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Cantinetta Luca

Dolores Street, Between Ocean & 7th, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-625-6500
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Overview
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good29%
  • Average14%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
Travelers talk about
“pasta” (76 reviews)
“gelato” (19 reviews)
“cured meats” (9 reviews)
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CUISINES
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Food
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Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
Dolores Street, Between Ocean & 7th, Carmel, CA 93921
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Good food and good service. Not high end but solid. A good choice for well prepared food at a reasonable price.

1  Thank flycycletravel
Reviewed 1 week ago

Authentic atmosphere. Excellent wine choices. octopus salad was outstanding. Portions are perfect and food prepared to request. Will definitely eat here next time in Carmel.

1  Thank chatt j
MirabelGroup, Manager at Cantinetta Luca, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review chatt j ! The Octopus Salad is my personal favorite so I know exactly how you felt! We will be looking forward to see you soon. Sincerely, Lotte Tucker Restaurant Manager

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don’t do it!!! Best advice you can get. I asked for more cheese on a $23 sauce pizza and they brought out the manager with s cheese grater. Really????? This is supposed to be fresh mozzarella. No mozzarella just dough. Crap joint.More

Thank Sharon T
MirabelGroup, Manager at Cantinetta Luca, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Shanon T, My Sincere Apologies. My employees told me of the situation when you left and I was wondering if I was going to see a review from it. The confusion was real, my employees tried to help you as much as they could...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I had an amazing experience celebrating our anniversary. The food, service and ambiance were just perfect! They started off our evening with a complimentary glass of Prosecco and were quite attentive to our table. We started with the Prosciutto which was melt...More

1  Thank cqtspain
MirabelGroup, Manager at Cantinetta Luca, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear cqtspain, Happy Anniversary again and thank you for joining us on your special day! Your review made us smile and we will look forward to see you again soon! Sincerely, Lotte Tucker Restaurant Manager

Reviewed September 16, 2018

Every few years we spend a few days in Carmel and have dined here each of the last 3 times. Previously, I really enjoyed it. This time not so much. I felt like we were rushed, We shared 3 courses and they all came so...More

Thank Mary Ellen L
MirabelGroup, Manager at Cantinetta Luca, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Mary Ellen L, Thank you for reviewing our restaurant. We are sorry we didn't match your expectation in comparison to your last 3 experiences. We do not want our guests to feel rushed and if you request extra time in between courses we are...More

Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

Cantinetta Luca is a great little spot in Carmel with carefully crafted Italian food! Homemade pasta, tasty flavors and a cozy booth made our dinner a memorable meal. We shared a flatbread with burrata fresh from the wood fired oven, followed by a seafood risotto...More

1  Thank Deborah G
MirabelGroup, Manager at Cantinetta Luca, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Deborah G, Thank you very much for your review, we are pleased that you enjoyed our restaurant and our authentic creations. We will be looking forward to see you soon. Sincerely, Lotte Tucker Restaurant Manager

Reviewed September 14, 2018

Truth be told, we ended up here because my son's name is Luca! We truly enjoyed our experience. The prosciutto pizza was just like we had in Italy. The pasta bolognese was as delicious as my Italian mother in laws best recipe. Lovely spot in...More

1  Thank ShowOurKidsTheWorld
MirabelGroup, Manager at Cantinetta Luca, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you ShowOurKidsTheWorld for reviewing our Luca! We are pleased you enjoyed it and we do recommend everyone to go to Salumeria Luca during the day! We can create your perfect Italian picnic that you can take to the beach, on a hike or even...More

Reviewed September 7, 2018

We were in the area on business and met here for dinner. Great ambiance and has the feel of a local hidden jewel. Cocktails were excellent to start. We had the in-house cured antipasto to start. Very highly recommended. The group had an assortment of...More

1  Thank MarbleheadFamily
MirabelGroup, Manager at Cantinetta Luca, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2018

Dear MarbleheadFamily, Thank you for reviewing our Cantinetta Luca! We are enchanted and pleased to have you as our guest and happy you really enjoyed our Housemade Salumi & Traditional Italian Cuts. We will be looking forward to see you back and hopefully soon. Sincerely,...More

Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

We visited for Italian from a local referral. The menu was scimpy and not exciting. I chose a pasta and however was not disappointed. My wife enjoyed the risotto. The atmosphere was adequate and the waiter was average. Prices are higher than one would expect....More

Thank ald233
MirabelGroup, Manager at Cantinetta Luca, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2018

Dear ald233, Thank you very much for your review, we are taking it for granted and are working on everything you listed to make it much better for our Carmel choices. Hopefully you will be able to come back and let us know if we...More

Reviewed August 19, 2018

My family of four LOVED our dinner at Luca while we were in Carmel. We all ordered different entrees and shared a meat and cheese plate, and everything was delicious. The restaurant is cozy and casual, with wonderful waitstaff, and in the main hub-bub of...More

Thank Nancy-in-NYC
MirabelGroup, Manager at Cantinetta Luca, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2018

Dear Nancy-in-NYC, Thank you very much for your review, we are very proud you enjoyed our restaurant, food and services! We will be looking forward to see you again. Sincerely, Restaurant Manager Lotte Tucker

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Laurie G
April 22, 2017|
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Response from George R | Reviewed this property |
2-3 easy blocks but unless they upped their game not worth it
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Laurie G
April 22, 2017|
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Response from MGN777 | Reviewed this property |
0.3 mi or 4 tiny bloc
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leafpeeper98
November 30, 2016|
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Response from MirabelGroup | Property representative |
Our atmosphere is suiting for any occasion. We book group business for companies often and have had great feedback. Please reach our to our events coordinator for more details at 831-622-5907. We look forward to serving you!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$20 - $45
Meals
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
3:30 PM - 9:30 PM
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
3:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
3:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
3:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
3:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Dolores Street, Between Ocean & 7th, Carmel, CA 93921
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: +1 831-625-6500
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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.
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