PRIMA Ristorante
PRIMA Ristorante

PRIMA Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://primawine.com/
  • Phone: 9259357780x
  • 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 WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
PRIMA Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
121 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (85)fit for foodies (83)special occasion (82)romantic (56)neighborhood gem (50)good for groups (32)great for lunch (29)great for outdoor dining (24)hot spot (16)great for brunch (11)vibrant bar scene (6)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (3)late-night find (3)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't waste your money
    Notafan
    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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  • 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
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    • 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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  • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find in WC
    Brent
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I'm always pleased by my experience at this gem of a restaurant. There is good food all over Walnut Creek, but Prima just excels.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This must be one of the best restaurants in the east bay. The food, emphasizing the best Italian cuisine, is outstanding and the choices included a chef's prix fixe menu. There is nothing tired about this gem even though it has been going for many years. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice!
    ArhN
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Loved the braised rib raviolis! And the creme brulee with peaches! Would go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our waitress Amanda was superb!
    Prima
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food was too rich and the small plates awkward for a table with five people.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I Love this Place
    GEOBEAR
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We have been to Prima many times and never disappointed. The food and service is always first class. The wine list is deep and strong in many categories, especially Italian and California wines. My wife and I like to share plates and order several courses, rather than, say two courses and eat our own meals. This has never been a problem and the wait staff and the kitchen are very accommodating in that way. I've eaten there on our anniversary as well as far more casual events with friends and the place shines in either event.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • omg
    ostensor
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    our waitress cast a spell on me..i will never be the same
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PRIMA is premier.
    diner675
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    From walking in the door the atmosphere was one of being welcomed and appreciated for dining at PRIMA. Great service and food most satisfying to the palate. Not being the first visit, but of one several, basically knew what to expect and was not disappointed.
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    kid-friendly, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat
    ChunkVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I've had many business and personal meals here and they are always enjoyable with great service. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • prima scores again
    foodie
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    another great meal at prima...wonderful food and an outstanding wine list...comfortable pace, attentive service, happy staff, creative chef... we will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Laura
    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.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    MrJohn
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Prima Dinner
    Greg
    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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grams70
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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
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    special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Had an enjoyable dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
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  • AGinNoCal
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellence -expected and provided
    Bob1VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Great food, solid service in all areas and a wonderful experience as always!!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service! Great food!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Outstanding
    Chazzie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Fantastic service and food!
    catgetsdown
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific lunch
    LetsEatVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back on track!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.