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Cantinetta Luca

Dolores Street, Between Ocean & 7th, Carmel, CA 93921
831 625 6500
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Ranked #41 of 151 restaurants in Carmel
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Price range: $30 - $50
Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat - Sun 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Paradise Valley, Arizona, United States
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99 reviews 99 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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5 reviews 5 reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 NEW

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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Victoria
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This is a fun restaurant in the midst of a very touristy town. Hard to find value for your money in a town like this. But this place manages to do it. The space is big, but it has a nice feel to it. The service is excellent. The menu is good, but a bit rambly and offers too much... More

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New York City, New York
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
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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
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70 reviews 70 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
127 helpful votes 127 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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