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Cantinetta Luca

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Dolores Street, Between Ocean & 7th, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-625-6500
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Sun - Sat 11:30 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Melbourne, Australia
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had dinner at Luca last night. Wonderful ambiance, great menu, our duck was delicious. Our enjoyment of the evening was hampered by a waitress who forgot our sparkling water, forgot to bring the correct cutlery for our meal, forgot to order the potatoes we requested with our duck, and then made us coffee that was far too cold and had... More 

Thank Yvonne B
Los Altos, CA
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181 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Luca is a good spot for anyone, but is great for those who enjoy salami and other pork products. Starting a meal with antipasti and good wine or beer always is relaxing and gets everyone in a good mood. The menu from there is varied with excellent pastas, short ribs and a wonderful double cut pork chop. Service is friendly... More 

Thank Wazito
Salinas, California
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We purposely went on Super Bowl Sunday, so the place was quiet, which was perfect for our group. We had a lot of attention. Our server Dane, recommended a great wine to enjoy and we couldn't have been more pleased. If you go, always order the salami plate. So yummy.

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Vienna Region, Austria
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67 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were recommended to try this restaurant but were not impressed. Food was mediocre at best and the service was unfortunately, not good at all. The restaurant management seem to think that guests in Carmel are suckers and do not care about what they are served but we had meals in a number of other restaurants in Carmel during our... More 

Thank Samoht60
Munich, Germany
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We dined at this restaurant as it is associated and recommended by the hotel we stayed at. Unfortunately, the restaurant did not live up to the standard of our hotel and we were extremely unhappy about the food and the service at the restaurant. While it was a busy night, this cannot be an excuse for the poor standards of... More 

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Palm Beach, Florida
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258 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Had a perfect Tuscan lunch shared by three the following was about perfect: insalata misto, fungi pizza, burrata. Service was polite and quick. Food above average for sure. Excellent choice. I'll return for dinner for sure.

Thank FlyboyTraveler
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49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Nice lunch with a soup of mushrooms and salad with lots of beets. A little pricy but ok for a holiday weekend with crowds everywhere.  Carmel is a destination, after all.

Thank Nina V
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

We pulled in to Carmel, and had no idea where we would eat. We happened to find a parking space right in front of Cantinetta Luca. Checked a few reviews, and decided to try it out. So happy that we did. I had the Bolognese, I think she had a Ravioli. We both were completely satisfied with our meal. We... More 

Thank SoFlRay
San Francisco, California
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110 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

They have a new chef and revised menu. The ingredients are fresh, everything made from scratch.i t really showed. Amazing local vegetables, house made gelatos, fresh, local fish. The steaks were not cooked to order preference. They pride themselves as a steakhouse so this was a surprise. The pork chop dry. Perhaps they could buy a meat thermometer. The dishes... More 

Thank boobot1
Los Angeles, California
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69 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

My boyfriend booked this wonderful place and I was very surprised, not how good it was, but how he made such a great choice. The food, Buratta and Meats for Apps and the Kansas City Bone in for the Entree were so good. I tried not to eat it all however, it was impossible. The steak was so insane full... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$50
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?