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Wence’s may have just the right formula for a Pleasant Hill neighborhood restaurant. The menu offers something for everyone, from fresh raw oysters, to a tender grilled artichoke with house-made smoked chipotle mayo, to old-school pork chops in a mushroom, pancetta, and wine sauce. Located in the space that was once Nibblers and then Fig Tree, Wence’s has a casual, comfortable feel and seems a bit more spacious, with new banquette seating along one wall and brighter lighting. Dishes are a mix of old and new: The kitchen turns out good versions of the many different choices. Check out the pan-seared halibut, which sounds busy with its tomatoes, corn, arugula, and romesco sauce, but comes together nicely. Delicious-sounding beignets were disappointingly bland, but smooth-textured, seasonal pumpkin crème brûlée made for a luscious and interesting dessert. Lunch and dinner daily.
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