Just steps away from Healdsburg’s landmark plaza, Café Lucia invites you to a leisurely meal in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere made warm and cozy by hanging canvas prints of landscapes and scenery from the Azores and Portugal, and the wooden tables fashioned from old wine boxes. Enjoy a casual lunch in the courtyard or an evening meal served al fresco with Fado, the traditional music of Portugal, playing in the background. Best of all, of course, is the genuinely caring service and food, which will leave you completely sated yet somehow craving more.
Cozinha Nova Portuguesa
Healdsburg Restaurant Café Lucia offers Cozinha Nova Portuguesa – “new Portuguese cuisine” – celebrating the varied and complex flavors of Portugal, adapted to the immense offerings of top-quality ingredients from Sonoma County. The result is a unique cuisine characterized by familiar Mediterranean and Iberian staples (olive oil, olives, garlic, tomatoes, onions, wine, saffron, etc.), exotic spices and flavorings picked from around the globe during hundreds of years of Portuguese expeditionary voyages, and fresh local and seasonal Californian ingredients from land and sea. It’s a winning combination for lovers of traditional Portuguese fare and adventurous diners alike.
What they’re saying….
Tucked just outside of Healdsburg’s main plaza, Café Lucia maintains an emphasis on authentic Portuguese ingredients, like seafood, stewed meats, tomatoes, garlic, and olive oil. A serene, plant-lined, interior courtyard leads to an airy dining room with a dark red horseshoe bar and prints of the owners’ hometown, São Jorge, in the Azores. Settle into one of the espresso leather banquettes and be rewarded with cumin- and cinnamon-tinged dinner rolls, just like the chef’s mother used to make—perfect for savoring over generous flights of Portuguese or Sonoma wine.”
“The flavors of Portugal dazzle diners at this restaurant run by Healdsburg native Lucia Azevedo Fincher. You can go the tapas-only route—the fried Sonoma goat cheese and the crispy pig’s ear are two standouts—or order a few small plates before moving on to a full entrée. A fine accompaniment either way is caldo verde, a potato-thickened beef consommé with thinly sliced collard greens and linguiça sausage. Among the noteworthy mains is feijoada completa, the Brazilian national dish, a thick mass of stewed beef, pork, smoked sausage, and black beans. The Portuguese variation on paella is also a winner.”
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