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Cantinetta Luca, Carmel, CA
Cantinetta Luca, Carmel, CA
Cantinetta Luca, Carmel, CA
Cantinetta Luca, Carmel, CA
Cantinetta Luca, Carmel, CA

Cantinetta Luca

4.5
4.5
2308 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian


Cantinetta Luca offers an authentic Italian menu inspired by the traditional recipes of various regions of Italy. Chef/Owner Jason Balestrieri makes sure each hand-crafted dish uses the finest Italian products and locally sourced ingredients in a lively, adult atmosphere. A curated wine list with an expansive Italian varietals section attracts both the novice and educated palates. Inventive cocktails and house-made delicacies, such as salumi, fresh pastas, wood-fired pizzas, and house cut steaks, complete the Cantinetta Luca experience.



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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 14 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Steak, Pizzeria
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (831) 625-6500
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Jason Balestrieri
  • Catering
    Please e-mail us with your inquiries to info@cantinettaluca.com
  • Private party facilities
    Wine Room: Beautiful Brick Ceiling Dining Room that can accommodate up to 40 guests.
  • Neighbourhood
    Carmel
  • Cross Street
    We are on Dolores Street between Ocean Ave & 7th
  • Parking Details
    In the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea, all parking is street access.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,308 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Monterey / Carmel

    Great for fine wines

2,308 Reviews
  1. MannyA

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were amazing. I love the old world ambience of this restaurant. Everything we ate was really good.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was great. Look forward to coming back

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  3. Kawika

    Denver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great at Luca’s as far as the dining experience goes, but because we had to wait for a very short time for our table and went to the bar to do so, the lady bartender was not very nice and especially so when we didn’t want to stay at the bar for our dinner. The host, waitstaff, our server, and dinner were all very, very nice and accommodating and dinner was excellent!

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  4. bigFan

    Sacramento

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a nice evening at Cantinetta Luca. Great menu and even better service. A gem in the heart of Carmel; you will find yourself going back again and again.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food does not justify the cost. The house specialty cost $120 and does compare to good steak houses. It was not wagyu and was not special in any way.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    BOH Service charge of 4%. Subtracted it from my normal 20%. Very rude/offensive!! We will not return even though we had a very good meal. Wait staff must hate dealing with this “surprise fee” on patrons checks.

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  7. Foodie

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a treat to eat here. The sommelier helped us with a great red that paired beautifully with the lamb dish which was outstanding

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  8. ArthurC

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently excellent quality of food and service in a town that, too often, substitutes "cuteness and quaintness" for quality.

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  9. DebbieD

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was truly delicious & our server was attentive & fun

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  10. DennisW

    Sacramento

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the salumi plate with house made salumi it was very good. We also shared the tricolor salad it was fantastic .Rib eye steak which is the specialty of the house and it was excellent.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Bad service and unimpressive food. Just hate when parties seated well after we were place and receive orders before we do

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  12. gardenpeople

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We shared a plate of finocchiana, the carbonara and the lamb with a spinach side. All superior quality. Very pleased. Surprisingly long waits between courses given how few customers were on site. Will still be glad to return on our next visit to Carmel.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful meal and incredible flavors. Staff superb and very engaging. Had a wonderful conversation with the owner/chef.

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  14. Larry

    Los Angeles

    64 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Last night our dinner was very average - disappointing.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We started with the fungi pizza. It was superb. I had the squid ink pasta with clams and scallops. The flavor was incredible. My entire party was so pleased with our choices.

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  16. JosephL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    All I can really say was I showed up hungry and left hungry. I had a 7:30pm reservation and finally received my dinner by 8:52pm. I was done with my miniscule dinner by 8:57 pm. I spent money on 2 appetizers, a bottle of red wine, the rosemary chicken and the lobster pasta, the total was $175 and left a $25 tip. This is the 2nd time coming to this location and thought the first time was not up to par and left with the same feeling on the 2nd trip.

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  17. Latreese

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I would give my overall experience a 7 out of 10. The food was great, aside from minestrone soup. I expected more flavor. But everything else was delicious.

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  18. glutton

    Orange County

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My pasta dinner was very good but my husband’s roasted chicken was dry and disappointing. Our friend’s pizza was very good too.

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  19. DeniseA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was unique and delicious. Wide variety. Great wine list. Parma were the best as well the steak and eggplant.

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  20. JeanK

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I love the tricolors salad and ample portion. The carbonara was too salty and saucy. However - the special pasta - crab, mushroom combo was delish.

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  21. PennyA

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful meal to celebrate our son’s BD! Food was fabulous and service exceptional. They were also able to accommodate an increase in our reservation too which was great!

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  22. RobertM

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice Italian food with fresh pasta. Salads and pizzas are excellent. Wine list is diverse and reasonable.

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  23. michaelhPG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was delicious, but the billing portion was horrible. We had to have our bill corrected because of items we did not order were added to it. And when we got home we found another incorrect charge. The automatic BOH (Back of the House) added fee should be absorbed by the restaurant and Not the customer! It was not mentioned on OpenTable.

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  24. Triptex

    Houston

    69 reviews

    4.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Cute Italian bistro in the heart of Carmel by the Sea

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  25. NadiaM

    Central Coast

    91 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great decor, cozy, delicious cuisine, super & friendly services. We really enjoyed our dinner👍🙏👏 Thank you Ismael our server & all the team!!

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  26. LisaS

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Florentine steak was outstanding. A bit pricey but worth it.

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  27. jonnad

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was horrible!! Our  server was totally disengage from us throughout the entire meal, and never made any eye contact. It took 25 mins to get our drinks and 90 mins to get our meals.

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  28. Richardh

    Columbus

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was very good, nice ambience. In the end, some real misses on the entrees, and some silly efforts on part of the restaurant on the financial side. This is Carmel, I am not looking for bargains. But, the octopus entry had three very small pieces of actual octopus, and they charged for olive oil to go along with the Ciabatta and Breadsticks that were ordered a la carte (the bread was excellent). Also, a 4% Back of House fee the was included without explanation. Happy to pay more for a restaurant experience that feels as if it has a soul, and is more consistent.

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  29. AndreS

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Rushed service and no courtesy at all. You need to pay for Olive Oil. Unbelievable. Good food. Expensive wines.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food. Fabulous wait staff. We had the best time!

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  31. Chickfitllc

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious like always. The pumpkin ravioli and the croissant bread pudding with the egg nog ice cream were divine. Thanks to the staff for a memorable NYE!

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  32. JimM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Food is great but tables are so crowded together it is a little uncomfortable. Service was great but we needed to slow down the wait staff so we could enjoy our meal. We felt rushed. Pricey but food is wonderful

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  33. DouglasJ

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The dining experience was very good, but the kitchen was slow to complete or order, and we were early enough that they shouldn't have been backed up.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We’re we’re starving and arrived at the restaurant on time for our reservation only to find out the restaurant was closed! Turns out they’re closed on Tuesdays and I wish I would have checked google maps or their website first which both showed they are closed on Tuesdays. I trusted OpenTable. It go to alternative restaurants without a reservation so we ended up having to get snacks at the grocery store. Can we get a gift certificate or statement credit for our ruined dinner plans?

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  35. Winelover27

    San Francisco

    56 reviews

    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pizza with sausage and arugula was fantastic! Good roast chicken and Bolognese. Loved the Brussels Sprouts side, and the little gem salad. Nice wine list.

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  36. MelihO

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Eggplant parmigiana was not very good. Half of the pizza crust was burnt and the other half was undercooked. They charged $4+ for mandatory kitchen staff tip and were expecting 20, 25 percent tip over that. If the food was cooked right I wouldn’t mind giving a tip “if asked”, not automatically charged for. I would not go to that restaurant again.

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  37. HughT

    San Francisco

    69 reviews

    3.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was excellent! Table was very nice and also in a quiet part of the restaurant . Menu was limited and food was not wonderful, but not bad.I would rate it a little above average, but not much.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great family dinner here and everyone loved the food and attentive service. Exactly what we were craving!

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  39. KayMD

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were in the very quiet and beautiful back section. Service was perfect. The bolognese dish was amazing.

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  40. legs

    Sacramento

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent! Right on spot! The carbonara is amazing!

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FAQs

Cantinetta Luca is rated 4.5 stars by 2308 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 14 times today
Google Map for Cantinetta Luca

Dolores St. between Ocean and 7th, Carmel, CA 93921

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    We are on Dolores Street between Ocean Ave & 7th
  • Neighbourhood
    Carmel
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Steak, Pizzeria
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    In the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea, all parking is street access.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Jason Balestrieri
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (831) 625-6500
  • Catering
    Please e-mail us with your inquiries to info@cantinettaluca.com
  • Private party facilities
    Wine Room: Beautiful Brick Ceiling Dining Room that can accommodate up to 40 guests.
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