Massimo Ristorante
Massimo Ristorante

Massimo Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.massimoristorante.com/
  • Phone: 9259321474
  • 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 9259321474
  • 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.
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Massimo Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
36 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (20)special occasion (17)fit for foodies (15)romantic (14)great for outdoor dining (12)notable wine list (11)good for groups (10)vibrant bar scene (5)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (3)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • A really nice dinner
    paulfrombenicia
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    And excellent service.....my wife and I really both enjoyed the experience and this place will now be part of our regular rotation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Disappointing
    cafoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I have dined at Massimo's many times over the last 20 years and while it was never my top favorite restaurant, I always found it to be pleasant and dependable with decent/good food, if not exciting. This evening, however, I was very disappointed. The service was lackluster; our server would disappear from sight for long stretches of time and we had to remind him to replace forks, fill water glasses, bring bread etc. My husband commented that his pasta Massimo (seafood/shellfish) was tasteless, overcooked and lukewarm. He is not a foodie, so this is a real condemnation, and he will not return unless there is a vast improvement. Too bad that this neighborhood restaurant has gone downhill.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Good Overall
    LoriP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Several years ago, we used to go to Massimo's regularly. Since it had been over a year since we were there last, we decided to go for a birthday celebration. Our salads and entrees were very good and our server was very friendly. It did seem like we waited quite a while for wine glasses, once she opened the bottle we brought. In the past, the desserts have been delicious; this time, however, we were disappointed. The Tiramisu did not have a good balance of chocolate-coffee and cream, it was mostly cream. The chocolate sin (just like a lava cake), was a bit rubbery. We had a very nice evening and Massimo's is a very good place overall and we'll go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Anniversary
    DocsNightOut
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    That is what we had here: a memorable celebration. The service was attentive without being annoying. The bread (I love good bread) was awesome. We had the Scallop Risotto Appetizer; Fennel Arugula Salad (which we split with no fuss on the part of the wait staff); PEKIN DUCK BREAST AND LEG CONFIT/Brussel Sprouts with Crispy Pancetta, Apricot Brandy Sauce; GRILLED HANGER STEAK/Bordelaise Sauce, Gorgonzola Butter, Parmesan Fries and CHOCOLATE "SIN" for dessert. Our cocktails were great and the wine list is extensive. Everything was perfect! We will be going back. Our only regret is that it took us so long to try this lovely restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This restaurant has been around for many years. Have visited in the past and it was OK. This time was much different. Both my wife's and my meals were excellent. Beyond excellent. The service was perfect. That attitude of our waitress, Daniel, was incredibly attentive and friendly. Another waitress, they were sharing some duties, was equally excellent. Awesome visit all the way around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Restaurant was extremely loud. We moved outdoors and it was much nicer.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner before theater
    Buddly
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The salmon was excellent. We have eaten here before and like it very much. The food has always been very good, the service friendly.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food is pretty good but the quantity is very small. I feel the food is over-priced.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Theatre Gem
    JAMJRVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have had dinner at Massimo Ristorante for many years when we attend the Lehser Theater in Walnut Creek. The food is excellent and the service is friendly and efficient. The location is directly across the street from the Theater. On this visit I ordered the salmon which was great. We will be back the next time there is a play in Walnut Creek.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Have eaten at this restaurant many times and never had a bad meal.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Right downtown
    NapabrownVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Been to Massimo several times for salads at lunch. Salmon or tri-tip on the salads always cooked properly and tasty. Sit outside and people watch for a pleasant lunch experience. Danny will good take care of you.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local spot
    leeleeVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our dinner was delicious and the server gave us great advice and would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleasant lunch with friend
    Love2eatout
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I have been here for dinner several times and especially loved the last time I visited a few months ago. When I was going to Walnut Creek for another errand I invited a friend to go with me and have lunch here. I had the Steak Salad, which was excellent, and the Lemon Tartufo for dessert. The Lemon Tartufo is excellent. It is very light and tastes like a bit of Heaven. It's not inexpensive but for what you get it is well worth it. I plan to do this again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • eastender
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Everything our table of four ordered was delicious and the presentation of each dish was beautiful. Specific standoouts were the pork tenderloin and the cheesecake which was out of this world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old school elegance, great food
    dragonreesVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    This is our favorite Italian restaurant in Walnut Creek, which has several great ones. Although there is a full bar as part of the property, the restaurant is elegant and quiet, as advertised, with a romantic atmosphere. We dine here several times a year, and the service is always exemplary. The food tends toward the traditional rather than the modern, which is great with me. WE both had the pan-seared California Sea Bass special this time and it was delicious. Service, under the direction of Tim, was efficient and ever-present, but not in the way. There is a nice sidewalk patio for dining on those warm Walnut Creek evenings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing place
    BrendaDougVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This restaurant has incredible food. We went with a group and they sat us at booth which gave us a nice view of the restaurant. We ordered the risotto dish with boar which was incredibly delicious. We ordered the steak dinner as well and it was to die for. Incredibly tender, cooked to perfection and flavorful. The truffle ravioli was also delicious. The service was very friendly and attentive. Highly recommend this place to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 282 reviews are from the Massimo Ristorante reviews archive.
  • Gary
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Good Italian food. Great service! Yummy dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I ordered the wild salmon dish and it came out very dry. It appeared to be pan fried but overcooked due to the very crusty exterior. My husband had the ravioli in broth. He thought it had too much broth and that the dish was very rich overall. We will return and order something different at a future date.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can't wait to go back!
    Love2eatout
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Hubby & I went there before the theatre. With 6:00 PM reservations we beat the crowd and had plenty of time for a relaxing dinner. I had Chilled Jumbo Prawn Cocktail, Roasted Red & Gold Beet Salad, Black Angus Filet Mignon, and Lemon Tartufo for dessert. Everything was excellent. I think it was the best filet I have ever had. Cooked to perfection and melt in your mouth. The Lemon Tartufo was heavenly. I have never had anything like it and will definitely order it again. Our waitress was very attentive and made valuable suggestions. Max, I think the owner, came by to make sure we enjoyed our experience. This is a great pre-theatre place to dine. So convenient and so delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Italian
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Previous reviews said the food is great, and it is really good. Braised beef was beautiful and my partner's pasta was excellent. Calamari appetizer was large and very nice and crispy. We sat outside on a warm Walnut Creek night - very pleasant. It seemed like the waitress was in a bit of a hurry - not sure why, the place was half empty by the time we left. We thought the live pianist was a classy touch.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PERFECTION
    tomcat
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Max is an excellent host-food. outstanding servers very attentive to our table! Wine list complete!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of My Regular Spots
    Massimoseying
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Food is always great. Service is usually slow, but we're never in a hurry. LAst time our waitress was a little over familiar, rubbing peoples backs and calling them honey. Friendly is fine, but keep it down.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious and Excellent Wait Staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Had dinner before a show at Lesher. Waitress was very attentive and listened to our needs. Gave us the space we needed but did not forget us. Food was excellent and cooked exactly how we asked.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great menu
    juliec
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    menu has a good mix of fresh fish, red meats and poultry all cooked with flavorful but not heavy sauces. Portions are just right and accompanying vegetables are fresh. Wait staff was extremely attentive and knowledgeable of the menu.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent experience
    hanko
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Food was once again outstanding! Service flawless. The pasta carbonara is so good we had to order it as a side dish to go with our fixed price dinner.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dinner before theatre
    wineanddine
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    we decided to take part in Walnut Creek's Restaurant Week before attending a play at the Lesher Theatre...we ate at 6pm and had plenty of time before the play. the 3-course dinner was perfect - butternut squash ravioli and carbonara penne were outstanding! looks like we will dine here before our next theatre date! enjoy!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • chiyeko9
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    I had a very good dinner there after the play but the lunch, set Walnut Creek dining week menu, was mediocre. The salad we thought was a wedge of lettuce (it was not), sole was good but the tiramisu was less than outstanding
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre-theater
    Anniversary
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Great spot for pre-theater dinner. Just aross frm the Lesher
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a delight
    HankVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Food and service is consistently good. Max and his staff make you feel very welcome.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing Special
    SpudVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Greeted promptly, service was adequate, and the food was fine, but no real "wow" factor.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy, content and satisfied
    1nuttynanaVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Went to this restaurant before a play and was really pleasantly surprised. My friend and I both commented that we hadn't been here in years. Don't know why because we had a great dinner, service was wonderful, and its a great place where we can have a good conversation! Also had a nice wine list. Besides all of that, its just a short walk across the street to the theater!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for a pre-theater dinner
    John
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Jared
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Second time eating here and the food was excellent. Service, too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    food4me
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saddened by our parties treatment
    Maya
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My Birthday dinner
    Terri
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romantic Valentines Dinner
    BDollar
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    love2eatout
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    If you want an excellent Italian meal this place can not be beat!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    hukilau
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.