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Cafe Lucia

4.5
718 reviews
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$30 and under
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Portuguese
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  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Just steps away from Healdsburg’s landmark plaza, Café Lucia invites you to a leisurely meal in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere made warm and cozy by hanging canvas prints of landscapes and scenery from the Azores and Portugal, and the wooden tables fashioned from old wine boxes. Enjoy a casual lunch in the courtyard or and evening meal served al fresco with Fado, the tradional music of Portugal, playing in the background. Best of all, of course, is the genuinely caring service and food, which will leave you completely sated yet somehow craving more.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Portuguese, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Wed–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Sat 11:30 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Wed–Fri 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(707) 431-1113
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Manuel Azevedo
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Catering
Email inquiries to info@cafelucia.net
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Matheson
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Parking details
Parking 1/2 block away. Turn west off Healdsburg Avenue onto Matheson Street. There are other public lots within walking distance
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Public transit
Healdsburg Avenue
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Cinco de Mayo - Special Menus & Offers

Café Lucia will be open our normal hours and serving our regular menu on Cinco de Mayo.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Café Lucia will be open our normal hours and serving our regular menu on Mother's Day.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 718 People Are Saying
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4.5
food
4.4
service
4.3
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4.2
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Anniversary

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I ordered two appetizers but they did not come together and I had to wait quite a while for the second. The server should have asked me if I expected the two to come together or in sequential.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Cafe Lucia serves Portuguese food in a lovely urban setting. However, the portions are very small for the price. Service was outstanding and the wine list is interesting with Portuguese wines we don't often see. Give it a try if you are not too hungry or else order an appetizer as well as an entree.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

As always, outstanding. Do not miss the kale salad.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

The food was flavorful, original, delicious and we loved the Portuguese wine pairings.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Enjoyed Cafe Lucia with four friends for lunch. We ordered a variety of their menu options including soups, salads and seafood entrees. The food was delicious, presented beautifully and served by a friendly and competent wait staff. I tried the kale salad and Portuguese Seafood Stew, both delicious. We will return again.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Birthday lunch was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Service was a little slow from the start (we were ignore for quite a few minutes after seating and we did not know who our server was) but once we flagged down our waiter (Frank) the service was excellent. He was very attentive to our table and went out of his way to provide appropriate stemware for our wines.

All of our dishes were delicious and cooked perfectly.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Very nice ambiance. European feel. Cozy. Additional dining in a covered outdoor setting. Very nice. Go for Happy Hour!

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2018

An excellent and unique menu and high quality ingredients.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Really nice restaurant, superb and authentic portuguese food - wonderful!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Wonderful food, great presentation, great service, overall an excellent experience.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Very excellent cuisine, enjoyed every single dish, much attention to detail on the food, lovely open ambiance, no music, comfortable.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Went for Sunday Brunch and the food was great. The benedicts and the chicken salad were prepared perfectly and the staff were attentive and professional. The restaurant is off the main street and the ambience was relaxed, quiet and casual. Healdsburg can be hectic and crowded on Sunday, but Café Lucia was a perfect choice.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The best service of any restaurant in the Healdsburg/Santa Rosa area - absolutely impeccable! Fish was outstanding, as well as the hot rolls and sangria. Desserts could be improved upon but it’s a lovely place to dine.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Four of us came to try during restaurant week. We had our dinner on the patio and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Excellent service, food and atmosphere. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Excellent food based Portuguese cuisine. It is definitely worth trying.

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3.0Dined on March 9, 2018

My wife and I had been to Cafe Lucia before and enjoyed it very much, so we were looking forward to another great Portuguese meal. The food was as excellent as we remembered, so I tip my hat to the kitchen staff. So why only 3 stars? Unfortunately the service left us underwhelmed. Full disclosure: we were there on Thursday, March 8th, during Sonoma County Restaurant Week, and the restaurant was quite full. We arrived on time for our 7:15 pm reservation. Our table wasn't ready yet, so we were seated at the bar and handed a drink menu. So far so good. We would gladly have ordered a drink, except that during our 10 minutes at the bar, no one ever came to ask us if we'd like anything. Once our table was ready, we were seated and soon placed our order for the prix fixe dinner and the wine flights. The wine and some very nice bread rolls were brought to the table in a timely manner. Then things went dark. At 8 pm, we flagged down the waitress and asked if she could bring the first course, a Tasca plate with Lupini beans, olives and cheese (no cooking required for any of these!). It's not clear if she had simply forgotten to bring it earlier, or if someone else was supposed to have delivered it. Finally, at 8:25 pm, our main courses arrived. The restaurant was only about half full at this point, so I guess they finally had time to attend to our order. Normally, we would expect the waiter to come by a few minutes after bringing the food to check and make sure everything was OK. Our waitress never did come back to check on us.
We're blessed to have a lot of great restaurants in Sonoma County. So when we run into this level of service, it leaves us with very little motivation to go back to Cafe Lucia anytime soon.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Everything was so lovely! We had an amazing time! Will definitely be back again!

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Delicious Portuguese and European food and good service.

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3.0Dined on March 8, 2018

We looked forward to Lucia’s after viewing the menu and reading reviews. We are both fans of country style cooking with braises, stews and rich sauces. Lucia did not deliver. The meal started well with a nice Tosca Tasting Plate and Salada Portuguese. The kale salad was tasty and nicely prepared served with anchovy vinegarette. The Alcatra Portuguese Pot Roast was bland and gave no sign of a fully braised pot roast. It was more like “short rib placed on top of some baked potatoes and carrots.” No rich sauce or notable seasoning other than some strong, chewy sun dried tomato. The dish also had to be sent back for reheating, a real turn off for a pot roast. The Feijoada Completa (stewed beef, pork and sausage over black beans) was equally disappointing. No rich sauces or seasoning. I found one piece of fatty beef and little sign of pork or sausage. The beans were tasty but needed more liquid. The meal came with some nice spinach and a peculiar mound of rice topped with salsa in the middle of the stew. The overwhelming ingredients were rice and beans. On the other hand, the restaurant is nicely decorated, reasonably quiet and service was excellent. I also appreciate the policy of allowing one bottle of wine without a corkage fee.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Wonderful Sunday Brunch, several unique dishes featured on the menu

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great neighborhood restaurant, wonderful Portuguese cuisine with good flavors.....wonderful staff....went back several times.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Our party of three ordered three different items, two menu items, and one special (Portuguese Fisherman's Stew) for lunch. We shared bites of each other's food and everything we had so delicious! Our server was attentive, explained the dishes well and made our experience delightful. Because two of us were going back to work, we opted not to order wine. However, Lucia, the owner, offered us a taste of her favorite low alcohol Portuguese Vino Verde wine and it was such a generous gesture and the wine was absolutely wonderful. I can't wait to go back and order a bottle!

I've been to Cafe Lucia several times and it is one of my favorite places in Healdsburg. I would highly recommend it to anyone either having a lunch or brunch with friends and family or a date night. It is a comfortable place to enjoy a truly great dining experience. I'm already looking for another excuse to go back.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

food delish, wait people attentive and friendly, ambiance and seating cozy. lovely outside patio, weather permitting.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Cafe Lucia never disappoints. Food is consistently delicious with great service. Highly recommend it to visitors and locals alike.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great food, wine list and service. Unfortunately, the bar is not very comfortable seating so wouldn't recommend eating their.

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Repeat visit to this Portuguese restaurant. We sit outside in the covered patio (nice). It was cold and, even with reservations, the heaters were not on when we got there. Once asked, they lit one heater. When asked again several minutes later, they lit a second heater.

Food is good but lacked spices. Asked for, and received salt and pepper which helped a lot.

We may be back but we've tried it 4 times and never been overwhelmed.

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3.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Like this restaurant better for brunch.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great place for dinner.. very good authentic dishes of portugal.our waiter was fluent in Portuguese and he and my wife chatted in her native language and helped me with some of my phrases as I am learning (slowly).. I would definitely recommend.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food and service. We travel over 30 minutes to dine hear and do not regret it.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The menu is very limited and I actually didn’t find anything I wanted to eat. The white Portuguese wine was excellent and the service was very nice. I had been here once before and this visit confirmed that I probably won’t be back.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Cafe Lucia was a great experience. Once we were seated, we were offered amuse-bouche treats. Those were delicious. Our server was really good and answered questions to help us decide what to order.

We wanted to try the Portuguese cuisine and each dish we tried was superb. The dishes combined great flavors, spices and ingredients. I loved the fisherman's stew. The dinner rolls were grandma's recipe and were delightful.

We ate early so the restaurant was not too full - and so the experience (to us) was quite lovely. It's a very nicely decorated and warm space with tables both inside and outside. For sure, we will eat here again.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Fresh interpretation of Portuguese food. It was a quiet evening and we were allowed to linger over our meal. Really nice that the wine corkage fee was waived.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Perfect as always! We live an hour away but make the effort to dine here as often as possible. It is one of our favorite restaurants in the entire county. Living in both Napa and Sonoma counties over the last 20 years, we have eaten at almost every fine restaurant. But this is the one we keep coming back to time and time again.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

Cafe Lucia is tucked away in a cozy off the street location. The food is true Portuguese offering incredible and unique flavors. A must visit in Sonoma County.

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Several people we asked had heard of Cafe Lucia but had never eaten there so we debated about keeping our dinner reservations. I am so glad we did - the food was excellent! I had the fisherman's stew and my husband the short ribs. Both dishes were wonderfully seasoned and plentiful. They gave us a small colorful and tasty beet starter as well as chocolate bites after the meal both complimentary. The dinner rolls were different and very good. Their free corkage policy was much appreciated as we brought wine from our local wine tasting. We ate inside because it was winter, but the restaurant has a nice covered area which would be perfect for outdoor dining. Service was a nice balance of efficient and attentive. I definitely recommend this restaurant and would make a point to go back again.

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3.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Tapas not the same

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Friendly atmosphere, passionate about authentic Portuguese traditional offerings.
Able to explain ingredients and preparation. House made dinner rolls baked daily. Outstanding !

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Great experience at Cafe Lucia! The dishes we ordered were delicious. The grilled sardines were simple and spectacular, reminding us of Portugal. We actually ordered more sardines to take out after our meal. Highly recommended!

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