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A commitment to a seasonal menu that emphasizes local ingredients keeps things happening at this restaurant in Livermore’s wine country. The restaurant’s inspirational fare still changes nightly: Standout dishes include such delights as heirloom tomato soup with charred balsamic and grilled local calamari with fingerling potatoes, tomato confit, and black olive tapenade. The lemony-garlicky Caesar salad features hearts of romaine, served with a judicious sprinkle of smoked paprika. Meanwhile, Wente’s famous smoked pork chop never fails to satisfy. Overall, service is impeccable. While you’re here, enjoy the restaurant’s gorgeous wine-country setting. An ever-evolving list of more than 500 wines includes some excellent Livermore selections along with other can’t-miss California choices. Lunch Mon.–Sat., dinner daily, brunch Sun.
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