Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel

4.7
768 reviews
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$50 and over
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Californian
The award winning restaurant Aubergine is located at L’Auberge Carmel, a Relais & Châteaux in the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Chef Cogley’s cuisine showcases the finest ingredients with a razor-sharp balance of deference and innovation.

The daily changing eight course Tasting Menu is an of-the-moment celebration of seasonality and creativity. For a supplement, course-by-course wine pairings are available. The menu served nightly highlights the best ingredients of the season, enhanced by skillful technique and an eye toward varied textures and flavors. Desserts, masterfully prepared by Chef Santos, are irresistible complements to Cogley’s savory courses.

Reservation Cancellation Policy: 24 Hours Prior to Reservation Time.
Late Cancellation Fee: $100 per person Cancelling.
Menu: Eight Course Tasting Menu

Dining Room Attire: Smart Casual. Jackets for gentlemen are encouraged. Ties are optional. No t-shirts, shorts, or tennis shoes please.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, Seafood, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner served daily from 6:00pm to 9:30pm.

Private parties in the Wine Cellar or al fresco dining in the flower-filled courtyard can be arranged upon request. Contact events@laubergecarmel.com.
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Phone number
(831) 624-8578
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Justin Cogley
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Catering
For weddings, private dining and special events please call our Events Coordinator at 831-622-5907 or email: events@laubergecarmel.com.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
7th
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Parking details
Valet parking is offered; street parking is optional.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Aubergine Restaurant at L'Auberge Carmel, Relais & Chateaux features a variety of spaces that can be reserved for small to large gatherings. Dining Room, Wine Cellar, Salon, and Courtyard event space available.

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PT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had been so excited to get a table here. Indeed the food was excellent as was the service and the sommelier. The dining area is small and has only a few tables, so very intimate and pleasant. What upset us was, towards the end of the meal, the hostess asked us if we would like an additional 'delicious' beef entree for $34 each. (This on top of the $175 per head menu). I thought it a good idea nevertheless and ordered one (not two). They also asked if we would like to substitute the desserts for a cheese platter which we agreed to (no mention of additional cost). When the check arrived, they had added on $132 for the beef and a further $37 for the cheese. The service was included so no ability to offset.

What a way to ruin an evening, and in fact the trip. I had a bitter taste in my mouth, and hate it when restaurants play games like this. Beware, this restaurant is a disgrace to the profession.

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MC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was fantastic! Love the vibe! Would go again for any other speical events I will have in the future. My wife enjoyed the menu and I love the wine selection. Everything was very rememberable.

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m
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for my boyfriend's 30th and decided to do the wine pairing along with the tasting menu. It was absolutely delicious! Every single dish had this buttery texture that just melted in your mouth, from seafood to mushrooms. All of the ingredients are locally sourced or come from places nearby and the wines paired perfectly with each dish.

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KK
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly an amazing experience. A martini to start in a serene courtyard. Dinner was unique, flavorful, and at times surprising...the wine pairing was impressive

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W
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent wine pairing

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite possibly the best meal I’ve ever had in my life. Over the top experience.

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s
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Except for its reputation as a great place to dine for a special occasion, we made the reservation without having too much information up front. Definitely not cheap $175 per person. You can add wine matching for $145 per person. To the eight-course meal, you can also add a cheese plate and/or exchange rib-eye for Wagyu beef for an additional cost.
More than the sticker shock - and there was some initially - what made us cringe was the exotic ingredients such as caviar, oyster, etc. At least for us, these were not our daily staples. Good news is that the chef will accommodate dietary restrictions including gluten-free bread, etc. The restaurant staff was first rate, of course.
Before the start of the eight-course meal, they serve two amuse bouche. Wonderful small plates with very complex taste but very, very tasty. Do not want to bother with all the details but suffice to say, the eight-course meal was indeed a culinary experience well worth the aforementioned price and much more. I would say the exquisite dishes surpass my wife's and my wildest imagination. Just unbelievably well presented and the wonderful and complex taste came with it.
We had meals at a one Michelin starred restaurant in Napa during the same trip but this famous Napa restaurant came nowhere near the taste of Aubergine.
All in all, we ended up eating eight-course meal plus the two amuse-bouche and a chocolate platter at the end. We walked back to our hotel in Carmel with a big smile on our faces. What more can I say?!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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HG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Neat place, very European.
The food is above average, the presentation is good.
I like their plates, different types of artistic ceramics.
Overall, it was a great dinner.

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s
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely a special occasion place. We are vegan and they were very accommodating. Creative, fresh cuisine, and beautifully presented.

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KA
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The service, quality, presentation, portions and flavors it’s just not enough for a great dining experience or for what we paid. This restaurant it’s not even close to Michelin level and you’re definitely better off trying out a handful of great Michelin starred restaurants in SF, we have been to a lot of them with an overall great experience but not here. I called ahead to let them know my husband doesn’t eat fish and they just remove those dishes from him and didn’t had the attention to replace them with something else and even worse they decided to remove them from me too. They charge you Michelin prices for an effortless experience, what a shame! By the end they gave us a signed menu by the chef and they gave another name to my husband what a lack of attention on the details. In conclusion for us was an overpriced pretty lackluster and disappointing dinner

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l
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Astonishing flavors, creative presentation, food as entertainment.

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JT
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our 25th anniversary at Aubergine. The staff “pulled out all the stops” for us in making this a very special meal for us to remember. From the ever attentive wait staff to the fabulously creative food courses, this was a special experience. The topper was being invited back to the kitchen to meet the staff and personally thank them for this incredible meal.

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ML
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Service was superb and friendly. No snootiness at all. Food was very inventive but unfortunately only about half the dishes tasted good to me, my husband liked about two thirds of the dishes. Atmosphere was mediocre, just a simple plain room. Overall, would not return because for us the food is the most important part. I love an occasional “special occasional” restaurant but if the food isn’t incredible than I’d rather have a good burger or slice of great pizza!

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JR
Denver
58 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and service. Very accommodating for food allergies. A wonderful experience

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H
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A small, classy restaurant in an inn with tasting menu only ($175 without drinks. Some expensive “supplements” such was wagu beef. Wine pairing ($145) is offered . Each of about 8-10 courses came in very small portions, but were mostly outstanding this time compared to about a year ago. The service was very attentive and professional. We were served an extra chocolate dessert as they knew we were celebrating our wedding anniversary. We, being sedate people, loved the very sedate but intimate ambience. Overall a memorable dining experience.

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JS
Key West
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was expertly prepared and certainly creativity in combinations. Wine pairings were also well selected. Not impressed with service personnel; young, unengaged, and patronizing; not our choice for a high end meal. Felt a bit nickel and dimed. Paying $320 per person for meal and wine and then charged ≈$8 for a glass of water? Found that insulting. Increase the price if they need to and provide the water. Wine pairings would have been nicer if they had a starter wine; instead they encourage you to purchase $90 for a glass of Dom Perignon. Other add-ons that were verbally announced; just put it on the menu. Nice experience for the palate, not so much for one's spirit or wallet.

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I’ve been to several Michelin star restaurants and that is the level that Aubergine is trying to exist at. The service is up to the level that would be expected from a Michelin restaurant but after that it leaves a bit more to be desired. The menu is a set tasting menu with a few supplements available. The dishes offered were beautifully presented but nothing stood out as fantastic when it comes to flavor. We chose to add a supplement of a 4 ounce serving of wagyu beef which was very nicely prepared but not spectacular and at an additional cost of 136$ was certainly not worth it. It was also a bit of a surprise to find a 14$ charge for water on a bill where we were already paying over 500$ to eat a meal for two. At the end of the meal both me and my guest still felt a little hungry which has honestly never been true after any tasting menu I’ve ever had at any fine dining restaurant. If I am truly being honest I would not recommend this restaurant to a friend. I just want a bit more for my money.

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HB
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service, with one exception: the wine steward spoke only to my husband, as if I did not exist or matter in the selection of our wine. Also, I would have preferred to know when we made the reservation that it was a set meal at a set price; we thought that was an option, with ala carte options also.

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MT
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic! Loved the wine pairing!

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S
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This is a special restaurant suitable for special occasions. It is an expensive Prix Fixe menu so be prepared to pay. But the cost is worth it given the exceptional food, wine and service. If I could afford to eat here every month, I would. The food is creative and expertly prepared. We were all very happy with all of the courses.

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KB
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a special place for unique fine dining. Every aspect of our experience was perfect. The staff were meticulous and professional, yet warm and friendly. Each dish was obviously prepared in a thoughtful, creative way to focus on taste as well as a beautiful presentation. Though a little pricey, this was such a pleasant and satisfying experience, we would definitely recommend Aubergine for a special occasion!

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CM
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Auberge for a birthday. The food was outstanding. It was such fun to meet various chef's throughout our courses. We went during the Concours event at Pebble Beach, and chose the upgraded menu. The menu was inventive, and playful. The sommelier steered us to a really nice premier cru.
The prices elevated the bill to our outer limit, however the service, quality of ingredients, ambiance, setting, and entire front and back of house demands to be recognized.

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SR
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve made Aubergine a regular dining experience every year when I come for the Concours d’Elegance, and every year I find it to be one of my favorite restaurants. The staff is as professional as any restaurant you will find in San Francisco, New York or Los Angeles. The menu, which changes daily, is always delightful.

Aubergine in a must for anyone visiting Carmel-by-the-Sea.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is AMAZING, pricey, but well worth it!!! Every course was better than the next. Chef Justin is 3 star Michelin worthy!!!!

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s
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The service was very good, they were very attentive at all times. The food was very good, creative. There is a 20 percent service charge that you need to know about in advance because when you get the bill they still put a line there for tip and you might double tip them if you do not read through which happened to us, my husband called and asked for a credit because 40 percent tip is not what he intended to give them. The restaurant is nice and if you have a special occasion and want to splurge

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AH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Over-hyped, over-rated, and over-priced We were upsold to the special sommelier pairing, but we would not want to drink any of the wines again.

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H
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent and the wine selection was amazing. There were only 3 of the dishes that we enjoyed. A complete disapointment in the dishes served. If I had only had wine and cheese combined with this service then this restaurant and our experience would have been perfect.

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o
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been there for our anniversary dinner and we've been pampered by the whole staff.
The food was excellent with ingredients from the region and perfectly executed.
Aubergine is not an every month restaurant since it is quite expensive,but perfect
for special occasions,and the price is understandable.

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DO
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best food We have ever had!! Great way to celebrate our anniversary!!

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RJ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time dining at Aubergine, but it certainly won't be our last! Every moment of our experience and every bite we had was simply outstanding and unforgettable. We went for my fiancee's birthday and the staff did everything they could to make our entire experience perfect. For a completely unique and wonderful experience, Aubergine is the place to be!

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A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

The restaurant is very overpriced as they charge 20% tip on top of their steep price. They also charge for water $6.5 for flat water for each person and $6 for coffee. This price was not on the menu and my husband and I were shocked that they charged for it without prior notice.

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F
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply stunning cuisine. We went for a special occasion and after the 3rd course (of 8) we both said we would happily go again. The service was top notch and the food was curated with such attention to detail. Inventive, playful, and accomodating menu. Can’t wait to go back!

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TB
New England
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is impeccable! The tasting menu is creative, local, and delicious. Some of the best items were the accompaniments to the dishes- the hot mushroom broth with the beef course, the honey tea with the cheese course- in addition to the outstanding wine selection. It is an intimate meal with excellent service.

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SO
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, wonderful service, excellent wines, wonderful tasting experience, expensive but perfect for a special occasion.

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F
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic dining experience. 8 course Chef’s tasting menu was an amazing surprise with every dish. Highly recommend if you’re a foodie. I’m so surprised this delight doesn’t have a Michelin Star!

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JH
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a spectacular meal at Aubergine to celebrate wife's birthday. The food and presentations were outstanding. Tilted toward the freshest of seafood and local produce as one would expect of a Carmel resto, but cooked and seasoned with creativity and precision. The service is professional and correct as you would also expect, but with enough warmth and care thrown in so you feel like you are at a very elegant dinner party more than a restaurant. John the Somm was really great, and we loved the fact that certain dishes were served and described by the Chef and Sous Chef. The only mark-down is value -- the food was worth every penny and a good value compared to similar tasting menus in the city, but the wine pairing price was high for the cost of the wines served. I get resto economics and John's pairings and selections were on point, but the pairing price for the wines served should have been closer to $100 than $150. That's a quibble, however, and we look forward to returning to Aubergine when we next visit the Monterrey Peninsula.

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MS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A most memorable anniversary dinner, could not have been more delightful

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AC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, incredible experience from beginning to end.

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JV
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The wine pairing is a must! The sommelier is knowledgeable and personable. Every glass added something special to each dish.

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