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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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (23)
Casual (18)
Special Occasion (16)
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Fit for Foodies (16)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Good for a Date (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Business Meals (10)
Comfort Food (10)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Cozy (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Fun (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Romantic (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Healthy (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Authentic (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Seasonal (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Live Sports (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Tapas (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (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 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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 (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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Extremely noisy inside the main dining room. The walls are concrete so every voice bounces off the walls. The entrees were good (had the lobster tacos and scallops), but the desserts were outstanding (berry cobbler and flour-less chocolate tart). The first cup of coffee was lukewarm, but the waitress had no issue w/quickly making us a fresh pot and it was delicious.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Enjoyed a great meal with friends after an Ice Skating show! Our friends loved the food, too. Something on the menu for everyone!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

I've been going there since they opened and the owners are wonderful and hard working. Most of the food is delicious except their Brussels sprouts. The only problem is that it's so very noisy unless you can sit outside. You have asked and I truly want them to be successful. I realize many restaurants are noisy but there were five us and could not hear each other.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Great food and service. Service the last couple times was sketchy. Was great this time.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great restaurant. Make a reservation if going on the weekend. Best comfort food!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

The calimari steak sandwich was good, but the calimari was too tough to eat as a sandwich, so I had to take it apart and cut the fish with a knife. My friend had the same sandwich but hers was not tough. We love the ambiance and the menu and the drinks. A fav of ours.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

My favorite neighborhood spot. Easy parking, lots of food choices and all good. I often order their mac n cheese with truffle oil and optional bacon to-go.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

Excellent food ! Service was great , just a little noisy

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Awesome as always

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We were lucky to get a table outside because inside it was stuffy. I had the lobster tacos - so delicious. My date had the ribeye steak and enjoyed that too. Good service.

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