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About Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel
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: $50 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.
Carmel, CA 93921
Californian, Seafood, Contemporary American
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 email@example.com.
$50 and over
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
For weddings, private dining and special events please call our Events Coordinator at 831-622-5907 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Valet parking is offered; street parking is optional.
Private Party Facilities:
Restaurant buy-outs are possible at L'Auberge Carmel. L'Auberge Carmel's private Wine Cellar can seat parties up to ten people.
Private Party Contact:
Reservations: (831) 624-8578
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel Ratings and Reviews
Let me start by saying that my wife and I are foodies and we have been to plenty of these types of restaurants in many cities around the world. We were disappointed at Aubergine. The service was extremely good, however the food and the place was not. We were the only two people there, and only another couple visited the restaurant that night. On a Thursday night with many other Carmel restaurants packed, we could not avoid the feeling of having entered into a restaurant that was once glorious but has lost its spark. The food was by no means great. Aubergine has been one of the least attractive and most expensive culinary experiences in a while: The bill was more expensive than other amazing places such as Daniel, Per Se, and the French Laundry, but Aubergine did not come even close to such places in terms of food, ambiance and overall experience.
Chef seems more focused on unusual ingredients than flavor pop. The dishes, though creative, lacked the flavor explosion so noticeable in a Michelin grade restaurant. The ambiance was non existent. Overall, a very disappointing experience.
Delicious food and attentive service. Good adaptation to advance notification of a few food preferences. Generous pours on the wine pairings.
The tiny ribeye medallions showed how little is needed if the quality is superb! And the barbecued celery root was totally unexpected as a memorably delicious creation. Bravo.
Gastronomic paradise - interesting choices that worked so well together, especially with the wine pairings. We left satisfied but not stuffed. Service was rushed like they were getting us out for the next seating. Often we were gulping down our wine while the next one was being poured. Very expensive but if you love excellent food, this is worth the splurge.
Pricey, but a really lovely experience. Staff grew increasingly friendly( not stuffy) as the evening went on, and chef did a great job of accommodating our likes and dislikes. Highly recommend doing one of each of the wine pairings: the regular and reserve -- for $50 more for the reserve, it's fun to compare and contrast (&, sometimes the lesser wine paired slightly better w/the food). A memorable birthday.
Food was excellent, using high quality product and well prepared/presented. Good service was excellent, with team approach. Bev service was terrible. Waited 75 minutes for a cocktail, had to ask four different people to bring the drink, was then brought the wrong drink. Shame to miss so completely on such an easy part of the experience.
The tasting menu and wine pairing offered is superb. We went for my husband's birthday, and they made the whole dining experience really special. The service was top-notch, and even though there were 8 courses to get through the wait staff did not rush us in the least. They were all very couteous and personable and I can't rave enough about the food. The combination of flavors and ingredients--and the way in which seasonal ingredients were flavored--was truly amazing. Expect to spend some money, but you really get value for what you pay for. We definitely plan to return!
We go there every year for our wedding anniversary and each time we are amazed by the quality of the food and service. I would recommend the wine pairing because one type of wine cannot match the food. If we lived in Carmel we we would make it a monthly occurrence.
Michelin star quality prix fixe tasting menu. Innovative Asian influence focused on best ingredients amazingly well executed. Very professional and welcoming service. Outstanding course by course wine pairings. Think a small and self-effacing "French Laundry". Expensive but a fair value for this level of cuisine.
The restaurant requested men wear a coat but we were the only men that did. Several of the guys wore a t-shirt. Don't request a dress code and then not enforce it. The ambiance was poor: crowded, no view, noisy. Some of the dishes were excellent, but others terrible. We were offered champagne when we sat down but what a surprise when we were charged $38 per glass! There was an upgrade for 6 oz of Wagu beef for $128 which we fortunately refused. The wine pairings were good but for $120 per person? Then charges for coffee and a mandatory service charge of 20% launched the final bill per person to $420! We felt completely taken advantage of and did not enjoy the meal in the least. Do not dine in this restaurant. You can enjoy better food for a more reasonable price at just about every other restaurant in Carmel.
The food was great and service very attentive. There were only about six tables occupied during our time at the restaurant. On three different occasions during our meal, it was requested that Chef Justin stop by our tables (us and two adjoining tables) to be complimented on the food and say hello. NEVER SHOWED.
The food was truly excellent. Their wines were great. The reason this place doesn't have a Michelin star and probably won't for a long time is due to their service. Extremely erratic. We waited 20 minutes to have a waiter to come talk to us! During these 20 minutes the waiter came and checked on the guy on the table next to us THREE times and didn't look at us once. Then after the 20 minutes wait - the food started coming out in very quick intervals. Then all of a sudden we waited 25-30 minutes for our next course to be served! We also noticed the courses that were rushed did not look as well-presented as the table next to ours. You should go their for the food with 0 expectations for service and then maybe you can justify the $250 bill per head.
My husband and I went here to celebrate our birthdays. We did the price fix (only option) with the reserve wine pairing so $300 each. They knew it was our bday and asked if we wanted champagne to celebrate. Then charged us $60 - plus the first wine pairing was champagne. We were rushed so quickly from course to course that I couldn't keep up with the food or wine. It was a very unpleasant dining experience.
I came here with my partner and we are huge foodies. We were first greeted to be seated at the fire place to be seated which was nice. Followed by a champagne toast that was super tasty. The 9 tables in the restaurant makes things intimate, every server knows what's happening st each table and are super knowledgable about everything. In terms of the food. Wow lets just say it deserves the Michelin stars and more. The level of quality is out of this world. All I have to say is the wagyu beef is better than the time I had kobe beef in Japan. It is sooooo good it needs to be on every dish. The other experiences of the foods need to be discovered in person so I highly recommend going for a special occasion!
As a total foodie, this was one of the most outstanding dining experiences we have ever had! Every course that was served to us was exquisite in taste and presentation! We savored every single bite and did not want the eight courses to ever end! I highly highly recommend this marvelous and very creative place!
Amazing food, 9 courses (the cheese board was amazing but ask for half the serving), however, someone should have indicated somewhere that the minimum was $150 per person as the bill was $500 with one glass of wine. It was an amazing experience, however, I have many friends and family members that would not have appreciated the pricing structure.
This restaurant is wonderful. It is small but intimate and very romantic. The service is excellent. Staff is very knowledgeable re wine pairings and the food being presented. This is a multi-course meal, Chef's choice and each course was exquisite. The food was delicious from the first bite to the next. Whether it was the Amuse bouche, Beef, Lamb, Seafood, Cheeses, Desserts etc. the presentations were tasteful and elegant. You feel as if you are engaged in a very special dining experience which is certainly is. The restaurant also has a full bar and they made us some great martinis. An intimate bar is attached to the restaurant as well. I chose this restaurant by random and am quite happy I did. This is a dining experience quite like no other and I would highly recommend this establishment if you want a truly fine dining culinary experience.
Since moving to California I have tried the tasting menus of most of the top restaurants of the extended Bay Area for special occasions. I cannot remember a more impressive serving than what we experienced at Aubergine. Most rewards go to the sheer creativity of the dishes and the exquisite quality of the wine pairing.
The location of this beautiful restraraunt is perfect in this gorgeous town. The wine was exquisite. The food was delicous and creative. The wait staff was polite and informative.
My only one critique would be to have a single server to remain constant at a single table. One server was much more informative than the other about ingredients and the Chefs intentions. The contrast between one server to the other was striking. We found ourselves ease dropping on the table next to us to get the full explination. Also, the Sommelier was very difficult to understand. He mumbled with a thick accent. Though he seemed extremely educated about the wine, we could only hear every third word.
The small amount of tables was very nice keeping a quaint, intimate and romantic experience. The ambiance was warm and inviting. We thought, perhaps the decor needed a face lift.
We would definitly come back again.
My husband and I were in Carmel with my Parents for a once a year visit from their home in Florida. We thought Aubergine would be a great spot for a special dinner together. Deliciously unusual flavor combinations and perfect balance were the centerpiece of an 8 course tasting menu with sublime wine pairings. The wait staff and sommelier were friendly and knowledgeable, as were the kitchen staff whom we were invited back to meet upon completion of our meal. It was a culinary experience that I will not soon, if ever, forget. If you're planning a trip to Carmel-By-The-Sea and you enjoy Fine Dining that is a cut above the best, Aubergine is not to be missed.
GOOD eatin' at Aubergine, a Carmel gem! The pea soup explosion set the expectation of more yumminess to come, and ended with a to-die-for deconstructed black forest cake! Everything in between during the eight-course meal and cheese plate was exceptional, that these foodies almost needed to be rolled out - bonus kitchen tour was a perfect end to a lovely evening! The pescatarian and omnivore experienced major food coma afterwards, so it helps that Carmel is such a pretty and pleasant place for a late night walk.
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