Cantinetta Luca

4.6
2025 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • 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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2025 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service

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JuliaP
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ‘noise’ last night was the rain❤️
Beautiful meal and service!
We can’t wait to come back.
Julia & B

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vipMJHolz
Atlanta
39 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic night at Cantinetta Luca - the good, the wine and service all incredible! We will be back!

SJ
vipSJCStu
San Francisco
66 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was professional and the food exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Menu was limited, service was slow when business was slow.

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vipSteakluvinfam
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Anniversary Dinner! Staff was terrific and food was incredible.

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vip2picky
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant
Great food

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Steak was great alleles was ok

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous meal at Cantinetta Luca for our anniversary. This has been a Carmel staple for us & it didn’t disappoint!

RC
vipRalphC
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

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.

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Sue77
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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.

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viptennisman35
Central Coast
28 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, we will definitely go back!

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kamil
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

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!!

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Jack
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time dining at this exceptional establishment. Everything I have tried here has been outstanding!

CG
vipChristinaG
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
14 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

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.

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vipCathyS
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 :)

LB
vipLambBaconLover
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing restaurant, great cocktails, amazing wines from Italy, best Italian pizza, and the Bisteca Florentine was smuggled out of Rome...

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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.

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vipBluedeer3
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding meal; memorable in every way. Highlight of our Carmel stay.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pasta

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JessicaB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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DeanC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

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.

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vipRichardI
Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

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.

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Ashley
Indiana
11 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was beautiful. The service was fantastic. And the food was excellent. 5 stars across the board!

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Rhone
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Excellent wine selection.

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FrankR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The bistecca was perfect and huge. My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at Luca and were really pleased with the service and food.

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vipsuzeiris
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Getting a little too pricey for every day dining

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a hidden gem with great pasta and a wonderful sausage polenta dish.

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vipEnriqueRomo
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a great dinner paired with awesome wine.

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BillS
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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RosalieG22
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They gave us table by the window that was private which was delightful.
Our server was very accommodating as well as the wait staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and food—huge portions!!

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Jolynne
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal and the service was exceptional.

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vipAlex
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent food and nice team.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of town diner, highly enjoyed the food, the bistro was amazing and the pork chop was the best we have ever had.

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restlessfoodie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time with the place 🥰🥰🥰 will come back again...

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Cantinetta Luca is rated 4.6 stars by 2025 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.

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