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Luca Cucina Italiana

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2057 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
+1 510-649-9718
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
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Mon 11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Wed - Fri 11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 22:00
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Eugene, Oregon
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107 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2015

We were lured by their sandwich board outside advertising the free-range chicken and stopped in for a snack of Chicken Livers with sauteed mushrooms and onions in wine sauce and it was incredibly delicious. The service was great as well. What a nice little place. And very conscientious about food allergies.

Thank galavantersjoy
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73 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2014

Have eaten here 2 times now, the first meal being quite good but occurring a year ago. Headed back with my husband for a late dinner. Hope we just experienced a fluke, as I like the idea and casual presentation in the restaurant. The apps were good; chicken livers, garlic bread, and a small but tasty mista salad. My entree,... More 

2 Thank Lisa B
Rochester NY
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70 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014

Luca Cucina is not flashy or expensive-looking, just down-home cosy and comfortable. We were very impressed with their soups and pasta dishes....my choice wasn't something complicated, just penne Pomodoro, but absolutely the best pasta I've had in recent memory. Perfect al dente penne and an extremely flavorful sauce, obviously made with tomatoes at the peak of ripeness. My husband was... More 

Thank Regardez403
Berkeley, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

I really like this place. The polenta is poured in a bowl and doesn't cost you a fortune like those "gourmet" places. The made to order pasta is fantastic.

Thank jcat007
San Diego, California
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2014

Good food over all, did not offer bread which seem a little weird, gelato was delicious, The place itself could do with some upgrading.

Thank ianineska
Berkeley, California
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516 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2014

This place has potential but didn't quite live up to expectations. The positives were a perfectly acceptable bruschetta and a sausage and peper fusili in arrabiata sauce. The flavors were pretty good. Alas, my wife's veggie pasta was a disappointment. The veggies were homogenously chopped, never a good sign; they certainly didn't taste fresh. So while her dish was not... More 

Thank Retinol13
Berkeley, California
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36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2013

It's really too bad that the service doesn't support the food. There is practically no service while the food, IMO, was really rather good, once I got it. The whole system of ordering at the cashier's station is, to put it kindly, ungainly and inconvenient. To add to that the cashier that was there this evening seemed so bored and... More 

Thank WarwickMay
Chicago, Illinois
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2013 via mobile

In Berkeley on business not knowing where to to. See Luca as we drive, look it up to see positive comments, and go in...you will not be disappointed! Starters were an arugula salad, a polenta in tomato sauce, then onto the veal piccata! Oh my! Casual in that you order at the register before you sit, but then it is... More 

Thank hannahwood1
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65 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2012

We planned to eat at another restaurant in the area, which was unexpectedly closed. So we just fell into Luca out of convenience, not expecting much. We were pleasantly surprised to find fresh, flavorful Italian food at reasonable prices. It is a casual place (you order at the counter, then get table service from there). Very friendly staff and a... More 

1 Thank CalAdventureGal
Sebastopol, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2012

Conveniently located just south of University St. in Berkeley, this cozy neighborhood restaurant is not big on decor, but more than makes up for it in quality of cuisine. The eggplant parmagian is creamy, the tomato sauce the best I have ever eaten. Their pasta is perfectly cooked and their salads and sides of greens make one dream one is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2057 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Berkeley
  • Phone Number: +1 510-649-9718

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?