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Luciano's Exeter

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274 Reviews
£25 and under
Italian

Luciano's centres around classically prepared hearty Italian food using the best fresh local produce and Italian suppliers, for authentic flavours.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 08:00–22:00
    Fri, Sat 08:00–23:00
    Sun 08:30–21:30

  • Phone number

    01392 698699

  • Payment Options

    Contactless Payment

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

Menu

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What 274 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  • Devon

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  • East Devon

    Fit for Foodies

  • East Devon

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  • East Devon

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  1. LL

    LindaL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Thought the olives, £4.50 were overpriced, plus service charge was added but when the bill came, the reader asked if I wanted to add a tip. I had to tick the no thanks box which made me seem a bit mean, but t me, a service charge covers the tip. I wondered how many diners don't twig this and end up paying more than 20% on top of the bill.

  2. MK

    MelanieK

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really lovely meal with the girls at a reasonable price. Waitresses very attentive and informative about the food. We all had 3 courses and enjoyed every dish. Only thing we would have liked is a garlic bread option on the side but overall a great meal.

  3. TL

    ThomasL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience1

    Disappointing. Had expected something special, given the fanfare the restaurant received in the press, instead it was completely unremarkable - the decor is very ordinary (we could see no difference to the Carluccios it had ben previously) - it could have been any chain restaurant, and the food was distinctly average (the main courses came with no sides - something which wasn't explained to us, and which is really quite annoyingly mean). It's a shame as we had hoped it would be a good option for business lunches, but I'm afraid we wont be going back.

  4. DH

    DanielH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great service and friendly staff. Food was great especially for the price. Can recommend the carbonara. Cocktails and drinks were generally ok but pricey for amount.

    Luciano's ExeterResponded on 16 January 2022

    Thank you very much for your kind words, Charly is one of our superstars and the cherry sour one of my personal favourites, next time your in try our Singapore Sling. Glad you had a good evening and we look forward to welcoming you back to us

  5. JB

    JohnB

    West Sussex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Very good overall let down by drinks selection only one gin and no alcohol free beers or similar type thing. Friendly staff good size portions nice ambiance

  6. D

    Disappointed

    Devon

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4

    We were charged for the “free “ drink, when we questioned it, the bill was repeatedly brought back unchanged. Eventually sorted out by maitre de. Thus rather spoiled our evening, probably won’t come back, certainly wouldn’t recommend.

    Luciano's ExeterResponded on 16 January 2022

    Sorry you felt disappointed with your visit Saturday night, we did rectify the billing very quickly. Usually most guest have the complimentary drink at the start of their meal, which threw my waitress and myself until I studied the bill, saying that it was resolved very quickly. Our team is quite young and we are constantly training alas one blip should not spoil an entire evening, I personally would be a little more forgiving.

  7. CF

    ConnorF

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great value for money! Highly recommended, attentive staff, not long wait time on food, we will be back soon all in all great experience

  8. SM

    SamanthaM

    Devon

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3

    Venue is lovely, service was great but the good was at best mediocre. Not a very inspiring menu and the food itself was just OK and wasn't great value. It's highly unlikely we'll go back again when there are so many better restaurants in Exeter. Overall disappointed.

  9. JM

    JohnM

    Devon

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 11 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Had a great lunch as always. Staff were very friendly and attentive.

  10. TI

    TracyI

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 January 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service in a lovely venue. Really enjoyed it.

  11. CF

    ClaireF

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 January 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3

    Nice food and atmosphere but most things on the menu have extra costs. Limited vegan menu especially deserts and starters.

  12. O

    Olivia

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience2

    The food was nice but incredibly overpriced considering the quality. They advised that the tiramisu (which was pretty rubbish) was bought in. Limited drinks list if you’re not a big fan of wine. The cocktails however were fantastic!

  13. EK

    EmilyK

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2

    I’ve been to Lucianos a few times, I’ve noticed finger marks and smears on the plates which is a bit off putting when your food arrives. Food is nice though

  14. PA

    PipA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2

    Good food, good service. One of very few places open on New Years Day, therefore quite quiet.

  15. C

    jackieC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall3food5service3ambience5

    The food was delicious but our main course was served too quickly. We were still eating the first course when it arrived. Would come again if the service was timed better.

  16. AC

    AndrewC

    Devon

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    The Carbonara I had was only just warm enough and was nothing special at all. My partners ravioli was however good,

  17. EP

    EdPitman

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A very pleasant evening. Food was great, good to see so many vegan options. Efficient friendly service, will be back soon.

  18. M

    Michelle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time here and will definitely be going back. Staff were all lovely, food was amazing and the complimentary drink was a nice touch. Would definitely recommend

  19. MR

    MichaelR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food and wonderfully friendly service.

  20. SF

    SylviaF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Had Xmas voucher booked early .safe environment staff welcoming food yummy I had the pork belly on lentils would have it again thankyou Luciano

  21. SA

    SimonA

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Very underwhelmed. For instance, they ran out of chips?! Yes it's just after Christmas and they haven't had a delivery, BUT there were 3 chefs in the kitchen....is improving and someone buying a bag of spuds from a corner shop and then making chips to technical for 3 chefs to achieve? It's a restaurant... they're supposed to create food, make some chips! Waiter also picked up my partners beer bottle 3 times to see if it was empty. Why do that (there's covid going on) just politely ask if she's finished with it instead of getting your fingers all over it each time. Had high hopes but left underwhelmed.

    Luciano's ExeterResponded on 31 December 2021

    Thanks for the comments, I have spoken to the team regarding clearing items from the table. In regards to chips we use Pierre Koffmen chips which are boiled, frozen, fried frozen then final cook to order so we wouldn’t drip our standard if we run out of an item that’s not a staple of our menu.

  22. G

    Grace

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2021

    overall2food1service3ambience1

    Both starters and mains were cold. The meatballs and carbonara had no flavour. Very disappointed overall.

  23. AB

    AngieB

    Devon

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Arrived was greeted very warmly and the restaurant was very comfortable. The staff were all very pleasant and the food was really delicious totally unpretentious and was a really good tasty bowl of pasta

  24. CB

    CraigB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time at the restaurant where I took my 2 children on leave from uni. Lovely atmosphere which was pitched just right in modern decor, in a classy way. The service was excellent, nice and quick without being rushed which was just right for us. The food was lovely, I can sometimes be a bit iffy with Italian food but this was very nice. I had chilli crab linguine which I can certainly recommend especially with the full crab :) My kids enjoyed it too, a step up I guess from uni food lol, so overall a lovely pleasant evening.

  25. j

    juneh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2021

    overall3food1service4ambience3

    I choose the lobster and prawn pasta but it was absolutely swimming in olive oil so completely ruined the dish. It was also very poorly explained about paying the enhancement for more seafood as I didnt realise that my main course with the larger portion of seafood was going to cost £38.50!! If it had been drawn to my attention, I would have chosen something else

  26. KC

    KirstyC

    Devon

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 20 December 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    The food is very basic and quite expensive for what you get. The restaurant was quiet and lacking atmosphere. I personally won’t be revisiting.

  27. JS

    JazzS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The whole vibe was amazing - the food was delicious, the staff welcoming and friendly, the general atmosphere open and brilliant. What's not to like?

  28. PB

    PhilB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Not busy and plenty of staff but after being seated it was 20 mins before anyone came to take a drink order. Only one choice of beer and wine by the glass exceedingly limited. Eventually food order taken. We ordered nibbles, starter and main. Nibbles and starter arrived together very quickly which was not what we wanted and a waiter was hovering to remove our plates before we’d finished. Ok but nothing special. Main course Carbonara was good. The Ragu was very ordinary. Excellent cheesecake for dessert. Overall a disappointing experience. No attempt to make us feel welcome. No one said goodbye as we left. Will definitely not be going back.

  29. HS

    HanS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall1food1service5ambience3

    The staff were really lovely but the food was terrible! We both sent back our mains as it quite frankly lacked flavour, was stodgy and the lobster and prawns were not good! We ordered the cheese for dessert and we literally got one slice of monchego (I think!) with some grapes and crackers. A real shame as we were looking forward to trying it!

  30. LJ

    LucyJ

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and delicious food - a wonderful evening! Would definitely recommend.

  31. FE

    FoodieExeter

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Great food. Limited wine choice by the glass. Menu has good choice but prcing a little tricky to understand.

  32. KH

    KatenH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    At last, a high end experience in a restaurant that delivers on all fronts. We will be back very soon.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Good food, pleasant ambiance, staff very attentive

  34. PJ

    PeterJ

    Devon

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 December 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Nice table, service varied from good to occasional. No meat balls !

  35. AS

    AndreaS

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 December 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    I have coeliac disease and the staff were very aware and knowledgeable on what was allowed. There could be more Gluten free options available but at least they did provide options. Maybe look into providing Gluten free pasta options. I would go back to eat there.

  36. CH

    CharlotteH

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 December 2021

    overall2food1service3ambience3

    Good service and venue, but poor food quality and uninspiring. Wouldn't rush back unfortunately.

  37. DH

    DavidH

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    very pleasant and friendly environment after a couple of visit the unhanging menu gets a bit boring

  38. CS

    ClaireS

    Orlando

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2021

    overall1food3service1ambience2

    We were a family party of 8 celebrating a birthday, our order for food was taken but 4 of our party had different meals ordered by the waiter meaning half our meals were wrong when they arrived. 4 people were able to eat and 4 people had to re order from the menu and wait for their meals. The manager did deduct money from our bill which we accepted but it was a very disappointing end to the day of celebrating a very special birthday.

  39. DH

    DebraH

    Devon

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Second visit - hooray! First was better though - no crab bruschetta this time sadly My partner was - for the second time - disappointed with the lack of imagination on the wine list. Exeter is not as bland and unchallenged as the wine list suggests. There was no pudding wine either (no vin santo or similar) Service enthusiastic and attentive but not intrusive Menu choices good (apart from no crab!) Tiramisu went from a decent portion to a tiny portion in the suave of two weeks. It was excellent but just tooooo small a portion!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food and wonderful service lovely evening

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Luciano's Exeter is rated 4 stars by 274 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Luciano's Exeter

30 Bedford Street Exeter, Devon EX1 1GJ

  • Area

    Exeter

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 08:00–22:00
    Fri, Sat 08:00–23:00
    Sun 08:30–21:30

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    Contactless Payment

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