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Cantinetta Luca

Dolores Street, Between Ocean & 7th, Carmel, CA 93921
831 625 6500
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Ranked #46 of 152 restaurants in Carmel
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
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English first
New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My husband would never sit at a bar for dinner but I was able to convince him just this once as the restaurant was just bubbling over with patrons, they must know something plus I was hungry. You get more attention at the bar, I feel. When you know how to cook and use good ingredients, the food will always... More

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Kitchener, Canada
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Oh my gosh! Don't leave Carmel without having dinner here. Handmade Salumi, olive tapenade to die for, THE best steak served in cast iron. Service you wish for and wine you dream of. Don't miss it. Thank you Darcy for helping us get the best table in the house!

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Vancouver
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

My wife and I didn't have reservations (which would be a good idea) but were seated at the bar which was fine with us. We were promptly supplied with drinks and bread with a sundried tomato and olive spread... Delicious! The menu is great and Luca prepares oven fired pizza and monster steaks as well as many other options. We... More

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New Jersey
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This was a terrific restaurant. The service was excellent as was the food and wine. I have to say the pasta is homemade and probably the best I have ever had. We live in NYC and have many Italian restaurants and we were still wowed. The antipasto is also homemade and great.

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Denver
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241 reviews 241 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We bought sandwiches for dinner to eat on a bench along the ocean. The smoked ham was pretty good, I think. There was so little of it that it was hard to tell. I ordered gorgonzola cheese that was completely missing. My wife enjoyed her sandwich, but I'm the one writing the review so it gets two stars for my... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We were fortunate to be seated promptly at this busy restaurant. Reservations are a good idea. The food was delicious and service was top-notch. Excellent all around.

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Granville, Ohio
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

My wife and I visit Carmel every year and have for over 30 years. This was our third time in and the last. We were seated at a table that appeared to be a 4 top and that's what it turned out to be. The host seated another couple who we didn't know and then the wheels came off the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Great Italian restaurant nestled in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Very inviting and comfortable. Enjoyed our salads, pizzas, steak (awesome), sides, and the desserts (Chocolate-Hazelnut and Gelato). Would definitely return.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The roasted chicken an pizza are great but be ready to wait for service. After being seated it was close to 30 minutes for a drink order. Once we finally got our food, over an hour after being seated, it was really good! Another long wait for our ticket. Food was good enough for the wait.

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Chico, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

My husband and I discovered Cantinetta Luca last year when we were in Carmel. There are LOTS of pptions for food in that sweet little town. We wanted unpretentious, thoughtfully prepared food and were looking for a great glass of wine. We found it and returned a second night to another most enjoyable experience eating at the bar and chatting... More

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