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“Drinks”
Review of Luce

Luce
Ranked #6 of 713 Restaurants in Norfolk
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Fusion
Dining options: Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
Raleigh, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
141 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Drinks”
Reviewed April 23, 2014

Came here on the way back to our hotel from dinner-Shula's 347 and saw Luce and decided to stop in to have a few drinks around 10p. The lady behind the bar was very attentive to our needs and she was spot on for suggesting ideas for drinks. The atmosphere of the restaurant was great... not too loud and not too quiet. It felt as though everyone was just relaxed and enjoying the evening. I'll be back.

  • Visited March 2014
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  • English first
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English first
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“From silver hair to sleeves”
Reviewed April 17, 2014 via mobile

A cool spot downtown. Hear some Bublé or Sade. A comfortable place for everyone from the sleeved biker type to the silver-haired concert goer; both in happy attendance on this evening. The bruschetta tastes like summertime and the Bucatini Luce is not to be missed.

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Southern Shores, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
187 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Lively and Fantastic”
Reviewed April 6, 2014

We had dinner here Friday night and it was fantastic, from the service, to the food and drinks, perfection. Atmosphere was lively, we, by chance, even had our new neighbors seated next to us at the bar. Tyson, bartender and our server was on top of it, he made our night. We had the Lamb and the Hunter Sausage, done just right by the Chef. We have 2 restaurants we can always count on in downtown Norfolk, and this is one of them. We will be back!

  • Visited April 2014
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
338 reviews
271 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Interesting Dining”
Reviewed April 2, 2014

My wife and I had dinner here before seeing a show at Chrysler. I had called earlier in the week to make a reservation but they do not accept reservations nor do they have a call ahead. We arrived just before 6:00 on a Saturday evening. The restaurant is very small, It has four high table four tops and a couple of regular two tops and four tops. There is also room at the bar and at bench dining at the front windows. An early arrival is recommended, the place filled up very quickly. Max appears to be about 35-40 diners. We sat at the bar rather than at the two top at the back that overlooks the open kitchen. We shared a delicious bruschetta - several large pieces of bread with lots of fresh tomatoes. the flavor was good and not overpowering with garlic. Luce is billed as an Italian restaurant but the fare is somewhat different from the usual Italian. I had Pesci Franny - the grouper as described by BeachHokie below. It was delicious. My wife had Buscantini Luce, a chicken and pasta dish which she enjoyed. The dessert menu is still a work in progress, the only one available was a pair of cannolis that were "on the house". Crispy and very good. We will return to try other menu items.

  • Visited March 2014
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Chesapeake, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
198 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Still working out the kinks”
Reviewed March 16, 2014

Luce has been open for about a week, so they're still finding their stride. Such as having no coffee or espresso. What's up with that?

The food, however, is very good. Especially the tuna with creamy polenta. The tuna comes served under marinara with lots of garlic and capers. Bursting with rich, fresh zing. The clams with squid ink linguini is also quite tasty.

Now for the misses. I've already mentioned the no coffee thing. Then there's the no bread thing. Have you ever been to an Italian restaurant that didn't have bread. It's not that you have to order bread separately. No. no. They DON'T HAVE BREAD. What?!

The clams were swimming in a rich, flavorful juice that couldn't be sopped up and enjoyed with a crispy chuck of bread.

Next time, we'll bring our own loaf of bread and a canteen of coffee.

Luce also doesn't offer dessert, but complementary cannolis are wonderful.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Brett E
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