Fantastic service. Had fun sitting by the pizza oven with the Executive chef Eddie. He was very busy but made time to talk to us and tell us all about the business and the food. Can't wait to go back!
Excellent Italian based food and service.
All of the above occasions. Really well executed Italian
Food and service were mostly fine until the bill came and there was a charge of $6.50 for water. Even though we had asmed
The special fish was under seasoned although the sauce was nice. The pasta ragu was very oily. The flatbread was delicious.
The Open Table reservation got messed up somehow but the restaurant still seated us right away! The food was really good but the service took two hours plus. Too long...
This meal was so good! We had the roasted chicken and the sausage pizza with the citrus salad! Amazing! So 😋
Daniel is a great bartender, did a nice job making guest feel welcome, Explaining menu and representing he restaurant well
Delicious, authentic Italian food. Helpful staff and good sized space.
All of the food came at once (salad, pastas, and pizza). We were underwhelmed at the quality and value.
We are, as many restaurant, coursing out appetizers and entrees except when not requested. Apologies it didn't happen at your table, we always want to fix miscommunications for making your experience memorable with us. Please come back to give us another chance to win you over. Sincerely, Cantinetta Luca.
Delightful dinner! The pasts was great and the service was good.
Thank you for your review! We will be looking forward to see you soon. Sincerely, Cantinetta Luca
We started with a flat bread that came with a scoop of burrata mozzarella and it was unlike any other. It arrived looking like a half inflated football. When we cut into it the air came out and it became a large hollow pocket. The caprese salad was better than average. The two pastas, a bolognese and a ragu were better than average. The focus at Luca is mostly wine as the menu is modest for an Italian restaurant. We were not drinking and the “sommelier “ was too enthusiastic and persistent about ordering a bottle or even a glass. Location is easy to find and all we encountered were welcoming.
Thank you for visiting and for reviewing us. Please come back anytime! Our menu has 12 appetizers and 16 entrees with also Sides and Daily Specials. The House Made Bolognese is a favorite everyday, and part of our DNA for the last 15 years. Our flat bread is indeed not flat and so much fun! It is a delicious little balloon coming right out of our pizza oven and it so good with Burrata and Salsa Rustica. Our Sommeliers makes sure all our guests are enjoying their experience. Thank you.
Superb, as always!
Thank you so much! Looking forward to see you soon! Sincerely, Cantinetta Luca
Danial was a great bartender! The food was delicious and exceeded all expectations! We were in Carmel for 3 nights and had dinners 2 of the nights at Cantinetta Luca!
Thank you so much for your visit! We will be looking forward to see you soon! Daniel our Bartender had just won a Margarita Competition in Carmel Valley! We are so very proud of him and his delicious house Made Cocktails!! Such a great Talent! Thank you Again, Sincerely, Cantinetta Luca
We had great service and delicious food at Cantinetta Luca. We stayed in Carmel for several days, and this was a favorite meal.
Excellent food, everything we ordered was cooked to perfection. Bread was amazing, steak was very good , also the chicken. The budino chocolate dessert is a must. My only recommendation would be that they need a better offering of California wines and pricing could be more aggressive. Went back to back for dinner.
Thank you so much Carlos85 for reviewing our restaurant! We are taking your recommendation to heart and our Sommelier is vividly looking for a Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa to add to our list. We will be looking forward to see you soon. Sincerely, Cantinetta Luca
Overall experience was very good although portions are somewhat small for the cost of the dishes; atmosphere is a bit cramped and noisy but not a detractor from the experience
Last time we were in Carmel, we had a salad of sugar snap peas and burrata. It was excellent and we have tried to recreate it a number of times. It was not available this time, but the citrus salad with ricotta salata was also wonderful!! All of our meal was delicious, but the salads are always a standout!
PaulaR, Thank you for coming back and enjoying our restaurant! We do have seasonal items on our menu and we love guests giving us rave reviews on all of them. We will be looking forward to see you soon. Sincerely, Cantinetta Luca
We came to enjoy a family dinner, and share the experience the wonderful whole branzino that we had had not 2 months ago. The service is impeccable here, and the decor an ambiance give a relaxed and sophisticated feel. With regards to the food, this was a different experience than our previous one. I was a little disappointed to find that our dishes were not as consistently amazing as the first time we had it. We ordered two fish to share for the table, both had varying degrees of crispiness to the skin on top, and both were completely soggy on the bottom, as were the croutons. I was let down by the fact that not only was the dish we specifically returned for not the same as before, and when we ordered two of the same, they were not consistently cooked. Certainly not enough to warrant never coming back, as this must have been an off-night (a little surprising for a Saturday though).
Thank you very much for those detailed experiences. Consistency and great food are the most important quality of any restaurant. We take it to heart and we will be looking forward to see you soon and make sure you are happy with us as always. Sincerely, Cantinetta Luca
We loved everything about this restaurant. Melissa our sever was top notch. Food was exquisite. We were there for our anniversary and when they learned this, sent us 2 complimentary glasses of bubbly.
We will be back soon!
Happy Anniversary and thank you for sharing this special day with us! We will be looking forward to see you soon. Sincerely, Cantinetta Luca.
Fabulous salumi, pizza and salad. Ideal lunch
Thank you! We are really happy you enjoyed your lunch with us! Sincerely, Cantinetta Luca
On vacation. We are not familiar with local restaurants. If this is any indication, Carmel is a good place to eat. The food was delicious, the service was excellent and the wine list is smallish, but contains gems.
Thank you for your review and please do come back next time you are on vacation in Carmel! Sincerely, Cantinetta Luca
We took the opportunity to sit at the kitchen bar and had the most fun watching and interacting with the chefs!
The pizza oven was used for so much more including my lamb chops which were fantastic! Roasted cauliflower salad was very good as was the eggplant. Tiramisu was to rich to finish and The decaf cappuccino was the best we’ve had in a long time.
Can’t wait to return.
We love our Chef's Counter so much and we are so happy you had the chance to experience it! We will be looking forward to see you soon. Sincerely Cantinetta Luca
The food was delicious along with the cocktail I had. A $21 glass of wine glowingly recommended by a staff member tasted like it was poured from a box purchased at a supermarket.
JCarmo, You must know, we are always happy to take back wines that our guests do not inquire the palette of, and of course serve a new one to your taste. On Special Events and Holidays, we always want our guests to try rare wines, on that night an Italian Amarone to pair with our Tomahawk or Short rib specials. We hope you will have the chance to join us again soon. Apologies you didn't enjoy your wine we had as a special for your evening! Sincerely, Cantinetta Luca.
A fantastic dining experience. Fast service. Knowledgeable sommelier. Great Tiramasu desert.
Thank you for reviewing our restaurant! Such a pleasure to read and we will be looking forward to serve you again soon. Sincerely, Cantinetta Luca
Absolutely fantastic food!
Thank you! We will be looking forward to see you soon. Sincerely, Cantinetta Luca.
We arrived around 5:45pm and at that time it wasn’t very crowded. My kids, ages 2 and 4, were fine sitting at a booth and enjoyed the homemade pasta and charcuterie that Cantinetta Luca offered. My husband and I really enjoyed their signature beef dish which was perfectly cooked and seasoned. Will dine here again when we are back in Carmel.
Thank you for reviewing our restaurant, Our Signature Bistecca alla Fiorentina is one of the best Prime Porterhouse in town. We will be looking forward to see you soon next time you are in Carmel. Sincerely, Cantinetta Luca.
Service was wonderful. Carlyn was great in taking the time to explain the menu, size portions and made great recommendations.
Thank you JoannG! Our servers are happy to give descriptions of our menu and recommendations. We will be looking forward to serve you again soon. Sincerely, Cantinetta Luca.
We had a great experience there. Both food and wait staff were excellent. We were not sure about Luca's because we read some reviews that weren't glowing, but we found this to be a wonderful place that we would recommend to friends and family.
Thank you so much for joining us and enjoying your experience! We will be looking forward to see you soon as well of meeting your friend and family! Sincerely, Cantinetta Luca.
Wonderful steak, great service, nice wine list
Great evening. Terrific staff, timely delivery and fantastic food and drinks! One of our favorites in Carmel!
We had a wonderful birthday celebration. The food was delicious and the service was pleasant and attentive.
The waiter was very charming and treated my friend
And I very well ! It was my friend’s birthday and the whole restaurant made her and me feel special!
Thank you !💌
Best pasta out of Italy. I had the hollow spaghetti with the best semi dry light sauce with pepper. Delicious !! The special tequila berry cocktail was so good we had two. Don't miss out on the charcuterie selection. Delicious !! They make fresh pizza in the back. My only regret is that they are not closer to me and their deli next door was closed due a remodel. Go, you won't be disappointed.
Wonderful service and a great atmosphere. The food was delicious and I’d go back the next time I’m in Monterrey
The food is terrific here. I had the chicken and aspargus contorni. My dinner partner had a wood-fired pizza. We would recommend this place for the food. If you want a quiet setting, this is probably too bustling for you. If you want pristine service, this is probably too bustling for you. We love Cantinetta Luca though, so it depends on your desire to be in the hubbub. The food is excellent.
Wouldn’t change a thing. Well done Ismael. Loved the tagliatelle Bolognese and the vibe
Diego and Bernie were great! And fun too!
We sat at the bar right in front of the kitchen and it was an amazing experience. The food was perfection !