Santa Lucia Cafe
Santa Lucia Cafe

Santa Lucia Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.santaluciamonterey.net/
  • Phone: 8313331111x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Breakfast:

    Served Daily: 8:30am - 2:00pm


    Lunch:

    Daily: 11:00am - 2:00pm


    Dinner:

    Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, German, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Uwe Grobecker
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Pearl Street and Bonifacio St
  • Public Transit: Downtown Transit Plaza
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking available right next to the restaurant
A word from Santa Lucia Cafe
Santa Lucia Cafe is the only place in the peninsula providing a German Cuisine with an Italian twist. Thin crusted pizzas baked in an oak wood fired brick oven are hard to find these days and Santa Lucia Cafe has definitely built its reputation for it over the past 15 years.
It has the best German beer selection on tap and authentic German & Italian home cooking with anything from Wiener Schnitzel or Sauerbraten (sweet & sour beef roast) with red cabbage or Potato Pancakes to traditional Italian dishes like Veal Picatta, Spinach Ravioli or Mom's Lasagna giving its menu a broad selection for everybody's liking.
Just a few blocks from the Monterey Marriott and Conference Center, Santa Lucia Cafe is the ideal venue for private parties, events, or a quiet dinner experience.
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Santa Lucia Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
5 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (3)fit for foodies (2)special occasion (2)kid-friendly (2)good for groups (2)great for brunch (1)romantic (1)great for lunch (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • good discovery
    maitred
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    While vacationing in Monterey I wanted to try something different and this was it. The German food items were well prepared, the surroundings were attractive and the service attentive. The beer selection was ample and the pricing was fair.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Brazilero
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We traveled from San Francisco to Monterey with our family that happens to be on of the few Brazilian families of German Italian dissent. We were pleasantly surprised as we enjoyed the company of our Portuguese speaking host and the wonderful food and wine. Obrigado.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent German Food
    mikeb
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I was looking for a new place to take my aunt for her birthday and were delighted we found Santa Lucia Cafe on OpenTable. I felt I was in a German hofbrau, with the open truss ceilings and the general decor. We were there on a quiet night, and the owner's daughter waited on us. She was delightful and attentive, and made a number of excellent suggestions. The menu had both German and Italian specialties -- we stayed with the German food, which was prepared perfectly. A charming place with easy parking.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 2 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.5
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 8 reviews are from the Santa Lucia Cafe reviews archive.
  • A comfortable place
    2PlanePilots
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Greeted by the genial owner/host with a smile and "welcome back" the five of us settled in for a relaxed dinner. Four of us chose from the german side of the menu and all of the schnitzel came with a pork or veal choice, pork was the winner. Schnitzel was crispy on the outside with or without sauce, very nice. House made beef sauerbraten is fork tender and very good. Each dinner came with soup or salad and it is worth the extra two bucks to get spaetzle instead of potatoes (hey, you can get mashed potatoes anywhere). One diner chose from the italian side of the menu and said Mom's Lasagna was very tasty. Wine by the glass is a generous pour and there are reasonable choices and beer on tap. None of us had room for desert.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    tommy
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    First time visit here at Santa Lucia did not disappoint. The schnitzel was tender, the side of red cabbage was succulent, and the mashed potatoes creamy and delicious! Try the apple strudel ala mode like I did or the bread pudding my wife ordered to round out a perfect meal. Oh, and the Spaten beer on tap delivered too! We'll be going back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, much too generous
    RestoluvrVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Good food, much too generous portions. Location is unfortunate. I imagine it might be busier during the work week. Very empty!!! They were setting up for breakfast before we left -- 9:15.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Who Would Have Thought!
    dcarl
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    German & Italian - the food from both sides of the menu was excellent. Had the bacon wrapped scallops and beer brat bites for appetizers. Both were very good. The garlic bread was nothing special but the entrees were excellent - members of our group of 9 ordered dishes from both the German and Italian offerings - all were excellent. The German potato salad and red cabbage sides were particularly good. Then came dessert - both the Apple Strudel and the Banana Pecan Bread Pudding a la mode with delicious. Service was good and they let us choose our own tip rather than adding it to the bill like most restaurants do for groups of 8 or over. Highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious!
    boilerrx
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    Great German food!! Exactly what I was looking for. Very good service and so friendly!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Visited 4 times in 5 days
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Over the course of the Pebble Beach Concorse week we were staying right up the street and visited this great place 4 of 5 days, We were hooked after our first visit and had a completly different meal each night. German first for dinner, next morning for a HUGE omelette, Pizza the next night and finally the lamb shank, one of the best I have ever had
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Eats
    OldenGoldie
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    This was our second visit to Santa Lucia with a large group (7 people). We returned this year because parking is easy, and the food is great. They offer all my favorite German dishes. I like that the owner is there at the restaurant. Our wait person was efficient and attentive enough, but I wish she would have suggested we order a bottle or two of wine instead of individual glasses, because that turned out to be REALLY expensive. The menu gives two prices for wine by the glass. I assumed incorrectly that a glass would be the lesser of the two prices, but it was the higher price, and it was not a generous pour. We will return but will be more savvy about ordering wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    This restaurant is truly a gem. We ordered the German specialties and could not have been more satisfied. I can't wait to return and try the brauts. Yum!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.