The restaurant offers sophisticated modern California cuisine by Executive Chef Justin Cogley. Executive Chef Justin Cogley’s and Executive Pastry Chef Ron Mendoza’s cooking philosophy is built first and foremost on spontaneity. With access to an array of outstanding local products as well as ingredients and artisan purveyors from around the world, Cogley and Mendoza focus on incorporating these elements into their ever-changing menus. The intimate 12-table Aubergine restaurant features an underground wine cellar constructed beneath the inn’s courtyard to house the restaurant’s 4,500-bottle collection. The wine list features numerous great wines from around the world with a particular focus on wines from Monterey County and France.
The award winning restaurant was recently voted Fifth best in San Francisco and the Bay Area by Zagat and most recently Cogley was awarded Food & Wine's Best New Chef 2013.
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Executive Chef Jason Balestrieri oversees Cantinetta Luca, just a few short blocks away from L’Auberge Carmel hotel. The popular restaurant offers the pure flavors of an authentic Italian trattoria in a casual, modern setting. Cantinetta Luca’s ingredients are always fresh and seasonal; presentations are rich and rustic. Chef Balestrieri sources the best available ingredients from local farmers, fishmongers and purveyors. Many items on the menu are made in-house including the breads, many cheeses, artisanal salumi and fresh pastas. Specialties include wood-oven baked pizza, as well as a wide array of antipasti, whole fire-roasted fish and grilled meats, served family-style.
The restaurant’s wine list offers an extensive list of hard to find and reasonably priced wines. Cantinetta Luca also offers a full bar selection.
Dinner served nightly:
Sunday - Thursday, 5 - 9 pm,
Friday - Saturday, 5 - 9:30 pm
Saturday - Sunday, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Open Daily 11 am - 7 pm
Salumeria Luca, newly opened by the owners of Cantinetta Luca restaurant next door. With a passion for either making his own or sourcing the best available artisanal products, Executive Chef / Partner Jason Balestrieri has created a wonderfully authentic Italian deli and bakery offering high-quality imported and delicious house-made items. Salumeria Luca’s seasonal selections are sure to win the heart of food-loving customers. 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.
400° Gourmet Burgers & Fries
Open Daily 11:30 am - 9 pm
Located in Carmel Plaza on the corner of Mission and Seventh Street, the new restaurant’s menu was created by Executive Chef and Partner Jason Balestrieri. 400° selections feature signature house-blended beef patties, locally sourced produce, house-made ingredients including milk shakes, assorted variations of French fries, signature salads, and a wine-by-the-glass or bottle and beer menu.
The name, 400° Gourmet Burgers & Fries, comes from the restaurant’s custom-made cast iron griddle produced by the Hayward-based Montague Company, the oldest handcrafted stove company in America since 1857. Cast iron is an excellent heat conductor for locking in flavor and 400° is the optimal temperature for searing burgers on cast iron.