The smoked meat smell hits you a block away and draws you here. Huge selection of spirits and whiskys with several screens for viewing. Out side Concerts are next door in front of the Bankhead Theater on Tuesday & Friday evenings 6:30 - 8:00 PM. Mon - Sat 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM (Fri & Sa 1:00 AM); SU 10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Favorite Dish: My wife and I have the BBQ pulled pork sandwiches with fries and cole slaw. You add the amount of BBQ to your sandwich.
A great new restaurant to enjoy flavorable pizzas. Spacious and clean. Staff friendly. Features deep dish Chicago style pizzas. Opens at 11:00 AM. The Tuesday and Friday evening (6:30 - 8:00 PM) concerts outside the Bankhead can be enjoyed from the outside dining area.
Favorite Dish: Today, I had the Lunch Combo ( 11:00 AM - 4 PM) 1 Pizza slice, 1 salad, and drink $9.99. I go for the Favorite Slice - on good sized Chicago slice pizza with pepperoni, black olives, and mushrooms; the Greek salad with loads of feta cheese, and a diet drink. Reminds me of my growing up in Chicago, especially the excellent sauce.
I lived in Japan from 1980 - 1982 and this restaurant transports me back there. The decor matches a local family run Japanese theme. The menu rekindles those memories. We have dined here for over 18 years. They have sashimi, odons, sushi, tempuras, tonkatsu, karuge, Kirin, etc.
Favorite Dish: I love the Lunch Combo- miso soup, salad, and choice of two entres. I usually get the pork tonsatsu (cutlet), and either gyoza (japanese pot stickers), or chicken teryaki. My wife usually gets gyoza and the temparas.
The Oakland airport is the closest airport to Livermore. When I am there, I like to get a 360 Degree Gourmet Burrito. They are fast and delicious. It is in the old terminal (#1), so you must go through security to get to it.
Favorite Dish: The lime and garlic dressing chicken burrito with black beans is excellent.
Uncle Yu's is a small chain of three very upscale Chinese restaurants. The Livermore site is called Uncle Yu's at the Vineyard. Both the food and the service are excellent. It gets good reviews. I don't drink but the wine list is extensive. There is also a patio dining area.
Favorite Dish: The Singapore Noodles entree is delicious. It has rice noodles, shrimp, pork and vegetables mildly spiced with curry. At $10 it is one of the bargains on the lunch menu.
The Cafe Trio is located at the Stony Ridge Winery. It is only open for lunch. There is a small indoor dining area, which tends to fill up (you may want to make a reservation if you prefer to sit inside). When the weather is cool, you may sit outside on the elevated front porch with a view of grape vines in the foreground and the hills in the background. If it is hot, there is a large graveled patio out back beneath a canvas-covered trellis which blocks the sun. The dining is casual with selections of various Mediterranean-slanted soups, salads and sandwiches made by the owner/chef, Billie Calfo. It is the least expensive of the three Livermore wineries that are popular for lunch (the other two being Garre and Wente). The friendly cat on the front porch is really good at hustling snacks for itself.
Favorite Dish: The fresh-roasted garlic was delicious with the tomato-potato soup.
We were staying at the DoubleTree Club Hotel in Livermore, CA, and noticed this small Vietnamese restaurant in a strip mall about a half-a-block away. We found a good review online, so we decided to try it. Sai's 3 turned out to be an excellent find. It is a small family restaurant with delicious food at a good price. It is a clean, friendly place and even has flat screen TV's.
Favorite Dish: The garlic noodles are great! The noodles are cooked al dente and then stir-fried with lots of garlic. They have some crisp spots that add to the flavor and texture. There may have been a little cheese sprinkled on them too, but I am not sure. What I am sure of is that they were delicious. I also had the stir-fried lemon grass flavor prawns with vegetables. It was more like a Thai dish but quite good. The shrimp was fresh and cooked perfectly. The jasmine-lily tea was strong but tasty. All-in-all a very nice meal for $10. The noodles were a side dish (add $1.50) for the shrimp and the tea was included.
Alekos is a new restaurant in the Springtown area of Livermore. In Sep 07 it had been open for ~5 weeks. They have Greek and Mediterranean food. You order at the counter and your food will be ready quickly (5-10 minutes). There was a steady stream of people doing take out, but if you decide to eat in, the service is friendly and good.
Favorite Dish: I have only been there one time. I had the vegetarian Greek Platter with falafel, hummus, baba ghanoj, fasolia gigante, dolmades, yogurt and pita bread for $9.25. The grilled vegetables looked so good that I got them also... grilled eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes for $3.50. I had namora (baked coconut and yogurt) for dessert.
Kawa Sushi has been in downtown Livermore for a while (since 1998). It may be taken for granted a little now but it is a very nice place to eat. Kawa Sushi has been voted as the Best Sushi Restaurant by Tri-Valley Herald readers numerous times. Both the food and the service are excellent. Small groups may have their own side room or eat teppan style.
Favorite Dish: I had the three item bento (box lunch) with saba shiokai (broiled mackerel), tempura, and gyoza (pot stickers) for $12.95. The gyoza sauce was the best I had ever had! The house premium green tea was excellent also.
I've eaten at a number of Strizzi's locations and all provide the same quality of service and food. The pasts is always done to perfection and if you don't like it they will redo it to your specifications.
Since all locations are in the proximity of the CA Wine country, CA wines are presented. There is always a featured winery to complement the modest but compete offering.
Favorite Dish: hmmm...tough question but the any pasa with the Bolenese meat sause is great...
Located just south of the downtown center of Livermore Casa Orozco is a relatively new addition. It has another site in Dublin that has been there for years so it obviously has a good following.
I found the food, while prepared well to be a bit tasteless and covered with too much of everything (Guacamole, sour cream, cheeze, etc). My burritto and my wife's shrimp salad were both covered about the same with the same toppings.
Favorite Dish: Not what I'd call a favorite, but the chicken burritto was ok.
Situated at the entrance to the Wente Vineyards Estate Winery and next to a Greg Norman designed 18-hole golf course and 3000 acres of vineyard this is a wonderful destination.
In the summer, the Wente concert series brings big name musicians to entertain in the courtyard in between the restaurant and the wine storage facilities. Huey Lewis, Ringo Starr, Boz Scaggs, Vince Gill, and Chicago are but a few of the entertainers you can expect to see.
The Sunday Brunch is wonderful. Dinners are the same, though they tend to run a bit on the pricey side.
Favorite Dish: Eggs Benidict for Brunch and steak for dinner. Both were done to perfection.
The Waikiki Hawaiian BBQ restaurant just opened in downtown Livermore. It has a good location next to the Lemon Grass Restaurant. If you don't have much money and are really hungry, go for one of their plate lunches. They are huge with plenty of meat, macaroni salad, rice and cholesterol. We thought the place might be totally authentic but our Hawaiian colleague said no; they did not have a turkey special on Thursday. They did have typical plate lunches like chicken katsu, pork lau lau, kulua pig and BBQ short ribs. Mini plate lunches (big) are around $4 and the regular (huge) size around $6. The seafood combo at $7.25 was the most expensive item. It had mahi mahi and deep fried shrimp with a choice of teriyaki steak, BBQ chicken, BBQ short ribs or katsu chicken with two scoops of rice and one scoop of macaroni salad.
Favorite Dish: I did not really have a favorite. There was just too much batter for me. The chicken katsu sauce did have a good flavor. Next time I think I'll try the beef curry or the teriyaki pork chop.
Everyone says that Milano's makes the best pizza in Livermore; however, the pesto sandwiches were recommended to me and that's what I have always had since they are delicious and I don't get to Livermore often. Milano's is in a neighborhood strip mall and has plenty of room, along with big-screen TV's. Don't miss this place for lunch.
Favorite Dish: The pesto chicken sandwich is made with focaccia bread, plenty of grilled chicken and peppers, and drenched in a rich creamy pesto sauce. You will definitely feel full after having this sandwich for lunch.
Terra Mia replaced Pastas Trattoria in Feb 2006. It is located in a strip mall in east Livermore. Don't let the location fool you. It is an excellent authentic Italian restaurant with an extensive wine list. It has both indoor and outdoor dining. You will probably need reservations if you want to have dinner there. However, be prepared to pay the price. Their cheapest pasta dish is $10.50 and everything else (salad, soup, etc.) is a la carte. The menu is the same for lunch and dinner, which makes the prices okay for dinner but high for lunch. I recently had the Ziti al Salmone for lunch with no salad or soup and drank water; total bill including tax and tip was $19.
Favorite Dish: Any of their dishes with smoked mozzarella cheese.