Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel

4.9
1003 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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Mayme
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you need to find a place to celebrate a special occasion, you will be supper happy to come to Aubergine. the food and the service were fantastic, even the tableware is so artful.

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vipangelab
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A superb evening in every way. Exquisitely prepared food presented artistically by knowledgeable staff. Outstanding sommelier.

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vipShanti
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The 8 course tasting menu started out quite strong with flavor and creativity. I was very impressed with the oyster dish towards the beginning of the meal, as well as the lamb and beef. About 3/4 of the way through the meal, we found that are service became very poor. I attempted many times to gain the attention of any waitstaff, as we were sitting there for 25 min with no attention paid to drinks, next course or a simple check in. We became very frustrated, as this had not been the experience we had for the first 1/2 of the meal. Finally, I got out of my chair and approached a server for assistance. He was polite to me, but I could tell we were no longer a priority. They removed $181 from the total check, which was appreciated, but unfortunately it was not enough of an accommodation for me to want to return for another visit. It is always a significant disappointment when the quality of the food does not match the caliber of service at a restaurant.

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A111L
Seattle
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A little bit too salty. But the deserts are really good!

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ColleenB
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a must do experience. The prix fixe dinner was amazing! How so much flavor can be packed into little bites is beyond me! Chef Justin definitely knows how to deliver. This was a beautiful 8 course meal. I am allergic to eggs & gluten and Chef Justin fully accommodated me and blew me away!

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vippeegoo
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about dining at Aubergine a couple of nights ago. The courtyard is beautifully and tastefully decorated. Service was terrific, attentive and not pretentious. The food was outstanding, exquisite and delicious. We appreciated the executive chef coming out to tell us about his creations. Would definitely return. Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Antonio
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were exceptional at the restaurant!! If you are a foodie this is the place for you!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had very high expectations going in, and they exceeded all of my expectations.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Each of the 8 courses was delicious and memorable.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our experience was everything we could have hoped for and more. We had the wine cellar to ourselves and the service was absolutely amazing. Knowledgeable, quick, and kind, our serving team set the tone before we even had our first course. The chef was also very kind and funny in the brief moment that he came out from the kitchen. Every course managed to blow past our expectations and somehow exceed the high bar that was set by the previous. The progressive menu was a delightful ride, the wagyu was well worth opting for, and the dessert subverted any preconceptions. Would love to come back when I next get the chance!

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LynnC
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want a special treat with fabulous food and service and wine that complements every bit, Make reservations today. This was a perfect Anniversary Dinner.

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NeilL
Naples
17 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and vey knowledgeable staff. Food was great with multiple tastes and textures in every bite.

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vipJillW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My special birthday dinner was amazing. The food, service, and atmosphere are the best in the region. We look forward to returning!

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vipamhnyc
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly creative and delicious. Very accommodating with some food preferences.
Service was excellent once meal started. Very expensive but a very unique experience. Outdoor seating was very comfortable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant was above and beyond!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most unbelievable and amazing restaurant/ meal I have ever had. Highly recommend the reserve wine pairing too!! So good.

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KevinC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Marvellous food. Great wine list. Knowledgeable staff. Elegant ambience. Enjoyed the surprise tasting menu! There was a bit of a delay in seating us and felt a bit ignored till we were seated. But, once we were seated they made up for everything with the dining experience! Would definitely go back and possibly even stay at the inn.

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Justin
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food was impeccable, everything you would expect from a Michelin starred restaurant. Seating was outdoor due to the restrictions, which was the only downfall of the experience, with people coming and going out of their hotel rooms into the dining area. That would be my only small compliant, but nothing to take away from a great dining experience during the pandemic. Justin Cogley and his staff are doing great things, we'll be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely spectacular as always!

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AngelaC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for making this a very memorial and special experience for us!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This meal was so incredible. The service was incredibly personable. My boyfriend and I don’t drink alcohol and the mock tails were even delicious. It’s an amazing experience.

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BryanB
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good but expensive. Great service especially by the sommelier.

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Rahooligin
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, sophisticated, classy - just as we have come to expect. They run a clean and smooth operation. Staff are friendly, courteous, professional and the food is excellent!

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Kwell
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Special experience-Very good food selectiion. Portion control fine.
Wine selection great-Corkage much too high.
Would recommend to any "foodie" who want a great evening experience.

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vipMikiT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Wonderful atmosphere and awesome food! Will be back for more.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tahoe
10 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal, the service was outstanding. Each dish was thoughtfully crafted and decorated and delicious! The ambiance was delightful, as if you were dining in a courtyard in France. It was a perfect evening to celebrate my birthday!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant all round

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vipyankeefan
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would have liked more time between courses.

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TammyR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Due to Covid, the restaurant is currently located in courtyard of hotel - very quant and lovely. Food was exquisite! Hands down our favorite experience in Carmel dining.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently spectacular. The staff is a great combination of attentive and friendly. Accommodating of our many allergies

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vipFitandHappyDr
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands-down the best wagyu we’ve ever had (and we’ve had it many, many places), well worth the extra $$ as an accompaniment.

Seating area in the courtyard was quite nice (I think I actually like it better than their “regular” indoor dining area pre-COVID).

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vipRussH
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Planned a two day getaway to Monterey and made reservations for dinner at Aubergine. Wasn't sure what to expect since outdoor dining was in effect. We were pleasantly surprised at the set up in the garden area of the hotel. It was very cozy and atmosphere was great. Actually prefer this set up to indoor area!

Service was impeccable as it course was explained and served with little wait in between. The sommelier also helped out with service and gave great recommendations for wine. The only negative I experienced was the lack of cabernet by the glass on the wine list.

I would definitely come again and may even stay at the hotel too since it looked very cozy and quaint.

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SLJY
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
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
18 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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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and charming place. Michelin well deserved

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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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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 1003 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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