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.
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 !
Food and service are always excellent. The rosettas are our favorite.
The food at Cafe Luna is always good. Service is friendly. Love this place.
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.
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.
We have been going to Cafe Luna for years and it never disappoints. The food, service and atmosphere are second to none.
Great neighborhood restaurant. Always great food and service.
A pleasant surprise! Will go back again to try additional dishes.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
I have eaten here for over a decade and things change from time to time. Currently, the food is excellent as has usually been the case. There are fixed menu selections and always several specials. It is mostly Italian. The food is flavorful and the portions are generous. The wine list is small, but with good and not too expensive choices. It is a great place for an evening out.
I go to Cafe Luna at least once a month and I enjoy it every single time! Best food in San Diego. I go here for any occasion I can think of lol and the manager is really nice and does a great job of running the place. Love!!
We love coming back to this place – excellent food and service. My husband and I always intend to try other dishes but we always end up ordering our favorites: Veal Tenderloin Filet Scallopini and Lobster Mac and Cheese. For our visit last Friday (2/19), we would like to thank Peter for an excellent service. We had a wonderful time!
Our favorite place to go for Valentine's Day and anniversaries.
We always love Cafe Luna. It's an absolute hidden gem in a small strip mall near a Subway and an Irish Pub, and shares a parking lot with a Carls Jr. But don't let the odd location in Carmel Mtn Ranch fool you, the food and service is as good as any you'll find at the top restaurants in San Diego. We often get different entrees, and they're always delicious -- right down to the fresh baked bread they bring to your table with an very tasty dipping sauce. Highly recommend.