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“Awesome Italian food.”

Luciana's Ristorante
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Ranked #3 of 148 Restaurants in Dana Point
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$12 - US$25
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Blue Lantern
Transit: OCTA bus stop on the corner of Del Prado Ave and Street of the Ruby Lantern.
Description: 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, our Bed and Breakfast and Cooking School in Tuscany, Italy, you are sure to experience the best and freshest combination of the old and new worlds.
Reviewed July 9, 2018

Great Italian food. A lot of hand made pastas and desserts. Its a bit hard to get a table without a reservation. We did eat at the bar once. Same great food just a little rushed.
With this warm summer weather, I recommend a table outside if you have a group.
This is one of the hidden gems in Dana Point. A little pricey, even if you bring your own bottle of wine.
Excellent service & outstanding food make the price a value.

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Reviewed June 29, 2018 via mobile

This is our all time favorite restaurant in the OC as far as Italian is concerned and amazingly so well valued . Fresh pastas with interesting sauces, wonderful seafood options, incredible talented service, and nightly specials that our SPECIAL. If I didn’t totally enjoy cooking, we would go their multiple times per week.

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Reviewed June 27, 2018

When you want to step up a notch and get the feel that you are in a good Italian restaurant,but not really high end, then this is a good choice. The food is great and I don't think you can pick a bad dish. The bruschetta as an appetizer is a great call.

Only negative I can point out is that it is a bit loud and it's acoustics are very disruptive. But what are you going to do. Great food and service at good prices. Very busy all the time.

1  Thank adoc4u
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Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

We visit Lucianas for dinner whenever we stay in Dana Point. Great intimate feel when dining with warm red walls, bookshelves filled with antique books and olive oil bottles. Great wine list and we all enjoyed our meals: grilled lamb chops, angel hair chicken and tomato cream sauce, bolognese lasagna, and linguini with marinara. Great staff and very helpful with menu.

1  Thank ewagner26
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Reviewed April 5, 2018 via mobile

What a great Italian Restaurant! We were returning from a day trip to Catalina and we were looking for a good restaurant near the harbor, this one did not disappoint! We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals! Everything was fantastic! Wish we lived closer we would visit this place often. Can't wait for our next So Cal adventure so we can eat here again!!

1  Thank caitlynsmom2
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