Carluccio's - Reading

4.2
173 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 173 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.0
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
Sort by
Filters
PR
PatR
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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

SM
SueM
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

ST
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

Report
OT
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

Report
OT
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

Report
OT
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

Report
JM
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

Report
OT
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

Report
r
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

Report
D
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

Report
F
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

Report
MP
MichaelP
Oxford
1 review
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

Report
OT
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

Report
TP
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

Report
OT
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

Report
BS
BeckyS
1 review
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

Report
r
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

Report
EL
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.

OT
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

Report
P
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

Report
AW
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

Report
TM
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

Report
OT
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

Report
MK
MagdaK
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

t
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

Report
SC
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!

ML
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.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Berkshire
7 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and good value , very attentive staff

FF
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.

D
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.

SB
StephenB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

NR
NicolaR
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh tasty pasta, could tell it was made fresh

R
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.

TS
TimS
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Ordered two mains. Both were missing a key ingredient (lamb rump - no potatoes, chicken bacon & avocado salad - no avocado). Waitress insisted the lamb rump dish didn’t have potatoes - I had to pull up the menu on the website to prove it was missing before I was provided them separately. Then got a grunt when I didn’t add a tip!

KG
KatieG
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Missing items from the desert menu was disappointing

JS
JennyS
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go to Carluccios, Lovely setting, perfect service and great food.

AB
AlBBach
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Prompt COVID safe service

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Berkshire
7 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food at a reasonable price and great service as always

N
Natasha
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food was very overwhelming! The mussels were not fresh and the overall quality left a lot to be desired. Nothing like how we knew Carluccio's to be.

JH
JeanH
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Helpful staff, reasonably quick service, a pleasant location and tasty food in reasonable quantities. It gave us the chance to see our grandchildren for the first time since last October, also at Carluccio's!

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 173 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.