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Massimo Ristorante
Massimo Ristorante

Massimo Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.massimoristorante.com/
  • Email: massimo@california.com
  • Phone: (925) 932-1474
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday & Monday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Roberto Rodriquez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Limited catering is available. Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: The private dining room upstairs has a romantic atmosphere.
  • Private Party Contact: Max Wolfe (925) 932-1474
  • Entertainment: Jazz piano

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bonanza & Civic
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: A five-story parking lot is across the street. They validate for two hours.
A word from Massimo Ristorante
Massimo's is perfect for enjoying a quiet elegant dinner in an open and airy atmosphere.
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "Dined here with friends, one of whom has some difficulty in walking, prior to attending the theater across the street; thus very convenient especially for her. All of us enjoyed our dinners; mine was a dish of duck breast with Brussels sprouts, shaved pancetta, and apricot sauce, about the best duck dish I've ever had out anywhere (even exceeding the now-defunct Duck Club at the Lafayette Park Hotel). Salad dishes were generous. Only negative was the noise level, possibly because it was a Friday night, also, the bar is part of the dining area."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Rocky start to dinner, but excellent overall! We had come here for an early birthday celebration, which I had made reservations online for 5, but we were sat a table better for 3-4. The table next to us sat an extremely loud infant who's screeches echoed off the mirrors. The manger and waitress were very nice, but there was no other tables large enough for our party as the restaurant was booked! So I would recommend to make reservations. The food made up for all unpleasantness revolving around the child and small table. I would highly recommend the Duck, excellent, and the apricot brandy sauce was a great compliment to the dish. The salmon was so light and fresh. The desserts were great as well a great way to round out the evening."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We were there for a 79th birthday party. The Birthday Girl wanted to attend this restaurant for dinner because she goes to Massimo's for lunch often. The Restaurant Manager/Hostess was so INCREDIBLY RUDE AND DISRESPECTFUL. The food was OK at best for the price."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Second time eating here and the food was excellent. Service, too."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I have lived here 20 years and this place has been consistent and good since day one. Good food and very pleasant. Outstanding, not really but don't miss it"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "The food, service and ambiance were perfect. We had salmon oscar and rack of lamb, both were perfectly cooked and delicious. The service was very attentive, we had a nice window seat, and the live piano provided the perfect soundtrack for a romantic evening."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My husband, daughter, and I ate here for my birthday dinner. We originally tried to get a reservation at Ruth's Chris or Flemings, but due to the Valentine's Day weekend crowd, we couldn't get into either of those. I've always loved Massimo's, but I just forget that it's an option. I'm so glad I remembered it this time!! My husband and I both had the New York Strip special. It was perfect! Sliced thin on a bed of mushroom risotto with crumbles of gorgonzola - yum! My daughter had the Carbonara, and she loved it, too. She and I shared a side of brussel sprouts (cuz we're a little obsessed with the things!) Will definitely keep Massimo's in the forefront of my mind from now on. Truly a neighborhood gem!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This was our third dinner in the past 5 months and each time seemed better than the last. Delightful staff & service, the starters, salads, entrees & desserts all delicious. Look forward to the next trip in! There is a reason this gem has stood up to the test of time."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "If you want an excellent Italian meal this place can not be beat!!"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Our food was fantastic! Truffle ravioli was great. Drinks were also good. Atmosphere was a little louder and boisterous than we had anticipated, especially on a late Sunday night. But loved the food and service was very attentive."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We go to Massimo's a couple of times a year, and always have great food and great service."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Despite living in the east bay for more than 20 years, this is the first time we been to Massimo's. It will not be the last. Wife had the Veal Piccata - which we both agreed was among the best we've ever had. We shared the iceberg wedge salad. It came with a creamy Italian dressing that was quite unique and very delicious. I had the porcini and black truffle ravioli - it was good, though I thought the sauce was a little heavy. We also got the fritti misti (fried calamari and shrimp) - pretty standard (I'm not a big fan of fried food). Though we dipped it in our remaining salad dressing - and that was very tasty. Service was excellent. Our waiter Tim was very friendly and knowledgeable (I would definitely ask for him)."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Took the parents here. Best place in WC I think."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Good choices for all tastes on the menu. Very tasty and well seasoned. Hard to find a good American restaurant in W Creek, nowadays. So, we enjoyed it very much. Would definitely come back again."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "My husband and I have been coming to Massimo's for over ten years now. We always receive great service and excellent food."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "We booked Massimo for the 4th straight time to spend our New Years Eve celebration and everything was perfect. Starting with getting our favorite table for the entire night, the food, the dancing and midnight celebration, and mostly our wonderful server Shawna and our gracious host Max."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "A great place for a business lunch. Good food, good service, little distractions. To be fair I also took my wife there for Valentine's Day. It was perfecto!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Massimo's has a wonderful menu full of delicious entrees. It's hard to choose just one! I heartily recommend the cannelloni cannelloni cannelloni"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Arrived few minutes before our reservation time for 4 and hostess could not find the resrvation. She told us no table was available. They had open tables but claimed all were reserved. The manager told us open table people do not show up so they disregarded them. After 20 min wait we were getting ready to go elsewhere when they miraculously found us a table. Since it was late we stayed. Food was mediocre and noise levels were annoying. Hard to talk. Manager refused any accomodation for our inconvenience. Would not even waive the corkage fee. Unbeleivable arrogance with no customet orientation. Will never return and suggest everyone go elsewhere. Many other better restaurants in Walnut Creek."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "All dressed up for the Holidays! Not me - but Massimo! So festive and beautiful. The pianist was wonderful - providing live holiday music throughout dinner. Each plate was beautifully presented and the food was delicious. I finally tried something different - the specialty pasta and it was wonderful. Thank you for another memorable and delightful evening! Service was excellent. We will be back very soon."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "The owner has a terrible attitude and could care less about the quality of the food they serve. Do not frequent this restaurant."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "all was well, the food was good and very good. not a new favorite but would return without hesitation."
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "This place is great for food and wine a must try by me!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Haven't been back to Massimo for a few years but remember them from several restaurant walk samplings. Service was excellent.Split the bruchetta and an order of mussels for a first course andf they were excellent. We ordered the spegetti and meatballs.(In the mood for comfort food) as an entre and it was spot on!. Enjoyed the meal and will return again."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "We went to Massimo's prior to going to see a play at the Regional Center across the street. I usually love carbonara of any kind so I ordered their Carbonara special. First of all, there were these little "twigs" on top of the pasta. As I ate, I discovered that some of them were so tough that they couldn't be eaten. Our waitperson found out that they were leeks of some kind. Awfully tough leeks! When I was mostly done eating, I discovered a wrapped candy in the dish! I immediately showed our waitperson. The manager apologized and told me that he would remove the carbonara dish from our bill. He also offered a free dessert that I shared with my two companions. I should mention that they said that their food was pretty good."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "We loved the veal scaloppini, and the pork chop, but at the end of the meal the regular, and cappuccino coffees were disappointing. The coffee should be commensurate with the great quality of the entree."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Have been to the restaurant multiple times and have always enjoyed the food. At times it is noisy but not too bad this time. Love their wine selection but a bit steep in price."
    Dined on 10/30/2013
  • "We were greeted by Max, the owner, and promptly seated at a nice booth for this special night for our friend. The food was absolutely delicious. LeeAnn was delightful as our server. A great Sunday night excursion."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "We had a very nice meal. The mussels were awesome! We shared a Caesar Salad and it was plenty for two. I would have liked a little more dressing but I think there was plenty for most. The stuffed pork shined above the veal piccata; however the veal was tender and the sauce was very good. The waiter attended to our needs but was not intrusive. All in all, Massimo's was a great choice for a tasty meal."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "This is truly an amazing restaurant, that is why it has been in business for 35 years. If you have not been yet you are missing out. The food is always perfect in taste and presentation, we have never been disappointed. We have many favorites but here is two I would suggest, RISOTTO DEL CINGHIALE which is a Creamy Mushroom Risotto and Wild Boar Ragu and LINGUINI MASSIMO, Manila Clams, P.E.I. Mussels, Jumbo Prawns, Pancetta, Chorizo, Garlic, Cream. The service equally is fantastic."
    Dined on 10/25/2013