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Luciana's Ristorante

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Business meetings

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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, Gluten Free Options, Vegan 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 2 weeks ago

We were a party of six on a busy night shortly before Christmas. Many places were already booked, and the only reservation we could get at Luciana's was at 8:30 p.m., later than we wanted, but we took it. So glad we did. Very nice...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank GayO_11
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We almost didn't go bc one of my teen didn't want 'fancy Italian' he wanted only simple pasta with red sauce. Once we got there he quickly changed his mind and got the linguine with asparagus, shrimp and white wine sauce. He saw immediately that...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Carrie W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Luciana’s was recommended by a friend and had great reviews on TripAdvisor so we chose it for dinner. It lived up to being rated #2 in Dana Point! Romantic and relaxed atmosphere with a lively din from patrons and an accordion player. Very attentive service...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank julyerose
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came here based on TA reviews and can not disagree as this place is amazing Italian food! Come here you wont be disappointed as the food is to die for!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank sirnupo
Reviewed November 28, 2018 via mobile

This is our favorite restaurant in Dana Point. First class in every way. Impeccable service and ultimate quality.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank yogiacomo
Reviewed November 20, 2018 via mobile

Highly recommended!! The restaurant is very cozy. Service was excellent. We started with the Lobster ravioli which was filled with large chunks of lobster. I had the Salciccia which was great. My husband ordered the lasagna which was a little heavy on the ricotta, but...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank roanie1969
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Always have a great meal here and love the atmosphere. Highly recommend this restaurant to anyone that loves Italian food,

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank kgallaher
Reviewed November 2, 2018

Normally not a big fan of Italian food, but thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The food was very good and service was excellent. Great atmosphere and would definitely go back.

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank RhinestoneLady
Reviewed October 29, 2018 via mobile

Love the food and service. The outdoor patio is an easy place to be. The big wine room gets very noisy.

Date of visit: July 2018
1  Thank EBLHE
Reviewed October 16, 2018

While attending a business conference in Dana Point we were grateful to the Marriott front desk staff for recommending this fine Italian Ristorante. After a short Lyft ride from the hotel, we were delighted to find this gem in Dana Point. The decor was wonderful,...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank tahitidon
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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
Taryn O
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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