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Aubergine at L'Auberge Carmel

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Monte Verde & 7th Ave., Carmel, CA 93921 (7th)
+1 831-624-8578
18:00 - 21:30
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Carmel, California
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74 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I believe in fine dinning, but if your hungry this is not the place for you. All you get is just a bite of food. Tasty, yes, but I'm still hungry.

Thank kittyrascal
Redding, Connecticut
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172 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're looking for a highly-acclaimed restaurant that is formal...but cozy...then this is the place for you. Excellent food...wine....everything. Probably not what we were looking for...but certainly wouldn't want to discourage any one that wants a lovely romantic dinner.

Thank elmjr525
Atlanta, Georgia
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The menu and the service is phenomenol. The menu was unique and refreshing. The wine pairings were superb as well. Definitely an expensive spot but so worth it for a special occasion.

Thank Charlottemsloan
San Jose, Costa Rica
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

We decided to try the Aubergine at Carmel for a celebration dinner. The sommelier was very helpful and picked a couple of great wines. The staff was friendly and very helpful. The 8 course tasting was thoughtful and well prepared, and the presentation amazing. I enjoyed the edamame and the deserts in particular. Pricey, but worth the trip.

Thank JSCR1
Los Gatos, California
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

We have been coming here for years and I've never been disappointed. It's a tiny place in L'Auberge Carmel, which we also love staying). You have to be adventurous as you may try new things, but everything is absolutely delicious, always.

Thank BA217
Miami Beach, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

We generally enjoy tasting menus and have enjoyed many great ones regardless of price. This one however was a complete disappointment. Course after course after course the preparations were creative but mediocre tasting only saved by the tiny size of each portion. The beef one was especially laughable. I first thought the two pieces were some kind of local bean.... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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175 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

I have mixed feelings about this restaurant. They try, they really do try, bu somehow manages to miss the mark. Service is attentive, but sometimes forced and exaggerated. The chef mixes local ingredients to create something memorable and innovative, but some of the dishes got lost in translation. There are so many layers of service where a request for a... More 

2 Thank Enjoys_Relaxing
California Hot Springs, California
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238 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

This is one of the oddest reviews I think I have done. It definitely was not "my type" of restaurant. There must have been 8-10 courses and a forkful on each. Too much activity coming and going for a relaxing evening. I've never used 8-10 forks for one meal. It's definitely for a "foodie" with dollars.... our meal for two... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

I booked this restaurant for a special occasion which fell whilst we were visiting Carmel. We enjoy a tasting menu, feeling that it gives the chef an opportunity to show off their skills and is often, as such, an entertainment. This was not! As we walked from our hotel to the restaurant, we saw many busy places full of happy... More 

1 Thank Marit_Stevens
Western Mass
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

What justifies spending $750 on dinner for two? The food and wine, ambiance and incredible service. Aubergine missed the mark. The food was good, especially the seafood and vegetable dishes. We felt that the meat courses (chicken and rib eye were not up to the same standard. We had the sommelier wine pairing and there was nothing memorable. The service... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$40 - US$50
Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
18:00 - 21:30
18:00 - 21:30
18:00 - 21:30
18:00 - 21:30
18:00 - 21:30
18:00 - 21:30
18:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Monte Verde & 7th Ave., Carmel, CA 93921
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: +1 831-624-8578
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.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?