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Cafe Luna - San Diego
Cafe Luna - San Diego
  • Address:
    11040 Rancho Carmel Drive
    San Diego, CA 92128
    Neighborhood:
    Poway / Rancho Bernardo
  • Cuisine:
    Italian
    Price: $30 and under

Cafe Luna - San Diego Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafelunasd.com/
  • Phone: (858) 673-0077
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm; Sunday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Happy Hour 4:00 - 8:00 Tues - Fri
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, European
  • Executive Chef: Paden Skaggs
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout
  • Catering: Café Luna offers full catering for any occasion. Birthday celebrations, weddings, family reunions & private parties. From casual to elegant, we promise to make your day special! Contact our events coordinator, Jamie Wimmer, to submit your special request today.
  • Private Party Facilities: Cafe Luna can accommodate 35 quests seated in our Wine Room or 50 guests seated in our Dining Room. The cost to hold a private party using either rooms requires a $1,500 booking. The catering cost is reflected in that amount.
  • Private Party Contact: Jamie Wimmer (858) 673-0077

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Carmel Mountain Road
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Cafe Luna - San Diego
An Evening at Cafe Luna has best been described as "A Celestial Dining Experience"
Each and every item on our menu, including our savory nightly specials, are hand-crafted to order with you, our guest, in mind. According to owner, Susan Haywood, "Our word-of-mouth reputation brings in new customers but it's the food that keeps them coming back." Café Luna was named "San Diego's Best Kept Secret" from San Diego Home & Garden readers. In addition Café Luna has been awarded 1st place for "Best Italian Food" on the channel 10 A-List. Some of Café Luna's signature dishes are our Tornadoes Gorgonzola, our Fusilli Umbriaco and our highly requested Rosetta - a homemade pasta sheet rolled with ham and Swiss cheese that's sliced and baked with a Parmesan cream sauce. In addition to exceptional food & service, Café Luna also has an extensive wine list and a full bar. The atmosphere is romantic yet comfortable. We also offer off site catering, ask for our General Manager, Jamie Wimmer.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "I reviewed this place in the past and gave it five stars. My husband and I called it our secret place. However, I must say, due to their increasing prices and decreasing portion size, it is not that great of a value anymore. I felt this time that the quality was a bit off as well. My husband's chicken was on the bland side and my tournadoes/petite filets which I have gotten several times before didn't seem as top-notch as in the past. Still good but we are in no rush to return."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Nice ambiance. House Chardonnay overpriced at $14 a glass and ice tea tasted terrible. Had to send the ice tea back. I later asked if they had tasted the tea and the waiter agreed it was not correctly prepared. Ordered the veal piccata which was quite good. It was preceeded by a very delicious green salad, however, the pasta, accompanying the veal, came with a red sauce that did lack in flavor. Portions were adequate and service friendly and attentive. I would try this restaurant again and try some of their other entrees but I am not in a big rush to return. At least get the ice tea right!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "A great place for special occasions. Their food is delicious and the atmsophere is warm and inviting + their wait staff is outstanding. Try it!!!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Every time we have been there, I am amazed by the delicious food we have tried. This time it wasn't so much the main entree; although that was simply great as well. This time the winner was the Summer Salad. I won't spoil the surprise for you by listing the ingredients; but, the Summer Salad was off-the-chart good. I could have had several more servings of just that!! My only compliant is that a table for two is very small and we had to keep moving things to make room. But that's a small gripe to experience such wonderful food."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Nice find. Great food. If you book through Open Table, make sure they check you in so you don't get a no show warning from OT."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "A great, smaller neighborhood restaurant serving true Italian cuisine for a romantic date night or for a group meal. I've been to this restaurant numerous times over the years and it has been excellent each time. Parking was easy, the servers were friendly and attentive, the food was absolutely amazing and there is a great list of cocktails, beer and wine to choose from."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We were on vacation in the San Diego area and wanted a nice local place to eat that was decidedly NOT a chain-type restaurant or tourist trap. Cafe Luna fit the bill perfectly! We found this little gem by searching Yelp and the reviews Cafe Luna earned were well deserved. The food was great, the service both friendly and attentive and the prices were quite reasonable. If you find yourself in the area give yourself a nice break from the chain-scene and visit Cafe Luna!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Great place for REAL Italian food. There is no reason to go to the olive garden with food like this available."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Never disappointed with the menu or service at Cafe Luna. This is really my (gulp!) 20th year going and I have never been disappointed with the food or service. A few changes over the years (bar area, liquor menu) but still the same experience - a good thing. If it isn't broke...."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I've been to Luna many times. Almost always for lunch. The staff is always pleasant and the food consistently good"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "My wife and I were looking for a restaurant in the Carmel Mountain Ranch area because of another appointment we had in the area. I started with a Google search and then followed up with Yelp reviews. We landed on Luna and made our reservations through Open Table. Even though Luna had other positive reviews, it was still a find. Hidden in a strip mall with an unassuming store front. Service was wonderful and the food was really outstanding. (My wife had sea bass and and I had the manicotti.) Don't need to dress up, but great for a date or just good food."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Dinner, unfortunately, wasn't as good as previous dinners I have had here."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Excellent choice of appetizers and entrees. Great food with good service. This was a first vsit but I wold certainly come again."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Had a fantastic dinner. The Osso Buco was great. Our server Ian gave us a great wine suggestion. He even brought us the bottle so we could get more information about it. I would highly recommend Cafe Luna to anyone looking for a quaint and delicious neighborhood eatery."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I have been there for both lunch and dinner and the food and service was excellent on both occasions. I have taken out of town guests and they were very impressed with the varied menu and the specials. The chocolate mousse for dessert is above and beyond."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "You will always have a good meal at Café Luna. Food is great and service is friendly."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We come here just 2 or 3 times a year but the food is always great and the service is usually perfect."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "I booked a reservation here because it was convenient, and had a good choice of pasta dishes for my boyfriend who was running the Safari Park half-marathon the next day (carbo loading and all, ya know). We had never stayed at that hotel before (Double Tree), nor had we dined at this restaurant before. Because it was my boyfriend's birthday and our 3rd anniversary, I decided that this seemed like a suitable restaurant. Well, and how! We had the most charming and lovely waitress, Heather, who was simply delightful. We started with the Italian antipasto, which we shared, then went on to the Osso Bucco (for me), and my boyfriend, the filet mignon pasta. All wonderful... the wine was fab, the lemon tart for dessert a hit -- and all great!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We had a wonderful experience at Café Luna. A group of us went to lunch to celebrate a special occasion ... we had excellent food and excellent service (Thanks, Taj!). I will definitely be back! "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "I typically enjoy the food here, but this time it was only edible. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Could not have had better service from Tory! We had a reservation for six at 7:45 and when I called to let them know we would be late, Tory answered the phone, reassured me they would hold our table and when we arrived greeted us and never once made us feel rushed or hurried. She was knowledgeable about the menu and easily accommodated a few diners with special needs. Thanks for providing us with a wonderful evening!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Fantastic Food - service was spot on and server knew the menu. The hostess was adorable. I'm from NJ and found the recommendation on my hotel website and hoped my co-workers from LA and Northern Cal were OK with the choice. I chose it because it was close and the website looked great - Boy are we happy we did. When I get back to my office in SanDiego - this is where I would come back to eat! Well Done Cafe Luna."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We have enjoyed Café Luna for many years. Never disappointed, always fun to share with friends."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This is such a great, dependable gem of a restaurant. Dishes are prepared with care, flair and savoir faire. The service is always pleasant, informative and attentive. Great bar for small-group happy hour meetings. The ambience is great - the Tuscan theme is tasteful and not overbearing. I have been back again and again and would certainly recommend this as a highlight of the Sabre Springs area."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We love Café Luna and have been going there with Mom's Night Out since 1999 because the atmosphere is great, the prices are reasonable and the wait staff make you feel like you're their only table."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Excellent food and wine selection. It is a must place to eat at."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Authentic, rich Italian food. Everything is cooked to perfection. My favorite restaurant ever."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This is one of the best restaurants in the area. Has been for about 20 years. Top chef, fine service, always accommodating. The specials are always a nice surprise. Always get some Fuscili Umbriaco as a side dish. Love the lamb, the osso bucco, fruit d'mares (shellfish pasta). Salads are amazing - fresh, light, flavorful. Little pricey but I always feel very satisfied with the experience. Always make a reservation."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We moved nearby in December and needed a place to eat one night. We accidentally stumbled into Cafe Luna. We found a gem! They serve delicate beautifully crafted dishes. We returned with family in February and mmmm was heard throughout the meal. The top starter was the Elk Carpaccio and we also enjoyed the fresh dungeness Crab Cake with apple fennel slaw. The "special" Golden Beet Salad was the favorite salad full of so many tasty parts. The Osso Buco melted in your mouth. Thumbs up, Tornadoes Gorganzola. I shared tastes of my Vitello Limone (veal piccata) and everyone gave a "mmmmm" followed by that might be the best entree! The fresh pasta dishes rival any. I don't think you would be disappointed with any choice from this wonderful menu!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We have been dining here for over 10 years and always have a fantastic meal! Never once disappointed- and enjoy the convenience of fine dining in our own neighborhood! I always recommend Cafe Luna as a special occasion or romantic place to dine out. Bon appetit!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Good food, relaxing and cozy neighborhood atmosphere."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "The wine list was way, way, way over priced. That said we did get a nice house red for $8 a glass. The place has a great ambience and is very convenient. Service was excellent. It got very busy and loud around 7pm on Friday. It was also very stuffy, as if there's not enough fresh air flowing in the place."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The locals know this is a standout restaurant. The dishes are relatively complex that it is an a shame this exceptional restaurant is across the parking lot from the Olive Garden. If you want a fantastic meal but don't have time to drive to the Gaslamp, La Jolla or Del Mar, stop by Café Luna. You will be impressed."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Another wonderful evening at Cafe Luna! The food was delicious as always! I highly recommend the Tornadoes of Beef and, of course, the Rosetta."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We eat here several times a year. The food is always excellent."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We have been to Cafe Luna several times and always find it to be a pleasant experience. However, we were disappointed to discover that they no longer accept the Passport card. Had we known this at the beginning of the meal, we might have ordered differently. We were surprised that they would change their acceptance of it midstream. My cappellini was nice but not quite as tasty as I had hoped. My husband loved his lasagna and our two salads were very good. It's a pricey restaurant; especially if one likes wine but good for a special occasion."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "This little restaurant is hidden in Carmel Mtn Ranch. It has an Italian baroque decor, quiet and calming. We were so impressed with the food! Homemade pasta Bolognese, Chicken marsala and dreamy chocolate mousse. It's nice to find a restaurant that serves high quality food and has a quiet atmosphere."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "A gem in the strip center, what a treat! Wow! It can't be beat . Best food around."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "We have been before and always liked Cafe Luna. Our server. Brad, however went way beyond to take care of us. Well Done !!!"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Noise level is too much! The food and service is great"
    Dined on 12/24/2013