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Cantinetta Luca

4.5
4.5
2082 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Steak, Pizzeria

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (831) 625-6500

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Eddie Moran

  • Catering

    Please e-mail us with your inquiries to events@cantinettaluca.com

  • Private party facilities

    Wine Room: Beautiful Brick Ceiling Dining Room that can accommodate up to 40 guests.

  • Neighborhood

    Carmel

  • Cross street

    We are on Dolores Street between Ocean Ave & 7th

  • Parking details

    In the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea, all parking is street access.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,082 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. SC

    SCFoodiesKinda

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service were amazing. Our server went over and above to explain the food/drinks and help us with our choices. Definitely will be going back.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Best hand craft meal you will have in the enchanting town of Carmel-by-the-sea! Best Italian cuisine on the peninsula led by Il Maestro Chef Jason Balestrieri!
  3. CR

    CaseyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been to Luca’s‘s a bunch of times and absolutely love everything about it. Specially the T-bone
  4. SG

    SheridanG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing night! Great food and service, as always. We always love our meals and experience!
  5. F

    bigFan

    Sacramento

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Absolutely delicious very busy highly recommended
  7. SS

    StephenS

    London

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant. Excellent food and service. Will visit again when next in Carmel.
  8. h

    hairnet

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    Food was great, let’s get that straight. The veggie pasta, the eggplant parm, the porterhouse steak was pricy but delish. We were seated in the back room. It was so dark, EVERY SINGLE TABLE was using their phone flashlight to see the menu. Ambiance is one thing, dining in the dark isn’t good. Cocktails were well made too.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The halibut was dry The best dishes are no longer on the menu - most notably the appetizers and the butterscotch bodino
  10. t

    totalof5

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Staff! Great Food! Perfect suggestion on the white wine to compliment the two red's I brought with me.
  11. WC

    WCJudyR

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, service and ambience. We especially enjoyed the tri colore salad. And Luca's pizza is the best in town.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Food was good. They sat us 30 min after our reservation. Food took 90 min but was good.
  13. LS

    LaurenS

    Portland

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was fantastic. The salad, the veggie ravioli, the veggie pizza with mushroom were amazing. The bistecca was next level they slow cook it and finish it in the pizza oven for a crust. It was perfectly cooked rare. The tricolor salad was delicious and perfectly dressed. The ravioli and thin crust pizza divine. The sautéed spinach with pine nuts went faster then the potatoes. Every bite a delight. We were so full we skipped dessert but the table next to us got the cannellonis and they looked incredible. We will be back. A memorable meal and evening for our out of town family. Our first time but most definitely not our last.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding and the service impeccable! Will definitely be returning soon!
  15. S

    Simon

    Monterrey

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    We sat at the bar.great service from bartender. We ordered a wine and a beer, a pizza and a salad. Marginal, wouldn’t go back for it. The wine was terrible,I couldn’t drink it and that says something… I ordered a vodka martini . There was a owner of another restaurant sitting next to us, he was surprised they didn’t take it off our bill, saying they would at his place. When I go out, I avoid conflict at almost all cost. Wasn’t worth the 15.00 to even bring it up. The wine was bad, when she gave a taste to my husband, he refused it, I should have as well.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food, ambiance (we had a quiet booth by the door so I had no trouble hearing my friend) and gracious, professional service. Luca is quite possibly my favorite restaurant in Carmel.
  17. MH

    MichaelH

    San Joaquin

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food presentation was visually appealing and its taste delightful. Drinks were delicious!
  18. AC

    AuntCC

    Palm Springs

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Focaccia was light, fluffy and excellent. Our pastas were tasty treats. Service was great.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Please don’t ever take that burrata, bread, olive tapenade off your appetizer menu!
  20. SM

    StephenM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service were excellent! Our table shared the porterhouse steak and the ravioli dish. The steak was superb and the ravioli with lava bean dish was excellent. I could have had a few more ravioli as there were only four on the plate. The carrots were awesome and the Brussel sprouts were great. The service was superb! Great wait staff who were patient and accommodating. I want to highlight the desserts that were absolutely amazing. They had a blueberry/raspberry tart that was out of this world! Definitely save room! The only negative was the sound system. It had such a strong bass and the music selection early in the evening was loud. We did ask them if they would mind turning the volume down which they did both times. I would think that some classy music from Italy or Sinatra would be much better than the bass booming vibe. Overall it has to be one of the best restaurants for food and service! Thank you Cantinetta Luca for the outstanding job you did in making a great dinner special. We will definitely be back many times!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The restaurant itself was beautiful and as a whole, the food was good - just not the quality one would expect for this price point. We started with the grilled octopus and the focaccia. The foccacia was great but while the octopus had good flavor, it was extremely tough and rubbery. For the entree, we had the catch of the day and the bolognese. Both portions were very small, especially the catch of the day. The catch of the day also was only mediocre, not worth the price point. As a whole, we were disappointed and because there are so many other great options in Carmel, I would recommend you dine elsewhere.
  22. BD

    BigDaddy

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Whenever I'm in Carmel, Cantinetta Luca is a must. This time we dined there twice in one week! The Cornetta pizza was not on the menu this time, but it 's our favorite. The chef and the waitress remembered it and were happy to make a couple of them for us even though it was not on the menu. That's excellent customer service! Food, service and atmosphere is always top notch. Can't wait to visit again.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Food was good. My husband ordered the Squid Ink Pasta with crab meat. Barely any crab meat in the dish. Not a lot of flavor. The rest of our meal was great. The tables are on top of each other. The restaurant is nicely decorated. The music was not too loud. We just watched what we talked about!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    Food was bland pizza bolenese foccaccia disappointed
  25. J

    Jessica

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Food was pretty good, but restaurants on Old Fisherman’s Wharf had friendlier prices, equally great food, and ocean views! At Cantinetta Luca, we were accidentally charged an extra two meals, but otherwise our server was great.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    This wasn’t our first time here, normally we get the balloon bread appetizer with baratta but they don’t have that anymore which is one of our favorites, just the food didn’t taste as good as it normally does. Not sure if they changed cooks or what but both me and fiancé normally look forward to dinner there and this time just both of us felt unsatisfied
  27. RR

    RovingRomantics

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Just not a great experience. Really loud group of men sitting in middle of dining room talking loudly, obviously very drunk. Food was average - pasta very undercooked and bolognese sauce lacked even basic flavor. Overpriced for the quality and atmosphere.
  28. SJ

    SusanJ

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Luca😍
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Very tight seating
  30. K

    Kimmer

    London

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really good food and service
  31. CB

    CecilleB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of the best loved the flat iron steak. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable."
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated a birthday here and had a wonderful experience! Great food and friendly service!
  33. S

    Sandra

    San Francisco

    55 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Spotty service. Food was good enough but wildly expensive for what it was. Half a chicken served on cast iron skillet — $40.
  34. DE

    DavisEater

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food was excellent (except the Tiramisu, which was soggy) Service was very good. Wines were good and reasonably priced. A lovely evening.
  35. B

    Bayer

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Good quality home made Italian food, but cramped table setting. Good wine list.
  36. JK

    JaneK

    St. Louis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious food, imaginatively prepared. Well worth the price.
  37. JC

    JackC

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Food ok Too noisy made what could have been a wonderful evening annoying because we couldn’t have conversation without yelling at each other. Probably would not return until something is done to make it quieter.
  38. GG

    GardenGal

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite when we're in Carmel. Highly recommend
  39. O

    Overserved

    San Francisco

    182 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    182 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    the food at Cantinetta was a bit of a disappointment. We did order a half platter of the salume at the wise suggestion of our server and that was excellent. We also ordered the olives starter which was also delicious but was voluminous. the disappointment was in the pasta. The sauces were ok but the pasta was thick and heavy. I prefer al dente style but this was too much. there was a good selection of wines but the glass and the homemade cannoli was good. I would rush back for the salume platter but skip the pasta next time.
  40. DI

    DavidI

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was very good, felt that there was a long time between plates. It coukd have been due to number of servers. Location is centric and pretty comfortable

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Cantinetta Luca is rated 4.5 stars by 2082 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Cantinetta Luca

Dolores St. between Ocean and 7th Carmel, CA 93921

Additional information

  • Cross street

    We are on Dolores Street between Ocean Ave & 7th

  • Neighborhood

    Carmel

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon, Wed–Sun 5:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Steak, Pizzeria

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    In the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea, all parking is street access.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Eddie Moran

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (831) 625-6500

  • Catering

    Please e-mail us with your inquiries to events@cantinettaluca.com

  • Private party facilities

    Wine Room: Beautiful Brick Ceiling Dining Room that can accommodate up to 40 guests.

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