Lucia Restaurant & Bar - Bernardus Lodge & Spa

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285 reviews
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Lucia features California-Regional cuisine, created by celebrated chef Cal Stamenov, featuring local organic, seasonal produce as well as regional seafood and artisan farmed meats. Taking full advantage of the resort’s pastoral location, the new design artfully combines modern comforts with the natural elegance of Carmel Valley wine country. In addition to the signature fireplace, cozy custom chairs, linens and drapery have added texture and depth while bringing elements of the outdoors inside

The four-star restaurant has been named Zagat’s “Top Restaurant in Bay Area” and received Wine Spectator magazine’s “Grand Award” since 2001 for its wine cellar. The cellar houses 1,850 different wines and a total of more than 25,000 premium bottles, including 10,000 bottles from the Bernardus Winery & Vineyard near the resort.
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WC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

New Year's Eve experience was nice, but very expensive.
We were seated in the enclosed patio area and it was very cold. It was a pretty room and the service was wonderful.

Would not dine again on a holiday - might be fine another evening in warmer weather.

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RL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice outdoor patio lunch on December 28! Attentive service and good food. Will be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

One of the main courses we ordered was a pasta (no meat). at $45. It was served in a bowl and the serving size was very small and was extremely disappointing. Also, the gentleman as our waiter seemed like he wasn’t too thrilled being there and we didn’t feel comfortable w/ his service.

However, the restaurant itself was lovely. It was a beautiful room.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food. Value wasn’t great though - paid $40 for a white truffle ricotta appetizer dish - my wife and I took a bite at same time and both started laughing, as it tasted exactly like store bought gnocchi in Mac and cheese sauce that we make for our 2 year old.

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T
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The best food in the Carmel Valley. Loved it so much, I went back for a second dinner this week. The chef is uber talented. There are also some gem values on the wine list too. Fantastic!

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JK
San Francisco
574 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lucia is well off the crowded path but definitely worth the drive (which is scenic, btw). Beautiful sophisticated dining room and even prettier outdoor dining spaces! Service top-notch. We have been here 4x; dinner first time was good, but subsequent 3 lunches have been even better. Hardly ever crowded (a real plus on weekends) and the food is healthy yet delicious, with very high quality. TIP: skip the biscuit (it's good) and have the even better Parker-Lusseau croissant! We love PL/Monterey pastries and Lucia is the first restaurant we've found to offer their superior Parisian-style croissant! Visitor parking to the left as you enter; fyi don't park in the marked "valet" spots. This has become one of our favs when visiting Monterey/Carmel - wonderful, relaxing change from the usual tourist-heavy crowds - upscale quality and service but without any pretentiousness or fuss.

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DC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best eggs Benedict around. Great place for special moments to get more special.

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OT
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and food. I highly recommend the fresh white truffle dishes especially the pasta. It’s something you will remember for a very long time.

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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was impeccable. Pricing realistic for quality.

Highly recommend trying

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MC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The service, atmosphere and surroundings were excellent. The food, however was not worth our time or money. Pasta was bland and al dente-to the point of needing a knife to cut; halibut was over salted and salmon was just ok. Bread (extra charge) seemed to be reheated. Very impressive and interesting wine list.

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D
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a great meal in the lovely atrium area. The server was nice and attentive but really added no insights of value. Fortunately we selected well. The fois gras was delicious, tagliatelle with truffles was fantastic and the smoked duck breast was amazing. My husband’s pork chop was good but paled in comparison to the other dishes. Overall, a terrific meal. We will return!

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C
Portland
16 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely evening with delicious food and super service. It was a perfect evening!

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NV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome!... fantastic dinner - soup with truffle shavings, filet steak was excellent... lobster risotto. Sat in a semi-enclosed patio next to a firepit. Great lighting and ambiance.. All was perfect and our server (can’t remember her name) was a pro.
Thank you!

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AM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Treated us right for our anniversary.

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SW
Yosemite
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance with great service but meal was overpriced.

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J
Central Coast
20 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent in presention and follow through.

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CW
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the first time I had been there after eating at Bernardus 25 years ago. Lunch was a sportsbar back then. Now it has the nuance of lunching either indoors or out. The lobby appointments are beautiful with fresh flowers to charm us.

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D
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I've had, and the service was perfect.

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M
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service and great food options. Good recommendations for wine. We were treated specially for a special occasion.

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MO
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food choices are very creative and tasty. Service was above-and-beyond. They made a romantic birthday celebration that will long be remembered. Well worth the drive when down in the Carmel/Monterey area.

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m
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The foie gras and toast were both burnt. Sent toast back but should have sent the 29.00 puny piece of burnt liver back too, although it was raw in the middle. Quail and scallops were good.

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S
Chicago
76 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sitting under the arbor for lunch has to be one the most perfect spots in America. Very quiet and romantic. Great California menu and wines.

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k
Tulsa
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal at Lucia and definitely recommend the restaurant (and the Bernardus Lodge). The food was delicious, the atmosphere was inviting, and the service was phenomenal.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food was delicious and the service was excellent. There was a bit of a bee problem eating outside and once I could not handle it any more, they graciously moved us inside and gave me glass of champagne without charge.

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CD
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The setting is beautiful and the food delicious. For some reason service was below par this time. Usually it's exceptional. I highly recommend Lucia.

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R
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stayed at their resort for our anniversary so we decided to give the restaurant a try. We are glad we did! The food was amazing and the service was superb. Dave was attentive and personable. We not only enjoy good food but the service really makes or breaks an evening. I am pregnant and asked for a mocktail and the bartender came up with a lovely concoction. The Caesar and corn chowder were delicious. My filet came out a little rare for my liking and Dave caught that right away. He took it back and brought me a new dish prepared perfectly. If we could give more than 5 stars we would!

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P
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were promptly greeted by our server, Kerry, and he was both personable and attentive. Everything from the appetizer to the entrees to dessert was delicious and beautiful in presentation. The salmon and the halibut were both excellent. I look forward to visiting Lucia's again one day. Thank you!

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ES
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant and magnificently prepared food. Dining or bar menus both available either in the restaurant or the bar.

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LA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 5

Annually we visit Carmel and have had lunch outside many times over the years. In 2017, we could not eat outside because of the wasps. This year outside was great. However, service was slow.
The worst thing by far was the so-called Prawns on the menu. I know Prawns when I see them. These were very small and tasteless, exactly like the little shrimp I get at the grocery store. The texture was tough, too, just like recently thawed shrimp from Safeway but worse. Even the sauce was light orange like it had been watered down.
I might come back, but I won't be ordering Prawns!

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CD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting to enjoy fantastic food and wine.

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G
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance and excellent service and food. We are vegetarians and chef prepared a ravioli dish that was not on menu and that was magnificent.

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CB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If there was a rating more than Outstanding I'd give it. The entire evening was wonderful including the bartender.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent! Best steak we have had in a long time.

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GM
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The portions were way too small to call dinner and was expensive for portion size. Not a good value. The service was good and the flavor was good but we were hungry before we even left.

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L
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Johnny was an excellent and very professional server. We sat outdoors and the ambience was amazing. Highly recommend.

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OT
Las Vegas
23 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nothing special 🤷🏻‍♂️

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gluten free requirements were honored easily. Dishes we thought were passé felt reinvigorated and were delicious. The star of the tasting menu was the quail, but every dish was fantastic, and the wine pairings were interesting and well done. Would definitely go back for a special occasion.

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DN
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service - thank you for making the special birthday celebration dinner a great one!

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SS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting outside with umbrellas. Steak tartare, mahi mahi tartare and chicken sandwich were all hits. Service was good, definitely not rushed and the waiter was knowledgeable. This is a relaxed dining experience and very enjoyable. We look forward to another visit!

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NY
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting, wonderful service, and delicious food. Lucia is always at the top of our list when traveling to Carmel Valley, and they did not disappoint on this visit.

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