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Meet the Chef

George Kohler was appointed Head Chef in 2017 and is our 5th Head Chef in 35 years. After completing his apprenticeship with us 10 years ago he then went on to great heights at the legendary 41 & Berowra Waters, followed by Monopole and finally as Senior Sous Chef under Logan Campbell at Jonah’s at Whale Beach. Logan, by the way, was our Head Chef No 3. We do like to keep things in the family. George’s youth and vitality is infectious and he has a great understanding of our style and ethos.

Restaurant menu

Average price $125 Special request

Chef George Kohler recommends…

Culatello alla cipriani
$28

Italian culatello with rocket pesto, persimmon & parmesan crisps

Fiori di zucchini con gamberi
$32

Lightly fried zucchini flowers filled with prawns on a salad of shaved radish, apple & fresh tomato

Tartare di manzo
$35

Wagyu beef tartare with egg yolk, smoked daikon, caper leaves & porcini crackers

Ratings & Reviews

Excellent
9/10
based on 309 reviews
Only customers who have dined at the restaurant after making a booking on TheFork can leave a review.
Quality of food :9/10
Service :9.1/10
Setting :8.9/10
  1. Aimee M.
    Aimee M.
    • 12 reviews
    10/10

    As always Lucio’s is a wonderful dining experience. Welcoming and knowledgeable staff and delicious food are what makes this restaurant so special. Thank you and a merry Christmas to all!

  2. Suellen r.
    Suellen r.
    • 3 reviews
    6/10

    Service started ok but got worse as restaurant got busier. Forgot our side dish after we asked twice. Didn’t seem to care gave us a side we didn’t order and charged us. It used to be good but not so now. Food was just ok.

  3. John G.
    John G.
    • 5 reviews
    6/10

    The previous visit was excellent. However, this time there was a function in half the restaurant and both service and food were disappointing. Unlikely to return.

  4. Nilani M.
    Nilani M.
    • 3 reviews
    8.5/10

    Great service and delicious food. Quite expensive for the quality of food received. Wouldn’t make it a regular place but ok for once in a while, as there are plenty of alternatives nearby with equal or better offerings at better value.

  5. Simon S.
    Simon S.
    • one review
    10/10

    Amazing food loved the crab Pasta and squid pasta

    Lucio's Italian Restaurant

    Thank so much Simon for choosing Lucio's and for those wonderful 10''s Much appreciated. Kindest, Sally

  6. Kylie H.
    Kylie H.
    • one review
    10/10

    On arrival, there was no record of our booking that I had booked through a separate entity. But we were accommodated straight away and given a great table. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. A great night.

  7. A A.
    A A.
    • 269 reviews
    9.75/10

    Lovely evening, great food.

  8. David B.
    David B.
    • 6 reviews
    10/10

    My favourite restaurant in Paddington! Elegant, wonderful art on the walls, impeccable service and great food and wine! Not cheap but worth every penny! Lucio’s is magnificent! But I am not overfond of the beans!

  9. Amanda & Ian D.
    Amanda & Ian D.
    • 35 reviews
    10/10

    It's our "neighbourhood gem" ... we've never been disappointed. Grazie mille.

    Lucio's Italian Restaurant

    Grazie mille a voi! We love all those 10's. Always lo great to see you. Kindest, Sally

  10. A A.
    A A.
    • 290 reviews
    8/10

    Good food and drinks. Service was attentive. The highlight of the night was the pasta dish. All in all, a pleasant dining experience.

  11. A A.
    A A.
    • 267 reviews
    8/10

    We have been going to Lucio’s for some years. The food is always great and the service has been quietly attentive; just what you like. However, our last two visits have been spoiled by a very loud waiter, who has seemed more interested in over eloquent descriptions of the food rather than keeping the wine and water topped up. May not go again. Sad!

  12. Peter B.
    Peter B.
    • one review
    10/10

    Excellent service and perfect food, a great combination.

    Lucio's Italian Restaurant

    Thanks so much for choosing Lucio's for your dinner and many more thanks for your 10/10 scores. We hope to see you again soon. Kindest Sally

  13. A A.
    A A.
    • 276 reviews
    9/10

    Pasta was delicious!

  14. Jeannine A.
    Jeannine A.
    • one review
    10/10

    Brilliant service - (catered for me as a vegetarian: AMAZING veggie pasta dish - now going on their menu!) Fantastic wine list /top service and zucchini flowers to die for!!! We will be back sooner rather than later! J Ashbee

    Lucio's Italian Restaurant

    Thank you so much for taking the time to both write such a wonderful review, and for the phone call. It is so appreciated by all of us. We are delighted you enjoyed your time at Lucio's and look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Kindest. Sally

  15. A A.
    A A.
    • 239 reviews
    8.5/10

    like grandpa‘s home

  16. A A.
    A A.
    • 283 reviews
    9.75/10

    Fantastic service. A lovely evening.

  17. A A.
    A A.
    • 277 reviews
    10/10

    Excellent service and food

  18. A A.
    A A.
    • 268 reviews
    10/10

    Wonderful food, wine, service and venue. Lucio and his team are brilliant.

  19. A A.
    A A.
    • 273 reviews
    8.5/10

    Bring back the burrata !

  20. Tony H.
    Tony H.
    • one review
    7.5/10

    Always beautiful food Would love to see anchovies on the list And a simple pasta - oilio ?

    Lucio's Italian Restaurant

    Many thanks for your 10/10 recommendation and lovely review Tony. By anchovies I guess you mean fresh? We actually have one of the best tinned anchovies in the world on the menu served with bruschetta & our own tomato butter. As for a simple pasta - that we can always do, you just need to ask. Kindest Sally

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How to get to the restaurant

47 Windsor Street, 2021, Paddington, Australia

Directions to get there

Sydney Eastern Suburbs

About the restaurant

Food, wine & art

Lucio's has been serving exceptional Italian cuisine with a northern influence on this leafy Paddington corner since 1983. A constant recipient of numerous awards over the years, Lucio's continues to be recognised by critics, and enjoyed by customers for the fresh pasta made daily on the premises, traditional northern Italian cuisine (sometimes with a twist), outstanding service and attention to detail and eclectic wine list. The site originally housed the Hungry Horse Art Gallery and Restaurant, renowned for both excellent food and avante-garde contemporary art with such greats as John Olsen, Colin Lancley and Robert Hughes (before he decided he was more suited to the road of the art critic). Lucio has co-incidentally continued this harmonious tradition with great food and stunning Australian art.

Best dish: mirrool creek lamb backstrap wrapped in silver beet served with cannellini bean purée, roast cipollini & watercress

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