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About 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!

1922 Oak Park Blvd
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Californian

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Daily 11:30am-4:00pm
Dinner Everyday: 4:00pm-9:00pm
Brunch: Sa-Su 10:00am-2:00pm

Cross Street:
Patterson Blvd

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(925) 566-8971

Website:
http://wencesrestaurant.com/

Catering:
Please inquire at the restaurant about off-site catering.

Executive Chef:
Gerardo Wence

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Wence's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (28)
Casual (23)
Fit for Foodies (18)
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Special Occasion (16)
Great for Lunch (15)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Business Meals (13)
Good for a Date (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Cozy (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Happy Hour (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Kid-friendly (7)
Fun (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Healthy (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Romantic (6)
Authentic (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Seasonal (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Live Sports (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

The food always come out hot out of the kitchen. Great mussels and Louie salad. Jose, the bartender, pays great attention to everyone. Dining room can get pretty noisy however. New local favorite!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Casual, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Wence’s is outstanding in every way but very noisy. I only suggest that they might invest in some very effective yet stylish sound proofing for the walls and ceiling. They already have some sound proofing panel on wthe walls and ceiling but the are not thick enough to effectively absorb the overwhelming loud sounds. I did need to talk loudly and listen closely during dinner. In every other way Wence’s is a great restaurant which i recommend to all.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Terrific place to eat. Meals are prepared one at a time.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Casual, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The noise level was deafening, not “energetic “. My group moved to an outdoor table and had a lovely brunch. PLEASE do something about the acoustics. Had we not been able to move outdoors, we would not have stayed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

We have some friends that just moved right down the street from Wences. I love this restaurant - they do everything just perfectly. We live in Alamo and I wish they were located here. But, I will continue to visit. The ambience is just right - not too noisy so you can talk but its lively. I had the seafood special which was great and my son had a steak which was amazing - I really can't say enough.

Tags: Live Sports, Cozy, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Really great dining experience. Food was wonderful, server was perfect and the place was really clean.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

They have a broad menu with choices for every palate, from oysters to pasta to salads to meat. I had a wedge salad with steak on top, which was very tasty. The salad with chicken was excellent, and the prime rib was excellent, according to my dinner guests.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

5 of us went for my birthday. I had reservations and we were seated promptly. 2 of us had salmon specials, teenager had the huge burger and fries (they took off the egg/tomato/lettuce for him), one had a seafood pasta, and I had my favorite; the rib eye with roasted garlic and bleu cheese, garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus. We all agreed that the dinners were excellent and I, the birthday girl, had 1/2 a yummy steak to take home. Hubby had a cup of a very thick and delicious tomato soup. Service was very good, but next time, I might bring a favorite bottle of wine and pay the corkage fee. (even their white wine was very nice)

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Healthy, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

always good! never been disappointed. a great place to just sit and enjoy a glass of wine or stay for dinner. love their seafood grill. I love everything!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

What a find! Don't miss this place. The food is incredible.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Long time customer since before the expansion. Consistently EXCELLENT food!! Not for people in a rush, it takes a while and its worth every minute!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Ever since they have opened this is one of my favorite places especially for birthdays and anniversaries. The menu is always delicious and never disappoints!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The Fillet Mignon I ordered as Medium Rare, was so tough that I couldn't eat it. I told my wife the steak looked as if were cooked once before and returned to the kitchen, I like mildly cooked vegetables, but my asparagus was uncooked and raw.

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great Food. Noise level is a bit high. I've always been please with dinner here

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The seafood here is delicious. I hiiighly recommend the king salmon. It's flavorful and cooked perfectly. The wine list is solid too. The Joel Gott Cabernet Sauvignon was fantastic. For dessert, the chocolate flourless cake cannot be beat. The service is also excellent and the outdoor patio is dog friendly.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Healthy, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Fun, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Food was inconsistent. The octopus appetizer had great seasoning, but was way too chewy. Some of the sea bass entree components (the sea bass, clams and mussels) were cooked exceptionally well, while the prawns were over cooked. The sauce was great.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Pleasant lovely establishment

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Wence's never disappoints! The food and service are always consistent! It's a favorite place for both lunch and dinner!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Casual, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

It was too noisy to converse across the table. It was terrible.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

I have been here a few times over the years and the food was always excellent. This time it was hit and miss. The butternut squash soup, roasted artichoke and Brussels sprouts were great. The scallops were bad. Over cooked and I didn't feel well a few hours later. Chicken dish also over cooked/dry.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed everything about this little neighborhood gem. And a gem it is!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Healthy
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

My godson (who is vegetarian) and I celebrated his sixteenth birthday here with Sunday brunch. We loved our truffle fries, and he seemed happy with his Texas toast grilled cheese and house salad. I was very happy with my crab Benedict -- nice lumps of crab with every bite. Service was irregular, we had to ask for and wait for our iced tea refills, and there was no special treat for the birthday boy. But I still think this is one of the two best restaurants in our fair burb.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

We regularly eat at Wence's and love it. Saturday night was clearly an off night. I had eaten here on Thursday night and had the special Halibut dish which was delicious. However, when I came back on Saturday and had the special again, it was half the size and loaded up with couscous and vegetables with a VERY small piece of Halibut. For $34, I expected a meal just like I had earlier in the week. Nevertheless, we will be back. They have a great happy hour and the staff are lovely. Lobster chowder is fantastic.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Food is always very good although the kitchen is somewhat slow, especially when the dining room is busy. Noise level can be high. Wine selection is limited, beers selection is better.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

My son and I on a Friday evening. Son had a seafood and vegetable dish. I had the halibut special. He had onion soup while I hadlabster chowder. He had one cocktail. I had one glass of wine. We also had an order of crab cakes and a garden salad. With the exception of the salad virtually every dish seemed drenched in a greasy sauce or coating. We literally had a greasy sensation on our tongues when we finished and went home. $157 plus tip. Service reasonably good. Better food for lesson many other places. Overrated.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Was surprised the waitress did not ask if we wanted more wine. We brought the first bottle.
Not sure if they serve desert but she did not ask if we wanted anything else?
Desert, coffee, port or brandy.
We used our Passport Dining Card.
Other Restaurants will let you you 2 per table but not at Wences?
Surprised?

Tags: Business Meals, Casual
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

The food is always good but be prepared for a noisy environment. Lots of locals, families, and the energy is high, which we don't mind but if you want a quiet and/or romantic spot then Wences is probably not the best choice. They have a wonderful seafood selection. Our service has always been very good and attentive. Parking may be an issue because the area is popular but be patient and a place will open up. The outside dining is "storefront" and a nice option, especially if you want a quieter and more intimate dining experience.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Fun, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great food and a great price

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·Dined on September 28, 2017

The seafood and the oysters were good quality. However, though the sauce was good, next time, I would order it on the side. The main dish side vegetables and polenta were perfectly cooked. We really enjoyed their beignets.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

The first time I went, met a friend at 4 pm on a Friday and it was great sitting in the bar at the open doorway so that we were part inside and part outside. Too hot to be outside that day. This meant we could have a conversation and hear each other. The inside restaurant is very noisy - Not knowing we arrived for happy hour which meant that drinks were Very reasonable and an incredible salmon dinner with a big salad for only $20.00 Wine was 5.00 and mixed drinks I think were 7.00 during this 'early bird/happy hour time line. Great people watching - really great service - delicious food - in the neighborhood but the feel could be 'downtown'

Tags: Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Excellent Birthday dinner.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Worst service ever! We even told the manager and she did not seem to care. Won't be returning! Too bad because we live down the road.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Kitchen is consistently spotty as is the service. The porkchop was overlooked even though we specifically asked for "no more than medium" while the veggies were not even al dente.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We have eaten here several times and overall have been very pleased. The menu has lots of choices and everything has been good. It gets very busy in the evenings. The noise level gets very loud - hard to carry on a conversation. They do have some outside tables where the noise is not as annoying. There is parking in the rear as well as the front of the building. We consider it a family favorite.

Tags: Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Birthday occasion- they brought out ice cream with a candle on top. Nice touch and we weren't rushed. We were able to have nice leisurely dinner.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

First time dining bat Wences and was a pleasant experience. Food took a little while to arrive at our table, but you could tell that they aren't just throwing food on a plate for you. Presentation was OK.
The food was OK. Nothing fantastic, but was decent enough. Better than most.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Wonderful, relaxed atmosphere. Food was excellent, as was the service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Two of us for dinner. We both had the special which was halibut with two scallops - excellent meal. Service was friendly, but quite slow - seemed the kitchen was behind - and so the wait time was a little frustrating, but otherwise an enjoyable experience.

Tags: Happy Hour, Live Sports, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

The food was delicious. Seafood was very fresh and everyone was pleased. The lobster chowder is excellant. The service needed improvement. We had not finished our soup before our main course was on the table and used dishes were not cleared away to make more room. We each had a cocktail and the empty glasses remained the entire meal. The table was very crowded. The server brought our bill, said "no rush" and after bringing it, asked if we wanted to see a dessert menu.

It was also very loud. High ceilings, hard floors all made for difficult conversations, and we were in the room away from the bar, which was twice as loud.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Candace was a great waitperson. She made us feel welcome, was always there but not there....you know what I mean?

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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