Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel

4.9
726 reviews
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$50 and over
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Californian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
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.
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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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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second time here and it was amazing. The food is spectacular! I really think they deserve a Michelin star.

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I dined at Auvergne yesterday evening. Was a culinary experience like no other. The staff were all extremely attentive and knowledgeable regarding each dish. The food was unique, colorful and absolutely delicious. The presentation was superb. This is probably one do the best tasting menus that we have had to date. Highly recommended. Definitely costly but well worth a fancy evening out!

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing meal by a talented chef with an impressive wine selection. Wine pairing featured some interesting wines but cost felt a bit high and some pours on more rare wines were very conservative. Overall was highly impressed by this restaurant.

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Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing dining experience coupled with spectacular 8 courses along with wine pairing. Staff and sommelier were outstanding!

Will come back for more. We loved this meal even more than Sierra Mar in Big Sur at Post Ranch Inn.

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MC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary at Aubergine, and it was magical. The restaurant called twice in the prior week to get information regarding allergies, preferences, and other restrictions, and tailored a tasting menu just for us. The service was beyond attentive, and each dish was a work of art.

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Denver
11 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, very creative and tasty courses. Romantic setying

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EJ
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite tasting menu with a well matched wine list. This is our third time in the past year dining at Aubergine and once again the food is absolutely amazing!

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Caribbean
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional!!!

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

I have to say the food here is inventive, exciting and great! We had an amazing time - service was impeccable. The location small and intimate, perfect for a special occasion. However, be careful of the prices! I mean the wine list had a half bottle of billecart for $100 when we could get two glasses for $34. Do the math... it was cheaper to get by the glass. And, what spoiled the occasion - the up-charge for the wagyu. We were told $30 something up charge - what we didn’t catch was it was $30 per ounce and then there were 4 pieces (4 small pieces roughly the same size of sashimi). So on top of an already high chefs menu of $175 per person, and high alcohol charges, we had an additional $120 up charge for the small pieces of wagyu! I expected to pay around $600+ But price went to around $800+ after taxes with the wagyu. I was put off by that. They really should be direct and say it’s $120 up charge. Which kinda spoilt our special night.

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Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My review is from the perspective of a non-foodie. I did not choose this restaurant by accident....I expected an extraordinary dining experience, and wife and I were not disappointed.

Not our first tasting menu experience, but by far our best. We were made to feel welcome and pampered at every turn. The wait staff nearly outnumbered the guests. It was not a stuffy experience....the staff smiled, and at appropriate times were even funny. Every course was presented with a brief paragraph, describing the ingredients and method of preparation. All our questions were answered without condescension. It was simply art....culinary art and performance art, dining so elevated. The night we were there, a cheese course was offered, and I’m glad we accepted. We will likely never experience a night like this again.

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San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I was so incredibly impressed at how phenomenal this tasting menu was. I've eaten at my fair share of restaurants, but Aubergine has left me with the same gastronomic awe as Saison and Manresa. It's local and innovative ingredient driven cuisine. Very creative dishes but still maintain the integrity of each dish.

The dining room sits only ~20 people and is very cozy, but the interior design very warm and tranquil. My only complaint is the music selection, which doesn't match the restaurant. Service was very good and any and all my questions were answered. I was dining alone while reading a book so I was pretty easy to take care of. My only complaints here was that I had to serve myself my own tea and there were crumbs on my table that weren't cleared. Not huge service issues, but just minor details.

Anywho, Aubergine is a tremendous restaurant and I'll be returning, hopefully monthly, for the rediscovering flavour dinners and at least seasonally to see the progression.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was like eating art, not only in the visual beauty of the food, but in the exquisite Balance and phenomenal creativity of each dish.

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SK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service with a creative tasting menu. Almost as many staff as guests. Chef presented a number of plates himself. Wonderful!

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g
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, amazing food and outstanding service...my favorite restaurant in Carmel, hands down!

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing dinner and wine. Such a special place.

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, creative meals from local ingredients in a quiet setting. Think date night or some special occasion. Definitely the best food in Carmel.

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San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was our 5th time Dining at Aubergine and it was as great, if not better, than the first time. Justin and his team are always very creative with the food they're serving. One of our favorite dishes, that we've got try twice, is a BBQ celery root. If you don't think vegetables can't be a substitute for meat, think again, this dish is just a great combination of flavors. What they do with Abalone is just spectacular. This time it was with cabbage, the earthiness of the cabbage and the sea flavors of the abalone just played off of each other so well. My favorite dessert of the evening was the ricotta beignets and these lovely carrots.

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we walked in to the moment we left, it was a lovely experience we will forever remember. Jasmine, our captain, could not have been more professional, approachable, knowledgeable or welcoming. Danny, the sommelier, was incredibly acquainted, appreciative of questions and happy to share his opinions and knowledge.

The food was a full, three-sense journey of scents, visual delights and explosions of perfectly balanced flavors. Each course was unique in both its ingredients and preparation and the flavors melded beautifully. The generosity of the kitchen must also be mentioned, giving us three gift courses before our 8 course chef’s-tasting menu even commenced, and an additional three dessert courses at the end. Danny even tested our knowledge of red wines by pouring us a few tastings.

Having experienced the chef’s tasting menu at French Laundry, I would say this is an equal culinary adventure, but the ambiance, service and experience at Aubergine far surpassed that of the stuffy environment at French Laundry.

I would highly recommend Aubergine to anyone, without reservation!

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Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’re Carmel locals and believe Aubergine is the only restaurant to go to in Carmel to celebrate your love of food, service, creativity and your husband, wife, partner, and others who bring joy to your life.
We celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary at Aubergine and celebrate we did.
The experience started with a staff call 24 hours before our reservation to confirm, inquire about food preferences or allergies made us feel cared for and set up for a Truly personalized experience.
This personalized service continued with our arrival and being seated side by side on a very comfortable banquette.
And so the celebration began.
Whether it was the Chef’s gift - uni (my favorite) or the grilled red abalone we treasured each bite. Our sensory system was alighted.
My husband asked for a savory change from the beautifully prepared lamb to an extraordinarily steamed lobster medallions and the change was made in mere minutes.
Palate cleanser, desserts, wine, coffee and a signed copy of the evening’s menu brought our magical evening to a close.
It will be our anniversary destination every year.
Thank you!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wedding anniversary

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was generally creative, but honestly many dishes missed the mark. Case in point, the uni with potato. I love uni and was excited for this small bite, however, the flavor of the uni was hidden by the overpowering roasted potato flavor. This happened on several dishes.

However, that said, the food was not the major problem with this restaurant. The wait staff is inexperienced and not knowledgeable. We had to continually ask for drink refills. They were very polite, but the overall service was average.

And yet, if the price was more reasonable, I would have left with an overall general positive feeling. The price was well above that expected for a restauarant experience of this quality. We ordered 4 glasses of wine between the two of us. They were all house wine, which should generally be between $15 to $20 per glass, maximum. The glasses of house wine were $26. This is excessive in my opinion. Additionally, they add a 20% tip onto the bill. I am not in favor of auto tipping, as my belief is that the tip should be a reward for the overall experience rather than a mandatory charge. However, if they want to do it that’s way, fine, but don’t charge the generally accepted maximum of 20%. Charge 16 to 18 percent. You are basically giving license to your employees to underperform because they know they are receiving the maximum amount of tip regardless of their service level.

Bottom line is that we left with a $560 bill for two of us and felt like it was not a true $560 dining experience. I would not recommend this restaurant for these reasons

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Portland
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the culinary crown jewels of Monterey + Carmel + Big Sur. Don't miss it if you're in the area.

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San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want a one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime special dinner for two -- this is the place. Be prepared to pay a premium, so if you're watching your wallet -- go somewhere else. However if you want a Michelin-like experience, top-to-bottom -- this is the place. Every aspect of our dining experience was five stars: greeting, cocktails, seating, service, and certainly the cuisine. Downside: a bit rushed from each dish/wine paring to the next; $1k for two (we did it all, except for cheese & coffee). It was truly a special dining experience that we'll never forget.

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San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I took my mother to Aubergine’s to celebrate her 90th birthday. She enjoyed every minute and every morsel and so did we. Every dish in the March 2018 tasting menu was delicious. My husband’s favorite was the grilled lamb chop. He said it was the best he’s ever had and he has had many a lamb chop. So tender, perfectly grilled, flavorful. My mother’s favorite was the grilled abalone which Chef Cogley brought out on a small, cute hibachi type grill. It was fork tender and smoky savory - a rare treat. My favorite was the succulent salmon fillet with a light creamy herbed sauce which came with a cheddar brioche roll - melt in the mouth dreaminess, what a combination. Service was friendly and relaxed, not intrusive and well-timed. I loved the serving dishes too - they looked like seashells which had been carefully cracked open to reveal a treasure inside.

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e
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Simply great restaurant with excellent food and service!

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DP
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very creative dishes that were as delicious as they were beautiful. The dining experience is on its own level. (Pro tip: get the wagyu)

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aubergine was one of the best dinners we have ever had. The menu is very creative, with great use of local ingredients. It's expensive relative to everything else in Carmel/Monterey, but you're getting a Michelin multi-star-like experience at a fraction of what it costs elsewhere. The wine paring was also first rate -- high quality and interesting wines, and substantial pours with each course. The service was also first rate, with great attention to detail.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience!

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San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of those fine dining restaurants ala The French Laundry with as many waiters as patrons. The food is extremely creative. There is a set 8 course meal nightly. We really enjoyed every course, but especially the sea urchin. Love the location in LAuberge de Carmel.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our ten best meals EVER!!! The multi-course dining experience is exquisite, unique and sensational. Add the perfect wine pairing carefully orchestrated with the kitchen and solmaliers is exceptional but especially the insights on origin and character of each wine with an explanation of how the wine compliments the food course...

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AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful Valentine's Day dinner. The food was exquisite, the service was exceptional: everything was excellent. We got sat directly in front of the kitchen, which was a bummer (for a 2000 dollar meal for two you would think they would give us a great seat) but, someone had to be the unlucky ones! Everything was truly wonderful and we had a great experience!

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J
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The pacing of the tasting menu was a little hurried.

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SG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautifully presented and delicious Northern California seasonal specialities.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible. Well worth the money. The experience was top notch. Our waiter was beyond great. Got to meet the chef! Never had a better meal. Thank you!

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to this restaurant for our honeymoon. It was very romantic and the service was great. We were pleased that the meal lasted over two hours. We had great conversation and enjoyed our time there.

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JS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was an outstanding culinary experience. No doubt this should be a Michelin star restaurant. I hope Michelin expands their region to include Carmel! Not easy on the wallet, but worth every penny from our perspective. Compliments to the Chef on an amazing meal.

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l
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect in every way. Though there are 8 courses, courses are still generous but you do not leave feeling uncomfortably stuffed. That is because the food is creative, seafood based and so full of flavors and textures.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

We attended the New Year Eve six-course meal this past year. It was incredibly disappointing. The food was sub par. The wine pairings were odd. The ambiance was lacking. I wouldn't recommend.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

We dined here on New Years Eve. The price was $195/person. It was supposed to be a five course dinner. The total amount of food we got would maybe fill a salad plate. The first course was an oyster about the size of a bottle cap with a dime sized amount of caviar on it.

The main course was tasteless almost raw sole with a few sliced raw white mushrooms on top.

We both left hungry and angry!

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KM
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

The menu for the New Year's Eve dinner was excellent. We were disappointed, however, with the service; had to ask for water refills, the wrong silverware was placed, and they almost skipped serving one of the courses. The main course, the filet of sole, was served lukewarm. Expected better at $195/per person.

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