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“High class restaurant with middle class prices” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Luciana's Ristorante

Luciana's Ristorante
24312 Del Prado, Dana Point, CA 92629-2713
949-661-6500
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Ranked #5 of 113 restaurants in Dana Point
Price range: $12 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Blue Lantern
Transit: OCTA bus stop on the corner of Del Prado Ave and Street of the Ruby Lantern.
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.
Seattle, Washington
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“High class restaurant with middle class prices”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

This was a family dinner of six and a two year old. We were thrilled with the beautiful interior of the restaurant, very dark, and rustic. There is a great bar at the front of the restaurant, many patrons were enjoying their meals up at the bar. The staff was very accommodating with a child, very attentive service, our wine and water classes were always full.

We started with the bruschetta, which was fresh and tasty. We ordered the spinach salad, which was good, and others ordered the house salad, which they felt was ordinary.

Our waitress was helpful and knowledgable about the wine list, our dinner came out at the same time; the staff works together to bring out the food. Orders included the vegetable and meat lasagna, rigatoni with chicken and pesto, kid's spaghetti - extremely enjoyed by all. One additional order was the angel hair with vegetables, which did not have a great deal of taste, and should of been ordered and served with marinara.

The manager stopped by our table and talked with us, they have a really friendly staff. There is a beautiful private room in the back - take a peak and think about having a private party there, it looks like a good time.

Food portions are sensible, and you can bring wine for a corkage fee.

Bringing a child is fine, but this is really a place for adults.

Parking fills up in the main lot, however you can find a spot in the nearby neighborhood. Talk to the staff about neighborhood parking, which is neighborhood parking only.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Lovely spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

The atmosphere and food at Luciana's is lovely. This spot is truly special. If you are looking for good food at a reasonable price in a special setting this is the place for you. The staff was very and friendly accommodating. The bruschetta was amazing and the wine list will not disappoint. Although this may not be the best place for kids the staff was extremely accommodating with our two year old son. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Clemente, CA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great Intimate Dining”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Good food, reasonably priced in a charming old world setting. Veal Marsala is not on the menu, but, they will make it for you...really good! Plus all of the other pasta dishes are really good, as well.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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San Clemente, California
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Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Great tasting food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

They deserve their Zagat rating. Wednesday night was still full. Recommend reservation.

Full bar. A bit noisy in the restaurant.

Calamari fritti was great with a great zesty dipping sauce. Risotto Del Mar, rice a tad under cook. Dinner special lamb shank over risotto was perfect (10+).

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dana Point, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Cozy, romantic, welcoming local restaurant serving delicious food.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012 via mobile

Comfortable local spot. Food is delicious, staff friendly and welcoming. Great for special occasions or just a night out. Entertainment (accordion) is delightful and beautifully compliments the scene.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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