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.
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
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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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Lucia Restaurant & Bar - Bernardus Lodge Ratings and Reviews
Lucia Restaurant and the Lodge are just ...
Lucia Restaurant and the Lodge are just beautiful. We had drinks outside in the lobby in the warm sunshine and then had dinner in the restaurant. David our waiter was very nice and knowable of the food selections. The steak I had was cooked perfectly I could cut it with my fork. The wine and ambiance was great. I will surely return.
Disappointing. Felt more like an outdoo ...
Disappointing. Felt more like an outdoor hotel lobby restaurant than the beautiful setting we anticipated. Does not feel like you are in a winery or even near a vineyard but for the entrance to the property which builds expectations and is lovely. At the restaurant there were a bunch of families/kids/babies and not much atmosphere - no views and a pool 10 yards away. Again maybe our expectations were off. The music, while quite enjoyable, began an hour later than advertised. Wait staff was slow but then worked hard to make things right. BBQ Brisket was extremely fatty, and the non-fatty part was not tender. Tuna tartar was good, as were the duck rillettes. Desserts were excellent. The peach with lavender sauce was exceptional although the granola was unnecessary. Overall mixed review but not worth the drive out there.
A fine restaurant, and a fine dining exp ...
A fine restaurant, and a fine dining experience. We ate here to celebrate my birthday and our 30th anniversary, and it was hands down perfect in every way. Ambience is pleasant and comfortable. Service is just the right level of attentiveness, and also pleasant and professional And the food? Wow. We shared a number of small dishes: all wonderfully prepared. For dinner, my wife had the sea bass: perfect. I had the braised short ribs: incredible! Good sized portions, too. Oh, and I had an Old Fashioned before dinner - one of the best I've ever had in a restaurant. ... Hands down, one of the most enjoyable dining experiences we've had in a while.
Food was decent. Service alternated betw ...
Food was decent. Service alternated between very attentive and very inattentive depending on the server. Nice outdoor and indoor settings. Would dine here again if staying at the hotel, but would not make a trip for this restaurant.
A beautiful restaurant, doors open for c ...
A beautiful restaurant, doors open for cool breeze, fire going for ambience, Joe ,the talented piano player , was amazing. The service was very friendly and attentive. Very comfortable . We had the crab cake appetizer, which was tasty, and we also had the chicken, which was delish! Would definitely go again.
Service not up to usual standard. We've ...
Service not up to usual standard. We've dined here many times and have always had excellent service until yesterday. The server was someone we had not seen before, so perhaps he is new, but he was very slow, seemed to disappear and we had to flag down other servers at least three times. He failed to put in my husband's appetizer request, so he wasn't served that. That said, the food was excellent. I had the chicken, which is always terrific. Husband had the seafood special and said it was delicious. The live guitar music was wonderful as well.
First night at Bernardus Lodge so decide ...
First night at Bernardus Lodge so decided to stay close for dinner. Unfortunately forgot to make reservation so we're stuck dining in the bar as the restaurant was booked (on a Tuesday), though it sure didn't look full to us. Friendly service, food was out really quick, and was tasty. Enjoyed the meal, and the drink specials.
A picture perfect Mother's Day! The food ...
A picture perfect Mother's Day! The food was absolutely delicious with a picturesque backdrop. The staff was very polite, professional, and attentive. Highly recommended Lucia for any special occasion, especially Mother's Day.
What happened to the old ambiance of Marinus? Updating isn't always a good thing. Carpets to hardwood equals a much higher noise level, plus the opening up of the bar area means noise levels from the sports on the TV spilling over into what should be a quiet and upscale dining experience. Food nothing to shout about, either. Advertised parsnips with the salmon actually were turnips, duck "cassoulet" was slices of duck in a bowl with some sauteed vegetables. Certainly not a "Provencal" experience. I had the artichoke and basil raviolis, which were a huge disappointment. The "smoked tomato sauce" was so heavily smoked that there were no other flavors present at all. I ate half and left the rest. During college, I was a waitress in what was then an upmarket restaurant. We were told by the management not to ask about the quality of the food. Perhaps, this same management has now taken over what used to be a valley favorite?
We selected Lucia Restaurant to celebrate our 10th anniversary. We started at the bar... and had a delightful interaction with the bartender... and a fabulous margarita! We followed with the 5 course tasting menu (including lobster tempura, sea bass and cheese courses, among others) with wine paring. It was memorable and well worth the extra cost. The wines were excellent, although I would have appreciated a heftier pour of each. We ended with a sipping rum, and by then we deferred to the full discretion of staff and were not disappointed. To sum, we would repeat this wonderful experience in a heartbeat!
Had a disappointing meal last night for ...
Had a disappointing meal last night for wife's 50th birthday. The service and ambience were very good, but two of our meals were not not up to par. My wife had the duck and the sauce was too salty, and I had the "wagyu" beef. There is NO WAY we were served wagyu beef...while cooked to the correct temp...the cut was far from tender as one would expect from a cut like wagyu. The chef should be ashamed to charge $62 for what was clearly not wagyu.
In a word OUTSTANDING
We stayed at the Hotel for two nights and ate most all of our meals there. Dinner was my favorite with delicious fresh fish with Trumpet Mushrooms (haven't had those in Santa Barbara anywhere). I can't remember when I have had better food, and can't wait to go back again.
Delicious dinner at Lucia
We had a fabulous meal. Perfect in every way. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. The food was interesting and delicious. The Hamachi sashimi was SO delicate. The scallop and octopus ceviche unique and flavorful. The swordfish was perfect. The cassoulet wasn't too heavy. The sorbets are wonderful essence of fruit. We will definitely return.
Cal Stamenov still has got it!
We loved Bernardus and were anxious to see how Lucia lives up to the prior place's performance. In cooking and service it's every bit the equal. The decor and layout have changed to less formal, and there are now many more children than we used to see. (Well behaved children I should add.) Our mushroom soup was superb and the Fallow Venison main course was divine. The continues to be good reason to drive way up the Carmel Valley to find a great dinner.
The service was very good. Our waitress ...
The service was very good. Our waitress and sommelier were both knowledgable and attentive. The burger and fries were very very good and worthy of the price tag. I would categorize the new decor "upscale Napa Spa". Very open and lovely gardens to look out.
The nice touch was live music on a Sunday afternoon!
Outstanding food and Service!
The servers, and the food, are always top notch! If you are looking for a place that will always surprise you with unique variations on classic dishes, as well as offer you wonderfully unexpected cuisine options, this is for you. If, however, you are looking for an ordinary meal with a chain restaurant feel, this one will not work for you.
Change--not sure for the better
I preferred the ambiance of Marinus; it was much warmer. Lucia is sleek and rather cold. Even with the new design, I would like to see tablecloths on the tables in a restaurant of this caliber/price point. The food was very good, especially the seared foie gras.
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