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Cantinetta Luca

Dolores Street, Between Ocean & 7th, Carmel, CA 93921
831 625 6500
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Ranked #38 of 151 Restaurants in Carmel
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Price range: $30 - $50
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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
Pasadena, California
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This is a nice little bistro type restorante in Carmel. Nice menu and reasonable pricing. JUST one thing; there are not meals in Italy that are these spicy... no big deal the flavors are good. I fully recommend this especially for those who like their food a little on the hot side.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The food and service were fantastic, and the ambience was lovely for a mid-week meal. The restaurant has a great menu and wine list as well. The risotto was a stand out dish.

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Plano, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We were in Carmel-By-The-Sea for one evening and walked all around to find a restaurant. We stopped by several places and every one of them were totally booked with reservations until 8:30-9 p.m. This was a Saturday night, so make sure to make a reservation at ALL Carmel-By-The-Sea restaurants so you won't be disappointed. We stopped by Cantinetta Luca and... More

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Switzerland
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117 reviews 117 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

I went twice on my recent trip and again it was packed , the staff are friendly and surprisingly they have a french wine waiter who was rather fun especialy as we met people at the bar who not only invited us for a great Champagne but then went away to bring a Magnum of one of the finest French... More

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San Rafael, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I put together a business dinner at Luca and it was just wonderful - from the beginning organization to all of what transpired during the dinner - it was just great! And everyone LOVED their meal - some of it reminiscent of our home cooked Italian meals. I truly want to that all of the staff that had a hand... More

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Paradise Valley, Arizona, United States
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99 reviews 99 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I had the best roasted chicken here that had a buttery rosemary flavor. I wouldn't bother looking at the menu next time even though the calzones, pasta, pizza, etc. looked great. We sat at the bar and observed the food being prepared on their ovens. Excellent service. Popular place so make a reservation in high season.

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Los Angeles, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We have dinner at Cantinetta Luca every August when we are in Carmel for the Concourse D'Elegance. No matter what we order, the food is always great. We usually have one of the home made pastas, but this year my husband tried the fish and it was terrific. The wine list is very comprehensive and has something for every taste... More

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bilbao, Spain
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

went there as it was suggested by L'auberge and we were disappointed - quality was ok and small portions.. I believe it is an average place and although it is not expensive, I am not sure of the value-for-money.

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Belleview, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

My husband and I were visiting Monterey and took a ride to Point Lobo. We decided to stop in Carmel for dinner and went to Cantinenetta Luca. Everyone there was very friendly and made you feel right at home. The food was very good from the appetizers to the main course very authentic Italian. Since both my husband and I... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We were looking for a good meal where each of our 3 children could find something that they like and that wouldn't break the bank. We walked around Carmel looking at the outdoor menu of restaurant after restaurant when we came across Cantinetta Luca. We asked if they could seat us and luckily they had a cancellation and sat us... More

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