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“The Dana Point benchmark”

Luciana's Ristorante
Ranked #3 of 143 Restaurants in Dana Point
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Orange County, CA
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342 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
“The Dana Point benchmark”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2013

There are really only 3 very good upscale restaurants in Dana Point and this is one of them. I've had a number of meals here over the years, including dinner after my wedding. The interior is cozy and romantic making it a perfect spot for couples.

The food is delicious and service is outstanding. Prices are reasonable for the quality and quantity of food served. The whole operation is 1st class.

  • Visited November 2012
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Santa Barbara, California
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84 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Lovely Dining Spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

Luciana's is a lovely atmosphere, with traditional Italian food, served professionally, in a friendly and welcoming manner. All good at this place. Excellent atmosphere for business, family, friends or a nice quiet romantic dinner. Plus, they have a gorgeous private dining room ! And, the owner is quite knowledgable about wine, as well....the bar is warm & cozy, and worth a visit for a pre- or post - dinner drink. This is one restaurant where we did not mind waiting for our table/reservation. Friendly neighborhood atmosphere, with sophisticated professional service and delicious food. Can't say enough good about our experience. Thanks, Luciana's !

  • Visited May 2013
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Delicious!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

Wonderful ambience and food! Great salad and lasagna! Incredible flourless chocolate cake! Lovely party room.....feels like a wine cellar in a winery!

Visited May 2013
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California
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42 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“We love this place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2013

The food is beautifully presented, the atmosphere is cozy, upscale, hard to describe, but very nice. Service is outstanding. We go often because there are few places that can compete for their prices and atmosphere.

Visited February 2013
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Milford, Pennsylvania
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40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Romantic Italian”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2013

Excellent food, excellent service, and adorable atmosphere. We loved the charming space and would recommend it to any couples in the area.

Visited April 2013
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Thank Stephanie K
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