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Cafe Luna

#320 of 3,792 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Italian, Seafood, Wine Bar
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11040 Rancho Carmel Dr., 11040 Rancho Carmel Dr, San Diego, CA 92128 (Carmel Mountain Road)
+1 858-673-0077
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
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Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Tue - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 21:30
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San Diego, California
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231 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

We were 6 people with a reservation for dinner. The restaurant was very accommodating when we had to shift our time. The restaurant is not large with two smallish rooms and a bar as well as an outside patio. They sat us almost immediately, and we had an outside table. This table is usually reserved for community dining, but they... More 

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Healdsburg, California
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59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

I was in San Diego on business for 2 days and 1 night. Cafe Luna was recommended to me by the Marriott that I was staying at. I stopped in for lunch. I was served a real Caesar salad and pan-fried haddock over a porcini mushroom risotto. Outstanding. I promptly asked the waiter for a dinner reservation for 1 at... More 

Thank Greg N
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

We dine here often, more often I will meet a friend for drinks and a light dinner at the bar. Staff always friendly, meals are divine, particularly their special pasta dish, their chicken served many wonderful ways and their soups are to die for. Yum!!!! Cozy city feel in the suburbs.

Thank Karen O
San Diego, California
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

Service is great, the menu choices/specials & food are always great. The five of us ladies have been going here for at least 15 years just to enjoy the food, wine & fun of getting together. Atmosphere when we are all chatting is a non issue but it's good. The best is the food and there really is no least... More 

Thank Carrie C
Jamie W, Owner at Cafe Luna, responded to this review

Thanks Carrie, glad to hear you all enjoyed your experience with us! Looking forward to seeing you again very soon. Cheers More 

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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

So we dropped by our favorite little Italian place on Saturday night, always a treat, and were treated to a wonderfully harmonious evening. It started with a craft cocktail and appetizer, just perfectly refreshing for the warn evening, then graduated to wine which blended splendidly with our dinners. And our dinners were both perfectly prepared. Then, as we were approaching... More 

Thank Eric G
San Diego, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

A little bit of Heaven right next door! It's a small cozy restaurant kind of hidden and unassuming. But it's the best restaurant I have eaten in since moving to San Diego. Every bite was better than the one before. From the bread and dipping sauce, to the steak, to the chocolate mousse cake. Our waitress was awesome. Pricing was... More 

Thank Margaret F
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

We have been going here about 20 years or whenever it first opened. We LOVE the food, service and atmosphere. Can't say enough good things about it. It's in a small unassuming strip mall, but it truly is the jewel of the area. Go there. You won't be disappointed!!

Thank Mary L
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

I have been dining at Cafe Luna for almost 20 years now and have never been disappointed. Current owner took over after managing this place for probably 17 years under the original owners. Tons of regulars speak to the quality and consistency. Chef Paden works wonders in he kitchen. There isnt anything on the menu I wont eat, but favorites... More 

Thank SoCalDoc
San Diego, California
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1,006 reviews
593 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 258 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

Just the best with fast service and fresh ingredients. Hot was hot, cold was cold and the quality of the preparation excellent. Very reasonable prices.

Thank JimOB1
Fort Wayne
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38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

Great Italian food. Restaurant is small. Food was great (cioppino, salmon, filet). Great service. Reasonable price. Didn't try dessert, but choices looked tempting.

Thank Ned S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 22 - USD 22
Italian, Seafood, Wine Bar
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11040 Rancho Carmel Dr., 11040 Rancho Carmel Dr, San Diego, CA 92128
    (Carmel Mountain Road)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 858-673-0077
Cafe Luna is located in Carmel Mountain Ranch, Cafe Luna and Chef Paden Skaggs have 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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?