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George Kohler

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.

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Total Score

8.8
959 reviews
Recommended
(8.9)
Food
(8.8)
Service
(9.1)
Value for money
(8.0)
Atmosphere
(8.8)

dined on Tue, 2 Jul 2019

(5)
Some uncomfortable moments with the waiter as had an odd style about him. A little waiting around to get started, but okay after that. Waiter served us a more expensive wine by “mistake” and had to drink as had been poured. At end of the night, we proceeded to get charged for the said more expensive bottle and a 3rd bottle which we had not drunk. Billing errors not handled great by waiter, but got sorted in the end. Food good, but not for the price paid.
Dear Wendy. Thank you for your feedback - it is always appreciated. Your tone, however would indicate that you believe we deliberately tried to deceive and/or cheat you. This was absolutely not the case. The first wine you ordered was a Barolo @ $135. Unfortunately we had just run out of stock and you were offered and chose a Barbaresco @ $175. At no time did the waiter offer this to you at a the Barolo price , he did not have the authority to do so. However, when you complained it was done immediately as a matter of courtesy. So, while the pouring of the Barbaresco, which you chose, was clearly not a mistake that you were forced to drink, we are sorry to say that the double charging of your second bottle of wine, a Shiraz, was indeed a simple mistake, and again it was rectified immediately without any fuss. Human error cannot be helped, but we always try our best to keep our guests happy if something goes wrong. We believe that we did so in this case, not "in the end" but immediately. We are pleased that you were able to rate the food as good, but we only use the best local and imported produce in all our dishes and that inevitably has to put the price up. We hope to welcome you back another time, without any "uncomfortable moments". Kind regards, Sally Galletto
Sally Galetto, Lucio's Italian Restaurant responded on Wed, 3 Jul 2019

dined on Thu, 6 Jun 2019

(10)
Amazing food and truly exceptional service!
Amazing review and exceptionally kind words. Many thanks. Sally
Sally Galetto, Lucio's Italian Restaurant responded on Fri, 14 Jun 2019

dined on Thu, 23 May 2019

(10)
I have been eating at Lucio's for 30 years and during that time it has never failed to impress. Simply the best Italian dining experience one could ask for. If you are after food that is special then Lucio's is the place for you. It offers ambience, excellent food & wine and great service. Treat yourself.
Thank you so very much for your wonderful review and very kind words Greg. Lucio was delighted to see you again the other day. Kindest, Sally
Sally Galetto, Lucio's Italian Restaurant responded on Thu, 30 May 2019

dined on Sat, 6 Apr 2019

(10)
Loved Lucio, the food and family.
Many thanks Tanya - we loved having you in. Kindest Sally
Sally Galetto, Lucio's Italian Restaurant responded on Tue, 9 Apr 2019

dined on Wed, 13 Feb 2019

(9)
Lucio's is famous for good reasons and great for a special occasion or treating yourself and loved ones.
Thanks so much Daniel. Your 10/10 recommendation is much appreciated. Kind regards, Sally
Sally Galetto, Lucio's Italian Restaurant responded on Sat, 16 Feb 2019

dined on Sat, 26 Jan 2019

(10)
As always never disappoints. Beautifully prepared and presented Italian food with probably the most knowledgeable and personable service in Sydney. No wonder it has been around for decades and continually receives rave reviews and accolades.
Thanks so much for your perfect scores and perfectly delightful review Michael. We look forward to welcoming you back very soon :-) Kindest Sally
Sally Galetto, Lucio's Italian Restaurant responded on Sat, 2 Feb 2019

dined on Sat, 20 Jul 2019

(7)
Standard Italian food
Suzanne Santucci

dined on Sat, 13 Jul 2019

(10)
Fantastic, food and service was impeccable.
Many thanks for dining with us Suzanne. Your very kind words and top scores are much appreciated. Kindest Sally
Sally Galetto, Lucio's Italian Restaurant responded on Mon, 15 Jul 2019

dined on Sat, 13 Jul 2019

(10)
One of the best institutions I've ever been in!
Thank you Tim for your very kind words and terrific scores. Very much appreciated by the whole team. Kindest, Sally Galletto
Sally Galetto, Lucio's Italian Restaurant responded on Thu, 18 Jul 2019

dined on Fri, 12 Jul 2019

(10)
Service was exceptional. Can't think of a better venue for genuine friendly and efficient service. Lucio himself is a treasure.
Thanks so much for your terrific scores and very kind words Martin. We treasure our treasure too. Kindest, Sally
Sally Galetto, Lucio's Italian Restaurant responded on Sun, 14 Jul 2019
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Specials

Truffles & Barolo-Epicurean Delight - 31st July

Australian Black Truffles & their Antipodean soul mates, Barolo & Barbaresco. Five course degustation menu with matching wines celebrating the very best of both worlds. The rarity and expense of both Truffles & Barolo means this dinner will have a one off price increase to $250pp - but trust us, it is worth every cent. Complimentary Mineral Water courtesy of San Pellegrino A credit card is required to secure your reservation. In the event of a no show, substantial reduction in numbers or cancellation within 7 days of this reservation an amount of $180 per person will be debited from this credit card as a cancellation fee. The total bill is payable on the night. Not available in conjunction with gift vouchers or any other offer. Price $250 Availability 6.30pm or 7.15pm
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31 Jul 2019
Wed 6:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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31 Jul 2019
Wed 7:15 PM - 7:15 PM
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Michael Hall Masterclass - Epicurean Delight

Calling all Wine Nerds Five course degustation menu with self confessed wine nerd, Michael Hall, in attendance, showcasing his stunning new releases & offing a rare taste of some older wines from his private cellar. Complimentary Mineral Water courtesy of San Pellegrino A credit card is required to secure your reservation. In the event of a no show, substantial reduction in numbers or cancellation within 7 days of this reservation an amount of $100 per person will be debited from this credit card as a cancellation fee. The total bill is payable on the night. Not available in conjunction with gift vouchers or any other offer. Price $165 Availability 6.30pm or 7.15pm
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28 Aug 2019
Wed 6:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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28 Aug 2019
Wed 7:15 PM - 7:15 PM
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Epicurean Delight - TBA - 25th September

We are working on the details now to bring you something really special. A credit card is required to secure your reservation. In the event of a no show, substantial reduction in numbers or cancellation within 7 days of this reservation an amount of $100 per person will be debited from this credit card as a cancellation fee. The total bill is payable on the night. Not available in conjunction with gift vouchers or any other offer. Price $165 Availability 6.30pm or 7.15pm
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25 Sep 2019
Wed 6:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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25 Sep 2019
Wed 7:15 PM - 7:15 PM
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Truffles & Barolo-Epicurean Delight - 7th August

Australian Black Truffles & their Antipodean soul mates, Barolo & Barbaresco. Five course degustation menu with matching wines celebrating the very best of both worlds. The rarity and expense of both Truffles & Barolo means this dinner will have a one off price increase to $250pp - but trust us, it is worth every cent. Complimentary Mineral Water courtesy of San Pellegrino A credit card is required to secure your reservation. In the event of a no show, substantial reduction in numbers or cancellation within 7 days of this reservation an amount of $180 per person will be debited from this credit card as a cancellation fee. The total bill is payable on the night. Not available in conjunction with gift vouchers or any other offer. Price $250 Availability 6.30pm or 7.15pm
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07 Aug 2019
Wed 6:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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07 Aug 2019
Wed 7:15 PM - 7:15 PM
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About Lucio's Italian 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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