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“Infinitely Better than Big Name Competitors”

De Luca Cucina & Bar
Ranked #30 of 693 Restaurants in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $40
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Large groups, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Description: De Luca Cucina and Bar is a modern Italian restaurant in the heart of Cambridge City offering great quality food at affordable prices.Perfect for a quick lunch, a romantic evening or group night out, we cater for all tastes and wishes.
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Infinitely Better than Big Name Competitors”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

Why do many people prefer the bland big-name alternatives (e.g. Carluccios, Jamies) to this superb restaurant. The food here is tasty, the decor tasteful, the staff professional and friendly. It certainly helps that owner, Paul, is very often there to ensure the standards are kept at the higest of levels. In his absence, his long standing manager, Jason is excellent - far better again than the rapid turnover managers in the corporate restaurant competitors.

Last week I started with one of my favourites, crispy squid - and I challenge anyone to find as good a squid dish at the price anywhere else. My companion tried the mussels which were also excellent. We splashed out on the fillet steak with the gorgonzola sauce, which were the best steaks eaten in a restaurant for along time, but I am happy to recommend the cheaper option pastas and risottos. For dessert, the chocolate and raspberry torte and white chocolate and lemon cheesecake rounded off the meal in excellent style.

The serving staff were attentive and professional, and appeared happy in their jobs.

Are there any downsides? The food and drink is not cheap, on the otherhand for the quality of the food, service and ambiance it was not expenses either. However hard I try I cannot think of any. ENJOY!

  • Visited January 2013
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Highly recommended!”
Reviewed February 1, 2013

I took a colleague/friend to this restaurant for dinner on her first visit to Cambridge . Am pleased to say the food, wine and service all lived up to the positive reviews I had read. We thoroughly enjoyed the meal and I am already planning to visit again soon. (I can particularly recommend the seafood pasta main - it was delicious!) I felt this message was worth sharing with others who similarly may be thinking of visting the restaurant for the first time.

  • Visited February 2013
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Excellent all round”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

Very comfortable and welcoming, service always good and food superb and, most importantly for any restaurant, consistently so. Always my first choice in town for quick lunch, dinner for two or with friends or big family celebration. Would (and do) recommend to anyone.

Visited January 2013
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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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“just lovely”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

Another very good meal at a good price. Service was excellent, as always, and waiter reccomended a lovely wine. Good atmosphere too.

Visited January 2013
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“Very nice appetizer and main course! Highly recommended!”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

Very nice appetizer and main course! Highly recommended! Very convenient for traffic and reasonable price. Good for couples.

  • Visited November 2012
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