Carluccio's - Reading

4.2
180 reviews
£25 and under
Italian
Welcome to Carluccio’s Italian restaurant in Forbury Square, Reading. The restaurant is just a 5 mins walk from the Oracle Shopping Centre.

We’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday to Sunday, offering a broad range of classic Italian food. On top of that, our menu also caters for vegetarians/vegans and those who are following a gluten free diet. Therefore you should book a table at Reading today!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 180 People Are Saying
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Konrad
Berkshire
73 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Carluccios has a good reputation but was not able to fully live up to it on this occasion. Whilst the food was OK it was not up to the standard I had been led to expect. The ambiance was fine but the staff seemed rushed which helped take the edge off our experience.
I hope the restaurant can regain the levels of performance that gained its reputation but, on this showing, there's a significant gap to be bridged.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded 4 days ago

Hello Konrad, First of all thank you for your feedback. We take every comment very seriously as we are always looking to improve to provide the best service and experience possible. It saddens me to read this and rest assured I will look into this matter closely to prevent it from happening again. Kind regards, Augusto

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JaneH
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a lovely meal at Carluccio's Reading on Sunday. We ate at 3:30pm so the restaurant was not very busy but the atmosphere was still good and the staff very attentive.
We had the set lunch for £12.50 and the choice was great and the food delicious. I love the fact that they offer interesting and a little different vegetarian dishes

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LeeL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for brunch. Staff were very good. Food very tasty.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on 9 October 2021

Hi LeeL, We are happy you enjoyed your brunch with us. Hope to see you soon. Kind Regards Franco

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ShelleyG
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Couple of the starters seemed quite salty. Staff were very friendly and welcoming, nothing was too much trouble after ordering a second bottle of wine and realising we were too full up to drink anymore, after one small glass the wine was returned and a charge for a small was deducted instead of the whole bottle, manager was very accommodating. We will definitely come back with friends and family again. Highly recommended. :)

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on 3 October 2021

Hello Shelley, Thank you so much for your amazing feedback. I remember this specific situation, you came to dine with your husband and daughter! Such a lovely family to welcome in our restaurant! I am truly happy that you had a good time and we are looking forward to seeing you all again! Kindest regards, Augusto

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Justine
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The food was very good, although pricey. The service was patchy as the venue was being prepared for an evening event. Background music was too loud.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on 3 October 2021

Hello Justine, Thank you for your feedback. Music was loud due to the fact that our restaurant was booked for a private event and they had asked us to higher the level slightly as they were all talking. We are sorry about that. Kind regards, Augusto

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Steve
London
6 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Reliably excellent. Always enjoy it here.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on 3 October 2021

Hello Steve, Thank you so much for your amazing feedback. Looking forward to seeing you again in Carluccio's! Kind regards, Augusto

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CharlieH
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The calamari was awful and wouldn’t be rushing back, the servers don’t even get their tip on card

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on 3 October 2021

Hello Charlie, Thank you for your feedback. Kind regards, Augusto

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PatR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Lunch- staff friendly and efficient- menu varied and seasonal set menu offer was excellent. Really relaxing afternoon with great food and really competitive prices. Recommend

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SueM
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate outside and had one course. Everyone agreed our meal was very good and all the staff were very friendly and helpful.

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SharonT
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First Carluccio breakfast and it didn't disappoint - fab cooked breakfasts, freshly squeezed orange juice and creamy cappuccinos - yum. Will defo return soon to try the chocolate pancakes!

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on 16 September 2021

Hi Sharon, We are glad you enjoyed your breakfast with us! See you soon! Kind Regards Franco

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a birthday lunch and get together

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on 14 September 2021

Hello, Thank you for your feedback! Hopefully see you again soon! Kind regards, Augusto

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning food and service!! Glad to be back

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on 2 September 2021

Hello, Thank you for your feedback! We are glad you are back as well! Kind regards, Augusto

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vipOpenTable Diner
Berkshire
7 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good value for great food and friendly staff

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on 23 August 2021

Hi, Thank you very much, we are glad you enjoyed our food and service. Hope to see you soon. Thanks Franco

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JonM
London
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

great food, good location with really good fast service.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on 23 August 2021

Hi JonM, We are happy you had a good experience while dining with us. Hope to see you soon. Thanks Franco

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Great service from the team, food was a little lacklustre.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on 19 August 2021

Hi there, Thank you for your feedback and visit on the 18th of August. We are sad that the food we cook with so much passion did not impressed you. I hope you did mention on the day as we are always open to suggestions as we are here to create a great experience for you every time. Kind regards, Andrea

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viproper
London
6 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply delicious - new menu has some lovely dishes on. Very good value, excellent service, staff are just wonderful.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on 18 August 2021

Hello Roper, Thank you for your amazing feedback! I am very blessed to be working with such amazing people and I am really happy that you can appreciate as much as I can! We are really excited about our new menu as well!! I really hope to see you soon! Kind regards, Augusto

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Dunk
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The vegan and vegetarian breakfasts are lovely and the staff are very friendly and attentive. Great seating area outside.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on 18 August 2021

Hello Dunk, Thank you for your lovely feedback! I will make sure to let everyone know! Kind regards, Augusto

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Foodmum2
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and the ambience very nice. We sat outdoors and the service was excellent. Had a good time, thank you Carluccios.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on 18 August 2021

Hello, Thank you for your lovely feedback! We can't wait to welcome you again into our restaurant! Kind regards, Augusto

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MichaelP
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

previous week, didn't notice any music background, much quieter, which we preferred - this week music was too obvious!, but still great food, lovely staff, excellent food

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on 18 August 2021

Hello Michael, Thank you for your feedback! We will make sure to keep the music a little lower. Please do not hesitate to let us know on the day as well as our customer's satisfaction is our own! Kind regards, Augusto

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OlgaT
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Fake Italian restaurant, staff was nice but despite using probably Italian's ingredients really not an Italian restaurant

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on 11 August 2021

Hello Olga, Thank you for your feedback, I can ensure you that our products are 100% authentic and we are always willing to improve. Our main focus is to always ensure the happiness of our customers. Kind regards, Augusto

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TracyP
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Visited for the first time. We had a nice meal, service was good and reasonably priced. Would definitely go there again.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on 11 August 2021

Hi Tracy, We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you soon. Kind Regards Augusto

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at the restaurant, is now probably one of my favourite spots in Reading, the food is delicious!!! And the service is outstanding, Victoria is by far one of the nicest people we’ve met my kids adored her she made sure we had a great dining experience. Will 100% come back again.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on 11 August 2021

Hi, We really appreciate you enjoyed your dining. We always focus to give our guests the best experience. See you soon. Kind Regards Augusto

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Beckys
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always had great experience at carluccios which is why we keep coming back. Food is delicious, waiters are friendly and attentive and lovely ambience.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on 7 August 2021

Hi BeckyS, We really appreciated your lovely feedback. Hope to see you soon. Thanks Andreea

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viproper
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

No wonder we keep coming back, delicious food, wonderful friendly attentive staff, lots of choice. Service is superb.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on 5 August 2021

Hi Roper, Thank you for your lovely feedback. See you soon . Andrea

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EmmaL
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Booked at 1745, went to order at 1755, they said they couldn't do the set menu which finished at 1800

Bread was stale.
Ragu was watery!
Drinks the didn't do the discount deal, had to raise this with them.
Veey rude staff, made to feel ver unwelcome
Dessert tiny portions and all good very overpriced.

Would not recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A relaxed and enjoyable lunch.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on 29 July 2021

Thank you for the lovely feedback. Andrea

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Poonam
London
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant and very tasty breakfast! Lovely to speak to the chef on how some of the food was cooked as the spinach and courgettes were divine. Great value for money!

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on 29 July 2021

Hi Poonam, Thank you for your lovely feedback. See you soon . Andrea

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AshleighW
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good place. Will go back. Nice food and a good price for what we ordered.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on 29 July 2021

Hi Ashleigh, Thank you for your feedback. Hope to see you soon. Andrea

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TlMo
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Waitress who served us was lovely! Very happy and friendly. Along with the delicious food, it made for a good experience.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on 29 July 2021

Hi TIMo, We are so happy to see that you had a nice experience in Carluccios Reading. See you soon. Andrea

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OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall we had a nice time. Not too pleased about the price as it does not reflect the quality of the drinks. Bottle of wine was ridiculously overpriced and it put a downer on the whole experience. Cocktails were too small for the price. Excellent food and service though. Decent atmosphere. Would come again without ordering any wine or cocktails.

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on 29 July 2021

Hi there, Thank you for your feedback, We are happy that your experience went well. Andrea

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MagdaK
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend this place, staff very nice and food very delicious.

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vipthomo26
London
23 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Carluccios is always reliable; although the new owners have taken things like the platters off the menu which is a big mistake

Carluccio's - Reading
Responded on 29 July 2021

Hi thomo26, Thank you for your feedback. Hopefully in the nearer future will have the sharing platters back. Andrea

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SusieC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exactly what we needed - dining al fresco with fabulous food and cocktails! Excited to return!

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MargaretL
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My daughter and I both had the Veganese and really enjoyed it. My son had the Salad Nicoise and also enjoyed it but felt the tuna steak was a bit small. The service was prompt and friendly. I’ve been to this Carluccios before and not enjoyed the food, but on this occasion it was very good, so I’d go again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Berkshire
7 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and good value , very attentive staff

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FrancesF
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food, lovely setting in a quieter and prettier part of the town centre. One of my favourites.

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Dunk
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really lovely vegetarian breakfast, friendly non-intrusive staff and - on a weekend morning - a pleasant, open location (nice outdoor seating area) and relaxed atmosphere.

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StephenB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and very nice service would go again and again kids loved it

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NicolaR
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh tasty pasta, could tell it was made fresh

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Rich
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Overall the staff were helpful and the atmosphere was positive. To eat we had a starter, main and a side each. The starter tasted fresh and well flavoured but the main course let down the meal unfortunately. Both mains didn't taste fresh and had questionably be frozen. The side of which was a salad was really the best bit. Having visited other Carluccio's this one disappointed.

FAQs

Carluccio's - Reading offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0118 214 7089.

Carluccio's - Reading is rated 4.2 stars by 180 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.