Wence's Restaurant
Wence's Restaurant

Wence's Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://wencesrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 9255668971
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Daily 11:30am-4:00pm
    Dinner Everyday: 4:00pm-9:00pm
    Brunch: Sa-Su 10:00am-2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian
  • Executive Chef: Gerardo Wence
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please inquire at the restaurant about off-site catering.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Patterson Blvd
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Wence's Restaurant
WENCE'S Restaurant is a family owned business where we believe even the smallest details matter to ensure every customer is pleased and eager to return. Our friendly staff will provide you with impeccable service and in the back you will find Chef Gerardo Wence and his highly skilled staff preparing you an outstanding meal!
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
Wence's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (53)fit for foodies (33)good for groups (25)great for lunch (22)kid-friendly (14)great for outdoor dining (13)special occasion (11)great for brunch (10)hot spot (7)notable wine list (6)romantic (5)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (4)Show More
  • Very good food but extremely noisy
    Musician
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The food quality was very good, but the noise level was intolerable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Once again awesome
    jamphd
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This restaurant never lets me down. Great chicken cacciatori, CHICKEN SCALLOPINI. The salads are large and very tasty. The special Bruschetta was exceptional.Each dish is served with special touches.Of course you have to have the Shoestring Fries with the trufflel oil. Make sure you are hungry if you order one of their great burgers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Salmon on home made ravioli was good, but the cream sauce distracted from tasting the lobster stuffed in the ravioli. Tiramisu tastes too commercial. Won't order that again. Wine list has small selection. Take it for what it is and you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food and good service
    ODIE
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My wife and I like Wences. The kids menu and seafood choices are great. Ironically, their Mac and Cheese with no seafood is a high fat but delicious side dish, to be shared for sure. We will be back to try more of their seafood options to confirm the consistency of their overall menu.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    AMCrvVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    They addressed the noise issue by expanding and adding noise mufflers. Foods is still excellent. Service tends to be a little slow, but if you are not in a hurry, it is a great little restaurant to sit and relax with a bottle of wine while waiting for the food - which has NEVER disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was okay and took too long!
    TrustyVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We went here after a long day based on opentable ratings in the area. We were disappointed as the food took longer than expected to come out. The service was friendly and the prices reasonable. However we will not return as it took too long and the food wasn't that tasty / too basic. Also we are Vegan and they did not have any vegan / vegetarian options available beyond salads!!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bay Area Gem
    Sparty
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food presentation and flavors are always impressive at Wence and this trip was no exception. I tried the seafood pasta with the pesto sauce which I had never had before, and wow. We repeated sharing a crab stack which is a great way to start a meal. Their new addional dining room adds space so it is not as compact as the sole original room. We have been coming here since they opened and still hard to believe we have this quality of a restaurant hiddden away in Pleasant Hill. Casual but one of the best in the bay area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    SDM4
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Just had dinner for the first time at Wence's this past weekend and it was wonderful. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FANTASTIC MEAL WITH GIRLFRIENDS
    ParentsWeekendYr2
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was absolutely wonderful and our waitress was adorable and very attentive! She explained the specials to us with a smile and great knowledge and shortly thereafter brought us our drink order. Two of us ordered specials (chicken and artichokes - fabulous) and one ordered from the menu (swordfish - to die for!!) We never felt rushed - our evening lasted almost 2 1/2 hours. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food
    1foodguy
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Very interesting menus. Food is terrific. Have eaten here a few times but only for lunch. Fish and chips were great. Not greasy with crispy fries. The "juniors" burger is fantastic. Has an egg on top! Don't order it if you're not hungry. Highly recommend wence's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this nice surprise spot!
    sandy
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Second time and again, great service, food and connections....Very nice low key but high quality spot to stop for a good mid priced meal. This will be one of our regulars places from now on.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ladies Luncheon
    joy2dineVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We have a group of 12 who regularly meet at different restaurants around the East Bay, and WOW...we were all very pleased with Wence's! The food was fabulous, and the prices were very reasonable! Thank you for a great lunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Local Restaurant
    Eileenthequeen
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I really like Wence's and am glad they enlarged the restaurant. It is just about the right size. It was hard to get into the restaurant when it was smaller. The food is really good. My one disappointment was the beignets for dessert. I've had them in New Orleans and I don't think they measured up. I tried them because it is not possible to get beignets anywhere else that I know about. I will choose a different dessert when I go next - and I surely will.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We've been here twice and both times had great meals. Steamed clams, halibut porkchops all excellent. We haven't had room for dessert yet but they looked yummy! Only downside is there's only wine and beer. Hopefully they'll serve cocktails soon. Great friendly service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok food, poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Ordered the grilled artichoke, Mac n cheese and the fish tacos - all were pretty good. Serving size about right, as well. Limited selection of beer/wine. Was with a group of co-workers, and we were trying to unwind after a long day - not the place. Our server asked us multiple times if we were done with our food - we weren't. Seemed like they were trying to rush us out and we had a reservation at 7 --- not very late. Then they gave us the bill before we we asked for it, and then came back and asked if we'd paid it. Overall, the bad service made the experience not something I'd recommend.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Surprised by the quality!!!
    sandy
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Dropped in to a neighborhood place and were very surprised by the quality and special efforts to provide excellant dining in such a quiet little spot. Great menu, excellent pricing and true quality and knowledge of the chef.....Seafood is a highlight and the Lobster bisque that evening was superb!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We will be back
    blueyedblanche
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We were in a bit of a rush, and weren't able to really relax over our meal. But, we will be back, and explore the menu beyond cheeseburgers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for good seafood!
    ODIE
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My wife, son and I just had an excellent meal at Wence's. The interior looks like it was recently updated and is somewhat modern. They have a kid's menu which is great with my son not being a big seafood fan just yet. Our waitress, Cecilia, was attentive and patient with my son who could not decide on what he wanted to drink. She also made great wine choices for me. I had the small plates, Prawn tacos (awesome) and the Crab with Avocado, good but lacking a little seasoning but fresh crab so little to complain about. My wife had pasta with vegetables but they missed the eggplant on the first go around but Cecilia saved it by getting some to supplement her meal and she was happy. All in all, we will be back, great little gem.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service and Food Quality Problems
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I have been going here for the last 2 years. Things have changed, service is slow and irregular, they expanded and didn't staff up. Food is inconsistent too. For my son's birthday dinner, we had to wait an hour for the entrees and they literally came out staggered two at a time over a five minute period. I was livid but kept quiet. My dish was partly warm and partly cold. Cold mussels and clams is NOT good. I don't think we will be going back any time soon. Very disappointed!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great as usual
    AllenVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Love this neighborhood gem, and now they have expanded the restaurant. We love it there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun night out
    Relisame
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food was fantastic and the service was great. I like the way the plates are serviced, it makes you want to keep looking, but then you starting smelling the food and you just have to dig in.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    No need to go to San Francisco - Wences is definitely a place for foodies. Unique dishes, fabulous spices, sauces and the freshest ingredients. The Chef came out and talked with us and his talent shines through in every dish. Try it-you won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Neighborhood treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    What a wonderful little restaurant in a quiet neighborhood setting! There was a good varied assortment on the lunch menu with quite a few fish/seafood options and a large list of salads. There were a number of wines to choose from and a very tempting dessert list. Too bad we were too full from our large salads.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • But the noise!
    PowderdazeVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I made my first visit to Wence's on a Saturday evening at around 7. We were seated pretty quickly and the service was good. But the noise! There are some very simple things they could do to reduce the decibels in the place. It was built with ALL hard surfaces. The food was excellent and I would hate to see them fail because of something so basic and so fixable. I will go back again but will probably ask to sit outdoors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food, but don't complain!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    First time eating at Wence's after many recommendations. Not the best service, but the caprese salad and crab stack made up for it!! Delicious and will most likely return. The only negative ... A couple near us, arrived before us, my husband and I ordered, ate and payed for our meal before they even got an entrée! What rubbed me wrong about the situation is neither the server or manager apologized. They just kept trying to justify, I wanted to say "just say sorry and move on!". The server was very defensive and walked away from the table rolling her eyes. I own a retail store, and to customers, perception is reality.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighbor
    NeighborGal
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I have been here several times with friends and family. The food is fantastic, the cocktail area is quaint, and I have never had bad service. The only thing I wish would change is the noise level, I would not consider this place "romantic" for that reason.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So glad we tried it!
    marygl
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Our group gets together every couple of months. We like to try locally owned places. After seeing Wence's on Open Table and reading many positive reviews, we decided to try it. There were 9 of us (originally 16, then down to 12, then 10, and one didn't show up). We all enjoyed the food, from the crab stacks to the sweet potato fries, from the sea bass special of the day to the cheeseburger (for a 10-year-old who thoroughly enjoyed it). The cookie melt and creme brulee were delicious desserts. The noise level truly IS very high, so we were actually happy that our party of 16 had dwindled to nine, or we would never have been able to talk amongst ourselves. We all agreed we would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a pleasure
    Mattrnbsn1VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Great resturaunt for all. Local community gem. Will always be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Penguina2
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The food was extremely good however the noise level was very loud. It was very difficult to hear my husband who was sitting across from me. I loved the food so will definitely be back however because of the noise level, my husband does not want to return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Find
    Goodandrede
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Had lunch with a friend. The expansion looks good. They needed more room. The food was good/great (that's the upper side of good). Their soup that day - lobster chowder - was really wonderful! My sandwich was good. My friend raved about her street tacos! We will go again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighbor Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Really wonderful food! Excellent service! It's hidden away in a step mall in pleasant hill, almost Lafayette . Definitely worth trying!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    FlemingVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I had the swordfish -it was excellent. My daughter had Caesar salad with prawns which was very good as well.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 139 reviews are from the Wence's Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Pleasantly surprised
    LoriVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We've been to all the Walnut Creek restaurants, and except for a select few, find them pretty mediocre and not worth the money. We were pleasantly surprised at the level of "foodieness" of Wence's. The food was wonderful - beautifully presented, sophisticated/interesting flavors, very generous portions (I should have brought some home but it was so good I could not stop eating!), and the service was also great. I myself am a very good cook, so I have a high bar. Wence's met/exceeded it. Let's hope our 2nd visit is as good as the first.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place to eat and chat!
    Sailorette
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Went with a party of 7 retired corporate women who are all foodies. They agreed we should come back and all try different items from the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'll give them another chance...
    JimCVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    No issue with the food, once it came, but big service drop-off from previous visits. Has been a breath of fresh air in P Hill, but this time service was very slow & did not check me in for OpenTable reservation so I had to go to OpenTable to get credit for visit, as restaurant was not willing to do anything about it when I called (or at least didn't know what to do about it). They were quite busy, perhaps understaffed -- due to recent expansion of restaurant square footage?
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Needs improvement
    Ushldskipit
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We got 6:15 pm reservation but we didn't get our dinner served until 7:10. It was not busy when arrived so we were surprised it took so long to get our meals. My husband liked his seafood grill since he suggested to the waitress that it should be seared and not cooked thoroughly. However, my seafood pasta was soaking in pesto sauce. The waitress was very professional and friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised
    Link
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Was not expecting to find the food as good as it was for being a neighborhood restaurant. Food was excellent and a good portion. I order the calamari appetizer and the pork chop (really big size), both were very well prepared. Equal to the restaurants in SF. Will definitely returning on a regular basis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice new neighborhood restaurant
    Jingo
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The salmon was very good, the gnocchi was fine but not great. We sat outside, the server was a bit disorganized but very pleasant. I will go back again and would take friends there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awful service; don't bother!!
    Bells
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Selected Wence's based on many positive reviews. However, we had an awful experience. For 20 minutes nary a server looked our way. When I got up and asked if someone would take our order, the response was "OK, wadaya want?" Really?! Took another 20 minutes to get our appetizer. Nearly 30 minutes after the app plates were removed we still didn't have our entrees. The server said the kitchen had run out of bread for my sandwich. Found the manager who said that wasn't true, that the Father's Day crowd caused the delays. After I pointed out four tables that were seated after us and served already, she said, "Just another 5 minutes." 15 minutes later the food finally arrived. It was tasty, but given the awful service, I'll never return.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wence's- good selection, good food
    RomanticOnes
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Was taken here for an early Father's Day/Birthday dinner. Good selection for everyone on menu. Food arrived hot and prepared well. We had a number of appetizers to start, and then ordered our entrees. Everyone seemed to enjoy their food, and there was plenty of it! We took several containers home for later. Service was very good and prompt. Would happily go back there again....
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic