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Cantinetta Luca

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Dolores Street, Between Ocean & 7th, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-625-6500
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 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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La Crosse, Wisconsin
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

The service was average/good but the food was wonderful. At the end of the evening, we asked if we could split the bill 3 ways with our credit cards. We each got a bill, not itemized, and though it seemed a high, it had been a memorable birthday get together and not wanting to ruin a nice evening, we paid... More 

Thank deeford51
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142 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I stopped in on Saturday for lunch. It was our first time there and we were very impressed. It's a beautiful place-big windows overlooking the greenery outdoors, you can see the pizza oven blazing and their cured meats hanging/aging in the back. The bread with olive oil (with mild chunks of olives in the oil) was warm,... More 

Thank Jen K
San Francisco, California
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123 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Luca has changed. Almost everything. The vibe is dead. The food is forgettable. The pizza still good. Prices high without return of quality. They charge for bread now out of desperation. The wait staff are cool, just moving through the motions. I suspect internal management issues. The best dish is the baked lemon rosemary chicken. Prepare to grow old while... More 

Thank boobot1
San Francisco
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ate here with family and golfing friends over the weekend. 3rd time here. Good food, great cured means for Antipasta. Like the location and atmosphere. Excellent home made desserts. Highly recommended and they can take larger than normal parties there.

Thank Carl T
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

OMG! The Burrata and a glass of Barberra. HEAVEN! My husband golfs, I roam Carmel and eat. That's vacation! This is one of my favorite lunches between shopping and wandering. Othe other food is great, but if you know the buttery, olive oil topped goodness of Burrata, you must check this one out.

Thank Robin B
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
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42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed March 12, 2017

We had the best meal in our 17-day trip to California at this place. And afterwards felt sorry we did not have other meals there....Our waiter was Romanian, so a little 'latin' influence surfaced in our exchange - at least in respect to language. The food was something else! Totally Italian in flavor and looks, delicious. We had great ambience,... More 

Thank 331Claudia
Cronulla, Australia
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 7, 2017

Great fresh modern Italian, so refreshing not to have something drowned in sauces which seems an American thing to do.. Delicious food, nice wine & a good atmosphere. The best meal we had on our recent 4 week trip to the USA.

Thank Nedkel66
Tiburon, California
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed March 7, 2017 via mobile

This place was at one time our go-to place for good Italian food and great service. I am sad to report that our Valentines Day dinner with friends there was a big disappointment. The food was less than memorable and the service was indifferent. I had noticed the downward slide an past visits but kept waiting for a turnaround. It... More 

Thank George R
Melbourne, Australia
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed February 22, 2017 via mobile

Had dinner at Luca last night. Wonderful ambiance, great menu, our duck was delicious. Our enjoyment of the evening was hampered by a waitress who forgot our sparkling water, forgot to bring the correct cutlery for our meal, forgot to order the potatoes we requested with our duck, and then made us coffee that was far too cold and had... More 

Thank Yvonne B
Los Altos, CA
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182 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed February 7, 2017

Luca is a good spot for anyone, but is great for those who enjoy salami and other pork products. Starting a meal with antipasti and good wine or beer always is relaxing and gets everyone in a good mood. The menu from there is varied with excellent pastas, short ribs and a wonderful double cut pork chop. Service is friendly... More 

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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, Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings
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?