Uncle Yu's at the Vineyard

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$30 and under
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Pan-Asian
Currently, our back parking lot is under construction due to the development of Stockman's Park. Parking is limited, but the parking lot is still accessible from L Street, or Railroad Avenue. We also have a few designated parking spaces near our rear entrance, but if all of those spaces are full, there is also a parking garage on Railroad Avenue. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience!

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.
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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food that never disappoints.

BB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonerful. My favorite restaurant in Livermore.

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food was good, but pricy for dim sum. Service absolutely terrible. Waited 20 minutes for a check. Had to ask for things twice, long wait to take order. Ended up walking to the bar to get a drink refill myself, because after the glass sat empty for a good 15 minutes we flagged our waiter and asked for a refill. Another 15 minutes later still did not have it. Painful!

CB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for the first time and everything was great. I am not a Chinese food fan but I really liked Uncle Yu's. It will be my go to place from now on.

S
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

All the dishes were excellent, but everyone especially liked the spare ribs, delicious & attractively presented.

SB
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great! We had a nice family meal, best part is that with a 5 & 6 year we were in and out in an hour!

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time to Uncle Yu’s and will definitely be back. So many great menu options. The food is amazing!

AB
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Uncle Yu's never disappoints, although parking can be tricky at times

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual... excellent food and service.

2
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NYE lunch with loved ones. This was my 10th visit. Excellent as usual...the chef’s dim sum was just delightful. I also had a champagne flight which was refreshing. Don’t miss the crispy eggplant nor the bbq sea bass.

4
Las Vegas
26 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is one of our favorite restaurants in the area. Food and service were awesome! Great wine selection too.

FA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food and service were great in a nice ambiance
It was not busy since we went for lunch at 1:30 so mileage may vary if busy

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing first visit at Uncle Yu’s. I have to really compliment the amazing service! Our waiter was very pleasant, friendly and provided us with a 5 star excellent service! Hands Down! A great dining experience is not only about the food- but about how you, as a patron is treated. Unfortunately, I forgot our waiters name- so sorry. He made us feel like he appreciated us being there. He’s someone who truly knows how to make a guest feel welcome, and this goes a very long way. Forget the food...although it was spectacular too! Uncle Yu... I’ll be back with my friends! Love the place, the food and the amazing service!

ID
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We waited a long time to be served which cut into our wine tasting agenda. It was the day after Christmas so I understand they might have been shorthanded. I ordered the crispy prawns on the lunch menu. The sauce was so sweet and heavy handed that I did not notice that it was chicken until I had eaten a good portion. The other plate was the salmon which was better.We chose this restaurant hoping for healthy, tasty, light fare. Will eat elsewhere next time. Also chose it for the wine flights featured on the website. No trace of flights on the wine menu.

KF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family had a really good time. We have been coming to Uncle Yu’s for the past 8 years for Christmas Eve.

e
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With friends. A wonderful experience

MS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is good as are the cocktails. When busy it’s a bit noisy and the service slows down a bit but I like it

DS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Variety and quality of food here is always great. Nice dining room. Always recommend!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

62nd Anniversary celebration

K
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great food and friendly service. Make sure to make reservations! They have a full page of gluten free options which js great!

AZ
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated family Christmas dinner... food and service was fantastic (as usual).

CR
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Service was unusually slow - not often a problem here. Maybe they had some no-shows.

T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All eleven of us enjoyed a wonderful lunch today. Our server Jake did a great job. The food was delicious and staff here is awesome!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of 10. Excellent service. Love the large round table with the lazy Susan in the center. And the food was excellent!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Arrived on time and was almost seated after a walk in couple. Hostess and host need to have better communication. Overall happy with the service

k
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just fantastic! Best and most interesting Chinese menu we've ever had. Beautiful restaurant. Definitely plan to return! Don't miss it!!!

LD
New Mexico
13 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We have enjoyed Uncle Yu's restaurant in Lafayette for many years. We no longer live in California, so when we were back for a visit to Napa in September we stopped for lunch -- unfortunately the restaurant was closed due to a fire.

We had another short trip this week, staying at a hotel in Livermore. We were very pleased/suprised to see Uncle Yu's had a restaurant in Livermore. The venue was more upscale than Lafayette, the noise level higher, and the food significantly spicier. The service (Juan) was excellent.

Would I return? Yes. But not order any spicy dishes!

l
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Got stuck in the back room and it was not festive,no music etc. not that busy in main dining room either.

H
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was fine its just never as good as you think its going to be. So I had made a reservation and somehow the table is never ready and you have to wait for 10 minutes while they set it. I thought that was the whole point of making a reservation. Also this is a kind of special occasion restaurant and they never seem to make you feel special. The service isnt bad - its just not great. They do make a point of speedily clearing plates even if you havent finished and making you feel hurried. All in all I have been here about 6 times and I think thats enough chances to get it right. So in conclusion, it's fine but I prefer to spend my $ on amazing!!

C
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always 😊

2
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great time at Uncle Yu's at the Vineyard. First, there is a great vibe to the restaurant: warm, welcoming, and friendly. The staff is fantastic! Like all restaurants, some servers are a notch or two above the others but everyone is good here (if you are seated in Matthew's station, you will have the best time ever, he is awesome). Lastly, the food is always top shelf! There is great variety and they will customize a dish to your liking (some dishes we ask for "no spicy seasoning" and others we ask for"no onions/chives" and there is never a problem. Nick is always available for wine recommendations; he has always done a great job for us in helping select just the right wine. This is one of the best "finer restaurant" choices in the Tri-Valley. We highly recommend Uncle Yu's at the Vineyard.

RS
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always amazing...excellent service received tonight from Aubrey... everyone delivered their A game!

L
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great server, food was excellent, beverages were well prepared, extra noisy group also in the restaurant at the same time

j
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Too much salt in the food. Others in my party concurred. Long time customer and love Nike’s place Hope this feedback helps address a potential problem in the kitchen.

T
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service. Parking was a bit tough, but able to find a spot nearby

BL
Central Coast
32 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience2

The Livermore downtown has over achieved. It took 20 minutes to find a parking spot at 5:30. That was after circling and ending up 2 blocks away. The restaurant had wonderful food a relatively low prices, as I have seen for 10 years. It was quite busy and noise level was the highest I have seen there. Not nice.

QV
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food and service were amazing and didn’t interrupt the follow of the conversation

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the pairing menu, especially the beef tenderloin. The wine was on-point as always.

But. The restroom situation is something that has to be resolved. The ladies room could’ve been a scene after a rave. Each stall was out of toilet paper, debris all over the floor... it was a gross mess! After all these years I hope the owner decides to do something to make the restrooms private, because they’re a mood killer! 🤢

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Uncle Yu's at the Vineyard is our go to social occasion place. We've celebrated every important family occasion there for over 10 years. The service is outstanding, the sauciers are magical and it's a lovely space. We love food and travel the entire bay area to explore restaurants, but sometimes, there's no place like home, especially when it's so good. Clarin, Justin and Belle set the standard for excellent service, and always make us feel like family. There are many reasons this pace is always packed, so a reservation is with the effort. Don't miss the pork corn and shrimp dumplings and the crispy eggplant. Enjoy!

SS
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Overall, restaurant was okay. Food was average. The Singapore noodles were by far the best. Wine selection good but pricey. Also, it was quite loud. The food could definitely be better given the prices. Also, their fish was overcooked (Petrale sole)