My dinner was absolutely delicious,
My dinner was absolutely delicious, I had the salmon with garlic potatoes and veggies. The Tiramisu was the best I've ever had!
3/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Second time is a charm
We went much earlier in the evening and did not have the same noise concerns that we had the first time. The food remaining very good. We'll be making this a regular stop.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is our second time at
This is our second time at Wence's. We again brought some friends.
Overall, everyone's food was very good. The first time we were here we ordered crab cakes to share as an appetizer--they were great! Unfortunately, this time around, they were
luke warm and didn't taste quite as fresh.
Also, this time around, the service was lacking as well. We brought wine and although our wait person filled our glasses after opening the first bottle, we were left
to refill our own wine glasses. Even though this is a casual restaurant, the wait staff
should be trained by either the manager or owners in reference to filling wine glasses, etc.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Recommend and will return again!
We had a reservation for 14. We were celebrating my son's christening. Not knowing the restaurant but purely based on reviews, we chose Wence's Restaurant. I am glad we did. The food was amazingly delicious. The service was spot on. We had 2 infants and 2 toddlers and they catered to them just as well as to us. We even got to see the chef who brought out the final dish for our guest (my husband). We were very pleased with the entire experience as was our entire party (out of towners included). We will certainly venture back here for a date night to check out the scene. Thank you for giving us a wonderful experience. See you soon!
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Very loud (must be the hard
Very loud (must be the hard wood floors) so had to shout a bit to be heard at my table. Otherwise, it was a very enjoyable experience.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent upscale menu at
Excellent upscale menu at reasonable prices. Neighborhood gem is an accurate description.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food was fantastic! I had
Food was fantastic! I had a Caesar salad and the jambalaya and my companion had the chicken scalopini. Both were absolutely wonderful.
Wine list needs a little work. Selection wasn't that great. Ordered a bottle of chardonnay and the server/bar tender just poured two glasses without having either one of us check to see if it was any good. Also, wine bottle was not put in a wine bucket or cooler even though it was a chardonnay which is served chilled.
Will definitely return since there were a few other items I wanted to try.
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place for lunch or dinner
Lots of variety on the menu, and very reasonable prices. The staff is very friendly and helpful. I will be back!
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
The crab salad appetizer and
The crab salad appetizer and the scallop's are wonderful
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice but noisy
The food was very good and the waitress and staff very attentive. The only problem, but it was significant, was the noise level. We ate indoors but, in retrospect, dining outside would probably have been better -- it was a nice warm evening. The noise level inside was terrible making it hard to hear each other and hard to hear/understand the staff. This was to the point that requests were misunderstood or had to be repeated in a louder voice. Even as the restaurant emptied out the noise level from the few remaining tables was problematic. Carpeting, wall fabrics or other changes would be VERY welcomed.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food at reasonable prices
This was our 2nd time here and again the food was creative and delicious. The waitress suggested I put the scallop special with a salad and I really enjoyed the combo. The menu is huge which seems like the food wouldn't live up to all the choices but it does and there a lots of interesting and different selections. For the size of the dinners the prices are excellent. There is something for everyone on the menu. 4.5 on the food and the loudness is really the only negative. Bad acoutics.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our 5th visit. Excellent seafood
Our 5th visit. Excellent seafood (sea bass, halibut, swordfish!) menu with wonderful preparation and sauces... rivals the best we've had! Can't ever seem to stray from the teriffic crab cakes for appetizer.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food if
You can handle the noise. Read the reviews beforehand, so we knew there might be an issue, couldn't hear the wait person!
The food was great so that made up for it. The sangria was really good and you can't be the price.
Overall good experience, just too loud.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Pleasant Surprise
I live in San Jose but drove to Pleasant Hill to pick up a craig'slist find. I knew I'd want dinner and the OpenTable search listed this place. All I can say is, if I lived closer I'd be coming here A LOT. Best Oyster's Rockefeller I've had in ages..... Had the Halibut nestled atop other seafood floating in a white wine tomato cream saffron sauce that was to die for....(I did have them hold the chorizo). Haven't had a seafood dish I've enjoyed in quite a while and I frequent restaurants such as those in Los Gatos..... All the other dishes I watched come out from the kitchen looked quite tasty as well.... Give it a try, I did!!
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a small neighborhood place that offers great food at a very reasonable price. It's a relatively small place but offers good service and a comfortable atmosphere.
7/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
SF Food in a PH Neighborhood
First rate food and attentive service. The crab cakes and mixed seafood grill were better than many I have had in upscale SF houses. Wence's gets the food and service right. We were pleasantly surprised and will be back!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
a find, want to try their brunch
great calamari including legs ,onion soup delish salad was tasty salmon was delish
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I discovered this place about 8 months ago and found the food to be very good. However with that I would have expected a much better plate of bread, like a nice sourdough. The bread served is bland and definitely not up to par for this great eatery.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
AWESOME! Wife had the Halibut and I the Sea Bass. Both were incredible! Great prices too. Excellent service from Courtney!
Can't wait to go back and try something else (although I could eat that Sea Bass every time!)
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Neighborhood Restaurant
I could eat their sea bass with mussels in the saffron cream sauce every day of the week. Their sweet potato fries with the chipotle aioli is divine too.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great gem in Pleasant Hill
Food was excellent - just took way too long to get it :-( They did buy us dessert but I would've liked them to acknowledge the long wait before presenting us with the bill. It felt like they were scared to tell us it was taking a long time. Be honest and your customers will thank you!!
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food at Wence's is fantastic and presentation is the same. The quality and quantity is favorable. The restaurant is a family run restaurant and all who work there are kind and very professional. The chef originally came from Walnut Creek's 1515 Restaurant. If you were to eat at a restaurant in Walnut Creek, the cost of your meal would be at least 1/3 more expensive. It does get a bit loud.
I love to patronize local restaurants in my neighborhood and this one is to keep!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Seafood was great, vegetables
Seafood was great, vegetables a little bitter, service was slow.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wences Consistantly Great
Took friends for dinner and they were absolutely delighted at the beauty of the presentation and the delicious meal...we have been going there since we found them by accident in November of 2012...and they are consistently great...only problem is that we love the food so much that we do not want to get tired of the outstanding presentation so we restrict our visits to once a week...
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
I had the blackened sea bass with black mussels in saffron cream sauce, it was excellent. A very good choice. Wence's is a very good neighborhood gem.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Happy to Have Finally Tried Wence's
Sunday early evening, busier than I expected. Nice we could keep an eye on the football game from our front booth. If you prefer to escape the TV, no problem just sit in the back of the restaurant. Artichoke salad, fish tacos, chicken tacos, quesadilla, sangria and soju margarita -- it was all very good, and at reasonable prices. Will definitely return.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was excellent, the
The food was excellent, the service was superior, but it was too noisy. We could not hear ourselves talk.
9/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
First time at Wence's
We had an enjoyable birthday lunch/celebration here. The food was very good - we all had salads. I would come back again, for sure as would the others. The only negative for me was that there were no individual salt and pepper shakers on the tables, nor were there tablecloths. For a restaurant of this quality, both are a must!
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great out of the way spot!
I was always driving by this place and wondered about it. We made a reservation with Open Table 15 minutes before we got there and landed the best table in the house. We loved everything about this place! Food was moderately priced and delicious! The wine list was fair and the place had a very high noise level but the service and food outshined those things. We will be making Wences a favorite!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
This has become our "go to" place
We have been back several times for dinner and also done take-out. The food quality is really quite good, although recently my wife and I had a salmon dish where we thought it was strong and somewhat overcooked. However, our kids' meals and the appetizers and salads were just fine. The crab cake appetizer doesn't disappoint. I wish they would expands the wine list a bit, I'm not looking or a ridiculous list, just a few more choices in each basic area for cabs, pintos, merlots, meritage and whites, especially chardonnays. The service is just fabulous (and friendly) at Wence's. They get how important that is.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was OUTSTANDING. However, they appear to still have issues with the wait time on getting food out. A table next to us was seated after us and received food before us. Also, I don't think it's in good taste to present us with the check before our dessert arrived. It's tacky.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
always surpisely excellent
Wences doesn't seem like it would be a wonderful restaurant. It is in a strip center and the atomosphere is lacking. However, the food is just wonderful. There are some dishes to appeal to ordinary eaters but there are some very creative dishes. The portions are big for the prices. Everyone who works there is incredibly pleasant. The burger meat is top quality, the fish always fresh and there are lots of choices. I am sketical of gigantic menus but so far Wences doesn't suffer from that. I think the best thing they could do is have cloth table clothes to upgrade the quality of the atomosphere to the food.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Located in a mini mall. Invited there by a friend to celebrate birthdays! And it was very tasty. Had the artichoke salad. On the bigger size, good for sharing. Street tacos were tasty as was the tuna melt. Sweet potato fries were ok. We shall be back! Menu large amd lots of good choices!
10/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent food. Variety. Garlic cheese bread and soups always good. Excellent management team and caring for patrons
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
So glad we have a local restaurant
So glad we have a local restaurant that has great food and wonderful service.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
I continue to recommend this
I continue to recommend this wonderful neighborhood restaurant! The food and service are always fantastic!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM