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Luciana's Ristorante

24312 Del Prado, Dana Point, CA 92629-2713
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Ranked #6 of 110 restaurants in Dana Point
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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87% Recommend
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English first
Dana Point, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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60 reviews 60 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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San Clemente, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

Luciana's has all the potential to be a excellent Italian Restaurant! I don't understand all the positive reviews posted here!!! I went to dinner on a Saturday night, reservations for seven thirty. I entered the lobby and it's packed. It turns out reservations are thirty to forty minutes behind. The so called hostess should be fired. She does not have... More

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Southern Calif.
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Excellent food and service and priced right. Located in the heart of Dana Point, CA. Suggest making reservations, always busy.

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madison, wi
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Considering the high ranking of Luciana's, we had high expectations when we arrived. We initially received great attention from our servers, but that degenerated quickly. It is amazing how often a server can walk right past you table without giving you eye contact. In any event, our meal was very ordinary with a wild mushroom ragout consisting of a mushroom... More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

I don’t remember what we ate but my wife and I loved Luciana's Ristorante. We had spent a week in California and wanted a good meal, the concierge in our hotel recommended Luciana's and she was dead on. The ambiance was Italy, the food was fantastic and the service was quick and friendly. We have been to Italy several times... More

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Holbrook, New York
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41 reviews 41 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

our 35th anniversary, we Decided to Try Luciana's on a Recommendation from friend and a Great review on Trip Advisor, Its February keep in Mind(No Mad Rush this time of year), we Called and Made Reservations at 3pm for 6 pm for Dinner for 2. We requested close to Fireplace, there response, 'No Problem". We Arrived at 515pm and Im... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Charming atmosphere with excellent italian food handed down by Mama Luciana. She's been semi retired to the family's Italian Estate for a number of years but her family keeps her traditional cuisine going strong. Staff is very attentive, courteous, knowledgeable about dishes and fine wine selection. There's a strong local support by a group of regulars that are as charming... More

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