The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards
Creative menuEnjoyed the waiters recommendations: Smoked Pork chop and Chicken Panzanella- both amazing! My husband ordered the Pork Chop and after his first bite said he will never be able to order Pork Chops elsewhere- I took some bites and agreed, nothing like ANY Pork chop you've ever have had in your life- trust me on this. I ordered the Panzanella- rarely do I order chicken at a nice restaurant but so glad I did. Perfectly cooked and juicy, the croutons underneath we're soaked in chicken juices, herbs and butter- thought I might die. Dessert was also delish! Service was excellent, and paced perfectly. We were celebrating my husbands birthday and enjoyed every minute.5/20/2013 12:00:00 AMAs a Wente Employee I loveAs a Wente Employee I love coming to the resturant. I always recieve the best service and my friends and family love coming with me.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMAn excellent and pleasantAn excellent and pleasant find for romantic dining in Livermore as well as an opportunity for wine tasting.5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMWente was fantastic as always.Wente was fantastic as always. I walked in with my 10 food allergies and the staff and Chef were great. They prepared the food that best could be altered based on my allergies and it was all delicious! I always feel safe and well cared for at Wente. It is truly a huge treat for me. Two requests: 1. Never take the lamb pastrami off the menu - it's amazing. 2. Please bring the duck confit over potatoes with egg and hollandaise back to brunch - it was literally the BEST meal I have ever eat in my entire life. Thank you!5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMThis restaurant always providesThis restaurant always provides a pleasurable dining experience. While the menu is limited, it is always interesting and constantly changing, with tasty and unique pairings of foods and ingredients. The ambience is always low-key and mellow and service is uniformly high.5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMA hidden gem!Tucked away in the rolling hills sits a beautiful winery with a restaurant; Wente. Arrive an hour before your reservations to walk the grounds or visit the tasting room. We sat outside just before sunset and had the pleasure of seeing 2 deer stroll right in front of our table. The food was superb and the staff was very friendly. Not sure if our waiter was new, but we saw the other wait staff more than him, but we were still well taken care of. We will for sure be returning when we are in town again! Thank you for a wonderful experience.5/13/2013 12:00:00 AMDining in a vineyardThe restaurant is in a beautiful setting, a vineyard at the base of hills. It is a wonderful and relaxed place to have dinner after a round of golf, sipping fine wines and eating good food, with attentive service to match.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMHad a tour and dinner withHad a tour and dinner with my son for Mother's Day ! What a terrific time we had, everyone was so friendly and caring.
Thank you so much, will be back next time I visit from the east coast. The food was so fresh and delicious . Great weather
So we ate outside on the patio with beautiful views.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMThere's not much to say exceptThere's not much to say except that this is a wonderful place to visit and enjoy. Our food (a pork pate and duck/pork pasta) was first rate, well served, attractive and perfect with the chardonnays we ordered (I also had a fine Riesling). The only down side is the fact that the Wente Brothers website, which many of us would consult before driving from some distance, as we did, should really make it very clear that the restaurant is several miles away from the address at the top of the web page, which I used to program my GPS. Fortunately, the restaurant was indulgent when we arrived a bit late.
If you're in the East or South Bay areas this is a great and easy bet, much easier than hoofing it up to Napa/Sonoma.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious delicious deliciousExcellent food, service and local. :-) A bit expensive.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways a special eveningWente offers always outstanding food at a charming locale with a great wait staff. I usually look at the changing menu online before I go so I can look up what they're fixing...can be a bit pretentious in that way. But the food is always delicious.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMExceptional DiningThe Restaurant was a great place of dinner. The Food was wonderfully prepared and beautifully plated. The flavor was exceptional. I would recommend it for a lovely anniversary meal.5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMNice evening for our anniversaryThe only noise problem was a family with 3 small children who were allowed to scream and holler at will, with no obvious control of the parents. Fortunately they left half way thru our dinner and the restaurant became very quiet and calm, as it usually is. Food and service was excellent as always. Food is always varied, complex and served attractively. Wine and drink list were more than adequate. Our server, Daniel, was very professional, efficient and friendly.5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat date outMy girlfriend and I went out for a relaxing dinner in Livermore and have found our new favorite spot. The service was great and the food was amazing. I would definitely recommend the lamb pastrami appetizer. It was delicious.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMWente Sets the Bar Very HighWente continues to set the standard for the ultimate in fine dining. The food was tremendous, but, even more so, the service was beyond amazing. We sat outside and had a great view.
If you want to have the ultimate dining experience, I highly recommend you visit the Restaurant at Wente.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMPatti's PickI always enjoy the ambiance of Wente's for special occasions as well as lunching/dining with friends. As a retired Livermore Lab employee, I had the pleasure of attending group functions in the restaurant and training sessions in the tasting-room facilities; we were always so well accommodated that we continued to return. I frequented Wente's concerts in years past because they were so accessible and always featured notable artists. For upscale dining, Wente's has always been a local favorite, and I never hesitate to share it with others; and, I will continue to be a devoted patron.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMAnother great dining experienceFood was fantastic, service was good. Can't wait to return for another great dining experience.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat winery restaurantIt's a freestanding building with indoor and outdoor seating, sources a lot of its food locally, and is right next door to it winery tasting room. It's a great setting with great food and pretty good service. Try the signature pork chop if that's something you would enjoy. You can buy Wente wines at the tasting room next door (check operating hours) and ask for a "free corkage" card to bring with you to the restaurant. The restaurant has an excellent winelist of its own consisting of Wente family wines, other local wine, and natoinal/international selections. The setting is spectacular looking out on the Livermore hills, vineyards, and the golf course which comprise the valley floor.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMmemorableWe had a terrific meal at Wente after we visited the onsite tasting room. My husband had the pork chop which he enjoyed (I loved the polenta and fava beans with the dish.) My duck was tender and delicious. Pastry on the strawberry/rhubarb crostate was tough but the beautiful weather out on the patio made up for any shortcomings.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMWe have been to Wente manyWe have been to Wente many times, both in therestautant and in the grill, at the golf course. It is ALWAYS a perfect experience and the food is definitly four star plus.
Lunch on the deck under the shade trees is worth going there and the food is a bonus.
Breakfast in the grill is also wonderful.4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMjason was so knowlegable aboutjason was so knowlegable about menu and just very pleasant. The scenery was beautiful and the food was very fresh tasting.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMlocal fave and love outdoorlocal fave and love outdoor seating when weather is nice; food has greatly improved in last couple years. quality from the chef is very, very good and some creative very fresh entrees and salads.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was amazing! TheThe food was amazing! The service was exceptional! We took our kids (13 and 5) and they loved it too. We had a wonderful experience and we will be back again.4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMBirthday celebrationWente NEVER fails to provide a beautiful setting with exceptional service and a mouth watering menu. Our waiter, Jason, brought charisma and humor to our birthday celebration not to mention knowledge of the food and wine with helpful suggestions. Our 70 ish birthday girl felt "29" again as indicated on her dessert plate. The birthday boy will eat nothing but the smoked pork chop each time we visit. Thank you for creating such a wonderful experience We will be back and tell all our friends.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMWe ate outside. It was lovely.We ate outside. It was lovely. The service was great and the food delicious. What more could you want?4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful Anniversary DinnerWe celebrated our anniversary and enjoyed the beautiful scenic views, amazing service and wonderful meal (especially since it was made with local produce and sustainable in mind) and great wine list.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMCan't miss with this oneGreat food, great service, scenic location and grounds, great place for any occasion.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful atmosphere. LessWonderful atmosphere. Less stuffy and uptight then our last visit. Food was very good (iced tea was slappin). Our servers we great! Can't wait for next time!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMCelebrated a birthday. FoodCelebrated a birthday. Food and service was good. My only negative was that I had to mention the 89th birthday celebration which was on the reservation but there was no acknowledgment of it until I mentioned it to server. She did end up bringing ice cream with a candle.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways enjoy dinner here.Always enjoy dinner here. Food is great. Different and fine to perfection.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMWe started with salads andWe started with salads and the beet salad my husband ordered was excellent. He said that he had never had beets this way with the cinnamon and apples and would order again.
We both had the roasted swordfish and we both really loved it. A little bit of char around the edges gave the fish a little extra flavor and the fish was fresh and firm with the flavorful lentils. Absolutely wonderful.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMOff its game, but has its momentsI hadn't been to Wente in a while, but found it to be just as gorgeous as always. However, the menu this time didn't live up to its usual brilliance. It contained all the expected great spring ingredients, but didn't come off the way it read. The risotto and ravioli were bland and insipid; we ordered these because the protein dishes were in the $30 range. But the tempura broccolini was excellent and the beet salad was good. The dessert was lovely - strawberry and rhubarb tart with an excellent lavender ice cream rolled with candied orange peel. But wow - bring lots of money. Not sure the value is there, but the setting is so great, I'd go again for a special occasion.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMEnjoyed my dinner at WenteEnjoyed my dinner at Wente Restaurant. I hadn't been there for awhile and was pleasantly surprised it was even better than I remember with many positive improvements in outstanding service and food. I definitely will return. I recommend the Filet Mignon and the dessert of chocolate pie. Definitely a great place to go for a special occasion.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMOur party of five seemed happyOur party of five seemed happy with their choices: cheeseburger,two with the beef sandwich, ravioli, and one went with the lamb starter and a salad. Desserts were fine as well. The service was well paced and the restaurant interior and exterior views were enjoyed by all.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMOur group arrived a littleOur group arrived a little bit late because they ended up at the estate tasting room. But the hostess was very willing to work with us and find a good table of our liking. We had the option of dining on the patio but we decided to eat inside. They sat us in the veranda, my family and I really enjoy eating at wentevinyards because the people are always nice and the food is excellent. Thank you all for a wonderful brunch, see you next time!!4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMBetter than EverThis is a terrific restaurant with professional service at all levels. Since the new chef took over last year, the menu has been expanded with many new lovely items. If it is a nice day, sit on the patio and soak up the ambiance of California outdoor dining.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMService was outstanding. TheService was outstanding. The Wahu was fantastic. I choose the pork chop based on server recommendation. I found it to be just average, the assortment of root veggies that accompanied the dish were bland with no seasoning. The deserts were amazing.I would go back, just wouldn't do the pork.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome food, awesome service,Awesome food, awesome service, awesome ambiance. Overall - awesome!4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMwonderful dayWe had been there once before for lunch. The day was a perfect 78 degrees We sat outside of course and i ordered the same thing i had last time. the Estate Burger. it was too good to try anything else. My girlfriend had the same and fell in love with the fries LOL4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWent here for lunch and satWent here for lunch and sat outside looking at the beautiful scenery. Food was great and the wine was excellent!4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food! The menu changesGreat food! The menu changes twice monthly so you can go back and have new choices.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMTook my work team out forTook my work team out for a celebratory lunch. Always enjoy the food choices and the wine list is wonderful. They were very busy so having a large group of us did not seem like an issue. Plenty of conversation going on around us. Always a lovely venue.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMReally gorgeous spot withReally gorgeous spot with scumptious food! Worth the drive!4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMI had a guest visiting fromI had a guest visiting from Ohio and she was so impressed with the weather and overall scene. The day was perfect and we ate on the patio. The food was great, the service great and over all an ideal day. My guest said it was the highlight of her visit.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were one of the last partiesWe were one of the last parties of the evening for dinner and I thought that the service was a bit inattentive.
Just last week had dinner in the city at Frascati and the service by comparison was exceptional.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMProfessional orgn; strongProfessional orgn; strong architecture; excellenet setting for weddings; good waling tour of wine storage and tasting; excellent fgacility for golfing outing; friendly ristorante; albeit menu on the lighter side; no heavy dinner offerings;3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMSecond visit to Wente andSecond visit to Wente and would definitely recommend it to others. All that place needs is an inn to complete the entire package - winery, tasting room, bar and restaurant out in the country with beautiful scenery.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMJust Perfect!Everyones food was excellent, and well presented. Service was outstanding. Setting is both elegant and yet beautiful.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AM15th wedding anniversery dinner15th wedding anniversery dinner (married here additionally), the dinner was never better, and we have been going here for the last 20 years, and live locally.
Several new items to choose from as well as old favorites still remain (pork chop).3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMThe greetings and the friendlinessThe greetings and the friendliness of the staff for the night was lovely. However the only reason why Wente got 4 stars instead of 5.. it's because the waiters kept walking around where we were seated- busy with helping other guests. That's a good star! But it was too noticeable - to have not one but several waiters walking around constantly while we're eating. But don't worry! We'll return for sure!3/27/2013 12:00:00 AM