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Lucia Restaurant & Bar - Bernardus Lodge & Spa

4.6
538 Reviews
$50 and over
Californian
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, custom chairs, linens and drapery have added texture and depth while bringing elements of the outdoors inside. A cozy outdoor terrace with firepit and heaters also complements the main dining room.

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 near the resort.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 538 people are saying
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4.6
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4.6
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vipSandiG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great location, with beautiful views and excellent service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, especially love the fresh beet salad. Kid friendly and properly distanced outdoor tables.

Always a treat!

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vipSueN
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch outdoors. There is a giant tent around the area, but did not feel like under a tent due to open areas and so many windows letting the sunshine in. Everything was excellent: service, food, ambiance (even had live music). This is the first meal out that felt normal since Covid started: real plates and utensils, as opposed to paper/plastic in most other restaurants, full bar, great service. My absolute favorite place to eat in Carmel Valley.

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peter
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

food, service, venue are wonderful, not to mention the weather...much different than being in Carmel or Pebble Beach

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JamieP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great experience. Wonderful service and amazing food.

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Lov2fix
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have dined here many times. It is always very tasty and pleasurable, from the ambiance to the wonderful flavors. We have never been disappointed and neither will you!

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vipsheryln
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

They are only serving outside the main restaurant. It was a cool and wet night but the heaters really helped. The food was good, the service outstanding. This is an expensive place but worth the trip and the price.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food served in amazing surroundings.

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Lauren
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences I have ever had!! The food was absolutely delicious and the service team were all so wonderful! Our anniversary was made completely special here.

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peter
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful lunch and experience, as always.. we wish we didn`t have to drive 2 hours return to experience it again, but we will.....

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vipUKcastaay13
Tahoe
14 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch!

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JeriC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful setting and great service at Lucia for breakfast during our weekend stay at the Resort

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Elizabeth
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waiter Dave made the experience wonderful. We had a great dinner at Lucia.

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vipmchlgrnvl
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was exceptional. The service was mediocre, especially for a restaurant of this caliber. The table was sticky with bits of food stuck between the slats and a few kernels of rice on the table to remind us of what the last diner had for dinner.

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Robert
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for a lunch date and amazing outdoor dining on the patio.

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vipVictoriaS
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Covid times so I wanna cut em a brake... but service was pretty unacceptable. Waited over an hour for food to arrive. We generally have.great food amd service here but not this time.. Regretted making this one of our last meals before the shut down.

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MKF1
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and top notch service. The recently installed clear outdoor dining tent is very well done and effective in cold and rain.

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Dudster
Vancouver
23 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there on a Wednesday. They had plenty of heaters for outside. We had a 530 reservation so we beat the crowd. Dave was our server and did a great job. The wine and food was great and the timing was just right. We noticed it filled up around 7 PM. The food was about the best we have had since moving to Carmel in February!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Pizza ever! Delicious Bernardus wine!

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stever
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted by the friendly hostess and taking to our table, it was outside because of Covid. It was in the evening and there was enough heaters for warmth. The server was friendly And courteous. Appetizers were fantastic along with the main dishes and dessert. Overall great dining.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely brunch in a beautiful outdoor seating scenery. Our servers were excellent. Will being attending again for dinner soon.

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vipDerek
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as always. We had crab cakes a squid salad, lamb and chicken. It was all great.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving

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vipTony
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great event Our server ,Jason, did a great job and we look forward to back very soon

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff. Excellent food..lovely enviroment

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vipAliciaA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal and service. Jennifer was excellent and so was the food.

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vipSassystoltz
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The ambiance and surroundings are beautiful, but the service, menu and food was very disappointing.

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TanyaS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience2

My husband and I came here for our 30th wedding anniversary dinner. Our waitress wasn’t really warm and welcoming. My husband ordered a steak and it came out cold. He normally doesn’t send things back but because it was expensive he did. When his steak came back, it was sliced up. For $65 they did not give him a new uncut steak. He didn’t want to hassle so he ate the meal. The manager came to our table and was accomadating to us and said he would comp my husbands meal. I just thought when you go to a restaurant such as this you would get a good meal and have acceptable service from waitress . I realize it’s covid and all but you’d think with this type of establishment they would give you a decent meal with good service.

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vipJean
San Francisco
51 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful breakfast! The food was amazing and the service was excellent

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vipSteve66
Los Angeles
124 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food, as always. The State of California's idiotic rules have forced Monterey Co restaurants outdoors, which is not ideal on 45 degree nights, but Lucia does the best it can with several outdoor heaters.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a romantic place to take a special someone for dinner. Ambiance was cozy and service was wonderful. After dinner, guests are welcomed to sit by the fire pit with a cocktail or wine. Definitely would recommend this place for a special occasion.

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Foodie4Life
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner

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WilliamS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful birthday dinner!
Excellent all around!
Thank you so much.
Bill&Kyle

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MaryS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We come here every year for our anniversary and this was by far the best trip. Our waitress Jennifer was amazing. Her service and knowledge was on point.

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Patricia
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was outstanding great butternut squash soup. I had salmon end my friend had halibut both were excellent

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LoriA
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience1

Expensive, food moderate, needed table light, dessert disappointing wine overpriced. Rooms still beautiful/top notch

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RobertD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

First we waited 30 minutes past our reservation time for a table where we could hear the traffic. Food was good but not special. Broiled salmon salad was more like tuna salad. Steak tartare was excellent. Had to ask three times for water.

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vipJillS
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful patio away from the busy-ness of the world, great food and local wine selection

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EricaF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance with tables even further apart than normal. The food is innovative and seasonally fresh. Every course is perfection. My only complaint would be there was no vegetarian option as an entree for the day - menus changes daily. The chef ended up creating a bountiful plate of side veggies.

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Mikay
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing! Food is great. Chef Cal does a really good job. Portions are bit larger than expected. Service is amazing and the ambiance, you can't beat!

FAQs

Lucia Restaurant & Bar - Bernardus Lodge & Spa offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 658-3400.

Lucia Restaurant & Bar - Bernardus Lodge & Spa is rated 4.6 stars by 538 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.