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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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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (13)
Good for a Date (10)
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Casual (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
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Neighborhood Gem (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Fun (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Healthy (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Romantic (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tapas (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Business Meals (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Cozy (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 6 days ago

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 7, 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 6, 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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·Dined on December 30, 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 30, 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 28, 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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 (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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 (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 10, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 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 4, 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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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great food and excellent service.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Good food and service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Outstanding food in a great location

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 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 3, 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 8, 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 8, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 7, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Dispite what review i read about timing we found everything excellent

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Cafe Lucia was a great find. The outdoor courtyard was beautiful and peaceful. The staff attentive, the two menus (we could have breakfast or lunch) were interesting and quite varied and the food delicious. Terrific value for the price.

Tags: Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

What a cool spot! At first I wasn't sure what I thought of the location since it is in a courtyard in between some buildings. Once inside it's quite pleasant and we enjoyed being outside for lunch.
We ordered 5 items from the Tasca Tasting Plates, sardines, smoked trout, pickled veggies, and 2 cheese. This was delightful and fun! Next we had the heirloom tomato salad, albacore ceviche, and the farro salad. Everything was super fresh and healthy. I don't eat pork so a lot of the menu items are off limits for me but the dishes our neighbors were enjoying looked amazing.
They have a small but lovely wine list. The bottles are sold at about what you would pay at the winery or store. They also have free corckage so that's pretty awesome!
Great unobtrusive service and we were able to linger over our food and wine for a long time.
Can't wait to return!

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Fun, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Enjoyed the ceviche and the risotto. Very nice lunch.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Reservations at 7:30. The first table they seated us ( four adults) was tight in a corner and next to the restrooms. We asked to be moved. Server was good, but it was very very slow between courses. When we were reseated to an outdoor table - chilly but with heaters - it was 7:45. First course was not served until 8:20. 35 minutes from seated to first course is too long. The restaurant was not full so we could not understand the slowness of the kitchen. We nearly left after the first course. From seated to first course - over an hour. Waited another 40 minutes for main course served at 9:00. Single item main course, small portions in a bowl, cauldron or small plate. Desert not served until 9:30. We understand about having a leisurely dinner but from start to finish over 2 hours - seated outside, chilly, not busy restaurant... We will not be returning. Slow kitchen, not busy restaurant, does not make up for no corkage fee.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Adequate portion of prawn risotto and generous portion of fisherman's stew. Both were delicious.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Goingback!
Fabulous menu! Here's a chance to break away from the standard wine country fare and taste some flavorful Portuguese cuisine. The traditional fish stew (think Portuguese "cioppino") was delicious! Loved the shrimp risotto too. Outdoor patio tables in the urban courtyard was a great spot. And whaaat??? No CORKAGE FEE? Life doesn't get any better! Will definitely return.

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Love the cuisine at Lucia's. Everything was flavorful, unique and executed perfectly. You just can't beat the no corkage fee for Sonoma wines. Only glitch of the meal was a fairly long delay between appetizers and entrée. Sort of through the "pace" of the evening off but was not a major problem. Service was good, possibly could have been a little more attentive but really not bad. I will definitely go back and recommend to others.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

We live in Healdsburg & chose Cafe Lucia for a quiet lunch with visiting friends. Our two friends both had the Portuguese Mac & Cheese and loved it...I plan to try that next time. My husband had Arroz a Valenciana which he enjoyed~it's a rice, chicken & seafood dish. My Spicy Piri-Piri Chicken Salad was delicious~flavorful but not too spicy for me.

What a nice lunch with friends. Thank you

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Great for lunch but it tasted "tired" for dinner. Waiters were awesome. Wine was yummy.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Austin)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Had a great experience at Cafe Lucia on Thursday evening. Would recommend anyone visiting Healdsburg to stop by Cafe Lucia.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 12, 2017

We enjoyed a collection of 5 appetizers, adn then the special fish stew being served that day. THe food was excellent, and the setting is very2 nice in the courtyard. It was loud with local construction, but that will pass with time.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

This was our first time at Cafe Lucia. The food was very authentic and delicious. The service was great. It wasn't too busy so it was pretty quiet. We are definitely going back soon.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Casual
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