Boston >Restaurants > Lucca
226 Hanover St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211342.363158 -71.055314
Neighborhoods: Central, North End
Whether you join us for a relaxing dining experience or a little later for cocktails and to sample our late night menu, we are sure you'll be won over by Lucca's elegant charm and warm ambiance.
Named after the Tuscan town famous for its extra virgin olive oil, Lucca concentrates on bringing Northern Italian classics, and new innovations to our clientele in a beautiful setting. Our attention to detail and focus on excellent service make us the perfect place for everything from romantic to business dinners. Our elegant function room can accommodate up to 65 people, making it one of the largest in the North End, and our staff will make your next function a special experience for your entire group.(857) 321-8819
Still a gem after all those years. Located in the heart of the North End it still offers a delectable menu, fabulous service, and a wonderful dining experience. The wine list is extensive enough to satisy any palate, and the menu options are over the top. (I highly recommend the Anatra on the primi menu). Ample portions, as well. A little noisy, but that's to be expected. You'll add this restaurant to your list of favorites.
One of the North End's Finest – Located in the heart of the North End, Lucca is an excellent Italian restaurant that is ideal for upscale occasions and family celebrations. My family and I had an early dinner here on Easter Sunday; after having stressed over where to make the reservation, I'm so glad we chose Lucca. The waitstaff was all very friendly and attentive, and our table was right in the open window, where we were able to do some serious North End people watching.
I had the prosciutto antipasto and the wild boar rigatoni - both epic successes, IMO. The prosciutto dish consisted of a slice of prosciutto underneath a small greens salad, some delicious (bufala mozzarella?) cheese (it was super creamy & amazing), and a vaguely salsa-ish thing...basically, it was so delicious, I inhaled it too quickly to even know what the heck I was eating. Anyways, it was served with a garlic crouton and it was amazing!
The wild boar rigatoni was rigatoni served with a wild boar ragu sauce. The boar meat was shredded. It was, in a word, tasty...so tasty that I forced myself to finish it, even though I was sooo full. My sisters' wheat-free chocolate cake was a decadent, chocolate-y, delicious dessert that I could eat everyday - everything we ate was amazing!
When a pasta dish costs upwards of $20, you can be sure that I will not be paying for it. Thankfully, my family treats me well when they visit - in short, this is a great restaurant to choose when you want to pamper or impress someone special.
Worth a ONE time visit. – Beautiful setting, perfect for a date. Cozy and romantic without being over the top. Service was incredible. From the valet, coat check, waitress and bus boys - we were well taken care of throughout the evening. The food? It was good. Not great, but good. Bottom line on that is I'd expect it to be better at those prices. Swordfish was well prepared, not overcooked. Accompanying risotto was 'alright'. Overall it is a good spot to check out and take a date for a special occassion or to impress. But for this reviewer there are too many attractive alternatives to try that I probably won't visit again.
fantastic wine list – I was invited to a dinner at Lucca. I didn't want to go because the North End is kind of cheesy. I was really surprised by Lucca. First the wine list is one of the best I have seen in the city. They have a wine spectator award of excellence. I collect wines and they have a really, really impressive collection. The service was very attentive and the food was exceptional. I will definitely be back, I wasn't expecting such a good restaurant in the North End.
best atmosphere in Boston – I go to Lucca about twice a month. I love this place great food service and ambiance. I would recommend this place to anyone. It is always busy and the staff are always really friendly
WOULD NEVER EAT HERE AGAIN! – I went to this restaurant on the recommendation of a friend and I must say I will never go back. I knew the restaurant was expensive when I went so this was not the problem. I visited the restaurant with a friend and our three kids. We ordered our meals and the kids were offered spaghetti and meatballs which they ordered.( They later charged us $24 each for kids spaghetti!) I also asked if my friend and I could split the antipasto appetizer.($14) She said that was fine and she would bring plates and serve it to the whole table. I informed her the kids would not be interested in the antipasto and she said well she would serve it to everyone. Thought this was a little strange but went with it. When the platters arrived it was way more than we could finish. The kids ate a breadstick and that was it. The meals were average at best. When the bill arrived I noticed the charge for the antipasto was $70. When I questioned the waitress she said, "Well I told you I was going to serve it to the whole table" to which I replied "I told you the kids weren't going to eat it" After going back and forth with her and the manager and being treated as if I were some Neanderthal who had never dined in a nice restaurant before, the manager agreed to take off the kids charges. Mind you no where on the menu does it say the charge for antipasto is $14 per person or you are not allowed to split an appetizer with someone. Needless to say I find this place to be OVER RATED! ALso, FYI the valet parking is located down the street at Fiores which no one told me when I called. Next time maybe I'll just dine at Fiores! BEWARE!
A classic Italian menu plus an elegant atmosphere equals a most-soothing dinner experience in the North End. – The Scene
Dimly lit and awash in romantic tones, Lucca's dining room is unquestionably one of the North End's most romantic. Hordes of regulars line the handsome mahogany bar on weekends, whereas weeknights draw couples on dates and visiting business types. Dutiful servers maintain a welcoming vibe by ensuring that wine glasses stay filled. When the weather agrees, the front windows open up onto Hanover St. allowing for cool breezes and prime people-watching.
Lucca's inviting menu merges regional Italian staples with modern European fare. This varied approach yields a roast duck, spinach and goat cheese tart sharing table space with a dish of hand-cut basil pasta tossed with a traditional Bolognese sauce. The house Caesar salad, in which red and green romaine is topped with marinated white anchovies, demonstrates the kitchen's penchant for style. Standout homemade desserts include a warm, flourless chocolate cake with vanilla bean gelato and a poached pear brulee.
Great! – Recently had a birthday dinner here and loved it! Atmosphere was nice and waitress was great. I had the beef tar tar which is a personal favorite and it was fabulous!! Nice restaurant for an occasion or just a dinner out! Definitely try Lucca!
gret place – I have heard about Lucca before as being a great place , so I decided to go there with some friends last Saturday. I was really impressed with how friendly everybody was from the front door to the buss people. The place was packed it is much larger than I thought with lots of different rooms. The halibut was really good and the carrot cake was also really good. My friend all enjoyed their meals and we are going again next week. A good discovery
Bad Food, Good Atmosphere – Were hoping for a special dinner, and expected one given the prices. Food was simply not good. Bland, cold, poorly presented, etc. Atmosphere was excellent, though, so if you're looking for a place for drinks only, this is a great spot. For the hungry, avoid at all costs (because this one costs a lot!)
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