Denver >Food & Dining > Luca D'italia
711 Grant St, Denver, CO | Directions 8020339.727484 -104.983632
Tuesday To Saturday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Southeast Denver, Capitol Hill
Restaurant week - excellent, except the bland sole – The bresaola with burrata, the ziti, the bread, and the dessert were all amazing and as good as any restaurant in Denver. Our server was friendly and efficient. The pork was good but not as good as I would expect from Luca, but the sole was amazingly bad. I was shocked at how bland my entree of deep fried fish and a boring salad was at a restaurant where everything else had been so good. I would still recommend going here for restaurant week if you can get a reservation, but stay far away from the sole.
Restaurant week- very disappointing – We decided to try Luca during restaurant week, and I can honestly say I've never been so disappointed. I can honestly say the only thing that was even remotely good was the bread basket. The ziti was overcooked and acidic. The Sole was deep fried and bland, a McDonalds fish filet is better than that. Lastly the dessert was bizarre and flavorless. I hate to say it, but this restuarant is bottem of the barrel. Including our server who was unfriendly.
Good wine list, over priced mediocre food – Overpriced, disappointing food. Upon recommendation from friends and after reading the menu, I was looking forward to my dinner here. While I can appreciate the fact that they their salumi is "house-made" what's the point if it doesn't taste good. The only flavor was salt and it was dry to boot. The panzanella salad was greasy with too much oil and the roasted peppers in my salad tasted old -sizzled in my mouth. For my entree I ordered the saltimbocca but again was overwhelmed by salt. We ordered the almond cake for dessert, it was very dry even though it was swimming in caramel sauce, the "gelato" served on top was icy instead of creamy. On the plus side, the wine list is interesting and we enjoyed a nice Barolo with our dinner. Too bad the food did not live up to the wine. The food and atmosphere do not match the fine dining prices. Dinner for two with wine and tip was over $250. Save your money for a restaurant that does it right like Alto in NYC, Spiaggia in Chicago, Delfina in San Fran or even Frasca right up the road in Boulder.
a fabulous dining experience – this is one of the best restaurants i have dined in for a long time. i am a very picky eater and everything on the tasting menu was wonderful. the service was great.....ambience terrific... and for the quality of the evening, the price was reasonable. i will definitely make this my first choice for special evenings and entertaining clients. thank you for a great dining experience.
Chef's tasting was amazing! – On special occasions my boyfriend and I like to try chef's tasting menus at restaurants we're unfamiliar with. For his birthday this year we had the extreme pleasure of enjoying Luca's chef's tasting. The staff was very friendly and our server was very very knowledgeable about the tasting menu. The food was absolutely to die for, and resulting in one of our best dates to date! I would highly recommend Luca D'Italia for a pleasant, delicious, and romantic evening.
Helpful staff really makes the experience – I had family in town and wanted to take them to a place that would be elegant, but still friendly enough to make everyone feel comfortable. Luca was the perfect choice. The staff was very knowledgeable about the menu without being pretentious, and guided us to some great choices that we otherwise wouldn?t have picked. And don?t let the ?Italian? label fool you into thinking Luca is spaghetti and meatballs?the food was outstanding and perfectly prepared, with tons of variety throughout the menu. I had the scallops and my brother had the beef tenderloin, both were fantastic! I would definitely recommend Luca to anyone looking for lots of variety and spectacular food, there is nowhere else in Denver like it.
Cute (and talented) chefs – I love Luca d'Italia--the food is rich and warming, the dining room is soft and inviting, the service is over-the-top great, and the wine program is fabulous. I dined with my roommate on Haloween, we had this great little table in the window that faced the street, and every one of our five courses was well-timed, satisfying, and perfectly paired with something their sommolier picked out for us. The downside: a crummy view of a cheesy Benny's poster. The best part: small bowls of pasta that work as an appetizer (my favorite was the butternut squash agnolotti).
Skip it – On Tuesday we had reservations at Luca. We got there on the dot with several tables obviously open; but still had to wait 45 minutes in their tiny, drafty foyer. The hostess was snotty and less than helpful. When we asked why we could not be seated she said the tables were already booked. We were finally seated 45 minutes later and those tables were still empty! As we looked at the menu (limited and too much fish) it was actually difficult for my wife to order a vegetarian meal. When we asked the wait person he said they would do something for her. When her meal did come, it was a mish-mash of dried out, unimpsired vegetables and starch that was inedible. The wine was HIGHLY over priced and the service took forever. We won?t be running back anytime soon. We went there under the direction of the "Gabby Gourmet" book and how she always speaks so highly and great Frank's restaurants are supposed to be on her radio show. What a let down. We won?t be back...a waste of time, money and effort.
Best dinner experience in Denver – This was our first time trying Luca. As we entered the restaurant we were greeted by a very friendly hostess, who showed us to our table right away. Our server was exceptional and took alot of time explaining the menu. The wine menu was exceptional and also very fairly priced. We had no problem finding something that looked great on the menu, in fact I would recommend trying several of the first or second courses, especially the clams. The entrees were also excellent. The chef/owner came out and spent about 10 minutes with us as we are also from the North East. I get to NYC frequently and Luca is every bit as good as the best there and much less expensive. I am just upset that we waited so long to try it.
Outstanding Italian food and service – Luca was a pleasant surprise when we showed up because a near by restaurant could not get us in. The ambience is nice and the food was really fantastic. We opted for their special menu of the evening with wine pairings. Each course was outstanding and the wines complimented them perfectly. Our server was very good, especially since we had a large, somewhat loud, group. The owner came to our table and thanked us for coming in (which doesnt happen as nearly as often as it should at other places). A picky group left completely satisfied and thinking about our next visit.
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