The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards
The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards

The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.wentevineyards.com/restaurant/
  • Phone: 9254562450
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am -2:30pm
    Dinner: 5:00 – 8:00 Sunday - Monday
    5:00 - 9:00 Tuesday - Saturday
    Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Matt Greco
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Serving the Greater Bay Area, Catering with Wente Vineyards provides a full range of personalized catering options. From intimate gatherings to large celebrations, family to corporate events, Wente Vineyards infuses its wine country style into every occasion. Catering with Wente Vineyards shares The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards philosophy to use the very best sustainably and organically grown local ingredients to create sublime wine country fare. Executive Catering Chef Jeff Farlow leads the catering team.
  • Entertainment: Northern California’s most unique concert experiences, The Concerts at Wente Vineyards offer the ultimate entertainment experience by combining stellar performances by top name headliners with the stunning ambiance of a spectacular vineyard setting. Harry Connick Jr, Sheryl Crow, Bill Cosby, James Taylor, Kenny Loggins, The Fray and Natalie Merchant are among the performers who have appeared at Wente. For more information, visit us online at www.wentevineyards.com/concerts.
  • Special Events: Wente Vineyards can accommodate a variety of special events including rehearsal dinners, showers, anniversaries and other occasions. Our historic, hand-dug sandstone caves are perfect for private wine tastings and other events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Concannon
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: For your convenience, The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards offers our guests complimentary parking
A word from The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards
The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards features ingredient-driven California wine country cuisine using sustainably and organically grown local ingredients. While the menu holds its foundation in American dishes, it is influenced by French and Italian provincial cuisine. The seasonal menu changes daily, utilizing produce from The Restaurant's on-site organic production garden. The award-winning wine list offers more than 1,000 selections, providing numerous options for wine pairings.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards reviews from OpenTable diners
293 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (230)great for outdoor dining (228)notable wine list (176)romantic (162)scenic view (160)fit for foodies (152)great for lunch (135)great for brunch (110)good for groups (90)neighborhood gem (54)kid-friendly (18)hot spot (13)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (8)Show More
  • My recent birthday luncheon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/13/2008
    My recent birthday luncheon with a friend was enjoyable because of the attention paid to many details you'd expect from a fine dining establishment. It was as outstanding as many Napa Valley winery destinations I've tried. Courses were delivered at a relaxed pace, but still on queue, the menu had a wonderful variety of starters and our waiter was a consumate professinal. While pricey, it was worth every penny. Looking for a leisurely lunch with outstanding wine, food, deserts and service equal to any four-star restaurant? Try Wente.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • The food at The Wente Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/12/2008
    The food at The Wente Restaurant is great, but it is more noted for the ambiance. The restaurant is set in the beautiful vineyards of Livermore.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have eaten here many times;
    GCAR
    Dined on 6/12/2008
    We have eaten here many times; it never fails to please us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding experience. Dined
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/11/2008
    Outstanding experience. Dined outside on the veranda with a spectacular view of the vineyards. Food was very, very good, as was the wine. A highly recommended experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Alaskan Halibut & Pork
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/8/2008
    The Alaskan Halibut & Pork Chops were good. The 11oz Steak & the sides were on the salty side. Nothing extraordinary, but worth trying.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I would like to be able to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/8/2008
    I would like to be able to rate Wente higher - it is one of my favorite spots. Unfortunately, it just did not quite make the mark this time around. Several of the meat dishes were tough and the service was slow. In all fairness, there were at least two very large (30+) parties. Still, did not feel that this was their best.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Service (our waiter was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/6/2008
    The Service (our waiter was Alex 6/6/08) was particularly excellent. The food was also excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • The new chef was fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/4/2008
    The new chef was fantastic great menu improvement,The chef came to the restaurant and talked to the guests and checked on their experience worth while for people who said that never return,to try again.Service was exceptional,there seem to be four servers whom seem to be very attentive to the guests needs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wente continually amazes us
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 6/2/2008
    Wente continually amazes us with their fresh, vibrant, tasty dishes. The server told us that there was a new chef that was trying some new things and we were still very impressed. My scallop appetizer and duck entree were both perfectly cooked and presented. The wine pairing was excellent and certainly complemented each course. The desert was a chocolate cake with a chantilly vanilla cream and a cherry compote paired with a glass of port and was a perfect end to my meal. We always recommend Wente for any special occasion and we always look forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • Overall a delightful experience.
    JimG
    Dined on 5/31/2008
    Overall a delightful experience. One of our most memorable lunches anywhere in the world, ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, great for lunch
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  • We think Wente, while very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/29/2008
    We think Wente, while very nice, is overpriced for the quality of food and overall experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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  • Eaten here many times. We
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/26/2008
    Eaten here many times. We live in Silicon Valley but it's an easy drive. Best combination of ambiance, view, parking, laid back atmosphere, and service in Northern California. Near to Silicon Valley, much of the central valley, and the bay area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Awsome. The staff at Wente
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/25/2008
    Awsome. The staff at Wente were amazing. The food was outstanding. My fience and I had a wonderful meal, and will definitely be back for more. We are getting married at one of Wente's wineries, and the catering will be done by the Wente folks. We couldn't be more pleased with our choice to go with these people. They really cared about our dinner, and we feel pleased that they will care about our wedding as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The porkchop and the jalapeno
    Latte
    Dined on 5/23/2008
    The porkchop and the jalapeno polenta were fantastic! I always enjoy the pork chop but the polenta brought it to another level:-)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • The salad and dessert were
    Improving
    Dined on 5/17/2008
    The salad and dessert were mediocre at best (mixed greens and blueberry frangipan). the entree - lamb was good. The room where were were sat, was akward and we were put at the edge, when the rest of the room (near views) was empty. We had a party of six and spent a lot of money, we should have had a better view. The wine list was mediocre. Overall, it was disappointing. I have had wonderful meals and ambience in the past.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice experience. Country feel
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/17/2008
    Nice experience. Country feel with a great touch of elegance. Very nice people and service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • I ordered the wine tasters
    Jackiesmom
    Dined on 5/17/2008
    I ordered the wine tasters dinner which consisted of three courses and my husband ordered a salad and an entree as well as a starter for us to share. Then our salads arrived at the table before the starter. The waiter then brought out the wine that was to be paired with my entree and it took another 20 minutes before the actual entree arrived at the table. The timing at the restaurant appeared to be off. I also would have liked a little explanation of the wines that were paired with my meal, as opposed to the waiter just dropping off the glass and walking away. At a winery I would expect that they would try to upsell their own wines, but in this case I guess they expected that I had already experienced their wines. Which I had not.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was a special day that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/17/2008
    It was a special day that I will never forget! Our server was exceptional! A fine line between good service and "over" service.........he was perfect! The food was outstanding......and i loved the ambiance. The only thing I can say about the dining experience was that we never got butter when our bread basket was served. This was pretty odd I thought considering. But I never asked either. This was a very memorable birthday for me and Wente Vineyards did an awesome job to make that happen!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Service was unbelievably slow
    Anne
    Dined on 5/15/2008
    Service was unbelievably slow for not being busy....also had to ask a couple of times for things because we thought they had forgotten, but it was just so slow....and the last item (more chocolate sauce) they did forget and even if they had brought it, the ice cream was gone/melted....too bad, we had a memorable lunch there 10 years ago, but, not this time...they accommodated our getting lost and having a 2-year-old well, though...but, the chips were fried in stale oil and the plates were way too hot and a hot plate was placed in front of the mom with the 2-year-old on her lap....scary...wine was better than food....would like to return as our niece just moved to Livermore and it is the nicest place to go in the are that I know of.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful experience. Our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/14/2008
    Wonderful experience. Our waiter Antonio was amazing! Very enjoyable. Food was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • This is a great restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/12/2008
    This is a great restaurant. We enjoy dining at Wente Restaurant a couple of times a year. The food is fabulous and creative, but the service is below par for such great food and atmosphere. More attention to detail is needed from the waitstaff, ie: more attentive, promptness on fulfilling requests. We travel a minimum of 50% on business and dine at the finest restaurants around the country, and we would put Wente up against some of them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have dined at Wente's many
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    We have dined at Wente's many times and always enjoy the food. This time we were disappointed with a couple of the items we ordered. The Carpacio starter was very bland and the halibut was extremely salty. We did enjoy the pork chop, risotto starter, and black bottom brulee. We were pleasantly surprised with the crostata. We're hoping it was an "off night" and will return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Thank you so much for accomodating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    Thank you so much for accomodating our large group! I did request a window seat, but because I had to add 2 more extra people at the last minute, it couldn't be accomodated. Our waitress was very nice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch was decent, although
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    Lunch was decent, although we felt the lunch menu was a bit limited. We enjoy brunch and dinner at Wente more than lunch. It is the best restaurant in the area for outdoor dining, atmosphere, ambiance. Our son is getting married July 26th at Wente and we are really looking forward to a very beautiful event.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • The service is wonderful.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    The service is wonderful. The perfect spot to have lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our experiences at Wente have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/6/2008
    Our experiences at Wente have been up and down. This was definitely an "up." Our waiter was extremely attentive. We never wanted for anything. Delivery of food was timely and hot. Food was great. Wonderful evening!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • We enjoyed our early Mother's
    Hanger
    Dined on 5/4/2008
    We enjoyed our early Mother's Day brunch at The Restaurant at Wente. The food was excellent - service was outstanding. We also appreciate the convenience of Open Table dining. We look forward to enjoying future Open Table restaurants. Sincerely, E. Lockhart
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Food was ok, a little disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    Food was ok, a little disappointing since in the past it was great. The New York steak was a little tough, and one of the fish dish was too salty. Waiter had to be reminded about our appetizer, which he had forgotten. We had to ask for more bread; and then had to ask for more ice tea, which the waiter had forgotten right after we had reminded him. Probably will not go there again for dinner, nor recommend the restaurant to friends. Food and service is certainly not as good as it used to be.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was my first time out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    This was my first time out at an expensive restuarant and I was very pleased with Wente. It was very nice with great ambiance and a nice wine list. It was a bit over priced for the amount that they give you but for a once a year occasion, I would pick Wente first.
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My date and I were hoping
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/1/2008
    My date and I were hoping for a quiet and romatic dinner. That was the last thing we received at this restaurant. Shortly after we were seated, there was a large group of about six drunk golfers that were seated directly behind us. We had a difficult time hearing each other. My date ordered the pork chop, which tasted very much like a honey ham. I had the Lomo Halibut, it was okay. We asked for a side of horseradish, it was scheduled to arrive "shortly" but we were done with our meal when we got this update. I have had positive experiences in the past that is why I didn't give this place one star, all the way around. I will not return any time soon.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I've been going to the restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/28/2008
    I've been going to the restaurant at Wente for years and every time has been an enjoyable experience. Outdoor seating is fantastic in the Spring - Summer season especially for lunch or weekend brunch. Indoor seating is just as good for a romantic evening dinner. The food is always excellent as is the service and all restuarant personnel. A great find. Enjoy.... MM
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • Sometimes the food is breathtakingl
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/28/2008
    Sometimes the food is breathtakingly lovely, interesting, delicious. Sometimes it's not. But the setting is always like being on vacation. Still worth it, either way.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A warm beautiful day on the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/27/2008
    A warm beautiful day on the veranda at Wente Vineyards Restaurant is difficult to better. That said, please note that I am a Wine and Entertainment Member. Best, BEB
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • Portions were very small for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/27/2008
    Portions were very small for what you pay, but the scenery makes up for it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards is a bit off the beaten path, but absolutely worth the trek out there. The drive from the crazy freeway through the vineyards helps set the mood before you even get there. The food is amazing with combinations (and even entrees) you've never considered -- horseradish foam! grilled skate! I've never felt rushed through dinner, the waitstaff is friendly and respectful, the setting is lovely. I highly recommend this restaurant for special occasions. Wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • This was my second visit.
    nickname
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    This was my second visit. The first time we did not know about the restaurant, just stumbled upon it, it was great. This time (maybe we just knew what to expect and it was not quite up to the first time) the food seemed good but not outstanding (a medium well steak came out medium rare). The service was just OK, it was like they were training all the bus staff. They made a big deal of asking what kind of water we wanted (listing several brands of bottled water) we asked for plain water (their words) it arrived in 6 oz. glasses. We kind of joked about how it was just a swallow and the waitress said something about they had switched to these and no one liked them but she did not get bigger glasses, and they did not do well in filling them.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Best restaurant overall in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    Best restaurant overall in the East Bay for special occasions, especially ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • Excellent menu with choices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/24/2008
    Excellent menu with choices that meets everyone's desires. Would definitely return in the future. A great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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  • The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/20/2008
    The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards is one of my "go to" restaurants when I want to get together with friends I haven't seen in awhile. Food and service are consistently great, the setting is beautiful, and we never feel rushed to leave.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • We've been to Wente quite
    Live2Eat
    Dined on 4/19/2008
    We've been to Wente quite a few times over the last 10 years. Dinner this time was hit and miss. There was a mix up with servers so we had one server to start and another to finish. This lead to pacing problems, and the whole meal felt disjointed and rushed. I'd also like to see you get rid of the two spot that is placed against the wooden dresser. I've been seated there twice and both times felt cramped and I kept hitting my elbow on the metal drawer pulls. The food was very good. The halibut and duck were prepared well and the presentation was fine. However, at these prices the service needs to be at the same level.
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    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate