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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.
949-661-6500
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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, Reservations
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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  • 19
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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
One of our favorite Italian restaurants

We love this restaurant. Lately it's been difficult to maneuver getting there due to construction on Del Prado, but still well worth the experience. Ambiance is cozy and shabby chic, staff very accommodating, price in the range of most DP higher end eateries, and food delicious. Never been... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
Kathy L
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Dana Point, California, United States
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Dana Point, California, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We love this restaurant. Lately it's been difficult to maneuver getting there due to construction on Del Prado, but still well worth the experience. Ambiance is cozy and shabby chic, staff very accommodating, price in the range of most DP higher end eateries, and food delicious. Never been disappointed.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Nice little Italian restaurant with a good vibe and ambiance. I have been there 3 times and each time the chef did not disappoint. Food is excellent and the menu is deep.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I love their food, especially their seafood pasta. The ambiance is so authentic. I felt like I was in Italy. The service was excellent. I totally recommend them to friends and family visiting our area.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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49 reviews 49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We took 33 people to dinner. They put us in this room with one really long table. It was like a wine cellar in an old castle with the way it is decorated. The real wine cellar was behind glass on one of the walls. At the end of the room was a large monitor with a video fireplace. That... More 

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Juneau, Alaska
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82 reviews 82 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We went out with a group of colleagues attending a conference, searching for some good Italian food. This place came recommended and the food was true to its recommendations. The food was well prepared and had good flavor. Fortunately, we all liked each other and wanted to spend time together because, as we had been warned, the service is not... More 

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Dana Point
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Weird...I have only heard great things about this restaurant for years and I thought the food was average and slightly bland. I ordered the scampi appetizer which sounded delicious but had no flavor and the shrimp were the small ones you see at a grocery store. I expected the large fresh ones like at a seafood restaurant. I had to... More 

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We dined here a year ago, and remembered a great meal. So, back in Dana Point, we returned and were not disappointed. Their pastas are fabulous, portion size is perfect, and prices reasonable. We love the cozy atmosphere of the library! All in all, one of our favorite restaurants in Southern California!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Very elegant and the service and food was exquist! Beautiful establishment. Easy to get to from our hotel. I would recommend this place for any romantic dinner plans.

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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This is our favorite restaurant in Dana Point, it never disappoints. Outstanding service, interesting menu, and atmosphere A total gem.

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Colleyville, Texas
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41 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

When we first ordered wine- the first two choices were out. Not to worry said the waiter. He brought an excellent choice and discounted the price! Spaghetti Bolonese was great as was my wife's chicken dish. Salads and soups were fresh and the Strawberry cheesecake was very good! Great service, good food and reasonable prices. We will be back soon!!

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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: 949-661-6500

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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