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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!
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily 11:30am-4:00pm
Dinner Everyday: 4:00pm-9:00pm
Brunch: Sa-Su 10:00am-2:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Please inquire at the restaurant about off-site catering.
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
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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'
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.
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.
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.
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