Cantinetta Luca

4.6
2050 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Cantinetta Luca offers an authentic Italian menu inspired by the traditional recipes of various regions of Italy. The chefs hand-craft the dishes using the finest Italian products and locally sourced ingredients in a lively, adult atmosphere. An award-winning, extensive wine list with an expansive Italian varietals section attracts both the novice and educated palates. Inventive cocktails and house-made delicacies, such as salumi, fresh pastas, wood-fired pizzas, and house-aged cuts of meat, complete the Cantinetta Luca experience.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2050 people are saying
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GeoffO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic vegetarian, fish, and meat dishes, served by attentive and friendly staff. We had a great time.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great italian! Very nice meal in Carmel. Will be back!

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Rupy
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Ravioli, and T-bone were incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was amazing, service was nice but very slow. Took over an hour and a half to receive our meals.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, environment and staff were all great. The restaurant and bathrooms we very clean. I will be back and highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipjimin
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool vibe, great food, warm service, great for dinner with friends, or a romantic dinner. Loved it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just plain awesome! Such good food and fresh pastas are wonderful.

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Ariadne
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Cantinetta Luca is one of our favorite restaurants! We were celebrating an anniversary and were placed at a window table which made it very nice and private. We love the homemade pasta dishes and the salami selection. We wish they had a larger selection of small plates as that's what we like. Over the years we have taken out of town guests there and have really never been disappointed with the quality of food, with one exception last year an eggplant dish served with a type of cheese was very salty. We will continue to make it our special dinner night out place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience1

Not impressed. For a $350 dinner for two you would expect better service and properly cooked food. The porterhouse steak was over cooked and server was not attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! We ordered the special pasta and pizza. It was so good!

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Jackie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal - phenomenal service can’t wait to go back!!

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Notalocal
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff ALWAYS does a great job at making us feel valued and creating an intimate experience. It’s so rare and appreciated.

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DavidP
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Cuisine!! Thank you for being apart of the Carmel by the Sea dining establishments!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for a special birthday. Everything was great! We will be back! T-bone steak is worth every penny!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Luca’s is always a great meal, was a little disappointed the wood fired flatbread was not on the menu because I would come just for that and the Tavola spread. Delicious! Will definitely be back next trip to Carmel.

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sharons
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They are short of staff (which it seems all restaurants are these days) so it took a while to be served. Also, we ordered a side of cauliflower and it did not arrive until we were half way through the meal. I think that is probably due to lack of kitchen staff too......we are all going to have to get used to this situation though I am afraid that people will shy away from going out to eat with sketchy service.
I love this restaurant and wish them the very best!

MI
MarioI
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food with great wine selection and cocktails.
Excellent service.

RC
vipRyanC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food and service was just ok…

Would not recommend or go back to this restaurant

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vip2picky
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are just excellent. We have had a home in Carmel for over 30 years and Luca has has become our new favorite.

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vipLisaS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating outside was wonderful
The steak is outstanding

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vipLocal
Central Coast
34 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New chef and this place is getting better and better. Server Melissa is incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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Foodiefan
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service and food was delicious! Great birthday celebration with my best friend!

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vipLoisG
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Very disappointed in the pizza, although the salad was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were celebrating our anniversary and they served us a class of champagne to celebrate right when we were seated. Delicious homemade pizza dough and pasta dough.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We chose Cantinetta Luca for my birthday because we had dined here at least 3 times before over the years and really enjoyed it. I had my son and family from NY including my granddaughter, 3 yrs. old. We had a nice private table near the rear of the restaurant. The food and wine were very good. We shared the full italian meat selection, most made on premises which was delicious. Then we shared two salads, very fresh and dressed perfectly, and a pasta and a pizza. We finished with tiramisu and a butterscotch bundino. We had a couple of bottles of Italian wine.
Annoyances: Earlier in the day, the restaurant called to confirm we would be there. I confirmed. Then they went on, as if not hearing me to basically advise me that because we were in the less than 24 hour cancellation time, if we didn’t make our reservation time, we would be charged 50.00 per person! I thought it was rude to basically threaten me and that cancellation charge is outrageous for any restaurant. Also, although they told me that they had a treat in store for my birthday, the extent of the treat wasn’t to comp a desert, but to put a candle on what we bought.
Otherwise, the food and service were great. I would recommend the restaurant just as I have for years, to others. Just don’t expect any flexibility if vacationing in Carmel, because the cancellation fee is outright ridiculous.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was impeccable, food was good. The person next to me also had the tuna and their plate had a-lot more vegetables with it. Just wondered if they ran out. Also tuna was a bit dry. My husbands pasta was great. I like good wine, but by the glass options were limited. I didn’t want a whole bottle. Will go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious. Menu is a bit limited, however has plenty of vegetarian options. Prices were on the higher side

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vipDave
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still one our favorite restaurants in the area. Last night’s yellowfin and Tagliatelle Bolognese were both outstanding, and so were the cannoli for dessert. Service, as always, was exemplary.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service

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JuliaP
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ‘noise’ last night was the rain❤️
Beautiful meal and service!
We can’t wait to come back.
Julia & B

MJ
vipMJHolz
Atlanta
39 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic night at Cantinetta Luca - the good, the wine and service all incredible! We will be back!

NC
vipNorCalStu
San Francisco
73 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was professional and the food exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Menu was limited, service was slow when business was slow.

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vipSteakluvinfam
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Anniversary Dinner! Staff was terrific and food was incredible.

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vip2picky
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

2nd time having an outdoor dinner here in a month. So impressed with the food choices, wine, waiter and bus person.
Dinner was excellent.
Can’t compliment serving staff enough.
Such a well run establishment.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant
Great food

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Steak was great alleles was ok

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous meal at Cantinetta Luca for our anniversary. This has been a Carmel staple for us & it didn’t disappoint!

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vipRalphC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Soup of the day was good. Cocktail of the day was excellent. Eggplant appetizer was not hot and was just OK. Service was excellent. Pizza sauce on the sausage pizza was very acidic. Maybe next time will be better. Three stars for me.

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Cantinetta Luca is rated 4.6 stars by 2050 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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