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Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel

697 reviews
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$50 and over
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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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
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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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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.
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Private party contact
Reservations: (831) 624-8578
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For weddings, private dining and special events please call our Events Coordinator at 831-622-5907 or email:
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Cross street
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Parking details
Valet parking is offered; street parking is optional.
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Gift Card
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 697 People Are Saying
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vipfoodaphile (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 6 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.

vipAviladeb (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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...

AaronM (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

vipJackell (Dallas)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The pacing of the tasting menu was a little hurried.

vipSophiaGourmande (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Beautifully presented and delicious Northern California seasonal specialities.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

vipJohnS (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

vipluvtocook (Kansas City)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  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!

vipKenM (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

vipJoannaP (Calgary)
3.0  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.

viplive2eat (Los Angeles)
1.0  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!!!

vipCaliforniaFoodCritic (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

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

vipJliese (Los Angeles)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 7, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

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

Mike (Central Coast)
5.0  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.