Lucia Restaurant & Bar - Bernardus Lodge & Spa

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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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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The halibut was so overcooked and dry. It was very disappointing after the reviews weWho is very disappointing after the reviews- we were anticipating a better meal. The restaurant itself is beautiful and we loved the fire pit

S
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat out by the firepits before we went in and had dinner, our friends really enjoyed as well as we did, nice ambience, good food & wine

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

The service and ambiance were outstanding! The food was a great disappointment!

MH
London
16 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting, great service & delicious food.

CV
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great gardens ... then good food n service!

CA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Excellent service, delicious food, gorgeous surroundings. Crab & corn soup was fabulous.

R
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On this stay at Bernardus, we had lunch at the bar and then dinner in the dining room. Lunch: Even when they have a very minimum menu off-lunch hours, the food was amazing in the bar. We had the crab cake and tuna tartare. All we could say was "this is amazing." The service is out of this world. Our food was delivered quickly and they have a full wine list. You will not be disappointed. You will be treated like you are the most important people in the world, yet they are very personable and have great suggestions when you can't decide what to order.

Dinner: This time I had the filet that was PERFECTLY cooked medium rare and my sister had the sea bass. Again... all we could say was "this is amazing." The staff was exceptional. Knew all the dishes on menu very well. You will not be disappointed.

G
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lucia is a wonderful choice for a special anniversary, birthday, or any other special occasion dinner. Service was wonderful, very attentive but not annoying. The creative food and presentation makes this restaurant a special place to eat.

OT
Las Vegas
23 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 55th wedding anniversary at Lucia. The meal was excellent and the staff friendly and helpful. This is our "go to spot" for special celebrations!

YD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Can't wait to go back. Everything was wonderful!

TM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the staff was very attentive. The waiter even gave us a free tasting of port wine for desert!

HE
Salt Lake City
23 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing setting with exceptional service and great cuisine. The server and all staff were truly exceptional; friendly, personable and caring. A really great night of dining!

EV
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice restaurant ambiance, awesome food and great service. Definitely going back here again. Thank you and appreciate the exquisite experience. Mabuhay!

LM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a must try.. food was Amazing and service was outstanding..
Can’t wait to go back again when we next visit the US
Thank you

K
Jacksonville
31 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always a pleasure to visit the bar here and enjoy an excellent meal at Lucia. Best old fashioned I’ve in a while at the bar! Thank you. We had excellent service in the dining room, food was very good and very nice attention to detail throughout our meal. We love the ambience with the open patio and great decor that is comfortable and inviting while remaining elegant. The light fixtures are fabulous and we love the feeling of bringing the outdoors inside to create a lovely organic atmosphere.

I
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is gorgeous and service is impeccable. The food was outstanding. I had the duck and it was to die for.

R
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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t
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

price vs quality value of food/taste does not compare to other restaurants in the area, hotel is great but food & taste quality is over priced for what you get.

ML
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was fantastic! It is a beautiful room! We celebrated a birthday. Perfect!

GO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, great service, wonderful dining experience .

LM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved our Lucia experience. Our waiter was fabulous, so sorry to get his name. If you can figure that out please let him know. It was our anniversary and everyone wished us well. The host that night was also fabulous.

t
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely lovely!!!! Dave, our waiter made the experience so much more special with his very skilled service. Everything about this beautiful lodge was a hit!

GL
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great dinner at Lucia. I have loved every single occasion I ate at Lucia. This time was is the dinning room and service was fantastic. Most food was delicious except for the sea bass which was a little over cooked and dry. Appetizer was phenomenal and service professional and friendly. Will come back!

NM
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lucia Restaurant fresh, beautifully presented, and delicious, a true farm to table extravaganza. Johnny was our server, and he was lovely, sweet, professional, and attentive. One of the finest meals we have ever had!

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great choice.

NY
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lucia is always excellent. The food is great, as is the service. The setting is also beautiful.

FM
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was good but very expensive for what it was. The service was slow but they made up for by comping our corkage fee and dessert. Ambiance is very nice.

There are lots of good places to eat in the Carmel area with better value so unlikely to go here again.

G
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was phenomenal! The staff was attentive and provided great recommendations. Chris was a tremendous host as he talked about the wines and how they pair with the food. The gazpacho amuse bouche was the perfect way to start. My spouse doesn’t typically like tomatoes, but she loves this! The garden salad was amazing! Fresh, vibrant, and a mesh of flavors that left us wanting more. My spouse had the Duck and I had the scallops and they were both amazing. The matching of the main course with the amazing fresh supporting cast made every bite a delight! The desserts are to die for! I encourage anyone who has a special occasion to enjoy their special time here! The team there will make it worth your while!

LB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I really enjoyed our dinner at Lucia. The food was beautifully presented and everything was delicious. The pork chop was cooked to perfection and had wonderful flavor. It was also also a very generous cut. I had the halibut and it too was cooked perfectly with lovely sides. We can’t wait to return!

B
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was top-notch, even outside in the bar area. The food is flavorful, and ample.

C
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Another fantastic dining experience at Lucia. We enjoyed our dinner at Lucia earlier in the week so much that we cancelled a reservation at a Carmel restaurant and came back to Lucia for dinner on our last night of vacation.

KT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great, high end restaurant in Carmel Valley. Excellent service, and dress is anywhere from casual (it's a hotel/resort restaurant - guests frequently show up in very casual dress) to coat wait staff have near sommelier knowledge of wine pairings . But don't expect bargain prices.

(You're likely to run into a VIP or two while there as well!)

C
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Fantastic dining experience at Lucia. Focaccia bread and salad course was understated and on point. The filet and accompaniments were perfect and the Kurobuta pork chop was off the charts phenomenal.

Our compliments to the Chef!

OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant. Outstanding service and ambiance. Gorgeous property with the best waiters and waitresses. Food fresh from the garden.

a
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing ! Service even better

L
Sacramento
10 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite spot for dinner in Carmel Valley. Great service, lovely atmosphere, and outstanding food.

m
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Not the experience it once was. No tasting menu, so no wine pairing, no sommelier.

Lucia Restaurant & Bar - Bernardus Lodge & Spa
Responded on July 7, 2019

Thank you for the important comments on your last dining experience. It is our goal to provide an amazing experience every time, and the culinary team desires to create memorable experiences for each guest. As the new Food and Beverage Director and Certified Sommelier for Bernardus Lodge and Spa, I do hope you will join us again soon to experience our ever changing menu and wonderful new wine additions. Sincerely, Christopher McLean

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J
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We haven't been to Bernardus for a long time and are local Monterey County residents. We were pleased with the relaxing atmosphere, so different from the dining experience in Pebble Beach at Roys, which is often very loud and crowded. The quiet surroundings and the lovely indoor/outdoor dining area was perfect for the summer evening we chose. The white corn soup was outstanding, as was the Colorado Lamb that I ordered as main. A nice Prosecco rounded off our choices. Very nice wait staff as well and we were accommodated earlier than our Open Table reservations, which was quite nice.

SR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed dinner, which was delicious. There is an abundance of wine choices, including Bernardus selections. Bar is fantastic as well—Gabe is an exceptional bartender. Great service. Delicious plate options. Valet parking with a smile. Looking forward to returning.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service

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