Ottavio
Ottavio

Ottavio

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ottavio-osteria.com/
  • Phone: (925) 930-8008
  • Hours of Operation:
    Pranzo (Lunch): By request



    Cena (Dinner): Monday-Thursday 5:00PM - 9:30PM



    Friday and Saturday 5:00PM - 10:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Valentino Luchin
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering available upon request and consultation.
  • Private Party Facilities: The intimate atmosphere and exclusively designed menus make OTTAVIO the perfect venue for your private party! With the open kitchen as OTTAVIO's heart and soul, Executive Chef/Owner Valentino Luchin will delight and entertain guests as he passionately prepares innovative cuisine from his Veneto region. As a wonderful alternative to off-site catering, OTTAVIO is perfect for a restaurant buy out, accommodating 30-50 guests. Join us for an extraordinary private dining experience!
  • Private Party Contact: Michele Luchin 9259308008x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lincoln & Civic
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public garages or street. Garages located at the corner of Civic & Locust - Regional Theater, and one at Broadway and Cypress.
A word from Ottavio
OTTAVIO, an Osteria from the Veneto region of Northern Italy, embraces culinary traditions innovatively interpreted by renowned native Executive Chef Valentino Luchin. House-cured wild boar, duck, and venison prosciuttos - earthy sugos - smoked fish and chops - fresh daily made pastas, gnocchi, and bread - and an ever changing seasonal bounty of local product are key elements in our delectable dining experience. Nestled in on bustling North Main, OTTAVIO's open kitchen is the heart and soul of our warm and intimate Osteria. We welcome you to join us and see for yourself what this award-winning and acclaimed establishment is all about!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Ottavio reviews from OpenTable diners
57 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (38)fit for foodies (37)special occasion (25)romantic (23)good for groups (7)notable wine list (6)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • OK, but left smelling like food
    bravohdear
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The fish stew and rabbit dishes were delicious. The restaurant, though, is quite small. Maybe sitting near the windows. It likely has less exposure to the cooking smells from the kitchen
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All we expected
    Camelot
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We had a Friday night 7 pm reservation. Contrary to a few reviews, service was prompt even though the Restuarant was completely filled. The fare was exceptional. I had the butternut gnocchi with speck, which was awesome. My date had the seafood stew and thought it was also superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiet, Quaint and Quality
    AgentJ
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Unique dishes, quiet, small quaint, set up to have groups seperate from couples dining. The cold cut appetizer was great to share with a group. The duck breast was cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really Good
    DVCme
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I give it five out of six stars not because of the food, but the high noise level inside. The sound acoustics makes it almost impossible to carry on family conversations sitting inside. For this reason I would not come back in large group. I would however come back, if just my wife and me and were sitting outside. Food was very good and there deserts were to die for.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ottavio
    falcolotor
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    This is my favorite Italian restaurant and one of my favorite overall restaurants. The food is delicious, the service seamless, the owner and his wife charming and gracious. Lucien's ricotta gnocchi are delicate pillows paired with rich flavorful duck sugo, the messy lasagna is rich and comforting, he cures all of the meats from wild boar to duck -- each is delicious especially when paired with creamy rich Burrata
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Would go back again and again
    CarCar
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Great food and the chef not only cooks, but will bus tables and mingle with the guests. Great find for us,
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good italian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    enjoyed the dinner; port chop very good, slightly dry, but the fig compote helped.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Party!!!!
    teamgauguin
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I hosted my husband's 60th birthday party on Monday at Ottavio for 17 people. It was fabulous!!! Everyone loved the food and the kitchen/chef did little things (like divide up the appetizers to smaller plates so that they were evenly placed on the tables) that made the party ever so much nicer. The staff was attentive and brought the 2 cakes out with candles blazing! A great time was had by all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    BabsinWCVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Our first time eating here. Hadn't been before because it was…..another Italian restaurant. Our mistake. There is nothing typical about this restaurant. We shared the beef carpaccio with artichoke and it was excellent, nothing like we have had at other places. Truly unique. For main course I had the smoked pork chop with fig and apricot…confit (?). I'm gluten sensitive so they gave me lots of extra veges. OMG, I could come here everyday and eat this pork. Hubby had the duck with figs and balsamic on polenta. Again, this was excellent. Under the duck there were lots of veges - zucchini, brussel sprouts, squash, broccolini. We kept swapping plates. I couldn't choose a winner, they were both great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A taste of Italy
    Dsomms
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We've been to Ottavio twice and will keep going back. We always sit at a table by the window which reminds us of sitting in a piazza in Florence (yes we know it's WC!). The food is always a taste of Italy which most italian restaurants in the US can't replicate. We always find a new appetizer or main dish which adds to each experience. Service is always great and Valentino always comes by and talks with us (and now knows my wife speaks italian). For anyone wanting a reminder of the taste of italy and that small restaurant ambiance, this is the place to go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and awesome service
    BrianDotNet
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We made a last minute reservation at Ottavio for dinner and we had a 2 year old toddler with us, who can never sit through a dinner. Overall, the food was great, definitely one of the better italian restaurant I've been to in Walnut Creek. I ordered the Gnocchi with smoke duck breast, it was very tasty and I loved it. Food for the rest of us were also very good, nothing to complain about. The owner (Chef?) came out to greet us during the dinner to make sure we enjoy everything, and even brought paper and some crayons to keep our toddler entertained. That added little personal touch made our dinner experience special. I'd definitely come back without a doubt.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another fabulous dinner
    CelebrateVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Wonderful dinner as always. Valentino creates flavors like nobody else around. This is real Tuscan, not your normal Ragu from down the block. Pasta was fresh, cooked perfectly and the Ahi was prepared wonderfully. Support these guys, we don't want to lose a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but lacking in service
    porterhouse
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Searching out a place to take my wife out to dinner, and saw many good reviews on various sites for Ottavio. I considered the food very good. We had the Hangar steak, Duck Breast with Polenta, grilled Monterey sardine appetizer, and the Ricotta cheesecake. The steak and duck were cooked perfectly. The major flaw with the meal was the slow, inattentive and sometimes, just plain confusing service. When trying to order a drink, we had to find the right server of our three as only he could get a drink for us. We often had empty water glasses (a pet peeve of my wife) and no follow up as to how our meals were. Just need better, faster and more comprehensive service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tom1938
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Excellent food. Different from the usual Italian fare. Good selection of wines and cocktails. Not busy if you go early.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    LetsEat
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    2nd time here and we tried all new dishes. Again all were very good with fantastic and different flavors. The wait staff is pleasant and not overly attentive. Would highly recommend this location for a try. It is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ottavio
    falcolotor
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    this has been my favorite restaurant since I 1st ate there 2 years or so ago. I bring every friend that I can to introduce to the restaurant. The owner Lucien and his wife are charming and welcoming. Make you feel as though you have been invited to their home. Amazing pasta and sugos and the most incredible gnocchi you will ever eat! Duck prosciutto to dream about.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Deliciosa
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Wonderful Italian food. Attentive service. Generous portions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Couple Night
    Biff
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Took another couple here before heading to the Pavilion - great meal from the appetizers (Sardines and Carpaccio) to the entrees (Pork Chops and Gnocchi). Would recommend for a foodie, higher-end meal with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tuscan food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I went to Italy last year for my honeymoon, and the food was extraordinary. I have eaten since then at many of the top-rated Italian restaurants in San Francsico, including SPQR. I like this place better. The food is decadent, but does not feel like it is trying too hard. It tasted like some of the delicious food I had in Siena, Italy. Took my friend here for her birthday dinner, hoping it would be good. It exceeded my expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quality Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I had the Monterey Sardine, caramelized onions salad and it was fantastic! The service outstanding and a nice ambiance!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jacquie Nick
    Jn43
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We enjoyed a delicious birthday dinner, first time dining and will go back and take friends!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Should be swamped
    BillandMEVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Valentino Lucin is a CHEF. This is not just another fancy pasta place. In a town surrounded by establishments that cater to yokels in shorts wearing Oakland Raiders baseball caps backwards, this guy delivers food he deeply cares about. Carpaccio of house smoked Swordfish with Caper Dressing is to die for. Lightly smoked and sweet I was stunned at first bite. The House cured Meats and cheese from the Tre Venezie Regions app was delicious with the unexpected addition of a delicious fig jam. I don't even like figs! I had the Pappardelle with Wild Boar sugo and it was so good. I wanted to taste the Pig! Yelp says he's closed Sundays (he's not) and he was kind enough to call me back and let me know they were open. Go there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LetsEat
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    great food but service was a little spotty. longer than expected waits between courses and check. appeared to have only one waiter on a Friday night. Difficult to cover that many tables solo. Would definitely come back, but service needs improvement
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, not great
    daniellem818
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I went to Ottavio with my boyfriend for my birthday. The location was good, the decor was well done. The food tasted good. Overall, we had a good evening. However, there was nothing really special about the place. If you're looking for a nice Italian place that's fancier, Ottavio works. But if you want something more than that, keep looking.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful!
    BookwormGirl
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We have now enjoyed Mothers Day and my parents anniversary here and both times enjoyed a wonderful meal and enjoyed the scenic view of downtown Walnut Creek from the front table.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has potential
    casualgourmetVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Entrees are are hit and miss. Uneven in quality, taste , size, seasoning, and being heated enough. Service also inconsistent. Sometimes too little too late. There is an attempt to play catch up, but Sat. Pm at 7 is most likely problematic for many restaurants. Certainly the case here. Ambience, dark, hot , crowded and can be noisy in the back. But you're cramped in the front. Also rice, potato, or pasta, side servings complimenting the entree should be served with all main courses. Especially when priced over $25.
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  • Excellent Italian place
    Michelle
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food was absolutely delicious. The service was great and the chef owner personally explained the menu to us. The only weak point was the dessert. We had the panna cotta, which was too firm from too much gelatin and the balsamic sauce was overpowering. Other than that, I would happily eat here again. I had the pappardelle with wild boar, which was excellent. My husband had the smoked duck over gnocchi, which was delicate yet delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoyable
    CelebrateVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Ottavio is our go to place in Walnut Creek. We have never been disappointed and the food is always interesting and prepared to perfection. Valentino and Michele are always great hosts and want to make sure you have a good experience. Only restaurant I can truly say has never disappointed. Seems everywhere else is a roll of the dice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 545 reviews are from the Ottavio reviews archive.
  • Great place for dinner
    Vaventy
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This is the second time I dine at Ottavio and it didn't disappoint. The menu is great, the food well prepared and presented. This is by far one of my favorite places in Walnut Creek.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice, quiet, relaxing restaurant
    barbaraVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    It was a peaceful and relaxing dinner. The food was outstanding.....Duck done perfectly with a wonderful balsamic and fig sauce over polenta, ummmmm. Jim had the messy lasagna and he loved it. Wonderful service an I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awkward
    Dontaskmyname
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I'm sure it is very authentic Italian food, but it's just not the Italian food I'm used to. It felt very foreign even for me and I have a very open mind. The server (possibly the owner?) was a little creepy. He looked at me with such intensity when I ordered an appetizer as my entree (I didn't know any better because it was not labeled so in the menu). They didn't have any soda. Again, probably my fault for not knowing any better, but I felt very out of place there. The server brought me a carbonated lemon drink that tasted awful. I felt out of my league here. Unless you spent a lot of time in Italy, you probably will too. That might explain why my date and I had the entire restaurant to ourselves that night.
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  • Amazing Food & The Best Staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    My boyfriend and I have gone here twice now. Both times we have walked away in awe! This is a family-owned restaurant that I do not think a lot of people notice because it's smaller with discreet signage. The food, staff & service go above and beyond-more than any other place I've been to in Walnut Creek. Extremely friendly staff that truly care about their customers. The staff stayed open when they were about to close, and the food was absolutely amazing. I had the Carpaccio of House Smoked Swordfish with a Caper Dresing and my boyfriend had Pappardelle w/ Wild Board Sugo. It was impeccable-fresh, beautifully presented and so, so good. If you haven't been here you need to go! Not a restaurant you want to miss! Great for 'foodies'!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Outstanding meal
    Mikey
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Excellent food and personal service form the chef/owner. I'd visit more often if the corkage was less than $20...
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    A dinner like your Italian grandmother served, meat long-simmered in a deliciously-complex sauce; huge servings, each enough for two! Rich and filling; heaps of salad.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lvlady
    lvlady
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We dined on a Tuesday evening and the restaurant was almost empty. We enjoyed a lovely dinner, starting with the grilled sardines and swordfish carpaccio. Both were excellent. As we reviewed the menu for our entree selection, the chef offered to prepare small dishes for tasting as the restaurant was not busy. We selected the pappardelle with wild boar sauce and the ricotta gnocchi with duck sauce. The gnocchi were light and melted in your mouth and the duck sauce was excellent. A carafe of water was brought to our table with fresh strawberries and oranges in it. The wine list offers a nice selection of wines from the Friuli region of Italy. Overall a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Food!
    LindaT
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Excellent food - many choices - all so good. Very pretty & welcoming atmosphere. Hands on attention by the owner/chef is a big plus. Only somewhat negative is the noise level though (in the back room where we were) very high - the word used "energetic" by opentable is a bit of a mistruth!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food but Service Needs Help
    baxmom
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We had a reservation for 5:00pm on a Saturday evening because we had a concert to attend. There was no other diners in the restaurant when we arrived; after our group was seated, we informed the waiter that we have to leave by 6:45pm. Our group ordered 5 of the same salads off the menu; however only 4 came at a time. Our friend had to wait another 3 or 4 minutes for his salad. After dinner, we ordered 3 desserts to share. None of the desserts required elaborate preparation yet we sat for more than 10 minutes waiting for it. We had to wave the waiter down to find out what happened to our order. I want to give this place a higher rating but the inattentive service really ruined the dining experience.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • radbo
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Food, as always, was great. Chef Luchin there to take our order. The appetizers were wonderful, the pasta and gnocci perfect. This restaurant should be packed every night; much superior to other Italian restaurants in WC.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Almost perfect...
    EastBayFoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This is a place I just want to love...but there were enough serious issues with the service that totally detracted from the dining experience. Food should be the star and it was...however we ordered the grilled calamari as an app and they forgot to give it to us...$20 for corkage and they poured it once while we poured the rest...bread bowl was large enough for a loaf with two tiny pieces in it...now the main course...my veal chop was delicious and my dining guest's monk fish was very nice. With Prima just a block away and packed during the exact hour, this place can't afford NOT to make every guest thrilled to return...I want to return for the food so next time will cross my fingers that the service will be much improved.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Venezia
    OttavioVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    My party of four dined at this restaurant for the first time. The proprietor was extremely welcoming and gracious. Two in my party were vegetarians… no problem he went to work and viola they enjoyed their vegetarian entre. My meal was superbly prepared and had all the accoutrements. He also helped us with our wine selections and entre selections all were good choices. He checked on us several times to make sure we were taken care of. I will be returning for sure. Withbert Payne SPECIALIZING IN - FREE POLICY REVIEWS and EVALUATIONS Life Ins. - LONG TERM CARE INS. - Long Term Disability Ins. Annuities - College Planning - Retirement Planning Businesses: Buy Sell - Executive Bonus - Key Person
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    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet