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Cantinetta Luca

Dolores Street, Between Ocean & 7th, Carmel, CA 93921
831 625 6500
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Ranked #45 of 152 restaurants in Carmel
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
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Switzerland
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80 reviews 80 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

The restaurant is located in the centre of down tow Carmel , all the food I was served there was good if not outstanding . The portions are large by any standards and you do feel that though the restaurant is not inexpensive that the service and food is generous. If you are interested in a good experience that is... More

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Oakland, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

My wife had the prawns, I had the mushroom pizza. Both were quite lovely. The pizza was very similar to what I have had in Rome.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

My brother and I came in to town without dinner reservations on a busy Saturday night in Carmel. Many restaurants were booked solid. We agreed to sit at the bar at Cantinetta Luca and had a fantastic meal. The selection of "Salume" to start, with a couple Italian beers. The pizzas followed and what a treat. Unfortunately we left no... More

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Avon
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Three of us recently dined at Cantinetta Luca and thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. Our waiter was very attentive and friendly. The special was a big eye tuna and all three of us chose it and were glad we did. The sauce was superb and the tuna itself very good. We sat in a booth by the front window and enjoyed... More

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Alberta, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Every restaurant tries to make a statement with the dishes it serves. All too often the kitchen prepares overly complex creations that just don't work. What delighted us at the Cantinetta Luca was that the simplest dishes were a true delight. The house cured prosciutto, the warm Sicilian olives and the sublime arrancini were perfectly prepared and delicious. We chose... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

First off the place is wonderfully decorated and is a very beautiful atmosphere. The food was good as well. The service was friendly, but slow. The staff seemed disorganized and like they were preparing the restaurant for dinner or changing shifts. I would give it another try and hope we got more attentive service.

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San Francisco, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Cantinetta Luca offers great Italian food in a delightful setting one half block off the main street in Carmel. Our servers were attentive, the food was delicious. We especially raved about the brussel sprouts and pasta dishes. Wine and Italian beer was very good. We would definitely go again.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

This restaurant will definitely be added to our Carmel dining favorites. The in-house made pasta, sausage and lentils, bread with tapenade, and bread sticks (made from their pizza dough) will definitely draw us back. The ingredients were fresh and flavorful. The chocolate cake dessert was fabulous in terms of taste, texture and rich decadence. A bit noisy, but further back... More

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Boston
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333 reviews 333 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
407 helpful votes 407 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

I like the feel of the place and the excellent chow. Nice wines too. While the place is very pleasing it can be hit and miss when they are jamming... service can suffer... food came out at a snails pace on this visit. At the prices they charge it every aspect of the meal should always be excellent. Some of... More

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Denver, CO, USA
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86 reviews 86 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Went with a party of 4 on a busy Saturday night. Overall service was good - the sommelier very knowledgeable. We shared two appetizer dishes which were attractively prepared and very good. For main, I was the only one of our party that did not have a pasta dish which I guess was my mistake. I ordered the Swordfish special... More

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