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.
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.
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!
Very disappointing dinner.
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.
Service was slow but food was good
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
BEST Branzino on the planet!
The food is ALWAYS fantastic. Friendly staff accompanied by an intimate ambiance. Can't get better than that!
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.
Absolutely spectacular. The food was incredible. The sommelier was superb.
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.
One of the best Italian restaurants in Carmel. Great wine list too.
Great food as always, friendly service.
Celebrated 30th wedding anniversary. Danielle was very helpful with our dinner and drink selections!
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!
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.
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!
Amazing meal, octopus salad is unbelievable. The whole roasted Branzini is also incredible. Thanks for a wonderful Christmas Eve
Thank you for your Review BrianG, We will be looking forward to seeing you soon Happy New Year Cantinetta Luca
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.
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
Branzino is an absolute must.
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.
Thank you for loving us NicholasH!! We will be looking forward to seeing you soon! Sincerely, Cantinetta Luca
Great food and service
Great food, the BEST service and all around great time.
Las pastas riquísimos y el servicio muy bueno y ameno
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.
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.
Such amazing and Swift service. Will be coming again
All the food was fantastic!
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
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.
Delicious food, vaulted brick ceilings make it REAL LOUD.
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!
Great service and flavorful food.
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.
Se were on vacation- had one of the best pizzas Ive dver had!!
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.
MarcD, Thank you for reviewing our restaurant, we will look forward to seeing you soon! Sincerely, Cantinetta Luca