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
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.
excellent dining experience
the waitress was on point, very attentative. the food was great, especially the potatos. just amazing. and the host made my date feel so special after i told him to get the check and she thought we were leaving and he comes to the table with champagne and cheesecake for her for her birthday. it was perfect
Rushed, off-hand service
I arrived at 6 pm for reservation, anticipating leisurely dining experience prior to performance at Bleumenthal. Ordered Belini cocktail Didn't order appetizer, not hungry enough. My entree was served at 6:20 pm. before I'd finished cocktail. Actually, it was plunked in front of me , like in a diner. I wonder if that was because I'm a female senior dining alone. Waiter did not check on my satisfaction. Food was mediocre and unimaginative. Presentation like a diner. I kept my entree warm by putting it in the sun while finishing cocktail. I had researched this restaurant before arriving in Charolette. It was a gigantic disappointment. I've advised my local friends of this and they won't touch it. And, will tell their friends. I will also post on Trip Advisor.
A bit of Italy in Charlotte
What a wonderful find. My husband found himself slipping into the bit if Italian he knows. The food was creative, fresh and delicious. The white bean spread was so good that we asked for, and received, the recipe. The gnocchi was superb and the risotto that came with my fish was other worldly. My only minor complaint is that my fish was just a tiny bit overlooked. The semi fredo we had for dessert was just the right ending to a wonderful meal. Oh, and the service was perfect. We will be back.
Everything about our experience was fant ...
Everything about our experience was fantastic, but especially the FOOD! It was hot, flavorful, and well described so there were no surprises other than just how good it was. We were in town for a wedding for 4 days, and this was the best meal we had during the visit. Thank you.
Luce Delivers a Fabulous Dinner
We alway book a table at Luce when we are in Charlotte, NC for several reasons not limited to delicious perfectly cooked house made pastas, professional service, comfortable outdoor dining and the warm welcome when you walk in the door. If you enjoy authentic regional Italian cooking - Luce is a must.
A great ending to a great night
My husband and I were in town for the Jazz festival and were able to get
reservations for after the performance. We came in around 9:30PM were welcomed by the lovely interior, the quiet and perfectly lit ambiance and the aroma of wonderful food.
Our waitress was terrific and our food was perfect.
This was our second visit to Luce but it will not be our last.
Authentic Italian Fare-Great Date Night-Any Time!
Luce provides excellent authentic Italian dishes, great highly specials and a place
for easy conversation and great food. The service is attentive, and very professional!
They understand if you have play tickets that night. Lots of repeat customers and
those new to Charlotte enjoying great food and wine!
My entre was extremely salty and paultry. My date's entre was tasty but again underwhelming. The waitress filling our glasses was very attentive, but the waiter was somewhat cold and detached. The food was mediocre at best. We decided that we wouldn't try the restaurant again.
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