Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel

4.9
970 Reviews
$50 and over
Californian
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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SLJY
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful dining experience in a very charming town. This was an outdoor setting due to the pandemic situation. You can tell that the ingredients were fresh. Dishes were artistically presented.

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vipJaneK
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, beautifully prepared and presented in a very elegant way. The Courtyard outdoor dining experience was lovely. The dishes were unique but still approachable. It was a wonderful experience but definitely in the splurge category. Pretty pricey, but not a surprise. We will go back again for a special occasion

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vipWenbong
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. The tasting menu was well thought out, inventive and the wine pairing was wonderful. What a gem in the neighborhood.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Carmel!

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Eater
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The courses received at the restaurant were very good—there is definitely a talented kitchen and service team working at the restaurant. I am certain that an individual dining at Aubergine will enjoy the food that they taste.

However, the amount of food served is on the "light" side for a meal that will ultimately cost you ~$500 per person, assuming you do the wine pairing. To clarify, the expectation for a meal like this isn't necessarily to walk away "full"—you dine here for an experience.

This meal featured 5 modestly-sized courses, 3 small desserts. The meal, while delicious, ultimately felt imbalanced. It was disappointing that 2 of the 5 courses were served with bread (although, the bread was delicious). If you're dining with 2 people, you ultimately end-up with 2 rolls and a half of a small loaf of sourdough bread.

After eating those 5 courses, we couldn't help but miss a vegetable-centric dish or some other experience before eating two dessert courses. It felt like the meal dropped off a cliff, and ultimately made the experience less satisfying.

I think that this is a restaurant worth enjoying if you have a lenient budget—this is definitely a talented kitchen—but I would opt for other experiences if you're looking beyond the Michelin star in Carmel.

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AnitaL
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Highly recommend! Attentive service, beautiful presentations for every dish and taste good!

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Jacob
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Challenge: Let people enjoy a Michelin-star dinner during COVID. Outside. In December.

No small feat! But Aubergine answered the call. Had a great time celebrating an anniversary. The food was delicious and very filling. Compared to other Michelin-starred tasting menus I've enjoyed, I think this was a tad overpriced, but I did not walk away feeling like I did not get a good value. And understandably, we were dining during a pandemic so paying a little more is probably warranted... :D

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BenK
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic from start to finish! One of the best meals I have ever had.

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vipVictoriaT
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and its presentation. Extremely well-thought through wine pairing. But be prepared to pay high dollars, which is worth it for the experience.

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Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience at Auberge Carmel. Food was inventive and flavorful. Service was impeccable. We had a magical night. We did come here 7 years ago, and felt then, the menu focused on more local product, and may have been a bit more creative in presentation. We still enjoyed our experience and understand that each chef will have their own aesthetics.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal in 2020

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MeredithM
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent. In retrospect, would have appreciated a little more time between courses. That being said, an evening curfew was going into effect that night, so I understand if they were trying to be cognizant of that. Still, eight courses in 90 minutes was a bit of a sprint.
A few stand outs - the opening seafood dish, that tuna was amazing! The duck course was fantastic. And the pumpkin based dessert course very memorable.
Wine pairings were alright, perhaps the least "bang for your buck" of the bunch, but tasty. Port for dessert not exactly inspired, but the earlier pairings were clearly well considered.
Would recommend.

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CassyB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I dined here to celebrate our third anniversary. What a wonderful restaurant! The food was absolutely amazing and we loved that the tasting menu was kept as a surprise. You didn’t know what you were about to eat until it was placed on your table! So fun. We would highly recommend dining at this restaurant.

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GregoryD
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful place to experience during our honeymoon. An experience of a lifetime.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! What an absolutely amazing experience. Thank you so much for making our anniversary so special. The food, service, and atmosphere (even during COVID) were impeccable. Will most definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a delicious and wonderful evening !

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vipDutch
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food and service in a pandemic-protected setting that still manages to be sophisticated and comfortable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
76 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are blessed to have a Michelin starred restaurant so close. Everything was truly extraordinary. Obviously, not a once a week spot, but a great experience for a special occasion.

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TaylorB
New England
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We very much enjoyed our experience eating at Aubergine. They were very accommodating of my pregnancy-related food restrictions, yet I didn't feel like I got a worse menu than my husband because of it. Overall, it did feel somewhat overpriced for what it was compared to similar experiences we've had elsewhere, but during covid we were desperate for something like this and the outdoor courtyard seating (with plenty of space heaters, beautiful flowers/candles, and a tent in case it rained) and social distancing fit the bill.

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flyapaperplane
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, amazing food and wine pairing. Love the oysters and crispy duck with pearl onion in particular, but the sauces on everything else also stood out to me. Would definitely recommend coming in for a special meal!

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vipStefaniH
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The ambiance and service was very good. Servers were polite and attentive and they did a great job at covering the patio and keeping it warm. The food and presentation for a Michelin Star restaurant was just okay. The cost was reasonable, but I wouldn’t visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service. A very lovely and once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Steenrod
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely from beginning to end. Loved every morsel.

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Mark
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food as you would expect for a Michelin star restaurant. Everything is of the highest quality.

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vipJanellen
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect: the patio setting, the beautiful presentations - both food and the ceramics - the creativity.

We were celebrating a birthday, and appreciated the additional tiny mousse cake that arrived.

Service was perfect and the wine pairings were interesting and delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful experience for a special occasion- it’s like seeing the art and beauty of the grand canyon for example but with your palate, regular views or meals simply won’t be as good/expansive after tasting this food which is inspiring to want to recreate it. Service was great but was expecting the head chef to be more personable. Jonathan was awesome, as was Danny they were genuine pure class. Would have been cool to see the kitchen and talk more with the head chef but all in all a wonderful expierence and we look forward to similar dining experiences in the future. Guests can tend to get a bit loud if tables around you are drinking.

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StephenE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A most excellent experience all the way around. Easy to see why they rate the Michelin Star. It has been awhile, however, since I paid almost $500 a chair. I will save up and return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down our best meal ever and overall dining experience! Perfect way to celebrate!

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DavidT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good! Expensive, but worth it! We loved ever single dish.

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SteveR
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience4

After making an on line reservation with identification of food allergy, upon arrival and follow up explanation the restaurant rudely decided not to serve us and abruptly asked us to leave. customer service lacks follow through and clearly didn't bother to read the notification in written reservation. Don't support such a place

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AlexandriaS
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service, jaw-dropping plating and stunning courtyard really added up to be a very special experience. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sent our parents here for their 45th Wedding Anniversary and they had an amazing time.

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CleatMark
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO MAKE A MEMORY WITH SOMEONE SPECIAL THIS IS THE PLACE TO DO IT!

WHAT A MEAL, WHAT A MEMORY!

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vipBCNTEXAS
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A special dining experience. The kitchen and service have not let the Covid-19 challenges diminish the quality of food or customer service.

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AuroraD
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The evening was lovely, the food was sublime, the environment was magical, the service was very friendly. Go.

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DanP
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was truly exceptional. 2 courses of the menu were exceptional as well. The rest of the courses were very good. From a flavors standpoint, I expected more from this chef.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the most outstanding meals I’ve had in months but I dine out at a lot of great places so that’s quite a compliment
The staff was incredibly knowledgeable about everything as well. Service was top notch.

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vipJennifer
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals we’ve ever had. The staff was so attentive and friendly, the food And wine was incredible and the outdoor garden courtyard during COVID times was very romantic and intimate.

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vipDJR2
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful 8 course degustation, flawlessly timed with each course more exciting than the next. The sommelier pairing was beautiful and not overwhelming. Bravo Chef and team!

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brent
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing culinary experience. The service was attentive and the courtyard ambiance had a nice charm to it. Every dish was memorable and delicious. I'll definitely recommend this to friends and come back to it myself.

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Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 624-8578.

Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel is rated 4.9 stars by 970 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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