Luca's Ristorante of Somerset

4.7
722 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
If you are seeking not just a great meal, but a great dining experience, you need look no further than Luca’s Ristorante Somerset. Tucked away on Rt. 27 between Princeton and New Brunswick, Luca’s Somerset is an oasis of authentic regional Italian cuisine. Offering modern adaptations of traditional dishes from Ischia, here you can enjoy hand-cut ravioli stuffed with Chef Andrea’s latest mouth-watering combinations, a selection of fish entrees so fresh that they evoke the Mediterranean Sea, or a filet of such quality that it is paralleled only by the accoutrement that accompany it. Our dining room décor is uniquely Ischitana, and goes to show that here at Luca’s Somerset, we understand that the difference is in the details. When you are done with it all, take in the cozy setting with a delicious dessert made from scratch, and the perfect cup of locally micro-roasted espresso or cappuccino. So please, be our guest.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
What 722 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always enjoy the food at Luca’s every time we go and this was no exception. The only negative(although not major) is that when making the reservation we were not made aware of the price fixed menu for the holiday. It would not have changed our plans but may have been a deal breaker for others. Even though it was holiday this should have been communicated. But as I said good and service were great as usual.

KO
vipKathyO
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food but took a while to get our entrees.

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Shrone
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is fantastic!! Pasta is all homemade, and some of the dishes are ones you won't find anywhere else. It's small and decorated very nice, and the staff is friendly and very attentive. Do be prepared that the prices are higher than your average Italian restaurant, but it's the quality, homemade ingredients, and experience that you are paying for, well worth the price!! Bring your own wine, or buy from them, they don't make a fuss about BYOB. Well worth treating yourself to homemade, delicious creations!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very Good experience. The service though was slow. Maybe because it was very busy and the restaurant may have been somewhat understaffed

JS
vipJimS
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Appetizers and Salad top notch , entrees good, service a little slower than desired

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RayN
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Space limited, too crowded

noisy conversation due to close quarters

food very good but Prices high

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great service was good .

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AnandA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, friendly service, and charming ambiance!

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drives
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dined at Lucas a few years ago. Don’t know why I waited so long to return. Everything was excellent.

GL
GaryLynn
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and service was great!

KD
KevinD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I love this restaurant, it has become our anniversary restaurant for past couple of years. Food is always great, our server Leylah was very attentive and brought over complimentary champagne to celebrate our anniversary. Will continue to come back

KC
KarimeC
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing ! The staff was incredible very helpful . They went out of there way to sing happy birthday and i appreciate everything . Will be coming back for any occasion

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very interesting menu! Everything was great. Hidden gem

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Nikki
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is absolutely delicious! Definitely a hidden gem in the area!

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MadanH
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very fresh. Bread, Bruschetta , fagioli soup, pear salad were delicious and filling. Pasta entrees better the chicken entrees

MC
MaurCole
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Overpriced for the area.

Portion sizes are more than adequate, but expected a "wow" factor based on the creative offerings (and price). Three people in our party, and it didn't quite get there for any of us.

* Since this is important to some, patrons might want to know that staff is unmasked and no social distancing between tables.

LB
LukasB
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great well executed off the beaten path Italian. You could tell they use quality, seasonal, fresh ingredients. Will be back.

One recommendation: offer lunch menu on Sundays at least, it’s tough to commit to dinner portions when sitting down at 1pm on a Sunday.

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MichaelS
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

True Italian cuisine at its finest. Never disappoints.

NY
vipNYJo
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh, tasty fish - salmon and branzino - and seafood - clams and mussels. Best chicken parmigiana! Hardy portions, pleasant, excellent service. Love the decor, serving pieces and tableware. Haven’t been here in years because of slow service in the past. So glad we decided to try it again. Will definitely return and recommend.

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Sonai
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great Sunday afternoon family meal. Food was amazing, service was great.

SF
SharonF
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and set was excellent. We had the filet special that was outstanding. We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and we’re given complimentary dessert. Highly recommend Luca’s.

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KristenF
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town for a wedding and ate at Luca. The food was delicious and the staff was welcoming and friendly. We had a great meal!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent, alcohol options are limited to NJ wines only, although you can bring your own bottle. This was the only negative for me. I should have read more about this and brought a bottle I loved the one we ordered was the Tuscan option and it was just ok. Again Fods was fabulous.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and accommodating staff with always delicious dishes!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, freshly prepared food. Always top notch.

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FrankC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was outstanding, our waiter, I believe his name is Karim, was quite frankly
the best food server I have encountered since the Covid-19 restrictions were relaxed. The best! And the main course, while excellent as always taste wise, was served cool, so that by the end of the meal it was very cool. This applies not only to my pasta dish but the veal parmigiana that my friend had as well (he commented on this at the end of the meal). Still all in all it was a very pleasant dinning experience and we will return.

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FrankY
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The service was very good. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was pleasant.

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vipJEFFK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is BY FAR the best Italian restaurant in the area. It is the best European restaurant of any type in the area.

Service is friendly and efficient, food is impeccable.

I would say that it is impossible to disguise the fact that is is in a strip mall - but they do a great job trying with the decor. Tables are close together and a tight fit. You can hear what everyone else is saying - that might be the only drawback if you are trying to have a private meal.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

This was my 2nd time there this year. The last time was about two months prior to today.

I was disappointed. While we (husband and I)went there for the fantastic food…the service was slow. They seemed to be understaffed. They had one waiter and one bus person for one side of the restaurant. Around us were complaining patrons saying, “we’ve been coming here for a really long time and it’s not the same”.

We were also shocked by the cost of one of their specials. $57 for a veal chop. Had we known the price before ordering it, we would have ordered something else off the menu.

There was also chatter about the whereabouts of the owners. Apparently the owner had opened up 5 pizzerias during the past year. Maybe they just aren’t present enough and that’s why service is slipping?

I don’t know if I’ll be back. There’s plenty of other great Italian restaurants around.

Sad…because this place had the chance of being our go-to Italian restaurants.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved the old school Italian ambiance this place had. Super clean, appetizer came out fairly Quick but was very good. Fresh bread, and probably one of the best expresso’s I ever had. Super friendly waiter who told me about the history of the place. I will be trying their pizza next time for sure!

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ItalyBuff
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I never write reviews. We found this menu online and traveled 45 minutes to try it and it was totally worth it! The pastas are amazing- between 2 of us we ordered 5 because we couldn’t decide. Fresh ingredients. Great atmosphere. Would recommend. Need reservation.

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vipRayR
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Due to Covid we still prefer to eat outdoors and did so here. We were the only diners out in the small patio area but Denise, our server, did a great job in serving us. She was there at all the right times and we never had a need to wonder when she would be back. The food was delicious. We shared the Fico appetizer and both had the Luca for our entree. Both were delicious. We will definitely be back.

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PatN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luca's is located in a small strip mall. You would normally drive right pass it--don"t!! The food is exceptional!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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AndreaS
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was superb. Service was excellent. Highly recommend. We sat at an outside table.

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vipBella
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

OK...I wrote a review yesterday. Yes. True. Outside dining options WITH quality food are limited in this area. The restaurant we had planned on going to for lunch cancelled outside dining ...because of the forecast and the rain which has yet to arrive at 6:45pm. Anyway...I digress. A repeat of Luca's was more than acceptable. It was the opportunity to try the lunch entree's vs. more salads. :). We enjoyed the veal park and the veal saltimbocca. FABULOUS! Reasonable (healthy portions). The veal part was not smothered in cheese and read sauce. It was light and lovely. The saltimbocca.was also light. Both entrees were perfect. We were satisfied and not feeling overly stuffed as you tend to feel in most American Italian restaurants. And, Matt, our waiter (again!) was a delight. Reservations are already made to return in two weeks. Luaca's is definitely a new favorite! Worth the ride from Princeton Junction. The inside dining looks lovely. They serve Hopewell Valley Vineyards' wine...or you can bring your own. Noise level rating reflects eating outside. Today was the first time (my 3rd visit) the Rt 27 traffic bothered me.

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vipBethV
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was creative & delicious ! Service was great! Would def recommend & will be returning

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Stitcher22
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining at Luca's. The menu was not your run of the mill Italian restaurant menu. The dishes were unique. The service was friendly, the food delicious and the ambience relaxing. We will be going back for sure.

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GaryM
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We’ve been to Luca’s many times and have never been disappointed. Food and service have been consistently excellent.

JC
vipJohnC
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Noisy and pricey food was good server was also good but $65 for an entree is New York prices

FAQs

Luca's Ristorante of Somerset offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 297-7676.

Luca's Ristorante of Somerset is rated 4.7 stars by 722 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.