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Cantinetta Luca offers casual, informal dining, featuring menu items such as delicious Neapolitan style pizza, baked in an authentic, Italian, wood-burning oven. Luca also specializes in antipasti, a dozen or so varieties of salumis and handmade pasta. Whole fish and roasted meats are served family style. All of the presentations are simple and rustic; food prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients to bring out bold flavors. The Executive Chef / Partner is Jason Balestrieri who worked at Patina, the famed Los Angeles restaurant of star chef Joachim Splichal.


There’s always lots of activity at Luca giving diners the opportunity to watch chefs in action because we’ve designed a completely open kitchen. The interior decor of the 93-seat restaurant with full bar service is an antique/modern ambiance, inspired by the classic architecture of Italy. The design is a blend of stone, brick and glass, chiseled wood and bright Italian colors. The decor features a barrel vaulted brick ceiling and chiseled beams, contrasted by superb contemporary furnishings and modern lighting all set off by rich colors and textures.


Best of Monterey County Reader's Poll

Voted "Best Restaurant in Carmel"
2008-2012-Monterey County Reader's Poll



Salumeria Luca

Visit our New Italian Deli & Bakery!
Next door to Cantinetta Luca     831.625.0264

The pure Italian flavors you’ve come to know at Cantinetta Luca are now available for you at home, at picnics, for parties or anytime. A wide selection of cured meats, Italian cheeses, olives, sauces, fresh-baked breads, wine, pastries, desserts, gelato - everything you’ve ever wanted from a great Italian deli is available at Salumeria Luca.




Dinner: Sunday - Thursday from 5 to 9:00 pm, Friday - Saturday from 5 to 10 pm
Dolores Street between Ocean and Seventh, Carmel-by-the-Sea  |  831.625.6500


The pure flavors of great Italian food in a casual, modern setting.