The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards

4.7
3847 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
American
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.
avatar copy

Private Dining

Book your next event with us

View details
What 3847 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
e
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

Too much curry on the sea bass and my pork chop was very tough

Report
Helpful
RE
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jessie and Jorge were awesome! Made my husbands 60th birthday extra special. Thank you!

Report
Helpful
EF
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The day started at the winery with a tasting, hosted by Grady our wine educator. He provided an exceptional tasting experience and we joined the wine club. Grady recommend the restaurant at the vineyard for dinner and we made reservations. Our server at the restaurant was also fantastic! Unfortunately we couldn’t remember her name, but she had fantastic nails with her dogs painted on them!!! We had the tartare, cauliflower soup, and wagu steak! Everything was delicious, the entire Wente experience from start to finish exceed our expectations! We will back, very soon!!
Sincerely,
Sierra Millet & Eric Fiegi

Report
Helpful
JA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So nice and intimate! Great customer service !!! We will be back. Thank you so much .

Report
Helpful
C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I love their Sunday brunches out on the deck during summer, but for special occasions year-round we gladly splurge on having dinner inside, as we just did with cousins visiting from Manhattan. It was their wedding anniversary and the restaurant did not disappoint! They gave us all a complimentary champagne toast, and dessert for the couple, plus the service was exceptional and the dinner menu was sublime. The four of us feasted on perfectly prepared pork chops, quail and a vegetarian tagine. We drank delicious Nth Degree Cabernet Sauvignon and coffee with dessert. The dining room was beautifully appointed, the service was luxurious, attentive but not interfering in our conversation. We never felt rushed and enjoyed our leisurely dining experience for over two hours. As I say, this is our favorite destination for special splurges not far from home.

Report
Helpful
b
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent place, both for a business discussion or a romantic date.

Report
Helpful
F
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good but not worth the exorbitant prices.

Report
Helpful
m
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and great food

Report
Helpful
W
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards is without a doubt my favorite restaurant in the Tri-Valley. Food is always incredible, ambiance is great, good wine list and great wait staff!

Report
Helpful
DM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

the restaurant staff was well aware of our 30th Anniversary celebration but no-one acknowledged it or gave a touch on our celebration. The receptionist lady was kind to bring a sheet menu with "Anniversary Menu" on it but that was all. The table setting was good but felt kind of strange to be in a corner where there is no special decoration for the occasion. The table next to me had a guy sitting with the legs all the way out causing the waiter to trip, the waiter apologized but the customer did not even acknowledge the apology, this customer never adjusted his legs for my wife to pass by to go the restrooms and I made eye contact with him and he was defiant looking. The service was great but I was expecting a more enthusiastic reception with a touch on our Anniversary for my wife but saw nothing and to make it worse I had a defiant customer next to me with his legs stretching out of his table, preventing us (my wife, the waiter, and I) to walk by or to the restroom.

Report
Helpful
v
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I have visited Wente multiple times during the past year. We have found the food quality and service to always be outstanding. Our one request, for those of us who visit frequently, would be to see more specials offered in addition to the regular menu.

Report
Helpful
DF
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great. Perfect place to relax and enjoy some wine.

Report
Helpful
MI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, excellent service. A lovely evening. Try the pastrami toast...yum!

Report
Helpful
A
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, great service, food was fantastic - highly recommend!

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary

Report
Helpful
SB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner. Everything was delicious and the service was great too

Report
Helpful
AP
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Our appetizer, the beet salad was amazing and our cocktails too. But the server wasn’t interested In us. She quickly moved away when she checked on us, & was dismissive. I observed her reprimand 2 staff members before we were even seated and both of them gave us better attention before she addresses us, than she did all night. The main courses were bland and not worth their cost. The flourless chocolate cake was like a brick. Overall the pretentious service and high price were very disappointing and we love fine dining. We won’t be returning to that restaurant.

Report
Helpful
LW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing experience. Thank you Jason you are awesome

Report
Helpful
n
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

The prices don’t support the service or food quality received. Steak was cooked perfectly, but it was heavily sauced and everything was drowned in dressings. Service assumed we were new to wine and when we asked for a specific recommendation, the suggestions were far off from what we were asking for and we did not receive service from the sommelier. Overall, felt like its able to get away with lower quality and higher prices based on the Wente name.

Report
Helpful
VI
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for special occasions, wonderful place to bring someone with discerning taste. I highly recommend.

Report
Helpful
LR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious. Perfect place for an anniversary dinner.

Report
Helpful
EV
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I joined another couple for an evening out. The restaurant was full but still not too noisy to talk easily and be heard. The food was excellent. We are doing the Whole30 and asked for a couple of changes to the menu items which the restaurant was happy to accommodate. We look forward to going back in February when we can have a glass of wine!

Report
Helpful
PT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing wine, crab salad, scallops, duck and of course, pork chop!

Report
Helpful
AK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I came with a friend for the Chef's Tasting Menu Lunch. Service was wonderful and perfectly timed, the wine was delicious, and the ambiance was very relaxing. A wonderful value as well.

Report
Helpful
OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We waited for our food quiet some time due to them running out of mash potatoes. Things happen! But besides that it was a good experience. We will be back.

Report
Helpful
KD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wente never disappoints. Wonderful property, wonderful menu, wonderfully fresh ingredients, wonderful service, and of course, wonderful wine list.

Report
Helpful
m
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing. The ambiance is generally very good. Servers can be a bit hit or miss. This last visit outlet server seemed distracted and asked us twice if we wanted an appetizer after we had already ordered one.
By far still the best place to eat in Livermore

Report
Helpful
A
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our meal was amazing! We loved every bite!
The service was excellent. Excellent restaurant for a special occasion.

Report
Helpful
J
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Average food at astronomical prices. Gouge-worthy wine prices.

Report
Helpful
TH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best New Year's dinner that my husband and I have ever enjoyed. It really helped to book a late table at 8:30pm since the restaurant was relatively quiet so we could talk. Our server was simply phenomenal - prompt and friendly with out hovering - and yet always there when you needed her. We started the prix fixe menu with the Garden Beet Salad and my husband the Caeser salad; he doesn't normally care for Caesar salads but he said this one was exceptional. We then had the Gulf Shrimp (large and whole but dissembled so you need not do the messy dissection) and the Pain Levain Toast with prosciutto and cheese and arugula and stone ground mustard - both excellent. We had the filet mignon - perfectly cooked medium - and the blackened sea bass that was just the right amount of spice and moisture. The accompanying sides were well chosen, fresh, and tasty. The dark chocolate torte and citrus cheesecake were exceptional. Also we were given complementary champagne, an excellent wine list was reduced by 50% (their usual Monday reduction which they kindly applied to New Years Eve), and a very sweet parting gift of sea salt blend developed by the Wente kitchen. Truly the best New Years Eve dinner (especially after the abysmal rest of 2018) which helped set up maybe a better 2019.

Report
Helpful
j
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome meal and outstanding service. It was an excellent ending to 2018.

Report
Helpful
m
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were pleasantly surprised at how outstanding the food was. My last few experiences at Wente were just okay, but your new Chef has taken the food to the next level. Our waiter was attentive, and made excellent suggestions on food and wine. Overall, one of the best restaurant experiences I've had recently. I will be back!

Report
Helpful
OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to have lunch. Great atmosphere and service. Will be back.

Report
Helpful
FD
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went to Wente Restaurant for a date night. The food was excellent. We had the Cauliflower Bisque and the Beet and Goat Cheese Salad, both wonderful, for starters. My husband had the sea bass with a spicy couscous, shrimp, and mussel mixture which was spicy and tasty kind of like a gumbo. I had the signature smoked pork chop on polenta with a tangy apple sauce. Both wonderful. We were too full for dessert. Service was excellent.

Report
Helpful
DH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Every time we come here lately, I want to give our dining experience one less star. We have been coming here for about 18 years - it used to be really special, now it's just expensive. I realize that I am getting older and it seems that dressing up for dinner is a thing from the past. It almost seems that clothing is optional nowadays. However, the service and food need not decline due to a dress code or lack-there-of. I ordered the 14oz Dry-Aged Wagyu Ribeye which was priced at $65.00. Everything is a la carte here, so the salad was extra. Some things that really bothered me; my ribeye was paired with Papas Bravas, Chimichurri, Brussels and Sauce Diane that were all merged like a stew versus being "paired" with the meal. They do served bread with the meal, but not until you order your meal? Really??

Our waiter was very "OK" - he kept asking "can I do anything for the table" - how about simply is everything ok - do you need anything? Geeze, there were only two of us. In the past few years, the Restaurant at Wente's has severely declined. It was really cool in the past as almost every night had a new and exciting menu. Now its the same menu for an entire month. It was almost always local and fresh - now "the beef was fed our wine and was hand massaged in order to make it so tender". Oh, back to my steak - it was among the toughest Ribeyes I ever eaten. I should have sent it back, but then I would have had to wait while my wife ate alone.

I wonder if I want to back here - the food, atmosphere and service have declined to the level of a cheap overpriced steakhouse. I don't see them surviving for more than a few years. What will the mega winery put in its place?

Report
Helpful
DT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Besides other times of the year, we always celebrate our Anniversary at Wente and it is always a wonderful evening! The staff are friendly, food and wine knowledgeable and the food is delicious!

Report
Helpful
LW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always AMAZING!!! Caitlyn out does herself to make us feel wonderful and Sheri is the best server always

Report
Helpful
O
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food is great! Beet salad of December wasn't the best taste combination and rossoto was too huge and more salty that I like, but rest of the food was perfect! I wish it would be at least one vegan option.

Report
Helpful
DW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Annual Holiday Gal-Pals Get Together

Report
Helpful
KJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious from start to finish!

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
97

Tweets by The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards