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Marinus - Bernardus Lodge
Marinus - Bernardus Lodge

Marinus - Bernardus Lodge Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.bernarduslodge.com
  • Email: rsoeharsono@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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "Superb from start to finish. We dined on a Sunday evening when Chef Cal was not in the kitchen yet it was a flawless experience in every way. The team executes with a symphony of experience. The recently re-designed dining room is wine country chic, comfortable, elegant but not stuffy in any way and a harmonius match with the farm to table artisan cuisine.We enjoyed a table in front of the fire and lingered late into the evening course by course without feeling rushed in any way. Barnardus Lodge and Marinus is located just 20 minutes from C by the Sea and a dining must for visiting foodies to the area and a perfect little gem to runaway to."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "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
  • "You might think that eating at another restaurant the night after having dined at a certain 3 Michelin star restaurant over in Napa Valley would be a recipe for disappointment. This gem of a restaurant in the very beautiful Bernardus Lodge was no disappointment. It outshone its rival in terms of the overall experience, the attentiveness of the service, value for money, and even the food. We had a truly magical and personalized experience dining there, which culminated in being taken out to the kitchen to meet the chef, and admire the chef's table area complete with Julia Child autograph on the wall. If you are near Carmel, do not miss this place."
    Dined on 8/28/2013
  • "Since moving to Central California from Chicago, we have been missing a certain level of dining experience. We aren't food snobs, but honestly, you come to expect a certain level of service and a certain level of thought in a menu. Being in Central California exposes us to a lot of high quality ingredients, so we expected a lot of high quality food - and Marinus delivers! The food is amazing, thoughtfully prepared and the servers were knowledgeable and never in a rush if we had questions. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Every single person was exceptional. There was no lack of attention but not overly so. The food was amazing with presentation to match. Can't wait to come back."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "We have been here several times before. If we are in the Monterey Peninsula this is the restaurant of choice for special occasions. It has been redecorated and is beautiful with a welcoming fire and welcoming personnel. The drinks (cocktails) are excellent and the wine list if quite good, especially for whole bottles. The amuse gueles were good and the entrees were excellent. The tasting menu was too extensive to consider. You would have to really be fasting to do it. Attentive wait staff and all in all a very satisfying way to celebrate one's 44th wedding anniversary."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "It was my birthday dinner and Marinus made it special. I had my own personalized menu, which I kept, and I also got a birthday card from the staff. Service was excellent and the food delicious. Notable was the beet salad, delicious and rich portobello mushroom soup, turbot and venison loin. It is a special place and a birthday highlight. A great dinner and evening."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "I loved the food; it was exquisite. The service was impeccable. We opted for the wine pairing menu. The white wines are too dry for my taste."
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "My husband and I went here for his birthday. The restaurant is quiet, romantic, elegant, and cozy - and CLASSY. There is a beautiful ambiance with a large 12-foot fireplace and just enough tables for this restaurant to showcase its exclusivity. The food was absolutely amazing - top quality - a true masterpiece (we have eaten at many fine dining places). You may bring your own wine even though their wine list is extensive and superb. The service is wonderful and the staff is delightful. We are definitely going to return soon! The food is exquisite and the portions are a very good size so you will be full at the end of your meal as opposed to many "fancy" places that have small portions. We were thoroughly pleased - what a gem!"
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "One of the best dining experiences ever! From start to finish the service, food and wine were exceptional. So glad we came and we will definitely be back."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Excellent food, wonderful amuse and intermediate dish complimentary. Romantic seating near the giant fire place. Amidst vineyard and gardens. But portions are small and the wines at least 3 times retail. Wines below $100 dollar very limited, none below $50. Husbands birthday well acknowledged with complimentary sweets and named menu card. Good for special occasion."
    Dined on 10/6/2013
  • "FIRST CLASS RESTAURANT---SERVICE EXCELLENT--FOOD UNBELIEVABLY GOOD--THE TRUE SKILL OF THE CHEF COMES THROUGH WITH EACH AND EVERY COURSE."
    Dined on 10/2/2013
  • "Everything was perfect, black truffle risotto was one of the highlights of my meal. We will make a visit to Marinus on our next trip."
    Dined on 8/21/2013