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Lucca

420 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1910
515-243-1115
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Ranked #73 of 501 restaurants in Des Moines
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Des Moines, Iowa
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We have been loyal Lucca diners for years, but have decided that we can no longer support the restaurant. What attracted us in the beginning has been sadly lost over the years. The quality is completely inconsistent, the theme of the different courses has become stale and the atmosphere screams of a restaurant that has faded in the public interest.... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I dine here perhaps once a quarter. They always hit it out of the park. The food quality is excellent, the limited menu focuses on options for most tastes, including seafood, and well prepared and presented. The wine list is decent. The tables aren't overly crowded, so the elbow room is nice, with uber high ceilings. I've never been disappointed.

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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

nice atmosphere, excellent sandwiches (bread from LaMie Bakery). even though not at lot of seating have never had to wait long. attentive wait staff

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Kansas City, Missouri
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

It's a great casual place for a lunch or early dinner, however dinner can get expensive. The atmosphere is cool and locations and building are very well designed. The staff was friendly and I really enjoyed the food! I will be back!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Des Moines doesn't have a lot of prix fixe dining options (that is quickly changing), but Lucca is definitely at the top of the short list. My wife and I have dined at Lucca many times over the last several years and have never once been disappointed. On the whole, I'd like to say "it's not worth the money", but... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

I don't have a problem paying for good food; really I don't. The Prix Fixe Lucca has now is SO DISAPPOINTING. Courses were all over the place portion-wise and barely average in taste. My husbands courses were huge and mine were almost non-existent. Some of the courses were just plain tasteless. Stay far away from the Carpaccio! No salt and... More

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Paradise Valley, Arizona, USA
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8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

A girlfriend and I ate at this restaurant recently. The food was ok. Very different menu - no steak and potatoes at this restaurant. They pride themselves in culinary experience so if you like an all American menu - this place is not for you. Pricey.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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37 reviews 37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

This was my first visit to Lucca and the interior is very contemporary. It has a bright and clean look, hard to explain almost sanitary and simple look. It felt a bit strange at first, but I actually liked it before we left. The menu was interesting and the service was perfect. The food was good but the portions were... More

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Tarporley, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

We went there recently to celebrate my nephew and his wife's birthdays. The restaurant is some what starkly decorated which makes it a version of trendy loft living. The menu was limited and gave little to no description of the dishes but the waiter was informative and had learnt his script well. Food was well presented and not the normal... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

We recently had dinner here during a trip to DM from MN. We had excellent meals, salmon and scallops and super service. Best salmon I've ever had. Nice atmosphere in rejuvenated East Des Moines. We make this trip several times a year and will definitely make this one of our faves.

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