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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.

Monte Verde & 7th Ave.
Carmel, CA 93921
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
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 events@laubergecarmel.com.

Cross Street:
7th

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(831) 624-8578

Website:
http://www.auberginecarmel.com/

Catering:
For weddings, private dining and special events please call our Events Coordinator at 831-622-5907 or email: events@laubergecarmel.com.

Parking Details:
Valet parking is offered; street parking is optional.

Executive Chef:
Justin Cogley

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

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Christmas Eve Menu • $185* person / Wine Pairing • $125* per person

*Service & Tax will be added to each guest check / *2 Hour Table Maximum / *Cancellations within 72 Hours are subject to a $185 Late Cancellation Fee per person

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Christmas Day Menu • $185* person / Wine Pairing • $125* per person

*Service & Tax will be added to each guest check / *2 Hour Table Maximum / *Cancellations within 72 Hours are subject to a $185 Late Cancellation Fee per person

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Aubergine New Year's Eve Dinner:
1st Seating: 5:30PM-6:30PM, 4 Course Menu at $195* per person, Wine Pairings at $150* per person / 2nd Seating: 8:30PM-9:30PM, 6 Course Menu including Wine Pairings at $375* per person / *Service & Tax will be added to each guest check* 72 Hr Cancellation Policy

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Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

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4.5

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82% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (16)
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Creative Cuisine (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Good for a Date (5)
Business Meals (3)
Cozy (3)
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Gluten Free Options (2)
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Service was incredible! Dishes prepared just right and wine pairing added to this incredible experience.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 2, 2017

This time is slightly salty and double charged for my credit card.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We celebrated our 55th Anniversary at Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel. We have lived and traveled around the world. We truly never had a dining experience we had at Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel. Each of the servings were a piece of art and loaded with tastes. The dining experience will live with us the rest of our lives.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Delicious, loved the individual sides, great to make this experience a Thanksgiving tradition!

Thank you!

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 22, 2017

The chef had kindly prepared a vegan menu for us. We felt is was a bit repetitive with ingredients and lacked the breadth of flavors and creativity we had expected. We also found the servers overstretched and wondered if they had a staffing issue that night. We do want to especially compliment the dessert chef who quickly created an alternative when she found my husband doesn’t consume alcohol (a whipped coconut concoction that was fabulous.)

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Service and food was 5 star. Great wine list. Very friendly

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on November 17, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Perfection!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great experience. Food was superb - almost every dish brought something special in terms of flavors and/or presentation. Excellent service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

The food was original and imaginative. The waitstaff were attentive without being obtrusive. The muzak clashed with the food.

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 31, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Cozy
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Worth It

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Anniversary. Our waiter brought us into the kitchen after our meal to meet the chef and his staff. It was an amazing touch to end a perfect dinner and service.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Outstanding tasting menu and wine pairings

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·Dined on October 11, 2017

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.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 9, 2017

My wife and I were celebrating our first year anniversary this was special amazing service!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 6, 2017

It was a series of small plate food with unique dishes for each course. We were not aware that it was a price fixed menu at $150 a person. While it was a unique experience our bill was over $1300 for 4 people.

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·Dined on September 26, 2017

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!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 25, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Incredible crew! Great service and the food was delightffuk

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

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.

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 (Galway)·Dined on September 13, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Amazing restaurant, do the wine pairing as the Sommelier really adds to the whole experience. Don't do the cheese plate as the meal is substantial and you end up wasting this additional food. Great Service, very romantic

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The most expensive dinner of my life ... and I've lived a few few years.

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Food and service are both five star. All items from tasting menu were original and creatively put together. Nicely done!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 25, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 2, 2017

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!

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Tasting menu was exceptional; adapted for food allergies with no fuss. Pacing of course was perfect. Service was the best; attentive wait staff.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 15, 2017

An unforgettable night! Warm hospitality and one of the most unique, delicious tasting menus we've ever enjoyed. We'll look forward to going back someday!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 14, 2017

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!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 14, 2017

The staff was great, very personal !!
The tasting menu was teriffic and presented very professionally. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 10, 2017

extraordinary tasting experience. Absolutely fresh ingredients. Great wine pairing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Probably better than most of the 2 or 3 Michelin star restaurants I've tried. Really great food and experience

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on June 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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