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420 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1910
515-243-1115
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11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 45
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    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
Nice

Menu changes as everything is fresh. Food is excellent. Service, atmosphere, price about what would be expected downtown. Close to a few of the hotels in the city center.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
Leslie21075
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Elkridge, Maryland
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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English first
Turin, Italy
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

The location is very nice and staff people are really prepared and friendly...but the risk is to experience a trendy restaurant without testing really good and fresh food. Italians are always scared to try "Italian Restaurant" abroad and this was one of the cases that makes us thinking that we have to stop to try We took pasta and risotto... More 

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Elkridge, Maryland
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94 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Menu changes as everything is fresh. Food is excellent. Service, atmosphere, price about what would be expected downtown. Close to a few of the hotels in the city center.

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37 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

So I've been wanting to try Lucca for quite some time and today was the day. I went with 3 of my girlfriends for lunch and we all loved the atmosphere and the food!! Their lunch menu is perfect with salads, sandwiches and pasta. I got the pasta Al forno and I'm not a big red sauce fan but I... More 

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Ankeny, Iowa, United States
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

There is no better place for a quick business lunch with reasonably priced food that is OUTSTANDING! I usually have my food within 10 minutes from entering. The menu for lunch is simply the best. Everything made fresh. Try the Cajun Tuna!

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Overland Park
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Lucca's has an always changing menu. The menu is a single page including wine options. I have never been disappointed with the attention to detail and variety of the menu. I visit once or twice each time I visit Des Moines, which is once a year. Gnochi are stunning! Wine choices are exceptional.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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134 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

This minimalist, modern restaurant has good food and good service. We had sandwiches and salads for lunch. There was too much bread on the sandwiches for our taste. Otherwise the salad eaters were very satisfied.

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Omaha
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I have been following Lucca for years, writing my initial review in 2009. I think I've been to Lucca ever year since and found the experiences always enjoyable, bordering at times on memorable. Yet our most recent visit wasn't quite on par with earlier meals. The steak was fatty and not all that interesting, the pasta dishes rather bland. It... More 

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Cypress, Texas, United States
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53 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We visited this restaurant on the recommendation of our hotel. We were not disappointed.It serves a limited menu but everything is freshly cooked to order. The menu is a fixed price with several choices for each course. Great service and a contempory decor.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

A perfect lunch spot in the East Village. Food is wonderful and it's fun to wander around the shops.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Lucca is one of the best spots in town for a business lunch or dinner. You would expect the pasta to be great here, but the soups at lunch are always a winner.

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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: Romantic, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions
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?