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Ottavio
Ottavio

Ottavio Details

  • 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: Italian, Modern European
  • 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 (925) 930-8008

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!Continued
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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'!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Excellent food and personal service form the chef/owner. I'd visit more often if the corkage was less than $20..."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "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! "
    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. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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 "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Ottavio is a great place to dine and enjoy your food (come hungry). The Chef/Owner is a fantastic cook, his meats are superb, preparation excellent - very good northern Italian cooking, while we were eating we remembered our time in Europe and the food there. The first course of octopus and squid was superb, his signature dish I believe. Veal chop was excellent, duck with polenta also excellent. We did not try dessert as we were too full but we plan to come back and try the pasta and dessert. We do not go out for dinner often but if we do we will be coming back to this place first and soon. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Mother's Day. We were seated promptly. The menu is well-rounded, not too large. But all the dishes sounded so delicious, that it was still hard to choose. I had the duck over polenta, my son had the lamb with a pomegranate reduction. Both were phenomenal! Don't remember what my wife had(she split it with my daughter). Wait staff was super-attentive but not intrusive, pleasant, and efficient. The owner/chef made a visit to all the tables, which is a nice touch rarely seen these days. It's a small place, but warmly decorated and exudes class well above it's square footage. The bottom line is that Ottavio excels where a restaurant should: food quality that pleases the palate, and excellent service. A great find. We will definitely go back."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had a wonderful lunch and dessert. Price was reasonable, food was very good, atmosphere was pleasant, and service was courteous and prompt."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I went on Mother's Day it wasn't a good idea -- they were by far too busy; however, my duck was lovely."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Mother's Day brunch, for my parents and my wife's parents went great. Special service and attention from the owner / chef really added to the experience. We highly recommend this restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The evening was perfect in every way...an intimate and wonderful dining experience...will certainly return"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "When the owner chef visits your table several times during your wonderful meal you know you are in good hands. And when he apologizes to stop the conversation so that your meal on the stove doesn't burn... Well it's all good. The fresh spring salad and warm bread, the perfectly prepared house smoked fish and house smoked paper thin venison... Entrees were equally delicious: thin slices of medium rare steak over greens and the savory lasagna. It's a small place hidden on North Main but well worth the find."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "I have been a resident of Walnut Creek for 10 years and am always looking for restaurants with unusual yet approachable and delicious dishes. Ottavio is my new favorite!"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "We went to Ottavio during restaurant week, our first time there. We had the hanger steak and lasagna, both were fantastic! We definitely would go back and try other dishes. "
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • " This was our second visit to Ottavio, and it was a good experience both times, it is a pleasure to enjoy good, true Italian food. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We had our anniversary dinner there. The food was great and well prepared. The chef, Valentino, stopped by personally to give us the congrats and we got complimentary cocktails at the end for our anniversary too. Great service!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The chef / owner is attentive, and makes some rich meals. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Home made Sugo ( slow cooked sauce ), risotto, pasta, bistecca, desserts, bread.. All is exceptional. Let know Valentino what you want to eat and he will recommend fabulous dishes. Ask for Amarone Wine. This is a "Boccato di Cardenale cucina"."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Dining at Ottavio is a must for everyone, whether you're a local or a visitor. The food is phenomenal, cocktails are fun, service is friendly, and the ambiance is great for any occaion... from casual week night dining to formal New Years dinner or special occasions. Valentino and his team make you feel like family."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The food was exceptional, the five of us had duck, beef, and pasta dishes, all prepared aver nicely. We had great service too. We will definitely be returning"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Food is nicely prepared and delicious. They were accommodating for my food sensitivities which is always appreciated."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our dining experience at Ottavio. We were celebrating our 35 annivesary which was Monday. Most places are closed Mondays. We wanted to try something different. My daughter suggested it from their reviews. We split the grilled octopus/calamari salad. I would go back just for that alone. We both chose the veal t-bone. Perfectly cooked and presented. Topped off the dinner with the New York cheese cake. Delicious! Our waiter, Alejandro, was excellent. We will be back."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "We came here to celebrate a birthday and try a new place. The restaurant was empty when we go there, and the table that we were sat at was against the window, great, expect the fact that the sun had begun to set and the light was beaming into our eyes. There was a large party that was in the back, otherwise the restaurant was small, so I would recommend reservations. The food was great! Everything was made in house including the meats! The food was outstanding, and the specials were great, which we ordered the Duck, and steak. I would recommend the lamb which was cooked perfectly. I loved the cheesecake! All of the food had great flavor and the owner/chef was extremely nice. I would recommend this place :)"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Salads were mediocre. Octopus was bland. Rabbit entree was very good. Desserts were poor. While my entree was excellent, the overall meal was not. I would neither return nor recommend."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Perhaps it was the location of our table or the presence of large parties obviously having fun, but we couldn't talk to each other across a very small table. We left without coffee or desert. Otherwise good meal, as usual."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This is my 5th time at Ottavio's in the last 2 months! 4 times with my husband (the ultimate Foodie) who cooks a mean pasta himself but loved the pasta with wild boar sugo(sauce/gravy). I have taken my all women/friends dinner group (4 of us) and they loved sharing all dishes. Our dinner group has been dining on both sides of the Caldecott for 15 years. Ottavio's gets highest marks. Go on a weekday your 1st time and get to meet the chef and our favorite waiter, Alejandro."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Long time Walnut Creek residents who have been lazy about straying from our few habitual favorites, we stole a look at Open Table and made last minute reservations at Ottavio. We dine early (5:30) so we were virtually alone at the start of the meal on a Friday. We split a salad featuring calamari, which was just enough and deliciously different. Wine by the glass was excellent. My wife chose the duck and was pleased by the preparation, the moisture of the meat and the accompanying vegetables. My rabbit was a novelty for me and brought back memories of my childhood in Iowa. Delicious, and again, the accompanying broth and vegetables were superb. Dessert grappa and decaf cappuccino sent us away happy and planning a return in the near future."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I am sure that this place was anticipating a large amount of children, but there should be an item or two for kids. This is also true for the picky eater. It is fine if everyone is a foodie, but if you have picky people, they will have a hard time navigating the menu."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Although we all enjoyed the food very much, and the entire staff was certainly pleasant....we felt that the restaurant would do well to improve their service."
    Dined on 3/1/2014