Cantinetta Luca

4.6
2018 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 2018 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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Jack
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipChristinaG
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
13 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 :)

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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
5 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
1 review
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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vipFoodieinDavis
Sacramento
21 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

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CarolT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Our favorite restaurant in Carmel

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vipMelD
Yorkshire
87 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

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

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vipTRANCEPORTER
Central Coast
47 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

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vipLaina
Central Coast
88 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

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.

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vipWinewalkabout
Central Coast
26 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner with friends. Food was awesome as was the service. Steaks a bit expensive but very good.

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FrankG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good Italian food.

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valeried
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was nice table was ready when our reservation time came up

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JoseN
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere! 2nd time we have dined. Great service and host’s. Thoroughly enjoyed the food!!!

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vipChickfitllc
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing fire roasted pork chops!! Cozy restaurant with great service- we eat here all the time

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and waitstaff were absolutely incredible. On the specials menu, we had the Lobster Gnocchi, which, to be honest, needed the Italian word for “savory fireworks” added to its namesake. Each bite was unique; with the combination of the lobster, roasted corn, cherry tomatoes, and mushrooms, an amazing complex of flavors came forward that changed with each bite. I’d highly recommend pairing with a light white, say, Dry Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc.

Don’t let that chef go ever!

And thank you again to our amazing waitress and support staff for answering all our questions and steering us into an excellent 12+1 Anniversary Dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was the 2nd time dining here and we were lucky enough to have Alex as our server again. Luca is by far hands down the best meal in Carmel. But it’s Alex that makes it worth the price. He is so attentive, prompt and personable. The Salumi plate and flatbread are my favorite things in the world! I love this place and will definitely be back and requesting a table in Alex’s section. Thank you for a wonderful dinner.

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vipShel
Las Vegas
19 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food. Had the penne vodka one of the best I have had

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was great. Food was just average.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Love to help with some updated interiors especially layout.

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Cantinetta Luca is rated 4.6 stars by 2018 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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