Located on Dolores Street in the heart of downtown Carmel-by-the- Sea, the popular restaurant offers the pure flavors of an authentic Italian trattoria in a casual, modern setting. Cantinetta Luca has been awarded the coveted Best Restaurant in Carmel for five consecutive years (2008-2012) by the Monterey County Readers Poll.
With an open kitchen, diners have the opportunity to watch bustling activity. From the dining room, diners also view the glassed-in salumi and cured meat-aging room. The interior decor of Cantinetta Luca is rustic and comfortable, inspired by the older refurbished buildings of Italy. The design is a blend of stone, brick and glass, rough-hewn wood beams and vibrant Italian colors. The room features a barrelvaulted ceiling of brick and chiseled beams contrasted by superb contemporary furnishings. Modern lighting sets off the room’s rich colors and textures.
A perfect semi-private setting for groups and events for up to 45 persons. A complete buy-out of the restaurant is also available for lunch and dinner or for a standing reception with a total capacity of 93 people.
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, woodoven baked pizza offered at lunch, housemade pastas and sauces, and whole roasted fish.