Lucia Ristorante

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$30 and under
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Italian
Lucia Ristorante, established in 1977, is a landmark in the North End of Boston! We prepare and are honored to serve traditional, as well as innovative, cucina from the Abruzzo Region of Italy.
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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my third visit and I was as pleased as I had been on the prior visits. A small and quaint restaurant, with painted ceiling murals and brick walls. The service was excellent from start to finish. The menu has plenty of choices, as does the wine list. The Tiramisu al Limoncello was a delicious and unexpected take on a classiscdessert. And, a perfect cappuccino to end the meal What more need I say! Highly recommended.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Father’s Day

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great Italian food. We were there on a Saturday night and got right in.

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MJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food! Appetizers were great and our meals were fantastic! Loved sitting next to the open window, too.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

We had reserved a table because this restaurant had excellent reviews from many websites. Upon arriving, we were seated upstairs with several other groups of people. There was a table of 6-8 young men who were speaking very loudly, in fact yelling. During the evening other men would come and join for a few minutes, then leave. This table was surrounded by families and couples. The waiter approached us and we told him we could not hear him or each other over the din. His response was to offer us other seating. We had seen that the downstairs of the restaurant was jam packed and it was already after 8. He said they were having a bachelor party. We could hear inappropriate language coming from the table...never saw the wait staff approach this table about the noise and it was clear our waiter was not going to, either. It does not seem right that an entire floor of a restaurant is inconvenienced so that one table can have a good time.

The food was very good and the wait staff attentive. Unfortunately, due to the noise, it was impossible to enjoy the meal or conversation. Perhaps another time it would be more pleasurable.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great date night!

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New England
10 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Honestly one of the best pastas I’ve had in the north end!

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DR
New England
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice restaurant, very friendly server(her first night, Demi Lovato look alike.). Manager and host were very friendly. The valet guy was awesome. Food was good but portions were small compared to other restaurants in the north end. I would recommend this restaurant.

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T
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Christian, was fantastic and the food was so delicious. We cant wait to go back!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always my favorite in the North End. Amazing food and the nicest waiters (grazie, Christian!)

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

I submitted w reservation that we were celebrating a birthday , that was not acknowledged
We were seated downstairs and the bartender was also our waiter, very slow service , paid little attention , did not check in to see how things were goin, super disappointing

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1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a fantastic experience catered to every individual’s own taste.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vacation to celebrate my nieces graduation

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ES
New England
12 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think this might be one of the best north end restaurants. Classic Italian very well done.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always awesome

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Miami
23 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good good and service. Very nice North End restaurant

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good for first time in the area. Only complaint was the noise level in the downstairs area.

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

This restaurant is advertised as having good gluten free options, which is why I chose it as a member of our party has celiac. We were THOROUGHLY disappointed to learn the only GF pasta is penne, which is not clear from the menu. The gluten free pasta was NOT GOOD. Our waiter was pretty inattentive and when at the end of our meal, the celiac member of our party asked to have the food removed from the bill as she was unable to eat it, the server and manager created a big fuss. I have NEVER been to a restaurant where this has happened—typically the service in the North End is lovely but it was far from that this time. When they offered a 50% discount, I did say that is ridiculous and I have never encountered such treatment, they reasoned some of the food had been eaten (2 bites). Having worked in the customer service industry myself, I was always taught that a happy customer should come first. The server and manager did not share that mentality. I felt their treatment was far from accommodating and offensive. Ultimately the food was removed from the bill, but it was made into a very uncomfortable experience and that should not have been the case. Everyone else’s food was fine and one person was disappointed, it could’ve ended there, but by the end of the night we all left disappointed. Suffice to say we will not be back.

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HO
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great! Went there for Mother's Day, it was crowded (as expected) but service was great and food exceptional! Love Lucia's!

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MR
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Great meal, but pretty poor service. Does not feel like a true north end experience - bread was bad quality and they gave butter packets instead of olive oil/pepper. A lot of seats there are too secluded with no lighting (especially upstairs and downstairs). Waiter forgot about us multiple times.

The food itself though was very good.

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JL
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was cozy, the service extremely efficient. My guests raved about their meals. They even had gluten free pasta which was a must for one of my guests. Overall, it was a wonderful experience. The only fly in the ointment was that it was graduation weekend in Boston for a number of colleges and one large graduation party had a table near ours. As our meal progressed, they got louder and we had trouble conducting conversation. I am not going to hold that against the restaurant and I will definitely be back!

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CM
New England
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing! The portions were large, filling and delicious (and I went with my boyfriend who eats everything in sight) - definitely will be going back.

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DB
New England
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent traditional Italian food. The service could not be better. What a beautiful space too. Very quaint and lots of character. We really enjoyed it!

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We took our Japanese guests to dinner here. They loved it! Great food and service. Thank you.

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BH
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal at Lucia! The service is great, Christian is always a pleasure to have as a server. The special veal chop is always my go to and it never disappoints!

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New England
16 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It’s loud during prime time Saturday upstairs. We are young and thought it was pretty loud. The burratta appetizer was amazing. Sundries veal ghocci dish seemed salty but still a good dinner.

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LB
New England
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wanted to try a new restaurant in the North End and picked this one based on good reviews. It did not disappoint! Our waiter, Christian, was very friendly and attentive and very knowledgeable about the menu and made great meal suggestions. Everyghint we ordered was delicious; antipasto, bread, homemade pasta, meatballs and sausage - all good. Our out of town guest, who eats nothing but homemade "sauce", asked to buy some pasta sauce to take home and share with her mother and grandmother (who also make their own sauce) so they can taste how good it is!! The only item that was just ok was the lasagna, as it was a bit salty. The atmospere was cozy and comfortable and the staff was gracious that we selected Lucia's.

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Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Despite a noise level that made it very hard to hear conversations at our table, the service was outstanding for our party of seven. The filet of sole was outstanding and all the pasta entrees were fresh and flavorful. Being able to make a reservation was a plus for a restaurant in the North End.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food is awesome. Staff was a bit inattentive. Great North End location and food offerings.

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Angus
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came for a graduation dinner and was not disappointed! Food was delicious and authentic Italian. Service was prompt but not pushy. Great north Boston experience

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PH
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was fantastic! Great restaurant would recommend to everyone!

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NL
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great work staff. Owner is super friendly. Highly recommend

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CB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our first visit. The waitress was very helpful and friendly. The restaurant had a neighborhood atmosphere. The tricolore pasta for 2 was delicious homemade pasta with 3 very good sauces. Prices reasonable and portions are generous. And the bread was so good could have made my dinner out of that and a salad.

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CH
New England
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in the North End. I’ve been going here for years.
The staff is absolutely wonderful; friendly, accommodating and attentive. They make you feel more like a family member (one that likes :-) you) as soon as you step through their door. The food is always amazing - no matter what you select from their menu. (Every time I introduce a friend to Lucia’s, I watch them take their first bite to see which one of two things happen - either they light up like a Christmas tree OR their eyes roll into the back of their head.)
The portions are large enough to cause me to think “I won’t be able to eat all of this” yet delicious enough to make me clean my plate. The prices are reasonable for the quality of the cuisine. (I don’t enjoy alcohol, so I can’t provide much here, but they have a decent wine list and I remember our waiter recommending something from 2003 (or maybe it was 2004).
I love the artwork on the ceiling, the exposed brick and the intimate setting.
It takes me 1.5 hours to get to Lucia’s from where I live - but it is soooo worth it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food and service was good but the noise level was way too loud. It was hard to have a conversation with someone across the table from you.

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JI
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is delicious and the service is impeccable by our waiter Christian! A lovely dining Experience in Boston’s little Italy

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SL
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This has been our must-go-to restaurant in Little Italy for about a decade. We try to go here whenever we are visiting Boston. Not quite up to expectations this last visit. Hopefully just an off night, but I don't think we will be going back

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J
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place. One of the few restaurant in the States that surpasses the restaurants I visited in Italy.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we walked in the door we were serviced right away . The service was exceptional and the food was unbelievable . We really enjoyed it . Everyone was so friendly and helpful ... our waiter had great suggestions .
I would highly recommend to anyone !!

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New England
10 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding food and service

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