Cafe Lucia
Cafe Lucia

Cafe Lucia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafelucia.net/
  • Phone: 7074311113x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: M-F 11:30am-2:30pm

    Lunch: Sa-Su 11:30 am-3:00p

    Dinner: M-F 5:00pm-9:00pm

    Dinner: Sa-Su 3:00pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Portuguese
  • Executive Chef: Manuel Azevedo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Email inquiries to info@cafelucia.net

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Matheson
  • Public Transit: Healdsburg Avenue
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking 1/2 block away. Turn west off Healdsburg Avenue onto Matheson Street. There are other public lots within walking distance
A word from Cafe Lucia
Just steps away from Healdsburg’s landmark plaza, Café Lucia offers Cozinha Nova Portuguesa
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Cafe Lucia reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelQuiet
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (56)great for outdoor dining (47)neighborhood gem (25)special occasion (23)romantic (22)great for lunch (19)good for groups (17)notable wine list (16)great for brunch (6)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (3)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The restaurant was highly recommended and perhaps we were expecting too much. I thought the food, while tasty, was overpriced for the amount provided and service was slow and spotty (entrees were not served at same time and we had to go to the host to pay our bill. Still, an interesting experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food does not live up to the decor
    out2lunch
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was not as good as we had hoped or anticipated from other diners' reviews. The portions are very small and the food was over-salted. The flavors were not what we had expected. The service was attentive but a little "stiff". The wine selection was minimal considering it is in the heart of Sonoma Wine Country, and there were even fewer beer/ale choices. The patio and the interior dining room are very pleasant, but the food does not live up to the decor.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Outside ambience and service were very good. We ordered small plate starters, salad, and sea bass. Our olives seemed like they came right from the self-serve area at Safeway. Not special at all. Heirloom tomato salad had odd hummus as a base, really didn't complement the tomatoes. One tomato was heirloom, not the other. Sea bass was excellent but the kale and corn garnish missed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disapointed
    Suzy
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Love to introduce friends to this hidden gem. Service is prompt, perfect for lunch hour. Thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Portuguese in America
    TheDonald
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    1 amuse Bouche of clear cucumber soup - a spicy delight 2. Tiny bites in ramekins - almonds, Spanish ham, lupini beans, fried goat cheese, walnut bread - excellent and all for $17 3. Two soups in one bowl - puréed cantaloupe and honeydew with mango inlay. Created by pouring the two melons in at the same time. Cool man. 4. Monterey bay sardines. First time I have had NOT canned sardines. Head and bones were easily disposed of. 5. Whole sea bass in a stew of red peppers, tomatoes and a modicum of piri piri peppers. Pre cut just right so that bone disposal was a snap!. Soooo satisfying. 6. Portuguese port for dessert. Floated home on a sea of contentment.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • Exciting Cafe Lucia-a gem!
    Inverness
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Late lunch at Cafe Lucia was the most exciting meal of our special celebratory anniversary weekend. We were warmly welcomed, staff knowledgeable, attentive. Great food, attractively served included Portuguese, Brazilian, to CA/Italian. Complementary shot of tomato water plus lovely. At the end of the meal a surprise serving of champagne.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • amazing!
    StellaVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Delicious and authentic food served by some of the best people I've seen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    My bottle of wine (a pinot noir) arrived so warm I had to ask for it to be put in the freezer for 10 minutes. The food was only OK. For the fresh sardine appetizer the sardines were quite large and had a strong "fishy" flavor. The pork roulade was over cooked and dry although it came with a very tasty, rich demi glaze like sauce. Sadly mediocre overall.
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  • Great discovery
    CaliforniaJean
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Loved our dinner here last night. Beautiful indoors and out, and the food (and prices) made us want to go back and try more yummy things the next time. The feijoada was especially good. I would have liked the octopus to be more simply prepared (grilled with lemon and garlic?), but the rest of the tascas were delicious. Like I said, we will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome Food and Ambience
    amorecomer
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Cafe Lucia is a total neighborhood gem. With awesome food for everyone and great service. I feel very fortunate that it is part of our community.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food & Service excellent
    MegT
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was delicious, memorable & well-presented. Our server was very knowledgeable & personable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Portugese Delight
    JimS
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We tried Cafe Lucia in Healdsburg because we have been to Portugal and wanted to see how Portugese food here compared to there. We were not disappointed! The patio looked inviting but it was chilly so we ate inside. We were promptly greeted by our waiter who soon brought a delicious amuse bouche (sp?). The meal was very good with nicely spiced pork, fish, and scallops. Our waiter paced things well. It all brought back fond memories of Portugal.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nuevo Portuguese
    luv2dine
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I had the herb fettuccine with scallops. It was great, al dente tossed with parmesan, cherry tomatoes and small, succulent chunks of chorizo. My wife had the sea bass, also excellent, with a light, white wine based sauce. The tomato, mozzarella salad in olive oil was also great. The decor, service and ambience were all memorable. Easily 4.5 out of 5 stars, and paradoxically family and foodie. One of many great restaurants in the crown jewel of wine country.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is a hidden gem
    MfishesqVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Down a little street from ally lies one of the most unique and tantalizing dining experience we have enjoyed. Cafe' Lucia boast a fresh local ingredient infused Portuguese dining experience that will tantalize your taste buds. While it was too cold to sit outside that evening, their quiet outdoor dining spot has promise on a beautiful day or evening. Don't miss thi one!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dining
    Vinnie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We chose Cafe Lucia because we wanted something different and authentic. We ordered a Brazilian Beef dish cooked slowly with black beans and a pork and seafood special. Both entrees were quite good and something we would not cook ourselves. Exactly what we were looking for. The service was excellent and we were greeted and seated by the owner. We will definitely be back when we visit Sonoma County. The only thing I would recommend is keep advertising and promoting Lucia. It is located a bit off the street and no one can see the lovely outdoor area until they walk well into the block. Perhaps an easel and poster would help with a picture of the restaurant. Lovely place and we want them to stay in business!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Portuguese cuisine!
    2PortageeGals
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We are both Portuguese and have grown up eating Portuguese food, so this restaurant has been on our list to try. When we arrived, we noticed there were two seating areas, inside the restuarant and a patio courtyard. Since it was our anniversary, we chose to sit in the quiter restaurant area, but the patio really looked like fun. We started with a great wine and the sardine appetizers. Scrumptuous. For the main courses, we chose feijoada and Alentejo-style pork and clams. Our dessert was a trio of caramel-flavored goodies. A perfect ending. In fact, everything was SO good we purchased the beautiful cookbook for sale in the restaurant. We've been to Portugal many times, trust us, this is the real deal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVELY OUTDOOR LUNCH
    ItIsI
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Great outdoor patio. great service. delicious portugese lunch. especially tripe and beans, octopus appetizer, ice cream and sorbet plate (not portugese)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Put on the top of your list!
    ABrownNJ
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We hadn't seen a lot of mention about this restaurant, but being curious about the Portuguese menu, we wanted to try it. Wow! Don't hesitate to put this on your list of top restaurants in the area! The food was out of this world, and we could have eaten anything on the menu which made it hard to choose. I requested one change to what I ordered, and they graciously accommodated that. Wine list was fun with the ability to order flights to taste. Fantastic spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Refined Portuguese cuisine
    gv0404
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Don't be fooled with "cafe" in the restaurant's name. Perfectly prepared and presented dishes, desserts to die for, the wine list with good selection of Portuguese and Sonoma wines. It's a bit different from what one can experience in Lisbon, but it's very Portuguese nevertheless. Strongly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food and service were very good. Very few customers, though.
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  • Enjoyable break from Wine Tasting
    MaryDVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Cafe Lucia was a lovely restaurant right off the square in Healdsburg. We arrive later in the day and were treated very well by a friendly and attentive waitress. The food was excellent and it was a quiet off the main road setting. You might be a bit daunted since it is hidden in a plaza but one could eat inside or outside and enjoy the decor. They had strings of lights overhead on the patio so it does make me wonder if it would be a nice spot for dinner. I highly recommend trying Cafe Lucia.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top quality
    BaywandererVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Highly sophisticated and tasty food in a lovely setting.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service, delicious food
    TerrificTraveler
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The food here was exquisite. All of us (6) thought it tasted marvelous. I had a great fisherman's stew full of lovely fresh shellfish. However, I would have been happier if they had paid more attention to sustainable sources for their seafood. My vegetarian companion had the vegetarian entree, an egg in a next of squash. He said it was great, but was still hungry after eating it.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WedontneednonicknamesVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The Portugese wines by the glass were nicely chosen.The cucumber amuse was interesting,different and very tasty.The tomato gazpacho was excellent as was the mussels.The New York Steak was expertly prepared (Portugese style) and the pork and clam special was great too.The desserts were to die for! The trio of chocolates was scrumptious as was the four sorbets.We will be back again.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • FinerThingsInLife
    FinerThingsInLife
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I recently visited Cafe Lucia with a friend for dinner, actually my friend, very much alive, and lively, had a delightful, very flavorful sea bass dish, and I dawdled over a fantastic shellfish bisque, a joy to the palate. The food was exceptional, the ambience was restful, and romantic, and relatively quiet, acoustically, for a very popular place, on a Saturday night in Healdsburg, unusual, and wonderful. We found we could actually carry on a quiet, if animated, conversation, and not have to guess every third word! The server was very attentive, and knowledgeable about fine cuisine, and Portuguese in particular. The chef started us with a complimentary palate-awakening 'shooter', a remarkable "salad in a shot glass"! "Top knotch!" ;D
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is a very nice Portugese restaurant. The food was super, with lots of authentic options. It was quirt and comfortable, with an outside seating area. Service was excellent, attentive and friendly. Prices were also reasonable. What's not to like?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find
    time2eat
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This restaurant is a hidden gem in Healdsburg down an alley and could easily be missed. The food is beautifully prepared and delicious. We have had several meals there and all have been a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rude hostess, walked out
    sunchaser
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We arrived early for our reservation and were given a choice of indoors or out. We choose out since it was a beautiful evening and were seated on the patio, where we quickly discovered it was a wind tunnel. After shivering for 10 minutes (with no further contact from the waiter) I asked the hostess to be reseated inside. She said we were late for our reservation, apparently having forgotten leaving us out in the wind. I pointed out we had been there at that point for easily 20 minutes and it was just 5 minutes past our reservation time, but she said there was nothing inside and we could wait 30 minutes if we wanted to move. If she had been even an iota sympathetic we might have stayed, but as it was we left. And won't be back.
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  • Disappointing!
    TobyVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food did not live up to the menu. Flavors were not as vibrant as menu suggested. My dish with pork, beef, sausage and black beans was short on meat and black beans lacked flavor. Overall our party of 6 was disappointed. After a pre-dinner perusal of the menu on the Internet/ Trip Advisor and 2 of our group having experienced Portuguese food in Portugal, the food and flavors did not live up to our expectations.
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  • LindyRochelle
    LindyRochelle
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Delicious. Nonalcoholic appertif and desert extras. Gourmet. Portions a little small. Very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LMRONEVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We had a delightful Sunday lunch on the patio. The restaurant was very quiet. I enjoyed fresh gazpacho and an unusual Dungeness crab pita melt sandwich and my wife enjoyed beautifully prepared scallops.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Very good, across the board!
    sffoodie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Haven't had Portuguese food before, so we were happy to try Cafe Lucia, based on other reviews. A good combination of rustic specialties (like the cod & potato casserole) and lighter offerings, such as pasta with scallops and linguica. The heirloom tomato salad looked delicious, and I enjoyed my kale salad--both warm and cool, spicy and sweet. Dessert (the passion fruit special, with fig cake and mango) was a delight. Very attentive service, not too intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So many tastes!!!!!
    Murph
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The food was very, very good! I wanted to give 5 stars for both food and service but the feijoada was gristly and my side dish was served in-between appetizer and entrée because the kitchen "made it too early." We sat in the patio which was a really cool space but it needed some background music. All in all I will definitely return and recommend.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem in Healdsburg!
    SofiVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Ambiance is modern yet warm and relaxing. Menu imaginative and food pleasing to the eye and just delicious. The Portugese influence adds that extra flavor and texture to quality ingredients. The Portugese wine flight options are a great value and just adds to the experience. Service both friendly and professional, a rare combination. It's a must stop for dinner or lunch in Healdsburg. In town but a little hard to find for some folks but worth the effort.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicates
    ckwokVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    foods are delicate and worth a try, the patio seating is great on a warm day. service is good also
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    fit for foodies
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  • Must miss
    BarbaraVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The sangria tasted like kool-aid and the entrees were so over salted they were not edible. With so many amazing restaurants in Healdsburg I don't see how they will survive. Have eaten here 3 times - tried to give this place a fair chance. Done with it.
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  • Thank's to Jen
    billsVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I took my clients, who live in Healdsburg, to Cafe Lucia for lunch on Weds, June 25th. I know of both of the Chef/owners restaurants - Lucia and LaSalette in Sonoma - but hadn't been to either. As my clients lived in Healdsburg & hadn't been to Lucia it seemed like the perfect opportunity. We arrived & were greated warmly. Jen was our server. We ordered Portuguese wine to start & then 3 entrees. The Fishermans Stew, Pasta w/Day Boat Scallops & Feijoada Completa. Each of the entrees was meticulously prepared & plated and all were delicious. We enjoyed desserts, the Chocolate & Caramel which were a chocolate mousse w/gelee & chocolate sorbee & the creme brulee w/caramel chocolate ice cream & pecan boat. simply wonderful. I will return !!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    edsanfranVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Had lunch with a few friends and everything was perfect. Started off with some soft and tasty rolls, and the entrees were substantial and completely delicious. We had the linguini with scallops, paella, and the pork special. It could not have been lovelier. Highly, highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden little gem in Healdsburg
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I have lived in Healdsburg for 24 years, and have never experienced a restaurant quite like Cafe Lucia. From the romantic lighting, to the outdoor seating, they make every meal there spectacular. I eat here often because I know I will have amazing attentive service from their wonderful servers, and I know that my meal, made by Jason their chef (who will come out and made sure things are just how you want them), is always made fresh and cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely delicious food
    sharons
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I came home and put a review on Trip Advisor right away. There were 3 of us for lunch, and we all agreed that the food was incredibly good. The Portuguese rolls, the soup, the mussels, the entrees, the desserts. This was our first time there, and we will definitely go again!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.