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Luciano's Dorchester

3.8
3.8
204 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 11 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

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What 204 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

3.8
3.8 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Dorset

    Lunch

  • Dorset

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Dorset

    Outdoor Eating

  • Dorset

    Romance

  • Dorset

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  1. H

    Harri

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.

  2. n

    nel2021

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.

  3. PW

    PhyllisW

    Hampshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.

  4. IB

    IanB

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4

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

  5. RA

    RobA

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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’.

  7. TL

    TrevorL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. AK

    AlaineK

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 October 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Food was lovely and good value for money. We were sat way too near to the door so got a cold blast every time someone went in or out!

  14. LC

    LisaC

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food and service. Lovely atmosphere, would highly recommend this restaurant. We will definitely be going back very soon

  15. GJ

    GillJ

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 October 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Great Italian grub in a historic setting. Busy on the evening we went but the chefs and staff coped well.

  16. N

    Nick

    Kent

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 October 2021

    overall1food2service1ambience1

    Drinks arrived after starter, main pasta dish cold, medium steak well done ! One third restaurant no tables, all crammed into approx two thirds.... Poor service, rushed through 2 courses in 50 minutes ! Living local, will never return ! Me thinks MPW given up on this restaurant as awful dining experience !

  17. SC

    SueC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 October 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely atmosphere. Great service and yummy food for a good price. will be back soon

  18. PK

    PaulK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 October 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Friday lunch with a very quiet restaurant, preferred a larger table due to a business lunch but the host was not wanting this due to being a party of two. Certainly did not spoil a lovely lunch and would still very much recommend.

  19. BJ

    BronwenJ

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 September 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    So pleased that Luciano’s has opened up on Carluccio’s site. Lovely meal, served in a timely fashion (needed to be out in time for the James Bond film!!) Needed to nudge for service but well looked after overall. Will definitely come again.

  20. L

    Lucy

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and drinks lovely atmosphere good service

  21. WG

    WendyG

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 September 2021

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    Staff were very attentive and pleasant. We had the most awful Carbanara I have ever had. First batch was cold. It was sent back. The second batch had this blob of sauce at the side which looked synthetic and like plastic cheese melted. It tasted truly unpleasant. I want this place to work. The staff were well organised and offered a free lemoncello but we thought for what we had the meal was over priced. Tiramasu was delicious. We paid £40 a head. Not worth it this time.

  22. BL

    BarrieL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 September 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    The pricing of the menu was odd in that the headline price disguised the fact that many dishes were £s extra. The portions were modest especially the Ravioli which would barely warranted the price. The carbonaro was weird in that it was Linguini with what appeared to be orange coloured cheese melted over the top with over cooked bacon bits scattered around. It was obviously placed under a very hot lamp as all the pasta had formed into one solid lump beneath the cheese or whatever it was. On questioning why it was so odd (baring in mind I'm part Italian and spend a lot of time in Italy) I was told it was Luciano's Mother's recipe. Plus I find it pretentious to charge Service charge on such modest fair, yet another disguised increase on the headline price. Having said all that the service was charming and efficient and the building lends itself very well to its use. I would recommend Luciano's to a friend but at the same time advise them of the shortcomings.

  23. JR

    JamesR

    Dorset

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 September 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Our table for two was quite cramped and right up against a pillar. Our chairs were too low for the table and we noticed that other tables had a different type of chair to us. Those are our only complaints - everything else was fine. The food was very good and the staff were perfectly friendly and efficient. Good value for money too.

  24. T

    Tyra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious Italian food with amazing service! The menu is smallish but caters for everyone, would highly recommend. The name on the outside of the building does say Luccios so look for that when you go.

  25. RJ

    RonaJ

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our first time at Luciano's we all loved it. Food and service outstanding. We will definitely be going back.

  26. EJ

    ElizabethJ

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely meal quick service we went at the beginning of service second visit very good

  27. A

    Appp

    Dorset

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 September 2021

    overall2food1service2ambience2

    The food was so plain and bland, lacking flavour, small portions very disappointing experience overall

  28. HT

    HazelT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Andrew and Tia were excellent hosts. The food was perfect.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 September 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    Luciano’s appeared to be a high quality Italian restaurant, trading on the Marco Pierre White name. But the experience was really poor. Service was slow and inattentive. We waited for about 10 minutes for a waiter to arrive, and it was only because we caught the eye of the manager that someone was sent over. The staff were all friendly and polite but just seem very inexperienced, so that they do not spot that drinks are late arriving, or check that food is ok, and there was almost constant noise of cutlery being dropped on the way to and from the kitchen - I suspect this is a very young and poorly trained team. On top of that, the food was nowhere near the quality suggested by the menu. When you see “parmigiano” listed as a main ingredient you would expect freshly grated shavings of cheese. Instead our meal had massive lumps of pre-grated Parmesan dumped in one place on the dish, without even an effort to distribute it across the dish. The Carbonara had a bright orange sauce plopped on top of half the pasta, again with no sense of presentation. And the sauce tasted slightly cheesy and nothing like any Carbonara I have ever eaten before. Definitely to be avoided if you are looking for a quality Italian meal.

  30. JB

    JustinB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time here and so impressed with literally everything ,I’ve seen a couple of negative reviews but we could not fault this place ,food was absolutely amazing and so nice to go to a restaurant around here and have really tasty food ,service was brilliant Just can’t fault the place

  31. SA

    StephA

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 September 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Very welcoming staff, friendly and helpful. The food was delicious and enjoyed by all. A great place to celebrate with a group of family or friends! Highly recommend!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a winner. Amazing pasta and the service was good!

  33. KR

    KateR

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 September 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    Very poor main meal, Spaghetti had congealed and the flavour of an Arabiatta was lacking.

  34. SL

    SylviaL

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 September 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    I went with a friend to have dinner at this excellent Italian restaurant in Dorchester. I had the beetroot for starter and found it tasty and fresh to eat. My friend had the melon and Parma ham, she too was delighted. For main course we each had Luciano's own ragu pasta and found the sauce to be rich with flavours, a pleasure to the taste buds. The sorbet/ice cream we had for afters also tasty and the right texture. All in all, a lovely meal and I am happy to go back there again.

  35. HD

    HelenD

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a really lovely evening, food, service, ambience, everything. The outside heating works great. Something about being outside creates a friendly atmosphere amongst fellow dinners too. Final word has to be to truly fabulous pasta.

  36. P

    Piquet

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 September 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Friendly, quick and helpful service, pleasant surroundings, and good food. Ideally, I would have liked to see a bit more variety on the menu - e.g. including a clam or other seafood pasta (admittedly lobster was available), and pannna cotta, which were among my favourites at its predecessor. But then the bill would no doubt have to be higher. Overall, good value for money at the price point, and a very enjoyable experience. Would go again, and recommend to friends.

  37. BH

    BeckyH

    Dorset

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    Food was ok, drinks came out way after main meal was ordered, bar service was slow

  38. C

    Cath

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 September 2021

    overall2food1service3ambience2

    Waiting staff were lovely. We went on a sunday and the food was tasteless my tagliatelle had no sauce or flavour the Broccoli was stone cold hard and char grilled. 5 of us went out and would not go back. Apparently they now have a chef in not the one advertised and it was his night off so a temp chef which may explain why the food was very poor but it put us off and spoilt the night

  39. JG

    JulieG

    Dorset

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 September 2021

    overall3food1service4ambience5

    The choice of mains is really poor. No chicken or other white meat. My husband and I had the spinach ravioli which on its own resembled a starter and not a main course. My friend had the tagliatelle which had beef in and said it was far too spicy. More choice of mains is required.

  40. CW

    ChristineW

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely meal, good choices on the menu, attentive and very friendly staff, looking forward to next visit!

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Luciano's Dorchester is rated 3.8 stars by 204 OpenTable diners

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2 people

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Booked 11 times today
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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