Cafe Luna - San Diego
Cafe Luna - San Diego

Cafe Luna - San Diego

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafelunasd.com/
  • Phone: 8586730077x
  • 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: European, Italian
  • 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 8586730077x

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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Cafe Luna - San Diego reviews from OpenTable diners
39 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (32)fit for foodies (19)special occasion (19)romantic (18)great for lunch (12)good for groups (5)notable wine list (5)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Cafe Luna Rocks
    Staycationer
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I've been going to Café Luna for over 10 years and still love the food and atmosphere. We go with a group of ladies nearly every month and we are not tired of this place - we crave it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still good
    Justbeinghonest
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Could Be Better
    Sheba
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rebecca40VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    A great place for special occasions. Their food is delicious and the atmsophere is warm and inviting + their wait staff is outstanding. Try it!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazingly Tasty
    fred10261
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    WinstedVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, drinks and experience
    SteveM
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely dining experience
    Dave
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great little italian gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Great place for REAL Italian food. There is no reason to go to the olive garden with food like this available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as usual!
    hungryhungryhippo
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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....
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I've been to Luna many times. Almost always for lunch. The staff is always pleasant and the food consistently good
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carmel Mountain Ranch Find
    Draggonhorse
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Dinner, unfortunately, wasn't as good as previous dinners I have had here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Alchemist
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Excellent choice of appetizers and entrees. Great food with good service. This was a first vsit but I wold certainly come again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner
    Snaps
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding as Always
    chocolatelover
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Robin
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    You will always have a good meal at Café Luna. Food is great and service is friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    We come here just 2 or 3 times a year but the food is always great and the service is usually perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Plesant surprise in San Diego area
    CircusdogVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 219 reviews are from the Cafe Luna - San Diego reviews archive.
  • Great place for lunch!
    FITfoodieintrainingVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was just "ok"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I typically enjoy the food here, but this time it was only edible.
    Special Features:
    Romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful service!
    MnMdiners
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW - a hidden gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistent
    jimbo
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We have enjoyed Café Luna for many years. Never disappointed, always fun to share with friends.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a winner
    DesignandDine
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Café Luna and have
    Staycationer
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and wine selection.
    NicknameVIP
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Excellent food and wine selection. It is a must place to eat at.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian in San Diego
    VDub
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Authentic, rich Italian food. Everything is cooked to perfection. My favorite restaurant ever.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Luna still outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our New Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have been dining here for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fw
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Good food, relaxing and cozy neighborhood atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Generous Portions but...
    Chaswjr
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't be fooled by the strip mall
    VitoSanDiegoVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another GREAT meal!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Another wonderful evening at Cafe Luna! The food was delicious as always! I highly recommend the Tornadoes of Beef and, of course, the Rosetta.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Robin
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We eat here several times a year. The food is always excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Would return but......
    Debmona
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hidden gem!
    Inggo
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Fabulous!
    FriendlyVIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    A gem in the strip center, what a treat! Wow! It can't be beat . Best food around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have been before and always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    We have been before and always liked Cafe Luna. Our server. Brad, however went way beyond to take care of us. Well Done !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.