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About Lucia Restaurant & Bar - Bernardus Lodge

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.

415 West Carmel Valley Rd
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Californian, French

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast from 7:00 am to 11:00 am served in Lucia Restaurant & Terrace
Lunch from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm served on the bar Patio
Dinner 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm served in Lucia Restaurant & Terrace
Bar Menu available from 2:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Cross Street:
Laureles Grade

Dress Code:
Resort Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(831) 658-3400

Website:
http://www.bernarduslodge.com/

Catering:
Offsite catering and a professional catering consultant are also available for private parties and dinners.

Executive Chef:
Cal Stamenov

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Lucia Restaurant & Bar - Bernardus Lodge Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

3.9

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Quiet

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (13)
Special Occasion (13)
Romantic (12)
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Local Ingredients (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Good for a Date (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Scenic View (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Bar Seating (4)
Cozy (4)
Fun (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
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Casual (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
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Business Meals (2)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

What a horrible dinner! We have been to Lucia over 20 times but our dinner on February 15th was unacceptable!

First, the service was excellent. However, a server cannot make a bad meal good.

I ordered the foie gras dumplings. Disgusting! The broth was like Campbell’s beef broth with some soy and hoisin sauce thrown it. The dumplings were crudely made and had very little if any foie gras flavor. They were much more like Trader Joe’s frozen pork dumplings.

I ordered the New York strip steak. The meat was flavorless and the dark gooey sauce on the plate was unpleasant. The mushrooms and vegetables on the plate looked terrible and had that same gooey sauce on them. The carrots were good once one picked them out of the other stuff on the plate.

I could only eat half the steak - not because I wasn’t hungry but because I couldn’t tolerate the unpleasant flavors. Note to the chef: How can one screw up an expensive steak?

My dinner companion had a pork chop. The pork was tough, tasteless and dry. The brussels sprout slaw on the plate was way too heavily salted. He needed a saw - not a knife - to cut this geriatric pig.

We didn’t have dessert. We didn’t need any more disappointment and I wanted to get home to fix a snack.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Valentines Day. Beautiful food, flawless service. Attentive, not rushed, not too slow. Perfection.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

This is our second time at Lucia’s. The service is always great and the ambiance is lovely. The menu is creative. Perhaps the only criticism is that some dishes seem overly fussy and the ingredients do not stamd up to rich sauces at times. Found it best to stick with simpler dishes with fresh ingredients. Would certainly recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Had breakfast here mid week. We are staying at the Bernardus Lodge and this is the restaurant at the lodge. The service was great, and our meal was good except for the homefries. They seemed dry and not so fresh. Which did not really detract from the experience considering how beautiful the place is.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

For such a classy restaurant, we were appalled by the service. When asked to differentiate between a special and a regular menu item, we were told one had “different stuff”....... REALLY?!?! When our guest ordered a bourbon drink, a gin and 7-up was delivered.....we are locals, Lucia won’t be on our “guest “ list anymore.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Delicious food and friendly staff. Gorgeous setting!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Henry, our server, was terrific.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Had an off night for our menu choices, and the service people politely listened to our feedback and made amends.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Enjoyed every minute of the meal & afternoon. Want to return soon--maybe a personal retreat, getaway--perfect for that! Looking forward to being pampered!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We celebrated our anniversary here and had a beautifully curated dinner with the best local wine. The staff was extremely friendly and attentive.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Would love to see more vegan friendly options. Although the salad was very nice and our waiter was excellent I didn't get enough to eat. We love dining in the bar area and had the other grain vegan option you offered the evening prior to our reservation. That was also very good.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

My wife and I had a lovely birthday dinner. The food was outstanding! Festive Christmas atmosphere. We'll be happy to return!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

This is the first time I have been to Lucia. The restaurant - run by the same people - has changed greatly from its old format, Wickets. Good quality food but I felt the fish and chips, which was a special, was somewhat bland. Good wine list by the glass.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Food was mediocre and overpriced. Cocktails very expensive. $20 for a martini, $16 /glass for their own Chardonnay. Manhattan prices in Carmel valley. If you want bread with dinner it is a $3 charge for 4 slices of homemade bread with a dip. Kind of silly for a restaurant with over $30 entrees. Hotel is dog friendly but shouldn’t allow dogs in fine dining restaurant. Was next to a large poodle and did not have a service dog designation on it.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 28, 2017

It’s been a long time since I have seen a server use a tray for Service. My wife asked for a straw and it was brought out on a tray. Dishes were served as well as removed in the same manner using a tray rather than a one armed balancing act. So nice to have excellent food served in a manner which represents the Chefs efforts in preparation.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Wonderful ambience.Great food.Elegant.
Would love to go there again when I am there in that area again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Want to feel like you've left Silicon Valley for a European moment? This spot hits the mark. Both the outside and inside ambience transport you to a lush lovely romantic interlude. The wine is devine and our wait person quite personable while not becoming intrusive.

Tags: Fun, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Engagement dinner, Dave was great!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Amazing bartender and superb service!

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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Lucia has great atmosphere with live piano at night or guitar during the day. We stayed on site at the lodge had dinner there both nights. The food was excellent. We had the halibut special, venison, duck and the mushroom and egg tart and my favorite foie gras. Make sure you try the queen bee cocktail.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We had not been back to Bernardus Lodge since their renovation. We'd enjoyed Marinus restaurant and was happy to hear that the chef was still there at Lucia. We went all out with the tasting menu with wine pairings. The amounts were just right...we were able to finish all the courses and not feel stuffed. Every dish was beautifully presented and delicious. The wine pairings were generous and each complimented their dish. We sat in a romantic booth... the room is a bit more casual than before but it still feels like fine dining. The prices felt fair for the high quality of everything we experienced.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had brunch and it was outstanding!! My husband had the special which was amazing and I had the eggs Benedict and everything was delicious!!!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Organic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Cozy, Scenic View, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

It is OK to spoil yourself. This is a high end experience. Enjoy quality food and service with friendly, hospitable servers.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Great meal - Had the Chefs tasting menu and accompanying wine pairings. Dave (our server) was great too.

Beautiful outdoor seating area beside a warm fire helped create a wonderful ambiance.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Breakfast was fresh and well prepared. The service was on point.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 23, 2017

The food and service were strong. The room is very comfortable.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Fun, Kid-friendly, Healthy, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 23, 2017

For beautiful setting this is tops. Very good food and service. Pricey but worth it. We go twice a year for lunch. Pick a good weather day.

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Anniversary

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We thought it was good, but were not super impressed by service or the value of the food. Wanted to be Wow'd by the food based on the cost...and yet we were not. Overall good food and beautiful restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food was wonderful and service was even better. My wife and I dined here to celebrate our anniversary and had a great evening. Were were staying at the Bernardus Lodge but would have dined here anyway even if we had stayed in Carmel instead. Definitely worth the drive if you want a special meal.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Lovely environment, average food preparation, and very attentive wait staff.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Fantastic start to finish. Extraordinary attention to detail and service. Chef Cal Stamenov is humble, yet one of the most recognized outstanding chef's in the world. Trained around the world, he really delivers an extraordinary experience.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Scallops? Excellent - cooked perfectly with a great complimentary sauce. Steak/Filet? So/so. Nothing special. Good but not great. Service? Good...not over the top. Based upon this 1 dining experience, I say it's a good restaurant - but was expecting great!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

“Nice” but ultimately disappointing experience. We were excited to celebrate a 50th here. Seating was awful, lighting so bright that the entire party felt we were in an interrogation area. Food was mixed; appetizers were tasteful, steaks were patchy (medium rare lamb was a hit, one medium steak was spot on, another medium steak was disappointingly overcooked). Mentioned to the waiter with no reply. Surprised to have to order a dessert to have a small onsite birthday candle. Not at the standard we have enjoyed for other milestone celebrations - Grammercy Tavern, Gary Danko and the like.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Have dined here for breakfast / brunch many times. This is the first instance of inattentive service, and they weren't busy at all.
Will be back, though.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 25, 2017

We had very good food at Lucia. My mother had the scallops and I had the lamb. Both were excellent. I appreciated the excellent service with the proper etiquette and timing. Most restaurants do not even know that one is supposed to serve from the left and take away from the right.
They also have a nice selection of wine by the glass which includes European wines.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Excellent food and wine. Unusual dishes with excellent flavor, allowing you to take a small step outside of your comfort zone and enjoy it at the same time. Beautiful location, excellent service, delicious food. Be aware that the portions are small, but extremely satisfying. I would 100% recommend dining here.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Have been at Lucia 3 times over the past few years when we visit the Monterrey Carmel area from The Woodlands, Texas. Love Lucia!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Classy restaurant with fantastic service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Wonderful food and terrific service. Love this restaurant. Best staff and incredible cuisine!

Tags: Business Meals, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Live Music, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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