About Lucia Restaurant & Bar - Bernardus Lodge
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
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.
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
$50 and over
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Offsite catering and a professional catering consultant are also available for private parties and dinners.
Private Party Facilities:
Lucia offers three unique environments for Private Dining - The Magnum Room, the Wine Cellar and the Chef's Table.
The Magnum Room is a private dining room seating up to 12 guests around a large round table. Up to 8 people can dine in splendor while sitting in the Wine Spectator Grand Award of Excellence winning cellar.
Finally, up to 5 diners can sit at the same table that has hosted Julia Child, Eric Ripert and Leonardo DiCaprio. The Chef's table is a table directly in the kitchen of Lucia where Chef Cal will prepare a meal focusing on the very best ingredients he can find while using your input as inspiration.
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
Salmon Salad was much more elegantly pre ...
Salmon Salad was much more elegantly presented on Sunday, March 12, in a larger bowl. Perhaps there could be a better option than crowding into the Bar when the patio is not opened. Very noisy with patrons and music in the Bar.
It would be well to train the servers to serve food and drinks from the back or side of a guest, not from across the table.
We eat at Lucia once or twice a year, ge ...
We eat at Lucia once or twice a year, getting together with a dear friend to share wine and good food and catch up. This visit was a disappointment. The ambience was nice and we were given a very nice table, but the service was not up to their usual standard. Our server seemed inexperienced with fine dining; his nervousness in pouring wine resulted in awkward spillage and uneven portions; after the initial pours, we were on our own with respect to refills. He checked on us a number of times to see that we were happy, but he just seemed uncomfortable most of the time. The vast majority of wines on the wine list were well above $100, which is particularly absurd in California wine country. however, not all the wines were ridiculously priced--there were enough exceptions among the varietals to reward diligent searching with a relative bargain. They were out of the first wine we ordered, a Sancerre priced at $50. The sommelier suggested an alternative at $80; seeing that this didn't excite me, he offered to bring his "full list" to see if we could find something else. I picked another Sancerre from the "full list" and though their computer showed it in inventory, they were out of that one too. Embarrassed, the sommelier brought us a bottle of Vouvray, which we liked, and did not charge us for it. They had the second bottle of wine we ordered, a Syrah, so that went fine. The chef provided an amuse-bouche, which we liked. Next, my wife's appetizer, abalone, was unrecognizable as abalone, drowned in a thick mushroom sauce; my salad was excellent. Next, all three of us had Foie Gras torchon--it was wonderful but the accompaniments (duck rilletes & lettuce) seemed unnecessary. Next, our friend had salmon, which she said was delicious, and we had venison, which, cooked rare as ordered, still seemed a bit dry, not adequately seasoned, and was served with too little sauce and flabby mushrooms. All in all, it was a pleasant dinner, but we've come to expect better from Lucia.
We stayed at the lodge so it made sense ...
We stayed at the lodge so it made sense to eat at Lucia. We had a nice dinner there, but were underwhelmed by the food for the prices. We both ordered a soup and the server was very kind and said it was so rich we may want to do a salad and a soup (which is what we preferred, just didn't want to ask them to split a plate). Anyway we were happy until the soup and salad came out; not split for us. We had to pass a spoonful across the table to each other, which was fine, but not exactly what we expected (especially when a cup of soup is 16 dollars lol).
Anyway, not a big deal, but overall felt the prices were too high for what you get.
The food was good but the restaurant nee ...
The food was good but the restaurant needs to improve their service all around. Cocktails ordered in bar 20min before our reservation & had to be brought to our table as they were not ready by the time we were seated. Had to ask waiter and then bus boy for our water that we had requested when we sat down, wrong salad arrived, but correct one was brought fairly quickly and we were overcharged for our wine(that incidently the wine steward said was not available in the yr we requested & then the yr we requested was actually brought to our table) We were not dissatisfied but expected better service for the amount of money spent and we had a early reservation so the restaurant wasn't even crowded yet.
High expectations that were met, but not ...
High expectations that were met, but not quite exceeded. Ambiance was warm. Service was attentive and responsive. Felt rushed at start and told them - and experienced the rest of the meal in unhurried comfort. 4 course prix fixe w/ wine pairing. All were interesting, tasty, and creatively presented (except maybe the Wagyu beef/chanterelles which seemed somewhat out of place along with 3 delicious fish courses). A real highlight was the wines - all were unusual and perfectly paired. And alas, the check. I was prepared for a big tab - and Lucia not disappoint.
The perfect restaurant to eat a lovely l ...
The perfect restaurant to eat a lovely lunch outdoors with wonderful food choices and excellect service (thx Hass). The salmon salad was delicious as was the flat iron steak with fries. These fries were the best fries we've had in a restaurant - EVER! A special coating (and perhaps a double frying method) - makes them tasty and crisp even when not hot. Treat yourself to a glass of their Bernardus wines with your meal to complete an outstanding dining experience.
While the salad/starter course and dess ...
While the salad/starter course and dessert were amazing, the main courses were just average.
Service, wine, settting and everything else was great.
It was just too bad about the entrees.
Disappointed. The restaurant environs is ...
Disappointed. The restaurant environs is exceptional our server seemed to "not fit" in with the elevated environment of both the restaurant and the Lodge. Had a negative attitude generated from within him. The food was mediocre at best. The ingredients did not play well together for both our dishes. So surprised as the Chef has such high ranking...we did not see anything of the sort in the food or the service. I like to write good reviews yet in this case, with all the other options in the area...we will not be returning.
We stayed at the Bernardus Lodge and Spa ...
We stayed at the Bernardus Lodge and Spa, having breakfast each morning at Lucia. There is indoor and outdoor (patio) dining available. A large fireplace in the indoor dining room kept us comfortable (it can be chilly in the mornings with the door open to the patio seating - bring a sweater). The staff is very friendly.
Server was wonderful, tasting menu, very ...
Server was wonderful, tasting menu, very good and the Petrole Sole was to die for!!
Wonderful setting on a rainy night, as I am sure as well on a beautiful day & Very intimate table for 2 in the corner was perfect to celebrate our Anniversary!!
Portobella Mushroom soup was a little bland and missing something to suit our taste normally for a mushroom soup, but otherwise, superb & compliments to the chef!!
This is a really nice restaurant however ...
This is a really nice restaurant however the food was not very good especially my husband's. It was so blend. My husband is a very accomplished executive Chef and has had great experiences with the food but just not this time. The service and atmosphere was outstanding, great plate presentation. We will return, hopefully this time around it will be better, food wise.
I had the salmon salad in which the salm ...
I had the salmon salad in which the salmon was perfectly cooked among a nice variety of vegetables. My guest had the seasonal salad, adding prawns, which were also perfectly grilled. Both presentations were beautiful and delicious with the vinaigrette dressings! Would definitely have lunch/dine here again.
Having visited Bernardus on three separa ...
Having visited Bernardus on three separate occasions and having dined there, we were greatly disappointed with the whole experience. I guess the new ownership needs to learn a few pointers from the original owner!!
We keep coming back for special occasion ...
We keep coming back for special occasions because we've always been delighted. My husband had steak with mashed potatoes and I had prawns, each in a delightfully appropriate sauce, with vegetable purées. Dessert was a chocolate torte with ice cream 😋. Service was impeccable which is another reason we make the long drive to Lucia. If you want a special experience, this is the place to come. It's not cheap but you can go to a chain for cheap.
Bernardus Lodge has transformed the stuf ...
Bernardus Lodge has transformed the stuffy Marinus Dining Room into a modern chic dining experience. Entrees range from foie gras prepared three ways, local fresh abalone, and lamb to corn soup with Dungeness crab and a mussels and prawn dish. The Chef's Tasting Menu includes four plates but the restaurant won't serve it unless the whole table orders it. Great wine list.
Do not purchase wine at the wine tasting ...
Do not purchase wine at the wine tasting room as the same price for the wine was
on the menu and there is a $35 corkage charge.
They graciously removed the corkage.
The hotel and restaurant are owned by private investors and the winery by the Bernardus family.
Fantastic experience from beginning to e ...
Fantastic experience from beginning to end. We had breakfast there twice and they were excellent both times. Our anniversary dinner was great..I am a chef and was impressed by everything we ate. The service (Mata-Breakfast server was top notch) and (Terry-Dinner server was knowledgeable, friendly and a true professional).
We had a fabulous dinner last weekend in ...
We had a fabulous dinner last weekend in the private room with 8 adults and 2 little kids. The service and food were wonderful. The 2 and 4 year old could run around and have fun while the adults enjoyed the fine champagne, wine, appetizers, dinner and desserts. This is becoming a tradition for our West Hollywood and Santa Cruz families and we love it.
Wonderful anniversary dinning experience ...
Wonderful anniversary dinning experience! The ambiance was mature and relaxing. The beautiful live floral displays are few and far between these days. The garden and grounds were scenic. The food was excellent. The duck dish is one the best we have every had. The portions are generous and balanced between the main entree and sides. The service was great and the staff very inviting. We felt special on our special day.
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