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Luciana's Ristorante

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Grilled‎ ciabatta bread topped with diced tomatoes, capers, onions, basil, garlic and extra virgin olive oil
Melenzane Arrosto
Roasted eggplant topped with ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese in a light tomato sauce
Fagiolini Verdi
Chile‎ battered green beans, lightly fried, served with a roasted red chili aioli and balsamic vinegar
Calamari al Salto
Calamari sauteed with fresh tomatoes, red onions, kalamata olives and capers in a lemon, white wine sauce, served with grilled ciabatta bread
Calamari Fritti
Calamari lightly dusted and flash-fried served with spicy marinara sauce
Scampi al Aglio
Shrimp‎ sauteed in a white wine lemon garlic sauce, served with grilled ciabatta bread
Selezione di Antipasti
Fritto misto (shrimp & calamari), caprese and assorted bruschetta
Vongole al Guazetto
Fresh manila clams sauteed with white wine, garlic, parsley, chopped tomatoes, served with grilled ciabatta bread
Thinly sliced beef topped with baby arugula, capers, shaved parmesan cheese and extra virgin olive oil
Minestra del Orto
Garden fresh vegetable soup
Pappa al Pomodoro
Country style tomato soup with tuscan bread, onions and herbs
Tortellini Brodo
Consomme of chicken with spinach and pasta hats stuffed with ricotta cheese and fresh herbs
Pasta e Fagioli
Classic Italian pasta and cannellini bean soup
Fresh buffalo mozzarella with slices of roma tomatoes topped with basil, oregano, & extra virgin olive oil
With Chicken $+3.00
With Shrimp $+4.00
Insalata di Caesar
Crisp romaine hearts, caesar dressing, shaved parmesan cheese served with crostini
Insalata di Spinaci
Baby spinach and radicchio with sliced apples, goat cheese and gorgonzola, tossed with balsamic vinaigrette, and topped with caramelized pecans
Insalata di Arugala
Baby arugula, toasted pine nuts, fresh tomatoes and shaved parmesan tossed with our lemon & truffle vinaigrette
Della Casa
Mixed‎ baby greens tossed with our house vinaigrette, crumbled gorgonzola, and fresh tomatoes
Penne Puttanesca
Slanted cut tubes of pasta, capers, kalamata olives, red onion, garlic and red chili flakes with pomodoro sauce
with Meat Sauce $+3.00
Gnocchi Classico
Grandma’s homemade potato dumplings with marinara sauce
Fettuccine Boscaiola
Fettuccine pasta, sauteed prawns, scallops, mushrooms, spinach and sun-dried tomatoes, in a light, garlic white wine sauce
Fettuccine Gamberoni
Fettuccine pasta, sauteed shrimp and chopped fresh tomatoes in a garlic white wine sauce
Fettuccine Toscana
Fettuccine pasta with grilled chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, red onions, kalamata olives and spinach, in a white wine and olive oil sauce
Linguine Vongole
Linguine‎ pasta, fresh manila clams, garlic and parsley in a white wine sauce
Linguine Luciana
Luciana’s signature pasta dish served with manila clams, mussels, shrimp, sea scallops and calamari, served with linguine pasta in a zesty pomodoro sauce
Rigatoni Pesto
Large tubes of pasta with grilled chicken in a pesto cream sauce topped with shaved parmesan cheese, and roasted pine nuts
Rigatoni Salciccia
Large tubes of pasta with sausage, grilled chicken and mushrooms in a light tomato cream sauce
Farfalle Contadina
Bow-tie pasta with grilled chicken, mushrooms, spinach, and artichoke hearts in a parmesan cream sauce
Lasagna di Melanzane
Fresh pasta sheets layered with sauteed spinach, grilled eggplant, ricotta and buffalo mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce
Lasagna Bolognese
Fresh pasta sheets layered with ground beef, ricotta, buffalo mozzarella cheese and herbs, baked in marinara sauce
Rolled pasta sheets filled with roasted minced chicken, ricotta cheese and herbs topped with marinara sauce, and drizzled pesto
Miale Ripieno
Pork loin stuffed with sun-dried cranberries, currants, pecans, with caramelized onion pancetta cream sauce
Bigetino di Vitello
Veal medallions stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes, asparagus and fontina cheese, topped with demi- glace sauce
Scaloppine Genovese
Veal scaloppine sauteed with artichoke hearts and capers in a white wine lemon sauce
Vitello alla Parmigiana
Baked parmesan crusted veal topped with mozzarella cheese, pomodoro sauce and served with spaghetti marinara
Polenta Salciccia
Sliced grilled sausage, caramelized onions, red and green bell peppers in a light spicy marinara sauce, served with polenta
Pollo alla Parmigiana
Baked parmesan crusted chicken breast topped with mozzarella cheese, pomodoro sauce and served with spaghetti marinara
Pollo Florentina
Sauteed boneless breast of chicken topped with spinach and mozzarella cheese then baked, served with a demi-glace sauce
Pollo Griglia
Charbroiled boneless breast of chicken drizzled parmesan chimichurri sauce
Sirloin steak grilled rare and sliced. seasoned with rosemary, green peppercorns and balsamic vinegar, served on a bed of arugula topped with shiitake mushrooms and shaved parmesan
Bistecca alla Gorgonzola
10 oz. new York steak crusted and served with a gorgonzola cream sauce
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,
US$12 - US$25
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Great little bar, real Italian flavors. on a nice evening you can enjoy outside seating. still one of the best Italian dining

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank rbutzke
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food is well prepared & nice selection. Service is good also. Being in the Lantern district though , there is only street parking...bummer. Also, it is winter here (mid Feb) & A/C was on & blowing. When we mentioned it to waitress, she said “we...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Carol33364
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant has 4 dining rooms, each with its own personality and specific charm so it behooves patrons to know in advance which one has the appeal they desire. One has a bar with TV. The food is delicious and served by a highly energetic...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank BlakievanHemert
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Absolutely love this place. Every time we visit Orange County we make it a point to spend an evening here. The ambience is warm, friendly, romantic, energetic, unsurpassed value...just perfect! Authentic Italian food prepared to Perfection!!!. Highly recommended. Think of any superlative and it fits....More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank J3GP
Reviewed February 14, 2019 via mobile

Once again our favorite go to fine dining restaurant was amazing. Our 4 course VD meal was amazing. Every course was perfect and service, like always, was outstanding.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank yogiacomo
Reviewed February 2, 2019 via mobile

Lucianas is an old school family style Italian restaurant. Very good food with friendly service. Atmosphere is warm and cozy with a fireplace in the dinning room. Had beef carpaccio, caprese salad, veal Scaloppine, etc. they were all very good. Prices are reasonable as well.

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed January 30, 2019

We visited twice whilst staying in Dana Point and both times the servers were charming, the food and wine delicious, and not bad value either. They seem to take a pride in what they are doing, and that shows from beginning to end. Super busy...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank hudgster
Reviewed January 27, 2019

Definitely make reservations as we went on a Tuesday and it was very busy. Our meals were wonderful, but what really made our meal was our server. A gentleman around our age who just seemed to enjoy what he was doing and his enjoyment made...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Dawneen
Reviewed January 26, 2019

We chose Luciana's since we had never been there and it had great reviews. I don't know why we waited so long. The décor is old world--we were in the library with shelves of old books. There was a fire blazing in the other room....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank TooMuch2Do
Reviewed January 25, 2019

Every time friends come to town, we take them to Luciana, 's Ristorante at least once. So cosy and cute. In the summer you can sit outside, but in the winter it's lovely to sit inside. service is good and drinks are wonderful.

Date of visit: November 2018
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November 15, 2017|
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Response from Lucianas D | Property representative |
Yes. Please contact the restaurant for availability and dining options. Thank you Luciana's Ristorante
August 14, 2016|
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Response from dpblonde | Reviewed this property |
As with any beach city, shorts are cool.
Tanis D
August 13, 2015|
Response from Lucianas D | Property representative |
Ciao , We do have gluten free pasta as well as several other options that don't include pasta. Feel free to call the restaurant if you have any specific questions or other dietary restrictions. Ciao!
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