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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OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of the above occasions. Really well executed Italian

F
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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

LL
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

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...

OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This meal was so good! We had the roasted chicken and the sausage pizza with the citrus salad! Amazing! So 😋

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daniel is a great bartender, did a nice job making guest feel welcome, Explaining menu and representing he restaurant well

SM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious, authentic Italian food. Helpful staff and good sized space.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

All of the food came at once (salad, pastas, and pizza). We were underwhelmed at the quality and value.

Cantinetta Luca
Responded on September 28, 2019

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.

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S
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Delightful dinner! The pasts was great and the service was good.

Cantinetta Luca
Responded on September 29, 2019

Thank you for your review! We will be looking forward to see you soon. Sincerely, Cantinetta Luca

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d
Miami
73 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

Cantinetta Luca
Responded on September 28, 2019

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.

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LG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb, as always!

Cantinetta Luca
Responded on September 28, 2019

Thank you so much! Looking forward to see you soon! Sincerely, Cantinetta Luca

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

Cantinetta Luca
Responded on September 28, 2019

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

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CL
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had great service and delicious food at Cantinetta Luca. We stayed in Carmel for several days, and this was a favorite meal.

C
Tampa
18 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Cantinetta Luca
Responded on September 28, 2019

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

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GP
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

PR
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

Cantinetta Luca
Responded on September 28, 2019

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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).

Cantinetta Luca
Responded on September 28, 2019

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

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

Cantinetta Luca
Responded on September 28, 2019

Happy Anniversary and thank you for sharing this special day with us! We will be looking forward to see you soon. Sincerely, Cantinetta Luca.

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r
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous salumi, pizza and salad. Ideal lunch

Cantinetta Luca
Responded on September 28, 2019

Thank you! We are really happy you enjoyed your lunch with us! Sincerely, Cantinetta Luca

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CL
New York Area
400 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Cantinetta Luca
Responded on September 28, 2019

Thank you for your review and please do come back next time you are on vacation in Carmel! Sincerely, Cantinetta Luca

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S
Sacramento
29 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Cantinetta Luca
Responded on September 28, 2019

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

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JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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.

Cantinetta Luca
Responded on September 28, 2019

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.

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JO
Brisbane / QLD
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic dining experience. Fast service. Knowledgeable sommelier. Great Tiramasu desert.

Cantinetta Luca
Responded on September 28, 2019

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

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic food!

Cantinetta Luca
Responded on September 28, 2019

Thank you! We will be looking forward to see you soon. Sincerely, Cantinetta Luca.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

Cantinetta Luca
Responded on September 28, 2019

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.

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JG
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful. Carlyn was great in taking the time to explain the menu, size portions and made great recommendations.

Cantinetta Luca
Responded on September 28, 2019

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.

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DL
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

Cantinetta Luca
Responded on September 28, 2019

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.

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R
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful steak, great service, nice wine list

UV
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening. Terrific staff, timely delivery and fantastic food and drinks! One of our favorites in Carmel!

KA
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great cuisine

OT
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful birthday celebration. The food was delicious and the service was pleasant and attentive.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great 👍🏻
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 !💌

LH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and a great atmosphere. The food was delicious and I’d go back the next time I’m in Monterrey

LH
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

ST
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wouldn’t change a thing. Well done Ismael. Loved the tagliatelle Bolognese and the vibe

JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Diego and Bernie were great! And fun too!

AL
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the bar right in front of the kitchen and it was an amazing experience. The food was perfection !

DF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was great but the staff treated us as if we were an inconvenience. We had to flag our waitress down for drinks, water, more bread, etc. there was not any service just coming by to check in. At the end of the meal my group ordered more drinks from the bar and the bartender was clearly annoyed and didn't even make eye contact. I am not sure what the issue was considering we spent over $700 on our meal, but I would have expected the staff to be a little more friendly.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

While the space is wonderful, the menu really doesn’t cater well to children. No small portions, and a lot of strong flavors.

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful town with amazing restaurant. Food and drinks were outstanding.

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