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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

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Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

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81% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (19)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
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Worth the Drive (6)
Good for a Date (5)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Cozy (3)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Business Meals (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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)·Dined 4 days ago

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...

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The pacing of the tasting menu was a little hurried.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Beautifully presented and delicious Northern California seasonal specialities.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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.

Tags: Romantic, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Tip of 20% is already included which is disappointing. We have asked for part of the order to go and it was never given to us.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had high hopes as our friends lauded the restaurant for years. We came for the Christmas Eve dinner and actually lowered our expectations as the menu didn't look too exciting, but I figured the chef would work his magic and produce some outstanding dishes. Unfortunately, lots of rookie mistakes were made that overshadowed the creativity of the dishes. The steamed crab with capers in shiro dashi was so over-salted that I gulped down a glass of water. The monkfish was overcooked and had no flavor. The gingerbread and the buche de noel were dry. Even the barley bread with the softened butter were disappointing. The whole meal was almost $500 (we didn't get wine as we had been doing wine tasting all day) as they charged tax on top of the service charge (an automatic 20%). There are too many of restaurants of this caliber in California that we will not be coming back to this one. What a disappointment!!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

My wife and I were there for our anniversary. We had a wonderful experience.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 16, 2017

If you are looking for some of the best food in the world, come here. The dishes are unique, tasty and worth every penny spent. I LOVED this restaurant and it was perfect for the birthday we were celebrating.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

A+ on all points: Service was friendly with marvelous timing. Food was inventive but not intimidating, and everything tasted fantastic.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 7, 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 1, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 24, 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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

Thank you!

Tags: Comfort Food, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 21, 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 18, 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 16, 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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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Perfection!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 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 30, 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 30, 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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 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 28, 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 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 15, 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 13, 2017

Outstanding tasting menu and wine pairings

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 10, 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 8, 2017

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

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 5, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 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 24, 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 23, 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 22, 2017

Incredible crew! Great service and the food was delightffuk

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