Elegant . Stylish . Romantic

⁣⁣Luca is an elegant restaurant in Clerkenwell serving up food from an Italian origin, using quality seasonal produce gathered from the British Isles.

The restaurant is split into sections  – the front end houses the bar and a few booths; the main dining room is at the back and has a terrace annexed to it. I think the booths are wonderfully romantic so if you can score one, do!

We got off to a bit of a rocky start, as the front of house, to be quite frank, was comically churlish – everything seemed an inconvenience for him. We asked for wine several times – it never came. Luckily our dedicated waiter was a delight and the food mostly sublime, so we carried on and had an enjoyable evening. 

⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣Luca describes itself as “British seasonal ingredients through an Italian lens”. We kicked things off with cheese and chips aka parmesan fries, which will always speak to my soul. Yes, I am dramatic when it comes to food.

⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣The tagliatelle with seasonal mushrooms made me feel pretty warm and fuzzy inside. The orecchiette with kale pesto was my least favourite pasta dish that we tried – I just found it a little bland tbh. The cappalleti lovingly filled with delica pumpkin and chestnut + sage butter was a proper banger;  I wish I’d ordered the whole plate for myself. 

⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣We also got the braised ox cheek which came with lemon polenta mash – it was nice enough but would I order it again at £33 – probably not. 

⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣The Sicilian lemon tart with fennel ice cream was sensational – pop that top button unashamedly and tuck in. You won’t regret it. 

⁣⁣BASIC OR BOUGIE? Pretty bougie ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

SERVICE is a bit inconsistent – some good, some not so good

⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣TRY ⁣⁣⁣the cappalleti with pumpkin+ chestnuts + sage butter & the lemon tart

VIBE is refined and buzzy ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

BEST FOR Spenny Catch Ups, Dates, The Rents

GROUPS can accommodate fairly large groups ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

GOOD TO KNOW reservations rec’d | c.£55-70

88 St. John Street, London EC1M 4EH


Open Mon – Sat