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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.
Carmel Valley, CA 93924
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
First visit to Lucia after Bernardus Lodge redid its restaurant. Cal Stamenov is still the master chef, so the food is still outstanding - fresh, local ingredients beautifully prepared to showcase the quality of the food. We had a lovely dinner sitting outside, which provided just the right mix of high-end dining and casual atmosphere.
Very disappointing. We dined here this past Thursday night (7/13) for my special birthday. My wife took the time to contact the restaurant well in advance to alert them to our dietary restrictions and that it was special birthday dinner celebration. She also reconfirmed a few days prior to our reservation that everything was still okay and they confirmed it wouldn't be a problem to accommodate a special vegan meal for me. We were also staying at the hotel btw. When we were sat for dinner, there seem to be no notes that transferred from the my wife's conversations with the restaurant to our server. The server, which was plenty kind, didn't know what to do about our needs and what would could be made vegan from their normal menu. He even said something like, "if we only knew in advance". We let him know we had called in advance but that didn't seem to register with him. Nothing seem to have been organize at all to accommodate us or make any attempt of a special meal. The server went back to the kitchen to discuss what could be ordered after thinking I could maybe order the only pasta listed on their menu (everything else seemed to have meat or dairy). He came back saying the pasta noodles had egg in them so the only thing they could make was rice (not risotto) with sautéed vegetables. Having no other option I went with that. We waited almost 40 minutes for our main course to come out and it was basically steamed rice (way too al dente) and a handful of vegetables and a few mushrooms. NO effort was put into that meal I can tell you. There was also no dessert options other than sorbet. My wife was made to believe they were going to do something special and nothing was done at all. We might as well have randomilly dined anywhere with zero advanced notice and come out better off.
Lucia has everything you want in a restaurant: a great setting and ambience, thoughtful service, and, above all, a seriously talented chef. Every course was excellent; there was no fall-off in quality. Though I live at a distance from Lucia, I'll return again as soon as I can.
Lovely setting for anniversary dinner .. attentive service however a bit disappointed when we asked for two cookies to go,along with dessert ordered and were told that it wasn't possible unless we ordered the full order on menu! Given that this was a celebration of anniversary that they knew about a bit disappointing given the location!!
It was a windy day, so the vinyl enclosures around the patio on which we were seated flapped loudly throughout our meal. The food was good, but not special enough for these prices, particularly given the above-mentioned atmosphere. Some of the restaurants in downtown Carmel are a better value overall.
We discovered Bernardus many years ago and we love it as a fantastic dining experience. We do not live in the area but visit from time to time and and we try to get to Lucia whenever we can. The food, the decor, the ambience, the service all combine to make it a memorable and gratifying experience every time.
My wife and I recently enjoyed an exceptional dinner at Lucia, and I would be remiss if I didn't properly review this restaurant. The vibe is casual Carmel Valley, in a partially open air dining room subtly decorated with local arrangements. We were lucky to get one of the back booths, which make for a more private and intimate dining experience. Our server was very knowledgeable about the food, the ingredient components of each dish, and even the wine list. Chef Cal's food is beautifully presented without being over the top. The quality ingredients shone through on each dish we ordered. There wasn't a bad bite in the entire meal. It's a bit out of the way, but you won't find a better meal in Carmel or Monterey.
Gorgeous place, nice live music, the food is good , but nothing amazing. The waiter was very nice, but didn't bring the wine until we were halfway finished with our meal. The reason was that he had to get it from the cellar. That is laughable because I ordered a $15 glass of Bernardus that was oxidized and just on the wine side of vinegar. Incredible that a winery would serve an un drinkable wine and so very late into the meal! No time for a second glass that way, guys!
This was definitely one of the better meals I've had recently. We ordered the tasting menu and each course was delicious. The wine pairings suited the courses well too.
We ordered the abalone in addition and I would definitely recommend this. The sommelier even gave me a larger pour on one of the pairings since he felt it would pair nicely with this extra appetizer.
The foie gras option on the tasting menu is definitely worth it.
Our first try at the newly opened Lucia Restaurant at Bernardus in Carmel Valley. This was a special occasion and we were treated with extra care. The Happy Hour in the bar was pleasant with live guitar music. Dinner was tasty, with a surprise appetizer. My spouse had the lamb which was done just right, but my pork chop was somewhat large although cooked appropriately. The sommelier selected nice red wines that paired well with our meals. A satisfactory evening to celebrate a special occasion.
Rather disappointed in our Easter brunch. We arrived the tables were huge enough for parties of seven or more. We were just a family of four. We were sat at such a table. The food was placed in corners as well as displayed on a long t-shaped table. The food looked fresh but I noticed that the omelette station where some breakfast buffet items were on show seemed old. The Carvery was probably the best of all stations. However near the Carvery station sides were stored in warming dishes. One which was Portabella mushrooms but they were ice cold. Overall fairly disappointed in a rather expensive event. Will seek somewhere else next year .
WE HAD THE TASTING MENU. IT WAS FABULOUS. I GAVE A LOWER SCORE FOR SERVICE.
THE PEOPLE WHO DELIVERED THE FOOD WERE COURTEOUS, REVIEWED THE INGREDIENTS AND WERE VERY PLEASANT. THE WAITER WAS UNINTERESTED. CAME TO THE TABLE ONLY ONCE DURING THE ENTIRE MEAL. WAS NOT KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT THE TASTING MENU AND EXPLAINED OUR LIMIITED QUESTIONS WITH DINER-TYPE ANSWERS. HE WAS A DETRIMENT TO THE SALE OF THE TASTING MENU.
Lucia was one of the best restaurants I have ever been to. The food was absolutely amazing. Food that I normally would not eat were still delicious and made me change my mind, for example the caviar and scallops. I took my girlfriend here for here birthday and she loves it as well. We did not stay in the hotel but we were still treated with top notch service. They have a great wine list and there is a somalier there to tell you about the wines. Not only was the food phenomenal but the service was exceptional. All the employees made us feel very welcomed and the GM was pure class. I recommend this place to anyone who appreciates great food and great service with an incredible view.
Our first trip back since the remodel and new restaurant. Will definitely return again. We were there for brunch. My husband had the special Huevos Rancheros brunch combo which came with the best Bloody Mary ever & Cervice. I had an amazing Artichoke with the Huevos Rancheros & a sparkling Rose. We had to try the house made blackberry Cabernet Gelato which was also incredible. They had live music and a beautiful outdoor garden. Very nice can't wait to return for dinner or even just for an artichoke!
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.
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