About Cantinetta Luca
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 than 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.
Italian, Steak, Pizzeria
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday, 5 - 9 pm
Friday - Saturday, 5 - 10 pm
Daily, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
$30 and under
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In the heart of Carmel-by-the-Sea, all parking is street access.
Private Party Facilities:
Wine Room: Beautiful Brick Ceiling Dining Room that can accommodate up to 45 guests.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Cantinetta Luca Ratings and Reviews
The place was very cute and packed (Satu ...
The place was very cute and packed (Saturday night) but we were all disappointed in the food and especially the wait to receive our food. The pizza was the least successful of the orders along with the beet salad. The short ribs were the most liked. The side order of green beans was very plain but acceptable. Overall, for the price an OK place but we don't need to return.
The service was appalling. The waiter s ...
The service was appalling. The waiter simply did not care. He screwed up my wife's wine and was not gracious in correcting his error. The roasted potatoes did not arrive with my entree and despite being reminded of this twice he failed to deliver them before the entree was almost completed.
This was our first visit - and it will b ...
This was our first visit - and it will be our last! The Monterey Peninsula has too many other excellent options. I was offended by wine prices... and feel the restaurant was trying to gouge us. I was also offended by the $3 added surcharge for another serving of bread (even though our party of 4 received the same amount as a table for 2). Service was condescending. Two of us ordered the chicken, served in a skillet. One of us did not want to eat from the skillet, but our request for a plate was met with indifference. The wait staff is adept at ignoring eye contact. I see no reason to recommend this resauraunt.
Unreasonable wine list, server was conde ...
Unreasonable wine list, server was condescending.
Pasta dish was as described, meat balls and sauce were good . Shrimp appetizer good. Pizza (open faced)? was ok.
Extra charge for additional bread , really!
Would not go back.
Very noisy. Waiter was hurried and took ...
Very noisy. Waiter was hurried and took a long time to greet us and take drink and food orders. No one knew our seating positions when delivering food. Food was decent but under seasoned. Gelato had ice crystals in it. Not terrible but not really interested in returning.
The hostess was more than accommodating ...
The hostess was more than accommodating with our seating preferences. The bartender was personable while we were waiting for our table.
Our waitress was pleasant but did not check on us for long stretches of time. We waited way too long for our entrees.
The food was good but not great. Prices on the high side for quality of food.
The food was great as always. The octopu ...
The food was great as always. The octopus starter and salumi platter that we shared were excellent. The halibut entree was full of flavor, but light. The short ribs and homemade pasta entrees were also very good. And we loved the homemade gelato for dessert. The service was very good and professional, but the wine steward was rude and stand-offish, the only negative during our visit.
We have been to Luca several times over ...
We have been to Luca several times over the last 4 years. The 1st year it was extremely good. 2nd year it was good. Last year and this year, just o.k.. We aren't sure what us going on but it is far less crowded at peak dinner times and things seem to be average more than special. Watching pennies it seems. Bar tender was shorting splits of wine and although I questioned it nothing was done to correct it. I did notice people at the bar received full splits. Also shorting cocktails. Not the right thing to do. So, you could conclude I was more disappointed in seeing the bar man operate than being disappointed in the food. Our meals were fine. Caprese was very good, Tagliatelle was likewise good though portion on the smaller side. It seems in the last 2 years they have lost some of what we liked about the place 4 years ago. Shorter food and wine menus now. I'd still recommend Luca but no longer in my 4 star category.
One of the pasta dishes was overly salty ...
One of the pasta dishes was overly salty, but the restaurant cordially replaced it. The main entrees were very small and the pizza, though quite good, was 50% higher in cost than neighboring restaurants serving similar fare. The food quality is generally good, but prices are too high and/or the portion sizes need to be larger.
Had dinner with sister and her husband - ...
Had dinner with sister and her husband - we were well received and the enjoyment continued throughout the meal: filet mignon + polenta (our steaks were perfectly cooked!); salmon special and pasta bolganese. wine was recommended by our server and were were able to sample 2 before making our selection. comfortable atmosphere - tables really filled up and after coffee and dessert we were able to catch the sunset on Carmel Beach! Jose, our server, was fantastic!
Even on a very busy Saturday night(Conco ...
Even on a very busy Saturday night(Concourse weekend), food and service were outstanding as always. We were seated in the quieter back room which we appreciate. Our waiter and staff helper were so professional. The food is fresh, well prepared, and delicious. Excellent wine offerings, of course. Favorite Italian in Carmel for years, and will continue to be.
Wonderful home-made pasta and Bolognese. ...
Wonderful home-made pasta and Bolognese. Generous Arugula salad. We split both dishes and it was plenty. They graciously accommodated our small service dog. Otherwise, not dog friendly in a very dog friendly town.
Service was slow and indifferent. After ...
Service was slow and indifferent. After service of the appetizer (white bean soup), there was no follow up by the waitress. The soup beans were undercooked and the soup lacked flavor. Salt and pepper had to be requested to make it edible. When I informed the waitress that the beans were undercooked and the kitchen should be told, there was no response. No offer to replace it, no offer to remove it from the bill, nothing. The remainder of the meal was no better. I will not return.
The restaurant seemed to look pretty but ...
The restaurant seemed to look pretty but the moment we arrived we were seated immediately at the front window table. It was a very nice table, however, being new to the area I asked the host if I could walk through the restaurant to see the place and possibly consider another table with more ambience. The host was very rude and responded by saying you are the only person who has ever complained about the window seat. I was not complaining. I was just interested in seeing the restaurant considering we had never dined there. The host has an attitude and proceeded to give us attitude the rest of the night. The food was good but we won't be back.
We frequently dine at Cantinetta Luca. W ...
We frequently dine at Cantinetta Luca. We enjoy the food and the ambiance. The back dining room can get a bit noisy when it is full. I don't normally order chicken when dining out but they have a fabulous roasted chicken dish.
The arugula salad was fantastic--I'd nev ...
The arugula salad was fantastic--I'd never thought of pickled peaches and beets together, but it was such a wonderful combination. The funghi pizza was delicious as well. I could have done without the oppressively loud '80s music, but it's a lovely setting and our waitress was very helpful. I'll be back!
We were in Carmel and friends recommende ...
We were in Carmel and friends recommended this restaurant. We all enjoyed our meals, but weren't floored. The potato gnocchi was quite good, but we were expecting better. Overall a fine restaurant, but there seem to be many choices in the area with charming ambience.
It was probably an off night, but it was ...
It was probably an off night, but it was an hour between salad and getting our pasta. The waiter did bring us a glass of Chianti on the house to make to try to help. But even the table next to us, and they came in much later, couldn't get waited on and they were regulars. It isn't worth it in my opinion. The food was fine, but not exceptional. Cute atmosphere, but loud.
disorganised, though booked. Waited; fro ...
disorganised, though booked. Waited; front of house flustered and panicky....
Though booked was given a table for two which was cramped in the main thoroughfare and they almost made someone sit next to us with about 6 inches between the tables. Any closer and I would be eating off their plate. The people who were ebing made to sit refused!
Hurried service; starter not finished, mains came!
Noisy, strange music loud and ...nothing to go back for.
From the minute we walked in the experie ...
From the minute we walked in the experience was terrible. We had a reservation and the hostess acted as is we were bothering her. Our waiter was also the bar tender and barely paid us any attention. Our glasses were never refilled. Chicken was good but pasta was under cooked and sauce tastes like it was canned. I would never go back.
Had 6:30 dinner reservations. Arrived on ...
Had 6:30 dinner reservations. Arrived on time seated within minutes of our reservation and sat for 21 minutes and no one came around for a drink or food order!! We left at 6:53 walked over to another restaurant had a lovely dinner with great service.
Sorry Luca, you will not be seeing us anytime soon. Understaff and no service will not make any friends.
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