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About Garre Cafe

Experience old Italy as the scent of freshly baked focaccia bread sets the mood for a truly moving dining experience. With a beautiful Italian garden, wine barrels and surrounding vineyards the stress and worry of the day disappear. Enjoy our eclectic menu featuring California cuisine with a Mediterranean influence paired with our handcrafted wines. With both indoor and outdoor seating the café is perfect for a business lunch, an intimate date or family gatherings.

7986 Tesla Road
Livermore, CA 94550
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Italian

Hours of Operation:
Mon–Thu 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
Fri, Sat 11:00 am–8:30 pm
Sun 11:00 am–4:30 pm

Cross Street:
Tesla & Greenville

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(925) 371-8100 ext. 1

Website:
http://www.garrewinery.com/cafe_garre.html

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We currently have two venues available for Weddings, Social and Corporate Events. Bella Rosa can host up to 370 seated dinners and the Martinelli Center can host up to 200 seated dinners.

Garre Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (29)
Great for Outdoor Dining (28)
Scenic View (22)
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Good for a Date (22)
Special Occasion (20)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Worth the Drive (16)
Casual (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Notable Wine List (12)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Business Meals (9)
Romantic (9)
Great for Brunch (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Cozy (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Fun (4)
Healthy (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Tasting Menu (3)
Authentic (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Live Music (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Unfortunately we arrived a few hours before our
Scheduled lunch. This was a problem for the person who greeted us. We were seated right away but the service was incredibly slow. The wine we ordered was great (profound secret) but the food was not consistent. The pasta dishes were good but the kids food was not good or hot.
Overall, I would not recommend this cafe. Probably a good place for a wine tasting though.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Came to Garre to enjoy a nice lunch after wine tasting in Livermore, it was. lovely day and we enjoyed sitting outside. We ordered the rose, crab dip and shrimp cocktail along with some clam chowder and raviolli. Overall the food was great, however our server seemed to disappear not paying us any attention as plates stacked. We would have loved to have dessert but she never came back, to the point we went inside to pay.

Maybe we will give it a second chance.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was delicious as always - it's our go too place to meet our friends and then after lunch visit a Winery or two. The service was terrible this time. It took 20 minutes for the server to see if we wanted drinks - took forever to get the drinks - after she brought us our lunch she never came back to see how our meal was or to see if we wanted another glass of wine. Which we definitely wanted. We asked the girl filling our water glass to please send over our server - when she finally came we were ready to leave - no 2nd glass of wine - maybe they are short staffed -
We will still go back! Love it there

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our waiter seemed disinterested, forgot items, brought the wrong items. The bloody mary was bland and couldn't taste alcohol . It was my first time at Garee so I will give it another try. It was recommended by friends that had a very good experience.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Extremely glad we found this vineyard/winery and restaurant. Had planned to have a Sunday lunch at another local vineyard but found they now serve only a brunch and their prices have gone thru the roof since our last visit ($45 for eggs!!!! Really?), so consulted the vineyard association to see which other members have restaurants. Garre was recommended.

The ambience of the Garre vineyard is less picturesque than the more famous in the valley, but it's still very nice. However, the ambience in the restaurant and on their patio is excellent, the prices are much less than "famous", and the food is fantastic (choice of breakfast/brunch and lunch items). Very creative and tasty menu. Try the glazed shrimp appetizer!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I hate to leave a bad reveiw, I’ve eaten lunch there many times and never had a bad experience. That being said, I had out of town guests visiting and after finding there was a table available for dinner I jumped at the chance. I live in Livermore, my husband didn’t believe I got a table for dinner, saying they aren’t open for dinner. I said I got a table. Well, as we approached the gate it was locked. We circled a few times, and I called only to get a recorded answering machine. Needless to say I was disappointed, and we ended up going to the Fist Street Ale House.
I do hope that everything is ok.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The restaurant has charming outdoor and inside dining. The tables are far enough apart that you aren't feeling like you're in the middle of another conversation. We had a delightful lunch - splitting a chicken sandwich and each ordering a delightful smoky tomato bisque soup. It all went well with a bottle of Garre sparkling wine.

Tags: Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

My work group often eats at this restaurant to celebrate birthdays. Always a good experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Healthy, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Wonderful experience with good service attention, unique food menu, nice cocktail and wine list, and above that, very reasonably priced. Not on the beaten path and makes it even more worth the trip. Good patio for outdoor dining and quiet and open indoor seating. A nice treat for special occasions or to just get out of downtown for a glass of wine and unique tasting.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Beautiful setting right next to the vines. Dined outside for lunch . Great selection for food and drink. Friendly servers made added to the meal experience. Easy to get to, no traffic and a great place for a lesurly lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch outside in the vineyard. It is a beautiful spot on a beautiful sunny day. Food was very good, although a little hit or miss as one of our guest sent their food back. The blackened salmon sandwich was great! Service was a little slow to get our check-they definitely do not rush you out the door! I would highly recommend.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 8, 2017

This is our new favorite restaurant in Livermore. The food is fantastic--the salmon was perfectly cooked and the Nonna's gravy with meatballs is the best red sauce and meatballs I've ever had in a restaurant. It's pretty quiet unless there is a wedding going on, but even then the music wasn't too loud in the dining room.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Wonderful food selection and perfect outdoor seating area. Everyone enjoyed their meal!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

My two girlfriends and I did wine tasting first in the wine room across the way which I highly recommend. We bought a couple of bottles and then headed over to Garre Cafe for our lunch reservation and we had the pleasure of being sat outside to enjoy the gorgeous weather and scenery. We ordered the calamari which was cooked perfectly, the jambalaya which was delicious and the special flatbread of the day, which was the 'Meat Lovers' and that was so good! I recommend this place to anyone doing wine tasting in Livermore or if you want a nice place to have lunch or dinner on the weekend.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

We had a large gathering of 14 for a birthday - the staff was very attentive; the ambiance was wonderful; even quiet (and there was a wedding in the next room!!)

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

I booked at last minute on Open Table to celebrate my birthday with my husband (I did note BIRTHDAY in the comments when I booked my reservation). Service was so slow for a 2pm reservation. I'm not sure if someone didn't show up to work or if they are normally like that. We noted that if there is a group, it takes away from the small tables.

We had intended to order lunch, but started off with drinks/appetizers and see how things would progress and order more. We got our drinks and water, but it took a while before we got our appetizers. By then, we weren't hungry anymore and more hangry at that point. What was really frustrating, was a couple behind us got seated and served bread right away to apologize for the delay. We didn't get any bread or an apology for the slow service. I was upset by then and we decided not to order lunch (because it's my birthday and almost in tears). My husband suggested we try to make up for my birthday somewhere else (and did - thank you Wente).

One more thing, the umbrella at the table next to us had a dead bird hanging from the umbrella. I can't believe no one noticed the poor thing flattened and hanging from the umbrella. My husband did not like looking at that! He went inside and told the management as we were leaving the restaurant.

My husband's impression was once the waitress knew we were going with apps/drinks first, we wouldn't be big tippers, so we were low priority. SO wrong, my husband worked as a waiter in college, he tips everyone. He even tipped our waitress almost 20% even though she didn't deserve it.

Overall, from the way service was, they made it clear we are not welcomed.

Tags: Good for Groups, Scenic View
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Don’t know what happened with our service. Our waitress never came to our table although she served the table next to us while we were looking at our menus. After waiting forever to order we flagged down the only waiter we saw. He told us we weren’t in his section but would take our order anyway. Then we waited forever for our bread and had to Flag him down again for that.
Fortunately we didn’t have to wait too long for our food, and it was all delicious.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Great sunset with terrific food. Relaxed but special. I had great chicken marsala, my husband said the carbonara was the best.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

This was our first time at Garre`and we had our out of town family with us. We were very, very happy with the service and the food. There was 5 of us and we all had something different. We all raved about our food! And, the price was very reasonable. We will definitely return!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

We all enjoyed our food and wine, it was a great day and experience there!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Went on a long weekend Sunday, was concerned they would be very busy when we first arrived as there wasn't anyone at the host stand and we waited about 5 minutes prior to anyone greeting us.

We did have a reservation, and luckily while there were quite a few parties inside ( it was upwards of 100 degrees outside) the service was still great.

Food is fun California fare, with great wines, our server was friendly and provided prompt knowledgeable answers to our questions.

Would recommend Garre Cafe to all, this was my second visit with friends. The first I was seated outside on the patio and was there with family who also enjoyed lunch.

Tags: Fun, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Only 8 folks in our party showed up but the staff didn't flinch. We were seated promptly and received excellent service. Everyone enjoyed their meal.

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We were disappointed. We had various starters which were all ok. Then shared a duck confit pizza which didn't have much flavour.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Quiet Conversation
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 27, 2017

We had friends from oput of town for wine tawting and we ended up at Garre for dinner. Because it was so hot, we ate inside and found everything to be excellent. The service was perfect, not rushed, and the food fantastic. I will be going back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed the food and ambience. However our reservations were at 12:30 and the temperature outside was 100°. There was no option on open table for inside or outside dining. And when we arrived there was no option for inside dining and air-conditioning.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

I can't understand why this place isn't packed every Friday and Saturday night. The food is consistently excellent, and the service is superb. We always bring our own wine and they always waive corkage AND have excellent stemware! Why are you not here?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

The food was good. We went for a birthday lunch on a Sunday afternoon at 1:30pm, it was not crowded.
If you have a group of 10 they add a 20% Service charge.
If you are celebrating a birthday and bring a cake they charge $2.00 per person cutting fee. We were disappointed that they knew it was a birthday and they did not give the guest of honor a chance to blow out a candle on her cake. They only bring out the cake 🎂 Whenserving after they have cut it up.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Food presentation is great however the Portabella mushroom sandwich was drenched with olive oil- my paper napkin was wet from trying to soak up all the grease off the portabella mushroom. The waiter was friendly however didn't come to check on us and had to flag down the water people to request a refill on my soda plus ask again for utensils. The bussing people were more helpful than the waiter.

The venue or layout was very nice but the lack of attentiveness would not make me recommend this place for a large crowd or to bring guest here. I was embarrassed to have my out of town guest be exposed to this lack of service.

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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Very nice waitress who remembered us from last time. Pleasant time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Great ambiance, food, service, and prices are reasonable. My favorite restaurant!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Authentic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Our server Rosie was great. Loved the Caesar salad!

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Great lunch with friends. Had appetizers and a light meal. Broccoli Soup was wonderful. Service was great. No rush and very pleasant. Sat outside overlooking the vineyards. Wonderful view.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 7, 2017

Our group of 6 diners enjoyed ourselves. We had a vegetarian and 5 carnivores. The roasted tomato soup was tasty. The roasted cauliflower, excellent. My tuna tartare, delicious. Two people split the portobello mushroom sandwich and found it satisfying. Even though the restaurant was nearly empty inside (lots of outside diners), the waiter removed plates so hurriedly that I was left without a knife to finish my bread and butter.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

Had a great time at Garre. The food was absolutely delicious, the wine list is impressive, and the overall experience was fantastic. Would highly recommend this to anyone.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We had a great time as a family dining outdoors and enjoying the great weather and scenery.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Delicious every time! I got the Kir Royale cocktail and it was so yummy and refreshing! Sitting outside is always a treat, the location is gorgeous and there's always enough shade to protect you from the sun. Hubs got the salmon sandwich, his favorite and I got the pulled pork sandwich. Love this place!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Such a lovely experience! We sat outside and even though there was a wedding it was very peaceful and quiet. Our waitress was a very nice young lady, who catered to us! The food was really delicious too! I'm glad we found this gem, we definitely will be visiting it again!

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·Dined on July 30, 2017

We have a great time, perfect weather to sit out on the patio.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Garré is a beautiful venue in general. The cafe was wonderful. Our server was Serena and she was always attentive to our needs. The chef makes the most amazing crab dip and the baked cauliflower was the most unique and delicious item on the appetizer menu. We ordered the steak and it came out perfect. It melted in our mouths.
There was a wedding happening when we arrived and although we thought it would be loud in the cafe, it wasn't at all. We had drinks and dessert on the patio and the beautiful vineyards at sunset just topped off the night.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

This was my second time dining at Garre -- both times for birthday celebrations. We had a lovely lunch on the patio. The service was great and the food was delicious! Love their menu, too!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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