sausages served on pasta was delicious. The other dishes at the table were good but not great. The atmosphere was a little heavy. However, the place was packed on a Wednesday night and that must say something? Not sure what.

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Dallas, Texas
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43 reviews 43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We chose this restaurant after reading a Trip Advisor review and are so happy we did. The restaurant is located in what must have been a home at one time. Casual and relaxed, like going to your Italian grandmother's house. The food was wonderful, and we eat Italian all over the US and lots of times we are disappointed but... More

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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
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
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175 reviews 175 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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108 reviews 108 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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
29 helpful votes 29 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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