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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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Sun - Sat 18:00 - 21:30
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Miami Beach, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 

Thank jaimedwgs
Phoenix, Arizona
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174 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

1 Thank Enjoys_Relaxing
California Hot Springs, California
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234 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

2 Thank Brinbri
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 4 weeks ago

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 21 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 

2 Thank Sleepswell
Santa Rosa, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

A very quaint and darling hotel. I imagine what a hotel in a small town of Europe would look like. The staff was so gracious and accommodating. Absolutely a must and I will be back. It was one of the best 2, days I have had in a long time. My husband and I thruly enjoyed ourselves.

Thank Lmparriott
turlock, cali
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

Just wonderful from start to finish. We opted for the Reserve Wine Pairings (French) and were not disappointed. Seamless service. Everything explained with each course as to why each wine was paired with each particular course. Kumomoto oysters were a nice surprise..which I could have had about a dozen more! We were there for my birthday celebration and couldn't have... More 

Thank Travel4GolfAnywhere
Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

My wife and I have had two dinners at Aubergine. We suggest that it is by far the most superior restaurant not only in Carmel, but in the Monterey bay area. Aubergine is intimate, seating possibly 20. The menu is fixed for the evening (though there are alternatives in the courses offered). Similar to other very outstanding restaurants, you are... More 

Thank lawoffah
Carmel, California, United States
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52 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Dining at Aubergine is great for that special occasion. The food is very flavorful and takes advantage of the ingredients that are readily available locally. In addition to the fixed price dinner which included a seafood substituion, we had the cheese plate which 5 very nice cheeses and wonderfully grilled bread. The wine list is extensive and includes selections from... More 

Thank 611rickz
Camas, Washington
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

The tasting menu is just wonderful. One delicious dish after another! Yes, a bit expensive but a nice treat that does make the dining experience very unique and well worth the splurge.

Thank AnnSusanAnn

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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
French, American, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?