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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 #27 of 152 restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $40 - $50
Cuisines: Californian
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Restaurant details
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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83% Recommend
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English first
Napa, California, United States
Top Contributor
203 reviews 203 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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
24 helpful votes 24 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
54 reviews 54 reviews
43 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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Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

This is an excellent restaurant. But beware, if you opt for the supplement, you are easily nudging close to The French Laundry territory in terms of price. The portion of the tasting menu is on the small size, especially given the number of courses offered. The food was excellent. Very creative especially if you like fresh seafood (ie Uni, oysters,... More

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Connecticut, USA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Food & Wine named chef Justin Cogley "Best New Chef for 2013" so in the waning days of 2013, we decided to see what this best new chef could do. To begin with, as other reviewers have mentioned, Aubergine requires a copy of your credit card in advance and practically a signed affidavit that you'll show up at your reserved... More

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Atherton, California
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

We went to L'Aubergine (ie, the Eggplant) for New Years Eve Dinner. The process started with a reservation backed by a credit card (okay so far) and then followed by a signed agreement that we had to send in to reserve our table. Huh? Seemed a bit more absurd after we arrived as the place was half empty. To be... More

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Farmington, Connecticut
17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

L'Auberge Carmel was without doubt one of the finest dining experiences surpassing other Relais and Chateau restaurants from Carmel, CA north to the Napa Valley and we dined at most of them in May 2012. The service was exceptional and the meal and its presentation outstanding. We had the prix fixe menu with wine pairing and it was fabulous. Unless... More

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