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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
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (39)
Casual (26)
Great for Lunch (19)
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Good for Birthdays (18)
Special Occasion (18)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Good for a Date (17)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Business Meals (14)
Comfort Food (14)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Cozy (13)
Bar Seating (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Kid-friendly (10)
Authentic (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Great for Brunch (7)
Fun (7)
Healthy (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Romantic (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Tapas (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

We have been here many times before, but on this visit, the food was very slow, almost an hour wait. We scheduled an early dinner, but had to wait almost an hour before the food arrived at the table. The Prime Rib was ordered medium, but it came out medium-rare, the grilled salmon was not cooked through and the middle was raw. We did not send the food back to be cooked more because of the very long wait. I eat raw salmon anyway, so I was cool with the under-cooked salmon. All in all, the food was delicious and the portions were very generous. The broccolini was very tender and delicious, which can be challenging for any restaurant. I think they just overbooked the restaurant and the kitchen was backed up. Yes, we will continue to return to Wences. They should not overbook and stress the kitchen out.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

We enjoy the food at Wence's and never leave hungry. The wait-staff has always been attentive, even on a busy night like last night. Started with the mussels to share with extra bread to dip in the sauce. Then everyone ordered a different seafood (Ahi, salmon, sea bass, chippino, fish tacos, and mixed seafood grill) and there was no leftovers.
We have always enjoyed this neighborhood restaurant.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Hadn’t been here for a while due to the last few times we were there the service was not good. It was slow and when we asked for bread it was dry. Tonight we went and everything was perfect. So glad to see because the food was delicious. The Truffle Mac and Cheese was perfect and the steak was cooked spot on. I will definitely go again!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Enjoyed our meal and the ambiance. Great service!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

I meet a friend occasionally at Wence's and it never disappoints!! Even though there was a large group in the second room, we were seated promptly at a quiet table in the front room. The restaurant is not at all fancy, but there are some excellent touches. The napkins are linen. The service is very friendly and efficient. The menu is extensive, with many choices for vegetarians. On Saturday I ordered the Dungeness Crab Avocado Benedict and it was absolutely delicious! It was served with pleasantly spicy home fries and a tiny dessert (apple crumble???). We'll happily return!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Wences is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant located in a strip mall in a residential area. The menu is fairly extensive with enough choices to satisfy a family or group of friends with diverse tastes. The food is nicely prepared, tasty, and generous. Service is friendly and attentive. There's no downside to eating here.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Been to this restaurant many times. It never disappoints. The lobster chowder was excellent!!!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Loved our private room in "Harry's Saloon" speakeasy! Food and cocktails were delicious; service was great. Will return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Service was off a little tonight. Dirty dishes sat on table and my wife had to stack them. Told the hostess and waiter it was my son's birthday and asked for a candle but they forgot (did comp his dessert).

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Very nice in every way

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Went for an office birthday lunch. The staff was great, accommodated all our requests and got us out on time. Super friendly and food was amazing!

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Very good family night out with friends!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Nice cozy place with good food and service. A little pricey, but overall a nice find in our neighborhood so we will probably drop in again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Easy to find and plenty of parking. We were seated promptly. The server was very attentive and friendly. This was the second time we ate there and have enjoyed it both times. The small family owned business really does a great job. The food was great, they have a good wine and beer selection as well as a full bar. Very reasonable prices. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Casual, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This is always a special place to come to. The service is excellent, great selection and many choices to pick from.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our first visit. Food was excellent. Service good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Family post Christmas lunch

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Service and meal was great. Good outing with friend during holidays season

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Wence's has become one of our favorite restaurants because the food is consistently excellent. We have introduced it to a number of friends who have now become fans as well.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

The food was excellent and service was great. I highly recommend the scallops if you can stand spicy food. The lobster chowder special was scrumptious. Not a cheap spot, but worth it for the quality. We'll definitely be visiting again soon!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Wonderful family gathering (9 of us). The server was very attentive considering how busy the entire restaurant was. The food was good and we all enjoyed the atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Great food and attentive staff. Larger room was a bit noisy but food makes up for it!

Tags: Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

While this restaurant is one of our favorites we were disappointed that the hostess abruptly dismissed our Passport membership benefits and refused to honor the rules as stated. She was angry with us for using the program! She finally relented but said they were changing the rules and would no longer honor future dining.

Tags: Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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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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 (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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