cafe luna / carmel mountain – san diego, ca

I was all set to have dinner with Liz one Tuesday night when Alyssa texted me and asked what I was doing for dinner. This lead to a nice impromptu dinner with Liz, Alyssa and Heather, which was a nice surprise for all of us as we don’t really see each other as often as we’d like to. Yay friends! Yay dinner!

We decided after some debate to stick close to the area we were in and went to a place called Cafe Luna in Carmel Mountain. It’s a little Italian place in the same shopping center as BevMo, but it’s tucked in the back with a few other eateries and an Irish pub.

Heather’sย been to Cafe Luna tons of times (the waitress knew her) and totally vouched for this place, so we knew to expect goodness for our tummies.


The first item we received to munch on was some tasty, herby focaccia bread. It came with their own dipping sauce – a red sauce that was pretty tasty. I couldn’t tell you what was in it though, all I know it that it was red, it went on my bread, and it tasted good. Pardon my out of focus picture. It was a little dark in there and I hate using the flash (I don’t need to draw any attention to myself, thank you).

We waited a long time for our food. Heather said it was unusual to wait that long for food arrival, so it must have just been some kind of fluke. But I thought I’d mention it anyway. There you go.


I ordered the Penne con Salcicia, $13. It’s pasta with a white wine cream sauce and crumbled Italian sasuage. I thought this was very good – the sasuage didn’t overpower the rest of the dish and was a good accompaniment to the whole dish. The white wine cream sauce was also very good – it didn’t taste really heavy for a creamy kind of sauce. We also all got a kick out of the name written in paprika. A nice little touch to give character to the place.

Yummy pasta! Awesome friends! = a good night.

Cafe Luna
11040 Rancho Carmel Dr Ste 2
(between Carmel Mountain Rd & Windcrest Ln)
San Diego, CA 92128
(858) 673-0077

Author: Mary

Mary is a San Diego native and has been a food blogger for 12+ years. She is an avid reader, a lover of puppies, and loves trying new food. Foods she loves: sweets, peanut butter, pasta, Triscuit crackers with cream cheese, and extra nuts on top of her sundaes. Food she dislikes: pickles, really spicy food, runny eggs, olives, and too much arugula.

3 Replies to “cafe luna / carmel mountain – san diego, ca

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