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Cafe Lucia
Cafe Lucia

Cafe Lucia Details

  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Food was delicious, memorable & well-presented. Our server was very knowledgeable & personable."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Great outdoor patio. great service. delicious portugese lunch. especially tripe and beans, octopus appetizer, ice cream and sorbet plate (not portugese)"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The food and service were very good. Very few customers, though."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Highly sophisticated and tasty food in a lovely setting."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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"
    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?"
    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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Delicious. Nonalcoholic appertif and desert extras. Gourmet. Portions a little small. Very friendly."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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 !!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "A little hard to find down the alley but well worth it. The food and wine were great. prices were reasonable."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "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! "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014