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“Enjoyable Evening ...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cantinetta Luca

Cantinetta Luca
Dolores Street, Between Ocean & 7th, Carmel, CA 93921
831 625 6500
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Ranked #42 of 151 Restaurants in Carmel
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Vancouver, BC
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Enjoyable Evening ...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Four of us were visiting Carmel/Monterey for Auto Week in mid-August. We have all been to Carmel and environs many times and therefore have had meals at many of the area restaurants.

This was my husband and my third or fourth time eating at Cantinetta Luca. Our friends had never been before.

We had 8:00 dinner reservations and were taken promptly to a very nice booth at the midway point of the restaurant ... actually looking right into the open kitchen ... which turned out to be quite interesting as the Head Chef was a football player sized young man with a HUGE personality ... let's just say you wouldn't want to be one of his "underlings" ... he wasn't putting up with any shortfalls from his kitchen staff ... he was a real "pot flinger" ... as soon as he was done with one pasta dish "fling" with the used pan - and there had BETTER be another fresh clean one at his hand immediately!

However, aside from his ferocious personality he "flung" out some very good pasta dishes. Three of us had the Tagliatelle alla Bolognese ... very good and just the right amount.

Our server was pleasant and had a sense of humour. We had a nice bottle of red wine and I was pleased with the glassware we were given ... I HATE when restaurants give you cheap glassware to have your wine in ... I am one of those people who believes that wine actually tastes better in a nice glass (rightly or wrongly).

Each couple shared a tiramisu for dessert ... which was served differently in a deep cup ... very good.

We will go back.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Carmel Valley, California, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“An amazing dinner....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

I am probably one of the few locals that had not experienced Cantinetta Luca, but I have now.....and I am a believer. I was taken on a date to this fabulous place and sat in the window seat. We had excellent service, excellent wine, and excellent food. It was a great experience and on I look forward to again. If you are looking for some great food...this is the place...you won't be disappointed!

Visited August 2013
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Loma Linda, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Fresh pasta in Carmel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Tuscan style restaurant with fresh made pastas and meats. Excellent service, reasonable prices. Good wine list.

Visited August 2013
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London, UK
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“OK, but...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

.. you just get exactly what you ask for!

Our son ordered the lemon rosemary half chicken. That's exactly what he got. No garnish, no vegetables. It was well cooked, but were weren't asked when ordering or when served if he would like anything with it.

We both had the tagliolini. It tasted fine but was small and poorly presented. Tasted OK but a little uninspiring.

A neutral rating for a neutral experience.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Michigan
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33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Good, solid meal; Decent value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

So many places in Carmel have high price points and deliver average meals. Cantinetta provides a high quality experience, meal and value.

Visited July 2013
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