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Food and ambience

Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Italian, American
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely the best restaurant in Middletown. The food is excellent and the service outstanding. The only place to eat when in town

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 21, 2022

We were there for a welcome dinner the day before a wedding. Everything served family style. Not enough food and what was served was mediocre to be kind. So disappointed. Perhaps better if not a large group??? But given my experience would never go back.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 19, 2022 via mobile

My wife and I went there last year and the lobster meat tasted like it had been frozen for months. The inside smells like an old bar.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 2, 2022 via mobile

Excellent service. delicious food, beautiful surroundings! We were all very happy with our food choices and with the excellent service! We loved the atmosphere outside: it was comfortable and very attractive.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 23, 2022 via mobile

Over the years we get together and it’s always Luce. We are treated like family by Sammy, Senad and family. Yesterday four of us had a variety of entrees, fish, soft shell crab and mussels. All agreed it was very well prepared. One guest recently...arrived from Italy raved about the calamari platter all shared. Three out of four had Tiramisu and Panna Cotta. A great way to end a meal. Thank you Sammy, we will be back !!!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 7, 2022

We came here to celebrate a birthday based on someone's recommendation, and we were all relatively pleased with our meal. We ordered several appetizers and entrees to share, and while everything was delicious, it took a while for our food to be brought to our...table, even though the restaurant was not terribly busy. We had to ask our waiter a couple of times to check on our orders; our waiter was very apologetic and made sure we got our food as soon as it was ready. The portobello mushroom and eggplant tart, the homemade spinach gnocchi, and the salmon were all very good. The outdoor seating area is pretty. I'd been here once before the pandemic and everything was fantastic, so I wonder if the slower service is due to COVID - staffing is in high demand nowadays.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed May 27, 2022

Went here for a graduation dinner. Food was good' Server good . Paid check an left a $100.00 tip on the table. A couple of days later an back home went back over the bill saw that they had included $82.26 20 % gratuity already...on the bill. We did not see any were on the menu or told by the server that party of 6 or more a 20% will be added. Also the tax was included in the total for the gratuity. So if your going to dine here with 4 or more check your bill from top to bottom to make sure this does not happen to you.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed September 25, 2021 via mobile

Went this evening to celebrate a family birthday. Had a reservation and were seated promptly. Second visit and looking forward to an excellent meal. Waiter took our order without writing anything down. Two appetizers and four entrees. Almost a fifty minute wait for appetizers and...we had to ask two times before they were rushed out. Entrees arrived shorty thereafter. While the food was excellent it was apparent that our order was not delivered to the kitchen as a hereby table that arrived after us received their appetizers before us and finished them before ours arrived. Very disappointing!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed June 20, 2021 via mobile

The food here is pretty bad. They have a “Maryland style crab cake” on the menu, which means it should have been made made from predominantly jumbo lump crab meat with a small amount of bread or cracker crumbs. That’s what “Maryland style” means (I...used to live there). Luce’s version is mostly seasoned bread with a few tiny bits of crab… I would say maybe a teaspoon of crab strands per cake, if that. No lumps of crab. The Luce house salad is mediocre. The dressing was sparse and tasteless. On the other hand, others in our party ordered the Caesar salad, which had half a bottle or so of what seemed like bottled dressing. The bread is an embarrassment… like Wonder Bread with a bit of a crust; again, tasteless. The French onion soup was watery. The service is slow. One high point was the sorbet. Both the lemon and the peach were good. And the outdoor dining space is lovely, but unfortunately, the street noise is pretty loud. There are better options in Middletown.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 19, 2021

My wife and I went to Luce to celebrate her birthday. You will see in a previous review that we had our wedding luncheon there in February. Friendly staff from check in to table. Awesome food (I had the Octopus Appy Special cooked perfectly) and...great atmosphere. Going back in early June with a close family friend (Italian Heritage) and I can't wait for them to experience the food and ambiance.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed February 14, 2021

I can not say enough good things about Luce. We are an younger older couple, second wedding, who hosted a post ceremony luncheon at Luce. The social distancing was great and all at our luncheon felt safe with the protocol. The food was superb and...we were able to work with Sammy to streamline appy's and desserts with main course ordered off the regular menu. There was a coordinator assigned to our party and multiple servers who all worked the room beautifully. I highly recommend this restaurant for a small group gathering or just a simple romantic dinner with your partner.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed February 14, 2021

Luce has been a benchmark of Middletown restaurants for years. Im born and bred our City,(65yo), so I've seen hundreds of food establishments come and go here. My favorite is the Sausage Rigatoni ( to go). Everything w/ Luce is second to none, moderately priced,...and a super atmosphere ( inside and out!, the tent is so cool( but warm)!!. Enjoy Locals and Visitors#More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed September 20, 2020 via mobile

Food and waitstaff great despite the awful front end host. Whoever decided to make him a host should think it all through. We assume it was a relative ( possible owners son ) in need of something to do during covid. He was rude and...dismissive, it was awkward and we almost left - Thankfully the waiter and other staff made up for it. I’ve been here multiple times and have never experienced anything like this kid. PLEASE - give the kid a dishwashing job out back DO NOT put him on the front line. He was on his phone the whole time , distracting staff and trying hard to be a “boss like” when obviously this kid lacked in the customer service area.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed August 29, 2020 via mobile

Yesterday our party of three seniors met for an al fresco lunch. First and most importantly, the staff treated us wonderfully. The owner of Luce went out to street side to direct our friend to onsite parking. Our meals were crab cakes and sea scallops,...which were perfect. Staff suggested a Italian pinot grigio, an excellent choice! During this stressful pandemic era, to know friends can enjoy a most satisfying meal together is reassuring. Kudos to Luce! We will back soon. Luce is tops with us!More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed June 21, 2020

We were out for a drive, and ended up in Middletown around lunchtime, so we popped in here. They have a nice shady tent surrounded by hanging and potted flowers. The food was delicious, but the service was very uneven - guess they are getting...their sealegs (so to speak) after reopening. I would try it again....More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Yes, Luce offers takeout services.

Luce is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5