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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Luce Ristorante Ratings and Reviews
Excellent service. Superb food. Clean restaraunt.
I recommend the Mare to Seafood/Pasta lovers. The team at Luce made my daughter and me feel like we were their only customers. The treated us like royalty and made my daughter's 25th Birthday very special.
We had a great first experience at Luce. ...
We had a great first experience at Luce. The food and wine were excellent as was the service. I will definitely be back next time I am in Charlotte.
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.
Great service and Great food - can't beat it. Nice Ambiance and a really nice Italian wine selection
Great restaurant, very romantic and exce ...
Great restaurant, very romantic and excellent service. Fresh real Italian food was amazing.
We very much enjoyed Luce. We ate Osso b ...
We very much enjoyed Luce. We ate Osso bucco, pasta with short ribs and ravioli. All were delicious. We'll be back.
Luce continues to provide great service, ...
Luce continues to provide great service, fresh well prepared dishes at good value.
Excellent food and drinks. Wonderful am ...
Excellent food and drinks. Wonderful ambiance. Beautiful outside dining space.
Top notch Italian in Uptown Charlotte
Fresh made pasta and all the accompanying dishes from cheese plate through tiramisu. Attentive wait staff and a nice outdoor dining area also.
Another fabulous meal at Luce. Manuel a ...
Another fabulous meal at Luce. Manuel and Rose did a fabulous job and created an amazing experience for us once again. Kudos to Augusto and the entire team at Luce. Jon Brady
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.
Great local restrauant find.
Great local restrauant we have been there 3 times and have always had great food and service. There wine list is outstanding. Nightly specials are very nice. Highly recommend this place.
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!
Special Date Night
The entire experience was fantastic. The homemade pasta was excellent; probably the best bolognese I have ever had. The mussels were seasoned perfectly. Very romantic restaurant.
We love the food and the wonderful, grac ...
We love the food and the wonderful, gracious people at Toscana and Luce. Highly recommend. Try the Mare.
Had dinner for wife's Birthday. Service, environment, and food was excellent. Service was especially good. Food variety was good.
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.
Great experience. Great staff. Food was ...
Great experience. Great staff. Food was delicious.
Always such a great meal and service!
Always such a great meal and service!
We had a delicious meal, with great serv ...
We had a delicious meal, with great service and without the loud noise of most restaurants.
#1 Italian in Uptown Italian
Without a doubt, the best Italian restaurant in Charlotte. Memorable food, perfect service , comfortable ambience. One of the few uptown restaurants that "does it right; in fact maybe the only one. Our server ( I think her name is Barbara ) is always welcoming in manner and very knowledgeable of the menu, as well as being attentive. And her recommendations are "spot on". Try Luce- you won't be disappointed.
another wonderful dining experince
love this place, feel like I have been transported to Italy for the meal. service is always relaxed, helpful and pleasant. have such a hard time deciding on what to eat- food is delicious!
Nice date night spot! Good food. Enough said. Nice date night spot! Good food. Enough said.
Always excellent food and service. Never fails. Staff is very accommodating in all situations.
Excellent choice. Superior service and v ...
Excellent choice. Superior service and very accommodating.
I have eaten here since Luce opened many years ago. This is as good as the best Italian restaurants in NYC..better than most.
FANTASTIC Our dinners were excellent, everything was prepared perfectly, presentation was also perfect. The service staff was always there but never hovering. One in the party has a gluten issue and the restaurant made her feel very compfortable with suggestions and preparation. Highly recommend.
Great Food....Great Service
Manager Very attentive. Service Staff prompt, polite, and proficient.
Very enjoyable evening
Waiters unobtrusive, food and wine excellent. Definitely on the expensive side, but for a special occasion, well worth it. Food portions a bit skimpy. Puree pea side dish was 3 dots on the plate, less than a teaspoon total. Artistic, but a bit ridiculous to list it as a "side".
Luce's by far has the best atmosphere for fine dining. The food is cooked to perfection, the wines are pristine and the service is the absolute best that I have had the pleasure of experiencing in Charlotte thus far. Luce's is definitely on my "A-list" of restaurants to revist in the very near future.
Great food, friendly and very effective service
Second visit to Luce in 2 months - love their fish and pasta. Great appetizer selection, terrific wine list. Always greeted right away, sit in the bar and have some fantastic home-made potato chips.
Good for a date night
Luce was great. We had a later reservation so a few menu items were sold out but the staff was very helpful in making accommodations. We ordered a bottle of wine which was also out so they gave us a more expensive bottle for the same price which was extremely nice. The staff was very attentive. The atmosphere was very upscale but not snobby. The attire ranged from Jeans and flannels to suits and ties. Very welcoming staff, took our coats upon arrival, and made sure we had a pleasant experience.
My boyfriend and I dined here on Valentine's Day. Such a wonderful atmosphere & the food was incredible! Best Italian restaurant I've been to in a long time.
Just the right size. Lovely ambiance. Romantic. Attentive and professional staff. Outstanding wine list and knowledgeable sommelier. Perfect food.
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