Cantinetta Luca

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$30 and under
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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.
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AC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

So disappointing. Service was slow, inattentive-did not even ask if we wanted another bottle of wine. Took many attempts just to get the waiters attention. We arrived at 7:30, on the pre fixe menu MANY choices were not available. Mentioned that we were stuck in the back, in the corner, being ignored to the manager, not much of a response. We were so looking forward to dinner at Luca. NOTE: The day after our dinner they closed for a week, BUT not a good excuse.

TC
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The food was not as we remembered. They were out of most items and all desserts and it was only 6:45. The waiter tried to hurry us. The Cacio Pepe was not traditional and tasted like Mac and cheese. We will not be returning anytime soon. It’s too bad because this was one place we always came to with friends when in Carmel.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and service! My husband tries tagliatelle bolognese whenever we go Italian in a new city.
Cantinetta Luca has beat all others!
And the meyer lemon chicken was amazing!
If in Carmel this is 5 star all the way!

L
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Very disappointing dinner.

m
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner at Cantinetta Luca recently for the first time. We were very impressed. Outstanding service and everything we ordered was exceptional! We will definitely make this one of our regular places to enjoy dinner.

A
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Service was slow but food was good

Cantinetta Luca
Responded on January 20, 2020

Dear Alockestar, Thank you for your review and our apologies for not being up to your standards. We will be looking to do better, and see you soon. Sincerely, Cantinetta Luca

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JS
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food wasn’t bad but ultimately didn’t impress me. I could tell it was from scratch pasta and that was nice but the flavors, and presentation left a bit to be desired when you consider the price. I give this place 4 stars mainly for the service and polite staff. $50 for an 8 oz filet was really the only steak option unless you want 32 oz of porter @ $4 an oz.

Cantinetta Luca
Responded on January 20, 2020

Dear JayS, Thank you for your review. We are so delighted you enjoyed our services. Our Bistecca Alla Fiorentina is part of our menu since we opened 15 years ago, and our other option isn't a Filet, but a Wagyu Eye of Rib, which is cooked in the same style as the Bistecca and is as popular. Our options between the two cuts are intended adequately for sharing the Bistecca or not. We will be looking forward to seeing you soon. Sincerely, Cantinetta Luca.

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BC
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wanted to share the restaurant with my granddaughter and her husband. Everything, i mean everything, we ordered was fantastic. We ordered the Brussels sprouts as an appetizer and it was awesome. The fish was cooked perfectly and interesting flavors. The spaghetti carbonara was perfect and the tagletelli with bolognese sauce was my favorite. This was my third time experiencing Cantinetta Luca and can’t wait to go back.

OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience!!!

P
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My adult children love this place. For me there were a few downsides. The menu does include a few
gluten free options which are necessary for me; however, there is no pasta GF option. While I appreciate
that Luca does make their own pasta, there could be a GF option with corn pasta, etc. that is readily available at local grocers and suppliers. The same can be said for the dessert menu. I am getting tired of creme brûlée.

Cantinetta Luca
Responded on January 20, 2020

Dear Patrisa, Thank you for your review. We do serve Gluten Free pasta upon request, and they are delicious Italian, corn-based pasta. Our Dessert menu has multiple Gluten-Free options. We have a wide selection of Gelato and Sorbetto, as well as our Budino de Ciocolato and our Panna Cotta. I do hope you will come back and try our options. We will be looking forward to it. Sincerely, Cantinetta Luca

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MJ
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BEST Branzino on the planet!

JA
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is ALWAYS fantastic. Friendly staff accompanied by an intimate ambiance. Can't get better than that!

RB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience1

We have always liked this restaurant. But, we went there during the Xmas holidays and it sucked. First, it was nearly one hour between our first and second courses. Bad! Then, I ordered caci e Pepsi and it was like Kraft MAC and cheese with no pepper. Not authentic and not very good. Finally we were in a room with huge tables where the waiters were sucking up to the huge tables. Lots of noise and chaos. Awful! Will not go back.

OT
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely spectacular. The food was incredible. The sommelier was superb.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Waiter was rude. No modifications available for a toddlers dinner even though the Google listing says it’s good for kids. It’s not. No high chair or booster seat.

JS
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

One of the best Italian restaurants in Carmel. Great wine list too.

MB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always, friendly service.

OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated 30th wedding anniversary. Danielle was very helpful with our dinner and drink selections!

JO
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were there and had a great dinner. I Got the time wrong by 30 minutes but they kindly seated us at 6:00 pm when we arrived. Great flat bread appetizer!

WT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Beautiful interior and ambience and very nice service, but the food was mediocre to the point of unpleasant. The warm olives were way too salty. The margherita pizza toppings were tasty but very sparse, and slid off as soon as you took one bite - leaving you with nothing but flatbread with a light smear of tomato sauce. The rigatoni cacio/pepe was al dente to the point of tough, and almost totally lacking in flavor - and what I could taste I did not like. This is not a cheap restaurant so all the more disappointing.

IP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

WE were a bit early, but were immediately and nicely accommodated. Food was delicious! Very good and professional service. Restaurant is a bit noisy and very packed so it felt a bit tight, but overall the experience was very pleasant. Recommended!

BG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing meal, octopus salad is unbelievable. The whole roasted Branzini is also incredible. Thanks for a wonderful Christmas Eve

Cantinetta Luca
Responded on December 28, 2019

Thank you for your Review BrianG, We will be looking forward to seeing you soon Happy New Year Cantinetta Luca

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PS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

We had Christmas Eve dinner at Cantinetta Luca. Our food arrived an hour after we placed our order. In between, we're were given assurances--first by the waiter and later by the Maitre'd --that our food "was coming right out". To top it off, instead of apologizing profusely, the Maitre'd tried to offer me rationalizations, which only made things worse. Meanwhile, other tables that came in after well after us already had their food. Our food arrived so late that we actually had to box it up and put it in the car as we needed to be at a church around the corner for Christmas Eve services. Two hours later, we had reheat our $130 dinner at home. Needless to say, the restaurant never offered to comp any part of the order for their screw-up and our inconvenience. Extremely disappointing. Extremely unprofessional. And the sad part is we've eaten at this restaurant many times before and always has positive experiences. I've written a note to the restaurant sharing this experience with them. Unfortunately, I don't expect to hear back.

Cantinetta Luca
Responded on December 27, 2019

Dear PeterS, I had the chance to leave a message on the 26th on the phone you provided us. We want to apologize again for your experience. As you know and mentioned, we are a great restaurant, and this was a misunderstanding. You needed to leave us so fast, and as you didn't want to listen to our excuses and were so upset, we didn't know what else to do. As I mentioned in my message, we would love to have you back! I hope the Christmas Eve Service was excellent. Sincerely, Lotte Tucker GM

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Branzino is an absolute must.

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NH
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! The staff is great and the food is fantastic. We sat at the Chefs bar, it was incredible to sit there and watch the action. Great place to get out and celebrate my wife birthday.

Cantinetta Luca
Responded on December 28, 2019

Thank you for loving us NicholasH!! We will be looking forward to seeing you soon! Sincerely, Cantinetta Luca

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f
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

Y
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, the BEST service and all around great time.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Las pastas riquísimos y el servicio muy bueno y ameno

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L
San Francisco
173 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We had a special friend with us tonight. We all had a good time. The pasta, pizza, and egg plant parmigiana were good. There is room for improvement. The service is consistently very good...friendly, efficient, and personal.

B
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant on Dolores near Ocean. It's been here many years. Inside is wood and comfort. Full bar and great wine list. Half Local and half Italian. Seasonal menus. Great flat bread and burrata cheese. I love the fairytale pumpkin ravioli this season. Oh boy food to have dreams of. Make it a must stop. Pizza salads and delicious first and second courses. Service is way above good.

OT
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such amazing and Swift service. Will be coming again

OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the food was fantastic!

B
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always — amazing food and service. It’s nice to see a place truly making their own charcuterie pasta pizza dough and service to match ! A must try

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience2

Sad to say that the experience was marred by the noise level. The food was delicious but the restaurant was so loud that it was painful. I hope someone can address the acoustics with soft furnishings to help absorb some of the sound.

OT
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Delicious food, vaulted brick ceilings make it REAL LOUD.

OT
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DELICIOUS SPECIAL STEAK...SPLIT IT WITH MY FRIEND, ADDED MOUTH WATERING ROASTED ASPARAGUS AND SOME YUMMY POTATOES. MEAL FIT FOR ROYALTY AND EXCELLENT SERVICE. EXPENSIVE BUT WORTH IT!

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and flavorful food.

CG
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite places to eat. It is authentic northern Italian cuisine. We ordered off of the special White Truffle menu and were not disappointed. We also opted for wine pairing, which really enhanced the meal. Chef Andy came out a couple of times to check in. Wonderfully special.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Se were on vacation- had one of the best pizzas Ive dver had!!

MD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding experience. The sausage & mushroom pizza as well as the bolognese with braised pork shoulder were amazing. We even found a reasonably priced bottle of wine to wash it down. Wonderful spot in Carmel. We'll be back.

Cantinetta Luca
Responded on November 10, 2019

MarcD, Thank you for reviewing our restaurant, we will look forward to seeing you soon! Sincerely, Cantinetta Luca

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