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“Disappointing for second time”
Review of Luce Restaurant

Luce Restaurant
Ranked #67 of 223 Restaurants in Sandton
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
UK
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Disappointing for second time”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

Our first visit, 12 months ago, was with friends who raved about the NY outlet of this restaurant. While the hotel bar was stylish and drinks good the restaurant was lacking atmosphere and the food (simple pasta and apparently a signature dish) was disappointing. Our second visit (we thought we would give it another chance) was even worse. Souless atmosphere. Service beyond slow. (We should have taken it as a sign and left) Tempura were luke warm, tasteless and greasy. Lasagne sat in the middle of a white plate looking (and tasting) as though it was a downmarket supermarket offering. Veal was almost comical. The Italian host (whose comment that my husband 'looked tired' can only be described as rude) suggested he and my son order potatoes with their veal as he felt the dish needed something with it. They were raw and inedible. The breaded veal 'joint' was equally unappetising, dry and frankly a disgrace. At least they couldn't mess up two glasses of wine. We left...fast. Never again.

  • Visited March 2012
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English first
Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Very average”
Reviewed April 2, 2012

Expected more from the food, service pretty average. Great views.

  • Visited March 2012
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Thank IgRetief
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Not the Bice you may know from another city.”
Reviewed March 15, 2012

Though it probably carries one of the most interesting and fairly priced wine lists in Johannesburg - since the departure of the opening chef Bice disappoints. The staff are unfamiliar with the menu (and hardly interested in or familiar Italian food) unless the loquacious Italian host is on hand. The tasting menus are overpriced and not described in advance. The view could be great for lunch but disappointing at night and the room itself is bland and cold. Unfortunately a great reputation which is not being fulfilled.

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Thank Samir S
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Tel Aviv, Israel
Level 5 Contributor
94 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Not like the one in New York”
Reviewed March 5, 2012

Overpriced . Situated in The southern Sun Hyde Park hotel , breakfast room so no special decore or vibe resembling the one in NYC. Food is not unique . Could be any other hotel's dinning room .

Visited June 2011
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Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
335 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
“Better food at the Wimpy!”
Reviewed January 28, 2012

The food was awful, we were a group about 10 people and out of the 10 , 2 people were happy with their food. Seems like they like to puree the food but don't add any spices. The bar is amazing and has an awesome view, pity this restaurant is not to the same standard. One has to think that this is the reason the place was empty on a Friday night while the bar is crowded.

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Thank Grennie47
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