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Reviewed July 22, 2022

We ate here our second night in Norfolk. Very casual and excellent food. Place is really small but we enjoy eating at the bar. Freindly folks.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed January 16, 2022 via mobile

By far the highest quality of food we have had in our 3 years living in Virginia Beach. Very close to the quality you get in Italy. the room is small but cosy. The server was very attentive and had a great sense of humour....We had two different pasta dishes and both were excellent.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed December 31, 2021 via mobile

I thank god for the previous reservation issues, if the word got out too far and wide we would never get in. Where do I start ? I spend a lot of time in the area for work, and my wife woke me one morning...and wanted to know about the Luce I was apparently having an affair with after moaning about it in my sleep. I took her to meet Luce and she is as in love as I am. How do you say that the food is absolutely amazing? The freshest highest quality ingredients, An amazing menu, too many choices to have tried them all but we’re certainly going to try. Did I mention that the men working the bar make amazing cocktails? Anyhow, avoid this place so I can still get in the door, pleaseMore

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed December 10, 2021

We made reservations online for my husbands birthday 2 weeks in advance. When we arrived, they did not have a record of our reservation and suggested that WE perhaps made an error and booked for another day. Hello....this reservation was for a special occasion for...which it would be hard to miss the date. Never considered that perhaps it was THEIR error. They asked for a confirmation code. Would you like to be humiliated and stand there going through 2 weeks worth of emails on your phone? No effort was made to accommodate us. If you plan to dine here, especially for a special occasion, please do so by phone or make sure you arrive with your confirmation code so that you don't suffer the disappointment that we did.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed October 10, 2021

We have loved this Italian restaurant for it's delicious dishes that are carefully prepared. We brought some visitors to the restaurant and had quite a variety of dishes: burrata, goat cheese pesto, monkfish con pasta nero tagliatelle bolognese, pollo al limone, pasta garlic. all of...the dishes were prepared very well. The wine selections were good. The cannolis were very nice! The service was also attentive. You need reservations since this is a small restaurant.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed October 2, 2021

Party of four with reservation and seated on the street because they never told me they no longer had the dining room available (new owners took it back). Arrived and told they did not have a table other than a high boy in the bar...(not acceptable for 4 elderly folks approaching the big 80!).. So they put us at a table on the side street that was very uncomfortable and had no elbow room. This was exacerbated by cars arriving and departing frequently that were there for take out orders at nearby establishments. ! Meals were generally quite good but service was less than stellar! Ordered a bottle of Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc but when waiter (Nikolas) placed order at the bar it was out of stock! He came back and we ordered a bottle of Subbida Sicilian Pinot Grigio. We finished our meals, received and paid the check which I failed to review and left. Upon review the next morning I discovered that they erroneously billed for both bottles of wine. I realize mistakes happen so I called the next evening evening and talked to TONY who said he would take care of it. I then gave Steve my CC info so that they could credit my account . This is now 2 weeks later and nothing has happened so I tried calling them numerous times and all you get is a recording!!! I don't care how good the food is at an establishment, if they are going to deal with a customer this way folks should think twice before frequenting their establishment! We certainly won't return!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 31, 2021 via mobile

From the moment they answer the phone you know you are in for a different experience. Very accomodating to families. Great service, exquisite cuisine. Keep it up!

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 25, 2021 via mobile

One of the best meals we have ever eaten in the Tidewater area. Great service. Ate outside on a very pleasant evening. The tuna tartare appetizer was amazing.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 20, 2021

I would be giving this 5 stars, if not for the seating. We made reservations, but still ended up having to sit at the bar. We made the best of it, and enjoyed watching Chef & his amazing staff work their magic. Food is outstanding...& will definitely go back when in Norfolk, just wish they had more seating availableMore

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 11, 2021

Twice we have been. And twice we have said, "We can't wait to come back." An experience for a special occasion, the food and the service is outstanding. Every time I have been I have never been disappointed. The ambiance is wonderful. I love their...dining room! It's so airy and elegant! The waiters and waitresses are top notch at this establishment. Truly an elevated level of service. The level of focus is unmathced and I feel like they truly cater to a unique and one of a kind level of service. I can't even tell you what to eat there because every time I go I try something new and it is amazing! But I will say, the wild boar ragu and the calamari and pepperoncini salsa is a great place to start! Can't wait to come back!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed June 5, 2021

We had an early dinner reservation (5:15) and enjoyed the avocado bruschetta appetizer. Our entrées, one steak and one chicken, were excellently prepared. Our first time to Luce, and we will be back!

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 30, 2021 via mobile

This place has a hip, chic vibe with low lighting perfect for a date night. There’s a full bar with friendly service. Every dish is made from homemade pasta; I loved my vegetable pasta dish. Don’t leave without trying their basil water.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed March 14, 2021

My daughter, son-in-law, and I treated my wife to a surprise night out. We couldn't have asked for a better dining experience. To begin with, our Avocado Bruschetta appetizer was delicious as were our drinks. BTW, their bar menu is extensive. Our entrees included Hunters...Sausage, Veal Saltimbocca, Sotto Scallops, and Veal Chop Di Casa. All were exceptional. My wife had no alcoholic drink and completed her meal by ordering the Midsummer Dream for dessert. She and my daughter (who had a couple of bites) claimed it to be delicious. In addition to the wonderful food, the atmosphere was terrific. Further, our server was helpful with our orders and attentive without being obtrusive. We do not typically spend nearly what we did this night for a dinner out, but it was money well spent as a special treat.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed February 3, 2021

Last time here was about 7 years ago. Next time will be SOON. Excellent food and service. Had the mozzarella app on special and the seafood cioppino served as an app, followed by lobster gnocchi. Meal topped off with delicious cappuccino. Server turned us on...to a lovely Italian wine my wife ordered by the bottle a day or two later. Lovely atmosphere, professionals all around. Dinner for 3 around $200 with one drinker, most reasonable for caliber of food and service received. Will be our new go to for a Norfolk date night.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed January 16, 2021

We come to Luce every chance we get. The food, ambiance and service is the best around! I highly recommend coming in and trying them out, you will fall in love. The new addition to the restaurant is gorgeous! Our server, Nick, was so sweet...and made our experience even better this visit! Chef Antonio is one of the best!More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Parking garage around the street corner
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