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“Excellent food and attentive service”

Luciana's Ristorante
Ranked #3 of 144 Restaurants in Dana Point
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Excellent food and attentive service”
Reviewed February 19, 2012

My husband and I had dinner last night at Luciana's with another couple (business associates). Luciana's was the perfect setting for a relaxed evening, good food and attentive service. We were transported back to some of our dining experiences in Tuscany.

Our East coast guests were raving about the wine list. The sommelier recommended two different wines (a red and a white). Both bottles were excellent choices.
We had salads and pastas and all were great. I had the Fettuccini Boscaiola.
We ended the dinner with a mixed berries tiramisu. Succulent!!!
We are adding Luciana's to our favorite places to eat in Orange County

  • Visited February 2012
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Laguna Beach, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Good Food, May I Suggest Take Out”
Reviewed February 1, 2012

We have no complaints about the food which was very good, we would recommend the green bean appetizer, stuff veal with asparagus and fontina cheese or the fettuccini boscaiola however, we would recommend that you take the food home and skip actually eating in this very unfriendly, loud, outdated restaurant. The front manager acts as if he is someone very important and it is beneath him to acknowledge you and he seems put off just by your saying hello. We were treated as if we were crashing a private party and even though when the reservations were made we asked for a quiet private table we received just the opposite. Our waiter was annoying and most of the staff needs customer service training. When we were leaving my husband remembered it wasn't the food that kept us from returning to this restaurant that we first visited 10 years ago, it was the staffs poor attitude. You can serve great food but people want to feel welcomed and we didn't. Also, we questioned why when we were first arriving there were two separate families doing take away and after the visit we understood the reason why.
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Visited December 2011
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Santa Ana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Loved my Italian food!”
Reviewed January 31, 2012

We took a large group to enjoy dinner and had a great time in our private dining room. We loved it so much that I took my family a few weeks later as I enjoyed the experience at this restaurant. It has made it on our regular rotation for dinner when we want to travel outside of our home area.

Visited June 2011
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Orange County
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49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed January 29, 2012

If you're looking for an Italian Restaurant on the coast, this is the place. Great original recipes with a nice wine selection. Extremely friendly and professional staff. The restaurant is cozy and you'll feel as if you've stepped into a relative's home: tables with candlelight, fireplaces, and a few sofas in a tiny waiting room. The setting is intimate, so expect other diners to be close.

  • Visited January 2012
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Laguna Niguel, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
“Style in Dana Point”
Reviewed January 11, 2012

This restaurant is beautifully appointed inside and the Italian cuisine is consistently good. A great place for a special occasion. My only complaint is that the bartender recently reserved almost the entire bar for a party of 8 when only one guy was sitting there. I was told I couldn't sit at the bar even though it was almost empty! Reserve a table, yes, but not a place at the bar! Bars should be first come first served.

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