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“Great atmosphere/not impressed with food.”
Review of Lucca Back Bay

Lucca Back Bay
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Ranked #146 of 3,273 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $40 - $60
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Back Bay
Cross street: Garrison Street
Transit: Prudential or Copley on Green Line or Back Bay on Orange Line
Description: Lucca Back Bay is the sister restaurant of Lucca in the North End. The Kitchen, headed by Andres Cruz, embraces classic Italian cuisine with a contemporary approach. Andres works closely with the finest purveyors and local farmers to ensure that nothing but quality produce enters his kitchen. From house-made pasta and breads, to handcrafted desserts, the cuisine is a thoughtful, well executed, process. Lucca Back Bay offers two dining styles. The elegant main dining room at Lucca Back Bay is the perfect place to relax and enjoy world-class cuisine and exceptional service in a fine dining atmosphere. The cozy and intimate lounge at Lucca Back Bay is a great place to hang out after work, whether that's at 5pm or 1am. We have been told that we have the best burger in town, a staple on our bar menu which is served nightly until 1am. We stay open until 2am every night, with a large industry following, and feature a large collection of house-infused spirits.
Reviewed January 30, 2013

Heard great things about their sister restaurant in the North End. Interior was gorgeous, we chose to sit in bar area as we wanted a bit more casual evening but was glad that we also had the opportunity to have the full dining room menu as well. Drinks and wine choice--great! Had the meatballs as an appetizer--delicious! After that, dinner went down hill. Chicken saltimbocca....a bit untraditional in how it was prepared (ok with that!) but there was hardly any sauce lacked any sort of marsala flavor. Lamb shank was VERY gamey tasting. The sweet potato puree and brussel sprouts that came with the lamb was good but the meat truly was not that good. For the price we paid, I expected much better. Not impressed at all.

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Thank Tabitha K
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

Sometimes restaurants near a lot of hotels are less than great. But Lucca Back Bay in Boston is definitely an exception. Great service, excellent food, good drink and wine selection. Highly recommend.

Thank Pam M
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

Great setting, interesting food offerings. Staff knowledgable about wines and beers to pair with the food.

Thank KarenFredBen
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Reviewed December 16, 2012

My wife and I both had a better than average experience at Lucca. The atmosphere is pleasant, though noisy, even with what appeared to be an acoustic dampening ceiling. I started with a sweet onion soup which was both good and a nice presentation. It was a bit too salty for my taste, but my wife and I both are sensitive to salt as we seldom add salt to any of our food. We both decided to have the cavitelli as it's a pasta that's difficult to find in Italian restaurants and the waiter claimed they make all their own pasta. The menu had it with a cream sauce and chicken sausage which is how my wife had it. I asked to have it with a bolognese sauce which they were kind enough to do. Both sauces were very good. The cavitelli itself was good, but didn't have the solid meaty bite of other cavittelli I've had. We had a bottle of Morgan Syrah 2010 which was excellent. At $38 it was also one of the least expensive wines on their list. Even though we were pretty full after dinner we split a gelato sampler (we're gelato addicts). It was average to good. Service was average to good as well. We did have a problem with the wine service which wasn't the waiter's fault. We like to pour our own wine after the initial service as my wife likes to pace her consumption. The waiter insisted he had to keep the glass at certain level or he would incur the wrath of his supervisor. We found that a bit silly but let it go.

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Thank capecodollie
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

Very refined Italian food. We had three Italians dining with us and they all approved greatly. Not too cheap but it's worth it.

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Thank BCngs
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