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Lucia Restaurant & Bar - Bernardus Lodge

4.5
226 reviews
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$50 and over
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Californian
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Notable Wine List
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, French
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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
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Phone number
(831) 658-3400
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Resort Casual
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Executive chef
Cal Stamenov
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Catering
Offsite catering and a professional catering consultant are also available for private parties and dinners.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Laureles Grade
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
What 226 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.5
service
4.6
ambience
3.9
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Food was good! I have a gluten allergy & they were very knowledgeable & helpful. Service was wonderful!

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

It is a very pleasant spot with well-prepared food and very competent service. The high points for me were the red abalone, which was superb, and the wine list, which included a few good values. We had a lovely cru Beaujolais, which was a nice contrast to the Carmel valley wines we'd been tasting earlier in the afternoon. The menu, on the other hand, really isn't a good value. At this price point, I can think of three or four restaurants in the Carmel/Monterey area that I would prefer. Further, I booked the table to celebrate a good friend's birthday. The restaurant did nothing special for her other than stick a birthday candle into the dessert that she ordered. Given that we had ordered more than $250 in food and wine, I would have expected a bit more effort.

I can't say that I would never go back to Lucia, but I definitely am not in any rush to return.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Have been there several times and will keep going back.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We went for Easter brunch. Beautiful dining room that flows from inside to outside onto the deck and back patio. . The decor includes a wood burning fireplace and artistic chandeliers. The brunch is better than any I have had on the Monterey Penninsula, complete with raw bar, salads, cheese and salume, omelette station, carving station and desserts. I particularly enjoyed the fresh dungeness crab cocktail. Our server had to be flagged down, but it was a busy holiday meal, so I can understand that. Definitely recommend and will go back myself. Delightful!

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1.0Dined on March 31, 2018

This experience was awful. We went for our anniversary hoping for a special quiet romantic dinner and ended up sitting in a room with a family who came in with 3 obnoxiously loud kids who were constantly screaming. They disrupted the entire restaurant and most people at nearby tables moved, but the kids continued to scream and the staff did nothing (they easily could have switched to the restaurant across the hall that was way more kid-friendly). So much for a special dinner; we paid the astronomic prices for this “special” night that was ruined and left us sad, poor, and angry.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Exquisite! Beyond amazing service!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I never order duck.. but i did and it was outrageously fantastic... we will be back soon

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

One of our favorites in the area. Excellent food and service. Highly recommends this place!

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Enjoyed a lovely belated Valentine's Day dinner with my hubby. We sat out on the veranda and, with the heat lamps, it was very comfortable and romantic. We had the tasting menu and found the food to be delicious and creative - and a great value for the price. Loved Lucia and we will be back.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We stayed the hotel and were excited to try this restaurant, but unfortunately it did not live up to expectations. The decor is lovely and the service was excellent. The food just left us disappointed. The lobster bisque had too much wine and overwhelmed the flavor and the generous portion of lobster in it was unfortunately rubbery. The crab cake appetizer was delicious however. The kubota pork was average and a little overdone -- the sides were uninspiring. The scallops were perfectly cooked and flavorful, but the accoutrements did not go with the scallops and there was one piece of what I think was black radish was was VERY tough, stringy and unchewable. Skipped dessert...

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1.0Dined on February 15, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 10, 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.

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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Delicious food and friendly staff. Gorgeous setting!

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Henry, our server, was terrific.

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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Engagement dinner, Dave was great!

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Amazing bartender and superb service!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!!!!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on October 24, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on October 23, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on October 18, 2017

Anniversary

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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