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Sanctuary Ultra Lounge and Restaurant

33 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem

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The Sanctuary Ultra Lounge and Restaurant in Livermore offers an eclectic menu of scratch-made items, al fresco dining and love entertainment almost every night. Guests can come in for DJs and live music, the newest comedy show and much more.

Visitors at the Sanctuary Ultra Lounge and Restaurant can start off with shareable options like the cheese and charcuterie plate, or dive into the heaping greens choices like the Santa Fe salad. The mains, which include dishes like the brunch burger, seared soku ahi and the Santa Fe organic chicken breast sandwich, feature a range of fresh ingredients prepared by chef Joseph Pelillo. Don't forget to ask about the Sanctuary Ultra Lounge and Restaurant's beer and wine offerings to complete the meal.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Phone number
(925) 373-0521
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Denise Creek Garcia
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Private party facilities
Our Skylight room offers enough room for 40-50 guests for casual atmosphere or 25-30 for a sit down formal dinner. There is no minimum and no room rental as long as you have 25 or more guests to reserve this room.
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Private party contact
Gianni: (925) 705-1464
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We have packages for corporate events, weddings, and private parties than can accommodate up to 500 people.
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Cross street
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Parking details
We have a private lot to the left of our building with about 20 parking spaces.
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Wednesdays: 7pm - 9pm enjoy acoustic guitar player with dinner in the main lounge. Thursdays - Comedy Show 7:30 to 9pm in our Skylight Room, then karaoke from 9pm to midnight in the main lounge Friday/Saturday Nights - DJ Dancing in our Skylight Room
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9  based on all time ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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GilM (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on July 8, 2016

We used to go to this restaurant every time we visited Livermore. This was our favorite place for food, drinks and atmosphere. We were very disappointed the last two visits for the following reasons:

1. I brought my Wife here for a milestone birthday and the waitress was not friendly. When we asked for two menu items, they were not prepared by the kitchen and we had to wait 30 minutes. When I asked for a desert for her birthday, the waitress said they had nothing to offer.
2. The food used to be exceptional, but seems to be diminishing in quality.
3. On the other non-birthday occasion (date night), we waited way too long for our drinks . The waitress was friendly, but seem to be more interested in socializing with her friends at the bar.

Gumby (San Joaquin)
5.0  Dined on June 27, 2016

Wonderful evening. Vironica and I had the best time. Good wine, great service and the food was fantastic. Had the seared Ahi and was one of the best I have had. Desserts are always the best. You won't be disappointed.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on March 12, 2016

They need to be more clear about gluten free options

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 27, 2016

Our first time visit here. We were celebrating a friend's birthday on Saturday night. We expected a classy lounge given the name, but it was definitely more of a sports bar with large TVs all over the place. Similar to a miniature BJ's. There is a back room that became a dance club at 10 pm. It was very small and extremely crowded. For food, we ordered appetizers. The sliders and nacho fries were good, but the calamari was just okay. There was an extensive drink menu which was nice, and our waitress was excellent. However, it should be renamed Sanctuary BAR and Restaurant. Definitely did not have a lounge vibe!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

We had a reservation for Valentines night dinner. We really didn't need one because when we arrived for our 7:15 reservation there were plenty of tables available and were told that we could sit anywhere we wanted. We sat at a 2 person high booth (which the table cloth obviously had not been wiped down from the previous diners). The hostess said she's be right back to clean it off. She never returned. We sat waiting and waiting and waiting for someone to take our drink order. As we waited I looked around and noticed 80% of other diners were just waiting as well. We finally had a waiter come by. We ordered two glasses of wine which took at least 10 minutes to get. We then placed our appetizer/entree order. While we were waiting for our order I saw at least two couples come in and then change their mind and leave. The food was so-so. The ambiance was weird. Yelp said it was a romantic dinner spot but it was more like a bar trying to be a restaurant and not succeeding at either. We won't be returning. Not when Livermore has many other restaurants to offer.

Pat766 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

First time here. The ambiance is that of a sport bar, not my favorite, but They have outdoor seating in the front with a couple of fire pit tables. We were able to sit at one of these tables. It was a buitiful night and the ambiance outside was wonderful. The food was great and the wait staff was attentive and friendly, which added to our positive experiance. We chose from the Tapas menu and was not disappointed. The food was very very tasty. We ordered the sliders, Joey's shrimp bruschetta, Ahi, and oysters. For dessert we had the Cheese Cake Xango....Loved it. Every dish was delisious. We were not disappointed. We will be back for sure

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on January 22, 2016

Dined at Sanctuary because I LOVE their posole. Posole was wonderful as usual. Everything else that night was a disappointment. Service was very slow while I watched the staff talk among themselves. Asked if they had wifi, was told someone would come over and give me the info, that never happened. Ordered the sliders, the jalapeno peppers included the seeds and was so spicy we could not eat them, even after we removed the peppers. Might have to find somewhere else for posole :(

QCharmaine (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2015

Party was fun, buffet was just ok. Go somewhere else if you are looking for an amazing meal, come here after for drinks and dancing. Service was excellent, our waitress Stephanie was wonderful, despite the very busy evening. The wine that came with the buffet was good, but the food was the same as you'd find anywhere, standard salad, steak, chicken, potatoes etc.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 4, 2015

Great food, just really loud and our waitress left us part way through

Ducky (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on November 7, 2015

Served local wine which was good. Several tv's were on, with football games. Definitely a sports bar.

USDutchGirl (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 3, 2015

We had dinner here before seeing a movie with friends. We were a bit early so our table wasn't ready but the host moved some tables around and we were seated right away. Service was prompt and the food was great. We had salmon with rice and a big salad that came with the meal. They have a special if you join their text "club" you get one $2 well drink. happy hour prices were also good at $5 for special cocktails. the happy hour appetizers were also $5 but extremely small and more one person appetizer. Fun place to go before or after the movies!

Gumby (San Joaquin)
5.0  Dined on July 1, 2015

Great food, atmosphere in the downtown Livermore area. Outdoor dining is great, right on main street. Food is excellent , great wine selection and IPA Beers.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on May 10, 2015

I took my mom in here for a Mother's Day lunch. I was definitely let down. This place is just, "ok." Prices are decent. Food is ok. Nothing special. The part that got me was that it wasn't busy and it took 30 minutes to get our coconut shrimp appetizer. I took 2 bites (because there wasn't much in there to begin with) and all of the sudden my main dish came. They didn't bring my mom's with it either. That came a few minutes later. Honestly, grab drinks. Skip the food. That's my recommendation.

vipvick (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on April 23, 2015

I stopped in to say hello to a friend and have a glass of wine. We we're there for two hours sitting in the outdoor area. Was a beautiful day friendly service top-notch wine. made reservations for dinner that same evening and came back with five more friends. Will definitely visit the sanctuary when I am in town again!

Gumby (San Joaquin)
5.0  Dined on April 8, 2015

This was a third or fourth visit to Sanctuary and have not to be disappointed. Was a special occasion with one that I hope to soon be a couple. The food was perfect and the tacos, oh yeah ! Great selection of food and appetizers, along with a great wine selection. Staff was courteous and spot on.

vipRetiredFoodie (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on March 31, 2015

What a pleasant surprise. The food at Sanctuary was VERY GOOD. I had the pork tacos and my guest had the burger with a fried egg. We both added the side salad and still our meals were under $10/each. What a fantastic bargain. ( sangria was delicious) I will definitely have to go back with my husband. I actually brought home one of the 3 tacos for my husband and he loved it!! Love it when we find a neighborhood gem.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on January 24, 2015

It was cramped, loud, and reservations still gave me less than poor seating. The food was not very good. I would rather have drinks and tapas as Coco Cobana. I would not recommend this place to anyone.

viptrailcruzr (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 20, 2014

The food and service were great. I especially enjoyed the tacos

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on November 15, 2014

We were expecting more of a lounge vibe, it was more like a sports bar for dinner. Very loud, and many TVs on. Atmosphere definitely does not match up with dinner pricing. No zen like feel. Open bar tables and lowtops for dinner service mixed in with Club like booth seating. Food was good but service was very spotty. The same mixed drink came served in different size glasses each round, although they were the same price. The

Cali28 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 2, 2014

Went here for a girls day out. We sat on the patio and enjoyed the fire pit table. Service was great! Food was delicious. It was a little pricey. I think if the prices were more reasonable, it would be busier. Overall, we had a great time and will definitely be back.