Luciano's Ristorante & Lounge/Rahway, NJ

4.5
350 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Good for Birthdays
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
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 350 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

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
82 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

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
23 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

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
6 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
34 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

F
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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

DB
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
34 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful Easter Brunch!

j
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Awesome food & service

CD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was excellent the server Marvin was great

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 1

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

RR
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

PM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Joseph makes the best scallops - hands down ! Always a good meal, never disappoints

MR
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Had to wait in the bar area for quite awhile and after about 30 minutes of waiting in the bar area for a table inside the main eating area we were offered a table in the same bar area we had been waiting in all that time. If I wanted to sit in the bar area why would I have waited so long to get a table in the main dining area. I wad appalled at that and the hostess didn’t even blink an eye in offering that to ys

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Servers kept trying to take our app plates before we were done

RB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great Food, staff is very helpful overall very good experience

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food , wonderful atmosphere, impeccable service. Can’t wait to go back☺️

JC
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

I had asked for seating near the fireplace but was disappointed in not receiving that.

f
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Fun spot that would have rated higher but we waited over an hour at the bar after arriving right on time for our reservations. The hostess was lovely and kept us updated but still, more than an hour wait on a reserved table deserved at least a complementary drink or a dessert on the house, but nothing like this was offered. The food was fine but to be honest, we were famished by the time we sat (close to 9pm) The services once we were seated was excellent and fast, so we were very happy and grateful for that. I would try them again but would suggest something like this, which let's face it, happens on a busy night, is handled more appropriately esp for a higher-end establishment.

LM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great food , service and atmosphere. Would love to see more vegetarian options on the menu.

OT
New England
17 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

overall a nice experience.... but the restaurant charges for valet parking ???

LT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My family and I always make it a appoint to come here to celebrate Christmas every year. The food is excellent and we all enjoy it. The place is beautiful. We look forward to it every year. We need to come here more often.

SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Coffee was ice cold twice. Was no charges, but not pleasant.

J
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Luciano's has never been anything less than fabulous any time we've ever gone! Terrific rooms, and they're especially lovely around the holidays (Have your Christmas party there!). Chef Joseph's dishes are always superb!

f
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food: some of the best Italian food I've had in NJ! will drive 30 minutes to go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Will definitely be coming back!

SB
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants always great food, always a warm environment and good time.

LD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Horrible service. Food took over an hour to be served. Tried the place based on recommendations for a special birthday dinner. Told three waitstaff about birthday and they even forgot that while other tables were given a special Birthday dessert with candles. Very disappointed. Food was good but will not return.

MT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I went for our 35th anniversary on a Tuesday evening in November and it was very quiet, which we enjoyed. The food was very good, service very good. The young woman who met us at the door was very friendly, like she knew us for years. Treated us like regulars, it was our first time there.
Not being drinkers but having a few I felt the bar prices were a bit steep but again I usually don't have drinks with dinner. My only other complaint was that my wife only finished half of her dish and wasn't asked at all if we would like to take the rest home.
We will return.

BB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Always love Luciano's - decent food, great atmosphere. Bar area great for a cold day or night.

LG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I’ve been to Luciano’s quite a few times and this restaurant never disappoints!

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