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Wence's Restaurant, Pleasant Hill, CA

Wence's Restaurant

4.3
4.3
928 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian

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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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Seafood, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–8:45 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (925) 566-8971

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Gerardo Wence

  • Catering

    Please inquire at the restaurant about off-site catering.

  • Neighborhood

    Pleasant Hill

  • Cross street

    Patterson Blvd

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 928 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. KE

    KemmaE

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall2food2service1ambience1

    We arrived at 6:15 and were not served until 7:45. It took 40 minutes to get a glass of water. The food was cold when it arrived on the table and not once did the waiter come and check in until he dropped the check off.

  2. ML

    MarkL

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience overall mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, excellent food and perfect atmosphere. My family and I love coming here for all occasions!!

  4. PP

    PapaPaul

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Popped in for Happy Hour on Wednesday and TRULY happy we did! Wonderful service, environment, prices, et al!!

  5. G

    Gwynn

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    The Sunday Brunch menu has a nice selection to choose from! I always enjoy my dining experience at Wence's. However, I feel this is not the place for a quiet intimate meal.

  6. T

    Terri

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    We normally have excellent service at Wence's but on Saturday our waiter was very abrupt with each encounter with us. Also, the noise level is now getting to be too much to have a nice conversation. The food was excellent.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    The creamer for coffee was soured and when it was replaced at my request the new creamer was sour again. They did comp my coffee at my request. We sat near the door and my wife was cold.

  8. d

    dptr

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Seated immediately. Service was attentive. Food was great!

  9. KM

    KathleenM

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were seated in the most private and romantic spot in the restaurant. The food was fabulous, as always and the service by Edwardo was exemplary.

  10. JG

    JudiG

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    The salads and dessert we had were all very good. Unfortunately, even though we dined at noon, they were already out of the brussels sprouts salad. The ambiance, and I use that term loosely, could really use updating. However, we will definitely return as the food is very good.

  11. M

    Marilyn

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    A very fun evening with friends. Delicious drinks and good happy hour food.

  12. KB

    KimB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Really like this place. They were behind on reservations but we were able to wait. The noise level in this place is unbelievable. No matter where you sit it is loud. Patrons don't seem to care how loud they get, but I think it's mostly the acoustics are bad. There is nothing to absorb the sound. I think they should really look into fixing the situation. I would love to bring others here but if the have any hearing problems this is the wrong environment to be in. Great food and service. The drinks are excellent. Fix the sound and this place could be great.

  13. P

    Phil

    San Francisco

    88 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall3food4service4ambience2

    We enjoy the food at Wence's We do NOT enjoyed the extreme level of "din" that is experienced. It seems that no matter how many people are dining, there is a level of ambient noice that adversely affects the experience. Simple conversation at your own table is challenging. On this particular occasion there was one table in the secondary dining room occupied by 5 young women who apparently decided that they would be heard by EVERYONE ELSE, whether we wanted to hear them or not. They were yelling and laughing incredibly loudly such that those of us at the rest of the tables were giving looks to each other. The food is good, but not sure we'll be back.

  14. B

    Blewis317

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Excellent service and food. My only reason for not giving 5 stars is due to noise level. It is difficult to carry on a conversation.

  15. S

    Sparkle

    San Francisco

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Jacqueline did a nice job advising and serving.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    It was my moms 82nd birthday, which was ignored by our waitress. We’ve been to Wence’s on many occasions. This time we were disappointed. We had to ask for refills of water and to get coffee. A few of us had cold Benedicts served to us, and the food was ok. They were NOT busy, so to not have attentive service and cold food was very disappointing.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My family and I LOVE Wences and are probably there once a week! The service,food and cocktails are all excellent.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Wence’s is one of our go to spots where the food is consistent , could be a tad more creative, but

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Horrible, horrible service and even worse host. Food was subpar. I would strongly rethink patronizing this restaurant.

  20. LO

    LizOB

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our group of 8-10 ladies meets for lunch at Wence’s once a month. The food is always so fresh and delicious, and we love the wide variety of menu options including chef’s specials. The service is excellent, also, and there’s plenty of seating for small or large parties. Wence’s is an outstanding restaurant!

  21. M

    Marv

    San Francisco

    55 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Really love this neighborhood gem but the Sunday evening we brought our cousins here, the restaurant wasn’t firing on all engines. My thought is that they were busier than they expected. We sat in the large dining room and all the tables were occupied. I had requested a table in the bar area per my reservation however this was not acknowledged when we checked in—we were just taken to the large dining room. I was surprised since when I’ve been here before mostly the space has been empty. The room had a noise level that made it difficult for us to hear our conversation primarily because there was a little girl nearby who was way out of control! I have been served by our waiter to great effect in the past, but I think he misunderstood ( maybe he couldn’t hear me?) and forgot to take my drink and my entrée order! Everyone was quite happy with their food selections ( 3 king salmons and a hamburger!) but on the three king salmon entrées all of our mashed potatoes were cold. I will be back of course but it would be nice for the restaurant to take note of some of these issues, since this was the first time for the rest of my party.

  22. RO

    RomanticOnes

    San Francisco

    96 reviews

    4.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We have been to Wence's several times over the last 5 or so years. This time, it was for my wife's 65th birthday, and we wanted to celebrate with family. As always, Wence's doesn't disappoint, in food, or service. We had a lovely meal, had brought a beautiful cake, which Wence's cut and distributed. The service was very good, and very attentive. I had the Pasta Jambalaya, which is one of my favorites.

  23. M

    Mvega

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    1st time there. Great experience. Kind helpful server. Clean nice upscale restaurant. Delicious food and good drinks. Stayed for 3 hours, great atmosphere! 5 stars definitely.

  24. z

    zacharys

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Noisy but always fun. Crowd pleasers. Great cocktails. Food is one of the best in CCC

  25. P

    Phyllis

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always happy with the friendly, professional service! Food always great!

  26. CC

    CarolC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ou server (Ana) was outstanding and offered, by far, our best of many Wence’s dining experiences.

  27. C

    Contessa

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service ....great meal .....good selection at bar.....something for everyone!

  28. DT

    DebbieT

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful dinner with friends, everything was perfect!

  29. JB

    JohnB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Everything great except they could use some sound dampening panels on the walls and/or ceilings to reduce the noisy room sounds.

  30. t

    tammyl

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    overall4food4service2ambience4

    We had to ask several times to have dishes removed when we were finished with them ie after appetizers and before main dishes

  31. F

    Foodie

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2020

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    Food was good. (Fish was kind of stinky.) Service was okay, but server made an error with the bill (overcharged) and when I questioned him, he was quick to deny it or offer apologies. Paid the bill and called the restaurant the next day to speak with the manager (Sandra). Sandra confirmed the error and offered her sincerest apologies and informed me to ask for her next time I’m in the restaurant to resolve this issue.

  32. AZ

    AnitaZ

    San Francisco

    99 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience3

    The food is great but service is hit or miss. They struggle with having enough staff.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We took our oldest son and his girlfriend for dinner on a Friday night. The crab cake appetizer was very good, the sauce and capers as well as the veggie slaw took it to another level. My husband had the salmon and said it was one of the best he’s had- cooked perfectly. Our son had the seafood pasta and liked the sauce so much he cleaned the bowl with bread to get every last drop. We had both the pumpkin cheesecake and the dulce de leche creme brûlée for dessert. Both had great flavor. It was rather noisy, but that’s to be expected for a busy Friday night.

  34. AN

    ANDRAC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went here for a wedding anniversary. Awesome food (as always) and attentive service. Definitely recommend making reservations as it was really busy.

  35. R

    Rockey

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience5

    New Year’s Eve

  36. RG

    RegisG

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Very nice restaurant. Good was good, service as well. The noise level is however too high for my taste

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    For a little restaurant in the suburb, what more could you ask for? Great food, ambiance, and service. Need more of this in the burbs!

  38. DS

    DavidS

    Fargo

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great brunch selection, and good parking. The Eggs Benedict was delicious. Fast service.

  39. SG

    SherylG

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2019

    overall2food1service5ambience2

    Place was packed. It’s the holidays and all but the food just wasn’t there. My salmon was swimming in some unnecessary sauce. My friends had the filet mignon eggs Benedict and said the meat was awful. Same for my friend who had the filet Cobb salad. I love Wence’s and I hope our bad food was just a fluke. The service however was great!!! No complaints there.

  40. b

    brendanm

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    The Filet was awesome!!

FAQs

Wence's Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (925) 566-8971.

Wence's Restaurant is rated 4.3 stars by 928 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Google Map for Wence's Restaurant

1922 Oak Park Blvd Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Patterson Blvd

  • Neighborhood

    Pleasant Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–8:45 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Seafood, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Gerardo Wence

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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