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Cantinetta Luca

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Dolores Street, Between Ocean & 7th, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-625-6500
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Today
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Good for:
Casual Dining

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  • 136
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    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 23
    Poor
  • 19
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Authentic Italian cuisine - but at a price

A buzzy atmosphere - high and low tables, a bar next to which is a glassed in cabinet with hams and salamis suspended. We shared a couple of starters, and had pasta for mains. The pasta was al dente and the all romana and the more complex with wild boar usage and truffle simply outstanding. So... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 7, 2015
nickcambridge
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Cambridge
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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308 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Santa Monica, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This little Italian deli in Carmel has the most wonderful selection of salame sand cured meats, cheeses and pastas, etc. I asked for advice on salame and purchased a spicy and applewood smoked one - gave as gifts and was told they were wonderful. Try to go at lunch and get a slice of their pizza - move was a... More 

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

A buzzy atmosphere - high and low tables, a bar next to which is a glassed in cabinet with hams and salamis suspended. We shared a couple of starters, and had pasta for mains. The pasta was al dente and the all romana and the more complex with wild boar usage and truffle simply outstanding. So however was the bill... More 

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Top Contributor
142 reviews 142 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

After a bad day at work, I was searching for comfort food - and Cantinetta Luca was definitely what I wanted. The aranchini were awesome- little rice balls stuffed with cheese and fried- yum! For my entree- my favorite paparadelle with ragu - I love the flavor and the portion was perfect. Add a nice glass of Italian red wine... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Wonderful service, food and atmosphere. Second time eating there and it was the same. I had the fresh fish of the day, whole cooked rock cod, wonderful and our friends had the pasta. Wine list is reasonable. If you are traveling alone, great options either in the bar or looking into the kitchen.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Very authentic Italian. Service impeccable, Rodrigo provided supreme and efficient service. Very positive feel to all staff.

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virginia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

The food here is very good. Our waiter and the sommelier did a great job of helping make the meal memorable but the noise level is not conducive to talking amongst one another. We were a party of 10 and you couldn't hear from one end to the other, even in the back "quieter" room.the waiter had the kitchen make... More 

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Carmel, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I had visited with my friends and family last year and the food was not up to par with the reviews I had read. Very EXPENSIVE for what you get.

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Point Richmond, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

You can't miss finding something good at Luca. This trip I had lasagnette with boar sausage, sour cherry and black truffle sauce. I also got to taste the lamb shank done in a tasty tomato and olive sauce which was nicely seasoned. Staff is very good. Have been there each of our last 3 trips to Carmel. I''m sure we... More 

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Province of Rome, Italy
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63 reviews 63 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

If you are sick of the old standards in Carmel you should try Luca. An attractively decorated room with a very pleasant staff to make your meal memorable. The house cured Carpaccio $10 was a good value and loads of flavor. The fish special at $27 was a quality bass and a large portion. Their Lasagnette with boar meat is... More 

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12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Real Italian, I felt like I was in Tuscany. Excellent food, great service, Salumi platter, burrata & parpaddele bolognese was delicious, also great selection of wines by the glass

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Dolores Street, Between Ocean & 7th, Carmel, CA 93921
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: +1 831-625-6500

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 50
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 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?