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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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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

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  • 89
    Excellent
  • 15
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 8
    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
Lovely anniversary dinner

The food and service are easily a 4.5-5. Creative menu and attentive, yet not irritating, service. The only con is the setting, which was a little bright and stark for my taste.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
MaryStanford
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Washington, DC
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
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125 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Washington, DC
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54 reviews 54 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The food and service are easily a 4.5-5. Creative menu and attentive, yet not irritating, service. The only con is the setting, which was a little bright and stark for my taste.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

A case of the emperor not wearing any clothes. Food as art that may work as art but not as food. We spent a week in LA the week before and had some truly exceptional meals at half the price. Kudos to the pastry chef who stole the show.

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Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

My brother-in-law made reservations for us and we had no idea what to expect. Expect a few things: one of the most elaborate and expensive meals you`ll ever have; amazing service but a tad cold and robotic; and wonderful food. Prepare to spend minimum $200 pp and it is almost worth it; however, I think they overcharge for the experience.... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Amazing service. We had the 10 course tasting menu. Simply delightful! They made our anniversary dinner a memorable experience.

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Cambridge
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257 reviews 257 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

A small, intimate restaurant that takes its food (and wine) very seriously and comes up with the goods. A simply outstanding meal - the tasting menu provides one exquisite, complex composite dish after another. The flavours are amazing from the abalone, tuna, the lamb to the desserts - and post desserts. If anything we regret not having confined ourselves to... More 

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Hollister
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29 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I'll start by saying that we enjoyed the wine pairing that we ordered with the tasting menu ($145 per person, I believe) and the sommelier was informative and personable. The restaurant is lovely but the atmosphere was more like a library. It seemed like most guests were speaking in whispers if at all. I was disappointed in most of the... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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166 reviews 166 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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 via mobile

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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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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