Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel

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The award-winning, Michelin starred 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: $125 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 te
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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Come celebrate Thanksgiving at Aubergine! Thanksgiving Menu to be served from 2pm-9pm and is $200 per person plus service and tax. 3 Day Cancellation Policy at $125 per person cancelling.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Christmas Eve Dinner, seating available 5pm-9pm.
Menu is $225 per person plus service and tax. Wine Pairings available upon request at $155 per person. 3 Day Cancellation policy, $125 per person cancelling.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Christmas Day Dinner, seating available 5pm-9pm.
Menu is $225 per person plus service and tax. Wine Pairings available upon request at $155 per person. 3 Day Cancellation policy, $125 per person cancelling.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

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KS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Lots of courses -- only a few were memorable. If not for the optional cheese plate there were no standout dishes. However -- service was great. Not Michelin one star worthy. Looks like Carmel bought that star.

w
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Loved our experience at Aubergine. Was disappointed to see wine marked up 5X retail or more.

JD
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For a special occasion dinner, I would highly recommend Aubergine. Chef Justin Cogley is the most creative chef and the meal, the presentation, the service was off the charts. Check their instagram page to see the beautiful food and plating you can expect. It is extraordinary.

GV
London
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible ingredients. Service impeccable. Extremely intimate venue. The staff make the environment seem like you are being welcomed home. Cannot wait to eat here again.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aubergine restaurant in Carmel may be the best dining experience on the West Coast. The night we visited, the 24 seat dining room was full. Yet the room warm, cozy, and refreshingly quiet.The wait staff was attentive without being bothersome as well as being nicely attired in dark suits. The restaurant definitely had New York City feel to it,
accommodating and professional. The star, however, has to be Chef Justin Cogley. His 10 course tasting menu flows like a Beetle album...individual songs uniquely creating a single impression. One member of our group was a vegetarian, and yet her courses looked exactly like ours! Justin wants to make every dish perfect. I highly recommend this wonderful restaurant.

OT
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were delighted to celebrate my husband’s birthday at Aubergine. We had been looking forward to it for several weeks and the experience exceeded all of our expectations. The eight course tasting menu with superb wine pairing was like great theater for the palate. Each course was presented in a creative way to visually enhance. However, as beautiful as the presentation was - the exquisite preparation of the course was even better. Bravo Aubergine!

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience. Very knowledgeable, friendly staff. Very expensive, but worth it for a special occasion.

C
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration for my wife
First class service and food priced accordingly

B
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, service, and food.

XW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice little gem to be there with beloved ones for dating or any personal event.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible and the service outstanding. Wine was spectacular! Thank you!

C
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite meal that was perfect for a celebration with long-time friends. The experience was fun, the dishes were inventive, and the atmosphere was pleasant! We did feel a bit like we were under a microscope when we first arrived, but this was quickly remedied once the dining room began to fill up. Be prepared to spend about double the listed tasting menu price — the servers will upsell you throughout the night, but these are add-ons that you do not want to miss, so just factor in the extra cost when deciding whether you are interested in dining here. The beverage pairing was an exciting preview of each course to come, although the tomato mojito was a bit too acidic when paired with the tomato caviar gazpacho. Definitely get the wagyu as well; at $34 extra, it's great value. The meal was well paced, without ever feeling rushed or like it was dragging on too long. Unlike other tasting menus out there, we also felt no urge to pre- or post-eat around the meal... it definitely fills you up! Overall, a worthwhile experience by the central coast.

TO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The food was great but overpriced. We got the 8 course prix fixe with wine paring. We saw a few reviews that indicated they felt rushed. That is really an understatement. There was no time to enjoy the wine at all before the next one was out with the next course. We felt very rushed and with the $1,000 plus cost, that is totally unacceptable. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable but just way too fast. I would say that is a staff mandate to turn the table.

JJ
Houston
47 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Excellent cooking- very creative chef; Japanese inspired Californian food. We especially enjoyed the small bites that started the meal, the duck and the Wagyu beef. Excellent service with very knowledgeable staff. The place clearly deserves its Michelin star and possibly more than one. The only unseemly thing about the place is how hard they push the more expensive options, be it food (Wagyu) or drink ("prestige" stating). I've never seen this in other Michelin starred restaurants and it made me uncomfortable. Expect to pay about three times the advertised price for the tasting menu when one factors in drink and the (pre-included) tip.

MK
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Would love to visit again in the near future.

F
Los Angeles
165 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It’s a destination restaurant in Carmel and they do the haute cuisine thing well, though on our visit there was a bit too much upselling from the eager staff — $100s of dollars in add ons, for three different experiences (we declined them all). It was just a tad overblown. The food was good, though we felt like it was a little below comparison with other marquee joints like Eleven Madison, Per Se, Joel Robuchon, etc.

LR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner: superb service paired with excellent courses and wine. A wonderful experience. Sommelier was exceptional in terms of knowledge and recommendations. Can't wait to return.

SW
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Aubergine as a date after we were married a few days prior in Carmel. The restaurant was beautifully decorated and great ambience music. The staff from servers to sommeliers were very nice, helpful and educated about the food and wine they were serving. This was a very special night fir us and the food could not have been better. I would definitely recommend Aubergine for a special occasion or date.

b
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tasted art

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wedding Anniversary

JG
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Superb - only real issue was the price. With the wagu special added and just one of us doing the paired wine tasting for the set menu - it came to $1000 for two of us.....great food but not sure the price that justified...

KH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service and fantastic inventive food

BD
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an unforgettable evening. Each course was more delicious than the last. Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! Everyone was friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. We can’t wait to go again.

SG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food selection and great pairing, we even got lucky enough to visit the kitchen

P
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An excellent tasting menu. Food very well prepared with attentive and on time service of the courses. Price level is pretty steep, including the wine list. Room is small and could be noisy.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Been there twice. Menu selection was so-so this time. Service was great.

TF
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A great experience! Certainly a special occasion restaurant, but worth it in every way. It was our 10th anniversary and the staff went out of the way to make it a special occasion.

DJ
Los Angeles
86 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Memorable meal simply put... not inexpensive but every dish was not only delicious and special but also a work of art... a total sensory experience...

JA
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great dining experience. Creative food, excellent presentation, knowledgeable, helpful and friendly service staff. Excellent value.

G
Las Vegas
28 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aubergine is not a meal but an experience to be enjoyed and savored. The 8 course menu plus 3 amuse bouches and wine pairings were outstanding. We added the Wagu beef and it was prepared to perfection. The service matched the excellence of the food.

MS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute delight, amazing tasting menu combined with perfectly matching wine pairing.

CL
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had quite an enjoyable evening. They were accommodating to my dietary needs. The food was amazing and so were the wine pairings. The place was quaint and quiet. Perfect for a special occasion!

m
Caribbean
17 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent restaurant to celebrate a special occasion. Everything is amazing, the food, the service, the ambiance. The creativity of each plate is incredible!

OT
San Diego
67 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good meal, tasting menu with many courses. All well arranged and deliciously prepared. Service was super and wines were great. Not a cheap meal, but quite good.

MK
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner! Incredibly special!! Beautiful lasting memory! Cheers!!

OM
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true gem. Worth every penny. Truly, truly memorable!

OT
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A little haughty (we’ve eaten at Saison which as 4 times the price, but yet less pretentious). Food was beautiful, some courses more delicious than others. Plate ware was interesting but not outstanding. The lump of the table stand/leg under my one foot (but not the other) was really annoying. Some of the servers were difficult to understand. Where were the women? It was all men staffing the restaurant.
Also, we found the up-selling during the meal annoying.

OS
Heidelberg
11 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality food. Excellent service. Creative American kitchen rewarded with on Michelin star, but deserves 2 Michelin star.

R
Central Coast
116 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best place to go in Carmel for a very special dinner. The service was excellent. The food delicious. The plating exquisite. The sauces exceptional. If you want that Michelin star experience, Aubergine will check off that item on your bucket list.

JM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Didn't bring our wine till we were done with first 2 course they forgot it

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