- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
2nd time having an outdoor dinner here in a month. So impressed with the food choices, wine, waiter and bus person.
Dinner was excellent.
Can’t compliment serving staff enough.
Such a well run establishment.
Love this restaurant
Steak was great alleles was ok
Another fabulous meal at Cantinetta Luca for our anniversary. This has been a Carmel staple for us & it didn’t disappoint!
Soup of the day was good. Cocktail of the day was excellent. Eggplant appetizer was not hot and was just OK. Service was excellent. Pizza sauce on the sausage pizza was very acidic. Maybe next time will be better. Three stars for me.
We were celebrating a special anniversary and we were seated in a window seat and treated to a glass of sparkling wine. We didn’t have a late reservation. When we ordered the kitchen was already out of three of our choices. Very disappointing. Our waiter was attentive in the beginning but then service was sporadic. Pizza was unremarkable.
We enjoyed our dinner at Cantinetta Luca. The flatbread and burrata was great as was the Ahi tuna. Their menu is a bit limited. Nice selection of wines. My only knocks on the restaurant are the closeness of the tables and if you are seated near the propped open entry door, it does get cold and so does your food.
We were disappointed. We have been going to this restaurant for years, in fact, we had our wedding dinner here. I came to have a special evening with my best friend for an annual Weekend from Seattle. We had to send one pasta dish back, and were unhappy with the quality of a shrimp dish. The pizza was good, the service was decent - But this is not the Luca we remember.
Great food, we will definitely go back!
We have gone there a few times and asked waiter to make us spaghetti with mushrooms and white wine. Our request was never rejected. The waiter didn't want to hear about my request. We live in carmel and will never dine in in this restaurant again!!
Second time dining at this exceptional establishment. Everything I have tried here has been outstanding!
We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and the waiter brought us each a glass of Prosecco. We ordered the eggplant parmigiana appetizer (delicious!), tricolore salad (also delicious) and the cacio e pepe pasta (perfect). For dessert we had tiramisu and the olive oil cake. Alex was our waiter. Excellent service and great food always.
Oh of our long weekend and Carmel this was by far the worst experience. Starting with the host to stand that was rude and an organized. Even calling us 15 minutes after we sat down telling us we were going to lose our reservation if we did show. It was 45 minutes before we got our appetizer 30 minutes before we were serve drinks and an hour and 15 minutes before the entrées came.
I will say the Bolognese was excellent. That’s the only good thing I can say about the restaurant. The pizza was average overall staff we’re just not trained very well.
Clearly one of those restaurants that survives in a tourist area when there are no other options.
Fabulous dinner at Cantinetta Luca!
Expensive (but isn't everything in Carmel?).
The quality of the food was superb, and our service was great!
A little noisy, but fun vibe! Go here... You will be happy :)
An amazing restaurant, great cocktails, amazing wines from Italy, best Italian pizza, and the Bisteca Florentine was smuggled out of Rome...
Not great. Very average food for the price. I think I would pay about $10 for the bolognese that goes for close to $40. Too salta and not a lot of flavor.
Outstanding meal; memorable in every way. Highlight of our Carmel stay.
This is our special spot for dinner each year we visit Carmel. The food is all homemade and incredible and the service and ambiance follows suit. We look forward to coming back next year!
Enjoyed it a lot. Service classy;ie, the server did not try to be phony friend and all that. Instead was dignified and informative. Also did not start removing plates until everyone was done which is a positive.
Food was good but everything was salty. Be nice to have some items salty and some not for variety. Pasta noodles very thick and dense, not my preference. I wanted more options on the menu. Two were not available and the place had just opened. Daniel the bartender was informative and passionate about his cocktail concoctions.
Will go again eventually but will try other Carmel restaurants first.
Bottle of Pinot noir was great. Things downhill after that. Salad was drowning in dressing. We ordered our pizza well done and it was a soggy mess of chewy dough and uncooked mozzarella. We have been here many times and it was always good. This time was not worth it. Even though our server took the pizza off the bill ( he was excellent by the way) it will be a long time before we go back.
This restaurant was beautiful. The service was fantastic. And the food was excellent. 5 stars across the board!
Great food. Excellent wine selection.
The bistecca was perfect and huge. My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at Luca and were really pleased with the service and food.
Getting a little too pricey for every day dining
This is a hidden gem with great pasta and a wonderful sausage polenta dish.
We had a great dinner paired with awesome wine.
My wife compared the bolognese at your restaurant to her prior favorite bolognese, from Spago in Beverly Hills. She told me that your bolognese is hands down the best she has ever tasted.
They gave us table by the window that was private which was delightful.
Our server was very accommodating as well as the wait staff.
Excellent service and food—huge portions!!
The food was phenomenal and the service was exceptional.
Excellent food and nice team.
Out of town diner, highly enjoyed the food, the bistro was amazing and the pork chop was the best we have ever had.
Had a great time with the place 🥰🥰🥰 will come back again...
Started off with Drinks. This was an initial disappointment. I had a Manhattan. Ratio of Vermouth to Rye was high and they finished with a sweet maraschino cherry. In a place of this caliber, really expected the good luxardo cherry and a better mix ratio.
Then came the appetizer. A special of the day. Eggplant with Melted cheese and toasted baguette slices. This was excellent and perfectly seasoned.
For Dinner I had the Snake River Farms Pork Chop. Also excellent. Flavorful. Sweet and Savory.
My dining companion had Mezzi Rigatoni alla Vodka. The sauce was impeccable. Pasta cooked perfectly.
Wait staff was attentive and patient.
Other than the manhattan cocktail and the noise level (crowded night), it would have been a 5 star review.
Excellent food and service! Our favorite restaurant in Carmel
Dining on effectively the (improvised/Covid era) side walk, is never that great frankly. This was ok. Food was outstanding. Recommend the oyster appetizers. Service was good, not great. Served our entree order to someone else, resulting in a 30 min wait. Unsolicited, comped our drinks as a result.
I would return fir the food
Food was acceptable, took a while before our main course was delivered to the table, the pasta portion was very small. Flavors were ok. Waitress did a great job
Great service and food
We have always loved the food. This visit was no exception.
The protocul seemed odd to us: wearing masks indoors, although no distancing in seating, crowded and quite noisy.
One bad item: a man arrived with. a little bulldog on a leash, (not supposed to happen), and every wait person petted it and made no effort to wash hands. Not right. People with dogs should only be seated out of doors.
Cantinetta Luca is rated 4.6 stars by 2022 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.