PRIMA Ristorante
PRIMA Ristorante

PRIMA Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://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: Continental, Italian, 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: Lori Johnston 9259357780x26
  • Special Events: 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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
PRIMA Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
131 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (91)special occasion (85)notable wine list (81)romantic (55)neighborhood gem (46)good for groups (32)great for lunch (26)great for outdoor dining (20)hot spot (12)great for brunch (7)vibrant bar scene (6)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Prima is special
    4CANDY
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Once again we had an injoyable meal at Prima's. Food was good but the service was wonderful. A little expensive for the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MelSF
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Food is very mediocre, not memorable. Standard fare you can get at many restaurants.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    Jr49er
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We have enjoyed Prima dining for over 20 years, it never fails to deliver outstanding results every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Belissimo!
    Dave
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    I had a gnocchi dish with a with a duck ragout - it was outstanding; my wife had a rustic tomato soup that was one of the best soups I've ever tasted - lucky she let me taste it. Excellent service and beautiful setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice Chefs Menu
    BobF
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I had the chefs menu with the wine pairings. It started with a a creamy polenta with a great white wine pairing. it was followed by hand made pasta with a wild boar sauce, so good. Duck was the main course and is was perfectly cooked medium rare served with a nice super Tuscan. Finished with a ricotta marscapone berry sweet. I would definitely recommend Prima
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a wonderful lunch at Prima
    Catludu
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We celebrated a special occasion with a part of 9. We had great service, excellent food, and a really wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prima
    Demby
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    We've been to this restaurant before but this time we were very disappointed in the menu. The only fish offered was swordfish which we do not care for. Additionally prices have gone up significantly. Value just doesn't seem to be there anymore.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still the best in Walnut Creek.
    JohnR
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    This visit was no different. Great service but not intrusive. The food (fish this time) was cooked perfectly. Dispite all the trumped up "wine bars" in town, this is still the best wine selection in Walnut Creek, and the prices are fair.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spot On
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. I made a note on my reservation that it was our anniversary. We were seated at a romantic corner table with a view of the entire dining room. Two glasses of sparkling wine or champagne appeared at our table almost immediately. The service was outstanding and the food was delicious. We are looking forward to returning, but will not wait a year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Had a wonderful time. Service was great. Food very good. They were very accommodating considering I change the reservations twice. I would recommend this to anyone looking for good food and a fine atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific (except the noise factor)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Prima has been a dining favorite for years - the service is always attentive, wine steward/sommelier well-schooled, the food superb). If I have any concerns, it centers around the noise level. This is always a challenge for restaurants...but some seem to be able to buffer the hard surfaces better than others. That said, it is always a pleasure to dine at Prima.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful, Romantic dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I went here for my anniversary dinner and it was fantastic! The food was delicious and the server was very knowledgeable. One notable thing they did was at the beginning. I made reservations online and I still had to wait 15 minutes, and watch 2 families get seated as soon as they walked in. However, they completely made up for it because they sent us over 2 complimentary glasses of champagne, and said they were sorry for the wait! I didn't even tell them I was irritated! They really are fantastic and the food was wonderful. I can't wait to go back here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Even though we had a reservation, we had a long wait for a table. They comped dessert, but we had come hungry.everything was great after we finally were seated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • bigrat
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This restaurant has always been good. It is chef owned with a dazzling wine shop (wine shop not open during dinner hours). The food is excellent. The menu is ever changing with the seasons and wines priced reasonably.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special night
    Royboy
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We dined at Prima's with close friends to celebrate my wife's 70th birthday. We had an excellent server. The food was very good, although a little pricey. It is a nice restaurant for special occasions, and we will definitely return. Good wine list, and the cocktails were well-prepared. Definitely representative of "you get what you pay for". In this case, we had an expensive meal but felt that it was well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A top spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We've been a few times over the years and it continues to be one of our favorites. The wine list is endless, the service impeccable, and the chef consistently performs.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Prima is special
    SharonW
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner that we savored with each dish from the grilled calamari appetizer, spinach salad and entrees to gelato for dessert. Our waiter made an excellent wine suggestion to go with the grilled pork chop and lamb shank and let us relax over our meal and wine. We were never rushed, the staff treated us with warmth and gracious service to compliment the delicious meal. Definitely the perfect place for a special romantic evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So-so.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    MUST HAVE BEEN A VERY BAD NITE IN THE KITCHEN. FOOD WAS NOT UP TO USUAL PRIMA QUALITY. WINE WAS EXCELLENT. MORE FISH VARIETY TO CHOOSE FROM WOULD HAVE BEEN WELCOME. SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    Dsander48VIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We always enjoy eating at Prima. The menu changes often and we always enjoy the choices. They do an excellent job with fish. Whether it is salmon or sword fish you won't be disappointed
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Great food, great service! A true gem in the heart of the east bay!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Culinary Excellence!
    Girleymom
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Beautiful evening! Excellent food, nice presentation outstanding service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner for two
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Chefs menu and wine pairing was excellent. Seafood cioppino was fan. Great for that special occasion!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we will be back!
    foodie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    this was our fourth visit to prima since meeting the chef at yosemite. this time we came to celebrate two family birthdays...the staff couldn't have been friendlier or more helpful. the food was totally yummy as expected and the variety was good and could encompass any picky eater...and we all enjoyed our meal and exchanging tastes. the wine list is extensive and the staff knowledgeable about making recommendations. all in all we were very happy and every one of us wants to come back for more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Dinner
    FineDiningFan
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We returned to Prima because we get consistently great food and service. The special salmon entree was outstanding and the butternut squash ravioli with brown butter and sage was to die for. We loved the spinach salad with Persimmons, walnuts, and gorgonzola. Fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top Restaurant in Walnut Creek
    DiabloTony
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Prima has long been considered the best restaurant in Walnut Creek. I heartily agree. It has maintained the highest standard of food preparation for the 22 years we've lived in the area and for many years before. The Lamb Osso Buco and Pasta Frutti di Mare are as good a s it gets. Lovely ambiance and the food server were top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnifico!!
    Donnabella
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I can always count on Prima to deliver a first class experience. My friend and I split two meals--the ahi tuna salad and the risotto with chantarelle mushrooms. Delicioso!!!! Grazie MILLE!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    Foodie4lifeVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Prima is a wonderful restaurant that was a great find. I was visiting the area and read reviews on Open Table. Thank you to those before me who gave an honest assessment of the excellence associated with the restaurant. The service was very good, not too intrusive, but also prompt and willing to make accommodations to food alterations, as well as great wine/spirits selections. The food was very good and creative with wonderful flavors and presentation. The portions were very good and the whole evening was just wonderful. Overall, it was a great experience and I am very much glad that I dined there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OK
    Bill
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My second time visiting Prima and the menu always disappoints. Unless you get one of the tables near the windows the ambiance is very sterile. I probably won't be returning.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible
    Emac
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This restaurant blew away all my expectations. It's was so incredibly good and the service was exceptionally professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Miraclebear2003VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We were having a beer on Main St. in Walnut Creek and looked online for a restaurant. PRIMA sounded good and it was literally across the street so we made a reservation and heading over. Amanda provided service that we are always pleased with. Wasn't sure about the two wines we were looking at and made the effort to get a recommendation which we enjoyed. Her suggestions were right on the mark. We split an appetizer, a pasta and each had an entree, all of which were excellent. Amanda was very friendly and made it a great night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Anniversary Experience!
    SpecialDiningExperience42
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    When you are looking for a restaurant for a special occasion, like a wedding anniversary, you want to be able to have a nice relaxing time while focussing on conversation with your spouse. The service we received was very pleasant, not rushed and completely enjoyable. It seemed as though our server was enjoying her job. She also asked us about our anniversary and had a nice treat for us at the end of our meal. The food was also spot on. I called ahead to ask about Gluten Free options and there were plenty. They are also flexible enough to change any dish to suit your dietary needs with no trouble at all. I highly recommend Prima for very nice place to eat.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    AimHigh5
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    A unique experience with excellent food ,service nd amazing wine . My date was so impressed with the quality of food and taste . Definitely will be my place to go when I am in Walnut creek . Thanks
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expensive but Good
    Sandy
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We thought the food, service, ambiance was wonderful but it was expensive. We had separate glasses of wine and each turned out to cost $14.00. We would have tried to agree on one type of wine and ordered a bottle if we had realized that. We were able to choose entrees that were reasonably priced (usually with pasta) but there were some dinners that cost $48. The restaurant is a great location for the theatre and we will return there. We just have to be smart about what we order.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    It's no wonder it's still around. Bit pricey, but worth it! Everything we had was amazing and the service very attentive without being intrusive. Can't wait to go back..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great wine store w/ restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Nice ambience, good, not great cuisine. The wines are excellent. Veal Scaloppini was quite good, whereas the tagiliatelle w/ meat sauce (after rave reviews) was disappointing with hardly any sauce & little flavor. Ceasar salad was drenched in dressing. Arugula salad was very good. Tiramisu was excellent. Nice atmosphere & full on a Sat night. For the price, some of the dishes could be refined & improved.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't waste your money
    NotafanVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    My husband's dinner was good and mine was beyond bland. One dinner good. One dinner uninspired. Bartender does not know how to mix a drink. Not a fun dinner.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best in Walnut Creek
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Prima is a great setting with patio dining right in the heart of Walnut Creek. Absolutely love the pastas and salads. Great place for a business lunch all the way to romantic dinner. Really fresh, great wine list, open air seating in the in-door out-door patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Excellent food and very good service. The arugula salad, and the specials (I had swordfish and my husband had the duck breast) were some of the best dishes we have ever had. You can always expect a great experience at Prima.
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best of the Best in the East Bay
    Alamojoe
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Prima has been our #1 choice for Fine Dining for 20+ years. Superior presentation and taste without being ostentatious. Always unique menu offerings paired with a comprehensive wine list and complemented by excellent service in a warm and comfortable atmosphere. A consistently great dining experience and a Great Value as well. Plus, valet parking! How can it get any better?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Two couples for dinner. Service was thorough but slow. Couple of times went a pretty long time without seeing our waiter or other help. Water glasses not kept full. Meal was very good. Two appetizers, excellent. Caeser salads, a little bland. All four maing courses were excellent. Every recommendation by the waiter was excellent. This is a very good restaurant with an awesome wine and liquer list. Great for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet