Luca's Ristorante of Somerset

4.7
519 reviews
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Italian
If you are seeking not just a great meal, but a great dining experience, you need look no further than Luca’s Ristorante Somerset. Tucked away on Rt. 27 between Princeton and New Brunswick, Luca’s Somerset is an oasis of authentic regional Italian cuisine. Offering modern adaptations of traditional dishes from Ischia, here you can enjoy hand-cut ravioli stuffed with Chef Andrea’s latest mouth-watering combinations, a selection of fish entrees so fresh that they evoke the Mediterranean Sea, or a filet of such quality that it is paralleled only by the accoutrement that accompany it. Our dining room décor is uniquely Ischitana, and goes to show that here at Luca’s Somerset, we understand that the difference is in the details. When you are done with it all, take in the cozy setting with a delicious dessert made from scratch, and the perfect cup of locally micro-roasted espresso or cappuccino. So please, be our guest.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing!! Loved this place, definitely going back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just love Luca’s !! I wanted to have the crab soup but knew I could no do it and the Seafood Luca- so I settled for a fabulous meal!!!!!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing. The specials are unique and delicious! The waiters are professional and thoughtful. Consistently perfect!

r
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall, a good experience. But, we ordered an appetizer special: a peach caprese salad, during the height of peach season and the peach was awful; hard, bitter, dry, it ruined the whole dish. So how do highlight peaches, and then put an unripe, inedible peach in the dish? Entree was lasagna, it would have been great except that it was too sweet. Perhaps a drier wine should have been used. Also, tables were too close together; could barely move. Now, the good. The bread for the table was fantastic! The hub's shortribs were pretty damn good. Yum..

n
New York Area
747 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have t been here in a while....and sincerely wonder why! Absolutely delicious. Let’s start with the bread basket, full of individual portions of all different rolls served with oil and roasted garlic. Each of the four of us could have devoured the entire basket. Starters were figs wrapped in prosciutto...delectable and a poached pear salad. Entrees were eggplant parmigiana, veal parmigiana, gnocchi with a short rib sauce, and chicken Bianca in a white sauce with asparagus and pistachios. We love that this is BYOB and even brought a dessert wine which we enjoyed with servings of biscottis. Really a wonderful evening.
We had an early reservation at 6:15 on a Saturday evening. The restaurant was certainly hopping but there were empty tables. We were disappointed that two of the special disappeared between the recitation and the ordering time.

A
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I really nice find somewhat off the beaten path. Not what you’d expect from a restaurant located in a strip mall. Super high quality and authentic food, located in a great atmosphere with even better service. An absolute recommended restaurant!

r
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday get together very missy as they had another party in the same side if the dining room with us. Food was decent and no complaints

J
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We LOVE Luca’s! Been there numerous times. However the service was subpar this time. I’m assuming the waiter was new, never seen him there before. I wanted to order a couple of apps while we were all waiting to order entrees. The waiter said that the chef doesn’t like that. He prefers the entire order put into the computer. What?! Seriously?! We then had the feeling of being rushed to order because well, we kinda wanted our apps soon.
The waiter seemed a bit overwhelmed by the few other tables he had. We were clearly done and he asked if we were, we answered yes and he then proceeded to walk away without clearing the table. He came back around 15 minutes later and asked the same or if we wanted anything boxed up or dessert. We answered no and frankly at this point just wanted to leave. He then walked away again to tend to other tables. At this point my husband just walked up to the register to pay. It was just ridiculous and ruined our experience with our friends from overseas.!

CD
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal, as always!! They start you with fabulous bread they serve in a pretty ceramic box. My friend said it’s the best bread she has ever had and she had eaten in some
Very good restaurants! We had the figs wrapped in prosciutto, which I love , a salad and the 800 degree bruschetta. All were delicious.
For entrees, I had the seafood stuffed cannelloni, another had the veal saltimbocca, another the pasta , which is always homemade, with bay scallops, shrimp and crab in a creamy sauce and the fourth had a vegetarian pasta. Everything was wonderful!! The service is spot on, attentive but not intrusive.
Definitely one of my favorite restaurants in the area!

S
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal! I had the Luca and my husband had the lamb shank. Both delicious! Appetizers and dessert also super. Luca's is one of our favorite restaurants.

t
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. I was surprised be how good this little restaurant is.

AS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great little place close to home. Very accommodating. I asked for the seafood fish over risotto instead of pasta and they were more then happy to do it.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Luca’s has quickly become a favorite; we even weathered a terrible rain storm to make our way there from Hillsborough! The food is delicious and the restaurant is lovely. It is a byob which is great. My favorite is the Luca seafood dish and the appetizer meatballs are fantastic.
A shout out to brother Danny who owns Victor’s in Hillsborough which has excellent pizza and all the delicious Italian dishes! These brothers know how to cook😀

OT
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and interesting. A small menu compared to many places. Enough variety to fill any need.

BI
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, generous portions, outstanding servers, in a great atmosphere with lots of tasteful decorative elements imported from Italy.

RB
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was ok at best and overpriced. Our service was not very professional. I ordered the steak and i asked for a side if melted butter, he told me don't have that, we are not a steakhouse. I asked him to put butter in a bowl and put it in the over. He came out with 3 packets of butter. I will never go there again!

GW
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

One of the weirdest dining experiences ever- greeted by the server - seated quickly - tossed menus - frequent follow up by said server who seemed stressed as the night wore on - yes it was Monday but we were not in a rush but the server was. The menu is okay but not particularly vegetarian friendly - we ordered the eggplant appetizer and two pasta dishes - the appetizer was sizable to the point my diner companion could not finish - here is where the dinner went off the rails - instead of removing the dirty plates the server plopped the pasta dishes on top of the dirty dishes as I tried to stop him the server pivoted and was gone. I was very distressed by the lack of concern as the pasta dish is now anchored in a pool of ricotta cheese? We quickly finished paid the check and stood outside for an additional 90 minutes finishing our conversation because subjecting ourselves to any further hassle from the server would not bode well for any of us!

VM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Visited for the first time. Very pleasant restaurant. Good food. Delicious bread. Very competent waiter who made the dining experience so nice. I like the decorations. Felt like I was in a restaurant in Italy. Will definitely visit again.

MB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The fig appetizer is my husband's favorite. I very much enjoyed the faro salad. Everything we ordered was very good. Michaela was a responsive and pleasant server We appreciate restaurants that allow BYOB.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Try their Italian sodas. Amazing calamari. Desserts: tiramisu. Byo, friendly staff, great service.

P
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place , first time dining at this restaurant, good time from first seating to the time we left, service , meals all great , cant wait to go back

LM
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Luca's is always a pleasure. Food is consistently great. I love meeting friend's here for dinner. Great atmosphere!!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were immediately seated and our server was attentive, friendly, and efficient. The food was absolutely delicious. Will definitely return.

KT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent creative ideas for food. Service was friendly and helpful. Our meal with friends was prepared perfectly and we will be sure to return. Perhaps the best Italian food I’ve had in NJ.

F
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We were running very late on a Saturday night and had not had dinner. We thought, lets see if we can get a LATE reservation at Lucas. We did. We were greeted promptly and seated. Our server Matt was fantastic. Of course we over ordered on the appetizers but they were great. Our meals were prepared to perfection. Overall it was a very nice, albeit late evening for us. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

D
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was absolutely wonderful and that along with the prettiness of the room are the reasons to come here. While the room is very nice, sounds carry in the restaurant. There was a little one at the table next to us and when he screamed, the sound was accentuated in the room. This made it hard to carry on our own conversation at a normal sound level. While our waiter was attentive, we did find that neither our waiter or the support that offered us drinks once we were seated, know anything about the local wines they sell. This was disappointing as we chose the wrong wine for our meal based on little/incorrect advice.

DT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual

OT
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great, freshly made food, great service, place can be cramped or can be termed "cozy", depending on your point of view.

KV
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were from out of town and went by Zagats reviews and they delivered. It is authentic amazing cuisine.

b
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, attentive staff, nice atmosphere. Also a BYOB restaurant.

SC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Luca’s was perfect in every way. The food was outstanding, the service and ambiance great! I can‘t wait to go back!

JE
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very good food and service. Seating is tight

V
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day Celebrato

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day dinner with our 7 month old baby was awesome, the food was amazing, we BYOBed and our baby sat in the high chair. Service was great, they were patient with our chatty little baby.

k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Just a little noisy and tables are crowded close to each other but the food was outstanding.

CP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to LUCA'S for years and the food is fabulous, service is attentive, and overall the restaurant is great and it is BYOB!!! It may be small but its perfect.

G
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything was terrific . Service was exceptional . We had a few delicious appetizers and chose the pasta with seafood as our main course .

I
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a great meal, good service we come here often, even if we do not have our name on the table, as some long time patrons do.

JC
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, very good. Not very crowded on a Saturday at lunch.

VM
San Joaquin
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was incredible! A little pricey but worth it... We’ll be going back for sure :)

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