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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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Palm Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Had a perfect Tuscan lunch shared by three the following was about perfect: insalata misto, fungi pizza, burrata. Service was polite and quick. Food above average for sure. Excellent choice. I'll return for dinner for sure.

Thank FlyboyTraveler
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44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice lunch with a soup of mushrooms and salad with lots of beets. A little pricy but ok for a holiday weekend with crowds everywhere.  Carmel is a destination, after all.

Thank Nina V
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We pulled in to Carmel, and had no idea where we would eat. We happened to find a parking space right in front of Cantinetta Luca. Checked a few reviews, and decided to try it out. So happy that we did. I had the Bolognese, I think she had a Ravioli. We both were completely satisfied with our meal. We... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016

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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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016 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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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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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
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?