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Luce Restaurant & Bar

214 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202-1078 (First Ward)
704-344-9222
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Ranked #32 of 1,916 restaurants in Charlotte
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: First Ward
Cross street: North Tryon & 5th
Transit: You can use the LYNX Light Rail Blue Line and get off on the CTC/Arena station and walk towards 5th street. Walk west on 5th, one block, to the Hearst Tower located on the corner of 5th and College. Luce in located on the Tryon level of the Hearst Tower in the courtyard.
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English first
Central, NJ
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93 reviews 93 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

This is a downtown restaurant that looks like it caters to business diners. It has high ceilings and a stark modernist vibe. Service was competent yet slow. Food was well prepared from the relatively short and simple menu. Prices were reasonable for the location.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Situation : 2:26 pm Friday. We come in for lunch. Told by what appears to be the manager, shorter man, balding, thin stature, that "we are closed" Wow. Obviously this man has never owned a restaurant nor should be in the industry. Doors were open, posted in the window, lunch served till 2:30 .Way to lose business and the many... More

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Ate lunch at Luce for co-worker's birthday. Excellent Italian food. I had veal piccata with sautéed spinach. Very tasty. Prices are a tad high for a typical business lunch but you get what you pay for. Staff is very attentive. Parking in GeRst Tower was a bit of a pain. If you were coming in off of Tryon, or walking... More

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Mooresville, North Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

We travel to NYC often and have the opportunity to try many of the numerous restaurants in Manhattan. Luce is right up there with some of the best Italian restaurants we've been to and then some! It's not a big place but has a very cozy and warm ambiance. It's a great place for a date or a special occasion.... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I go to Luce for our anniversay each year or when a great friend or relative is in town. The agnolotti with veal reduction and sage butter is what dreams are made of!!! I get it every time!!!! Heaven with a good Italian wine!!!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Wonderful night in downtown Charlotte - great atmosphere - good service and delicious food - great choice for pre-theatre dinner or just a night on the town"

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Houston
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Luce is a wonderful option for Italian food in Charlotte. I love the simplicity of the meals and the outstanding taste. My last meal was braised short rib and butternut squash gnocchi--delicious. Their house-made pasta is impressive and the wine list very good as well. Make a reservation so you don't have to wait!

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North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Superb food in an intimate setting with some of the best service I have encountered. They handled a group of 28 without a problem and all of the food was served hot and in a timely manner. I had the grouper special, which I thought was very good but my wife was disappointed with the ravioli due to only having... More

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Lagos, Portugal
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14 reviews 14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

Had dinner here a few days after Christmas. Good but not great. Service much better than Charlotte standards and good but not great food. Atmosphere was just average. Really feels like a restaurant put in the lobby of a bank .... Which I guess that's what it is.

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North Charleston, South Carolina
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73 reviews 73 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013 via mobile

My wife & I were visiting Charlotte from Charleston and this place was near to our hotel so we decided to check it out. Glad we did. It was pretty busy for a Monday night. My wife had some prosecco which she really liked & I had a martini which the bartender bruised the hell out of--which I like, but... More

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