Luce Restaurant & Bar

(704) 344-9222

College & 5TH St, Charlotte, NC | Directions   28202

35.227050 -80.840839

 
Restaurants, Italian, Mediterranean  more

Tags: Live Music

Payment Methods: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Neighborhoods: First Ward

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Luce Restaurant & Bar

Reviews for Luce Restaurant & Bar

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

A great Uptown pick – Great food, especially the signature steak. No other place like it in Charlotte and not one of the gourmet chains that have flooded Uptown - so extra good if you want a top meal you cannot get exactly the same in other Southeast cities. Service is generally good and with the restaurant owner often in the place mingling, I imagine it will stay that way.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Great place to have a special meal with friends - so long as you secure your reservation early with a deposit! – I read about Blue Restaurant and Bar in another Charlotte-based publication and decided to plan my best friend's bachelorette dinner here. I called and arranged a time to come in and scope out the restaurant as well as try out some of the items on the menu. I was very impressed by the appetizers - which range from delicious scallops to equally yummy flavors of the Mediterranean. My husband and I also tried a few martinis and desserts on three different occasions. We were pleased with the selection and decided to book a reservation for our upcoming dinner party. Roughly a month prior to the event, I discussed the party details with two different staff members and was assured we would be allowed to sit in the Solarium room (their patio area).

About two weeks before the event I called to confirm our reservation and was then told that another group (larger party) had also booked the same room that night, and that we (smaller party) would need to move to another area within the restaurant. I argued we had booked first, and was told it boiled down to a "deposit." I also agreed to sign a contract immediately (not a problem but would have liked this info sooner) to secure the room. Needless to say, the event went on as planned and it was phenomenal! Blue customized a menu, and even a martini, for our event! The food was delicious and the staff was both friendly and professional. The group was very impressed and not one had any complaints! I'm rating the restaurant four stars only because of the near heart failure that I experienced when I was told someone had booked the same room (after I had been told my reservation was secure). Other than that little insignificant detail, everything was perfect! I recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting to have a tailored dinner party for a special occasion. My only suggestion is to get it in writing and put down a deposit as soon as the reservation is made to avoid any discrepancies that may arise. Highly recommended!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best Dining Experience I have ever had! – The ambiance as I entered was upscale yet inviting. The martini list was excellent as were the drinks themselves. The manager talked to us in the bar area and at our table- Brett- very professional and friendly. The server was informative, knowledgable and gave us great recommendations. The food and wine complimented each other and the dessert and Port wine were the perfect finish to a perfect meal. I have returned on 3 different occassions and enjoyed the same spectacular dining experiences. By the way, I recommend that you go on a night when they have the jazz featured.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

WHY PAY?! – First, the late night scene is not that great. Second, the staff is absolutely the worst I've experienced. For the attitude you get, I wouldn't waste your time or money. The bartender, Kim I believe it was, needed to and luckily was dealt with by a manager; and, instantly he knew it had to deal with the poor staff.. Her attitude was catty, fake, and snotty and directed in such a way you would think my boyfriend and I were dressed in trash bags. Little did she know that we in fact knew the manager and had corporate contacts with them. Well, you blew it. Granted, immediately she switched attitude from on to off like a switch, but for the $, I would have rather gone ANYWHERE else. If it wasn't for the manager, we would have immediately canceled the drinks and orders and left. All the ambiance, romatic scene, and loyalty goes out the window when dealt with like that. Not to mention she frequently ignored us to lock lips with her boyfriend? friend? good tiper? on the side bar. Professionalism, nope. Tact, nope. Great food, not really. Terrible, take my word for it... For the $ go to Ruth Chris, or anywhere for that matter, and leave happy.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Awful – In my first visit to Charlotte (last October 06), I was taken to this restaurant by our people down here. That time I loved the food. I just arrived two days ago back to Charlotte and I decided to go by myself. What a horrible experience!!!! The server treated me nice at the beginning but then completely forgot about me. My food (gnocchi) came before the wine and I got bread because I asked for. The Manager noticed that she never brought my wine and said that he will give it to me for free. Thanks to that wine my food experience wasn?t that horrible (still was awful). As I said, I ordered the gnocchi (same what I ate in October) and were by far the worst Italian meal in my life. I am a person that travels a lot and that food was even worst that jellyfish in China. I cannot believe how a place can go from good to that in less than a year. OUT OF TOWNERS: AVOID THIS PLACE!!!!!

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

WORST Restaurant experience in charlotte!!! – For an 'upscale' restaurant, this was an extremely disappointing experience. I've been here a few times, and i have never been too impressed but this past time was the worst. We sat in the bar area so that we could hear the live jazz music. We made sure that it was okay to eat a full corse in this area, and we were assured by the host that the area was full service. After we sat at the table for about 15minutes (what felt like 30) we were still not greeted. so my beau went to the front to ask if we had a server, luckily another server was up there and generously decided to take care of us. He got our drinks and took our food order. after all this, i'm guessing at least 30 min after we were seated our server finally stops by.... but then never comes back to check on us, so we sit with no drinks .... we then ask to see a manager. He stops by and makes excuses NEVER even apologizing.

I've worked in restaurants, i understand that things happen... But to not even apologize, plus i would think when you already know something is wrong you would make sure to keep checking on that customer, and try to make their experience a great one.

I only came here for their dessert, but now i will NEVER go back.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Every review on this page is exactly on the mark, good and bad! – I'm looking at all of these reviews and they are all correct. The first time my girlfriend and I went to Blue, the food was fabulous. The faux grois and the duck were both amazing! The next time we went the service was terribly slow, they had taken the duck off the menu, and the dishes that the waiter recommended were bland and dull. The few times I've had dessert, I have not been impressed. We've gone several times since then and the food has been OK, but nothing spectactular. I don't know what happened to the great service we received the first time we went. Maybe that's what you're supposed to do, when they ask if you've been there before, just say no. Maybe then you'll get good service. The atmosphere is great, and we keep coming back to see if we can ever get that same great food and service that we received the first time. For the money, you would think that everyone would get great service and you wouldn't ever be looking for your waiter. I hope they get it together because my girlfriend and I really enjoy Blue.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Overrated, Overpriced – We were excited to eat here, but were very dissapointed. The food was odd-- it was basically all heavily-meated entrees from strange animals (wild boar?) Two of us tried the boar and thought it was inedible.

Another had a pasta dish (not a meat-eater) and it was overly lemony. We couldn't even find anything appetizing for dessert, so we passed. The prices were exhorbitant. I won't even go to Table after eating here. We told the maitree di about our experience and he just said, "Oh." We were not impressed.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Superb place for a celebration. Great food, service and atmosphere. – Our first visit was to celebrate our daughter's birthday. We were graciously greeted and seated promptly. Attentive service was exhibited throughout. Diane, our servrer, was extremely informative and her recommendations were right on the mark. She wished my daughter a happy birthday by name and number which quite surprised and delghted her. A very well paced meal was served of gourmet quality. My son-in-law ordered the pork ossa bucco and enjoyed all of a large serving of tasty pork shank. My wife and daughter both had beef fillet and were delighted with the quality, perfect preparation, and flavor. My own duck was among the best I have ever had.

Appetizers of crab cakes , kobe beef and chicken rolls were worthy of a light meal on their own.

A super evening, beyond our expectations, and certainly to be repeated.

Recommends
over a year ago

Mediterranean-inspired cuisine served with a cosmopolitan flair. – In Short
From the rotating art gallery and recessed lighting to the mosaic tile floor and blue stained-glass wall, it exudes an ambience of sophistication, luxury and vibrancy. The crab cakes in a citrus buerre blanc are not to be missed. The signature pan-seared tenderloin is accented by a little Gorgonzola and sweet onion marmalade. Succulent and savory, the lamb tagine arrives smothered in a sweet-spicy Moroccan sauce with an array of dates, carrots, olives and potatoes.

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