Intimate, personable setting,
Intimate, personable setting, subtle lighting, tasteful decor - exceptional food and service. Cafe Luna is a MUST VISIT!
4/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome fresh tasting food!
Awesome fresh tasting food! Need to make reservations as this restaurant fills up quickly on the weekends. New wine bar!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Used to be Good, Now Wonderful
We used to frequent this neighborhood find tucked away in a Carmel Mountain strip mall because we enjoyed the pleasant french twist on traditional Italian dishes. We stopped going, though, as we just moved on to other restaurants. A few months ago we returned and found Cafe Luna had really stepped up its fare. It is still cozy and charming. But after three visits we have found the menu and specials chock full of wonderful dishes that move beyond the original dishes into more culinary selections. We have had one beautifully prepared, delicious dish after another. Recommended without reservation.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
music was a little loud but
music was a little loud but otherwise it was perfect spot for a business lunch, excellent food and service
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was great my date loved the food and the environment.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food quality and service are
Food quality and service are alway the best. One of our favorite places.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mother's Day Treat
Took my wife to this local spot for Mother's Day and the food was great. Good portion sizes, full bar and friendly service.
They exceeded our expectations and that always rates 5 stars.
We'll definitely be back.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great neighborhood gem
Very good food, good and friendly service, lovely ambience. Good choice for a night out with friends sr a romantic dinner for two. Attentive wait staff.
5/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
A much improved restaurant,
A much improved restaurant, hadn't tried it for awhile. Same excellent service & a slightly tweaked menu & Full Bar. A few more fish choices would be so welcome. Very nice & worth a try.
5/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
cozy dinner with friends
We all enjoyed our dinner there as always. Our waiter was very good.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Cafe Luna is an outstanding dining experience. The staff is friendly and enthusiastic and the food is second to none. We always enjoy going there for dinner. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
For 20+ years, we've enjoyed every meal, every salad, every wine, and every server we've encountered at Cafe Luna. It's simply fabulous!
5/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Top 5 on my favorites list
I have dined at Cafe Luna many times. Large groups or intimate dinners, the service has always been exemplary and the food divine! Probably explains why the tone is so pleasant: long time employees who know their product and can guide diners with confidence. Excellent suggestions, quality food prepared and presented tastefully. Try the poached pear salad or the veal Marsala. Yum!
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
On balance, very good
Service was excellent. My wife and I split the special salad (the lettuce was Romaine rather than the advertised Butter leaf); okay.. She had the scampi; excellent - I had the stuffed chicken special - average. We had wine by the glass, Zin and Chianti - both excellent. We shared a Chocolate Mousse a la mode - excellent. Regular menu turned out better than the specials.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Still great food!
We used to go to Cafe Luna ALL THE TIME for well over 10 years. Then a couple of years ago, we just stopped going....no good reason why. Decided to try it again, and our meal was excellent! They still have a lot of the same menu items, but my husband and I ordered the specials, halibut and the stuffed chicken breast. Both entrees had nice presentation and lots of flavor. Wine list is well priced. Our server was excellent too! We'll be back soon!
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful neighborhood restaurant
Café Luna is an outstanding restaurant tucked away in Carmel Mountain Ranch. The food is always excellent and the service is personal and friendly. The specials are always creative and flavorful. We have never had a bad experience there and highly recommend this restaurant. The experience is worth the price.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cafe Luna is always a very enjoyable experience. The food and service are second to none.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went with an out town group.
Went with an out town group. Came highly recommended from everyone. We were not disappointed.
6/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Café Luna has been open for 22 years which is forever for this neighborhood restaurant in Carmel Mountain Ranch. It is so refreshing to enjoy a wonderful meal and ambience in a non-chain restaurant close to home. We always order the tournedos gorgonzola with mushroom caps, served with a yummy pasta. There are many other interesting possibilities, but this is just sooo good! We shared the salad of the day (the kitchen generously split it for us without asking) that consisted of port-poached figs, pinenuts, dried cranberries, tomatoes, goat cheese with specialty greens dressed with a light balsamic. Rustic bread is brought along with a nice dipping sauce. Our servers have always been professional yet friendly. Definitely a must!
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A new restaurant experience for me, this place was suggested by my guest. Although the menu items were tempting, I went with two items off the evening's specials...a poached pear salad and a stuffed chicken entrée. Both were tasty and satisfying. The bar was lively so I appreciated the hostess seating us in the dining area away from the noise. This restaurant is quite small, but perfect for intimate or casual conversation areas. Service was all I require....attentive without hovering. Our server, Robin, knew her menu and specials without reading them to us, was both personable and professional, and made us feel welcome and appreciated. I will most certainly return to Café Luna.
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Glad to be back
Somehow this old friend dropped off our list of regular spots. But, hungry for good pasta - and remembering the excellent meals we had last year in Italy - we went back for the first time in several years. The menu had enticing choices. Mine was the buccatini alla Norma, which was excellent. Pasta was authentic and perfectly cooked, and sauce was nicely spicy with just enough eggplant. His was penne with a cream sauce and sausage. He liked it, but thought mine was better. Caesar salad to start was very good.
If you are going for the first time, look past the Subway, the take-out Mexican and the Irish pub, and you will find it at the end of the row. It is tucked in behind the Olive Garden -- but miles better!
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Filet Ever!
My husband and I had never been here, was recommended by a friend. Everything was superb. Especially the twin filets and the homemade ravioli. We will definitely be back again soon!
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fabulous Pasta in Rancho Bernardo
We stumbled upon this place, and among a very excellent group of 12 restaurants in a 15-mile radius,m it wasone of two we chose to return to. Everything was superb, but the pasta deserves special mention, particularly the ravioli in a cream sauce with walnuts. Hard to find this sauce, and i've never had it better.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice cozy place!
It really is a neighborhood gem. Great little restaurant. Really good food, though traditional rich sauces which I truly have all but avoided these days but the cesaer salad was wonderful and the salmon and filet were cooked exactly as ordered and were spot on in flavor and freshness. No complaints here. The service was very nice, professional and friendly. This will be a go to spot for a reliable fantastic meal for ourselves and taking friends.
7/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Never disappoints -- consistently
Never disappoints -- consistently good service and excellent food. Knowledgeable and super friendly staff -- it is a "go-to" spot for us!
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Cafe Luna out does itself every day with impeccable service and delicious food. Food for dinner and lunch are the best I've ever had!! I plan all my vendor lunches at Cafe Luna.
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious Italian Food
Enjoyed a dinner for two here. Started off with the fresh hot bread and dipping sauce - really yummy and garlicky. My son had the rack of lamb which was buttery and tender, mashed potatoes were tasty, brussel sprouts done plain but still flavorful. I chose the penne arrabiata, which was medium spicy and very good. My previous favorite was the buccatini ala norma (with eggplant) which is also highly recommended. This night and on our previous visits we have always encountered very friendly and attentive service.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Reliable, creative, solid choice
We always enjoy this place, tucked away in Carmel Mountain Ranch. The food, wine and specials are consistently high quality, good variety and delicious (I save 5 stars for Haute Cuisine of unique quality). solid wine choices, pleasant and friendly service. Once a month or so.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been to Luna several times and have always had a wonderful experience, delicious food and gracious service. Highly recommend
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Among chain restaurants
We live in a food Mecca with great chefs Duskie Estes and Charlie Palmer. Finding an interesting bistro was nearly impossible in the Poway area. We chose Cafe Luna and were not disappointed. The Elk Carpaccio appetizer was topped with a perfectly seasoned arugula salad. The split plate of spaghetti pomodoro and ravioli was very good. The pomodoro vibrant and fresh, the ravioli delicate and creamy. The filet mignon was well prepared, seasoned and sauced tho slightly overcooked and the wine list includes many choices of CA as well as imported wines. We thoroughly enjoyed a well priced Chateau Montelena cab.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Bread is outstanding. Salad, desserts,pork tenderloin outstanding. Pasta vongole way below average for an Italian restaurant. It was tasteless, but to the restaurant's credit, they did not charge us for the dish after we complained. Service by waiter Brad was outstanding
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and always great service. Small restaurant tucked away in a shopping center so much nicer inside than you would expect if you didn't know about it. Good dining experience from the bar or table. Best to make reservations.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Long lost friend
Had not been in years, decided to try it again because it was Gluten friendly; We will now be regulars
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Glad We Took the Recommendation
While staying in the Rancho Bernardo area for business, we booked a reservation at Cafe Luna upon the recommendation of a friend local to the area. We're glad we did. The restaurant is located in a small shopping strip, but once inside it has a quaint & cozy atmosphere. Our server was very helpful with making our food choices because there were so many things that sounded wonderful. The bread is served warm with a red dipping sauce & was delicious. Everything from the bread to the salad special to our pasta dishes was excellent. The night we visited, it was 1/2 price bottle of wine night, so that was a nice treat, too. If we lived in the area, we could see this becoming a favorite restaurant, but we live on the east coast.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
WE LOVE IT but...
The noise level in the dining room on Sat night @5:30 was almost unbearable; we could not hear our guests; it was not crowded but it only takes a couple at one table to ruin it for others.
THE PLACE NEEDS SOUND ABSORPTION PANELS ON THE WALLS.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Italian at it's Best
Loved the homey Italian food. Delicious. Drinks outstanding. Service was great! I can't wait to try everything on the menu!
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
First Visit, but we will be back
One word describes our dinner. . . perfect. So many great choices on the daily special - even before we opened the menu. The soup was amazing, all items were delicious, well plated and presented, and service impeccable. The wine was great, always glad to see "by-the-glass" offerings of good quality since wife doesn't drink. We like to try restaurants we have never visited at least once or twice a month, , , this turned out to be a great find, and we will return.
9/6/2013 5:00:00 PM
Quiet place, wonderful food
As a semi-regular here for almost 10 years, this place never disappoints. Forget the menu; try the specials!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
great Italian food
We had reservations for 5:00pm and it was not crowded at all. This was our first time at this restaurant. If you are looking for a romantic dinner this is the time and the place to go. The rosetta was delicious and the lasagna was perfect. The insalata del luna was delicious. It had creamy and slightly sweet dressing. The corn clam chowder was the daily soup special and it was good also. There is an expansive wine bar but we did not have any. We had mousse cake for dessert, and it was the perfect way to end a perfect meal. It was light and creamy.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent service with a tasty menu. The staff was knowledgable and helpful. We enjoyed the experience and will return.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
just what I wanted
After a vacation trip to Hawaii we ate here on our last night before flying home. It was so delicious and enjoyable. I had a fantastic salad and pasta (two choices on one plate). It was just want I needed and wanted. Luckily my son lives in San Diego so I know I will be back. Also the service was fantastic.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Deceivingly located in a strip mall by a Carl' s Jr., Cafe Luna is a dining standout in the neighborhood. The food is fantastic, well priced and the service has always been great in my experience.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Let's do it again!
This was my third lunch dining experience at Chelsea's Café Luna and it was wonderful! The food, ambience, service was outstanding. I had the special of the day, blackened shrimp on a bed of lovely greens and would order it again and again. Great restaurant. Just wish it was closer to where we live. It was a :45 drive but worth it!
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Set off the Beaten Path
I've known that Cafe Luna is in Carmel Mtn Ranch, I knew where it was located, but I didn't realize how extraordinary it is! The food was absolutely delicious. I could have taken a whole kettle of the pumpkin spice soup and eaten it all! Everything was fresh, made to order. The waitstaff and there backups were very attentive, even coming to constantly refill my water. We will definitely go back!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cafe Luna is always good. I wish I could remember what my wife had but it was awesome. Pasta with an alfredo sauce and little pieces of sausage. Very, very good. Good service and great food.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was very good and
The food was very good and the server was knowledgeable and accommodating. A very good experience.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful Saturday Dinner featuring outstanding food and service. The poached Pear Salad was really fresh and layered in flavors - a perfect beginning. Wife had one of the evenings Specials which she loved and my Rosetta was wonderful. The house Cabernet was served a bit chilled, but was very good. We love Cafe Luna, our only real complaint is how close the tables are to each other.
Service was outstanding, nothing was overlooked and given how busy it was that level of personalized service is hard to pull off, really great job.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great, creative Italian cuisine
We had been to Cafe Luna several years ago and found it very good. This visit was even better! Sunday night they have half-price bottles of wine, adding to the fun. We started by sharing a lovely prosciutto salad with our $15.00 bottle of Zenuto Pinot Grigio. Our main courses were a tasty sea bass (a little salty for our taste, but very good nonetheless) over risotto and chicken stuffed with pancetta and gorgonzola over house-made fettuccini with a yummy light cream sauce. We finished it off with a lemon tart and cannoli.Our server was a delight, giving us just the right amount of attention. This is a little hidden gem in a strip mall behind a Carl's Junior!
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was our first dining experience at Cafe Luna. I have nothing but praise for the food. The wine list was adequate but could be more imaginative. My complaint had to do with the training that the wait staff have been given. We were still sitting down ......literally......when the waiter was handing us the menu's. The waiters were all very attentive and caring about our experience, but they are either inexperienced or lacked training. Waiters need to remove anything they can from the small table before food is brought. There was a lot of fumbling when our entre was brought ...... things were moved around and the bread and dip were removed. So the dining experience was interrupted helping the waiter so we could continue our mean.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice and Quick
We needed a place that had good tasting food and was close to the office for a quick after business meeting dinner. Cafe Luna was the first place that came to mind. It has been a while since I had dined here and they did not disappoint. The three of us were seated quickly and service was quick, efficient and unobtrusive.
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM