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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
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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