Luciano's Ristorante & Lounge/Rahway, NJ

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Italian
Luciano’s Italian restaurant will truly make a lasting impression on you with its Tuscan flare. Our chef has been delighting guest palates for the past 20 years with his outstanding culinary talents. The distinctive architectural interior is complimented with a new traditional cuisine which makes Luciano’s the perfect place for an extraordinary time.

Our impressive fireplaces and our relaxing lounge will allow you to enjoy the tantalizing food complimented by our world class wine list. Whether you are enjoying an evening out or celebrating a special event in one of our two impressive dining rooms, you can be assured of an extraordinary experience. Our Private dining rooms are able to accommodate corporate events for business meetings with accessibility to Wi-Fi or if you are looking to plan an engagement party or surprise birthday party we are there for you.

Our event coordinator will go through every detail of your special event to exceed your expectations.
What 370 People Are Saying
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DM
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience3

Service was slow
We were seated next to a door way with a DJ playing in the other room

c
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service1Ambience5

From the coat check to the final dessert, the service and the food were absolutely the best.
The staff is run like clock work,attentive and friendly.
The calamari was the best I’ve ever eaten. Try the short rib! Dessert was fantastic and the wine is amazing. I will definitely done again.

F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

High quality food and service in a local environment

JZ
Miami
148 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very good home cooked style meals at reasonable prices.
I will be back

JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

90th Birthday

LT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My family and I enjoy Luciano's very much. Food is outstanding and the atmosphere is very nice and cozy. I would recommend this restaurant to family and friends.

RS
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

Food was good but the service was horrible. Hour to get our first round of drinks, they forgot my dinner....

AS
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

We waited very long for our dinner then my wife’s salmon was very undercooked. Sent it back and still not cooked well. Server agreed but we were on a tight timeline to catch a local concert. Left us no time for coffee or desert. Although disappointed we would give it another try in the future.

L
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about this restaurant is fabulous! The food was unbelievable. I had the gnocchi with very light cream sauce that was delicious and my friend had a pasta dish with seafood which was equally delicious. We enjoyed a perfect martini at the bar before dinner and the service at the bar and in the dining room was exquisite.

IM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

We were seated in the main dining room. It was half full and incredibly noisy so we asked to move into the bar area. The bar area has much more ambiance and was much quieter. Unfortunately it was so cold that we all ended up wearing our jackets through dinner which was much less comfortable than had I been able to just wear my long sleeve shirt. Service was disappointing. Luckily we weren't in a hurry but our main courses took over an hour to be delivered after we had finished our salad. The food was good, but not outstanding enough to bother with the aforementioned noise, temperature and wait time.

YE
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

We were a large group of 20 people so service was slow so far as getting dinner on the table for everyone (understandably so). Service was friendly, though. The food was deliciously and perfectly prepared. I had the rib eye steak. My husband and I ordered one dinner, split, but due to language challenges and according to the bill at the end, we each got our own full plate which doubled the cost. That was an unpleasant surprise. It was so tasty we ended up eating every bite, though, so in the end we couldn't complain.

The ambiance and decor of the place is great. Highly recommended!

G
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing Food and drinks. Loved it, will be back again.

RK
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first time there and was wonderful! Great for special occasion, romantic dinner or if you want a superb italian meal! Everyone from the hostess, waiter, wait staff was professional, pleasant, and most of all, ATTENTIVE. You get what what you pay for here- from service to cuisine! We WILL be back😊

g
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Beside the noise from the DJ playing in dining room for a wedding everything was great as usual.

H
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

My husband ordered veal parmigiana with a side of spaghetti. The veal was just so and the spaghetti was overdone. It was so starchy and mushy and drowning in sauce. It was inedible. My husband told the waiter and he said he would pass it on to the kitchen. No one even came from management or the kitchen to complain. I don’t think we will be going back there. It had such promise. We were so disappointed.

Luciano's Ristorante & Lounge/Rahway, NJ
Responded on 1 October 2019

Thank you for sharing your dining experience as we always look to improve our level standards. We apologize that your expectations were not met as all of our guests dining experiences are very important to us and any feedback is always appreciated for training and improvement. Can send email or contact us with a best contact number so that I can correct this as soon as possible as its very important for me. Thank you for your time as I look forward in hearing back from you very soon. Chef Joseph

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d
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great place for business or pleasure. Several small realms make it more intimate and reduces noise so that you can have a conversation without shouting or straining to hear

TG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was amazing and everyone in our party enjoyed their entrées. Service was excellent. The desserts were outstanding.

K
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Something happened in the kitchen we waited close to 45 minutes for our dinner after having our appetizers. We asked about the delay and got no response. The place was not very busy which is why I felt something got messed up in the kitchen

FH
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic atmosphere, extremely clean , excellent menu , good wine , great presentation of food and very fresh , great service, a little higher in price compared to other places , but this isn’t most places , and you get what you pay for and I didn’t mind the price, would most definitely go back again , my new favorite 👍

RW
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great. Thick cut bacon and the pork chop were awesome.

J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

Food was so salty able to eat 1/3 only.
Plates served were chipped and just awful.
Never come back here.

K
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience2

I had been to Luciano's twice and always had excellent service. This time, my entire party was somewhat disappointed. Because there was a "party" in the main dining room, we were seated in the front by the bar. FIrst of all, it was a hot sunny day and the sun was so strong and coming in through the window. THe shades could have been closed. IT was very uncomfortable. WE Never saw a waiter until after sitting for 15 minutes and it took over 15 minutes to get our salads. THen another long wait for our entrees which were very tasty but a little overpriced. THe chicken piccata entree was a nice sized portion and so was the salmon, but the halibut was not enough. I know it is an expensive fish, but it seemed small especially on a large plate. For these prices, I would expect a small side salad at least, but we had to pay extra for that. We allowed almost two hours for dinner and with no appetizer or dessert, it took that long. We all agreed that the food was good but the service was not. LAst time I came here, we faced the same issues with the service. At times, waiter staff was just standing around. NO one came to refill water or see if food was alright. VEry impersonal. I think I will not visit here for awhile.

LS
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If I could write one word, it would be amazing! I had the scallops, which I prefer extra crispy, and they came out perfectly and tasty. Served over a orzo with veggies and spinich . I could not ask for a better meal. I have been here many times over the years and never had a bad dinner. The ambience is wonderful in the bar area. You will not be disappointed.

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience5

This was my second visit to this restaurant. Last time I was there on a Saturday evening and the food took a long time to be served. This time we arrived early on a Friday evening and there were only two other tables occupied. Again, the food took extraordinarily long to be prepared and served. Definitely a problem in the kitchen. The restaurant is nicely decorated and the waiters were pleasant and accommodating. The menu was imaginative and tasty. However, the long wait when the restaurant was essentially empty was a turnoff.

LC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was a family get together and we could not be happier! Luciano’s has amazing food and the service was perfect. We ordered the calamari, the Margarita pizza and thick cut bacon for our appetizers and every one was delicious. Our entrees were equally good. The linguini with clam sauce and the scallops were exceptional, but there were no entrees that we did not enjoy. Even the apple Sangria was perfect for a hot summer day. Our servers were right on target - attentive but respectful of the fact we wanted to talk and enjoy ourselves as a family. We will definitely go back!

J
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, great atmosphere. One of my favorite spots.

F
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

We Took our daughter after her 8th grade dance and the food was great

DB
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Food and service all fine. The bar area has more atmosphere but is noisy.

R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My company was hosting one of our largest clients from out the south and we wanted them to experience an east coast Italian restaurant without having to go into NYC. Luciano's was my first choice- Chef Joe's menu is diverse but never strays to far from his Italian heritage. Our customers thought it was one of the best restaurants they ever went to. From the front of the house to the back it was a perfect evening.
Thank You,
Bob Cascone
Director of Sales
Cambria Truck Center

F
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was great. Kevin and wait staff was very attentive without looming. Timing between courses was just right. Husband had fish which was very fresh and I had osso bucco which fell off the bone.

MH
Indiana
5 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful Easter Brunch!

j
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food was very good I had the Halibut which they said was new on the menu - recommend that they
keep it - only draw aback was that the dressing on my wife's salad was a bit overwhelming and
although I realize the ice cream in the afforgato is drowned in expresso I would probably try a
different dessert, but that a personal taste. Our server "Neshawna" was outstanding. We could
not have been more pleased. Will definitely recommend and be returning.

IB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Awesome food & service

CD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

My wife and I went to celebrate her birthday and had an exceptional meal and experience .will be back any times more.

d
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We live in area and can never go wrong with Luciano's from the supurb service to the ambiance is excellent

EV
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent the server Marvin was great

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience1

The food was horrible the menu was limited I will never eat at this restaurant ever again

RR
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall3Food5Service4Ambience4

My wife and I have dined here four times over the past three years. This visit might be our last based on a couple things we experienced. First let me say that the food was excellence and the wine very reasonably priced. On our previous visits we always parked in the lots across the street. Since our last visit two years ago I saw it stated, either on the restaurant's website, or on a reviewer site, that parking was now only available down a side street over the bridge. When I made the reservation this time I checked and could find no such information. In fact the directions on the website stated parking is across the street. I assumed that the construction that was going on across the street was done and the lots were available. If I knew we would have to park down the side street I wouldn't have made the reservation. My wife has knee problems and would rather not walk that far. Once we walked in the door we were seated in the bar since the dining room was not open. A disappointment. The staff was very attentive but our table was near the end of the bar where they were all standing when they were idle. It was a little disconcerting having them almost hovering, though from a short distance. As I said the food was excellent and we did enjoy our meal. I don't know if the dining room was closed because they didn't expect many diners on a Tuesday or because without parking they don't get many diners. I wish things were different because we would like to return but under current circumstances we probably won't.

KM
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Moving from Brooklyn to New Jersey, we were intent on finding our go-to Italian restaurant. We wanted a place that had consistently amazing food, a classy but not stuffy ambiance, a great wine list, and impeccable service-- Luciano's fits the bill. Every meal we've had has been delicious (our favorites are the carbonara, the scallops, and the osso bucco), the wine list is extensive with many delicious but affordable options, and the service is indeed impeccable. This has become our go-to Italian restaurant for a nice date night out.

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