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Cantinetta Luca

Dolores Street, Between Ocean & 7th, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-625-6500
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good30%
  • Average14%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
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“pasta” (73 reviews)
“salami” (32 reviews)
“gelato” (17 reviews)
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Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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Dolores Street, Between Ocean & 7th, Carmel, CA 93921
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1 - 10 of 432 reviews

Reviewed 14 August 2017

We had planned to return to Cantinetta Luca to enjoy the Tuscan style steak we had watched being cooked on a prior visit. When we ordered the steak, we were told by our server that the new chef had not yet chosen his "sides" for...More

1  Thank Sandy N
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

We go to Carmel every year. One of our favorite places in the city. Took our friends and were not disappointed. Had a couple bottles of " The twins" and all had something different. Two split the big steak, one pizza, and one pasta bolognese....More

Thank Richard I
Reviewed 5 August 2017

Limited menu with lots of pizzas. The small steak came with nothing but some arugula and was over cooked, the pork chop supposedly had polenta and vegetables but they were difficult to find, and the pasta crab was short on crab. The wine list is...More

Thank iamfinicky
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

Fun atmosphere, good food, friendly service. Wait staff are stretched a bit too far to give this place higher ratings. Food was very good. Caprese was flavorful and served at a great temperature to highlight the flavors. Bolognese was dark and luscious.

Thank PSguyinparadise
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

We managed to get one of the last tables on a busy Thursday. The food was good, we had a varied selection between us, halibut, pasta, salad, arancini - all very good. Service was a bit on the slow side and we were a bit...More

Thank Mariana L
Reviewed 25 July 2017

Sorry to say but the quality of food we had was not good, a steak fully fatty which we returned and did not pay for, then we ordered black seafood pasta, which was tasteless and boring, a lot of money spent....

1  Thank Regina D
Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

Everything seemed to be wrong since we arrived on front desk for tables, long line and we was left behind, some friends that arrived much later had seated before. The order took almost 1 and a half hour to arrive, they took this time to...More

Thank Carlos Q
Reviewed 13 July 2017

I believe I have only gone to Luca 2-3 times. My review is on the brief side. The decor and space very nice (open and airy), but the accoustics are pretty bad and it can be very noisy with not a lot of patrons in...More

Thank hyedb
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Several people had recommended Cantinetta Luca so I made a reservation prior to arriving, knowing we would be hungry and tired on arrival. We were seated in a banquette, so close to other dining parties, I thought they should be adopted. There was no chance...More

Thank JimWDenver
Reviewed 9 July 2017

It's a good idea to make a reservation. Tables are small and close together. The booth by the window are adequate for 2 people and would make a very squished fit for 4 people. Service was nice. Spaghetti was good but the portion size is...More

Thank CinderellaDearest
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Laurie G
22 April 2017|
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Response from George R | Reviewed this property |
2-3 easy blocks but unless they upped their game not worth it
Laurie G
22 April 2017|
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Response from MGN777 | Reviewed this property |
0.3 mi or 4 tiny bloc
1 December 2016|
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Response from nicolepahl | Property representative |
Our atmosphere is suiting for any occasion. We book group business for companies often and have had great feedback. Please reach our to our events coordinator for more details at 831-622-5907. We look forward to serving you!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 20 - US$ 50
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 22:00
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
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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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