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Cantinetta Luca

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Dolores Street, Between Ocean & 7th, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-625-6500
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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San Francisco, California
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102 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

They have a new chef and revised menu. The ingredients are fresh, everything made from scratch.i t really showed. Amazing local vegetables, house made gelatos, fresh, local fish. The steaks were not cooked to order preference. They pride themselves as a steakhouse so this was a surprise. The pork chop dry. Perhaps they could buy a meat thermometer. The dishes... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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66 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My boyfriend booked this wonderful place and I was very surprised, not how good it was, but how he made such a great choice. The food, Buratta and Meats for Apps and the Kansas City Bone in for the Entree were so good. I tried not to eat it all however, it was impossible. The steak was so insane full... More 

Thank edenalpert
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48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From the moment we arrived we were ignored. It took 20 minutes just to get someone to ask for our drink order. Then it was downhill from there. The server was slow AND rude. He had an attitude from the beginning. The cocktails took forever because the bar had only one bartender. She tried to keep up but it was... More 

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Modesto, California
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124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent restaurant: energetic yet romantic, upbeat, bright, light, airy, traditional yet young! There was a lovely window table but a very loud party of a dozen women was next to it so we enjoyed dining at the bar instead. Service was excellent. Wine steward was fun to watch him sniff wine and corks; the bartender was very attentive. We ordered... More 

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Corona, California
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364 reviews
249 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took a business guest and his wife here for dinner. They selected the restaurant. I wonder why they had 'techno' music blasting in an Italian restaurant. I found it rather distracting. They cure their own meats; like salami, mortadella, etc. and we had a nice appetizer tray. I did have a bit of 'sticker' shock on the bistecca. My... More 

Thank Bonnie C
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Nice Italian place. The food was very good. We had appetizers of burrata with prosciutto, soup of the day and pizzas. Everything was excellent. All in all a very good pick in Carmel.

Thank Luca G
New York
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

The food, wine and ambiance is terrific and very relaxed. A party of 6 adults had a terrific experience, AFTER moving from the back room where there was a very rude and loud group of people. The management was not going to try and calm these people down, but they happily moved our party. I felt sorry for the other... More 

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San Jose, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Usually I don't really write negative review. I just will not visit the place again. But this time I thought maybe I should, as the owner/management might want to know so they have the opportunity to improve. This is the third time we went to this restaurant. The first two times were good experience so we decided to go with... More 

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San Francisco, California
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

This is our second time at this restaurant all across-the-board really kind of disappointing. Service was slow just like last time, waitress never told us about specials, never refilled wine or water glasses, placed plates in front of the wrong diner, and it goes on. Most interesting was when we ordered rather expensive bottle of wine and wine steward didn't... More 

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Highland Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2016

Dinner was a bit disappointing. The food was tasty but short of meat. The room was nice and the staff friendly but the food was just OK.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $50
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings, Large groups
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?