Cafe Lucci

4.6
1905 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Cafe Lucci’s motto, “Good Food, Good Wine, Good People,” is the distinguishing hallmark of this North Shore family-owned and operated restaurant, which is a favorite for neighborhood regulars, including many executives and professionals who hail from nearby corporations and businesses. Cafe Lucci also is a weekend and special-occasion destination for many folks who live in Chicago and have discovered an exceptional dining experience in Glenview.
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BV
Chicago
206 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food here and service. Old school Italian.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For 25years this place has been consistently top quality experience with food, waiters and ambiance.

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F
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Waitress did not seem as knowledgeable about items as server at a table nearby. Pasta carbonara was disappointing. Restaurant was very noisy and tables very close together. Crowded

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s
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very quaint for an weekday lunch meal. Our server and the service was wonderful. The meal was also fairly priced. The only dislike was that it was cold in the restaurant, but this did not change our over rating. We would go here again.

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j
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and sevice with a lively ambience. Huge menu with many pasta choices. The small dining rooms and bar were packed with customers so it was noisy but not unbearably loud. Reservations appear to be necessary due to the popularity of the place. It was worth the long drive from the western suburbs.

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CC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my wife's birthday. We have been here a couple dozen times over the past 20 years. It's as consistent as any quality restaurant I've been into.

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BA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We were a large group and were not seated until everyone arrived(10 -15 min). But once everyone arrived we were rushed out of the bar to get to our table.
We also felt like we were being pushed out at the end of our meal.

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SA
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a reservattion and were seated right away. Our food was very good with many options on their menu and daily specials. Not an inexpensive place to eat but a nice place for a dinner out with friends.

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p
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! BEST in the northshore!

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b
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a Great meal! Whether it’s escargot or any of their fish entrees, always delicious!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The hostesses were off putting when we arrived. They wouldn’t seat us until the whole party arrived and then had us wait until they sat other people. When we make a reservation and up waiting in the hallway it is not a great dining experience.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and service as usual

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The food is very ok. We ordered Bruschetta which was soggy & the toast was slightly burnt.
The eggplant was under cooked in the pasta dish.

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c
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal at Café Lucci. I hadn't been there in ages and it was even better than I had remembered. The food was excellent - some of the best fried calamari I've ever had, and the veal gorgonzola was tangy and very flavorful. The special Pollo Fontinella was superb as well. Will definitely be coming back:)

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J
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was terrific especially the cream of mushroom soup! The waiters very, very busy since there was a very large party in the side room. The chef has always fixed me a veal con Fungi in a light cream sauce of some kind which is not on the menu. Our waiter got to us when he could. I was a bit surprised to be charged for the 63 rd anniversay piece of cake that was brought to us with a candle on it.

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LF
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We had a party of 8 and we were a bit disappointed with our service. Our waiter was obviously in the weeds. We ordered champagne and he disappeared and the champagne never arrived. The food was great the atmosphere was nice - it was just the service that put a damper on our evening. We love Cafe Lucci wed definitely recommend it - we just were unlucky with our service this time around.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good with pretty attentive staff!

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CS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite good and staff does a great job. Great Italian food.

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JD
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I listed this for a "notable wine list," which is certainly has, but a LOT of the bottles exceed $300 and a dozen or more exceeded $950. That's out of bounds.

If you watch your wine choice, though, you can certainly have a nice meal for two here for less than $200.

I will return, but because of the cost, only on special occasions.

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RH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were impressed by the Beautiful look of the dining room. The servers were very professional yet friendly. They had several specials. I opted for the sea bass. It was delicious. We will definitely be back.

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JS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a favorite restaurant! The food is outstanding! Last week, we had a private area for our office holiday party (10 couples), and Eddy was our waiter. It was the most fabulous time, and he was superb. He timed everything out perfectly. Try this spot, and don’t forget to make a reservation!

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NH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We picked the perfect place for dinner after the opera. Always a wonderful meal and friendly service. One of our absolute favorites. Thx

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L
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food! Great service. But super loud in there. Very hard to have a conversation with other people at the table.

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f
Chicago
130 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Have been to Cafe Lucci many times. My husband loved the Pollo Pepperoncino! Also, enjoyed the giardiniera and garlic spread they give you with the bread. The arugula salad was yummy. The only complaint was the eggplant parm. It was tough! I should have sent it back because I really didn't enjoy it which was a bummer. Eggplant should be melt in your mouth not chewy. Oh well...

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JD
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been regulars at Cafe Lucci for twenty-plus years. Their food is ALWAYS consistently delicious, fresh, beautiful, and served hot. Cocktails and wine are mixed well and generously poured. And staff is friendly, energetic and always eager to please. It is not inexpensive to dine here, but it is always worth it and always thoroughly satisfying.

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OT
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was fantastic. Food uneven. Caprese sslsd was great, linguine with clam sauce not.

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AV
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We really like coming here. Always have a great meal. The only thing that is tough. Is the noise level. Really loud, hard to have Conversation while you are enjoying your meal.

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We know if we pick Cafe Lucci it will always be amazing food in a fun environment with staff that love to take care of you.

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m
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It's a fabulous restaurant -- one of my absolute favorites because they make you feel special and individual. The wine, cocktails, and food are always top-notch. It's expensive but it's worth it. Lynn is fabulous at the bar. Bobby is always a grateful host.

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j
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A bit noisy but service and food excellent

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OT
Chicago
264 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Date night with my wife. Friendly service, nice food and show stopping wine list

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OT
Chicago
264 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met a group from work for lunch. The food was delicious. I ordered the fettuccine Milano, it had just the right amount of spice. Our server Conrad was great.

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JN
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food, our waiter was outstanding. He knew the menu by heart and was a professional server! All three of our entrees were superb - eggplant, salmon and veal. We’ll definitely be back!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. Had to wait about 15 minutes for our 7:30 reservation then was offered a bad table which I declined. Got a better table and the wait staff, food and drink were excellent

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S
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We waited 45 minutes for our reservation at 7:00. The food was good - eggplant Parmesan, chicken Vesuvio, veal dish and chicken Parmesan. My favorite was the garlic spread with the fresh bread. It was very load but overall we had a nice dinner.

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JM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

I'm not sure what your survey means by "energetic" as it refers to the noise level, but I can honestly say that the noise was a detriment to our overall eating experience at this restaurant. The noise level was so loud, that it was virtually impossible to have a conversation with others at our table. We purposely did not order dessert, as we were anxious to leave this VERY noisy environment.
While the food was very good, the dining experience was terrible. There were too many tables packed into a space that could not comfortably accommodate so many people. My chair was hitting against the chair of another patron seated at the table behind me. It was so tight in the room, that our waiter could not easily walk down the side of our table to take our orders. Instead, he had to walk around other tables to reach our other dining guests to take their order.
I am sure that the capacity of the dining room exceeded the town's fire safety code.
Unfortunately, this will be our first and last time dining at Cafe Lucci.

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DD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, delicious food. Our go to New Year's Eve spot.

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M
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Lucci is an exceptional restaurant. It has an extensive
Wine list and fantastic desserts

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d
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

It’s always busy on New Year’s Eve, but we felt a little neglected as a single couple and a little younger. Us younger folk tip well too! Besides that food and wine selection were both very good!

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RO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent restaurant with great food and service. 1 star because the actual owner cleared our table before our meal was over in order to turn the table over.

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