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Cafe Luna - San Diego

4.4
379 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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About

Famous for the celestial dipping sauce, Caf� Luna in San Diego is a noted boutique Italian restaurant with an impressive wine list and irresistible array of sweet treats to enjoy, as well.

Some of the specialties on the menu at Caf� Luna in San Diego are the fusilli Umbriaco or the tournadoes gorgonzolia. The rosetta is a sheet of house made pasta rolled with ham and cheese and then baked in a creamy sauce. Chef Paden Skaggs is perpetually creating new dishes using the amazing local and seasonal ingredients, making any visit to Caf� Luna in San Diego something new and unique. Whether you wish to savor the freshest produce and seafood or something more exotic like duck or quail, it is likely to be on the menu.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, European, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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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
Happy Hour 4:00 - 8:00 Tues - Fri
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Phone number
(858) 673-0077
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Cross street: Carmel Mountain Road
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4.4
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4.5
food
4.5
service
4.1
ambience
4.1
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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0
Dined on May 28, 2016

If you haven't been to Cafe Luna in the Carmel Mountain Ranch area lately, you're missing out on a wonderful dining experience. Fantastic dishes, wonderful service, and great entertainment (Saturdays). I strongly recommend you check out Cafe Luna !

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aneesabb (San Diego)
5.0
Dined on May 27, 2016

Food and service are always excellent. The rosettas are our favorite.

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vippowaycpa (San Diego)
4.0
Dined on May 26, 2016

The food at Cafe Luna is always good. Service is friendly. Love this place.

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Jeff (San Diego)
5.0
Dined on May 13, 2016

Even though we were late for our reservation, they took us in and had a table ready. Great food and the bread was most excellent. Really got you in the mood for a great meal.

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kirbsmom (San Diego)
5.0
Dined on May 6, 2016

We ordered 3 pastas and a halibut entree. The pastas were outstanding, probably the best we've ever had. The halibut was disappointing as was the dessert. The Artesa pinot noir made up for the dessert. Service was very good. The ambiance was great but it was a little noisy. I will certainly eat here again.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0
Dined on April 15, 2016

We have been going to Cafe Luna for years and it never disappoints. The food, service and atmosphere are second to none.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0
Dined on April 8, 2016

Great neighborhood restaurant. Always great food and service.

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Foodie (San Diego)
4.0
Dined on April 8, 2016

A pleasant surprise! Will go back again to try additional dishes.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0
Dined on April 1, 2016

The staff is friendly, the service good, I had lemon chicken with pasta, the side pasta was really good, chicken was not. My husband had the ground filet marinara and spaghetti he enjoyed. Our friends ordered filet which he enjoyed and eggplant pasta dish was okay. Its a nice dinner but it's not exceptional. They have a pretty good wine list and serve liquor drinks as well. It was a full house so it fills the needs of the area. I can not say the food is foodie worthy so don't go with those expectations. I've gone to this restaurant intermittently throughout its "life" they used to be better.

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bonniep (San Diego)
5.0
Dined on March 22, 2016

Dinner was delicious with superb service. I thought the menu had a lot of great choices and the waitress was informative and helpful with selections.
I hadn't been there for several years and it was just wonderful that it did not disappoint.
I'll go back for another special occasion for sure.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, European, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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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
Happy Hour 4:00 - 8:00 Tues - Fri
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Cross street
Carmel Mountain Road
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(858) 673-0077
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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.
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Executive chef
Paden Skaggs
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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.
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Private party contact
Jamie Wimmer: (877) 649-4546
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout