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PRIMA Ristorante
PRIMA Ristorante

PRIMA Ristorante Details

  • 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: 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: Lori Johnston (925) 935-7780 x26
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "I've had many business and personal meals here and they are always enjoyable with great service. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "another great meal at prima...wonderful food and an outstanding wine list...comfortable pace, attentive service, happy staff, creative chef... we will be back!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "The food/presentation was nice. A fly found it's way into a glass of wine - the wait staff was quick to take care of the issue. I asked for dressing on the side of my salad; they asked if they could lightly dress it. If that was "lightly dressed" I'd hate to see how the regular salad was prepared. Overall, food was tasty and the atmosphere was lovely."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Prima has been one of those restaurants that consistently delivers on food and service. Our meals have always been fresh and flavorful with unique/interesting combinations. Service...really solid without be intrusive plus very knowledgeable about wine and paring options if you need that. Prima is a popular restaurant; consequently, it's difficult to find a table that isn't affected by the lively atmosphere."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I knew the food and wine were going to be good (and they were) but what I really found the most enjoyable part of our experience was the genuineness of staff, ok yes knowledgeable, but in a truly relaxed manner. No practiced formality just real efficiency coupled with human warmth, something I don’t find in many restaurants and crave. It was a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This was not our first time at Prima and I am gld we returned. The service was efficient and friendly. The food was outstanding. We will definitely return"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Very good authentic Italian. The restaurant has been around for a while , so the atmosphere is not what I would call a trendy spot. But if you are looking for good Italian with a good wine list and knowledgable sommelier , this is your place."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We always have a special time at Prima. The staff is friendly and professional, and the food keeps getting even better. For us, this easily is the best Italian restaurant in the area."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Great food, solid service in all areas and a wonderful experience as always!!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Had a great dinner @ Prima's Saturday night, The food was awesome, and our server Rick was the best, He made to be a very special and fun night!! We will be back! I had the Veal and it was excellent!!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Brought my family with three boys aged 21,19 and 10. Absolutely perfect meal. Honestly every dish was outstanding and the service was impeccable thanks for a great dinner!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I've been coming to Prima's for over 20 years - it is reliably fantastic w regards to food and service. To be able to maintain such a large restaurant in a dynamic area such as downtown Walnut Creek, where restaurants come and go quickly, they must be doing something right. They are consistently good and I never hesitate to recommend Prima."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Brought my friends from out of town and we had a lovely lunch on the covered patio on a sunny Summer day and it was terrific. I had the grilled shrimp and calamari salad which is perfectly prepared. One person had the cannelloni and he enjoyed that very much. We were too full for dessert. Definitely a place to go when you want a bit of elegance."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "This place has a long history in town & has been considered one of the best restaurants in the area. But the last time we were there was in April of 2013 - the menu was very limited, the food was just so so & the service was average. I'm not sure what has changed (management? chef? suppliers?) -- but based on our visit there on friday, Prima is Back! The menu has changed considerably - more user friendly but still creative. Service was attentive but not cloying - drinks came out AT THE SAME TIME! - salads were fresh- the spinach & stonefruit salad in particular was heavenly - i want the honey-lime-yogurt dressing recipe! Ravioli w/short ribs and veal piccatta were both delicious and portions are surprisingly large. We will def be back"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I love this restaurant. I go there every time I'm in Walnut Creek and it never disappoints. As a bonus, it is attached to a fantastic wine shop with some of the most knowledgeable proprietors I've met... I always walk out with at least half a case, to a case, of great finds and recommendations."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I go to Prima as often as I can. The experience has always been very good-food ,service ,ambiance. Sometimes it has been amazing. And it is always friendly and comfortable."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We enjoyed dining in at Prima. The service was excellent from the moment we came in till the end. The food was delicious. It's worth spending our 25th Anniversary here. I will highly recommend Prima."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Back for a second time and just as wonderful as the first time. ..fabulous food and a varied menu and an incredible wine list. ..we will be back many times."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "excellent menu and our meals were delicious.Food was well prepared and had a great presentation. The wine that was recommended for our meal was an italian red and it was a perfect paring. The sevice was also excellent. Our waitress was very knowledgeable and took the time to make sure everything was perfect. will definetly be back. A salute to the chef and our waitress."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Would be hard to overstate how much we enjoyed our dinner at Prima, a leisurely two-hour stroll through some shared antipasti (the warm olives with and salad to a couple of delicious pasta dishes. Sat out on the front patio area on a lovely early evening, service was attentive and personable, helpful menu suggestions, everything we expect but so often do not receive in a fine restaurant. This was our second visit to Prima with exceptional food and service on both occasions."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This is a repeat visit because the first visit was so good. From the minute you walk in the door, you are welcomed and seated by a lovely hostess. All of the wait staff are friendly, professional, and knowledgeable about the restaurant and it's offerings. The chef is happy to accommodate the menu (eliminate or change printed menu offering of meat to fish or seafood in season). PRIMA has a nice cocktail menu and extensive wine list. Some may balk at the food and wine prices, but maybe that's what keeps a special clientele returning. I would not recommend this place for children. We enjoy the service received, making us feel special, not like just another client. We have tried several different menu selections, all which have been delicious!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We celebrated my husband's birthday here, and it was a great dinner. We made some-what early reservations, since we had plans afterwards. The place was very quiet at the beginning, but by the time we were leaving, the Saturday night crowd was filling in. We were in the main dining room, but it still never seemed loud to us. The service was excellent - very attentive without crowding us. We had the warm olives and the warm Romaine salad - both were so simple, yet outstanding. The ingredients were so fresh. We had the Risotto and Ravioli for entrees, and the raviolis were the star. The risotto was great, but just not as great compared to the raviolis. They all acknowledged my husband's birthday, which made my day. :)"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Food is awesome. Calamari is a must. Wine list is amazing."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Prima never fails to impress. Upon learning I had just rescued my pup Chloe and was celebrating being a new Mom, complimentary champs was sent to the table. In addition on this particular visit, Andria our waitresss was perfect! She was funny and socialable, great recommendations on new menu additions, and was attentive without hovering. It goes without saying that the food was supreme as always. I will continue to bring both local and out-of-town guests to this gem of a restaurant."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Been going to Prima for 20+ years and I continue to find the food exceptionally prepared and the service paying attention to the details but never under my feet."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Food was good. Service was fine. It was a bit quiet (7 pm reservation on Saturday night) and dinner was a little rushed (about an hour)."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I have been going to Prima for almost 20 years, but haven't been there for about 2 years- now i recall why! Heavy on the oil, sauces, dressing- and the vegetables tasted like they were made ahead of time- soggy and laden with oil. Too bad, as great location and I like the restaurant."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Caesar salad was fine, salumi assortment was good, but entrees were overly seasoned to the point you couldn't tell what you were eating. Recommended wines were overwhelmed. Desert menu had the usual which were ok. Disappointing overall and poor value. We won't be back."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We came here for a very special occasion and had high expectations! Unfortunately our table never ended up being ready....we had a bachelorette party that was hungry and ended up sitting at a big booth at the bar! The hostess let us know the " other table just wouldn't leave " so it was going to be a bit longer (20 minutes after our reserved time). She did this in front of the whole table. So our ambiance was shot and we sat in a booth at the bar. The food and our server were good, and they did bring us out some Prosecco after we decided to sit at the bar. Everyone started off on a bad foot...no one drank..and we left. It was bad. It was supposed to feel special and we wanted to make the bride feel important. Did not meet expectations."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Everything about Prima is exceptional. We have eaten here many times over the years. They only disappointed us once, so it took us a little while to return. We are so happy we did. The last two times have been a superb experience."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We went with a party of eight people. A great antipasto selection. The Chef's Menu with wine pairings was very good....the most tender octopus I've ever tasted. Those in our party that ordered different items from the menu all commented how well prepared everything was. Chef Peter was on the scene from table to table making certain everyone had an enjoyable experience. Service was also excellent and timely without rushing us."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We ordered the steak for four, which was actually a great deal (though we doubled the potatoes), along with the grilled baby octopus and the hearts of romaine. Everything was great! Corkage $25"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Primas is still the most outstanding restaurant in Walnut Creek and the 680 corridor. The Chef's table is a dinning experience where the wines and foods match perfectly. One hears contented sighs from the dinners."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We had the mixed green salad and the Cesar salad, both expertly dressed. One of us ordered the pasta as a primi. It was excellent, light and flavorful. I had a NY steak that was perfectly cooked. It was not on the menu, but when I mentioned that the steak that was listed was too big for one, our waiter checked with the kitchen was able to get me the steak I was craving. Even this steak was huge! I'm having delicious leftovers this week! We had the fish from the menu and couldn't finish. The portions were all very large. Service was excellent and the wine was delicious!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "I have never been sure what the appeal is at Prima. I guess the old saying is true; location, location, location! Expensive, mediocre food, noisy ambiance, snobbish & pretentious service. They add an automatic 18% tip if you use your passport unlimited card, not a good practice! Won't be returning nor recommending to anyone."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • " Customer service is top notch. The wine list is second to none. We enjoyed the Gnocci which melted in our mouths."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "As always, Prima doesn't disappoint! We absolutely love the food here, the service is unmatchable for this area, what can we say? We consider ourselves "foodies" from NYC - we just moved here less than 2 yrs ago - and we are certain we will be loyal customers to Prima for life! Thank you again for a wonderful evening."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We recently celebrated our anniversary at Prima and were treated royally! They made us fee special from beginning to end. They had an intimate corner for us, brought us champagne to start. The service was outstanding, the menu and specials offered a variety of fabulous selections. We both chose the same dish that was yummy and then they brought us a dessert to split at the end of our romantic evening. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great food and highly professional staff. Excellent dinner & wine choices. The noise level on the patio seating is unfortunate on a busy night. I would recommend sitting inside if noise is an issue. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Had a great chef tasting menu with all of courses very well done. service was attentive and our waiter was pleasant and personable."
    Dined on 5/30/2014