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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
Closed now
All hours
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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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had dinner here with our family on a busy Friday evening. Service was friendly and prompt and everything we ordered was very good. They timed the meal nicely for adults and kids orders. Great location right downtown.

Thank Paige M
Carpinteria, California, United States
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We recently sat at the chef's counter and thoroughly enjoyed watching the creative expertise of the chef staff. The food was delicious, and we ordered seafood stew, a pasta dish and two innovative and tasty salads. We watched as the steak specialty chefs created their signature Florentine style steaks, and wished we had room to eat one of them. Next... More 

Thank Sandy N
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213 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We have been going to this restaurant for years. We used to go for dinner but since they became an expensive steak house at dinner instead of an Italian restaurant, we only go here for lunch. Started with wine and burata cheese I had a nice spicy Bordeaux, my husband had a barbera- both very good and perfect with the... More 

Thank PattiCNS
Montreal, Canada
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I went there for dinner after a late arrival into Carmel and everyone in the family was hungry yet tired. We had either pizza or pasta and all dishes were tasty but still expensive for what it was. I think we should have gone to Da metra close by as the atmosphere seemed more lively and the prices lower for... More 

Thank Catherinemtl
Los Angeles, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Owner David Fink is the most gracious host and his essence is the true definition of hospitality. We dined at the chef's counter and were presented with the most spectacular charcuterie of dried meats I have seen to date. We also enjoyed the jumbo shrimp sitting on a bed of seasoned grilled corn. It was heavenly. We ended with a... More 

Thank Aalok S
Darien, Connecticut
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had made a last minute reservation though Opentable. We were given 3 options, which included the chefs table. Basically a high top counter overlooking the kitchen, is what we picked. From there we could see the kitchen crew. The wine list is ok, and the menu pretty good, not too many choices. My wife had 2 appetizers, of which... More 

Thank Whendrik
San Francisco, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The good was excellent. It wasn't like American Italian restaurants, where they serve pasta with a ton of oils and fat. The dinner was light and delicious. Try the gnocchi! The only bad part was that they don't serve pizza for dinner, only for lunch. If you want pizza, come early!

Thank ayselaraselcuker
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I decided to try this restaurant on our visit to Carmel as we checked their online menu, which looked tasty with reasonable (for the area) prices. We ordered a simple lunch, we shared an antipasto (lamb and pistachio, which was overpriced but fairly tasty) and we shared a pizza (which came out with burnt crust, but we... More 

Thank Yael S
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a Friday night and we hadn't made reservations. We tried a resturant down the street with no luck, so we walked down to Luca. How lucky! They had a table in their backroad which they said might be noisy which it wasn't. They had a good wine list that my husband had a glass off of, but I... More 

Thank Deborah B
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I stumbled upon this place whilst strolling through the lovely streets of picturesque Carmel. Judging from the menu display on the doorway and thanks to the buzzing atmosphere we got a glance of, we decided to call in despite the manager's warning that there'd be a 15-minute wait. In fact we waited a lot less than that.... More 

Thank Stéphane A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $50
Italian, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions
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 Peninsula  >  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?