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Cantinetta Luca

1431 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Cantinetta Luca offers an authentic menu inspired by the traditional recipes of various regions of Italy featuring hand-crafted dishes using the finest Italian goods and locally sourced ingredients in a lively atmosphere. Salumeria Deli, the retail arm of Cantinetta Luca, highlights popular house made items, made fresh daily, including breads, pizza, pasta, sauces, pastries and gelato. The deli features made-to-order sandwiches and grilled paninis along with a wide selection of imported salumis and cheeses. In addition to house made items visitors can peruse the selection of imported dry pastas, extra virgin olive oils, barrel-aged Balsamic vinegars, wines, flours and condiments. Salumeria Luca offers a little something for everyone from a picnic lunch to a take-home dinner or the perfect ingredient for home chefs.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Italian, Steak, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday, 5 - 9 pm
Friday - Saturday, 5 - 10 pm

Friday - Sunday, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Phone number
(831) 625-6500
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Aaron Rayor
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Private party facilities
Wine Room: Beautiful Brick Ceiling Dining Room that can accommodate up to 45 guests.
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Parking details
In the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea, all parking is street access.
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Special events & promotions
Please e-mail us with your inquiries to
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Gift Card
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1431 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.3  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDishy (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 2 days ago

Just feels like it has slipped. Used to be better. The original Italian owner was a young guy who was very knowledgeable and friendly. Guess he sold the place or is missing in action .

Familyman (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Everything was great. Food was excellent and the setting was beautiful with the barrel ceilings. It didn’t bother us, but it gets very loud due to acoustics. I would recommend this restaurant for very authentic italian food and good cocktails.

vipWhkk (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Fresh tasting food, great meatballs, salad are large for the value, but pasta dishes slightly overpriced. Wine is way overpriced, and this is really a shame. Cheapest California red wine on the list is $60. This is way overpriced seeing how it is bottle down the street. Overall great experience, but they should consider adding some more affordable CA wines to the list...especially because Carmel is primarily tourists, and we (Californians) should allow our guests to experience great CA wines without paying Times Square style prices.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Have been to this restaurant many times. It has changed since my last is much smaller. Choices are limited. Food is good. Service was slow and clumsy....but over all we all had a good time. It is a good value and we will return.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Server was slammed, but did a great job taking care of his tables and communicating effectively the delay. Unfortunately I found a plate chard in my dinner. Birthday celebration went unnoticed. Probably would not go back, nor recommend this place.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Lacks a gluten feee option for pasta and/or pizza.. Filet mignon was dry. Short ribs had very little flavor. Olives, usually served warm/hot were ice cold. The charge for bread “service” at an upscale Italian restaurant was ridiculous. Our waiter, Dominic, and the Sommelier were very knowledgeable and made our dining experience tolerable.

We are long standing customers and have dined here many times as locals to the Peninsula. However, with the current changes in the kitchen and menu, I’m not certain we will return. This is unfortunate as we have always loved CL and have recommended this restaurant to both locals and visitors many times. I will no longer be doing so. Very sad to say goodbye.

Justme (Dallas)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Honestly, my husband and I have dined at this restaurant multiple times- making it our go to place when we visit Carmel! So why not choose to spend a romantic Valentine’s dinner date at this place? But honestly, it was one of the worst experiences ever at any restaurant. Our waiter took too long to even send over bread when we placed our order (which they charge for bread) the pasta I ordered was way to dry and too al dente. My husband’s ribeye (which was part of the valentine special) was flavorless and dry. When I ordered a coffee before finishing my dinner so that I could enjoy it with dessert- it never arrived and I had to request to cancel the coffee order since we were ready to get out of there.
I am very disappointed that we did not have a better experience there. It could have just been the hustle of Valentine’s Day, hopefully this was just a one time thing for them.

mikey (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

One of the best dinners I've eaten in years!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

This was our third dinner at Luca in the past two months. Every year we go with a party of 6 on the Saturday of A T & T - one of the busiest nights of the year and it is always fantastic. The service was spot on - warm, friendly and professional. Everyone enjoyed their dinner - the favorites included: Grilled Prawns with butter beans, Tagliatelle Bolognese, charred brussels sprouts, and for those who love an amazing steak do not miss the Bistecca Fiorentina!! Also everyone raved about the wood grilled "pizza" bread we ordered with our starters/salads.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Luca is always very good, dependable and the service is always top notch. I take out-of-town guests and family there frequently.

vipHannahHallie (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Nice place, the pizzas were great. The beet salad quite bland. Nice atmosphere and friendly waitress as well.

5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Excellent dinner, great waiter and nice quiet table by front window. Will always go back when in town

vipFriend (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

I have dined at Cantinetta Luca in the past. This may not be accurate, but my memory is that the tables weren't as crowed together at that time. We were seated between 2 tables, each with 2 very polite and quiet diners, but none-the-less we could hear every word of their 2 conversations. It made it hard to have our own conversation, and it was uncomfortably like we were eavesdropping. This definitely interfered with the enjoyment of our meal.

foodieLV (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Food delicious but entree only protein no accompaniments so drives up price. Also portions not abundant for Italian restaurant. Wine selection great but pricey. Dessert outstanding.

Hutch (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Great place in Carmel with superb food and interesting menue. Terrific wine list. Can be noisy and ask for table in back as front is the bar and tables side by side. Highly recommend.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Unfortunately, almost half of the menu was unavailable - including pizzas which ran out after I ordered - due to the restaurant temporarily closing the following week. That is somewhat understandable but wasn’t communicated to us until after my pizza order (my 3rd personal choice - both entree items I wanted to try were unavailable which left me with limited options) could not be fulfilled. Food we did receive was good. Staff was nice and apologized but didn’t do much more to make me want to return and try again.

vipKKdiner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on January 8, 2018

I went for dinner and was excellent. Nice staff. GREAT pasta and salad and wine. Go here for sure when in Carmel.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

Fantastic experience. Service was top notch and food was extraordinary.

jmw711 (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

This place packs people in like sardines, to the point that I was very intrusive to the table next to me just from trying to make my way into the booth to sit down. The waiter was fine, but the server helping him out could not seem to bring the correct dishes to the correct tables. He brought the people next to us something they didn’t order three times, and did it to us once. The food was mediocre. It wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t creative and wasn’t very elevated. I could have made the same food at home. In addition, they were out of the lamb, which was the one thing I was looking forward to ordering. This place has potential, but doesn’t live up to it at all.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year’s Eve dinner