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Cafe Luna

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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner
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ZUPPA E INSALATE
All Insalate (with exception of Ahi Salad - full only) Add a 4 oz. choice of your favorite: Chicken | Salmon | Prosciutto ($8) | Shrimp $9
Half Size 7
Full Size 14
Della Casa
Red Leaf, Artichoke Heart, Tomatoes, Champagne Vinaigrette
Half Size 7
Full Size 14
Della Luna
Radicchio, Red Leaf, Feta Cheese, Candied Walnuts, Creamy Raspberry Dressing
Half Size 7
Full Size 14
Di Caesar*
Romaine, Parmesan, Crispy Capers, Toasted Pine Nuts, Traditional Creamy Caesar Dressing
Half Size 7
Full Size 14
Di Spinaci
Spinach Leaves, Strawberries, Toasted Almonds, Dried Cherries, Feta Cheese, Balsamic Fig Vinaigrette
Half Size 7
Full Size 14
Siciliano
Cucumbers, Roma Tomatoes, Red Onion, Wild Arugula, Red Wine Vinaigrette
Half Size 7
Full Size 14
Gorgonzola Salad
Mixed Baby Greens, Shaved Carrots, Fresh Pear, Gorgonzola Cheese, Honey Lime Dressing
Half Size 7
Full Size 14
Poached Pear
Mixed Baby Greens, Poached Pear in Port Wine & Cinnamon, Feta Cheese, Toasted Pine Nuts, Cherry Tomatoes, Strawberries, Dried Cranberries, Orange Mango Vinaigrette
Half Size 7
Full Size 14
Heart of Palm
Red Leaf, Wild Arugula, Heart of Palm, Tomatoes, Garlic, Lemon, Toasted Pine Nuts, Olive Oil
Cup 5
Bowl 8
Zuppa
Luna's "Soup of the Day"
19
Ahi Salad
Blackened Sushi-grade Ahi (Seared Rare) Red Leaf, Shaved Parmesan Cheese, Pancetta, Avocado, Cherry Tomato, Red Wine Vinaigrette, Wasabi
PANINI
All Paninis served with Fusilli Umbriaco. All Chicken is (free ranged) Mary's Chicken
Half Size 10
Full Size 16
Italiano
Speck, Sopressata, Dry Salami, Chorizo Salami, Provolone, Wild Arugula, Calabrian Chiles, Olive Ragot, Ciabatta Roll
Half Size 10
Full Size 16
Nona's Meatball
(Nona's Famous Recipe). Housemade Filet Mignon Meatballs, Traditional Pomodoro, Mozzarella, Parmesan, Ciabatta Roll, served Open-faced
Half Size 10
Full Size 16
Chicken Parmesan
Panko Dusted, Pomodoro, Mozzarella, Parmesan, Ciabatta Roll, served Open-faced
Half Size 10
Full Size 16
Petto di Pollo
Pancetta, Roasted Bell Peppers, Wild Arugula, Gorgonzola Cheese, Sun-Dried Tomato Aioli, Ciabatta Roll
Half Size 10
Full Size 16
3 Cheese Grilled Cheese
Havarti, Fontina, Gruyère, Ciabatta Roll, paired with Pear Butter and Onion, Tomato and Pancetta Jam
Half Size 10
Full Size 16
Arrositio Tacchino
Roasted Turkey, Wild Arugula, Roma Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Sriracha Dijonnaise, Ciabatta Roll
Half Size 10
Full Size 16
Caprese
Roma Tomatoes, Burrata Mozzarella, Avocado, Basil, Wild Arugula, Ciabatta Roll
Half Size 10
Full Size 16
Portobello
Grilled Portobello, Grilled Marinated Eggplant, Roasted Bell Peppers, Feta, Wild Arugula, Pesto Aioli, Ciabatta Roll
PASTA
All pasta served with our Della Casa Salad. Substitute Luna, Caesar or Cup of Soup add $2. Add a 4oz. Choice of your favorite: Chicken | Salmon | Meatball | Sausage ($8) | Shrimp $9
14
Fusilli Umbriaco
Pancetta, Onion, Vodka, Sautéed with Rose Cream
16
Fettuccini Bolognese
Ground Filet Mignon, Diced Vegetables, Traditional Italian Meat Sauce
16
Spaghetti Di Nonna
Filet Mignon Meatball, Parmesan, Basil, Pomodoro
16
Penne Con Salciccia
Crumbled Italian Sausage, White Wine Cream
13
Pasta Pomodoro
Choice of Spaghetti | Penne | Capelli | Fusilli, Pomodoro (Arrabbiata style upon request - mild to diablo)
14
Bucatini Alla Norma (Hollow Spaghetti)
Sautéed Eggplant, Mozzarella, Parmesan, Pomodoro
16
Capelli Putanesca
Kalamata Olives, Capers, Garlic, Anchovy, Pomodoro (mildly spicy)
14
Manicotti
Housemade Crepes (2 pieces), Ricotta, Spinach, Mozzarella, Pomodoro
18
Bis Della Casa
Your Choice of Two Pastas from above
SPECIALTY PASTA
Add a 4oz. Choice of your favorite: Chicken | Salmon | Meatball | Sausage ($8) | Shrimp $9
21
Capelli Di Gamberi
Sautéed Prawns, Pomodoro (Diablo style - spicy)
19
Lobster Mac & Cheese
Tender Main Lobster, Three Italian Cheeses, Rose Cream
14
Rosetta
Housemade Pasta, Ham, Swiss Cheese, Cream & Parmesan (4 pieces)
17
Lasagna
Housemade Pasta, Layered Ground Filet Mignon Bolognese, Spinach, Ricotta, Mozzarella, Parmesan
CARNE
All Carne served with our Fusilli Umbriaco (excluding flatbread). "Vegetable of the Day" substitution upon request. Additional Sides & Small Plates must be purchased separately, (not available for substitution). All Chicken is (free ranged) Mary's Chicken
15
Pollo La Costa
Julienne Carrots, Green Onions, Mushrooms, Lemon Dijon Cream
15
Pollo Choice (Marsala | Picatta | Limone)
Choice of Marsala Cream or Lemon White Wine Reduction (add capers for Picatta Style)
22
Vitello Choice** (Marsala | Picatta | Limone)
Veal Tenderloin Filet Scallopini, Choice of Marsala Cream or Lemon White Wine Reduction (add capers for Picatta Style)
23
Tournadoe Gorgonzola
Seared Petite Filet Mignon, Gorgonzola Cheese, Mushroom Cap, Cabernet Demi-Glacé
16
Flatbread
Chorizo Salami, Vodka Sauce, Three Italian Cheese's, Fresh Basil, Sun-dried Tomatoes
About
Cafe Luna is located in Carmel Mountain Ranch, Cafe Luna has been providing an unforgettable dining experience in San Diego for over 20 years. Cafe Luna is a "Traditional Italian Cuisine, Boutique Wine's & Fine Spirits" restaurant. Each and every item on our menu, including our savory nightly specials, are hand-made to order with you, our guest, in mind. We have a full bar and Happy Hour specials Tues - Friday 4:00 - 8:00pm.
PRICE RANGE
$22 - $22
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Italian
FEATURES
Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Table Service, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cafe Luna is one of the better restaurants in this area. It is always busy, so reservations are recommended. It is a bit noisy, but that can add to the fun and merriment. The menu is typical Italian and does not disappoint. Good wine list....More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank DDB51
Reviewed December 11, 2018

We've been going to Cafe Luna for 25 years, they never disappoint! I always order the stuffed chicken and it's always super tasty. ALL of their sauces are fantastic as well! Their salads are always fresh and the presentation is spot on as well. They...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank KLDSanDiego
Reviewed October 26, 2018 via mobile

Don't order the elk carpaccio. Not worth it, should be removed from menu, or advertised differently. If the soup du jour is Italian wedding, skip it. Salads are soggy. Pasta is just ok. The wine saves them.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank EscondidoGA
Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

This restaurant tries hard and has some nice touches-magnifying glasses and reading glasses at the front for people needing visual assistance...I needed some good food which was non existent! The caprese appetizer was so-so, the chicken entree was so chewy I couldn’t eat it. The...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Franann
Reviewed September 29, 2018

Love Cafe Luna... It is hard to top the outdoor seating options on a comfortable San Diego evening with great veal, fish and pasta dishes and a rich variety of wine options. Add in live music on weekends and genuine hospitality. This is no ordinary,...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Virginia O
Reviewed September 7, 2018

I believe this was our fifth visit. We like to eat at the bar, so the bartender makes or breaks the deal. He was very friendly, apparently new, but referred to notes when needed for descriptions. The place was jumping- hmmm...could it be the fabulous...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Carudo
Reviewed August 10, 2018

We've been Cafe Luna customers since we moved in the neighborhood in 1989 and it's always been a romantic diner with amazing service and food flavor. Cafe Luna is a little restaurant that makes you feel embraced by service and romantically darkened.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank enriquevargasus
Reviewed May 9, 2018

After traveling all day from the east coast, we checked in at the nearby Marriott and walked right into Cafe Luna. The restaurant was great. Our server Raymond E was wonderful couldn't ask for a better waiter. Very attentive. The food was very good. Had...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Michael L
Jamie W, Owner at Cafe Luna, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2018

Michael, just wanted to thank you for your review! Reymond is a fantastic server and we appreciate you letting us know how well he did. Glad you enjoyed and relaxed!

Reviewed March 22, 2018

Great food. I appreciate the attention to detail by the staff. The wait staff have a great understanding of the entrees and specials. I love the detailed descriptions, but alas I normally order the veal parm. It is somewhat small, so reservations are a good...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank KevinS4659
Jamie W, Owner at Cafe Luna, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2018

Kevin My husbands favorite as well! Thank you for your kind words! Hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed March 14, 2018 via mobile

Every time I visit San Diego I have to come here for the misto appetizer and stuffed chicken. Always delicious!

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Meganhugs
Jamie W, Owner at Cafe Luna, responded to this reviewResponded March 16, 2018

Meganhugs, Thank you so much for your review!

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MSimonovich
February 7, 2017|
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Response from Jamie W | Property representative |
Of course. All you need to do is tell your server.
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Amanda B
May 21, 2015|
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Response from Cafelunasd | Property representative |
Yes the majority of our menu - pastas - meats - salads - and items off our Small Plate menu can be made gluten free. Just notify your server of your request. Thanks, Cafe Luna
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