Great place to dinner at Carmel!
Great place to dinner at Carmel! Everithing was very tastefull!
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a beautiful restaurant with fabulous food. Plan on revisiting when in that areal....
7/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Terrific dinner and the seating in the wine room was wonderful. This is one of our favorite Carmel restaurants and we think one of the absolute best Italian restaurants in a city where there are many
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good all the way around
We heard about it from our daughter. Made reservations that afternoon (good thing we did), otherwise we would have to wait. Very busy place.
We were seated right away and our waiter helped with questions about the menu. The bread we were served while waiting was so good, we asked for another.
The pizza was very tasty, as was the Tagliatelle hmmmmmmmm.
The noodles with bolognese sauce were good ( more meaty than tomatoey )
The price for dinner was expected for a buzzing restaurant in the middle of Carmel-by-the-Sea.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome as usual
Everything about Cantinetta Luca was great - nothing new based on our regular frequenting of this place when we want an excellent meal. I like the extensive wine list and good drinks from the bar, and I also like that the menu is not overwhelming; the one-page menu is refreshing, especially since it's diverse and you know everything on it (everything we've had, at least) is prepared to perfection. The service has always been great, and it only gets better over time, because there's a core of regular staffers who actually remember their customers. That alone gets a 5-star rating, but really, the place is so special on so many levels, you've got to check it out.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was very good, especially the pastas and appetizers. I'll go for Carne on next visit. Excellent ine list but $$$. We had a very good bottle of Montepulciano (low end) but I'd like to see a few more daily priced bottles. In Italy you'd have an energetic place but not the loudness 2 couples demonstrated. Cantinetta Antinori in Firenze is energetic but refined at the same time.
The experience was saved by Giuseppe's lemoncello and the fact he stopped to ask us how things were. We were promised a quieter seating for our next visit there this Saturday night for my sister's birthday celebration. We think it is a place for special occasions too.
We love the store next to the Cantinetta and use it daily. Just like we might in Italy! Antonio
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous Italian food and service!
Loved the menu and service but it was so ooh noisy! Very busy Wednesday evening, great energy, outstanding service but we all felt the noise level was really amplified. Definitely will be back as we were there during a very busy week so will look for a quieter time period. They're doing a great job on all fronts!
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a wonderful experience during the busy Concours Di Elegance of Pebble Beach time frame. Upbeat, good food and atmosphere is energetic. Our 13 year old son was with us and perfect for families !!
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was excellent. Noise
Food was excellent. Noise level was extremely loud. Tables were very close together.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Place to Celebrate!
Cantinetta Luca is my favorite restaurant in Carmel. It is hip, has great food, great service & really cool atmosphere!
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the busiest weekends
One of the busiest weekends all year in Carmel and they service and food were still over the top! Awesome place, even better food!!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food and service
We were greeted by a smiling host. Ordered the Pasta Special and we were not disappointed! The pasta and sausage are homemade and wonderful. The server was excellent and the staff was very friendly. We went back that evening for the gelato, again homemade, the best we have ever had!! This is not our first visit to this restaurant and it won't be our last.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous evening meal, tasty Italian dishes, good ambiance, excellent service, solid wine list, also byo wine quite possibly the best italian meal in Carmel on Sea.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Better and Better
Had a wonderful dining experience at Cantinetta Luca's. We come here often. This time we branched out from our usual order. We've discovered the mixed salume plate (we get a 1/2 order for the 2 of us) and the Burratta cheese. Exquisite hors d'oeuvres. Followed by the arugula salad with beets, the eggplant and summer squash ravioli and fresh halibut from Monterey bay. We sat at one of the bar high top tables with a view into the garden/street. We love our dinners here. Service is attentive and they remember us and all our quirky requests. We make are reservations thru opentable and they still know it's us!
We love Luca's
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great service,
Great food, great service, but discordant music played WAY TOO LOUD. See other diner's complaints on YELP.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Luca is terrific
We have dined at Luca since it opened. It has always consistently great. The menu is not huge, but there are many choices to suit any taste. The Burrata appetizer out of sight. The pasta are great. The place is worth the, although it is on the expensive side. The restaurant can be noisy at times, but that seems to add to the experience.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
excellent dining experience
Our entire dining experience exceeded our expectations. We will definitely be back!
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Both the food and service were fantastic. The waiter and sommelier were very helpful with suggestions and opinions about the menu. Everything was perfect. It was a bit noisy but it was an energetic scene.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service
The food is very good and so is the service. The restaurant has a big wine menu, many options from the region and italian wines. It gets a little overcrouded an if you don't mind sitting 2 inches from the next table and eventually to have your neighbours participating of your conversation and vice-versa you will be fine. Otherwise it may be a little ackward.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding pizza and heirloom
Outstanding pizza and heirloom tomato salad with mozzarella. Wine list is all Italian, somewhat of a challenge. Service was very impersonal. Go for the food.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love this place!
We love to eat at Cantinetta Luca - their dishes are always seasonal and they are authentic italian cuisine! It is just like being in Italy. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves Italian food and wine. It is also very reasonable for the quality of food they provide.
Their manager and staff are always super friendly and the service is fantastic.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We come to Luca every time we are in Carmel, and we love it so much that we are having our rehearsal dinner there. Great food, friendly and professional staff, delicious cocktails and romantic ambiance. Love!
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our waitress was Excellent! She had great recommendations on food & wine. She added to the ambience. We've eaten at this restaurant before & not had as good as an experience. It was great. I love open table also. You make reservations a pleasure. Fast & easy!! Great app
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great service and Food
It was a great service and food. I recommend to come here for a good meal!
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Italian food
Consistently excellent pasta and sauces. Has to be the best Italian food in Carmel. Portions are sensible, sauces are used appropriately (not too much). The wait staff is knowledgeable and attentive without being a nuisance.
This visit was for a birthday and the tiramisu was served with a candle. Nice touch.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a great neighborhood restaurant. The menu is varied enough to go often and the wine list is varied enough to offer lower and higher end choices.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went for anniversary dinner
Our reservation was at 8 we arrive on time and the table was ready for us. Which I found excellent. Our server Rafin was very knoledgeable about the food and very helpful.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had a great time at Cantinetta Luca, it was my boyfriend's birthday and they were very accommodating with all my little requests here and there. Thank you! I'll definitely return.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing Salumi (meats) Selection...
Amazing choices of meats and the pasta was very delicious. We loved all the appetizers. It was a bit busy, but we also arrived late. Very accommodating.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our friends were impressed!
Friends visited from the Bay Area, we always have great dinners at Luca, but this visit was extraordinary. Our friends were so impressed.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect to take the boss
Great food great wine great evening, and not so expensive as to be an issue
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Youngest at the Restaurant
The food and wine are fantastic! I cannot say that enough. If you like great Italian and a large selection of wine, this is the perfect place. However, the only downfall is the age of most of the diners. If you are under the age of 50, you might feel out of place. Our group was the youngest in the place and it seemed from the other diners we were not welcomed. The staff did not have this bias, they were wonderful. Our group had plenty of fun anyway, even if we caught some glares. Note: we were not loud or unruly, we were just 20-25 years younger then the majority of the other diners. I hope more mid-20s to early 30s start going to this place because it is just a wonderful restaurant.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We arrived late to Carmel and had to scramble for Dinner and chose a Winner, best meal of our trip up Hwy 1!!
The menu was varied and all of our three meals were outstanding, I had the lamb shank, which was to die for!
We chose a Pinot Noir from Italy and had two bottles, yes that good
Also had dessert, expresso and grappa, all great
Fun time, thanks for the experience
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The restaurant is vibrant, energetic and just a fun place to walk in. Wait staff could not be more pleasant and professional. We waited at the bar for a moment and the bartender was efficient and friendly. We were able to sit at a table at one of the two front windows which was terrific as it gave us a little more privacy. Our waiter explained all the specials...we had a delicious caprese salad and then wonderful ravioli and their special pasta of the evening. I would recommend Cantinneta Luca very highly. We also felt the prices were reasonable and the wine was a great pour!
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently very good
We always visit Luca when we are in Carmel. Their bolegnese is awesome. This place never disappoints. Only negative on our most recent visit was the slow service which was not the norm.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best meal in Carmel the entire trip
My husband and I visited after my sister told me about what a great place it was. We were totally reminded of our trip to Italy there. They make their own pastas, the pizzas are wood stove only, they have hand made smoked meats that were fantastic and an extensive wine list. It was a great meal and we will for sure be back when we visit again.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
An amazing dinner!!
We had a great glass of wine and shared a salad.
I had the porterhouse and she had the mussels. Both were out of this world!!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was fine and table service. Only problem was they said the table would not be ready til other diners were done inspite of 2 empty tables. We had to request (strongly) one of the empty tables.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
A slice of Italia in Carmel
There are many good restaurants in Carmel and this is one. Its niche is its in-house cured meats, not to be missed. We enjoyed a variety of small plates and a salumi pizza. It reminded us of good eats in Italia. Service by the way was great. Our server from Campagnia was pleasant and had good suggestions to offer without being over the top.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best in town
Luca is one of those spots that just feels right the minute you walk in. It has nice buzz and the staff is very accommodating. There's also a nice variety of seating styles
The food is excellent and inventive and even a simple dish like pizza is in an entirely different league. I've been there a dozen times in less than a year and everytime it's fresh and new. Highly recommended, whether for a date or a small group. Not suitable for larger groups.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious dining experience
We started with assorted salumi served on a long wooden board. Pairing it with the Burrata cheese was awesome!
The salad and pappardelle pasta were excellent. The manager chose a delicious wine that was good and moderately priced.
Luca is our favorite restaurant in Carmel.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this place! Great Grilled octopus - fabulous Biftecca ala Florentina-
Good choice of Italian and California wines.
Friendly professional staff. First rate!
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
a special 50th
I requested a booth styled just right for a family of four on my birthday. Cantinetta Luca came through with a large solitary booth angled for great views and I was absolutely delighted! Great service. Great food. I will always be a fan of Cantinetta Luca :)
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved sitting towards the back with the brick ceiling next to the wine cellar. Vey cute.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was fabulous. It reminded us of our Italian trips. Authentic.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Dinner. we took the
Great Dinner. we took the wine recommendation for a nice bottle and was amazing. food was perfect. great experience
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Came here on a recommendation and it was the perfect dinner setting to finish off an already fun and romantic day. The staff was very communicative and accommodating -- they let me move by reservation time back by half an hour and made sure the flowers I had delivered were unaffected. Everyone was so friendly and it was some of the best Italian food I've had. Perfect portions, not too heavy or too much oil and the pizza was quite splendid. You will not regret dining here!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a favorite!
We eat here every year over the Thanksgiving holiday and the food is always outstanding! The wine was great and the service very good.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Too nice for wrapped butter...
Lovely Thanksgiving dinner, but a restaurant this nice shouldn't have wrapped butter pads! :D
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our new favorite spot
We tried Luca because of their Festival of the Pig. We took a chance for our anniversary and we have fallen in love with this charming Italian restaurant in Carmel. It has everything; great food, attentive service, reasonable prices but most of all a relaxed dining experience that returns mealtime to its proper experience.
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM