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Cantinetta Luca

Dolores Street, Between Ocean & 7th, Carmel, CA 93921
+1 831-625-6500
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good30%
  • Average13%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
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“pasta” (71 reviews)
“salami” (32 reviews)
“gelato” (17 reviews)
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Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Dolores Street, Between Ocean & 7th, Carmel, CA 93921
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Waitstaff seemed a bit undertrained, but were friendly. Our group of 12 ordered a wide variety of dishes, and the order was accurate when delivered. We asked for gluten free options, but only penne pasta was available. No GF pizza!?!? What was a hopeful authentic...More

Thank Angela H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Dane, our server, made it very clear he was very bored having to wait on us. His attitude, eye rolling looks definitely impacted our meal, which was average at best. He hung out at the bar drinking wine and appeared annoyed he had to come...More

Thank czechmateNewYork
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

Food was good and service was spot on. The portions were tiny compared to the prices charged per plate so don't go if really hungry.

1  Thank Shelton F
Reviewed 18 April 2017

The service was average/good but the food was wonderful. At the end of the evening, we asked if we could split the bill 3 ways with our credit cards. We each got a bill, not itemized, and though it seemed a high, it had been...More

1  Thank deeford51
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

My husband and I stopped in on Saturday for lunch. It was our first time there and we were very impressed. It's a beautiful place-big windows overlooking the greenery outdoors, you can see the pizza oven blazing and their cured meats hanging/aging in the back....More

Thank Jen K
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Luca has changed. Almost everything. The vibe is dead. The food is forgettable. The pizza still good. Prices high without return of quality. They charge for bread now out of desperation. The wait staff are cool, just moving through the motions. I suspect internal management...More

1  Thank boobot1
Reviewed 4 April 2017

Ate here with family and golfing friends over the weekend. 3rd time here. Good food, great cured means for Antipasta. Like the location and atmosphere. Excellent home made desserts. Highly recommended and they can take larger than normal parties there.

Thank Carl T
Reviewed 1 April 2017

OMG! The Burrata and a glass of Barberra. HEAVEN! My husband golfs, I roam Carmel and eat. That's vacation! This is one of my favorite lunches between shopping and wandering. Othe other food is great, but if you know the buttery, olive oil topped goodness...More

Thank Robin B
Reviewed 13 March 2017

We had the best meal in our 17-day trip to California at this place. And afterwards felt sorry we did not have other meals there....Our waiter was Romanian, so a little 'latin' influence surfaced in our exchange - at least in respect to language. The...More

Thank 331Claudia
Reviewed 8 March 2017

Great fresh modern Italian, so refreshing not to have something drowned in sauces which seems an American thing to do.. Delicious food, nice wine & a good atmosphere. The best meal we had on our recent 4 week trip to the USA.

Thank Nedkel66
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Laurie G
How far from La Playa Hotel?
23 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
How far from La Playa Hotel?
23 April 2017|
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Response from MGN777 | Reviewed this property |
0.3 mi or 4 tiny bloc
I am thinking of buying out the "Wine Room" for a business dinner. Based on some of the reviews this place can be loud. Would this be an appropriate place for a business dinner?
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
USD 20 - USD 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, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
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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