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Carluccio's - Reading
Ranked #68 of 614 Restaurants in Reading
Price range: US$26 - US$30
Cuisines: Italian, European
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Good for: Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Drinks, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Whistler, Canada
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54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Was expecting more . . .”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

Came here for a meal with work colleagues, having heard such great raves on it. Although the evening went okay, there was definitely a lack of atmosphere (maybe because it was a weekday).
Also just a small gripe, it would have been good not to have had to ask for our plates to be cleared away. It was almost as if we were an after thought. I imagine this was due to a lack of waiting staff. The food was fine, although lack of desserts, but this was overcome.

Would we return? Probably not as had hoped for something a little more special. That said, maybe you should try for yourself. It could just have been a bad night.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank Val E
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Reading, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Never again”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

Wanted to go in this restaurant since long time hoping that the food with service is nice but unfortunately NOT.
We had to wait long for drinks order ,service was very slow , food is a real disappointment .
At least do check back with the food if your customers are happy with their meal or not ,its not that we are eating for free.

If you are doing a customer service and you do mistake ,you need to learn how to apologise and say sorry to your customer rather than turning back and say nothing as if nothing happen its not the right way .
Very careless .

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank maurizio_93uk
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Reading, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Consistently excellent - confidently recommend”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

We must have been to Carluccios in Reading about 5 or 6 times now and it is always excellent. Service is good, attentive without being fussy. Food is always really good whatever you order. The sharing starter platter is beautifully presented, plentiful and extremely tasty. The specials are always tempting and Nice deserts if you can manage.
Thoroughly recommend, will always be good and at about £25 a head - excellent value

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank GJ W
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Berkshire, UK
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69 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Nice location for a drink in the sun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2014

Stopped off while shopping for a few drinks. Sat outside, a calm area in a bustling town on Sat, up market feel to the nice square. Nice outdoor area, sat in the sun mid afternoon, cold peroni , when ordering a latte was given a choice of blend. Will definitely pop back to try it for a meal

Visited June 2014
Thank gbmav
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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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316 reviews
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“Tasty affordable al fresco dinner”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014 via mobile

I came here with three friends on a sunny Wednesday evening in June, and we were brave enough to sit outside. I've been to a few branches of the restaurant outside of Reading, which is why I recommended to my friends that we try this one.
Service was a little slow, but the guy was so friendly and we were happy chatting so that didn't really matter.
We had the Menu Fisso and everyone else had three courses for £14.50 whereas I had two for £11, all of which we thought were a great deal!
The starters were apparently delicious, although I can't help thinking my friends' Bruschetta should have been two bits of bread! The sausage pasta was delicious, as was the creamy pasta the rest of the table had! Then we all enjoyed a mixture of ice cream and sorbet for dessert.
It took a while to bring us the bill, which was annoying because it was cold and trains to catch, but all in all it was a very pleasant meal indeed. The atmosphere inside by 8pm when we left was buzzing, and the toilets are very nice indeed - always important!

Thank RachelMary D
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