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408 W. Eighth St.
Dallas, TX 75208
Critics' Pick
Best Of
Lucia +

Beth Rankin


  • Tue-Sat 5:30pm-10pm
  • $$$
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
  • No Parking
  • Reservations Recommended, Reservations Accepted
Lucia might just be the most beloved restaurant in Dallas. Its fans are fiercely loyal, and most of them live nearby. That following combines with the restaurant’s small size, with fewer than 40 seats, to make securing a table a ritual that requires getting online at the right hour and booking weeks in advance. First-timers might get the wrong idea from all that waiting; Lucia is a resolutely anti-hype place, where service is familial, food is classically Italian and seasonal produce is in the foreground. Lucia is at its best during spring and summer, when the kitchen can smear ricotta on grilled bread and shower it with young peas or a rainbow of heirloom tomatoes. In the fall, things get meatier, and the main courses, unusually, start looking more interesting than the starters.

Top pick: Everyone talks about Lucia’s pastas, which means they’re missing out on something even better: its bread. Order anything involving bread or toast, whether it involves a bounty of fresh vegetables or a molten blanket of cheddar cheese. If you want to pinch a few slices from the bread basket to take home, maybe bring a pretty big purse.

The downside: Like the reservation system, the downsized dessert program also reflects Lucia’s tiny space.

Fun fact: The notorious difficulty of scoring reservations at Lucia scares people away from actually walking into the restaurant and asking for a seat, a strategy with a decent chance of success, especially in good weather when two outdoor tables are available.

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