Hungry stomachs are forced to contemplate cooking their own food while our brains are busy plotting ways to make Hollywood starlets fall in love with our ungainly cousins. Quell an insurgent appetite with $40 worth of contemporary American cuisine at Luma for $20. Redeem your Groupon at either of Luma's two stylish locations for lunch or dinner Sundays through Thursdays only.
Though the upscale restaurant inspires diners to practice their continental etiquette, Luma's expert waitstaff will not duel for the honor of maître d' at diners' behest in the interest of maintaining a laid-back dining experience for all. Helmed by inventive gastromind Michael Rudman, Luma specializes in cool ambience, fresh ingredients, and seasonal selections that keep fickle foodies coming back for more. For dinner, a trio of oozy cheeses browned to perfection with crunchy foccacia crumbs and bacon help graduate mac 'n' cheese ($8) from its kiddy blue-boxed roots. Other standout starters include jumbo lump crab ($11), baked Brie ($9), and meatball sliders brushed with a basil-walnut pesto ($7). Luma's specialties include both surf and turf selections. From ginger-marinated pork ($18) to salmon stuffed with crab ($26), diners have plenty of inventive options. Vegetarians will appreciate the vegetarian delight (house-made spanakopita, $16) or the pumpkin ravioli dusted with shaved parmesan and studded with toasty pine nuts ($17).
Landscape paintings and mosaic tile at the Aspinwall location lend a beachy atmosphere perfect for smart business lunches. Impress your clients with Luma's lighter fare, such as grilled salmon over vinaigrette-dressed spinach or the creamy crab bisque ($7). The Mt. Lebanon locale is perfect for a romantic dinner amid dark wooden panels backed by dramatic glowing light and crisp white table linens. An accommodating patio at both locations and a romantic, upscale ambience allow diners to relax and chat over drinks.
- The atmosphere is as romantic and upscale as the food, and the menu is changed three times a year to add seasonal depth, says [executive chef Michael] Rudman, who oversees the kitchen... Despite the freedom of a changing menu, says Rudman, he never would remove popular items. The jumbo lump crab cake lightly baked and accompanied with a red onion caper sauce is Rudman's longtime signature dish. – Karin Welzel
- Using only fresh ingredients...the kitchen staff creates the delicious items on Rudman's menu...Diners will find American, Italian, Asian and a fusion blend of cuisine. Specialties include Canadian salmon stuffed with lump crab and grilled with Florida oranges and Grand Marnier; ahi tuna encrusted with pistachios, seared rare with a hoisin-garlic sauce and wasabi glaze...The entrees are just as adventurous -- Japanese pumpkin- and sweet potato-filled ravioli with mascarpone and a touch of garlic with a sage-cranberry cream...veal roulade stuffed with prosciutto, baby spinach, roasted tomatoes and lump crab braised with a smoked gouda bechamel. – Pam Starr
- This chic little restaurant offers quality fresh ingredients in a relaxed atmosphere at a moderate price, definitely one of the better venues in Pittsburgh. – shmelvin, Urbanspoon
- This was probably the best calamari I have ever had--it boasted true succulent flavours...Luma has earned the distinction of becoming one of my favourite "go-to" restaurants. – Luca Loo, Urbanspoon
Executive Chef Jim Brown whimsically incorporates new ingredients into traditional recipes, creating innovative flavor combinations that manage to make familiar dishes feel surprising. Crab-stuffed salmon explodes with flavor, while Korean flank steak and stacked chicken round out the menu. To accompany the eclectically inspired menu, Luma features an extensive list of internationally sourced wines that highlights the food-friendly vinos of California.