A Sanctuary for the Earth, the animals and YOU.

About Us

Executive Chef Barry Horton

Bary Area Vegan Chef Barry HortonBorn October 13, 1977 in Nickerson, KS.  He always lent a helpful hand in the kitchen growing up. In high school, Barry enrolled in a semester cooking class unaware this would eventually be his life’s path.

In 2000, Barry began attending culinary courses at Johnson County Community College when he realized, “this is what I love to do.”  By 2002, taking things more seriously, Barry decided to take his skills to a French Culinary program.  After perusing his options, Barry chose the Le Cordon Bleu program at the Western Culinary Institute in which he graduated at the top of his class.

His desire to continue his education learning about an organic, sustainable, vegetarian lifestyle led to his internship at the Ravens’ Restaurant of the Stanford Inn in Mendocino, Ca where he quickly worked his way up to co-chef in 2005 and Head Chef in 2006 until October of 2009. During this time, he has learned that a chemical-free, locally grown, plant-based diet is optimal for a long, sound, healthy life, as well as, and most importantly, a compassionate life.

With this he has been creating delectable dishes for any and every palette. He was told once by a culinary instructor, “Never trust a skinny chef,” but this has proven to be false. Barry feels the instructor should have told him to always trust a healthful, conscientious, and meaningful chef. A vegan diet is the key to mental, emotional, and physical healing. His passion for his food and health is thus transferred to family and friends.

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution of the vegetarian diet.” -Albert Einstein

Sanctuary Bistro Mission

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Sanctuary Bistro is a family business that is driven by kindness, compassion, and community.  An environment created for your mind, body and spirit, the animals and the Earth. Sanctuary Bistro is a fine dining, vegan bistro that is healthy for the planet, environment and all living beings. Our bistro is a warm, natural, organic location to enjoy with loved ones, family, and friends.  We have a focus on giving back to the community through showcasing other small bay area businesses and supporting local non-profits.

The idea behind Sanctuary is to spread kindness and compassion, to raise awareness through amazing food and service and provide a place for people to share and spread this philosophy.

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Why the name Sanctuary?

A Sanctuary for the Earth, the animals and YOU!  We donate to many non-profits in the Bay area.

Some of the non-profits that we have worked with:

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Sanctuary Bistro is a neighborhood plant-based bistro that is healthy for the planet, the environment and all living beings. We create a sanctuary - a beautiful space to find peace while enjoying local organic healthy vegan food with a farm to table philosophy. Our Bistro is a warm, natural, organic location to enjoy with loved ones, family, and friends.  


  • Dinner Reservations Strongly advised

    Lunch and Brunch: First Come First Serve

  • 1019 Camelia St., Berkeley, CA 94710

  • (510) 558.3381

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