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
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
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!!
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.
Food was excellent by we were disappoint ...
Food was excellent by we were disappointed by the 5 courses Chef's menu; not a vey good value for the money.
All the Chef's menu courses are really much, much smaller size of the same carte items, nothing original or delightful as we remembered from the chef's menu when the restaurant was the Marinus.
Also no more varied amuse-bouches spread over the meal, just one at the beginning, same as the complimentary one you get with a la carte items.
Don't get us wrong, food was great, we were just expecting more.
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?
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