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Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel
Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel

Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.auberginecarmel.com
  • Phone: (831) 624-8578
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner served daily from 6:00pm to 9:30pm.

    Private parties in the Wine Cellar or al fresco dining in the flower-filled courtyard can be arranged upon request. Contact events@laubergecarmel.com.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Seafood, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Justin Cogley
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For weddings, private dining and special events please call our Events Coordinator at 831-622-5907 or email: events@laubergecarmel.com.
  • Private Party Facilities: Restaurant buy-outs are possible at L'Auberge Carmel. L'Auberge Carmel's private Wine Cellar can seat parties up to ten people.
  • Private Party Contact: Reservations (831) 624-8578

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is offered; street parking is optional.
A word from Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel
Executive Chef Justin Cogley and Executive Pastry Chef Ron Mendoza prepare sophisticated modern California cuisine. With access to an array of outstanding local products as well as ingredients and artisan purveyors from around the world, Cogley and Mendoza focus on incorporating these elements into their ever-changing menus.The intimate 12-table Aubergine restaurant features an underground wine cellar that was constructed beneath the inn's courtyard to house the restaurant's 4,500 bottle collection. The wine list features great wines from around the world but especially wines from Monterey County.

Reservation Cancellation Policy: 24 Hours Prior to Reservation Time.
Late Cancellation Fee: $50 per person Cancelling.

Dining Room Attire: Smart Casual. Jackets for gentlemen are encouraged. Ties are optional. No t-shirts, shorts, or tennis shoes please.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Unparallelled tastes of wine, cuisine and service... We just went with the Menu items this visit and were humbled by the alchemy of taste and texture presented by the Chef and Sommelier."
    Dined on 10/6/2014
  • "Each course was amazing. Small melt-in-your-mouth portions. Great experience. Probably about $100 overpriced, but still an amazing experience."
    Dined on 10/4/2014
  • "It was good but not spectacular. Some dishes did not come together. Especially a garden salad with something baked inside that was very sweet.I forget what it was called but it was like cake pieces. Not expected when you are eating savory courses and have wine. That thread continued through some of the dishes,you wanted to totally like them but couldn't."
    Dined on 9/22/2014
  • "As close to perfect as one could expect. We've been to dozens of Michelin-starred restaurants and few compare. Beautiful, delicious food. Wonderful wine pairings. Professional service. Can't wait to get back."
    Dined on 9/20/2014
  • "Wonderful meal! I especially loved the sea urchin on sea milk with the ocean flower, the duck liver pate, and the special hokkaido beef with the matrix of toppings... The service was very nice. The only thing missing was, as I was driving myself, I couldn't get the wine pairing..."
    Dined on 9/17/2014
  • "A couple of good dishes and a few dissaponting ones, some of the flavors were too complicated to really enjoy... Suggest to simplify the menu.- On another not we were not told that UPGRADING the beef was extra ant got a bill for $739 ???????"
    Dined on 9/15/2014
  • "We stayed in Carmel for two nights as part of our honeymoon trip, and chose Aubergine for a celebratory dinner. The staff were attentive and gracious, the dining room is small but still airy and bright. Of course, the food is what you come for, and all we can say is that it was exquisite. The Tasting Menu is nine courses, each one a surprise. The attention to detail, flavor pairings and presentation were superb! Our dinner was complemented by the Sommelier wine pairings, a must! After dinner, we had the pleasure of meeting the Executive Chef, Justin Cogley so that we could thank him for a wonderful evening that we will never forget."
    Dined on 9/13/2014
  • "We did a five course tasting menu at Aubergine with the matching wine pairing. Although all of the food dishes were beautiful to look at, some were not very satisfying. I felt the dishes were trying too hard to be unusual. On the other hand, the wines were amazing and very thoughtfully selected. The choices were not what you would normally expect, but always spot on. For instance, a cru Beaujolais, a Moulin-a-Vent, to go with the beef course which had a huckleberry sauce. It was prefect. My husband & I were in the wine business before we retired, and loved all the wine selections; champagne from a small grower/producer, an amazing dry German rosé, a French Chenin Blanc, a California Rousanne, and a fortified dessert wine from Champagne."
    Dined on 9/11/2014
  • "Totally matched my expectations for a world class restaurant, eating alone with paired wines, on a weeknight."
    Dined on 9/10/2014
  • "Pretentious, yes. Excellent food, service and ambiance, yes."
    Dined on 8/31/2014
  • "Great food. Elegant presentation. Great flavors and mix of ingredients. I made the mistake of eating a late lunch, but still opted for the 9-course tasting menu. Even on somewhat of a full stomach I still forced myself to get through all nine courses because it was so good. The meat dishes were cooked perfectly. Definitely deserves a Michelin star (or two)."
    Dined on 8/31/2014
  • "Delicious chef's menu creation with excellent reserved wine pairing. The service was wonderful and flawless. Will definitely return for other special occasions!"
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "We had an outstanding and memorable dinner. The many food items that we ordered and the chef provided were exquisite, as were their unique presentations. It exceeded our expectations. The service was quite good. We asked to meet the chef to personally thank him for such a luscious meal. He was very gracious."
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "Dinner, service, ambience was off the charts. Setting is extraordinary Cost of the experience makes it a one time event. We loved it but Won't be back. Twice the amount I've paid for a dinner for two in The finest restaurants in the world."
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "Aubergine more than lived up to its outstanding reputation as we had a most memorable dining experience. Four of us had the tasting menu and although we at first feared it would be too much food, the many dishes were small enough to allow us to eagerly anticipate the next offering but yet large enough to allow us to fully appreciate the delicious food and the artistry of the chef. We savored each of the many dishes. The service was impeccable and the overall atmosphere matched the high quality of the food. This is THE restaurant to enjoy a special occasion."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "The Hokkaido beef alone was an experience. We tried the tasting menu and every single dish was amazing."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "This restaurant was wonderful! The service was impeccable and the food was wonderful. We opted for the four course meal ($110) with the wine pairings. The wines made the food "pop". The wines arrived on time. Since the menu changes daily, there is no point in discussing the details of what we had - but, the cheese choice is great. We will go back for sure."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "You dont expect this quality meal in Carmel. However, the chef's tasting menu was great, the attention to detail was perfect. Additionally, the wine pairings were both inventive and really good matches."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "The full tasting menu w/ wine pairings is nothing short of spectacular. My wife and I agree that this was the best restaurant experience of our lives. Plan on 2.5 - 3 hours of delight and surprise."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Having dined at other L'Auberge properties we were anxious to try another. We were in town for Monterey auto week and were disappointed to see that one of two tasting menus was available and no al a carte options existed. The experience started off poorly when the maitre d' saw we brought a bottle of our own wine. As avid wine collectors we are accustomed to paying corkage fees and do this frequently. We did purchase a bottle in addition to the one we brought but needless to say she was not happy. Ultimately the meal cost $250/person and automatically included a 20% service charge, despite marginal service. The food was good in many respects, a few highlights included the pate and the rib eye. I don't think we will return."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed the dining experience. The food was excellent & the service was equal. Great selection of spirits & wine."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Service charge of 18% - 20% is already included in the price (party of 4); this is not common practice. Don't like the fact that the 4 had to order the same menu. Tried the special japanese beef; price was very high ($32.00 per ounce)."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Fine ingredients for the best Flavor. Great experience."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "This Beautiful small restaurant in the heart of Carmel knows what dining is all about. It's a tasting menu and the night we dined each course was better than the next! Can't begin to say how perfect it was from the amuse bouche to the chocolates at the very end. If this place was in Paris it would have 3 Michelin stars it's that good!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "I booked my reservation (as well as a room at the hotel - a must go place) two months in advance. Even though I was attacked by seasonal allergies, I felt the extraordinary combination of flavors and ingredients. The wine pairing, a must, was excellent. Service and attention was second to none. I would definitely come again."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant. Tasting menu was great and the presentation of food was very imaginative. The service was perfect!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Food and presentation was wonderful and enjoyable The sommelier was friendly and helpful. Romantic"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed dining at Aubergine in Carmel, California. We purchased the wine pairing and the wines chosen complemented the food perfectly. The courses were beautifully presented as well as delicious and we left feeling satisfied but not overly full. Each touch, like the homemade rolls and the cookies to take with us, as well as the opportunity to step into the kitchen and meet the chef, was special and memorable. We definitely will try and return."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Jamie from Coi in San Francisco recommended this place. She said Michelin hasn't been down to review the restaurant yet. But...they will. The food was delicious...Dan...our server, was terrific. The $55.00 corking fee is to much. The wagyu filet from the Hokkaido region of Japan was like nothing ever before...incredible and worth it!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Aubergine was a once of a lifetime dining experience. The food was impeccable and the sommelier was unrivalled. They even had an awesome mix of music."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Very intimate with fantastic food. One of the best restaurants I have been to in the world"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our anniversary and was very pleased that we got to experience the outstanding food and service. This is a small but exquisite venue. The Executive Chief is Justin Cogley who previously worked at Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago. He has created a very unique and wonderful menu. In my opinion there are only 2 concerns. They are the small size of the portions on the Tasting Menu and the cost of the meal. But, to our surprise we were full at the end and totally enjoyed each course with the paired wine. It is a meal we will never forget."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "an amazing meal - food, ambiance, presentation couldn't have been better. Wish we lived closer so we could make a return visit. Worth a journey"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "My husband and I were looking for a very nice place to celebrate our anniversary, and Aubergine did not disappoint. From the moment we walked in, we were treated like royalty. The service is impeccable. The food, outstanding. Each course was beautifully prepared and presented. We even got to go meet the chef and rest of the kitchen after our meal (and we received a very nice gift in the way of an autographed menu from Chef Justin Cogley! We will be back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Dinner at Aubergine was impeccable. From the first to the last course everything was amazing. My husband and I could not pick a favorite course because each one out did the previous. Small, quaint, romantic dining room. Service was friendly, professional and spot on. After dinner we were invited to meet the chef. Executive Chef Justin Cogley was very humble and definitely deserves 2 Michelin Stars."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Very good service but Disappointing,strange food and extremely pricy."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We enjoyed the chef's tasting menu and wine pairing, but it was very expensive and just a bit over the top. Definitely a once in a lifetime experience so now that we have been there and done that, doubt we will be back."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Brilliant imaginative food with perfect wine matching. Totally professional service."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "The chef's tasting menu was delicious save the first three courses which were nothing too special. Portions were a bit on the scarce side, however, and made the overall price--already pretty steep--feel a bit over the top. It was also a bit annoying to have additional up selling of special versions of some of the dishes (eg, special Japanese steak that was $32/oz with a minimum portion of 4 oz!) when the meal was already quite expensive. The wine list was extensive and excellent."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Aubergine is perfect. The food, the wine and the service are excellent and consistent. We live on the Monterey Peninsula and go to Aubergine a few times each year and it never disappoints. Yes it is expensive and the serving are small, but each one has incredible mix of flavor, texture and taste. The wine pairings are always right on. We have never left disappointed or feeling we had paid to much. Go and enjoy a unique dining experience."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
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