About Lucia of Greenlake
Lucia, Green Lake's premier Italian restaurant. Modern, warm, romantic dining in an upscale, casual atmosphere. Hip, classy lounge with great late night Happy Hour. Lucia, Kirkland Location, was voted Best Happy Hour by Komo TV and OpenTable Diner's Choice Winner of the past four years, Green Lake Lucia will meet the same dining experience!
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Saturday-Sunday : 9:00-3:00
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 12:00am.
NE 71st ST
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Validated parking in Green Lake Village
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Lucia of Greenlake Ratings and Reviews
Everything was cooked very well with lots of flavor and the service was great! Definitely bringing friends next time!
Food was hit and miss while service was just miss
We went to this restaurant to try something new for Mother's Day. The service was slow and sporadic and the waitress seemed to periodically just forget about our table. She was apologetic but this continued for the entire meal. The crabcake starters were lovely. Of the entrees, 1/2 of the entrees were good and the other two were terrible. Both the short-ribs with gnocchi and the spaghetti with meatballs were very nice. However, the salmon with risotto were both dreadfully overcooked. It created mushy risotto and very dry salmon. The carbonara was greasy and the flavor balance was off, to the point of being almost inedible. The chocolate decadence was very nice. All in all a disappointment.
Quality food and a varied menu. Cute atmosphere and friendly staff.
Nice little neighborhood Italian restaur ...
Nice little neighborhood Italian restaurant, formerly from Kirkland. Enjoyed a nice dinner with friends in a casual setting.
The food was beautiful. Bright colors an ...
The food was beautiful. Bright colors and it tasted fresh! I love this space in Greenlake. Perfect gathering spot for families, date nights, and a dinner with your girlfriends
Dinner good but happy hour was disappointing
Dinner was fine but happy hour was disappointing. Certain food items have pretty small portions for the price.
Great find by Greenlake!
Food is great Italian food and was a great value during Seattle Restaurant week. Would definitely go back again. So fun to have a restaurant like Lucia in the neighborhood and Jack, the owner, makes you feel so welcome! Thank you!
Absolutely delicious. I'm not a young, h ...
Absolutely delicious. I'm not a young, hip person so the decor was not my usual type but it was lovely. I think this is geared toward young foodies. Very nice.
The whole experience was totally mediocr ...
The whole experience was totally mediocre. We had a reservation and requested outdoor seating. We were a little early and the people seated right before us got the last table outside. When I told them we asked for outdoor seating they said "you can wait". So we were not off to a very good start. Ultimately, after a 30+ minute wait, we got an outdoor table. The food was disappointing. I likely will not return.
Too much pepper but good overall
My pasta was too peppery but overall the meal was good. The rest of our entrees were good. We'll go back occasionally; we particularly liked that pasta was two for the price of one! That helped me overlook the peppery dish.
Expect slow service. If you aren't in a ...
Expect slow service. If you aren't in a rush then it won't matter.
So much potential... so little execution
ah me... where to start... we loved the location, the place has a good vibe, but the service and food failed in so many ways. I would say the management has some training to follow up on. Prosecco to start was wonderful. Then the app was ordered as well as wine and main course. First came the wine - a Chardonnay and not the Zin we ordered. Once that got fixed I was poured literally two small drops to taste. Within 5 minutes the entrees were served - before the appetizer. The Osso Buco was tasty but lukewarm. Really a nice waitress - but you have to blame management for sending her out inexperienced/untrained. Probably wont be back - and we love Italian.
The stuffed mushrooms were very good, but the calamari was not good at all -- tough and large. I had asked if it came in strips (which are almost always tough) or rings (thinking of the light, smallish rings) -- these were rings but very large, tasteless and tough. Entrees were all good -- chicken saltimbocca, pork tenderloin, pasta with scampi and gnocchi.
I took my wife to Lucia on Valentine's Day for a nice romantic dinner. It was our first visit to the restaurant and I can assure you that we will be back. Our server was very courteous, as were the other wait-staff that stopped at our table. The food was amazing and came in a timely manner. Thank you to Lucia's for helping to make our Valentine's Day special!
The food quality is always mixed. Some things are amazing and the rest is subpar . Their pear pizza is one of the best things ever but most of their pastas are average at best . They lack balance and depth and if your vegetarian they're bland and boring . We went there for Valentine's Day and they had a prefix menu. The clam appetizer came in a rich garlicky broth which was one of the best things I have ever tasted and their poached pears for dessert was equally as delicious, I just wish both were on their regular menu . However, I had the scallop risotto and the scallops were slightly rubbery and the risotto on itself was boring and unbalanced with a strong overpowering taste of wine. My husband was happy with his cheese ravioli with mushrooms . The biggest downfall of Lucia is their desserts. We never eat dessert there anymore because none of it is good and it is disappointing to have to always go elsewhere for something delicious. Not everybody likes tiramisu or chocolate or gelato. This place has great atmosphere and so much potential I just wish the restaurant was more vegetarian friendly for my husband and had equal quality in all that they make.
Pre-Valentine Dinner 2016
What a great Italian restaurant that was close to home and being able to have an intimate, romantic evening. Cocktails, apps were amazing and we also got an additional app with Sarah's compliments. Sarah was hospitable and was a pleasure to have her serve us. We will be back again! Perhaps to have the Carbonara again!
Terrible food is about as simple as one can say it
The pasta marinara was so bad it was inedible, basically way over salted with canned tomato sauce. it's a shame since Italian food can be so incredibly good, this place is yet another bad Seattle Italian restaurant (no, not all of them are bad, but when you, say, come back from Tuscany and then go to a place like this, it is hardly imaginable that they are the same kind of dishes).
Servers should know to triple check when ...
Servers should know to triple check when asking to modify an order due to allergies. Was messed up twice.
Love the black and white movies!
This is one of my boyfriend and my favorite neighborhood restaurants to go to. We dine here between 1 - 4 times a month! We love the Lucia discount card and the black and white movies are always a nice touch. Food is pretty consistent and service has improved over the last few months.
Food's great, but super noisy!
Miss the old Lucia's in Kirkland! We went with friends and ended up choosing to sit in the bar because there seemed to be less noise. They need to install some sound baffles in the ceiling! Bartender seemed put out to have to wait on us, kind of put out. Don't know if it was that we brought our own wine or what? (hey, we gladly pay the corkage fee!) Granted it was busy but who's the customer? Other than that-the food is ALWAYS DELICIOUS! We'll come back and try it again, hopefully on a quieter evening.
Lucia On Rotation!
Our family recently came across Lucia when looking for a new place to dine on New Year's Eve. When we arrived for our set reservation time, we were seated immediately! The restaurant was packed, yet our fabulous server was at our table within 2 minutes taking our beverage order and firing up our daughter's pasta. Not only did our drinks arrive a few minutes later, but so did the children's order! Some of our favorite things include: Crabcakes, beet salad, Caesar salad, pear flatbread, short ribs w/gnocchi, salmon with saffron risotto and chicken Parmesan. Don't leave without trying the salted caramel gelato! We visited again last week with clients and will be hosting a group again there soon. This is a MUST for your "dining out" rotation. Can't wait to go back and try everything else on the menu.
We were seated in by the front door so every time it opened we got a blast of cold air. Had to wait a very long time for initial drink order and very long time to order food. We ordered a second bottle of wine that did not arrive until we were ready to leave, so we cancelled it. Food was o.k., but nothing spectacular and the ambiance was very noisy and crowded. Would not go back.
New years eve experience
Reservations were at 8:45 on new years so the restaurant was very crowded and really loud. as groups left the noise level became bearable. The service was really good. The pork tenderloin was pounded way to thin and overcooked. The crab cakes were a little mushy which suggested a lack of crabmeat. Having said this, both dishes were very tasty.
Fantastic Service! And the salad too.
We had a night due to service and the food. The Italian Chopped Salad was die for! We would deffinatly go back for the service and the salad!
Great food and atmosphere. Our waitress ...
Great food and atmosphere. Our waitress tonight liked to rush us - if you like to take your time enjoying your meal - order each course separately - after you finish the last.
Ignore my boxes checked but!
Why would a restaurant make lunch reservations when they're not open for lunch!? We got there with copy of reservation in hand, opened the door into a dark restaurant, went back and opened the door to the kitchen and yelled. Finally one man, who appeared to be alone in the place, said, "we're not open for lunch!" So I went back on line the next day and sure enough, I could still make lunch reservations. Bizarre! This was an important meeting and we ended up running around the neighborhood, looking for a place to eat. I probably won't go back to Lucia.
Pretty good Italian Restaurant
Lucia was pretty good, but doesn't compete for the top Italian spot in the neighborhood, let alone the city. It's got decent (modern) ambiance, and the quality of the food and wine is fine (though beer list is underwhelming), so you probably won't be disappointed...it just isn't going to wow you. Service was prompt and friendly, no complaints there. I'll probably go back, I think it has promise, just needs some more character in surroundings and menu. Could use better beer too.
A very nice experience
The atmosphere was filled with good conversation. Having a Black & White movie in the background was novel. Food was timely and well prepared. Mushroom appetizer could have been warmer, but the flavor was excellent. Entrees were great! Wine selection was creative...and stumbling upon half-price bottle night was very welcomed. Great place to be.
Delicious food, very nice atmosphere.
The chicken parmigiana was outstanding, and the sides of spinach and mashed potatoes were very nice. The atmosphere is a ton of fun, with old movies playing. And our service was great! Not cheap, but great location and ambiance.
Foodies stay away
This was thoroughly unsatisfying. The highlight of the meal was the onion-crusted focaccia, which was quite good. The rest was poorly prepared (pasta was overcooked to the point of being gooey), poorly conceived (the cannelloni had tiny chunks of chicken that were clearly cooked long before the meal was ordered and were dry), and poorly delivered (the cannelloni was scorching hot, straight from the oven in a cast iron pan). The server didn't have any helpful recommendations, including about wine. I would definitely go down the road to Salvatore's for a much better meal for the same prices.
Good food, with overly intense service
It was our party's first time to Lucia's, there were 6 of us and we were celebrating some birthdays. Our server was good, but spent A LOT OF TIME talking about herself and at times her presence was invasive. We did not need to know about her personal life and were there to spend time together not to socialize with her.
So happy it was Restaurant Week- we got to try it all. Everything was amazing, from the silly waitress to our delicious meals. Will be back soon!
Attractive location, but the food was fair and the service bordering on poor. I had a difficult time getting our waitress's attention when I needed service. She was also the bartender and seemed to be more interested in visiting her friends. Nothing noteworthy.
Great Neighborhood Restaurant
We dined on a busy saturday night, they were really accommodating and service was spot on. The appetizers and the tasty bread they brought out was awesome, my salmon was way overcooked as was the risotto that went with it. Everyone else loved their food. Acoustics were horrid, we could not hold a conversation across the table. I hope they either get rugs or better ceiling acoustic tiles.
nice date night
went for date night, it's a cute spot with a romantic but comfortable vibe. i had the gnocchi with shortribs and it was delicious, definite comfort food for the fall. boyfriend seemed to enjoy the chicken parm. they've got a pretty great winelist that i would have liked to explore a bit more. would give it another shot.
The muzak volume was so high that we felt like we had to shout to have a conversation. Sort of ruined the experience. I have to say as well that the menu was pedestrian, appealing to a suburban safe appetite.
Great salad, pasta and wine. Excellent value. Ambiance and service great, I`ve managed kitchens from local gems to big resorts and hotels and this experience ranks up with the best! I`ll be back! By the way the item Shrimp Scampi is redundant...Scampi are Large Shrimp lol
Normally I really like Lucia of Greenlake for brunch, but a word of caution to anyone who wants to enjoy a mellow meal: if you're there during a football game, it can be unreasonably noisy, even if seated outside the bar area. That was kind of a disappointment to my husband and me. We didn't think of the place as a sports bar, and had been looking forward to a leisurely brunch during which we could enjoy some yummy food and work on the NYT crossword puzzle. The intermittent screaming and clapping was pretty annoying. We will most likely avoid it for the rest of football season.
Lucia on Friday Evening
Difficult review to write. The food really was quite good. No complaints at all. Menu offers a nice variety. Interesting interior but therein lies the problem. Showing vintage movies on the wall above the faux fireplace was a nice touch. But the problem with the evening lay in the design and format of the interior of the restaurant. Every surface in the place is a hard surface and the noise was unbearable at times. I felt like the general noise in restaurant was such that individual tables were required to speak louder just to be heard and the noise levels just kept increasing. I enjoyed the food and it was only the second night on the job for our server (but she did a fine job), but I won't be back until someone hangs some drapes or does something to abate the noise.
We went to Lucia this past Saturday even ...
We went to Lucia this past Saturday evening to celebrate a birthday. Sat in the bar initially and had some amazing drinks then moved to the dining room to continue the evening. A large group came in that were incredibly loud. Our server and the owner apologized and not so successfully worked to bring the other group's volume down. Aside from that and a very over cooked stuffed pork tenderloin (which was quickly substituted for another dish) the evening was really enjoyable. Service was superb, beautiful space, and the chocolate decadence with salted caramel ice cream was amazing.
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