About Luce Ristorante E Enoteca
Founded in 2006, Luce is a local favorite featuring many traditional dishes. Flavors which often bring our guests back to their best memories of Italian specialties.
My goal for this restaurant to create a warm environment for all guests that is typical of a true Italian heritage.
Our menu consists of many Buonincontri family recipes and recipes brought back from travel to Italy.
Fresh fish, meats and produce expound throughout Luce's offerings and a focus on the finest ingredients are what make Luce special.
House made Gnocchi, Italian rice balls and homemade Mozzarella are just a few examples our passion for the finest Italian food.The word Enoteca means wine library. The walls of the entire restaurant are covered with wine bottles as you would expect books to cover the walls of a library. Wine is a very important part of an experience at Luce, with over 125 choices from our wine list available to you.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am- 2:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Luce will cater your special event. Either pick up service or full off-site service is available.
Private Party Facilities:
Reserve our private "Wine Room". Available Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner or Happy Hour. Free WiFi,screen and LCD projector available. Capacity: Up to 50 for a sit down function.
Private Party Contact:
Joseph Buonincontri: 2105619700x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Luce Ristorante E Enoteca Ratings and Reviews
I've been to Luce many times, mostly for happy hour with friends. I hadn't been in a few months, but I'd usually had a good experience. I think their happy hour offerings are some of the best in the city in terms of variety and price. However, on this occasion, the food was bland and unappetizing and the service was slow. It took 30 minutes to receive pizza we ordered even though other dishes we ordered later came out before the pizza. I don't think I can recommend Luce until they improve what has gone wrong with them. It's too bad. It's a good location, good menu, and nice outdoor seating.
I enjoyed Luce and would plan on going b ...
I enjoyed Luce and would plan on going back. The food and service was excellent. The only knock that I had from my visit was the fact that they seated everyone right next to each other. There were only 5 parties in the whole restaurant yet we were all next to each other so it was hard to have your own conversation without overhearing everyone else.
Always a delightful experience!
Always a delightful experience!
Came to Luce's on a whim just to check it out. Had seen it in the strip center for a while and finally decide one evening to stop in. Wonderful surprise! Reservations were for 7pm. Very few people inside the restaurant so service was excellent. Food was very nice. Crispy calamari for starters. My partner ordered the scallops...excellent choice. He's picky and he loved them! I ordered the lightly breaded shrimp and they too were excellent. Loved the wine list! While they were out of the wine I preferred, the waiter was able to provide a wonderful alternative. Highly recommend Luce's.
A Special Place for a Special Occasion
We were thanking a friend who went above and beyond for a deceased friend and made her last days peaceful. The food was terrific. The wines were excellent. The service was superb. A special occasion became a memorable one.
Great for happy hour, otherwise, not so much
A variety of very tasty appetizers at extremely reasonable prices available during happy hours. Also, several decent wines offerred for $25 during happy hour. My entert (pasta & spicy sausage) was underwhelming & overpriced. I will return for happy hour.
Everything was fantastic . They have the ...
Everything was fantastic . They have the best happy hour in the city.
Good food, great service!
Good food, great service!
The food is splendid and we had a great service from our server. I strongly recommend this place to anyone who appreciates fine dining.
The wall of wine is nice, low lighting s ...
The wall of wine is nice, low lighting soft tunes and great service! The food is pretty good but not superb, a little on the pricey side.
My wife and I went to Luce for Valentine's day dinner. Although we had been there before it had been awhile. The food was wonderful and our server was outstanding. She was very knowledgeable about the food and wine. We will go back soon and we will ask to be seated in our server's section.
Amazing food and service! I will definit ...
Amazing food and service! I will definitely come back.
Lettuce was wilted in the salad. Food it ...
Lettuce was wilted in the salad. Food itself was not what I expected. Servers were nice.
Great experience overall-food was slow
During Valentine weekend service is always tough and a I am a fan of Luce. Four of us were dining and they had the table ready, it took a while for service but again, understandable on a busy weekend. What was disconcerting was watching everyone else's food come out except ours. And not a peep about it from our waitress. I finally had to make noise and got the owners attention. When food finally came mine was cold (everyone else's was ok) so it had obviously been sitting in the window forever. That said, the food was excellent, and I still highly recommend Luce.
We had a marvelous dinner with excellent ...
We had a marvelous dinner with excellent food. All of us order a different entre and appetizer which were all outstanding. The waitstaff was very attentive. Wonderful dinner experience.
Glad we finally ate here
I had been wanting to try Luce for a long time, and the opportunity came on Valentine's Day weekend. We always do a nice dinner then because it's also the anniversary of the day we met. Scanning the Valentine's specials in the paper, I spotted Luce's and it sounded so good I made a reservation right away. It did not disappoint -- luscious bread different from what you'll find elsewhere, gorgeous scallops and chocolate lava cake to die for. Those who like huge portions so they can take half home in a doggie bag will be disappointed, but the servings were ample. My only issue was that we were somewhat crowded into a long banquette arranged into seatings for two, which was noisy and lacked the intimacy expected in a special dinner. I imagine that was due to the packed house, which seemed a bit unexpected to our waiter, who said it's typically very laid back. Most tables have a good bit of space around them. I look forward to returning for some pasta dishes, which are not the usual spaghetti and meatballs.
Always great food...but some misses this time
The food is always very very good to exceptional!! My pasta dish and my wife's scallops were great. We weren't told of the special...which my wife would have gotten. Another couple ordered just as our meal arrived and we heard of the special from that wait person...very disappointed. The other thing was the bread. I've had the bread here before....I love bread...good bread.....this bread was uneventful...I asked about it...looks great...butters are also very good...did the bread change? or is it just me?
Great place for a quiet dinner. Good amb ...
Great place for a quiet dinner. Good ambience and great service! Don't forget to get some calamari! Delicious
Server did not know his stuff!
Our waiter obviously did not know the information he should have, and did not return with information when we asked him questions. For instance, we were there during "happy hour" and we asked what items were included. He said he'd bring us a list, but then did not. We asked what wine was included in the deal. He told us that it was a Malbec. When we asked him where it came from (who's name was on the label), he didn't know. At the end of the night, we were charged full price for several items that we had during "special" time during happy hour, and we had to get the bill corrected. Maybe the employee was new? But then someone with experience should have been accompanying him. Anyway, this is not a cheap restaurant, and the service did not live up to what it should have been.
Great Place For A Special Meal
Luce Ristorante E Enoteca is among our favorites in San Antonio for excellent Italian food and great atmosphere. We've been several times for lunch yet this time was our first for an evening meal. The menu has a wide variety of choices and it's all good. Best of all it's not noisy and crowded so you can truly enjoy the evening.
It's so hard to find genuinely good authentic Italian food but this place has exactly that! Great quality, good presentation, amazing taste and all within an appropriate price range. You get what you pay for and this is absolutely worth the price. It's also a gorgeous little restaurant! Perfect for date night!
NYE at Luce
My wife and I have enjoyed lunch and dinner here on a number of occasions so we decided to try it for our NYE dinner. I am always skeptical about NYE dinners which tend to be overpriced with poorly prepared food, pressure to move things along and an overburdened wait staff. I am happy to say Luce delivered on all counts with great service, excellent food, a relaxed atmosphere and all an appropriate price. While they had a NYE special, you could also order anything from the menu. One other item of note- drinks before dinner were very generous pours which is uncommon in general and particularly on NYE.
Overall good experience. The deserts however, did not equal the good tasting main course.
Our group had a cross-section of the men ...
Our group had a cross-section of the menu. Kudos for risotto, lamb, scallops and gnocchi! Fantastic wine list. Great service. Enjoyed by all.
We had a great experience on Christmas E ...
We had a great experience on Christmas Eve. After Christmas Eve we arrived at the restaurant about 20 minutes early and they sat our party of 8 immediately in the private room. We have small children and asked for their meals to come out first and were accommodated with smiles and great service. The food was excellent as was the wine pairing. We will definitely be back!
Very pleasant on christmas eve. Very goo ...
Very pleasant on christmas eve. Very good service and dependable food quality.
Great food and Service
We had a great evening with friends to celebrate the holidays!! Our server, Benjamin, was fantastic!!! He knew so much about the food and wine menu and was there to fill the wine/water glass without us noticing. The food was out of this world good!!! We will be going back more often!!!
Chilean sea bass was perfectly complemented by the preparation: tiny shrimp, risotto, baby veggies. Started with a giant Caesar salad, finished with coffee from a French press--doesn't get much better than this!
Butcher paper tablecloths detract from ambiance!
The cuisine was very good and our server, Benjamin, was really excellent. However, the rough ugly paper table coverings are definitely a distraction. We will not dine there again until they are removed.
Always a good spot and great food. It wa ...
Always a good spot and great food. It was a little noisy for a week night and couldn't hear much conversation but overall everything else was fantastic.
Good food. Always consistent. Relaxed atmosphere. Good service. It's a keeper.
Luce has one of the best Happy Hours in ...
Luce has one of the best Happy Hours in town. There are a lot of items to choose from and great drink specials too. We went with a large group and just ordered up a bunch of Happy Hour items. All the portions were generous and delicious. It was very reasonable and we had bottles of wine and other drinks and for a party of 8 the bill was under $80. Everyone in the group said they would return. I've also had dinner and lunch and the food is very good and well presented.
Gluten free options, great service staff
Gluten free options, great service staff, one of the best Italian restaurants in San Antonio with an extensive wine list
Confusion at check out
It took 25 minutes to pay our check. We used a gift card, and neither our server nor the manager had any idea how to ring it up or figure out the amount of the card. It was a very disappointing way to end an otherwise very enjoyable evening.
Great food. Asked for a big change on a ...
Great food. Asked for a big change on a dish and the chef gave me what I wanted!
Disappointed this time
We have been to Enoteca a few times and had enjoyed it. This time things were different. First of all our service was slow very slow. Cocktails arrived 20minutes after ordering them (ouch). Our food was OK and that is the reason for the disappointment, it was just OK, not bad but not really good. My duck was tough, my wife's Halibut was just OK but no sparkle, and it was a special. We may go back again someday but if things do not change it will be our last time.
Absolutely great Italian food & wine
Excellent food, great service and superb wine selection. The carpaccio appetizer, the grilled Akasushi steak and grilled lamb chops, paired with a full-bodied Montepulciano d'Abruzzo wine, and a Tiramisu desert made for a truly outstanding dining experience in San Antonio. Definitely a hidden gem!!
Dinner was amazing, from start to finish. Our server was incredible and everything was just lovely. Everything is put together with intent and the proof is in the details. Our server was knowledgeable and engaging, by far the best service we've experienced anywhere.
Great Happy Hour
17 of us went to happy hour at Luce and had a wonderful time. The food was great, especially the shrimp in lemon cream sauce, eggplant Parmesan, and pizza. The Peach Belini and Margaritas were delicious. Everyone enjoyed themselves and I heard only praises for the event.
A welcoming and friendly restaurant. Service is excellent, friendly, never intrusive. We celebrated a friend's birthday and our wait person was especially attentive to her on her special day.
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