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“Charming Neighborhood Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Luella - CLOSED

Luella
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Russian Hill
Cross street: Green Street
Transit: The Hyde Street cable car stops right out front at Green Street.
Carmichael, California
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73 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Charming Neighborhood Gem”
Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

Few tourists, with the ambience of a local charmer, Luella is an excellent establishment serving superb food and providing exemplary service. Staying with friends in the city, we were able to walk to the restaurant, eliminating one of the major annoyances of patronizing restaurants on Russian Hill. We were seated promptly at 8 PM, the time of our reservation. Overwhelming number of appetizers/ first courses, we had the warm roasted beets and buratta on flavorful toasted bread and an excellent crispy pizza topped by a variety of different types of mushrooms, including crimini. I don't ordinarily order chicken at a restaurant, but made an exception here, and what distinguishes a a great restaurant from the rest is to take the ordinary and turn it into something special, crispy on the outside, moist and tender on the inside. My wife had the lasagna prepared with shredded shortrib meat, superb. I tasted my friend's braised lamb shank, with meat so tender it fell off the bone. We were taken aback by $25/btl corkage, especially since we called and told it would be $20/btl. Our server did reduce it to $20 when asked. Our only criticism was the noise level created by some young people at at an adjacent table, but restaurants have little control over the behavior of their patrons, so we wouldn't hold this against Luella. We will certainly be back and recommend Luella to others without reservation.

Visited August 2013
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English first
Warrington, UK
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Exceptional food”
Reviewed July 17, 2013 via mobile

We went here for our last night in San Francisco. We had the set menu plus wine with each course which was USD 52 each. The food was superb, particularly the coca cola braised pork shoulder. The service and atmosphere was also excellent. The best meal of our US holiday to date.

Visited July 2013
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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great place!”
Reviewed June 16, 2013 via mobile

excellent service, great ambiance and terrific food. Ravioli was to die for. Beef Wellington was great (a tad bit salty Yorkshire Pudding was good. Excellent wine selection. Check it out!

  • Visited June 2013
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142 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
“Charm and excellent food”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

The restaurant is on a cable car street - charm no. 1.

The owner has a small child and misses her. It has a large and well-done photo arrangement of the child. Charm no. 2

The food was excellent; we had the prix fixe with wine pairings - $52.

The only problem: PARKING! Take a cab.

  • Visited May 2013
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Luella was fantastic!”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

Enjoyed everything - trip advisor was right on the money with this one. I had cola braised pork shoulder with white bean puree and my husband had deconstructed wellington with bone marrow butter which he is still raving about 2 days later. Highlight for us was the relaxed service even though we def. came an hour before closing...

Also - I had a fantastic wine from Spain but I can't recall the name. 2 enthusiastic thumbs up!

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Jessica M
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