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420 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1910
515-243-1115
Today
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 35
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Love this restaurant.

The menu changes frequently to give a good variety of the chef's talent. Best gnocchi in town. Never had a bad meal or bad service. Cozy atmosphere.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
Gini L
via mobile
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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54 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

The menu changes frequently to give a good variety of the chef's talent. Best gnocchi in town. Never had a bad meal or bad service. Cozy atmosphere.

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Ankeny, Iowa, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Out for a friends birthday. Great food, some of the best scallops and gnocci ever. A bit over priced, $150 for 2 of us. Enjoyed the night though.

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Grinnell, Iowa
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

My partner and I each had a pasta dish, both yummy. The bread was a disappointment, but worked for sopping up extra sauce.

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Des Moines
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

I had the opportunity to dine here last night. The team, including Steve the owner, we're incredibly professional and friendly. After a hard day it was like being welcomed home by family. Like the service, the food was incredible. Presentation was excellent and portions were appropriate. The expansion to second floor is ver impressive. They have made it to our... More 

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Washington, DC
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

On the expensive side but so worth it. Fine dining in Des Moines. Had one of the best Italian meals since arriving home from Italy. A more or less fixed menu but choices within each course. Vegetarian options. Good wine. Would definitely visit again on my next trip to Des Moines.

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Upperville, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Very hip East End restaurant serving prix fixe menu where you choose from five courses. Each course was good and they seemed to compliment each other. Excellent wine menu and very attentive service. I do not know why it is ranked so low as I would put it in the top 10 in DM

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The food at Lucca is so fresh and amazingly good. I love their soups and sandwhichs they are always so hearty. However, aside from the food their staff is so attentive and polite. My group and I had the pleasure of meeting Carlos, one of Lucas staff, he proudly gave us his recommendations and never failed to accomodate us. Great... More 

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Pleasant Hill, Iowa
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is a small intimate place with great food. The pasta dishes are proportioned just right and the service was friendly and fast.

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Fort Smith, Arkansas
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

Love the menu, fantastic service,excellent preparation, and personal attention by the staff. I will definitely return to this fine dining experience

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Davenport, Iowa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

You could easily walk past this hidden gem. The exterior doesn't reflect what is inside which is a high quality, sophisticated restaurant. The prix fix menu offers a choice of 4 appetizers, 4 firsts, 4 seconds and dessert. The menu changes but seems to offer pasta dishes for the firsts and beef, seafood and chicken for the seconds which is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 420 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1910
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 515-243-1115

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?