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Luciano's Dorchester

3.9
3.9
258 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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Booked 13 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed, Thu 11:00–23:00
    Fri, Sat 11:00–23:30
    Sun 10:00–21:00

  • Phone number

    01305 302303

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Luciano Marco Pierre White

  • Area

    Dorchester

  • Parking Details

    Long stay parking available opposite restaurant

  • Public Transit

    Bus & Train stops available within walking distance of the restaurant

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Menu

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What 258 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.9
3.9 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Dorset

    Group Bookings

  • Dorset

    Healthy

  • Dorset

    Outdoor Eating

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  1. AB

    AndrewB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    The front door needs adjusting. I actually thought it was locked! Pizza's were not available which was a bit disappointing. That said the staff are very polite and knowledgeable. The service was quick and the food we ordered was hot and tasty. The ambience of the restaurant is very pleasant, we will return.

  2. R

    Rob1234

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food2service1ambience3

    On arrival we were shown to our table, then almost immediately jumped upon and asked if we were ready to order. We asked for more time but we’re jumped on again within 3 mins, this is unacceptable as when we eat out in the evening we like to take our time. We also didn’t appreciate waiting staff walking over and clearing our table while we were eating!! The food itself was “ok” certainly not what we expected, it was clearly warmed up in a microwave and chucked in a bowl, the pasta was watery and over done. I also don’t expect to have to ask for Pepper and Parmesan in an Italian restaurant!? Overall our visit was a disappointment and it was capped off by the laughable 12.5% discretionary service charge added to the bill (check out the tiny small print at the foot of the menu, very sneaky!!) Zizzi’s next door was a much better experience and that’s where we’ll be going for Italian food from now on.

  3. H

    Historylady

    Essex

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Service was fantastic. Food was really good. The caprese bruschetta was delicious. Lovely creamy burrata. My black truffle pasta was very good. Not a huge portion but really tasty and enough to satisfy without feeling stuffed. The rest of my group enjoyed their food. There no pizza's available which was disappointing but these things happen and there was plenty of choice. My tiramisu was a bit bland. Great cocktail. Lovely restaurant overall.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service were excellent. Will book again.

  5. m

    madd

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    The food and service were excellent. The restaurant was suffering from a general reluctance of customers to dine out midweek in January and the higher levels of covid and other winter bugs about, so was quiet which was a shame for the staff, who were welcoming and attentive. The menu was also on the short side and the pizza oven was not in use, but we understand that restaurants have to take measures to limit their costs when footfall is so low in order to survive into more profitable times. We enjoyed sun dried tomatoes and mozzarella bruschetta, and roast beetroot followed by two pasta dishes and pulled pork. Both the lemon and the fresh raspberry sorbets were delicious with intense fruit flavour. Recommended.

  6. CS

    CharlotteS

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food. The service we received was lovely. Really enjoy coming to this restaurant.

  7. S

    Stephenw

    Warwickshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 January 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Reasonable value and the 6 of us enjoyed our meals. Service efficient but not overpowering. We would certainly return.

  8. SM

    SofiaM

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Black truffle pasta is to die for and what I keep coming back for every time. I also love how they bring you extra parmesan if they ask nicely! Lovely, classy interiors with excellent, polite service. Great menu and drinks selection, and good value for money.

  9. JJ

    JamesJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 January 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Friendly staff- tasty food- interesting surroundings

  10. SA

    SarahA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 January 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    The food was very good. Service was attentive and friendly. The menu was understandably fairly limited with so few diners (a Tuesday in January in a pandemic) but we found what we wanted. Overall, a good experience.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Was really nice and good service especially on NYE

  12. EC

    EleanorC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall2food1service1ambience2

    Food lacked taste and cocktails were limited and not executed well at all. We were rushed through the meal with the waiter forgetting what we had ordered and hovering over us almost taking the plates with food still on. I could understand if they had a high number of covers to get through that evening but half the restaurant was empty. The whole experience and food was mediocre at best and put a dampener on our evening.

  13. AM

    AndrewM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Although we booked they didn't have a table ready for our party of 8 and proceeded to seat us in the darkest part of the restaurant The food was mediocre to say the least. Will not be returning. Shame carluccios had to shut down. Was definitely better managed and the food was tastier.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always good food and service

  15. J

    Jgirl

    Jersey

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 28 December 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    We arrived to be told that they did not have gas and several of the dishes , it would have been nice to know BEFORE we arrived . The water was , supposedly, filtered but we all agreed it was awful , we asked for bottled water …they don’t have any . Perhaps it is an environmental decision , if that is the case they really should be able to offer decent drinking water , although I Wound have still like the choice . The food was really not very good at all , such a disappointment as when it first opened the food really was very good . The place was more than half empty, and everyone left really early . All together , an experience not to be repeated .

  16. JL

    JaneL

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service, such a shame place was empty!

  17. SC

    SueC

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service food and ambience. Treated as a special diner. Will return again in the New Year if we can 👍

  18. AC

    AngelaC

    Hampshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience2

    Disappointed that the festive menu is only available for parties of 6 or more -why??? Only 3 tables occupied but service was intermittent. Asked for bread but only 2 pieces were given for the 3 of us and had to ask for balsamic, which the waitress forgot! Menu not very clear but when the food did arrive, it was very good.

    Luciano's DorchesterResponded on 21 December 2021

    AngelaC, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. As explained to you by the General Manager, The Group Festive Menu is for Groups and only with pre-bookings and pre-order as the items in it are not part of the normal A La Carte Menu. We apologise if you felt our service was intermittent, we did not want to disturb your deep conversations as the restaurant was, unfortunately, quiet. Looking forward to have you dine with us again to showcase better our quality service Kind Regards

  19. D

    Daisy

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Need coat hangers. There was nowhere to hang our coats and the chairs were not suitable for hanging anything off them. This was annoying. The served fish smelled as if it was not on such a fresh side. The pasta was outstanding and our child enjoyed their meal too.

  20. TW

    TrevorW

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Very average fare , warmed through food ,and rude staff when we refused to pay tip. Definitely will not be back.

  21. k

    kevinm

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall1food2service2ambience2

    Vegetarian / Vegan options were poor, basically a bowl of lentils was the mains choice. Gluten Free non existent. Ordered nibbles with drinks, olives, stuffed peppers etc, the starters arrived before them. Too many floor staff learning their trade on the job, multiple waiters / waitresses attending the table asking the same questions. £200 bill for 4 people is not excessive when the food and service measures up, when it doesn't you can't help feeling let down and ripped off. I can't see the place lasting long without changes.

  22. k

    karenm

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Really enjoyable evening, great service, good atmosphere, food delicious and piping hot. Restaurant lovely and warm I’ll be back.

  23. GB

    GillB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    We arrived , requested a table in the corner where it was warmer we’re refused as party coming ( they didn’t) it was cold , food was okish in parts desserts still frozen :(

  24. B

    Becksy

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A good variety of options on the menu for vegetarian/vegan clients. All of the food was tasty, really enjoyed the Christmas pudding with Amaretti sauce. The service was smooth and we were not hurried out after the meal! A very positive eating experience - the first time we've managed to eat here since it was Carluccios.

  25. JB

    JuneB

    Dorset

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 December 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    My prawn pasta dish was OK - prawns were tiny so a little disappointed. Overall good - staff were very good.

  26. PD

    PippaD

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful staff and delicious food - a real treat!

  27. BH

    BarbaraH

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 November 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Nice to see restaurant opened up. Staff extremely friendly and accommodating. Main course lovely but felt desserts let you down. Ice cream at 4.5 not even in a glass dish with a few sprinkles of praline on it. Best to say at the time and waiter said he would pass feed back on.

  28. NG

    NettyG

    Bath

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 November 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Had a wonderful meal, all courses were fantastic quality. Drinks took a little longer than I’d have liked, but service was great.

  29. PL

    PeterL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 November 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Staff very helpful and attentive give. Food was fine.

  30. KP

    KerryP

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food tasted and looked fabulous, the staff where very attentive and able to answer our questions well

  31. DC

    DavidC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Great safe service and welcome. Food really good. Recommend Lucianos to all.

  32. RG

    RichardG

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were very pleased with the quality of food and the size of the portions. The waiting staff were amazing. I've can't wait for ournext visit.

  33. LB

    LexBrooks

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Pasta was really good quality and the waiters were very attentive. Our chips took a little longer than our mains so they were deducted from the bill despite us saying it was fine. Could do with a little more variation menu wise but overall lovely experience.

  34. TF

    ThomasF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience2

    I went for an evening meal. The restauarant was very quiet, and in fact I was the only customer there to start with. I had a 3 course meal and all the courses were very good quality especially the starter. Service was excellent.

  35. SS

    SallyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We enjoyed our lunch here with friends. The server explained that the carbonara was prepared in the Italian way ( egg yolk, not cream) and he thoroughly enjoyed it. We thought the food was delicious and the broccoli side was perfectly cooked. It’s great to include a drink with the main. Only reservation:we think there should be a couple of wines available below £20. Jay Rayner, food critic, wrote disapprovingly about the policy of many restaurants of having some very expensive wine on the menu (£100++) and to make the others look great value….We will certainly be returning - but might be sticking to Peroni!

  36. AC

    AnnC

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 November 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Delicious, authentic Italian food. Lovely setting and friendly staff.

  37. TS

    ThomasS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We wanted to book somewhere a bit special to celebrate my wife's birthday with our two sons and family and we certainly were not disappointed the whole experience was very good indeed from coming in to the restaurant to leaving we were very well looked after and the food was superb. Needless to say we will return

  38. DT

    DavidTJWhite

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Friendly staff, great food, excellent value. Spicy ragu was cooked perfectly.

  39. O

    Olivetree

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had heard disappointing reports from friends about this restaurant but we decided to try it for ourselves. And we are so glad we did! Excellent in every way. Were our friends unlucky or were we lucky? We have just revisited and it was as good as before. In particular Andy at front of house was exemplary. Thoroughly recommended and we will of course be back again.

  40. SA

    SuziA

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 November 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Booked lunch for my mother's birthday. Wonderful menu, delicious food and friendly, excellent staff. There is a dress code. We were even able to request a specific table inside. A great location with easy nearby parking. We shall definitely be back.

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Luciano's Dorchester is rated 3.9 stars by 258 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.

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Booked 13 times today
Google Map for Luciano's Dorchester

1 Dray Horse Yard Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1GS

  • Area

    Dorchester

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed, Thu 11:00–23:00
    Fri, Sat 11:00–23:30
    Sun 10:00–21:00

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Long stay parking available opposite restaurant

  • Public Transit

    Bus & Train stops available within walking distance of the restaurant

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Luciano Marco Pierre White

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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