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Luciano's Dorchester

3.9
3.9
233 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 4 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–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

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 233 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
  • 4.1Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Dorset

    Group Bookings

  • Dorset

    Outdoor Eating

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  1. PD

    PippaD

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful staff and delicious food - a real treat!

  2. BH

    BarbaraH

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    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.

  3. NG

    NettyG

    Bath

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5

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

  4. PL

    PeterL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Staff very helpful and attentive give. Food was fine.

  5. KP

    KerryP

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. AC

    AnnC

    Hertfordshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 November 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3

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

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. R

    Rosie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 October 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    All food nice and staff friendly. Only slight annoyance, staff kept on asking us to order more drinks etc and repeatedly tried to give us another tables order. No idea why as we had not changed tables... Just felt as we were constantly interrupted unnecessarily. Probably a one-off?

  17. MW

    MelW

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and and very fast service. The waiting team were very knowable and super speedy with service

  18. AH

    AngelaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service and staff. Tasty food and nice wine

  19. SJ

    SueJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    There were 6 of us in our group. My husband and I have been twice before and feel that it has improved. We all thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Attentive staff and good food. We will be back.

  20. m

    markc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely welcome, very attentive staff nice relaxing atmosphere.No rush to leave after eating. Food was very good recommend the meat balls, will definitely return.

  21. GB

    GregB

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 October 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    Food was average service amazing desert was the best part

  22. AO

    AbbyO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 October 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Amazing simple Italian food, really well executed. The portions were well sized, and it was good value for money with a complimentary glass of wine with any main course. The staff were very friendly and attentive. We'll definitely be back!

  23. v

    venturingofftheisland

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 October 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Lovely food, couple of things on the menu not available but in view of the current climate, would not consider that a negative. Great service.

  24. DU

    DarrenU

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely lunch, good quality food and knowledgeable waitress, great atmosphere will go again, highly recommended

  25. TS

    TomS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 October 2021

    overall2food2service5ambience5

    No gluten free pasta dishes which isn’t much use for a coeliac or anyone with gluten allergies for an Italian restaurant. I am keen to hear from the owner why he doesn’t cater for gluten free pasta dishes when every other Italian establishment I’ve been to caters for persons with coeliac disease.

  26. SV

    SkylerV

    Dorset

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 October 2021

    overall1food1service3ambience1

    We went to Luciano's last night for my husbands birthday and it was absolutely appalling. We used to go to this restaurant frequently, but now every time we go, it just gets worse. Gone is the relaxing Italian crooner music in the background, replaced by loud euro pop and the subdued lighting has disappeared. Half the meals were not available and there was no rocket and the 'broccolini parmigiano' side was served as one big head of broccoli, undercooked and thrown on a side plate like a large brain sat in the middle of the table. My spaghetti pomodoro, which I chose as it actually had fresh basil in it, came unsurprisingly, with no basil. I asked the waiter if this had been forgotten and he said the basil could not be used as it had 'gone over?'..the waiter said he would discount the meal, but this didn't happen when we received the final bill. The carbonara was bright orange, absolutely vile and greasy, the gnocchi was hard and all our pasta was overcooked and stuck together, so much so that a knife and fork was required, not a spoon to twirl it. Very disappointed, it used to be such a lovely restaurant, a lovely ambiance and always lovely people. The dishes were simple but tasty and beautifully presented, but not now, how Marco Pierre White can allow this standard of food to be associated with his name, is beyond me. If I had made any of these dishes for my own family, to this appalling standard, I would be embarrassed to serve them. The only saving grace was the beautiful cocktail we had next door at the Vivo Lounge afterwards, to try and save my husbands birthday, more care and attention went into that one drink, than the entire meal we had at Lucianos. Where has it all gone wrong?? What a complete waste of money, never again.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    When we arrived the kitchen was closed for cleaning, however the chefs accommodated our order. Food is always delicious, the service is so much better! We had a very friendly young guy, couldn’t fault him.

  28. KP

    KateP

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 October 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Really great place to eat as lots of variety and reasonably priced. Service and ambience great! Will definitely be returning.

  29. H

    Harri

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 October 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Lovely Italian food. A good selection of pasta for both meat lovers and vegetarians plus a few other dishes. Friendly staff and management. Would definitely go again.

  30. n

    nel2021

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 October 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience2

    Toasted ciabatta served as Foccacia - and the waiting staff didn't appear to know the difference. Overcooked, bland Carbonara. Meatballs were cold on the inside. Wrong order brought to the table. Lighting harsh. Rocket salad so over-dressed that it had wilted, like cooked spinach. The Spinach Ravioli was decent - quite a silky sauce and depth of flavour. Beware - this is not a Marco Pierre White restaurant by any means - it's an average pasta place (as not much more on the menu). Makes me miss the good Jamie Oliver restaurants which aimed at a similar market but so much better. Overall very disappointing.

  31. PW

    PhyllisW

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 October 2021

    overall4food3service3ambience3

    Some of our party were disappointed with the portion sizes. The restaurant itself was felt to be rather stark and lacking any ambience, but the food was delicious.

  32. IB

    IanB

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 October 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    Good service, friendly and efficient team. Starters were nice. Main course Spagetti Carbonara was poor. Sauce was congealed, spaghetti was one complete block.

  33. RA

    RobA

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 October 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    On previous visits, food was outstanding but the overall experience was ruined by poor service. I am really pleased to say that that has now changed, and that the service is now excellent, thanks to a new team with excellent maître d.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 October 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Overall a nice meal. ‘Cool’ inside, no doubt due to the door being open all evening, probably cv19 related. Service was excellent and rapid from order to table. Meals were ‘nice’, although no one was ‘wow’d’ by flavours. Firm veg is nice but some of our party felt a little under-done. Sweets are mostly ice cream based, so limited in range. Shame no Gluten-free pasta available in an Italian (mainly pasta) restaurant ?? All in all, ‘good’, although not ‘great’.

  35. TL

    TrevorL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and great service. All at a very reasonable price.

  36. S

    Susana

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 October 2021

    overall4food2service4ambience3

    Lovely clean restaurant with plenty of room . We had an excellent welcome from staff and quickly led to our pre booked table . Our choice from the menu was brought to the table quickly . Unfortunately the quality of my spaghetti pomodoro meal was poor . Tha waiter noticed and said he would mention it to the chef. On booking I was asked if it was for an occasion .. a birthday ! No mention of this during the meal . Iy

  37. W

    W12344

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 October 2021

    overall3food1service3ambience3

    The food was tasteful but the portion sizes were small for the value

  38. AH

    AmenaH

    Dorset

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 October 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    Sat down at 7.30 and ordered at 7.45. Food arrived at 9.10 which was very late. Once it arrived it was luke Warm and was completely put off. Everyone was also sat very close together and felt very uncomfortable.

  39. AL

    AnneL

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 October 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience3

    Unfortunately the plates were cold and consequently so was the food, especially the carbonara which was sent back twice and then not right. The pomodoro was very uninspiring and not saucy enough.

  40. BE

    BernieE

    Dorset

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 October 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Table booking is easy online. Table presentation is poor. The overall impression was one of a fast food restaurant not fine dining. Menu voice is limited and not value for money.

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Luciano's Dorchester is rated 3.9 stars by 233 OpenTable diners

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Google Map for Luciano's Dorchester

1 Dray Horse Yard Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1GS

  • Area

    Dorchester

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–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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