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Carluccio's - Reading, Reading,

Carluccio's - Reading

4.4
4.4
308 reviews
£25 and under
Italian
Welcome to Carluccio’s Italian restaurant in Forbury Square, Reading. The restaurant is just a 5 mins walk from the Oracle Shopping Centre.

We’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday to Sunday, offering a broad range of classic Italian food. On top of that, our menu also caters for vegetarians/vegans and those who are following a gluten free diet. Therefore you should book a table at Reading today!

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2 people

19:00


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 8:30 am–9:00 pm Fri 8:30 am–9:30 pm Sat, Sun 9:00 am–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    0118 214 7089

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

What 308 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Berkshire

    Outdoor Eating

  • Reading

    Best Overall

  • Reading

    Best Food

  • Reading

    Best Service

  • Reading

    Best Ambience

  • Reading

    Best Value

  • Reading

    Lunch

  • Reading

    Romance

  • Reading

    Most Booked

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  1. b

    bunty

    Berkshire

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are never disappointed at Carluccio's Reading. The selection, the value , delicious food but most of all the great service. Another totally enjoyable visit.
  2. A

    Archie

    Berkshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience1
    I opted for salad - it had 2 little piece of Avocado 2 pieces of sundried tomato 2 little pieces of goat cheese ome leaves and wheat??????? I cannot believe u can think it was for eating... very very disappointed and not coming back again
  3. CG

    ChrisG

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very good place, great atmosphere, great food
  4. HH

    HazzaH

    Berkshire

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    The lamb was over cooked and the vegetables were swimming in grease. We both had upset stomachs later!!! We wouldn’t go back.
  5. RP

    RobP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wide selection of menu choices. Dishes are interesting with a variety of complex flavourings. Really welcoming service. Recommended.
  6. G

    Greenmantle

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of our favourite places to eat in Reading and we always get a lovely welcome from the team. They also mix a great Aperol Spritz
  7. C

    Chris

    Berkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 September 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Food was average, focaccia felt more like thick sliced bread and the spinach ravioli didn’t taste of much. Mushroom risotto was good though. Service was odd, the staff were serious and although they weren’t rude, they didn’t give off the happiest vibes. Definitely has gone down a notch since the last time I visited.
  8. ME

    MikeE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 September 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    A very pleasant and enjoyable Birthday Breakfast. Food was tasty and good quality. Service was friendly and professional and quick and efficient. Place was peaceful as great location and clean and hygienic. Definitely go back
  9. S

    Steve

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 9 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the food. So tasty. Good price. Great service. I go back time and again.
  10. MC

    MargaritaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice family/friends place with tasty food and drinks.
  11. VB

    VictoriaB

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 September 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Food was good however service was terrible. Had to ask for tap water 4 times. Staff carried drinks in their hands so had to do multiple trips rather than using a tray. Not at all attentive - didn’t seem to care about customers and their experience at all.
  12. AP

    APH59

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always loved Carluccio’s Reading and before Covid visited probably 20 times a year, at all times of day (breakfasts are superb!). Haven’t been for lunch for ages but everything was every bit as good as it ever was. Ordered our old favourites, worrying they might have been tweaked whilst we’ve been away, but it was like coming home. The taste of the food and excellent cheery service were the same as ever. It was rather quiet for a Sunday lunchtime, but I don’t want this branch to go the way of so many, so will just have to start my Carluccio’s habit again - use it or lose it!
  13. BR

    BenR

    Buckinghamshire

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 29 August 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Decent and consistent food at Carluccios and not too expensive. The restaurant in Reading is clean and modern though quite noisy as its a big and open with no soft furnishings to absorb and for me it has a bit of a 'diner' vibe. But if you are just there with friends rather than a romantic dinner for 2, its great.
  14. CA

    CARRIEH

    London

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 26 August 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always enjoy visiting here. The staff are very friendly and remember me and my friend when we visit. Nice place to sit and enjoy some wine and lovely tasty food
  15. TL

    TL456

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating a family birthday and the staff went out of theitlr way to make it special for us.
  16. W

    Wolves62

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 24 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very welcoming staff. Lovely ambience and superb food. Piping hot and very well presented
  17. ET

    EmmaT

    Berkshire

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 19 August 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Hadn't been here for dinner for a while and was a bit shocked at how quiet it was on a Friday evening - suits me personally, but can't be good for the restaurant. Our waiter was lovely. I ordered the Penne Giardiniera, which I've had many times - it was delicious as always but the crispy spinach balls have definitely got smaller, which was disappointing - is spinach expensive?! Overall we had a lovely meal. (I've marked the value down for the hefty wine markup - I understand that mid-range restaurants do this, but still ...)
  18. SO

    SamanthaO

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food. Relaxing, chilled atmosphere. Efficient, friendly and professional staff. Love this place tucked away in one of the nicer parts of Reading. Would highly recommend.
  19. DH

    DanielH

    Surrey

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 August 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    I have visited multiple Carluccio’s and always enjoy the food. This time however, the risotto this time was bland and stodgy. Nobody was on hand to seat us when we arrived and instead we had to approach the bar and ask. We were then delivered a starter to share without a plate to take food from the centre plate to eat. When I complained about the food at the end I was told I should have said straight away and not at the end although I had left more than half of my meal. Staff were rude, unsympathetic and the food was not up to standard.
  20. P

    Pennie

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 August 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    We always enjoy our meals at Carluccios, nothing happened to change our view on that. All very good
  21. R

    Rick

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A lovely quiet affordable meal. We both chose dishes we wouldn’t routinely eat at home and weren’t disappointed! Thank you!

    Carluccio's - ReadingResponded on 2 August 2022Hi, we are so glad to hear this! see you next time, Ania

  22. c

    carnaybrily

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food always tastes fresh and plentiful. The staff are always happy to see you, friendly and helpful. I wanted something but not so spicy and they offered to change out the sauce so was wonderful.

    Carluccio's - ReadingResponded on 2 August 2022Hi carnaybrily! We are really happy that you enjoyed your meal! Your kind words mean a lot to us! see you next time! Ania

  23. M

    Megan

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a great time celebrating our anniversary at Carluccios. The staff were all super friendly and the food was so tasty.

    Carluccio's - ReadingResponded on 2 August 2022Hi Megan! we are really pleased that you choose our restaurant for your celebration and have a good time here. many thanks, Ania

  24. KA

    KatieA

    Berkshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The waiter was lovely, we had pâté to start with which was nice, The bread was slightly more overdone than I would like, tasted slightly burnt. I had a lasagne for my main which tasted very bland.

    Carluccio's - ReadingResponded on 2 August 2022Hi KatieA, I'm really sorry to hear that the food wasn't up to our standards - we will keep eye on this! many thanks, Ania

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always a friendly welcome smile and great table Food service and atmosphere great another great evening with the staff at reading Thank you
  26. d

    drav

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    Ordered mussels, they were far from fresh. Complained and they refunded me without a problem as the manager realized such dish should have never left the kitchen.

    Carluccio's - ReadingResponded on 2 August 2022Hi drav! I'm really sorry that the dish wasn't up to our standards. I appreciate your honest review - we will make sure that not gonna happen again. many thanks, Ania

  27. AD

    AlexD

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Arrived to celebrate a leaving party with a group of 14 and we had a great time. Service was great, drinks and food were fantastic and promptly served. Would definitely visit again with a large group.

    Carluccio's - ReadingResponded on 2 August 2022Hi AlexD! we are so happy to hear this! see you next time! Ania

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Staff are half arsed about giving customer service

    Carluccio's - ReadingResponded on 2 August 2022Hi, I'm really sorry to hear this, could you please provide me with more details about your visit? (date, time) at reading@carluccios.co.uk many thanks, Ania

  29. TI

    TIMB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    3course lunch menu great choice and great value. Definitely enough to eat. Service quick and friendly. Four of us spent 3 hours over lunch with 3 bottles of wine for £35 each. No hassle

    Carluccio's - ReadingResponded on 2 August 2022Hi TIMB, I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed our set menu and some wine. many thanks, Ania

  30. DL

    DianaL

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 July 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We, a party of 3 ladies, were offered the choice of outside or inside. As it was very hot, we opted for a quiet corner inside. The food was very good , the salads unusual but delicious.
  31. SS

    SilverStoat

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great service and food. Staff were excellent and the food was hot and well cooked. Recommend. My wife is hard to please and she will bought it for as very good for a chain.

    Carluccio's - ReadingResponded on 2 August 2022Hi SilverStoat! I'm really pleased to hear that you have a lovely time in our restaurant, especially your wife comment means a lot to us. many thanks, Ania

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Carlluccios and staff are always great we’re made to feel so welcome. Food is great too.
  33. SW

    SahraW

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service. Lovely atmosphere which made for a great evening with friends.
  34. S

    Sam1

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Very good menu choices, good quality food and drink. Good service. Thank you, an excellent girls afternoon!
  35. K

    Katie

    Berkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The four of us enjoyed all courses of our meal, with good service.
  36. DM

    DarrenM

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Great service, great restaurant , staff so helpful

    Carluccio's - ReadingResponded on 30 June 2022Hi DarrenM, Thank you very much for your review. We are happy to know that you had a lovely time and a great experience. We hope to see you again. Have a nice day. Greta

  37. LC

    LucyC

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great service considering there were 13 of us and very accommodating. Would definitely go again.

    Carluccio's - ReadingResponded on 30 June 2022Good Morning LucyC, Thank you very much for your review. We are very happy to hear that you had a nice experience with us. We hope to see you soon. Have a nice day. Greta

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service love it!
  39. ND

    NicoDine

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Nice restaurant with good food. Family lunch marred by the lack of timely allergy information/ My niece has severe nut allergy. We were told the ice-cream was not free. However, once she had nearly finished (and following us checking that the biscuit that come with the ice-cream was also nut free) the front of house manager came over and informed us that the ice-cream 'may' contain nuts due to its method of manufacturer despite having no nuts in the actual ingredients. This should have been flagged to us BEFORE my niece ate any- she would not have ordered it if we had known. Luckily there were no adverse reactions but rather spoiled the meal. in general, manufacturers' ought to be capable of producing completely nut free products by now- it is really restricting when eating out !!
  40. VM

    VeronicaM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Great food. Can be busy and noisy

    Carluccio's - ReadingResponded on 18 June 2022Hi VeronicaM! We are so happy that you enjoyed your meal! have a great day, Ania

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Carluccio's - Reading offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0118 214 7089.

Carluccio's - Reading is rated 4.4 stars by 308 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Carluccio's - Reading

Unit 1, Davidson House, Forbury Square, Reading, RG1 3EY

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Forbury Gardens Park

  • Area

    Reading

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 8:30 am–9:00 pm Fri 8:30 am–9:30 pm Sat, Sun 9:00 am–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    Kings Road bus stop

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

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