A waiter said Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were totally normal on their date at a California restaurant – Insider

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  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are rarely seen in their new neighborhood of Montecito, California. 
  • But one waiter who saw them at Lucky’s Steakhouse told Insider the royals were “totally normal.” 
  • They sat in the outdoor area with everyone else while dining with Katherine McPhee and David Foster.
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I recently paid a visit to Lucky’s Steakhouse, one of the few places where Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have been spotted in Montecito, California, since they moved there in July 2020. 

The small Santa Barbara town is known for having plenty of famous residents — including Oprah Winfrey and Ariana Grande — but almost everyone I spoke to had never seen the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. 

But there was one exception. A waiter at Lucky’s told me he had been at the restaurant on the same night as Markle and Harry, and said the royals were “totally normal.” 

Markle and Prince Harry were seen at Lucky’s in October 2020 while they were on a double date with Katherine McPhee and David Foster. 

The front of Lucky's Restaurant in Montecito

Lucky’s Steakhouse in Montecito, California.

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McPhee and Markle are childhood friends, while Prince Harry and Foster have become “like father and son” in recent years, McPhee told Access Hollywood in a May 2020 interview. 

Markle and Harry held hands and wore masks as they made their way to the restaurant. 

But the famous foursome didn’t opt for private seating during their three-hour double date. The waiter pointed out exactly where they sat in the outdoor dining area with everyone else. 

It’s no surprise that the royals chose Lucky’s for their dinner. It’s easily the most famous restaurant in Montecito, and gets plenty of big-name guests. “Iron Chef” star Cat Cora has even said that Lucky’s New York strip steak is one of the best things she’s ever eaten

Lucky's Steakhouse Menu

The menu at Lucky’s.

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The waiter told me that there are celebrities at Lucky’s all the time, and that “most are really nice.” 

“A few are rude after having a couple of drinks,” he added. 

But for a restaurant with a rotating door of stars, Lucky’s is surprisingly laid-back and calm. There are no flashy decorations, and the dishes are comforting and unpretentious — but still absolutely delicious. 

When I asked my first waiter which menu items were most popular with Lucky’s famous guests, she waved off my question.

Dinner at Lucky's Steakhouse

The mac and cheese, hash browns, and New York strip steak at Lucky’s.

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“They’re just regular people who enjoy food,” she said with a laugh. “It’s really about what you like.”

Her response was similar to what everyone in town told me when I asked about their high-profile neighbors. 

“There’s like an unspoken rule, we treat them like everyone else,” said one woman who worked in a Montecito boutique. “It’s really nice.” 

Get the full story about my Montecito adventure here.

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