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.
Carmel, CA 93921
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
Fantastic dinner at Cantinetta Luca. Two of us split the Porterhouse steak, and my other two friends had to have a taste. It was unanimous—the best steak we've every eaten. We added a side of broccolini (delicious) and a side of roasted potatoes. So much food that I didn't even finish my half of the steak. Service was excellent and well paced. I'll go again next time I'm in Carmel.
A great place to sit back and have great service bring wonder dishes to share and enjoy separately. Their wine list has many great deals and many of them are under $100. Their barley soup is outrageously good!. Pasta's are fresh and home made. A place we would recommend when in Carmel.
Been to this restaurant several times for both lunch and dinner. This latest experience was well short of satisfactory. The waiter was arrogant, and the food portions were small for the price. They now charge for "bread service" which amounted to a few small slices. Water glasses were never refilled.
The sommelier said he would filter our bottle of wine but never returned. By the way, the corkage fee was excessive.
Given this experience, I will not return to this restaurant especially given the many other dining options in Carmel.
Great meal. I have been to this place a number of times and it never disappoints. I will say that being an oenophile with a large assortment of Italian wine in my cellar. I brought an 2000 Barolo and a 2001 Brunello. At $35.00 per bottle as a corkage fee. pretty ridiculous in my opinion. both bottles were opened only. No decant and 95% poured myself. Still would not deter me eating there although.
One of the best meals of my life. Their bread persimmon pudding is poetry. Also try the les jumelles pinot noir. Our server was very sweet and very well informed. Thank you for guiding us through the realm of Italian food. Your reccomendations were superb. Looking forward to my next visit.
I'll be brief...worth the money I spent. Ordered the Porterhouse for two. Exemplary preparation and the taste was phenomenal. Menu wasn't laden with unnecessary contents or filler. Martinis were awesome as well as Dane, my server. Celebrating our anniversary this year and very well might be here next year.
Hadn't tried this place before despite having walked by it countless times during previous visits. It was a stormy Sunday night so other than the very noisy children seated along the wall, it was lovely and quiet. We were able to be seated at a table tucked into a window alcove which was great for chatting.
Food was great. Hearty and flavourful. We had 2 entrees: the porkchop and the linguini, both recommended by our server and very delicious.
We had dinner at Cantinetta Luca for my boyfriend's birthday. He loves steak so I picked the restaurant based on the reviews of the special porterhouse, which we ordered. It was absolute perfection, tender, flavorful and beautifully presented. It is priced by the ounce, and the portions are large, so we shared one. The side dishes were also delicious - we had Brussels sprouts and polenta. Service was warm and inviting. The tables are close together, which at first seemed not very romantic, but it was like being in a European bistro, and the patrons on both sides were delightful. The family from Bulgaria next to us left and had told the waiter to add our dessert to their bill. Overall, it was a wonderful experience.
Unfortunately this was not a great experience. We went there for a late lunch 2:00pm and it took 2 hours for 4 pizza's, hamburger, 2 salads and a meat and cheese (cheese never showed up) plate. The food was fine but the service was horrible. There were only 3 other tables seated and they all were experiencing similar delays. The server never explained what the delay was and she was rarely servicing us. We had one round of drinks because she didn't take or offer a follow on order. I would try it again but it was very disappointing.
It was our second time there. The pizza is excellent. The pasta dishes were very good although the special pasta the day was a bit pricey. We had panna cotta and tiramisu for dessert and were not disappointed. Service was very friendly. Just a note for the wine, we prefer our wine by the glass to be served from the bottle.
This had been a long time favorite of ours but the experience last night was very disappointing. The squid ink pasta that we had many times in the past was not anywhere what we remembered. The sauce was lacking the intensity and flavor. Just garlicky. The cornetto pizza was just okay. The prosciutto sitting on top was a little chewy. But the number one shocker was that they had raised the corkage fee to an outrageous $35. Highest I have ever seen in a restaurant. I think this restaurant just came off our list of favorites.
We were very excited for our visit to Cantinetta Luca and got off to a great start, but when the waiter made a mistake with our order and did not bring two dishes it went down hill. Not only did they try to give us part of the entree till the other part was ready, they were still not giving us the order correctly. We understand a mistake can happen and asked them to please bring us the food as ordered, it was simply a regular dish with a side a la carte, they continued to delay then tried to charge us for two other side orders that we never got. The service is not what you expect.
Slow service, our waiter talking over my shoulder and hard to hear, while table next to us had a server/sommelier who had his butt in my face all the time. That party (4)came in after us and were out (with wine opening, too) before we got our entres. Salads were great, main courses were standard. If the main course was going to take extra time, I was not aware of that.
Luca continues to exceed expectations with their ever changing menu designed to please the palate and eyes. I typically choose the daily fish while my wife is stuck on the various ravioli creations. The pasta is equally great. The help is courteous and friendly and the wine list will pass every test.
Food was quite good but service was both slow and uninspired. Our server didn't know what drink I had ordered and I had to tell him the ingredients as well as how to make it. He also did a poor job explaining dishes as well as the specials. I felt the food was a bit overpriced for the portions on the pasta while the appetizers where an excellent value. Would recommend for anyone that wants good quality food but can not recommend the service.
We come for the Celebration of the Pig weekend every year. This year did not disappoint. We also celebrated my wife's 50th birthday and they surprised her with a tiramisu with a candle in it. We were worried with the change in Chef that the food might have suffered, but it was as high quality and flavor as always. We always recommend Luca to our friends and family who come to visit. Brava!
Food was great! This is a go-to spot before an event at Sunset Center. Only complaint might be they did not sense our urgency, even though we told staff when we sat.
The butternut squash sup was seasonally perfect. Same for the pumpkin ravioli.
The short rib was so yummy, I would recommend it again and again. Nice work!
(Still wondering about news reports 6-9 months ago that the restaurant and menu were going to be given a makeover, but nothing has happened...)
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