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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Cafe Lucia reviews from OpenTable diners
77 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (52)great for outdoor dining (39)neighborhood gem (29)special occasion (21)romantic (18)great for lunch (14)notable wine list (14)good for groups (14)great for brunch (6)late-night find (4)hot spot (4)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • restaurant week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Food was good, had things I never would have ordered normally. One meal was great (pork loin) and the fish meal was ok, just too salty for my taste. Other than that over all was good as we had talked others who really liked it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great authentic Portugese
    Slumpo
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    great authentic Portugese recipes to try something different but other safer items also. desserts are fantastic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing!
    melaniemaria83
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    We dined here on a Tuesday evening. The food, service, and ambience were spectacular. I will definitely recommend this restaurant and will return in the future!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time a Charm
    mosseeVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Great food and service. We visited with friends using the SoCo restaurant week as an excuse and the value was excellent. Kind, attentive service and a relaxed and rather eclectic atmosphere. Of particular note is the wine list with a good but limited selection of Portuguese wines to offset the local choices which are good too. The ports are outstanding and provided a very fitting end to a great meal. We will be returning soon. We plan to visit Portugal soon and this provided a good taste of things to come.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant week find
    mgastwirthVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    I used restaurant week to try out this hidden gem. The food is inventive, well-prepared, tasty, and artistically served. The servers are efficient and friendly. If you have not dined here yet, you should. And if it's been a while, make a point to stop in for dinner or lunch soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Flavorful and different entrees
    HeatherHG
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Not familiar with Porteguese food, I was very pleased and enjoyed all my dishes, I will say that SALT is a ingredient you can expect in many of the dishes, so be warned if you need to moderate it, these dishes were all wonderful, but salt in the fish, olives, etc. is a prime component for that flavor. A must try if you love seafood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious mussels, bad stew
    Gardengirl
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    3/7/14. We couldn't get in until 8 p.m. but when we got there the restaurant was absolutely empty as if they served one party at a time which was a little bizarre. The mussels were flavorful, and the broth was delicious with the crusty garlic bruschetta. The Fisherman's stew was just ok. We live in a Portuguese area of MA this was not the best stew I have had since the shrimp, with head and legs intact, was undercooked and hard to peel leaving me to struggle with it. The rest of the stew including the sea bass was cooked well though, and if you like spicy linguica this is the dish for you. The broth was the best part of the dish. My friend had the whole, I think, Sea Bass which should have been deboned as it was hard to eat bones.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    There's no hiding that Cafe Lucia is one of our favorite places in Healdsburg. That's saying a lot, since there are so many good eats in town. This dinner, of course, started with the chorizo bite from the chef. From there, we noshed on a traditional Portuguese soup and kale salad (it's New Year's diet resolution time) and then moved onto the day's special: a whole roasted fish from the Mediterranean Sea with potatoes, peppers, and tomatoes. Truly divine; and somewhat rare, since we normally don't find whole fish entrees (it's good to know your food). Since we're on that diet kick, we opted for a could of tawny port colheitas (i.e., single-year tawny ports, rather than blends) - 1967 and 1983. The perfect ending to a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great flavors, pretty but not fussy
    ShroomChef
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    No idea if the food is really authentic, I've never been to Portugal, but it feels like it is. Nice presentations and good flavors. The little bites are filling enough to make a meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Find!
    lmybudo
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Not being from the area, Mom and I were looking for a good restaurant and found this one online. The menu sounded good and we were looking for some different cuisine we could not get just any where...we were not disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Service
    galleriaFoodVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The food was great, the service was attentive but not overbearing. They treated my significant other to a wonderful birthday treat. Will definitely return next time we are in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A wonderful find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Wanted to try something new and we were not disappointed. Soup, entres, including the whole fish special, and dessert were delicious. We cleaned our plates. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem
    Lyricguy
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Second time there and will return soon to try other menus items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top of their game
    faheyphoto
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We were seated promptly and were not left unattended for any length of time. Busy night and the restaurant full did not daunt the staff to prepare and serve perfect dinners. This place is what food lovers are seeking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Howard
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Lucy and her daughter Emily make you feel right at home. The food is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great wine country gem
    hwyhawg
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Very nice staff. We metioned in conversation that we were on a gluten free diet. The owner was nice enough to mention it to the server. Food was well presented and perfectly cooked. The scallops were awesome....The next time you are in Headlsburg stop in for an outstanding lunch. You will not be diappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything delicious
    Bert
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    We had a late lunch and so it was very quiet, with outstanding service. Two of us tried the ethnic dishes and were very pleased with our selection. The restaurant is in a hidden alcove, so be sure to search it out. It is well worth many return visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Portuguese Gem!
    Judy
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    My friend and I went to Cafe Lucia last week. I am Portuguese and very proud of my culture and heritage. Cafe Lucia made me very proud. It's got fun ambiance. The food was outstanding. The service was excellent. I can't wait to return. I'm telling all my family and friends about Cafe Lucia.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Portuguese Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    I know Portuguese food. This is a great Portuguese restaurant that not only has excellent food, but also puts you in the right mood with FADO playing in the background. We drove an hour and forty minutes to go to Cafe Lucia for lunch and it was well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    2dine4
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    The food and service were superb. Highly recommend it to everyone. The bread to die for. The fisherman's stew excellent. A new fine for us. Will return again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Lucia: Hidden Gem Healdsburg
    zipchipster
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Tucked away behind the Tasting Room of La Crema is a Hidden Gem of Healdsburg. The Ambience, Food, Wine List, and Service are FIRST CLASS! An Evening at Cafe Lucia will Satiate your Senses and allow your Palette a Pleasing Pursuit of Perfect Pairings of Portuguese Wines and Fantastic Creations that represent the Culinary Majesty the Discerning Diner Deserves!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Agree with other reviews,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Agree with other reviews, that is a gem. Liked it so much went there a second time during my visit to Sonoma. Food was excellent and service was also.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Hidden Gem in Wine Country
    DiningSleuth
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Cafe Lucia is a hidden gem in Wine Country. They have great flavors, presentation and service; wonderful ambiance; and quiet atmosphere. Their contemporary Portuguese/Azorean cuisine includes slight flavor-twists on familiar foods and uniquely Portuguese dishes. Be sure to plan on their devine desserts. Our favorites include short ribs, feijoada, scallops, caldo verde soup, Sao-George cheese, pulled pork, and piri piri fries. Cafe Lucia is one of the best and most satisfying restaurants we have found in Sonoma and Napa counties. Cafe Lucia is a bit hidden, down an open-air walkway from Healdsburg Avenue next to La Crema. Healdsburg parking is problematic on weekends and special occasions; but Cafe Lucia is worth the walk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    KAK2VIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Stopped here after visiting Dry Creek wineries. Service was casual as was the restaurant. Ate in their outdoor, covered lounge area. Mussels with chourico were good. The waitress recommended adding bacon and avocado to the crab flatbread. The bacon over powered the dish. Overall a good lunch.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Excellent all around. Noisy out of town tourist but not the fault of the restaurant. We are destination
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem: Diamond in the Rough
    CLJAKOVIP
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    If you are looking for a great and unique dining experience with great food and service: look no further. We enjoyed the tapa selections as well as the different Portugese wines. This restaurant puts most of the other "well know" and "highly rated" Healdsburg restaurants to shame. Don't miss this hidden gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We go to Cafe Lucia often....always
    Sooz
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We go to Cafe Lucia often....always enjoy bringing friends or just the two of us. Consistently good food and friendly service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent restaurant in Sonoma area
    Shige
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    This restaurant was amazing! We went with my 2 year old daughter, but everyone was so kind to us. Service is outstanding. Food was really tasty and their house wine was also worth to try. We will visit again definitely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • new years eve
    kimc
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Love this Resturant! Great comfort and food. Friendly staff. Great server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2HappyDiners2
    2HappyDiners2
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Really nice ambiance, cozy and tucked away off the main street. Wonderful menu, featuring Portuguese dishes. Staff is very gracious and are happy to answer questions about ingredients and seasoning. We had a perfectly grilled baby squid appetizer, main entree of scallops with, I think, homemade pasta and an entree of baked polenta with seasonal vegetables. They make their own bread as well! Our one disappointment was an order of house cured olives which were pitted. No, no, no. Olives do not cure the same way without the pits. This is becoming the norm in many olive bars as well. I am thinking the lawyers have been allowed into the kitchens. Too bad. Other than this please give this little gem a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good, with hits and misses
    CleanyourplateVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Cafe Lucia is very good -- but it could be better. Some of the food is just missing the mark, but only just. Some was excellent, but some was out of balance (for example, the fisherman's stew was dominated by the chorico, masking some of the more delicate flavors in the dish. Wine list is interesting, with a number of good-value Portuguese choices. Service was generally good, but sometimes the timing was off (a busser wanted to clear the appetizer plate from the table next to ours, even though there was still a lot of food on it and the people were still eating it).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful....
    Henrythe8th
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    This restaurant along with it's sister restaurant La Salette are two of Sonoma County's best and most inventive restaurants. The dishes never fail in flavor, presentation or ingredients. Portuguese food done to this level is one to be reckoned with, you will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Even Better Than Before
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    We have eaten dinner at Cafe Lucia on several occasions. As much as we enjoyed it those times, we found it even better than before this time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have eaten in most of the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    We have eaten in most of the restaurants in Healdsburg but this place is kind of hidden. What a nice surprise. We all chose Portuguese specialties and wine. Our east coast visitor really enjoyed it the food and the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Team Lunch
    TeamAndy
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    I took my office team to Cafe Lucia for our annual Christmas lunch and it was perfect. My team members had never been there before and they loved it. The carrot-ginger soup was excellent and the BACALHAU no FORNO was delicious. The FEIJOADA COMPLETA, ARROZ á VALENCIANA, "FISH & CHIPS," PASTA WITH SEARED DAY BOAT SCALLOPS were huge hits at the table. And it was all perfectly paired with a Portugese wine Docil.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem In Healdsburg
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    Cafe Lucia serves fabulous Portugese food and wine in a beautiful, but hidden spot in Healdsburg. It's just south of the square on Healdsburg Ave., but you need to look for the sign, and head down the nondescript hallway to find their private patio and dining room. Once there, plenty of treasures await. The chef always sends out pre- and post-dinner nibbles, the appetizers and mains are generous and delicious, and the desserts always go well with a port wine flight. And while no meal is complete without bread, their house-made rolls are treat - I've even eaten them for dessert! Check them out - the extra half-block will be well rewarded. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite Food
    ajaren
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Exquisite food, beautiful ambiance, friendly and well informed staff. Love the fact that it is locally owned restaurant, beer is great, husband and I will make this place our date night destination :) .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    This is our favorite restaurant in Healdsburg. The food is terrific. We love it. Enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great, authentic Portuguese
    Derek
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    We were warmly welcomed into this nice spot, hidden down a narrow hallway/laneway on the main street in Healdsburg. It's worth finding this place! We ordered and enjoyed Caldo Verde, Bolinhos de Bacalhau, Sardinhas Assadas and Caldeirada. All of the dishes were spot-on authentic and flavorful. Oh, and the Caramel Trio dessert was heavenly. We were very happy with our whole experience and will return the next time we make it to Healdsburg.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • discover this gem...
    HolmesonHealdsburg
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    As indicated above, the food was outstanding; ditto the service. It is an excellent place to go if you actually want to have a conversation. I only gave four stars for ambience as our table was too close to the table next to us. So much so that their server was noticeably challenged in delivering their food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.