Located at 24312 Del Prado, Luciana’s Ristorante has been serving delicious Italian food to the Dana Point community for 30 years. Located in a historic 1930’s house, Luciana’s is owned by Jorge Luhan II, a 3rd generation Italian American and 2nd generation restaurateur. As in many traditional Italian households, cooking is taught at a young age with recipes that are passed down through generations. Jorge’s Grandma Mary started by teaching his mother Lucia how to make fresh pasta, a variety of sauces, and family recipes. After mastering the art of traditional Italian cooking Lucia took that knowledge and opened the family’s first restaurant in Newport Beach in 1976. Jorge, his brother and sister would help bus tables, clean dishes and observe the behind the scene activities of the restaurant. Following the opening of their first restaurant the family opened two additional restaurants including Luciana’s Ristorante in 1983.
Learning from his mother and grandmother, Jorge quickly learned the family recipes and how to effectively operate a restaurant. In 1985, his parents purchased a 500 year old farm in Tuscany, and moved back to Italy in 1994 to manufacture the family’s unique brand of olive oil and operate a bed and breakfast. Upon their move back to Italy Jorge took over the operation of Luciana’s. Taking what he had learned from his mother and grandma, Jorge worked hard to develop Luciana’s into what it is today.
As soon as customers walk into the restaurant they experience the great smells coming out of the kitchen. Customers can choose to sit outside, in one of their dining rooms, or can reserve the wine room and be seated at a huge table for 30 with amazing views of their wine cellar. Once seated, customers are able to choose from one of their 400 wine labels, select a delicious appetizer, and pick a tasty main course ranging from homemade veal raviolis and pasta, to seafood and steaks. No matter if you are out for a romantic dinner, enjoying dinner with friends, or celebrating a special occasion, Luciana’s takes pride in making sure you have a memorable experience.
Jorge and his staff are like a family, and this translates into how they treat their customers. Jorge empowers his employees to build a relationship with their customers and make sure every customer feels like part of their family. Upon entering, customers feel like they are at home in a Tuscan Villa and employees often know exactly what each customers would like as soon as they walk through the front door. This quality of service and inviting atmosphere has resulted in Luciana’s being awarded America’s 1000 Top Italian Restaurant by Zagat in 2008, Opentable.com Diners Choice Winner in 2009, Most Romantic Restaurant by the Dana Point Times in 2012, and Business of the Year by the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce in 2012.
When Jorge is not at Luciana’s and his wife isn’t at her medical practice, they spend their time in the outdoors cycling. As avid cyclists, Jorge and Anne have competed in a number of races including marathons, and Ironman’s. They also volunteer their time working with a number of local organizations including the Dana Point Grand Prix, Dana Point Restaurant Association, Dana Point Chamber of Commerce, Dana Point 5th Marines Brigade, and Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary.
For more information about Luciana’s Ristorante visit www.lucianas.com or call (949) 661-6500.