St. Paul >Food & Dining > Ristorante Luci
470 Cleveland Ave S, St Paul, MN | Directions 5510544.927479 -93.187254
Tue, Thu 5pm-9:30pm
Neighborhoods: Macalester - Groveland
Bone in Ribeye – I have had this dish twice and it was absolutly fantastic. This very quaint spot is a diamond in the rough. Service was wonderful and very friendly. I like this place a lot.
A Romantic Gem – We were lucky be pampered with a number of culinary delights by the most charming and equally becoming proprietor, Maria Gans. She carefully explained each dish to us and brought appropriate wines with each course. I cannot pick a favorite among the dishes we sampled including baked polenta topped with shredded braised duck, tender sweet crab and scallops simmered in a rich broth and topped with gremolata, or the silky homemade ravioli stuffed with butternut squash. Equally pleasing to the taste buds were the earthy and intensely rich flavored papardelle with braised shitake mushrooms and seared fresh sea scallops piped with truffled zabaglione that filled my palate with a tart, yet briny and sweet burst of flavor. At the end of the myriad of courses, I was at a loss for words to explain what a passionate experience the previous hours of five star service and cuisine had been.
Hey! Light some candles! – I had AWESOME scallops, bland dinner had by companion. (teeny tiny set 4 course thing. Don't suggest this to a big guy who loves to eat, Flo!)
Cute place, love the idea of a neighborhood "fav" spot, but for GOSH SAKES!!! Dim those harsh lights, and light little votives on the tables. It's a cheap looking place, that needs the ambiance to make it worthy of it's pricetag. Seriously, I felt weird in there, like they forgot to get the place ready for the night. Ruined the great food and company.
ps- decent wine list, but the Reserve list was silly. Find some great borolo's or something in the $50-60 range, and skip trying to get people to spring for the $500 bottles of grape juice.
Wonderful Experience – My wife and I had a wonderful time at Luci. The waiter was excellent and helped us pick a great wine and took his time to explain them to us. I had the fixed priced dinner and enjoyed every course, even the pasta which sounded a little wierd at first. I may add that the dinner was under $26. My wife had the scallops and thought they were amazing. Overall it was a fantastic night.
Pasta – Whomever makes their pasta and mozerella is doing one bang up job. Try the sampler for a good variety of their offerings.
Don't bother... – Don't bother eating at this doldrum restaurant. We were horribly disappointed with the food. Bland, bland, bland and very small portions for the price. We decided to try this establishment for a special occasion based on citysearch reviews, what a disappointment!! We all agreed we could have made a better dish in our own kitchen! Not worth it! Prima, Broders or pane vino doce has by far better food, service and ambience.
Absolutely awesome! – This is the best restaurant I've ever been to! The food is excellent, the service is wonderful! The presentation is great!
bait and switch? – It started ok. The waiter asked if I would like to taste the 2 wines I was considering, a viognier and a soave. The viognier had subtle but complex flavor and was dry. The soave was sweet but had a ling finish. I choose the 375ml of viognier. I got something sweet with no flavor, served in a carafe.
For dinner, my shrimp with arugula, tomatoes and 12 year old balsamic vinegar came with watercress rather than arugula, and so little of the vinegar as to be indetectable.
The bread was just ok. The mixed green salad had a ton of arugula!
The tables and chairs are cheap and crowded together.
Ambiance – I thought that the atmosphere was wonderful. Small and very intimate. The service was a bit slow but this is one restraunt that I did not want to rush the meal at. GREAT people watching. Perfect for a date or a family, very diverse.
Excellent – Consistant Value and Quality are expected and always given to their customers.
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