About Luce Ristorante
The setting at Luce is romantic. The Murano Lights, Venetian Plaster and Travertine floors create an exclusive dining ambiance. Luce means “Light” in Italian and the restaurant clearly “glows” Luce provides an ideal dining experience whether you stop in for a quick lunch or settling in for a full course dinner and fine selection of extensive wines from Italy. Luce offers fresh, authentic Italian cuisine rich in flavor and passion inspired by our Italian chef, Gabriele Grigolon. The attentive and knowledgeable staff always provides impeccable service allowing you to sit back and enjoy your dining experience. Conveniently located in the Hearst Tower Plaza in the business district of Charlotte’s Center City. Luce opened in 2002 and has achieved outstanding accolades. Helen Schwabb, Charlotte Observer Food Critic, gave Luce an “Excellent” rating. ZAGAT has given Luce an “Extraordinary” rating from 2004-2010.
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
North Tryon & 5th
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bring the flavors of Northern Italy to your home, office or special venue. Whether it’s a large hors d'oeuvres reception or an intimate multi-course dinner Luce can take care of it all. Pick-up or delivery is available, delivery fee varies upon location. For more information or to place an order call 704.344.9222 or email email@example.com
Luce patrons can park in the Hearst Tower parking deck. Entrances are located on 5th and 6th streets in between College & Tryon. We offer two hours free parking validation M-F before 5pm, after 5pm; on weekends parking is free with Luce validation.
You can use the LYNX Light Rail Blue Line and get off on the CTC/Arena station and walk towards 5th street. Walk west on 5th, one block, to the Hearst Tower located on the corner of 5th and College. Luce in located on the Tryon level of the Hearst Tower in the courtyard.
Private Party Facilities:
Luce would like to personally customize your special and private events. We can comfortably accommodate eighty for a seated dinner and over one hundred for a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres event. We also have a seasonal patio that can seat up to forty for dinner guests and is the perfect venue for a summer evening cocktail reception. Luce is available for private parties, rehearsal dinners, receptions, showers and all of your special event needs. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions and we look forward to hosting your events.
Private Party Contact:
Manual Camprese: 7043449222
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Special Events & Promotions:
Ask us about our monthly Italian wine dinners and special holiday events.
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Luce Ristorante Ratings and Reviews
This was an underwhelming, disappointing ...
This was an underwhelming, disappointing experience especially as the restaurant came so highly recommended in print and anecdotally from staff at the hotel and other restaurants where we ate. We also were also excited about the location inside our favorite building in Charlotte. The waiter was accommodating and pleasant so no complaints there. We ordered a cocktail that looked as if it would be sweet and fruity and refreshing but instead was bitter and not very flavorful. The menu was not very exciting-- the choices were limiting to our palates at least. Two of us ordered the risotto special and one the gnocchi. The risotto featured lobster meat and I expected chunks but they were cut small, the same size as the zucchini and other vegetables in the dish and the flavor just didn't come through. We ordered au gratin cauliflower as a side and we could barely taste the cheese. It seemed the chef had sprinkled some Parmesan on the florets and broiled them. I make many au gratin dishes and the pleasure is the sauce in between the vegetables -- this had no sauce and was completely dry. The standout was the white bean salad at the start served with the bread. Sadly we will not be returning to this restaurant unlike many others that we have come to love in Charlotte.
Luce is a stylish but comfortable restau ...
Luce is a stylish but comfortable restaurant with excellent food and an impressive wine list. I enjoyed a wonderful beet salad and moist roasted salmon. My son enjoyed his veal picatta. We did not have dessert. Service was welcoming and very professional. The decor resembles that of an understated, cool New York City style restaurant. I would recommend Luce highly as a fine dining option in Charlotte.
This was restaurant week in Charlotte. ...
This was restaurant week in Charlotte. We expected better entrees on the special menu, but they were not available. Service was poor. One of our group got the special fish (Swordfish), and it tasted bad and had to be sent back. I got lobster ravioli. The pasta was poor, no eggs in the recipe, the pasta was overcooked, the lobster had almost no lobster taste as if it had sat around for a number of hour. The chocolate torte was excellent. However it came with two hazelnuts. One of them was rancid.
They charge $15 for a Manhattan, which is the highest I have paid in Charlotte.
Not a great experience.
Great find in Charlotte, went for a pre- ...
Great find in Charlotte, went for a pre-concert dinner. Food and service were top notch. Ambiance just right for a special occasion dinner, date night, or night out with friends. Researched a nice place for dinner (live out of state), and reviews were spot on. Would definitely recommend to others, and will be back next trip to Charlotte.
Everything was wonderful from the cockta ...
Everything was wonderful from the cocktails at the bar while waiting for all of our guests to arrive, to the round table seating as requested, the fine dining food and wine and the lovely dessert platter to help celebrate our son's 30th birthday!
Luce' is one of my favorite restaurants ...
Luce' is one of my favorite restaurants in Charlotte. The decor is warm and inviting, the food is always excellent and the service is wonderful. Whether it is a special occasion, a visit from someone from out of town you want to please, it is always a great choice. Highly recommend.
Awesome in every way. Wonderful service ...
Awesome in every way. Wonderful service, fabulous food, great ambiance. The northern Italian cuisine was exceptional. The server was very knowledgable and charming. You could have been in New York or Italy. Really loved it!
Luce continues to do a great job on authentic Italian food in a lovely atmosphere. We met a friend we hadn't seen in some time so wanted to be able to converse, and the setting was perfect. Service was spot on. The branzino was delicious, simply but well prepared. Beet salad was divine. We'll go again soon!
The fish dish I had was cooked perfectly ...
The fish dish I had was cooked perfectly and my wife's hand made pasta with mushrooms was great. We were 30 minutes late for our reservation due to the thunderstorm and the hostess did not make an issue and seated us in the last 2 seats left in the restaurant. Server was great. Overall just a really good experience.
Overall the experience was great. The food was excellent. The service wasn't too spectacular as our server wasn't as attentive as we would have liked but the food made up for her lack of service. She wasn't that bad but when we would've liked another cocktail, she wasn't to be found. Seemed as though she was rushing to tables in the bar area. We had to ask other servers for cocktail and water refills.
Again, the food made up for it. Will come back again.
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