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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CR
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience4

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

T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
9 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
27 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
51 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.

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
41 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)

SD
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my husband’s birthday at Uncle Yu’s this year and the entire family loved it. We ate family style and every dish was delicious. Great service and atmosphere as well. Thank you, Uncle Yu’s for a perfect dinner out with family!

BS
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Crab fried rice is amazing. Wine list is outstanding. I can’t eat most Chinese food but I can eat here because there is no msg.

m
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistently great food and drinks at Uncle Yu’s. One of our go to places on the weekends

OT
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The place was crazy busy for a Tuesday night. All was good. Although I made a reservation, we had to wait about 15 minutes for a table. That was okay as there was a spot at the bar. Good stuff all around.

NS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a delicious dinner after a day of wine tasting. The service was very prompt and courteous, food was delicious and the price was just right. Will definitely recommend to friends and be back.

OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We always love Uncle Yu - food is hot and delicious, prompt, the drinks are good (great wine list) and the service is friendly. Mom has a great time celebrating. We will def come again. General Tsao chicken and the garlic pepper shrimps were deliciousness on a plate.

LE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing. The dim sum was delicious. Very extensive wine list.

TM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was good, we celebrated my husbands Birthday and relatives really enjoyed the food.

c
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great destination! Food and drink wonderful, outdoor patio was perfect for a warm afternoon with plenty of shade. Accommodated our large group of 10 plus high chair without any issues.

SK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

sin we with friends this evening. Food was amazing, as always. Server was not very personable. Felt like he was bothered that he had to serve our table. Definitely disappointed in the server’s attitude.
But again, food was outstanding. Love Uncle Yu’s!

C
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Only problem was the long wait to be seated after we arrived at our reservation time.

SH
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good!

n
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was awesome - very easy going. Had a great time!

N
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Made a reservation for my anniversary and the hostess seemed uninterested when we told her. We were sat and then had our order taken by “Robbie” I believe, who also seemed uninterested in serving us. The drinks came out no problem but the food took around 45 minutes to come out. This was made worse by the fact that 2 other large groups were seated after us and all got their food before us. When we finally got our food, my wife’s was unexpectedly deep fried and incredibly salty. The rest of the food was pretty good. No one ever checked back with us until it was time for us to go and we’d already been sitting for 20 minutes just waiting for the bill. We were treated like they didn’t want us there, and it ruined our anniversary night. Disappointed to say the least and we likely never come back

WB
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and service is great! Highly recommend a visit. Nick, the owner, is very helpful with choices.

DB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alway good food and experience at Uncle Yu, friendly staff and service.

N
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! My daughter and I love Uncle Yu's

CM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in East Bay, hands down. Best service, food quality, food taste and ambiance. Plus, if you're a wine enthusiast, you will ADORE the wine selection.

OT
Birmingham
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal

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w
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

wW have been to this restaurant many times...and have always liked it. But the last 2 times we have
had a female server who is not enthused about her job. We feel like it is a burden for her to help
us. The bus boy Alex saved the day this time...he was exceptional and we tipped him. We also
tipped the waitress 15% because she actually took our orders. I am hoping we don't get her again.

MA
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group had Kung Pao Chicken,Combination Chow Mein, Beef Chow Fun, Curry Lamb, Singapore Rice Noodles and spinach dumplings. Food was all very good. Highly recommend this restaurant.

c
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Uncle Yu’s was wonderful and the waygu beef and crab rice was exceptional!