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PRIMA Ristorante
PRIMA Ristorante

PRIMA Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://primawine.com
  • Email: rick@primawine.com
  • Phone: (925) 935-7780
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Continental, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Peter Chastain
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Prima can accommodate almost any catering needs.
  • Private Party Facilities: PRIMA offers both private and semi-private parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Heather Rice (925) 935-7780 x12
  • Special Events & Promotions: Visit our website www.primawine.com/events.php to view a list of our up coming special events and Friday Night wine tastings.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lincoln
  • Public Transit: Prima is a few short minutes from the Walnut Creek Bart Station.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available for $7.00 with validation.
A word from PRIMA Ristorante
Guests from the Bay Area and the world over celebrate Italian sensibility in this stylish ristorante, with the comfort and sophistication reminiscent of Florence and Rome.
Dining at PRIMA is like taking a culinary journey throughout the regions of Italy. Executive Chef, Peter Chastain, changes the menu daily, using the freshest of nature's bounty - creating a dazzling mix of the finest ingredients, resulting in authentic Italian cuisine that is exquisitely pure and immaculately simple.
Of course, dining at PRIMA wouldn't be complete without a choice of over 1,600 wines from international "artisan" producers. With PRIMA VINI retail wine shop adjacent to the restaurant, guests may purchase their favorite vintage to take home, or special order wines through PRIMA VINI's wine clubs.
PRIMA is the perfect venue to celebrate a special occasion, linger over a sumptuous meal, or design a special dinner party (with customized menus and wines to match) Buon Appetito!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "The special fish of the day was bland and disappointing. The cesar salad was equally unimpressive. The service was excellent but the tables are too close together and I felt like I was on top of the diners on either side of me. "
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We felt welcome the minute we entered. Our table was setup and we were seated right away. My wife is vegetarian and the menu had limited choices but Julia, our server, suggested several options and even offered to make something special for her. We had the Involtini and the Margherita Pizzetta for starters. Both were very, very good. For the main course my wife and kids ordered Soup and Pasta and I ordered the Halibut special. The food was expertly prepared from fresh ingredients. The wine selection was very good. They have a large selection of half bottles which worked well for us. Julia, our server, was excellent and took very good care of us. We will certainly go back there. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Had a wonderful time at Prima's. The pot roast was the best I have ever had and my wife loved her pasta. Service was good. The only small complaint I have (and it may seem petty) is it was my birthday and they didn't bring me a small complimentary birthday dessert as all other restaurants seem to do. We hadn't been there in a long time but will go back soon."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Prima but it won't be our last! Everything about this evening was first class. The food and the service at Prima are as good as you will find anywhere in the Bay Area, but especially in the East Bay. We were lucky to be seated on the covered patio which made for a nice 'European-style' dining experience. The food was wonderful. We especially recommend the Linguini Alle Vongole which we split as a side dish along with our main course. The best we have ever eaten! The service was perfect: we were always taken care of but never rushed. The Valet parking was a nice bonus as parking is often difficult in Walnut Creek."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The ravioli with braised short ribs was AMAZING! The wine selection was great for every price point preference. Our server was very nice and prompt."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Great dinner and very thoughtful to have champagne waiting for our anniversary toast. Service and food were excellent."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The menu is nicely sophisticated, but the food doesn't quite live up to it. maybe just a little too rich, a little too overcooked. Still, the service is good, the restaurant is a pleasure to be in, and the food is quite good."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Delicious food, great service. Highly recommend thisnrestaurant"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Everything was good except we ordered an appetizer of various cured meats (delicious) which was priced at $16 on the menu. when the bill came it was $32, they said $16 was only for a half order???? if that was true it was very misleading and misrepresented. I would give a higher rating for the restaraunt but at $320 for 4 of us (including tax, tip, one drink apiece and a $25 corkage fee) everything needs to be perfect and feeling overcharged for an appetizer takes away from the rating. Its still a very nice place to have a good italian meal, my pork chop was outstanding, the fish (halibut) was great, I would pass on the veal as it was a bit to rich for my taste."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We had not dined here for several years until last weekend, when we met our friends there for a celebration dinner. The food, service and wine were all 5 stars. If you enjoy meat, I highly recommend the Steak Florentine, split for two. Medium rare Porterhouse, marinated in olive oil and herbs, sliced off the bone, served on a bed of arugula. Absolutely delicious! My wife had the ravioli stuffed with beef short ribs in a savory sauce; she loved it, I had a taste and it was excellent. Pricey, especially for wine, but well worth it if you want a really special evening."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "They don't have a very long menu, and the food is a bit on the pricey side for what you get, but the food is quite good and the service very professional."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "It was good but not great overall. The calamari appetizer was excellent but our entrees of swordfish and veal were ok. We each had a glass of white wine but no desert. When the bill came to $140 before tip, we thought it was way too much $$ for the overall experience."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Tagliatelle with Emilian meat sauce or bolognese is unbelievable. Have tried similar dish elsewhere and nobody even comes close The swordfish was tender moist and delicious"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "we hadn't been to Prima in a number of years and will be in no rush to return; very overrated and definitely overpriced for what is provided; real Italian is two blocks away at Salvatore's"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We went there for an early lunch which was great since it was not crowded. Excellent service and excellent food."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Table was set and ready for our party of 5 and they accommodated the request to be near a wall and still had the European ambiance of the Italian outdoor feel. The waiter suggested some great aperitif's and the wine for the meal. Three of us tried the chef's recommended dinner and one tried the wonderful pork chop with the large Cesar salad and the waiter suggested a half order of Ravioli which were highly recommended. The other guest has a great salad and the pasta with clams. That guest also ordered the chocolate cake and the three had the olive oil/rosemary cake which was good and different very Italian in nature. If you are a beer drinker, there is only imported beer."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Four of us enjoyed appetizers, wine, entrees, and dessert. Many individual items e.g. salami, bread, pasta, and desserts were made in-house. All dishes were voted thumbs up by each of us. Prepare to spend a few extra minutes if you like wine with you meal, as the Wine List is voluminous. Service was available, but not in our way. PRIMA has been and remains one of Walnut Creek's true gems."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "As usual the food at Prima was outstanding. Although it was not on the menu for the evening I requested a seafood pescatore stew (cioppino, bouillabaisse) and they did it for me. It was outstanding. It has long been the best restaurant in Walnut Creek, deservedly so."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "We have been to Prima a number of times, and it is consistently excellent in terms of the food quality, menu choices, wine list, and quality of service. Attentive but they never rush you. Overall, a great experience every time we've been there."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We had the lentil vegetable soup, caesar salad and shared the steak Florentine which was perfectly seasoned and prepared. I had lemon sorbet and my husband had coffee almond gelato and salted carmel gelato which were very tasty. We will be back. Service was very good, friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Prima never disappoints as a rule, and the staff lived up to that reputation this time as well. Although we were painfully late for our reservation, they quickly found us a great table without a blink of an eye. It was the start of another perfect night of service. The food was absolutely wonderful. From the warm olive & Proscuitto di San Daniele starters all the way through desert and espresso, every option we tried was wonderful. In the past, I've primarily experienced Prima as a private dining experience with my spouse, family or close friends. This time, as an important business dinner, the experience was perfect. Thank you Prima!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I had dinner here for a second time and the experience was wonderful. The manager who greeted us when we came in the door was warm and welcoming as if inviting us into her home. We got a great little table next to the fireplace that was perfect. James was our waiter and now every time we go we will ask him. He was the perfect combination of friendly and professional. When we asked him to help us pick a wine based on our wine style he didn't just pick a good one he HIT IT OUT OF THE PARK!!!! He worked with us on every request and he was what made the experience go from enjoyable to heavenly. Of course the food also played a very important part to this and all of our dishes were wonderful without a wrong choice."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Second time visiting Prima and had another great experience. The staff were able to incorporate a couple special requests which made for a great experience. Prima is definitely at the top of the list for special occasions or any time we want to have a nice dinner. The wait staff is very attentive and knowledgable about the menu and wine list."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "sat on the outdoor patio which is enclosed but feels like you are outside....excellent service and wonderful greeting upon our arrival. Food was wonderful...my grilled calamari and prawns was just the right size portion and delicious....excellent if you are mindful of carbs and wheat. My friend had risotto with wild boar meat and he thoroughly enjoyed it. No dessert but I did have a wonderful cappuccino which was perfectly made. Then went next door to their outstanding wine shop and got the latest wine preserver that I have been hunting for! You will find the top wines here and very good service. All in all, a wonderful lunch and we would definitely go back. Try it!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Eaten at this lovely restaurant many times, and this was the least fulfilling. Food was awesome, the service slow. On a very slow Sunday, unacceptable to be left unattended. Got a curt "back in a minute" when he finally brought our long-ago- ordered wine. Took 10 minutes for him to return. I am only guessing but perhaps had some even more regular clients he was fawning over outside patio. Or, management went cheap on the number of servers though this didn't seem to be the case. Leave the "not worth the expense" taste in my mouth. We will not return, given other options. John"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "This is a nice place with a good menu of well done food. The setting is nice and all staff is professional. Dined the day before valentines day and had a nice evening."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Great Italian place in Walnut Creek. Plenty of parking garages to park at and walk to Prima. And they are open for lunch on Saturday."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "very nice and accommodating. great menu and good food."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I hadn't been to Prima for awhile. I was with a party of four. Everything we ordered was either very good or excellent. I can't imagine another restaurant in CCC doing Italian any better. It has to be one of the top 5 restaurants in the County. I would have to add that this all does not come without a price. It's a winner though. Zinman"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The food & service were excellent! We ate early, so were in the back room & at first were by ourselves (which was just fine). Rick, our waiter, knew the wine list & did a great job for us. We will definitely go back to Prima!!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We went as a family for a birthday celebration. We all enjoyed our food and the wine we selected but the group behind us was very loud and obnoxious. If we had realized sooner, we would have moved tables. Next time, we are going to sit in the back of the restaurant, not the front where you can see the road. But over all good meal!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "This restaurant is way off our beaten track but worth the 1 hour drive to get there. Food is just marvelous and service is the best. the home made pasta, octopus salad and lamb was to die for. I would strongly recommend to anyone who loves good food. A bit pricey but I don't mind paying the price for a really excellent meal"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "My mom and I were in town for some mother/daughter time and stumbled across this restaurant online. We definitely were not disappointed."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Most of the restaurants in Walnut Creek are overrated and expensive. Prima was pricey but tasty and an overall good experience. We went as a group of 6 before a show at the Lesher Center and they didn't rush us, maintained a good distance but were responsive when we said we needed to high tail it out. I would go again and that is saying a lot!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Shall I be really picky? We sat in the little front room, which was way too noisy with several loud groups there. The wait staff were a bit too talkative, and does the water person and a different bread delivery person all have to try and be chatty? I like a wait staff that is in the background, not chatting me up. The salad was really good, but a bit too much dressing (inexcusable in a pricey place). We both had dishes with lemon in the sauces ( did not say it on menu), I guess they had a sale on lemons and had . My risotto had really tough mushrooms which weren't good. pork chop was just ok, but had a lot of meat on it. All in all it was good, but not great. Do like the large wine list."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Took the family out for a special dinner and Prima came through big - they did a great job of making us feel special - and the food was wonderful!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "The food, service, and ambience at Prima Ristorante is simply outstanding. I dine there frequently and I am never disappointed."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Been to prima many times but Sunday night was not one of their best. Spotty service, the white wine we ordered was warm, and the food presentation was sloppy. Maybe they had a tough weekend and the B team took over Sunday night. We were very disappointed in their effort."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "My wife and I had a glass of cabernet and the swordfish special. The selection of cabernets by the glass was limited (only two, both from Napa), but the Hess was acceptable (somewhat pricey at $16). The swordfish was a savory delight, with roasted polenta and brussel sprouts. Service during the meal was excellent, until dessert/coffee time. It took a while to get waited on, and getting coffee refills was very slow. However, all in all it was a very good meal."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Prima is a cozy italian restaurant with nice choices for lunch and dinner and some finest wines. It's a bit on the higher side with respect to pricing but worth it."
    Dined on 2/14/2014