Cafe Lucci

4.7
1861 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Special Occasion
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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4.7
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4.4
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4.3
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

A late Mother’s Day dinner . The food & wine was excellent . The noise level was so loud we could not carry on a conversation with the person next to us. The tables are too close together. I would only go there in the future during the week and at 5 pm. After 6 on the weekend is too loud.

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TD
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Amazing wait staff and great service. Food recommendations were great and food quality was excellent ( especially Fish)

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed a day late Mother’s Day celebration and I must say it was a great call and absolutely perfect! Fresh bread, fresh tomatoes on dinner salad, chicken Vesuvio was made to perfection! We all enjoyed our meals. My mom enjoyed the lamb shanks, with seasoned mash potatoes and fresh chopped mixed veggies. I would definitely recommend Cafe Lucci’s I look forward to going back!

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L
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Cafe Lucci is always an excellent choice. Food is great - and service excellent. Been coming to CL for over a decade and consider it one of the best restaurants in Glenview. A favorite for special occasions - just went to celebrate Mother’s Day.

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CT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is the best restaurant in the area. There's no reason to go to Chicago when we have this quality in Glenview. Their restaurant in Deerfield is also excellent and I'm sure the new location in Lincoln Park is the same quality.

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g
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Food used to be fantastic. It is now average at best. Portions used to be generous; now they are much smaller. Soup or salad used to be included; now everything is ala carte. Crowded and noisy. I won’t be going back. Seems like there are plenty other people to take my place. Lots of other better Italian restaurants in the area.

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EL
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Seating was uncomfortable and tight. Food was mediocre. Will not be coming back.

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J
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

This place is fine - it was my 2nd visit / there are better choices. Waiter was very SLOW - slow to cone back and take drink order and then to actually bring the wine - took forever. Very noisy...I feel indifference about returning.

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p
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food and service is good but once you pay the bill, the manager and waiter stare at you until you leave.

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LK
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and Great service looking forward to returning.

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HL
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

One of our favorite places to relax and rewind. We feel like family and are never rushed.

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D
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had cream of mushroom soup to start. Outstanding. Veal chop parmagiana is huge. Need to take half home. Wife's halibut was delicious. Great service and great food.

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SK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Cafe Lucci is a true gem. Consistently delicious food prepared with great care. Extraordinary wine list. Perfection from appetizers to dessert. Our faves are cioppino and branzino. Friendly and attentive service.

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LO
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We always feel welcomed at Lucci’s and the food and drinks never disappoint!

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R
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We were having a birthday celebration and the service was superb. The food was wonderful and menus varied for all tastes.

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B
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very friendly server. Everything was excellent.

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t
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service that was a perfect balance of attentive, informative, friendly and not intrusive. We will definitely be going back!

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CM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Yum! The food is excellent and the people there are so nice!

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Milwaukee
124 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never disappointed here. Service and food are always top notch. Our small group enjoyed a variety including daily special of sea bass, Vitello Rusticano, gnocchi, sirloin tip with pasta, and a chicken entree. Our humorous waiter was very accurate in assuring us that one appetizer order of calamari would satisfy a table of five. Service at bar prior to dinner was friendly and attentive. If we lived closer than eighty minutes away, we would frequent Cafe Lucci on a very regular basis.

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TM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

My guests very much enjoyed their meals and the entire experience. Thank you

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food ...great service !!!!

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AC
Chicago
57 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Easter dinner was a very nice affair. We have been here for many holiday meals and always enjoy great service, excellent food and a wonderful time. "Sam" was our waiter and was attentive to our needs and choices. I had the octopus appetizer and whitefish as my entree, which was delicious, perfectly cook, served with mini-heirloom tomatoes and fresh basil. Sister-in-law had the lobster ravioli, which she has had before and is always happy with her choice because the ravioli is so tender and delicious. Brother-in-law had delicious veal scampi and thoroughly enjoyed his dinner. Desserts are not to be missed - sticky bread pudding with ice cream, chocolate shell profiteroles and caramel-salted gelato. Looking forward to our next visit.

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OT
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I loved the food and the ambiance. My waiter was amazing! We had to wait 30mins after I booked a reservation but it was totally worth the wait!

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c
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is really good at Café Lucci. We started with the fried calamari, which was excellent, and followed with pasta dishes that were well sized and had tangy, full bodied sauces. Sam our waiter was warm and friendly, and we always felt well attended without being bothered. We had a wonderful time.

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BM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic food, wonderful service. A great go-to restaurant. You will always be treated like family and served great food here.

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OT
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was outstanding! Service was great!!! Everything was fantastic, but it's noisy so maybe not the best place for conversational dinners?
Regardless, we love it! :)

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TN
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This is a great place for excellent Italian cuisine, well prepared and served in style. Comfortable, white table cloth ambiance with friendly, attentive service. Delicious selection of specials and a terrific base menu. Great selection of pasta, seafood and meat with appetizers not usually found on everyday Italian food menus. Enjoy!

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C
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Food was delicious. I had the veal medallions with shrimp scampi and the arugula salad.

Our waiter was just ok, didn’t seem particularly interested in being attentive.

Still a charming atmosphere.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

All dishes (pasta, Caesar salad, veal pancetta) perfectly prepared; pasta al dente, veal pounded very thin with a smooth, nicely flavored sauce. Key lime pie was delist and enough for two. Glasses of wine were on the pricey side ($22 for one of two chardonnays offered).

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B
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

You don't have to go to downtown to enjoy excellent Italian food. In northern suburbs of Chicago, Café Lucci is the place you should try. Their Linquini con Vongole is always a good choice but their presentation of this dish is very unique. I totally recommend this restaurant.

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D
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I hadn't been to Café Lucci in probably 20 years and it didn't disappoint me. From the bar to the dining room, the staff couldn't have been nicer and the service was excellent. I could have just eaten the roasted garlic and bread that was put on the table, but wanted to leave room for my meal of caesar salad and skirt steak, which was sooo good! I definitely won't wait another 20 years to go back!

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a
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our dinner was outstanding! Our service from Lindsay, was impeccable. She was helpful, informative, attentive, didn’t rush us and provided us with the attention we needed when we needed it. The food was incredible we ate the sea bass and one of their homemade noodles. I would highly recommend coming here for any special occasion as both Lindsay and the ambience and the management and all the wait staff made it very special.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A fantastic meal; tasty pasta and delicious desserts. The food and service were both great. Lindsay was patient, polite, informed, and she facilitated a wonderful meal for our table. Hope to return soon...I want to try steak or chicken next time.

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p
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 5Ambience 1

every thing we asked for was an additional charge....the deal breaker was the additional charge to swap spaghetti instead of mostichilli. The noise was beyond loud. we couldn't wait to leave. although the food and service was very good I doubt we will return.

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D
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Have always loved going to this restaurant. Food is always terrific and so is service.

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LG
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great little place food excellent service awesome. Would highly recommend

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Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was the third time I’ve enjoyed Cafe Lucci. It has become my daughters’ and my date night go-to when they are on break from school. I have also been able to enjoy this place with a date, and it was lovely. It’s a little expensive, but it’s worth it.

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T
Chicago
42 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We just started going back to Café Lucci after a long period of time. We like to sit in an area that is quieter and they manage to always find us a table towards the back. The food is very good. The bread served as you are seated is good - it is served with both a small serving of a garlic puree and some marinated vegetables. Our waiter was very good and knowledgeable about the food and its preparation. I had the pasta with rapini and sausage - I loved it - it was my second time ordering it. My husband and friend both had the eggplant parm - it was very light (eggplant is not breaded) and it is served with a side of pasta. Our other friend had the sea bass with herbs (a special that night) - he also really enjoyed it. We quite enjoyed ourselves. We will be back.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very good old school italian restaurant. Very good food, just not in a "new swanky place" if that even matters.

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F
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It is a VERY noisy venue, but the food it excellent as is the service

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