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Luca

4.5
4.5
1882 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Chef Frank Bonanno dug into his Sicilian heritage and east coast roots to create this authentic Italian Eatery. Luca has amazing personal touches from the daily made breads and pastas to the meats and cheeses that are cured in house, to the charcoal drawing of Bonanno’s son (and the restaurant’s namesake) that hangs in the dining room. Luca is colorful, lively, and tasty; the menu is designed for gluttonous abandon. It’s not your ordinary pile-of-pasta-and-sauce Italian joint; it’s the real (and tasty) deal.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (303) 832-6600

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Frank Bonanno

  • Catering

    Why yes we do cater, please contact catering@bonannoconcepts.com

  • Private party facilities

    Luca can accommodate parties up to 20 guests in our private dining room. Restaurant buyouts are available for parties up to 85. Please contact our event coordinator for details.

  • Private party contact

    Cara St. John and Laura Tharaldson: (720) 737-4277

  • Neighborhood

    Central

  • Cross street

    7th

  • Parking details

    Complimentary valet is available at the corner of 7th & Grant. Some street parking available is also available in the area.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,882 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. KD

    KathleenD

    Denver

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. Perfect for date night or any night.
  2. BR

    BillyRinks

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Luca is a neighborhood gem! Chef Bonanno does it again. Our entire party had a wonderful dining experience. THANK YOU!
  3. CB

    ClaytonB

    Denver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went during restaurant week to check it out. I Judge Italian restaurants harder than any others since my family is Italian. No, its not as good as moms but this place knows what they are doing. One of the few places that actually cooks pasta correctly. The flavors are not overly complicated like other places. Luca does it right! Planning on going back in the next few weeks to try the regular menu.
  4. CS

    CharlesS

    Denver

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I've eaten at Luca several times in the past few years and it is always excellent. The new chef seems to have excellent ideas and presents them well.
  5. 7

    7wheels

    Denver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Visited on the last night of restaurant week. Service was good, food was lacking. Disappointed since the cost of restaurant week was not inexpensive.
  6. Y

    Yosh

    Denver

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Went for restaurant week and it was busy. Service had some hickups with wrong orders coming to our table, but overall we had a great evening. It's been a while since our last visit here, but I would definitely return.
  7. AK

    AmyK

    Denver

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visited during restaurant week. Food was top notch and service was fantastic
  8. m

    michelec

    Denver

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, very accommodating. Food selection was fabulois
  9. B

    Babushka

    Denver

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service.....will be going back.
  10. CC

    CCS1234

    Denver

    152 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    152 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful pasta! Very good service. I highly recommend Luca.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, presentation and the service was excellent!
  12. CA

    CindyA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, service outstanding! Really enjoyed eating here.
  13. RK

    RyanK

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We were a bit disappointed given that we have always had great experiences at Luca. Our appetizer (Meat and Cheese) and desert (Butterscotch Bread Pudding) were very good, but both our pasta entrees did not live up to the expectations created from our previous visits. My Wife had the Lobster pasta and I had the bolognese. Both dishes had an "over spiced" taste to them. They almost tasted the same which made sharing the dishes less enjoyable and the subtle/differentiated tastes we have come to expect were missing. The noodles themselves were great but the spice really took away from the enjoyment of both dishes. The service was fine, but the energy and charisma of our waiter was lacking.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    This is a different Luca. Gone is the old nice Italian restaurant. They are trying to be hip or something. The music was loud and overwhelming. We couldn’t talk. The service was slow. The food was mediocre Too bad we will not go back
  15. JP

    JasonP

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great solid food for 18 years. Have the Fusili! Trust me.
  16. R

    Rich

    Denver

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our 2nd time to Luca and we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Service was impeccable over all we loved it! and will be back.
  17. j

    jamesf

    Denver

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    We had to wait 15 minutes past our reservation and I had to pay $32 for a NY strip that was over cooked and mostly charred fat. I expected more on Valentine’s Day since the menu was extremely reduced from an option standpoint.
  18. K

    Kati

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful, delicious, romantic meal! Will return!
  19. LV

    LeslieV

    Denver

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    The meal was good, not great. Service was hurried, noise level and music were uncomfortable. We have been to Luca many times, but may not return.
  20. AA

    AngieA

    Denver

    173 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    173 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We decided to go to our Valentine’s dinner a day early, and it was a great choice. Frank Bonanno himself was in the kitchen, and the entire evening was extra special! Luca has a Thursday night deal for half price on wine $60 or less, and we had a wonderful Ripasso with our meal. After the complementary cheese, crisps and jam, we shared a new antipasti salad that was generous and divine! Meats, cheeses, olives, super-flavorful veggies; the perfect starter. Then I had the scallops and my husband had the chicken. Both were amazing! I mean OMG amazing! We took boxes so we had room for dessert...I had the chocolate cake with coffee gelato, and he had tiramisu. Yet another perfect course! Luca may be casual these days, but the food is phenomenal! If you haven’t been lately, you are missing a truly special restaurant.
  21. t

    troyd

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved the menu. We were 2 couples at dinner so we ordered burrata, copa, Caesar salads and entrees (burrata stuffed chicken parm and porchetta were divine) but, if solo, I could have ordered a pizza or pasta and made the meal casual (I.e inexpensive). Great service and atmosphere.
  22. s

    susanatthecastle

    Denver

    204 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    204 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was exquisite from the mussels through the carbonara, the short ribs and the scallops, ending with the butterscotch bread pudding and tiramisu. Service was exceptional. We will be back.
  23. MM

    MayaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Matt Hislop is an amazing chef! All the servers were also excellent, professional and very accommodating. We highly recommend this fabulous Denver restaurant!
  24. L

    Louise

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We live in the neighborhood and were hoping for a great experience. While there was nothing “bad” about our experience, the food, service, and (Italian) wine selection were all just solidly average.
  25. DN

    DenverNative

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    The restaurant didn't meet our expectations. Service was extremely slow, and inconsistent. A burrata appetizer was brought out burned and had to be sent back. The risotto was somewhat watery, and I had to use a knife to cut my polenta. And, one of our 7 entrees was forgotten. To the restaurant's credit, that entrée was comp'd. We spent two and a half hours for mediocre food and poor service. We won't be going back.
  26. CB

    CharlesB

    Denver

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Luca was extremely busy on the Saturday night we went. Sat there for 10 minutes before we got water. Wine service was nonexistent for over 30 minutes. Waiter started out testy but did indeed rally. Food was good, not great. Not rushing back.
  27. AS

    AST1

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Decent meal but the kitchen had an off night. Very slow service and food was above average, but not as good as in the past.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meal was a little late, so the owner presented each of us with an appetizer on the house. Great staff. Get them on Restaurant Week if they’re participating.
  29. HS

    HSNYTransporters

    Jacksonville

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Parking was easy thanks to free valet service. Attentive staff, food was obviously homemade and was absolutely outstanding. We were able to go while waiting for flight as restaurant is only 30 from Denver International Airport. Would definitely eat here again!
  30. M

    Marie

    Denver

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the first time we had dined at Luca and we were very impressed with the cuisine, atmosphere, and servers! We really enjoyed it!
  31. A

    Ashley

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    The food was good, but it took forever and the restaurant wasn’t busy. If we traveled back to Colorado, I don’t believe I would return.
  32. AA

    AngieA

    Denver

    173 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    173 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the perfect evening: the service/pace was excellent, the casual atmosphere was warm and friendly, the Luca salad had super-fresh arugula and fennel, the mussels were large, juicy, and flavorful, my shrimp were amazing, my husband's steak was generous and mind-blowingly yummy, and the tiramisu and chocolate torte were the perfect ending to the perfect dining experience. Luca can be a quick, special meal, or a long, luxurious evening. We thoroughly enjoyed the latter!
  33. EC

    EdwardC

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and the staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. They made you feel at home. Make sure to order the meat and cheese platter along with the goat buratta . The meats are home cured
  34. RF

    RobertF

    Denver

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific exceptional fantastic just plain really good+++
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service and good were outstanding!
  36. K

    Kelly

    Denver

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    207 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    207 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    We had high expectations when dining here on New Year's Eve, since we have been to the restaurant in the past with no complaints. Our reservation was at 7:15 and we arrived early and we sat right away. We ordered a bottle of wine and made selections from the special menu. After an hour we had been served our first course (antipasti caldi and lump crab salad). We were very frustrated with the poor service. I mentioned it to the hostess and also to another server that approached our table, apologizing for th3e delays. Note our server NEVER said a thing about the service and how terribly slow it was. She was oblivious the entire night. The crab salad was NOT made with lump crab, it was just the cheap stringy crab. Next was the eggplant and jumbo prawns. One prawn was cooked perfect, the other was overcooked. We had the cheese ravioli and lobster agnolotti - no problems with these dishes, again, just the incredibly long wait in between the dishes. The table next to us after 1.25 hours was onto their third course. Next was the new York strip and tuna steak. The NY strip had a lot of gristle (tough to cut/eat). My date liked the tuna steak dish. Dessert was the opera cream cake and cheesecake. Cheesecake was a little dry (when was it made?) and the berries were not macerated. We left at 10:00!! Overall a really disappointing evening and a poorly managed kitchen staff. Not sure how this compares to prior NY eve's but I suggest they revisit the service issues and consider eliminating one course next year. We decided we would not go back for NYE.
  38. J

    James

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Went for NYE dinner. Adorable little place, very cute inside. Had a pre-fixed menu, 5 course meal. The food was quite excellent. Only negative thing was that everything was extremely slow. We were there over 2.5 hours and had to ask for the remaining courses to be boxed up. Would still recommend and would go back. Just be mindful you maybe there for awhile.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed the atmosphere, the service and most of the dishes. The only reason I am giving 3/5 stars is because the main course, which was the New York Strip steak, was not prepared to the proper medium-rare temperature. Judging from the other steaks set served to other patrons, this was a common issue. The steaks were much closer to rare than medium rare, which was a disappointment because my wife did not enjoy hers at all. Some of the fat needed more rendering, and the “warm pink center” was not really there on the thicker part of the cut.
  40. k

    kdub

    Denver

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Simply delicious! Amazing Italian food!

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    7th

  • Neighborhood

    Central

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Complimentary valet is available at the corner of 7th & Grant. Some street parking available is also available in the area.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Frank Bonanno

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (303) 832-6600

  • Catering

    Why yes we do cater, please contact catering@bonannoconcepts.com

  • Private party facilities

    Luca can accommodate parties up to 20 guests in our private dining room. Restaurant buyouts are available for parties up to 85. Please contact our event coordinator for details.

  • Private party contact

    Cara St. John and Laura Tharaldson: (720) 737-4277

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