Lucques

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2301 reviews
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Since opening in 1998 Lucques has garnered extraordinary accolades and is now recognized as one of the country’s best restaurants. It's California cuisine with French and Mediterranean influences is served in the warm and intimate setting of the rustic carriage house of the original Harold Lloyd estate. One of the reasons for the all the acclaim is the Sunday Supper, the night that best exemplifies the original mission of owners Chef Suzanne Goin and Sommelier Caroline Styne, by offering seasonal prix fix menus that re-create the atmosphere of a relaxed family dinner.
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AH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were great. Recommend Snapper ceviche

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LP
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 5

I marked “birthday” on the reservation and put in a note asking that you have the waiter acknowledge Justin’s birthday. It was never mentioned, as we watched the waiter acknowledge the couple sitting next to us who were also celebrating. Perhaps you should read the info in your Open Table requests or better communicate to your staff. As great as our meal was, missing this request left me disappointed overall.

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TF
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious! Beautiful flavor.
Our only issue was that the wine we ordered took a little time to get to our table. Perhaps the wine steward was at another table?? In any case, that was small potatoes. Food was great. Highly recommended!

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s
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lucques is and has been one of my favorite restaurants in LA for years now. My idea of a perfect dinner is to go there during the winter, sit by the fire or at the bar first having a drink and then sitting at one of the booths in the dining room for dinner with friends and family. (Don't get me wrong - the patio is lovely during the summer!) The food is always delicious and the recipes are continually creative. I enjoyed the Mother's Day prix fixe menu with my son this past Sunday. We both loved the food chosen for the menu that evening and, furthermore, the wine recommendation -- Failla 2017 pinot noir -- was excellent! We had a lovely time.

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CB
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is inventive, and amazing, yet very accessible for "non-foodies". We loved the grilled filet steak, and the sommelier's recommendations for a wine pairing were perfect! What I love best about Lucques is the environment and the staff is warm and welcoming, which is so very rare in upscale LA establishments. Lucques is my new "must go" every time I visit Los Angeles, thank you again for a wonderful Sunday Supper!

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MW
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been going to Lucques for 20 years. Its our favorite restaurant in L.A. (which, I guess, means it's our favorite restaurant in the world). The food is great, the servers are always friendly, knowledgeable and outgoing and Matt, the GM, always greets us with a smile (also, he's just plain fun to talk too -- as is the rest of the staff). I hope to hell you're around for at least another 20 years. My wife and I feel very lucky to have this place in our lives.

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

My favorite restaurant and we are in the biz!

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S
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was the first time back to Lucques for Sunday supper in a long time...last time was about 4 years ago. Was so pleased nothing has changed...the restaurant is still CA casual with the right level of formality and the food is still top quality.

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S
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, creative menu. Nice wine lust, fun desserts.

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p
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lucques was lovely and we will return again, as we've done many times before.

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AR
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous double birthday celebration at Lucques. We always love the Sunday Supper Menu, and this time it was a delicious Greek Easter-themed meal. Our server was delightful and made the evening even more special. Lucques is the perfect location for a very special time!

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OT
San Francisco
254 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Remains one of the nicest and best dining experiences in LA. Food, service and ambiance are all wonderful. It never misses a beat.

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J
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great choice, the menu is creative, the service impeccable and a little pricey but worth it.

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EV
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing.

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G
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I always take guests from out of town to Lucques. It never disappoints !

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LB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a birthday dinner and everything was perfect. The corner booth was special and the waiter was superb, as was the food. One of us had an allergy and the manager came over to check in which was confidence inspiring.

This was a long awaited meal and it surpassed our expectations!

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m
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great foods and terrific servers in a casually elegant atmosphere. Great.

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EF
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I chose Lucques for my birthday based on previous experiences which had been outstanding. The choices for the Sunday night supper were okay. It was fine but not memorable. Perhaps a rich chocolate dessert is not the best choice to follow fish or lamb; it's a dangerous combination for anyone who has allergies (even if mild).

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M
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter pre-fixe Sunday supper at 5:30. Almost empty when we started and almost full when we left. A brilliant meal.

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w
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place especially for weekend lunch when you don’t want Brunch but a real lunch menu.

Will definitely go back to check it out in the evening.

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e
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lively atmosphere, food, wine, wait staff—could not have been better. Table for 2 a bit small, making food delivery a bit cumbersome, but not critical.

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MT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was a fantastic birthday dinner, with superb food and stellar service by Simone. The Sunday Supper menu featured appealing spring dishes that were perfectly executed by the kitchen, including a memorable side of salmon—and while I did not expect a substitute for the meat course I declined, a delicious one was provided at the server’s initiative. The scrumptious but not too sweet berry shortcake for dessert arrived complete with a special birthday message.

The ambiance would have been perfect if it were not for the noisy toddler in the corner who launched his sippy cup across the table, requiring the server to clean up the resulting mess. A few years ago during our anniversary dinner on the patio, we were disturbed by a crying infant. We continue to return, hoping to catch a child-free evening, so it clearly hasn’t deterred us. The food and service are certainly among the best in the city.

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JW
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place. I always have good experience there.

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F
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another nice Sunday Supper at Lucques. This one was pricier than normal but it did come with an extra course. A special shout out to our server Simone and our host Tony who are always friendly and professional as well as the wine guy James who got the night off but was still at the restaurant. A very special shout out to the pastry chef. The food is always good, but the dessert items have consistently been extraordinary. This was a cocktail oriented event which may explain a much louder than usual crowd but even so, not as noisy as some downtown restaurants.

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e
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful and fun night. We love the cocktails Christiaan Rollich makes and were excited to attend the event and also get his new book. He makes the most amazing cocktails and we loved the pairings done with the meal. Can't wait to try out recipes in his book! Lucques always has superb dishes and we were happy we didn't miss out on this evening.

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S
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lucques is a solid, go-to restaurant. The food quality was excellent, but it fell short this time in two regards. It wasn't clear who our server was -- and we waited at times to order. Moreover, the bathroom was subpar, particularly for a restaurant of this caliber and cost. The lack of hand towels to open the door with is a negative as are the hand dryers which are almost impossible to use without touching them. Hard to enjoy a very pricey dinner and not feel like your hands are clean.

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RU
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined there many years and our experience is always perfect

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DC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Unfortunately Lucques has gone downhill since the last time I was there. It showed in the lack of tables filled on a Friday evening.

The food was under spiced, lackluster and downright boring.

The wine selection was also mediocre. I had to try several before settling for a glass.

It’s such a shame because lucques has a beautiful interior, great service, and is well known for its food. I hope the food turns around soon.

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JG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having returned to Lucques after some time, I am delighted to find it hasn’t changed. My martini was exceptional. Everywhere I go I have a kettle one slightly dirty martini and this was the smoothest yet. Then there’s that crusty bread and lucques almonds that feel so welcoming. Next we had a Farro pasta with Manila clams with chorizo. The Farro pasta was small as a triscuit and what stood out was the sauce and clams. Delicious! Next we ordered lamb and short ribs. The lamb was good and the short ribs were better, but by then we were too full to eat it all. But not to pass on desert, we shared a halva dish that was like a deconstructed baklava which was heavenly. Ms. Goin’s layered cooking and innovative dishes are still there! Exceptional!

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a
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a special restaurant. The food is classic Californian with a bit of a French twist and a whole lot of flavor. Everything is just a bit different and a lot better than you expect a dish to be. The flavors are layered and well thought out with an emphasis on what's fresh in the. marketplace.
The service is friendly but never cloying and very professional.
A great experience and a wonderful restaurant. It's nice to see that it's still wonderful after all these years.

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d
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

we always love coming to Lucques---- always a treat

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TJ
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The Sunday Supper at Lucques has been going on for quite a while, but they manage to keep the levels of quality and inventiveness very high. We just had one of the great desserts of my long experience -- a pistachio and white chocolate "cheesecake" with whipped mascarpone and a rhubarb coulis on the side that was sublime -- and awesomely good farro gnocchi loaded with fresh spring veggies and covered with a scrumptious sauce; my wife wiped the bowl so clean with her bread it looked unused, something she NEVER does. Lovely butter lettuce salad with four kinds of citrus fruits and a light pesto dressing -- very spring, very fresh. They are always friendly, efficient, welcoming, and comfortable. The format is perfect for us -- each week we look at the menu in the e-mail, decide if it's for us (there are food issues in the family), and sign up when we can. Were it not for the issues, we would probably do this every other Sunday for the rest of our lives or until Lucques closes, whichever comes first .

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LA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sunday Dinners are a delight, particularly when the weather is mild and you can linger on the patio. They definitely belong on your “Must Do” list.

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SS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has been my favorite restaurant for over a decade. The menu is always changing and always amazing. The wine list has something for everyone. The service is spot on. I can’t wait to return!

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JR
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience!!! They knew we were celebrating a special occasion and made sure to recognize it with a custom "Congrats" message on the dessert plate. Exceptional service stood out above all else. Food was fantastic. I rated ambiance a little below perfect because the tables are very very close to each other. I had to intentionally tune out the conversation at our neighboring table, which I imagine would be problematic if not impossible for some.

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F
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always sublime.

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p
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice reunion dinner. Perfevt

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W
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The interior of the restaurant is tired . I have been coming here for more than a dozen years , and will continue- food and service was outstanding, but the ambiance is beneath the level of what it means to be a top restaurant today.

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DL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service. Grapefruit vacherone dessert was the best.

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SB
Los Angeles
62 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This Sunday Supper menu honored Laura Avery, one of the people that helped make the Santa Monica Farmers' Market what it is today. The meal was fantastic. To start: grand aïoli with farmers market crudites (among the most fresh crudites I have ever had, no joke!) & fava purée toast with pecorino and fava bean pistou. My husband and I had never had fava beans. We enjoyed these creamy little toasts. The main dish was spectacular. My husband STILL talks about the grilled market fish (halibut) with salsa verde. Weiser Farms potato-leek gratin & arugula salad with citrus, sherry and pistachios were very good as well. We were full when dessert arrived, but managed a few tastes of the rhubarb galette with mascarpone, strawberry compote and cream cheese ice cream. A delightful meal on a wonderful night.

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