Cafe Lucia
Cafe Lucia

Cafe Lucia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafelucia.net/
  • Phone: (707) 431-1113
  • 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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Cafe Lucia reviews from OpenTable diners
83 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (55)great for outdoor dining (44)neighborhood gem (28)romantic (24)special occasion (21)notable wine list (19)good for groups (16)great for lunch (14)great for brunch (6)late-night find (6)hot spot (6)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • 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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    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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 40 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 221 reviews are from the Cafe Lucia reviews archive.
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    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
    • Food
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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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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.
    Special Features:
    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 !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad we found it
    Valentinesday
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    A little hard to find down the alley but well worth it. The food and wine were great. prices were reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Travel without a passport
    Lastvisit
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Why isn't this place mobbed. The food is absolutely superb and the service is flawless. It's like taking a trip to Portugal without the jet lag. Don't miss one of the port flights with dessert.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Secret retreat
    kw4dinner
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Away from the bustle of Healdsburg Avenue and all the restaurants, tasting rooms, boutiques and tourists is Cafe Lucia. It's down a small alley which leads to a sheltered outdoor patio perfect for drinks and/or dining. The food is very authentic Portuguese faire. The portions are generous and come hot to the table. Waitstaff was very efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Meal
    Sunshine
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    My friend was visiting from out of town and we had a "girls night out" starting with dinner here. My friend is an incredibly picky eater and can't have certain spices and herbs - Cafe Lucia was incredibly accommodating. I on the other hand can eat anything. We both LOVED our meals!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a treat!
    3folkseatingout
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    A wonderful find in Healdsburg! We had lunch here as a preparation for a trip to Portugal and it was a culinary delight. The wine list was a great blend of Portugese and Calif. fine wines. Not a long list but top quality at reasonable prices. The seafood dishes we had were exceptionally well prepared and presented by a very competent kitchen. The chef is home trained and CIA, St. Helena, trained. What a bright future the 23 year chef has. Tasty food, well presented, friendly staff...a winner all around!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uncommon Menu and Excellent Food
    Levny1
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This restaurant stands out from the crowd for its boldness in embracing the vibrant flavors of Portuguese cuisine, and it satisfies with food that is consistently and superbly prepared. It's one of those places where the broad scope of dishes on the menu makes ordering difficult. The sardines with warm onions were the best I've had outside of Europe. The patio is quiet and pleasant, and the dining room is very comfortable.
    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.
  • Overpriced with mediocre food
    Fair
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    The setting is nice and we anticipated a great meal. The waitress forgot to order our appetizer, so the entrees came without it. The food presentation was beautiful, but the first thing that caught our attention was the quantity. The entrees were unusually small. The Fisherman's Stew contained 1 tiny scallop, 2 overcooked unshelled prawns, 5 clams (2 were empty), 2 mussels, 1 thin slice of linguica & no lobster. The waitress brought us a sample of the appetizer we missed, "courtesy of the chef," but the scallop was essentially raw and tasteless and we were grateful by that time that the waitress forgot the place the order. We were very disappointed in Cafe Lucia and would never, ever recommend it. A total waste of time and money!
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  • Special Food and Service
    HollandBay
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    My second time here. Love the bacalau but this time I had the vegetarian dish which was very tasty and just the amount I wanted. Friends had a beet salad and a pork dish which they raved about. An excellent bottle of Portuguese wine with dinner made everything perfect.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Portuguese goodies
    Rizzimplestulskin
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Open Table bills Cafe Lucia as Mediterranean, but it's actually Portuguese, with one Brazilian dish on the menu. Wife and I had the whole sea bass (a special), feijoada completa (that one Brazilian dish) and sangria, all exceptionally good. The beans in the feijoada were deliciously porky. Farofa, usually served in a little pile of unappetizing dry, crunchy powder, was instead scattered lightly over the beans, adding a nice crunchy texture. The rice had been formed into a wee tower, made toasty on the sides somehow and adorned with something akin to pico de gallo and a bit of dill. Fantastic. The fresh-baked rolls were unique, very tasty. Plus they brought out a tiny appetizer, and a tasty little coconut-crusted cashew as a finish, free.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We drove from Lake County to try Cafe Lucia for Mother's Day because of the type of food offered. We enjoyed it very much, food and wine were yummy. The oversized couch chairs were not so comfortable, but I snagged a second pillow and it was better. Background music was perfect, soft and not overwhelming.
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    special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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  • Hidden Gem!
    SadieB
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Came here for Mother's Day - I was expecting to have a hard time finding a good place for reservations, but Cafe Lucia was wide open! We arrived early, as we drove from out of town - but we're seated right away, no problem. I love that this place is tucked away, it's nice and quiet, and it's a great place to get away from the crowds. The food was spectacular. And beautiful. Definitely recommend!
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Had to wait 20 minutes past our reservation time for our table. Food was tasty and nicely presented. While they attempted to accommodate my food allergy, their limited menu made it difficult.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Dinner was fabulous. Staff was very friendly. Cant wait to go back.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Awesome food
    amorecomer
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    If you want great food, good service and a beautiful ambiance, this is the place to go. I always love the scallops, my husband always has to do the Mediterrean White Sea Bass, offered frequently as a special. My son, a teenager, isn't as keen with seafood, just loves the steak. There is a something on the menu for everyone, even vegetarians. I rarely ever have dessert, but it is a "must" as Cafe Lucia is you have a sweet tooth. They are the best desserts that I have ever had! An awesome way to wrap up a wonderful dinner. (Great to share too).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Is the art of good service lost?
    PaloAltoSweetie
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The food was good (though not exceptional), but the service was almost laughably bad. The waitresses interrupted us mid-conversation multiple times. They reached across us. One brought us food without clearing the appetizer plates (requiring us to quickly stack them up ourselves). Another didn't have the answers to basic questions about the menu. A third asked me if I wanted more water as I was in the middle of drinking, instead of just waiting until I set the glass down. They cleared the plates while one in our party was still eating. On and on like that. Completely lacking in grace. We were laughing about it by the end - it was so awful. Is the art of good service lost? For an expensive restaurant, I expect far better.
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    Fit For Foodies
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  • Fabulous Food!!!
    DeeKevVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Will certainly be back to try more dishes. Had lunch here with a friend from out of town & every bite we had was delicious. A surprising combination of flavors combined to form California Portugese food to die for.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always A Good Experience!
    Sooz
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We come to Cafe Lucia often and love to share it with friends who have not found this gem that is tucked away. We enjoy sitting outside - heaters help on the cooler evenings, but fewer people and easier to talk. Food is always good and the people (Lucy and servers) are always very nice. We like that!
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    Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We will return
    mosseeVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We enjoy Cafe Lucia. The menu is interesting, well prepared and well served. The restaurant is small and can be very noisy making it difficult to talk at times.
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    Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food not great
    HeathVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    We were served the steak and it was completely burned on one side. They served it to us anyway. Even after mentioning it to our server he did nothing to correct the situation or make up for it in any other way.
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