While the food was good, I
While the food was good, I wouldn't call it great. I had the Petrale Sole, which was fine, but again not a rave. The vegetables were under done in my view. The bright side was that the service was excellent - very attentive and friendly. The ambiance was good.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
This was not my first visit
This was not my first visit to Stanfords. Because I am a vegetarian, my menu choices are limited, so I ordered the same meal this time as I had before. While it was very good, the quality had slipped a bit from my last visit (for example, greasy fries without the delicious seasoning I'd remembered). That said, I always enjoy meeting my friends at Stanfords. We were warmly welcomed, the restaurant is quiet enough for nice conversation, and the food is reliably good (but I can only speak for the veggie burgers!).
3/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Went for a casual dinner on
Went for a casual dinner on Sunday evening, and it was a good choice. The food and the service were very good.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
My group of ladies felt comfortable
My group of ladies felt comfortable and well taken care of. Each person at the table commented on the good taste of their meal.(Very positively.) We go there because the wait staff is always right on top of things and seem to care if we have all that we wish in the way of food and drink. We also appreciate that they allow us to chat when our meal is done and don't encourage us to rush out. We get together once a month and really like catching up and can do so without feeling rushed. We also appreciate the friendly attitude of the servers, which we do not always get when we go other places. We planned to go elsewhere, but no reservation was available at the other spot,and Stanford's was our first choice as a replacement restaurant.
4/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went for Stanford's Prix Fixe menu during Walnut Creek Restaurant Week 2013. Looking at the regular menu (which I have never tried), the options seemed fairly typical - pastas, burgers, etc. - but the restaurant week menu was a little more exciting with rack of lamb and a salmon-halibut braid. With the common fare, the restaurant had an ambiance of a nice place to go while still being kid-friendly for families. We were very impressed with the service and speed in getting our meal, even with being very busy for restaurant week. Finally, our dessert - the Triple Chocolate Napoleon - was incredible. A chocolate cake with salted peanut caramel topping served with fresh whipped cream, white chocolate ganache and fresh strawberries.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not the first time we have
Not the first time we have dined at Stanfords, this is one of our favorite restaurants. Our waitress was very friendly, attentive but not intrusive. I had the prime rib and salmon. The flavor was good although the prime rib arrived a little cool for my liking. My wife had halibut which was awesome. All in all I could easily recommend Stanford's as a good dining value.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
we have been to this rstaurant
we have been to this rstaurant many times for lunch; excellent service and food and the staff went out of their way to help us with our very elderly parents...thank you
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
I went to Stanfords for the
I went to Stanfords for the first time, me and my boyfriend are always looking for some where to other than the same ole same ole such as the cheesecake factory or the Elephant bar etc. Stanfords was very unique I love the atmosphere and the vibe, you have a special occasioin or a girls or guy night out or you just want to watch the game, this is the place for either event, the food was excellent the drinks were good, I didn't really like the mudslide they made me but the raspberry lemon drop was great!! I would recommend Stanfords to anyone.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
mother's Day Gem
We selected Stanford's because my mother likes the restaurant. It has both basic comfort food (love the mac n cheese) and enough special meals for those more adventurous. The staff is outstanding with some of the best service I have seen.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mother's Day Dinner
Went to Stanford's for the first time on Mother's day since it was close to our son's college campus. The greeting as soon as we walked in was welcoming. We had reservations and was seated immediately. The service was outstanding and the menu had something for EVERYONE. We started with the wings sampler and all three flavors were great - I also enjoyed the pickled vegetables that came with the wings. I had the ribs - super tender, falling off the bone, my daughter a salad and my wife and son both had steaks. Everyone enjoyed their meals and everyone sampled from others plates. We sat outside on the back patio and enjoyed the great weather. We will definitely return, a few more times to enjoy other items on the menu.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a poor experience a few months back and decided to give this place another chance. They did a wonderful job with food and service. Notable was the prime rib sandwich. One of the best I have had and my wife ordered it. My choice on our next visit.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food and Great Service
We went for my college graduation. We had let the restaurant know ahead of time we had a schedule. They were on top of everything. I had to eat Gluten free and they had a menu for me. They were very accommodating. The food was very good. I was limited to what I could eat but my family had some amazing looking food and good size portions. I would go again and highly recommend Stanfords.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
A nice find hidden in plain sight
Have lived in Walnut Creek for over a year now and have been slowly working our way through the restaurant scene. Stanford's had never been on my radar until my wife mentioned it; I'd always seen it there but not thought much of it. What a nice surprise- nice menu with really well executed food; and, for Walnut Creek, very reasonable prices. Just a really good value. Add in really friendly attentive service. Definitely a top pick for us; we'll be back!
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service, a little noisy where we were (in open area near south wall). Will probably choose a booth next time.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
We enjoyed sitting outside under an umbrella absorbing some heat. We all had salads - my Panzanella was very good, but it could have been a little more creative with buffalo mozzarella and not burning the croutons. The chicken was a little dry.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fathers Day family brunch
We all had hamburgers, and they were among the best I've ever had. Hands down. We all shared bites, and they were all outstanding! The restaurant's decor and ambiance just perfectly fit for what we were looking for. We'll all come back soon.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love this place. Always can get a reservation. The help is always very pleasant. Decent portions of food. Best of all it's not pretentious. If I want good food and just relax this is where I like to go.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Missed on Appetizer
We started with the calamari and we found more fried vegetables than calamari. My burger was done perfect and full of flavor and my wife seemed to enjoy the grilled chicken sandwich, minus bread. It was slow for a Friday night and in most the food is always pretty good.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful wait staff.
Enjoyed a quiet visit with a dear friend. Waiter was attentive - answered questions with ease.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great menu options and the
Great menu options and the food was perfect. Would go back and have already recommended to a friend.
8/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
We have learned to know the staff and they treat us well. Most dishes are good. They use frozen premade chicken for most dishes and the customer can tell. We will not order any of the chicken dishes but perhaps the wings and never allow them to serve the bbq style wings, not good. Burgers, Fish & Chips, Salads and Prime Rib Sandwich are the best.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was excellent
We sat for hours ate, drank and talked. The server was great. Food was great. Always a great experience when we come in.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pretty good steak, nice decor
Able to seat us when we arrived early.
Nice decor, dark, warm colors. Booths were perhaps slightly too small.
Huckleberry lemon rosemary martini was nice. Passable beer selection, reasonable wine list.
New York steak was good. Not great, but not bad. The potato au gratin was creamy and yummy.
Ribs were pretty good. I'm not a rib aficionado, but they seemed to be the perfect combination of moist, tender, and not too sticky. The fries were an awesome dark golden brown.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Grilled salmon salad was WONDERFUL!
Grilled salmon salad was WONDERFUL! We were in a hurry but the waitperson was able to accommodate us!!
9/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Deep fried appetizers a little
Deep fried appetizers a little to much batter. The salads, the steaks, the specials and the service (4S) made it a very nice dining experience!
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Stanford's is always "solid"!
We booked here as a place that everyone knew and enjoyed. I was warmly greeted at the door, and immediately smelled the good smell of food when I walked in. We ordered wine, and a few appetizers. We were never rushed, but we also didn't sit there wondering where our waitress was. The food was great, I ordered one of the specials (BBQ beef and prawns), and everything was cooked to perfection! Three others ordered fajitas, and one ordered a Caesar salad with blackened salmon. Stanford's has a simple menu, but they up it with great flavor and seasonings. It is and hopefully always will be one of my favorites! Thank you Stanford's!
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food here is always great. I often eat the prime rib dip sandwich but the fish and steak are always cooked perfectly as well.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
My partner and I almost always
My partner and I almost always dine at Stanford's when we can afford to go out. One f the reasons is great food at reasonable prices. We have a Stanford's card and get emails of their specials. On Saturday night, for example, we had an entrée with steak, lobster tails, and shrimp for $20!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service not intrusive with frequent ck-ins; turn-around time from order to arrival very brief; no parking problems
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice place for friends to gather
Food was good, nice menu, and we had a nice quiet spot in the back so we could converse with friends.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The beer cheese soup was fabulous and their salmon preparation is melt in your mouth delicious with the lemon butter sauce.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Stanford is a great place for lunch - food is good, and service excellent.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Needed a large table...
Thanks again for coming through for us Stanford's! They do such a good job, in making even a lunch feel special, but not pretentious. We had attended a memorial, and realized that 7 of us wanted to continue our time together…and thanks to Open Table, we were able to get in easily!
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food and good service.
Good food and good service.
Enjoyed the garden burger and side salad. Others in the group enjoyed salads and sandwich.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a birthday dinner here and was not disappointed. Easy parking. Nice atmosphere. Servers provided excellent and friendly service. Mashed potatoes were bland but top sirloin steak was delicious and shrimp/steak skewers were also tasty. I would come back here.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent Food and Service!
I've read the good reviews for Stanford's, but I was still very impressed!
Food was very flavorful and very tasty! Dessert was great!
Service was outstanding! The waitress must have checked on us every 10-15 min, we were there with friends for 3.5 hours!
One of my fav restaurant in Walnut creek now.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Having experienced some problems during our last visit we gave Stanfords another try. This time they were on their A game. The service, food, atmosphere and timing was spot on. We tried the new style of calamari and it was very good. I had fish and chips and wife had the French dip. Both of us enjoyed our dinner. We had a visit from both floor managers and the general manager. All very sincere and happy we made a return visit. The staff at Stanfords really care about the patrons that visit the establishment. We will continue to call Stanfords our go to place in Walnut Creek.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
dinner with friends
We had a lovely time with our friends. The dinner looked beautiful and was tasty. Was really craving soup and salad but they only had two soups to choose from so somewhat dissappointed. The minestrone was good but had meat in it so it was a bit different. Husband had the beer and cheddar and said it was delish. Will def go back for another get together.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
So Thankful for Stanford's!
This year my husband and I decided to go out for Thanksgiving. This fall had been particularly stressful for both of us and no relatives would be visiting, so we decided against the traditional meal at home for just the two of us. I chose Stanford's because they have a great menu selection in case we didn't want to go with their holiday offering. We didn't, because my husband found a prime rib that he thoroughly enjoyed and I ordered ribs that were definitely in my top 3 of all time. The one snafu was that we ordered the artichoke dip as an appetizer and our food came first. We ate it all together and it was all very good, but it would have been nice to savor each item separately. Looking forward to my next meal here!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food and Atmosphere
We had a great time and enjoyed our food. You could easily come here for drinks and apps alone but dinner is also pretty good. We usually forget about this restaurant when we come to Walnut Creek. It was nice to rediscover it.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM