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Marinus - Bernardus Lodge
Marinus - Bernardus Lodge

Marinus - Bernardus Lodge Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.bernarduslodge.com
  • Phone: (831) 658-3400
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Wednesday - Sunday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, French
  • Executive Chef: Cal Stamenov
  • Dress Code: Resort Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Offsite catering and a professional catering consultant are also available for private parties and dinners.
  • Private Party Facilities: Marinus offers three unique environments for Private Dining - The Magnum Room, the Wine Cellar and the Chef's Table.

    The Magnum Room is a private dining room seating up to 12 guests around a large round table. Up to 8 people can dine in splendor while sitting in the Wine Spectator Grand Award of Excellence winning cellar.

    Finally, up to 5 diners can sit at the same table that has hosted Julia Child, Eric Ripert and Leonardo DiCaprio. The Chef's table is a table directly in the kitchen of Marinus where Chef Cal will prepare a meal focusing on the very best ingredients he can find while using your input as inspiration.
  • Private Party Contact: Rizqi Soeharsono (831) 658-3400 x3307

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Laureles Grade
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Marinus - Bernardus Lodge
Marinus features California-Regional cuisine, created by celebrated chef Cal Stamenov, featuring local organic, seasonal produce as well as regional seafood and artisan farmed meats. Taking full advantage of the resort’s pastoral location, the new design artfully combines modern comforts with the natural elegance of Carmel Valley wine country. Hand forged chandeliers and wall sconces from Normandy add drama while freshly-painted walls in soft shades and natural tones have created warmth. In addition to the signature fireplace, cozy custom chairs, linens and drapery have added texture and depth while bringing elements of the outdoors inside

The four-star restaurant has been named Zagat’s “Top Restaurant in Bay Area” and received Wine Spectator magazine’s “Grand Award” since 2001 for its wine cellar. The cellar houses 1,850 different wines and a total of more than 25,000 premium bottles, including 10,000 bottles from the Bernardus Winery & Vineyard near the resort.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Marinus staff and people were exceptional. The food was fantastic and the wine was extrodinary. Michael Marcy and his staff were awesome!!! Great place with great food and great wine!!!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "We had the chefs menu and found it to be good but not worth the price."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We unfortunately missed our original reservation but the restaurant was very gracious in giving us a later time. The service was unrushed and very knowledgable. Great wine list and amazing menu. Everyone in our party of 6 enjoyed their meal. We will definitely return when we are back in the area."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Overall, dining at Marinus was a pleasant dining experience. We were disappointed in one of the entrees because the waiter told us that they were out of a part of an entree and having ordered anyway it was expected that the portion would be a little larger to make up for the one item. That was not the case. The portion was tiny and the chef should have made up for the portion he did not have. Otherwise, the food was delicious and wonderfully presented."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We stayed at the Bernardus Lodge and had heard great things about Marinus. Overall the food was great. However, the service lacked. I'm 6 months pregnant so we opted to not order a bottle of wine. This resulted in the waiter loosing interest in our table and never returning to take any other drink orders or check on us. Instead one of the other staff members helped us and checked on us... Although our original waiter dropped the bill. Kind of took away from the experience. We ordered the chocolate and coffee dessert with meringue. It was amazing and we would highly recommend it but the presentation was not appetizing. All other items were beautifully platted and wonderful."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "The environment is elegant, infused with Carmel Valley hominess. We were treated to an imaginative, excellent all-seafood night. And while we typically choose our own wine pairings, we placed ourselves in the very capable hands of Paul Wetterau. His pairings were inspired. Waitstaff were professional, helpful, friendly; never intrusive."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I ordered duck; entrees took an inordinate amount of time to come out and mine was cold. They made up for it with complimentary wine and desserts."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "A weekend get away became special with our dinner at Marinus. The restaurant is well placed without being too stuffy or structured. Staff was attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. Our meals were terrific. The surprise was that for an ambitious food/wine centric restaurant it escapes fussiness and presents a comfortable environment with generous portion sizes and impressive wines."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "It is wonderful coming back to Marinus. We had the same table as always and it is a wonderful setting. The service is outstanding and the champagne and the wine are just perfect. We always trust the sommelieres recommendation and it has never been wrong. The food is very good coming from regional sources and being very well selected by the staff. If you can make it for a special occasion, this is the place to go."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "This was our second visit, which we looked forward to with high expectations. It is a beautiful setting and we had a perfect corner table. For reasons that were never explained, the serving of our entrees was unacceptably slow, other that saying "sorry for the delay," The duck entree was disappointing but the snapper was quite good. They did provide a complimentary glass of wine during our extended wait."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We did the chef's tasting menu and overall the food was delicious and presentation was excellent. Service was great."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Food: The main dish from the tasting menu was a small piece of lamb the size of a potato chip. Since I requested dairy free, it was basically salt and pepper lamb with 6 'fresh' green peas and an under cook mushroom. The other items from the tasting menu is not worth mentioning. Best dish there, the bread. Service: I walked in with a glass of wine. Told my server I will order after I am done with my glass. They took the wine list after I read over it. I finished my wine, they took my glass, I had to asked for the list again. They came back and took the list away without asking if I wanted to order. My server never came back until I was done with the main dish. Service is on par with Australia."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Creative and talented kitchen paired with knowledgeable sommelier and wait staff make this place a must for anyone interested in fine dining on the monterey peninsula. A small but diverse menu can be expertly paired with fine wine selections from around the globe. If you enjoy wine, and are a little adventurous, skip a bottle and let the sommelier pair each course with one of his choosing. Great way to get out of the typical varietals you are familiar with. This place is a jewel, from the tasteful dining room, beautiful setting, marvelous food and great wines. I had the opportunity to try 2 of the four desserts. The caramel with sea salt dessert was a journey of flavor and textures. Not to be missed if you like salt/sweet "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "wow... the ingredients, the creativeness, the taste, and the excellent service.. oh and the fireplace..."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Marinus for our wedding anniversary. While the food was very good and the wait staff very friendly, the evening was pretty much ruined because of the glacial pacing of the meal. We waited over 20 minutes to talk to the sommelier. It was at least a half hour for the waiter to take our order. An hour and a half passed before we got our first course. When our salads were delivered, we requested that the main course come a little more speedily (rather than another half hour between courses) and it was delivered before we were half way though our salads. The meal was completed at 10:00 PM. We originally sat down at 7:15 PM. We enjoy a leisurely meal, but this was a bit much."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • " The dinner was well paced and extremely enjoyable. The food was excellent and the categories from which to choose were very creative. Drinking wine from grapes that were grown in the vineyard right outside the window was a treat - and it was fabulous! Great special occasion restaurant."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "On a recent visit to Carmel I asked a resident of the valley to suggest his favorite restaurant. I couldn't have been more pleased with his choice! Marinus was atmospheric, and unusually welcoming to a lone diner! I had attention lavished on me; Holly, my server, took excellent care of me and was helpful as well as friendly. There's not one point of the evening that I considered anything less than wonderful. I can't wait to come back!"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We had the tasting menu and split a wine flight. Every single bite and swallow of the amuse bouche of cucumber gaspacho, fresh crab and sashimi with meyer lemon puree, roasted duck with grilled duck liver and date puree, lamb mignon with potato puree, Americbella cheese course, and palate cleaser of lime granite with whole milk yogurt panna cotta, we were "oh wow, mmmmm...." The wine pairings were all spot-on (though the one wine that was not outstanding on its own was Bernardus' own vintage). The only thing I can't comment on was the dessert course, because we were too stuffed -- but it was very pretty and the incredible tawny port they paired with it we somehow found room for. Perfect for celebratory splurge."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "We have dined at Marinus several times before, and once again, we were not disappointed at their quality of food, service and wine list. Every request we had was cheerfully completed with perfection (i.e. amount of salad dressing, temperature of the fish, etc.). In addition, our waitress and the sommelier were delightful and knowledgable without being intrusive or overbearing. We will contine to put Marinus at the top of our list for a fine dining experience whenever we are in the area. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Wonderful menu selections; the kitchen really delivers on the promise of the menu; relaxed but perfect service--and very friendly staff. Happy to go back again and again. Ask for a table near the fireplace!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Food was excellent but the service was spotty . The experience was less than expected."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We decided to make our own tasting menu. The sommelier hooked us up and did an amazing job pairing each dish."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Well meaning server, but uninformed and trying to act as if she knew the answers to my questions. When I asked if there is cream in the risotto, she responded," Well you know risotto is always creamy and buttery." I asked her to check and she returned saying there is no cream in the risotto. The host was dressed very casually, was friendly and warm, but it just didn't set the tone for what we want when we dine in a special, high end restaurant. On a positive note, the food was very good, and we appreciated the complimentary sweets at the end of the meal. I hope the new ownership stays on top of the service in this restaurant, because it is beautiful, reasonable, and the food is high quality. We've had some excellent servers at Wickets."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Great service! Our server was very knowledgable and was able to answer every question we asked her. The food was very good. We did the Chefs tasting with wine pairing and we loved it!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "I do not believe I have ever had the experience of not being able to eat my food in a 4 star restaurant. The flavors were not only strange, they were nauseating. The chef does not understand subtly, but they do understand small portions that are expensive. I note that my husband did not enjoy his food either, but did manage to get it down. It will be a memorable evening though, just not for the right reasons. Sometimes trying to be so unique backfires."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I have dined in Marinus quite a few times and had always been impressed by the food, but not this time. With the fixed price menu, none of the five courses was outstanding. The fish (halibut) was way over-cooked, the lamb did not have much taste. One would expect much better quality given the price they charge. Service was good but not great - the waiter simply had too many tables to look after. My water glass was empty for quite some time without being refilled, until I asked for it. It is a disappointment."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This is a beautiful restaurant with impeccable service, but I found the food fell a bit short considering the exorbitant prices. Portions are very small. What had a "wow?" The mushroom soup, the fresh breads, the shaved brussel sprouts (side dish to the duck). What was NOT a "wow?' the highly touted duck entree was decent, but not even close to duck we've had elsewhere. This dish had more fat than expected and was a bit too chewy. The beet salad was decent, but not nearly ad good as we've experienced elsewhere. The wine list is substantial, almost daunting. The sommelier suggested decent wines, but never below $150 until prompted. The wine we selected was outstanding. Water is a charged item. Overall pleasant, but not perfect."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We had the tasting menu here last Saturday evening. We stayed at the hotel so it was a relaxing meal and then a two-minute walk to our room. Food was great and service was friendly. The sommelier seemed a bit new. He brought the wrong wine over initially until I pointed out the mistake. This was easily fixed and he was friendly about it. I asked a bit about another wine on the by-the-glass list and felt the description was nothing like the wine when I tasted it. Based on the description I didn't want to try it but figured I would. The wine was lovely. We would visit again if staying nearby."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "The restaurant does dining in an old-school way that remembers the ideal of focusing on presentation, portion, and people. From remembering the customers who have been there before (despite not having any frequent dining program...and not needidng one) to making sure special requests and personal preferences/requirements are all managed with class and style. The atmosphere is usually quiet - this evening was not such a case, however as there was a large LOUD party that got louder and louder as the evening went on. Even so, the staff made sure everyone was treated wonderfully. The food? One word...DELICIOUS! Presentation and taste are all top-notch. Try the 6-7 course with wine paring. sommolier wont dissapoint! Top nods to Rizqi and Paul!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We had been to Marinus before and loved it but hadn't been there for several years. It is better than ever. Elegant without being stuffy. Service is friendly but not intrusive. Food is exquisite. Had been to another highly rated Carmel restaurant the night before and the food was a hot mess trying to be trendy. At Marinus the food is prepared with great restraint so that the flavors compliment each other without negating the high quality of the ingredients. Desserts are whimsical and delicious. The Bernardus wine was luscious. Overall, a memorable evening in a beautiful setting."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Great restaurant for a special occasion. We celebrated our anniversary at Marinus, my table request was fulfilled and we were treated with attentive service all evening. The food courses were delicious as were the wine parings. Well worth the money."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Four of us dined at Marinus on a Friday night. The setting was lovely and service was very attentive. My only service issue was an "undercurrent" of bother when we first arrived and requested a couple of minor comfort things (chairs etc). That said, service was otherwise good. However the food was not outstanding. It didn't compare to a several course lunch at Sierra Mar (post Ranch) , or Dinner at Roy's (Spanish Bay), yet we paid much more. The amuse bouchée and palate cleansing sorbet (served gratis) was better than my appetizer or entree. Others in our party of four raved over the crab salad but nothing else. The desserts were the best - tasty and different). I'm afraid Marinus did not live up to the reviews I read. We won't go back."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "One of the best restaurants in Northern California. The entire staff provided us with a very memorable anniversary dinner. From a custom menu to terrific and creative dining options. Highly recommend this restaurant for anyone celebrating a special occasion or looking for a memorable dining experience."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "We had a celebratory staff dinner & it was a meal to remember- elegant without any stuffiness, fun without a single detail overlooked. On behalf of our entire party, we look forward to our next "excuse" to return. Just fyi- We had the tasting menu with wine pairings and suggest you do likewise- highly recommend!!"
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "The tasting menu and wine pairing were outstanding. Service,especially the wine steward, was excellent. Best meal we've had in a long time. Can't wait to go again."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Marinus is an outstanding restaurant. Food goes above and beyond, service is impeccable and the ambiance is very romantic. We consider it the best restaurant in the Carmel area."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "There is nothing to fault about yhis outstanding restaurant. We had the tasting menu and were thrilled with the food. The service had the perfect level of attention and the service team worked together better than i have ever seen. Kudos."
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Excellent in every way -- a top-tier, high-class restaurant, worth driving to from Carmel (or farther away!)."
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "Exceeded my expectations. On par with fine European restaurants. Classic dining in upscale, romantic room. Creative kitchen, fresh ingredients, ample wine selections -- some good values on list and also some top of the charts stuff. Not stuffy, friendly and very attentive service. We recently moved to area and this will be a place we will return to for special occasions and some times just for a wonderful night out. Going to try the Lodge's bistro soon and expect it will be a good informal option for lighter fare."
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "Three of us had dinner at Marinus-Bernadus. The service was wonderful. The wine (Bernadus 2009 Pinot Noir) was excellent. The only problem I had was with the Abalone. It was very tough, and I have never had Abalone like that before. I was told that it was a new dish. Aside from that, the food was first rate"
    Dined on 11/7/2013