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Cantinetta Luca

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Italian, Pasta
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Dolores Street, Between Ocean & 7th, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-625-6500
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: Cantinetta Luca offers an authentic menu inspired by the traditional...
Cantinetta Luca offers an authentic menu inspired by the traditional recipes of various regions of Italy featuring hand-crafted dishes using the finest Italian goods and locally sourced ingredients in a lively atmosphere. Executive Chef / Partner Jason Balestrieri shares his Italian culinary heritage and travels through handcrafted dishes prepared traditionally with a simple and rustic presentation. Starting with treasured family recipes passed down through generations the menu specialties include a hearty selection of source verified premium meats, first hand selected then hand-cut on site, a wide array of anitipasti including house cured artisan salume, wood-oven baked pizza offered at lunch, housemade pastas and sauces, and whole roasted fish.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food!

We enjoyed our lunch at Cantinetta Luca, the food was very fresh and the place was hopping. Service was quite OK, the staff were attentive and kept things moving well

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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Vancouver, Canada
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USA
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66 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This is an outstanding fine dining restaurant with moderate prices and wonderful food and staff. We thoroughly enjoyed the house-made salumi (especially the bresaola) and San Danieli prosciutto as an appetizer. We then dove in to pasta, finding that they do have gluten free options available. The bucatina a la Romana was especially delightful. This is a little bit of... More 

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New Orlenas
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

At first we were disappointed with where we were seated, but we ended up loving it! We enjoyed watching the prepping of the meat and fish entrees, the assembling of the dishes and getting them served. We enjoyed the insalada mista, the bucatino and the rigatoni. It was a fun evening!

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Kansas City, Missouri
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166 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We were a group of 5. We had the Gnocchi, R-Dolcetto Clerico, the Budino Di Pan the Rigatone the Bucatino and the Tortelloni for dessert we had the desert cheese and chocolate pudding. I was not impressed but my wife said that I am being too hard. But the waiter ignored me most of the night to wait on the... More 

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santa monica, CA
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Delicious - some of the best food we have had in years. Order the " little gem salad- a MUST-- so fresh and delicious! Impeccable and friendly service. A++++

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Saratoga
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We really enjoyed the dinner at Luca. After a disappointing dinner the day before, this was really a good recovery and appreciated the fresh food, awesome quality and preparation, and the wine selection. Service was great, non intrusive but attentive to our needs, and friendly. Needless to say, we both got different meat selection for entrees, and both was awesome,... More 

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Loma Linda, California
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38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We have visited this restaurant several times. The homemade pastas and sausages are outstanding. The meats and seafoods are all excellent. Some of the seating is a little tight. Get a booth; or, even better, seats overlooking the open kitchen.

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We enjoyed our lunch at Cantinetta Luca, the food was very fresh and the place was hopping. Service was quite OK, the staff were attentive and kept things moving well

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London, United Kingdom
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

The restaurant was exceptionally busy which made me nervous...however, the service was exceptional. The food was some of the best Italian I have ever tasted, third meatballs melted in my mouth; the burrata was exceptional; the beet salad to die for, and the tiramisu some of the best I have tasted. All coupled with an excellent wine choice made this... More 

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Los Altos, California
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

To be fair, the decor is very nice. Wait staff is prompt, the water is cold and, well, that's about it. The food is bland. The taste reminded me of when I was in school and resorted to canned Chef Boyardee with red stuff. (Hey, it was cheap & fast!) The pizza Margherita was flavorless, my Italian wife refused to... More 

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We had eaten lunch at Luca’s before and were fairly pleased but never had dinner there so we wanted to give it a try. There are three things that, for us, make a great experience: Food, Atmosphere, and Service. Everyone from the hostess to the sommelier were friendly and welcoming. We had a small separate table in the corner so... More 

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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 20 - 50
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

Cantinetta Luca offers an authentic menu inspired by the traditional recipes of various regions of Italy featuring hand-crafted dishes using the finest Italian goods and locally sourced ingredients in a lively atmosphere. Executive Chef / Partner Jason Balestrieri shares his Italian culinary heritage and travels through handcrafted dishes prepared traditionally with a simple and rustic presentation. Starting with treasured family recipes passed down through generations the menu specialties include a hearty selection of source verified premium meats, first hand selected then hand-cut on site, a wide array of anitipasti including house cured artisan salume, wood-oven baked pizza offered at lunch, housemade pastas and sauces, and whole roasted fish.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?