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About Cafe Lucia

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.

235 Healdsburg Ave. Suite 105
Healdsburg, CA 95448
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Portuguese, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: W-F 11:30am-2:30pm

Dinner: W-F 5:30pm-9:00pm

Lunch: Saturday 11:30 am-4:00p

Dinner: Saturday 4:00pm-9:00pm
Brunch: Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Dinner: Sunday 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Cross Street:
Matheson

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(707) 431-1113

Website:
http://www.cafelucia.net/

Catering:
Email inquiries to info@cafelucia.net

Parking Details:
Parking 1/2 block away. Turn west off Healdsburg Avenue onto Matheson Street. There are other public lots within walking distance

Public Transit:
Healdsburg Avenue

Executive Chef:
Manuel Azevedo

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Cafe Lucia Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (15)
Creative Cuisine (12)
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Quiet Conversation (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
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Fit for Foodies (8)
Tapas (8)
Casual (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Fun (5)
Healthy (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Romantic (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Cozy (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Business Meals (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Tapas not the same

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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 !

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Spicy, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was delicious! Complementary pre-dinner "beet shooter" and complimentary sweet at the end of of very wonderful dinner. Food fresh, well prepared, beautiful presentation. Would definitely go back again! and if you bring a Sonoma County wine there is no corkage therefore dinner was quite a value.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Wonderful meal. Great atmosphere. Awesome service. If you've never tried Portuguese food try it here.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Order was screwed up. Service was very slow. Noisy room . Portions were small for the price.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We went to Cafe Lucia for the first time as a date night venture as it was highly recommended by Open Table. Service, food, ambience was outstanding. It was a bit noisy as there was a large wine event going on that weekend and there were a number of people having dinner that had been out wine tasting that afternoon - not a usual occurrence.

Tags: Healthy, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Love this restaurant. The food is excellent, and a bit different from normal fare. The decor is terrific, it is comfortable and welcoming. The amuse bouche and truffle trailers were an added delight. We went on a Wednesday night; the ambience suffered from a lack of patrons. This restaurant deserves waiting lists as it is a wonderful place to dine. There were three of us, and we each had something different; we all loved our meals!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Good cuisine option in restaurant-filled Healdsburg. Reasonable for lunch and no corkage fee for local wines - a major plus. reat

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

A truly lovely place to dine with great service and a menu that is quite different from any other cuisine. It is not Spanish or Italian, it is food from the land of Portugal including the wine list. You should make a reservation as they book up almost every night although there is usually seating at the bar.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Tapas, Authentic, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

My friend and I kicked off the planning for our spring trip to Portugal at Cafe Lucia. What a jewel! Wonderful introduction to Portuguese food and wines. Love the option to taste a variety of wines. We will definitely be back as our trip gets closer and after the trip to relive Portugal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Good food...but little ambiance.
Needs good music or something to liven up the place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food and service. Will definitely go back on next visit.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food and service was excellent! It is a neighborhood gem

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great service, delicious Portuguese soup, fish and Chips, yummy rolls , amuse bouche and complimentary chocolate. Delicious

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Overall we liked the place. I had the fisherman's stew and enjoyed it, while my wife liked her bacalhau. I thought the prices were reasonable. However from start to finish the service was not at all engaging. This included the host and the waitress. It sort of went by on rote, efficient but not welcoming. We declined dessert and the waitress plopped down the check. She returned very shortly and I informed her I was not ready to pay as we were still drinking our beers and chatting. I told her we were feeling rushed. She got the picture and came back at an appropriate time.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Cafe Lucia and La Salette have been long-time favs of ours for almost a decade. This lunch was a mixed bag: loved the starters, but the entree was disappointing. Kale salad was a hearty winter delight. Bacalhao cakes could have been rinsed once more but nice to see actual chunks of salt cod once again. Pork belly w/apple gastrique was brined, slow-roasted of all fat and 5 STARS! But the feijoda has once more sunk into the mediocre: skimpy meats, too many beans. Back in 2016 our party of four was wowed, but this time dish tasted dull and uninteresting. Won't be ordering this again - stick with the small plates/charcuterie here. Service always excellent, patio is great in warmer weather but with the cold we stayed inside!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

My husband and I went to Cafe Lucia to enjoy a Sunday lunch. To our delight, the restaurant has added brunch items to their weekend menu. First we ordered the donut holes dusted with cinnamon. Yummy! He ordered the eggs Benedict and said they were perfectly cooked. Not always the case with getting the eggs cooked properly. I had the fish & chips with kale salad. The fish was lightly seasoned and delicious. The Portuguese wines that were ordered were great and well priced. Our servers were excellent. We really love this restaurant as the food is always stellar. Try the brunch and you will be very pleased.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Excellent food and terrific service. Its not easy to find a really good Portuguese restaurant, and this one does a very nice job with the cuisine. Its not a large place so it can be a little noisy if its full.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Our family went to celebrate a birthday and were not disappointed! The food was delicious, we shared the scallop appetizer and the sardines, both were great. The branzino was cooked perfectly. Definitely have the malasaldinahs for dessert - they are puffs of heaven!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

How often do you get a chance to eat authentic Portuguese food?

This is a hidden gem, tucked away behind the La Crema tasting room. Well worth the effort to search it out.

We had fisherman’s stew and a traditional salt cod and potato casserole. Both were superb, and we will definitely be back!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

An in-town rendezvous with my wife and sister-in-law for lunch, although the brunch menu was also being offered concurrently during our 1:30pm visit.

The meal began with a complementary amuse-bouch (a cranberry and creme shot) to start off the meal.

We opted for a trio of seafood-based tapas -- baby octopus, smoked sturgeon, and white anchovies. A nice presentatioin, with enough for four to share (let alone the three of us); all very tasty.

For the main course, I opted for the Arroz á Valenciana, a paella-like Portuguese classic with linguiça, chicken, clams and mussels, saffron rice. Slightly salty for my palate, but still quite delicious. The other two dishes that were ordered were the Fish and Chips (lightly cassava floured fillets of local cod, pan fried, kale slaw, with portuguese pepper fries), and Ham and Grillledd Apple Benedict (Canadian bacon, grilled apples, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, house made corn roll, and breakfast mini-potatoes lightly seasoned with piri piri pepper). All were a hit, and reminded us to keep Cafe Lucia on our radar, as it is a bit out of the way (about a block south of the square, on the west side of Headlsburg Avenue).

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great food and excellent service.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Good food and service

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Outstanding food in a great location

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Warm welcome, very accommodating to special requests, great wine list with many Portuguese wines to try, as well as those from Sonoma County, food was wonderful - service terrific
The Portuguese Fisherman’s stew was really great -full of seafood-prawns, scallops,sea bass, clams, in a well seasoned light tomato broth
Help with the Portuguese wines selection was spot on and much appreciated

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The service was perfection!!
The day boat scallops were prepared in a very special way. Try them and you’ll see what I mean.
The Portuguese fish stew was excellent.
For dessert I had the unique doughnuts.
What a wonderful birthday dinner I had and of course accompanied with local wine that enhanced the food.
Thank you again Cafe Lucia!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

We live in Healdsburg and were celebrating my son purchasing a house. It was convenient for all of us and food didn't disappoint. We'd eaten there once before for dinner, this time it was Sunday brunch. Love the spicy potatoes! Homemade sausage great. Donuts, delicious. Mimosa cocktail a great start. I had eggs benedict with roasted apples. Everything wonderful.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Creative menu with new flavors and excellent food options. Desserts are very special.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

we all appreciate no corkage at Lucia, very delicious dinner, great space.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Fabulous Restaurant and service - not the restaurant's fault, but had a multi family group with very loud, young, out of control children with very rude parents- very said for a Friday night dinner.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Con: there was intermittent construction going on while we ate. But to be fair, we were clearly warned before we chose our table, so it was not the restaurant's fault.
Pro: excellent, attentive service from ALL wait-staff.
The food was fun, interesting, and delicious. Not only was it tasty, it was avant garde in a delightful way. Every bite caused us both to exclaim as to what was happening in our mouths.
We opted for a selection of starters, so each dish was a new treat

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