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Cafe Luna - San Diego

379 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (645)
  • Fit for Foodies (394)
  • Special Occasion (393)

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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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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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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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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
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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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Cross street
Carmel Mountain Road
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout
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4.4  based on all time ratings
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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 !

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Great neighborhood restaurant. Always great food and service.

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

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

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.

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.

twofriends (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on March 22, 2016

This was our first experience at Cafe Luna--and we were delighted with the food and service. We'll definitely return. The food was great; the service attentive and polite. Thank you Cafe Luna!

Moondoggie (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on March 19, 2016

Cioppino was good ($30), butternut squash soup was excellent ($12) Vitello Parmesan was so-so ($30). Overall, a little pricey for what you get. Good service though. Ambiance is eh...for those prices, should be on the beach or at Balboa Park or downtown.

BankerLady (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on March 11, 2016

Met my daughter here for an early dinner and it was a good thing we'd made a reservation - even at 5:45 almost every table was already seated and as soon as someone left another party was seated. Nice food selection from light fare to more filling entrees. Both my daughter and I selected pasta dishes that were really good - servings were generous on both the Veal Marsala and the spaghetti with a spicy sauce. Our waiter, Jeremy, was knowledgeable about the dishes and made a good suggestion on our wine. Will definitely go back there soon!

vipCarson (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on March 10, 2016

The restaurant seating is very crammed. The good news is that you can barely hear the people seated on top of you because you could hardly hear the person you are with! Extremely noisy! We were ther on a Thursday evening and we thought it might be a slow night. The hostess originally wanted to seat us in the bar---in front of the band. Really??? The thing that keeps this place going is the food--very good. i preferred the restaurant way back when it had booths; you could at least hear the person or persons you are with. I am sure that lunch might be a bit quieter.

smbpoway (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on March 4, 2016

The food is outstanding. The restaurant serves Italian cuisine. The staff is always friendly and provide better than average service. The original configuration was more intimate, but now they have removed booths and packed the restaurant with more tables. The tables for two are very small and you have to be proactive in creating space throughout your meal. There is a nice bar where you can also be served a full meal. There are tables in the bar area, but because they have a TV over the bar, it makes that room seem more like a sports bar than a restaurant.

The restaurant is located in a strip mall, but once you are inside you really don't notice it.

Overall, it is a nice dining experience because the quality of the food and the delicate tastes makes it worthwhile.