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Cantinetta Luca, Carmel, CA

Cantinetta Luca

4.6
4.6
2316 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian


Cantinetta Luca offers an authentic Italian menu inspired by the traditional recipes of various regions of Italy. Chef/Owner Jason Balestrieri makes sure each hand-crafted dish uses the finest Italian products and locally sourced ingredients in a lively, adult atmosphere. A curated 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 cut steaks, complete the Cantinetta Luca experience.



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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Steak, Pizzeria
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (831) 625-6500
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Jason Balestrieri
  • Catering
    Please e-mail us with your inquiries to info@cantinettaluca.com
  • Private party facilities
    Wine Room: Beautiful Brick Ceiling Dining Room that can accommodate up to 40 guests.
  • Neighborhood
    Carmel
  • Cross street
    We are on Dolores Street between Ocean Ave & 7th
  • Parking details
    In the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea, all parking is street access.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Celebration of Spring Wine Dinner

    $150.00 per person

    Jun 6, 2024 only
    As part of Culinary Week in Carmel by-the-Sea Join us for a Celebration of Spring Dinner Reception & 4-Course Menu including Wine pairings: $150 per person. Taxes & Additional Fees not included. Limited seating in Luca's Wine Room.
    Celebration of Spring Wine Dinner Photo

What 2,316 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

2,316 Reviews
  1. Steaks

    Houston

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious! Service was amazing! Wonderful experience!

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  2. Kathy

    Greater Boston

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for pasta before Big Sur Marathon A great atmosphere to at h up with friends. Able to converse Portions generous. Cannolis for dessert

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  3. SatisfiedBruncher

    Seattle

    118 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful restaurant with a delicious menu. Cocktails were really good with a healthy pour. Please try the pasta carbonara... One of the best I've ever eaten. Perfect portion size, which I appreciate. Only downside was the hostess who doesn't make anyone feel welcome. She was the only negative.

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  4. PatriciaL

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time there our waiter was very helpful in making suggestions regarding the menu. we started with their tricolor salad with some focaccia bread then for our entrée, we had the New York fillet along with a side of their sautéed spinach with pin nuts. Our dinner was excellent. Will definitely go back again.

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  5. RichardS

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food and service was above average. Noise level was way too high.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    excellent food and service nothing to complain about 

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  7. Hank

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are locals and love Cantinetta Luca. Love the house made breadsticks, pizza and pastas. The tough part is choosing from among our favorites. Tricolore salad is awesome to share.

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  8. Inclined

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved our evening at Cantinetta Luca ! The food is great and the staff is so helpful. Don’t miss this spot when visiting Carmel-By-The-Sea! Make sure to make a reservation.

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  9. Maui

    San Francisco

    61 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had an enjoyable experience at Cantinetta Luca. While the food was average, it was offset by nice ambience, a terrific table that faced the window to the street and outstanding, attentive & friendly service.

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  10. MannyA

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were amazing. I love the old world ambience of this restaurant. Everything we ate was really good.

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FAQs

Cantinetta Luca is rated 4.6 stars by 2316 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Cantinetta Luca

Dolores St. between Ocean and 7th, Carmel, CA 93921

Additional information

  • Cross street
    We are on Dolores Street between Ocean Ave & 7th
  • Neighborhood
    Carmel
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Steak, Pizzeria
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    In the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea, all parking is street access.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Jason Balestrieri
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (831) 625-6500
  • Catering
    Please e-mail us with your inquiries to info@cantinettaluca.com
  • Private party facilities
    Wine Room: Beautiful Brick Ceiling Dining Room that can accommodate up to 40 guests.
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