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Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel

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Monte Verde & 7th Ave., Carmel, CA 93921 (7th)
+1 831-624-8578
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6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Executive Chef Justin Cogley's and Executive Pastry Chef Ron Mendoza's...
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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Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Dinner
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 87
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Wonderful Menu

We were very happy with the restaurant it has only a few tables, we decided for the tasting menu and the wine pairing was great too! Also we added the cheese and my husband tried the wagyu from hokaido, I tought it was too pricey pay extra 150 usd, but when I tried it OMG it is the best meat... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 7, 2015
VRIBEIRO
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Sao Paulo, SP
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Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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119 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Sao Paulo, SP
Top Contributor
155 reviews 155 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015 via mobile

We were very happy with the restaurant it has only a few tables, we decided for the tasting menu and the wine pairing was great too! Also we added the cheese and my husband tried the wagyu from hokaido, I tought it was too pricey pay extra 150 usd, but when I tried it OMG it is the best meat... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Visited for a birthday treat and Aubergine did not disappoint. Arrived a little before our reserved time and was slightly disappointed with the outside area for drinks as the bedrooms of L'Auberge are all around it, however the Restaurant is delightful. The menu is just a teaser - I'll say no more as it would no longer be a surprise.... More 

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Monterey, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

If you can afford to splurge more than $300 for a meal, you HAVE TO dine here. It's not the best tasting menu I've ever experienced, but it is the most innovative and versatile when it comes to tastes the ocean and the Central Coast can offer. Definitely do the tasting menu. If they have a special on offer, do... More 

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New York City, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

We went for Christmas dinner. Because the restaurant is small, and it was six of us, we were assigned the wine cellar. It was fantastic! It was quiet, the food was exquisite and the wine pairings very good. We had a wonderful Mexican waiter Xavier, attending us. He is knowledgeable and has a wonderful sense of humor. I recommend this... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Excellent meal in romantic, private setting. The restaurant is off one of the side streets on the main Carmel downtown strip. Very easy to get to. Once inside, the host took us to a waiting room with others. He didn't ask if we had a reservation, and sat us down. Clientele is wealthy, older, well dressed crowd. We came on... More 

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Washington, DC
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Of all the meals I ate in Carmel - and this was by far, the most expensive - it was also the worst. The chef put far more effort into his sea shell and sea weed presentation than he did into seasoning the food. Not only were the portions miniscule, they were also tasteless. I also found some of the... More 

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San Francisco, California, United States
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

The service and attitude at Aubergine is certainly not 5 star. Our 7:15PM Christmas dinner reservation was not honored, and we were given no adequate explanation or apology. They turned a very special occasion into a disappointing and very bad memory. It was our first and now last visit.

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San Francisco, CA
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We went in on Christmas Day when the restaurant was closed, but had a wonderful experience in the bar, eating a cheese plate an oysters and perfectly mixed drinks. Service was gracious and friendly.

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Carmel Valley, California
Top Contributor
166 reviews 166 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Aubergine could be a really great restaurant if it were not for its pretentions: good atmosphere and an interesting, well-presented menu, and they get points for the fact that the staff had been advised that it was a special occasion. Now for the bad news: arriving a few minutes early only to be told to return in a few minutes... More 

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Hillsborough, California, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The food and service were wonderful. Portions were on the small side. We did the tasting menu with wine pairings so we knew it would be on the pricey side, but we were still surprised by how much the bill was! Was fun to do once, but not sure if we will eat there again. Breakfast was great though, and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Monte Verde & 7th Ave., Carmel, CA 93921
    (7th)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: +1 831-624-8578

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 40 - 50
  • Cuisine: Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?