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Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel

Monte Verde & 7th Ave., Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-624-8578
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Ranked #16 of 151 restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $40 - $50
Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Cuisines: Californian
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: 7th
Description: Executive Chef Justin Cogley's and Executive Pastry Chef Ron Mendoza's cooking philosophy is built first and foremost on spontaneity. With access to an array of outstanding local products as well as ingredients and artisan purveyors from around the world, Cogley and Mendoza focus on incorporating these elements into their ever-changing menus.
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97 reviews from our community

84% Recommend
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English first
bilbao, Spain
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

great innovative dishes and a cosy place for a family or romantic dinner.. we had the set menu and celebrated my sons birthday (11) and we all enjoyed our meal and time there.

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Portland, Oregon
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Great presentation. Fantastic food, inventively conceived, and brilliantly executed. Very small, intimate setting. Staff were very personable. Not snooty at all. This was not a place where you felt like you had to walk/talk on eggshells from the minute that you walk in the door. Rather, it was more like being a guest in a home where you could relax... More

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Ann Arbor
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

A truly wonderful restaurant - hits all the marks - ambiance, food, etc. Was a totally wonderful dining experience. Well worth the dollars. Wish we lived closer so we could eat there again

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Houston, Texas
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at this wonderful jewel of a restaurant. We had the privilege of eating here and Addison (San Diego) in the same week. Between the two, Aubergine was our favorite. The staff (with the exception of the <aloof> sommelier) was gracious and warm. The food was so delightful and the flavors just popped in... More

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Napa, California, United States
Top Contributor
234 reviews 234 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

It is hard to understand how Aubergine is rated only 28 in TripAdvisors for restaurants in Carmel. I'm the first to agree that I'm not an export on Carmel but I have eaten in many of the wonderful restaurants and feel that something is not working for the TripAdvisors rating system. In any case my wife and I celebrated our... More

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SF Bay Area
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Tiny, but warm and comfortable, this is a pull-out-the-stops kind of restaurant. We dined here on our anniversary and it was really special. The Tasting Menu is worth the adventure if you have the time. In addition to the listed elements, we were sent several more surprises from the kitchen. The Red Abalone and the Cheese course (different than we'd... More

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San Francisco, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We had the eight course meal and wine pairing dinner last December. The most memorable dish was the Miyasaki Steak, all other dishes were wonderful too. Love the service and the comfort of the dinning room. Will be back again when we are in the area.

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Edinburgh, UK
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I've eaten at plenty of Michelin starred restaurants and this restaurant is absolutely deserving of a star. Delicious, really innovative, interesting food. Beautifully presented, fantastic service - not cheap of course but a really special wonderful experience. Worth a visit to Carmel alone, totally wonderful.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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80 reviews 80 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Came across this place seeking to use the bathroom and hotel wifi and asked if we could get in on Saturday. We snagged the last reservation at 8:45pm Then I started to read reviews online of which some were not very complimentary. I had no clue what to expect but planned on the chefs 8 course tasting menu with reset... More

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Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

The 7-course tasting menu was fabulous, elegantly prepared and presented. Amazing combining of ingredients for unique dishes. Oysters, lamb, veal, kamachi, and many more. The service was excellent, and staff were very knowledgable and welcoming. What a treat to be invited into the kitchen, to meet the chef d'cuisine, and have him sign the menu. One of our top ten... More

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