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Cantinetta Luca

Dolores Street, Between Ocean & 7th, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-625-6500
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good30%
  • Average14%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
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Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Dolores Street, Between Ocean & 7th, Carmel, CA 93921
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1 - 10 of 438 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our lunch was excellent. We started with the shared charcuterie then had individual dishes for lunch. Two of us had pizzas, one had Tagliatelle all Bolognese and the other had the soup of the day. All the meals were great. The atmosphere was comfortable and...More

Thank hbessoff
Reviewed 10 October 2017

My date and I arrived early for our reservation but the hostess offered us three different choices of where we could be seated. We chose a table for two in the "wine room". It is located in the back part of the restaurant and is...More

Thank Dan M
Reviewed 26 September 2017

Good place to have dinner, a long standing place in Carmel, small but good, friendly staff good selection on the menu.

Thank randykiel23
Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

Location and service outstanding, we had pizza, excellent and at normal price compared to all others in Carmel, and pasta cacio e Pepe, (cheese and pepper) which is rarely found in Italian restaurants in the USA, and when you find it , you know you...More

Thank daniela d
Reviewed 22 September 2017

Authentic Italian eatery with exuberant service, generous portions of delicious food, and an exciting wine list. And an endless supply of piping hot coffee completes an culinary experience.

Thank borrum
Reviewed 20 September 2017

First of all - great service and lovely location. The meal was quite expensive but then again so is everything in Carmel. The food was good - we started with clams then both had pizzas mine had caramelized shallots and goats cheese - my wife...More

Thank Alan P
Reviewed 14 August 2017

We had planned to return to Cantinetta Luca to enjoy the Tuscan style steak we had watched being cooked on a prior visit. When we ordered the steak, we were told by our server that the new chef had not yet chosen his "sides" for...More

1  Thank Sandy N
Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

We go to Carmel every year. One of our favorite places in the city. Took our friends and were not disappointed. Had a couple bottles of " The twins" and all had something different. Two split the big steak, one pizza, and one pasta bolognese....More

Thank Richard I
Reviewed 5 August 2017

Limited menu with lots of pizzas. The small steak came with nothing but some arugula and was over cooked, the pork chop supposedly had polenta and vegetables but they were difficult to find, and the pasta crab was short on crab. The wine list is...More

Thank iamfinicky
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

Fun atmosphere, good food, friendly service. Wait staff are stretched a bit too far to give this place higher ratings. Food was very good. Caprese was flavorful and served at a great temperature to highlight the flavors. Bolognese was dark and luscious.

Thank PSguyinparadise
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Laurie G
22 April 2017|
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Response from George R | Reviewed this property |
2-3 easy blocks but unless they upped their game not worth it
Laurie G
22 April 2017|
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Response from MGN777 | Reviewed this property |
0.3 mi or 4 tiny bloc
30 November 2016|
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Response from nicolepahl | Property representative |
Our atmosphere is suiting for any occasion. We book group business for companies often and have had great feedback. Please reach our to our events coordinator for more details at 831-622-5907. We look forward to serving you!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$50
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Dolores Street, Between Ocean & 7th, Carmel, CA 93921
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: +1 831-625-6500
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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. Executive Chef / Partner Jason Balestrieri shares his Italian culinary heritage and travels through handcrafted dishes prepared traditionally with a simple and rustic presentation. Starting with treasured family recipes passed down through generations the menu specialties include a hearty selection of source verified premium meats, first hand selected then hand-cut on site, a wide array of anitipasti including house cured artisan salume, wood-oven baked pizza offered at lunch, housemade pastas and sauces, and whole roasted fish.
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