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!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Wence's Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
68 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (56)fit for foodies (29)good for groups (22)great for lunch (22)special occasion (15)great for brunch (14)kid-friendly (11)great for outdoor dining (10)hot spot (5)romantic (4)late-night find (4)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • 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.
  • 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
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    • 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
  • Outstanding dining
    Sparty
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food and presentation were outstanding. We started with the scallops which were perfectly prepared and presented. Entree's were the swordfish and mahi-mahi. The presention is right there or better than San Francisco's finest restaurants. The mahi-mahi was on top of some potatoes and green beans, topped with a plum and mango salsa - to die for. Similarly the swordfish comes stacked in between veggies and toppings. Service was great, the waitress has been there a while an knows all the menu items in great detail. From a food standpoint I think it is the best restuarant in area - WC, Lafayette, Danville, etc. - and throw in the reasonable prices and it is even better. if yo have never been this is a gem you need to try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love Wence's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Wonderful food, good service. Everything fresh and presented beautifully. We love that this is a neighborhood, locally-owned restaurant right here in Pleasant Hill. Great that they have expanded!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent treasure in Pleasant Hill
    Stan
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Wences is a must-go, must-see and must-dine place in Pleasant Hill. Located on Oak Park Boulevard, it is conveniently located, and the parking is excellent. The interior decor is vibrant, and the food is tremendous - and wait until you taste their desserts! I have another reservation for this coming weekend - and I'm going to make it a twice-or-more-a-month experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    brunchVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    The BBQ chicken salad was one of the best I've ever had. The atmosphere is a little tired. But, a great neighborhood find
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A recommendation that lived up
    AlandMalinda
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Needed to find a good spot for dinner with my wife to celebrate our 12yr anniversary. We wanted to try a place that wasn't along the well beaten paths of Walnut Creek. A good friend had been here a few times and had nothing but great things to say. So when I brought up the need for a good dinner spot for a special occasion my friend said "I've told you before about this place Wence's in Pleasant Hill. You gotta go.". Well we did...and we are glad we did. Such a great dinner spot. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great neighborhood restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This was not our first visit to Wences, although it was our first time for mother's day brunch. My aunt wondered how they could have fresh crab, but she was so pleased with the crab cakes and her crab Louis salad. My husband also had crab in a crab Benedict--he loved it! I am allergic to shellfish, so my food was much less exotic--a spinach, tomato, and artichoke frittata that was excellent. We also had drinks--all were great! Finally, we shared an order of the beignets--how can you go wrong with fried dough with powdered sugar?! A generous order of three good sized beignets with a strawberry jam type topping on the side--not too sweet and a perfect complement. A great brunch in a great spot. Recently expanded as well so lots of room!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 125 reviews are from the Wence's Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Wences experience
    Mattrnbsn1VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Once again the Wences family provided an excellent fresh meal and recommend this establishment to all.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wence review
    AsiaFusion
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Nice neighborhood restaurant that has expanded their restaurant size. First weeknight opening the new part of the restaurant. Menu was good but missed the Paella that no longer was offered. Male waiter needed to be less serious and recommend any special if any since we only had the menu items. Quality of food was great.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Place but Loud!
    Peaches
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    As we were driving up to the place. we could hear the diners inside! I thought, "Uh Oh, this is gonna be ear splitting." But we went in anyway and enjoyed the meal even if we did have to shout at each other to hear. We ordered crab cakes to start and they were very good. I got a cheeseburger with a salad and it was very good. The salad was extra delicious because the dressing was so fresh and flavorful. For desert we ordered bread pudding. It was ok. Should have ordered tiramisu. I will go back and try something else and hopefully it will not be so loud. BTW, our server, Courtney was great.
    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.
  • Always great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The food at Wence's is always creative, beautifully served, and delicious. Service can be a little slow, but it's worth the wait. I really wish they would expand the wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, presentation creative
    jamphd
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Great salads just the right dressings. Relaxing time not rushed.excellent service.Caesar salad delicious
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So the food was OK. Don't
    luvlafayette
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    So the food was OK. Don't bother making an RSVP because even with a reservation, they run VERY late. Also, the owner gives people the menu while they are waiting so that they can quickly order. Then after a 30min wait (past reservation) she walks around looking at everyone to see who will finish quickly...Waitress asked us as we sat down what we wanted to order and drink...then checking back every minute, THEN brought us our bill as we were still eating our entree. Very rushed. Not very kid-friendly or date night. BUT the food for the price was reasonable (like $23 entree, special of the day - Halibut $28, Appetizers $8-$10. Overall, not a great experience mostly due to the way its run.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • I go there at least twice a month
    danvillejoeVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    I chose it when it first opened because it is close to my camera club meeting place. But after going there several times I realized how much I like it, and convinced other camera club members to meet me there sometimes. It has become so popular now that I have to make a reservation. I'm glad. One downside - the menu doesn't change much over time. Of course, that's an upside too, because I know I get things I like.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok
    helloVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Fish tacos seem like the fish was fried but did not say that on the menu. Pretty greasy. Tuna melt was good flavor but there was minimal tuna on the sandwich, mostly bread and lots of lettuce. Fries were supposed to be done crispy but they came pretty soft. Not as good as previous visits. Hope it is not going downhill. Service was ok but the music is loud and no response to repeated requests to lower it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great seafood
    ndg40
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Dinner was excellent. Wine list so so and tables are way too close together. But our dishes were so good it almost didn't matter
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Late Lunch
    Madorej
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    My wife and I usually drop in for dinner on Friday nights, but decided to grab lunch on Saturday instead. As usual, the food was great, service awesome and as a result, we will dropping in for lunch more often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet