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Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel

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Monte Verde & 7th Ave., Carmel, CA 93921 (7th)
+1 831-624-8578
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Phoenix, Arizona
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174 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have mixed feelings about this restaurant. They try, they really do try, bu somehow manages to miss the mark. Service is attentive, but sometimes forced and exaggerated. The chef mixes local ingredients to create something memorable and innovative, but some of the dishes got lost in translation. There are so many layers of service where a request for a... More 

1 Thank Enjoys_Relaxing
California Hot Springs, California
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234 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of the oddest reviews I think I have done. It definitely was not "my type" of restaurant. There must have been 8-10 courses and a forkful on each. Too much activity coming and going for a relaxing evening. I've never used 8-10 forks for one meal. It's definitely for a "foodie" with dollars.... our meal for two... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I booked this restaurant for a special occasion which fell whilst we were visiting Carmel. We enjoy a tasting menu, feeling that it gives the chef an opportunity to show off their skills and is often, as such, an entertainment. This was not! As we walked from our hotel to the restaurant, we saw many busy places full of happy... More 

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Western Mass
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

What justifies spending $750 on dinner for two? The food and wine, ambiance and incredible service. Aubergine missed the mark. The food was good, especially the seafood and vegetable dishes. We felt that the meat courses (chicken and rib eye were not up to the same standard. We had the sommelier wine pairing and there was nothing memorable. The service... More 

2 Thank Sleepswell
Santa Rosa, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

A very quaint and darling hotel. I imagine what a hotel in a small town of Europe would look like. The staff was so gracious and accommodating. Absolutely a must and I will be back. It was one of the best 2, days I have had in a long time. My husband and I thruly enjoyed ourselves.

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turlock, cali
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81 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016 via mobile

Just wonderful from start to finish. We opted for the Reserve Wine Pairings (French) and were not disappointed. Seamless service. Everything explained with each course as to why each wine was paired with each particular course. Kumomoto oysters were a nice surprise..which I could have had about a dozen more! We were there for my birthday celebration and couldn't have... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

My wife and I have had two dinners at Aubergine. We suggest that it is by far the most superior restaurant not only in Carmel, but in the Monterey bay area. Aubergine is intimate, seating possibly 20. The menu is fixed for the evening (though there are alternatives in the courses offered). Similar to other very outstanding restaurants, you are... More 

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Carmel, California, United States
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52 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

Dining at Aubergine is great for that special occasion. The food is very flavorful and takes advantage of the ingredients that are readily available locally. In addition to the fixed price dinner which included a seafood substituion, we had the cheese plate which 5 very nice cheeses and wonderfully grilled bread. The wine list is extensive and includes selections from... More 

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Camas, Washington
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

The tasting menu is just wonderful. One delicious dish after another! Yes, a bit expensive but a nice treat that does make the dining experience very unique and well worth the splurge.

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84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

We had friends who were so impressed by Aubergine so we were excited to go there but we were left unimpressed. A long but tiny tasting menu. Nothing which was very memorable. The smallest pieces of beef ever. I did like the oysters and oyster mushroom contrasts. Their chocolate dessert was very interesting for the play of textures and tastes.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$40 - $50
French, American, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Monte Verde & 7th Ave., Carmel, CA 93921
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: +1 831-624-8578
Executive Chef Justin Cogley's and Executive Pastry Chef Ron Mendoza's cooking philosophy is built first and foremost on spontaneity. With access to an array of outstanding local products as well as ingredients and artisan purveyors from around the world, Cogley and Mendoza focus on incorporating these elements into their ever-changing menus.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?