226 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113
Parking: Valet parking, Street, nearby Lot
Cuisines: Italian, European, Continental
06/21/2012Provided by Citysearch -
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.
04/05/2010Provided by Citysearch -
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.\n\nI 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! \n\nThe 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!\n\nWhen 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.
01/23/2009Provided by Citysearch -
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.
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.
09/09/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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!
05/30/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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
05/26/2008Provided by Citysearch -
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!)
04/14/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I think the food at Lucca was very good, esp. the rigatoni with wild boar. The selection in the menu was a bit small, esp. the apetizers. The price is a little bit expensive, the cost of seared beef tenderoin was $36, I think I have had similar food with comparable quality elsewhere but at a cheaper price. The pasta dishes are all expensive, $25++. The waiter was new and a bit confused which was a minus point. And, there is no valet parking. \nOverall, I think the food is good, but I'm that ""wowed"" to pay for the food.
04/09/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Came here with my dear friend who was showing me around town. Excellent choice!! We were seated promptly upon arrival although the place was packed. The service was phenomenal!! The food was totally exquisite with the highest quality of ingrediants and great presentation. Best of all, they have an exceptional wine list. While visiting the Boston area, I must say, I dined at the best Italian place. I will definitely come back when I'm in town. Lucca is definitely the best Italian Restaurant in the North end by far.
04/08/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I've been to Lucca twice and I must say the food is AMAZING!!! Lucca's service was impecable along with the brisk service once we arrived. The waiter was very thorough and knowledgeable about the menu. The food was outstanding as well as the wine. We will continue going to Lucca over and over again.\nHighly recommend it.
My friend has been trying to get me to come to Lucca but I think the North End is full of mediocre restaurants slopping out food. Lucca was really good. We ate at the cocktail tables near the bar, the server was great and very amusing. She did a great job on guiding us towards her favorite dishes on the menu and also selected a great bottle of wine. The wine we were looking at was more money however she selected a cheaper bottle and told us to have that instead. I was really impressed that she didn't try and up sell us. Very cool energetic room I will definitely be back
02/21/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This place has a great location and a cool look on Hanover Street but that's about all it has! The service stinks, to put it mildly...they clearly bank on their location and out of towners. I had an average meal with horrible service from beginning to end. I would never go back and would never recommend this place to anyone.
02/18/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I love Lucca. It is pretty pricey but the food is great. It's a big place so you're not cramped and they have a big full bar. Make reservations and ask for a table by a window. My boyfriend took me there for our first date over a year ago...I was very impressed and we have been back since. I can't wait to go back again.