Uncle Yu's - Livermore
Uncle Yu's - Livermore

Uncle Yu's - Livermore

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.uncleyuatthevineyard.com/
  • Phone: 9254497000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Pan-Asian, Asian, Chinese
  • Executive Chef: John Phung
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Uncle Yu's offers catering to parties of all sizes and for all occasions. Whether you need a luncheon catered at your office or a wedding catered at your home or a local winery, we guarantee a successful event and memorable event.
  • Private Party Facilities: Uncle Yu's Harvest room can accommodate your special event needs for holiday parties, special celebrations, cocktail parties, corporate events or rehearsal dinners. Uncle Yu's has a private room that can host private parties for up to 55 guests. The room can be used privately or semi-privately depending upon your needs, party size and budget. We customize menus and offer wine-pairing for the perfect marriage of food and wine for your special event. We promise a memorable event that doesn't break the bank! Weather permitting we also have a lovely outdoor patio which can be used for special event dining for parties of up to 100.
  • Private Party Contact: William Molander 9254497000
  • Special Events: Join us for a special Valentine’s Day Dinner. Instead of our regular menu, we will be offering a special 3 course and 4 course menu starting at only $35.00! Please call us for additional information and reservations. 925-449-7000

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between First Street and Railroad Avenue
  • Public Transit: Take the #10 Wheels bus from Dublin / Pleasanton Bart station to Railroad and S. Livermore in Livermore. From there walk one block south on S. Livermore. 39 S. Livermore Ave. Ste 125, Livermore, Ca
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Uncle Yu's - Livermore
Winner of Diablo's Best of the East Bay Award, Uncle Yu's delivers Asian cuisine with a twist. Innovative Asian cuisine enhanced with quality ingredients, paired with a Wine Spectator Award winning wine list, striking atmosphere and engaging service create the perfect dining experience. Whether you desire a quick bite, a fantastic glass of wine, a meal with the family or a sommelier's wine paired dinner, Uncle Yu's delivers! In addition to our dining room, we have a lively lounge and bar, a beautiful outdoor patio and a private room for special occasions and holiday parties. We also offer take out, delivery and off-site catering. Please join us and experience for yourself the pleasures of dining where east meets west and fine wines are playfully paired with the flavors of the Orient.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Uncle Yu's - Livermore reviews from OpenTable diners
63 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (43)neighborhood gem (36)fit for foodies (35)special occasion (34)great for outdoor dining (32)good for groups (29)great for lunch (27)romantic (19)hot spot (11)vibrant bar scene (9)kid-friendly (9)great for brunch (8)late-night find (6)scenic view (6)Show More
  • OpenTable weakness
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    After I made the online reservation for four diners, I learned that another would be joining our group. I tried to notify OpenTable to change the reservation with no success. We arrived at the restaurant a half hour early hoping that the change could be made then without too much trouble, but they were only able to seat us very near the bar in a long table rather than in a circle. Not handy for carrying on a conversation. I was very disappointed. They told me that there is a way to change the number of diners online, but I don't know it. I could not find on your website any way to add another diner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Average Dining Experience
    OpenTableNewbee
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This place was highly recommended by a person who enjoys excellent dining experiences, so I was happy to be able to try this restaurant. The restaurant décor is quite modern, upscale energetic and inviting. House wine selections are above average. Service was extremely fast, almost too fast which made me feel a bit rushed. Our waiter did not offer us a lot of chat or explanation time, however. The food was average, no better and no worse than most Asian food restaurants (and I have to sadly say I expected much better than what I am recently accustomed to eating in my rural town). Our seating was a but too close to the party next to us because I heard and was distracted by their entire conversation throughout dinner.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • unstoppable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Uncle Yu's has been the best restaurant in Livermore for a long time. It's Chinese-influenced, but really California cuisine. With way better wine than you'd ever expect from Chinese. Go early to get decent parking downtown, and then stay for a show at the 500-seat Bankhead Theater across the street ;-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Annieversary Dinner
    LesIsMore
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This was the first time we'd been to Uncle Yu's in a few years and it was to celebrate our anniversary. The food and service were as great as we remembered. It's a great place to go for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Uncle Yu's
    62goodfood
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Service and food are great. Choice of indoor or outdoor dining. Prices are very reasonable. A Livermore gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uncle Yu's at the Vineyard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Uncle Yu's is one my favorite Chinese restaurant in Livermore. I often make a reservation when our group has visitors. Although I prefer lunch as it is the most reasonably priced, the Tiger prawns with honey walnuts from the dinner menu are meaty and delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Monthly Gathering/Always a Treat!
    BrooklynBabeVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I meet with a group of former colleagues, usually once a month, at Uncle Yu's. We look forward to our monthly luncheons for both the friendship and the good food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Vhola
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Consistently great food and cocktails. We love this place but our waitress was terrible. Maybe she's new, we always had great service starting with a very friendly receptionist. Hopefully she will get some training or next time we will request someone else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it! Again!
    Ihvreservations
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We go to Uncle Yu's 2 to 3x a Year as we live about 40 mins away. The last few times were not as good as the food and service were not as good as years past (we have been going there for 7-8 years). But we were there Thursday nite and Everything was wonderful !! Our waiter was excellent and our favorite entree was a prepared perfectly!! We Love the aged orange peel Beef and ask for it extra crispy. it was exquisite!! Even the manager on duty was so great, we will, I'm sure be back again and again!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Superb!
    Bandito
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Top notch service, delicious food, fabulous cocktails, comprehensive wine list (and staff that know the wines and can make excellent recommendations) and a superb night out. As usual Uncle Yu's doesn't disappoint!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Gluten Free Chinese Food
    Mrsb5277
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    If you have Celiacs and have longed for Chinese food Uncle Yu's is the place for you. The food is served family style so gather up your other celiac buddies and go enjoy be sure to make a reservation.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not what used to be
    clasicarbuff
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I have eaten at Uncle Yu's When first opened and it was superb, but now just OK.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dining experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had out of town relatives visiting, and we wanted a great spot for dinner downtown for a group of 6 (including two children). Uncle Yu's turned out to be the perfect spot. Great food, great ambiance, and our server - Clarissa (sp?) - was truly the highlight of our dining experience. She provided great insight not only for our wine selections, but also proved to be an expert on the menu, and made the kids particularly special. We will definitely go back and hope to again be seated in her area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sea Bass
    RC64VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This is one of our favorite spots and you must try the BBQ Sea Bass. It is the best you will ever have.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Dinner!
    BrooklynBabeVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    On this visit, my husband and I had dinner at Uncle Yu's. The food was delicious. Always a pleasure and we look forward to the next time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I highly recommend this restaurant, food is just awesome to say the least.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Lunch Spot
    BrooklynBabeVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I meet, typically on a monthly basis, with a group of former colleagues. We always enjoy the food, service, and overall good "vibe" of Uncle Yu's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great DInner with Friends
    BrooklynBabeVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Uncle Yu's is always a favorite for lunch or dinner with friends and family. We had an excellent dinner, and it was wonderful to see Miss Jennifer, who is also so warm and friendly. The servers also come over to say hello, even if they are not assigned to our table. This always make me feel liked a valued customer and is greatly appreciated. I'll be back next week for lunch with another group of friends. Looking forward to it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A winning restaurant
    crazycanuck
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    My wife and I have been to Unclu Yu's several times and have never been disappointed. The lighting in the restaurant is muted, which sets the mood right for a culinary experience. The food is outstanding and the service from beginning to end is excellent, never intrusive. I don't know how they do it but our food order (shanghai noodles and beef/brocolli) appeared on our table 5 minutes or so after we had ordered. Prices are higher than "regular" chinese restaurants but they are reasonable given the high food quality. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food / great service
    Emailvava
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I have always had a great experience at uncle yus. Everything that I have tried there has been great. I always take out of town era here for a great meal and there wine selection is outstanding. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never have been disappointed
    JimW
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We took some out-of- town relatives to lunch for this visit. Both the service and food was outstanding - which is what we expect for this particular restaurant. They have never let us down.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food with elegance
    Luvlindsco
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Good recvomendations from our waitress as well as the service. It made for an enjoyable birthday dinner. Thank you!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy dinner
    mtb4evr
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We've been going to this restaurant for a long while. The atmosphere is great, relatively quiet, and somewhat low light on the inside. They have a nice outside dining area next which is next to the public fountain and makes a nice early evening experience. They have a huge wine list and the pot stickers are one of my favorites. I'd like to see the menu changed up a bit. My wife felt it was kind of all over the place. That said, the food is good and the staff has always been great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wrong Night
    PenguinLuverVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Still love this restaurant and we will return, but I hope it's a night when there aren't any large parties conducting events. We could hardly talk to each other due to the noise from the large party next to us having a bridal shower. They should have been in a private room. Screaming kids and the opening of gifts is not condusive to fine dining. Food and service were excellent as always.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Asian food, unbelievable wine
    Kira
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Great Asian food and fine wine are usually not present at the same location - they are at Uncle Yu's. Nick, the sommelier, recommended two excellent wines that paired perfectly with our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 458 reviews are from the Uncle Yu's - Livermore reviews archive.
  • Not so special
    alexgm
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    When booking we mentioned it was our 46th anniversary. While dinner was very good, there was no dessert offered or even acknowledgement of our special occasion. We expected more from a restaurant of this caliber. We were very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    dvayderVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Uncle Yu's is not cheap but so their food is delicious!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice place to celebrate
    inconnueVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We had to squeeze a celebratory meal before recital. The wait staff were very efficient with our orders and deliveries. The food was wonderful, and beautifully prepared. Thanks for a great time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    ConnieVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Love the Livermore Uncle Yu's. The Shrimp with Walnuts is to die for.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Review
    Donald
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    My favorite is BBQ sea bass. My favorite is BBQ sea bass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always delicious
    Katallack
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We love Uncle Yu's for small Mommy - kid lunches and big Father's Day dinners. They consistently offer great wine, solid service and delicious food. It's our go-to spot.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good as always
    Terry
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Uncle Yu's is my favorite restaurant in Livermore and the best Chinese restaurant I have ever been too. More impressive than the food is their constancy. The food and service is top notch every time. The owner has been there every time I have been which is probably a big help in that regard. Most of my visits have been during the day so I take advantage of the patio. It is next to the fountain downtown which makes it a nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Asian Fusion
    californiamarkVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Absolutely delicious creations - especially the seafood dishes. Amazing wine selection and totally un-Asian desert menu to round off a really fantastic meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bonnet
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Never disappointed with the food or service....excellent always!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New favorite!!!!
    Momof3VIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    We had a large party (10) and we were given great service. Out drinks and appetizers came out quickly. Orang beef was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing. a must go!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    This place is amazing every time. The food is perfect, the service is spot on and the prices are good considering the quality. If you like good food and Chinese you have to visit. They even have an entire gluten free menu.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food!
    Ptonfoodie
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Delicious pan-asian food. Nice combinations of texture and taste. Huge, excellent wine list. Waiters able to advise on wine pairings. Definitely a return-to place!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Chinese food in Livermore area
    ElkArcherVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    We have met here many times and have never been disappointed. All of the dishes were very well prepared and delicious! Nothing comes close in the Livermore/Pleasanton area.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once again a great meal
    JimW
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    As expected my wife and I had another great dinner at this restaurant. Everything we ordered met or exceeded or expectations. The service was very good as well. We were first seated near the bar where patrons were boisterously talking across the length of the it. We asked to be moved and were accommodated without issue. We ordered a rib appetizer to split, Szechwan Prawns, a Mandarin Orange Beef, rice, and tea. We also split their sorbet dessert. The tab including tax was $65. While we felt that $4 for a single pot of tea was a bit steep it does not seem to be totally out of line from other dining experiences that we have had. Other than this minor annoyance it was another great dinner at Uncle Yu's.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch with friends
    JohnMartinVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Enjoyed a delightful lunch with a dear friend. Love your lunch combo menu. The. Service was outstanding - a real credit to your restaurant!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet