Salvatore Ristorante
Salvatore Ristorante

Salvatore Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://salvatoreristorante.com/
  • Phone: (925) 932-2828
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: T-F 11:30am-2:30pm
    Dinner: T-Su 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Sicilian
  • Executive Chef: Salvatore Piccione
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a banquet area that comfortably seats approximately 36 people for private events and cocktail parties. Our banquet facility is available for lunches and/or dinners upon request. Please visit our website for samples of our menus that can be customized for your special event.
  • Private Party Contact: Angela Alagna 9259322828

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lincoln and Civic Ave
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: The First Republic Bank at the corner of Broadway and Civic Drive is allowing all of Salvatore Ristorante diners to park at their lot at no cost.
A word from Salvatore Ristorante
Take Time to Stop and Smell the Sauces! It is the scent of fresh cut herbs, seafood just pulled from the ocean and sauces prepared with passion & regard to classic ingredients that reveal the essential energy of Salvatore Ristorante cuisine. We serve authentic Sicilian and Northern Italian specialties enjoyed in a warm family atmosphere. Sicilian born chef Salvatore Piccione prepares homemade Fettuccine al Gamberetto, Vitella (veal) Salvatore and Melenzana Ripiena to delight the palate
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Salvatore Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
65 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (47)special occasion (22)fit for foodies (20)good for groups (12)romantic (9)great for lunch (8)vibrant bar scene (6)notable wine list (5)hot spot (3)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • The real deal!
    DiscoBayArt
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This is an old time Italian restaurant run by the family who takes pride in their food . It reminds me of the Italian restaurants I ate at as a kid in San Francisco. All the dishes were well prepared. Service was attentive but not overly so. Restaurant is small and tightly packed with diners but the warm feeling of a family run business is evident. I'm just sorry I hadn't eaten there soon...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food but stretched on service
    Claire
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Nice little Italian restaurant with excellent food and big portions. We liked our dinner there but they seemed stretched from a service standpoint. Even though our waiter was very friendly and informative, tough to get his attention.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keep coming back for more!
    SunnySandyVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This was our third time at Savaltore since we discovered it - though it has been here for about eighteen years. We're just sorry that we didn't find it earlier. There wasn't a seat open all night - it's so popular. At first we were given a table for three (there were three of us) that we felt was too small and near the kitchen doors - however, one of the managers who saw that my husband was a big guy and not comfortable, moved us immediately to a table for four which was much more comfortable and better located. We appreciated it. The food, as always, was excellent and we enjoyed the evening very much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food
    Cuzican
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food was good the service was goo and friendly. Salvatores was busy,but i still got a friendly family vibe. It was even better when all the food tasted really good. I only wish I had room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Italian Meal in Walnut Creek
    Nomad
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We've been going to Salvatore's since it opened almost twenty years ago. Simply put, there is no better Italian meal in Walnut Creek. The lasagna and the eggplant are truly excellent, Also, the filet of sole and the calamari are way better than in most restaurants that claim seafood as their specialty. While Prima may have the name (and the resultant higher cost), Salvatore's is hands down the best.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice little Italian joint
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    It is indeed a little gem. Service is excellent, food is fresh and tasty, very warm and cozy place to hit up and have a good meal. Prices are very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent authentic Italian food
    AudreyK
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My husband and I really enjoyed our dinner here. It's a family owned business with very authentic Italian food. He had the squid pasta and I had the stuffed eggplant pasta. Both had outstanding sauces and were cooked to perfection. The dining room is small and we did have a slight wait for our table, but the service was excellent. It's not a young, hip place, but we appreciated that we could have a conversation without shouting. We'll be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    SunnySandyVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This was our second time dining at Salvatore. I only wish we had discovered it sooner. Everything was delicious. Two of us had the pasta with calamari (sauteed), one had the sole and another the eggplant with cheese. We were all happy. Had the lava chocolate cake for the second time and it was just as good as the first time. The service is excellent. We'll be back again and again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food always a hit
    JBer
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have eaten here several times and the food is always outstanding! The lasagna is fabulous, though it is not available every night. If you would like to have that, you should call first to see if it is on the menu that evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • homey italian
    tammy
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Tasty, home-sytle cooking. Non- inspired side vegetables (broccoli and carrots ) , though. Expensive at $19 for a pasta dish and calamari steak at $23. Appears that they don't want you to come often to this restaurant, but, rather only for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I've been a long time patron of Salvatore. It's my fave restaurant in WC.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Meal
    DrDan
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food was excellent, and after being seated the service and atmosphere were very good. However despite having a reservation on the Saturday night, we had to wait more than 15 min before being seated. It was a Saturday night. The atmosphere was pleasant, except that the restaurant was very busy and noisy when we were first seated. By the time we were ready for desert, it was less crowded and noise had abated sufficiently that we could hear each other across our table of 4. Pricing was moderate (about 30-40 per person including 3 glasses of wine, 2 salads split, 4 entrees, and 2 deserts split, no coffee). We enjoyed the food and service overall, and plan to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Home Cooking
    madabouttownVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We frequent this restaurant often and enjoy the home cooked meals. The staff is very friendly and the meals are consistently good. I had their special, lasagna, and it was excellent. They are not afraid to put in enough meat and cheese where I have gone to some restaurants and it's mostly noodles. I like that they are not a chain, the food is of high quality and the atmosphere very cozy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Salvatore
    Dabdalla
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My wife and I were spending the weekend in Walnut Creek and decided to eat at Salvatore. We were pleasantly surprised by this little gem. Food and service were very good. Every employee was friendly and efficient. We had the watermelon salad, linguine vongole, and gnocchi. Each dish was terrific. We will go again and take friends!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent neighborhood gem
    hungryfoodie
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We have done several business dinners here, and it is a good spot for that. Food and service are consistently good, but more importantly, the noise level allows for conversation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • enjiyable
    albie
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Good food at a reasonable price with excellent service
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AnneVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Our go to Italian restuarnt in the east bay. We really love the home cooking. And the lasagna on Sat night is a must have.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful
    FoodmeVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The family run restaurant is fantastic. The service is wonderful, the food is all authentic and outstanding.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent Italian food
    Love2TravelVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The service was good and the food was delicious. When we requested a table in the back, we were accomodated. Would recommend for dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nomad
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We've been going to Salvatore's since it opened almost twenty years ago. This is the best Italian food in Walnut Creek (yes - better than Prima). Veal/Eggplant dishes the just excellent. File of Sole Dore -- better than almost all the seafood restaurants I've been in anywhere. Treat yourself and go - if you haven't been there (or haven't been in a while).
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of this World Lasagna
    LindaT
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    If you are lucky, you will be there on an evening when they offer lasagna. It is fantastic. So flavorful. You get a very generous portion and even if you think you can't eat it all - you will!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Italilan in Walnut Creek
    Luv2EatVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Salvatore might not be the fanciest Italian restaurant in Walnut Creek, but by far it has the best food. I've been going here for years and tried all the other Italian restaurants in the area... nobody's food matches up to Salvatore. Great location and nice little bar too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HowieVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    They are so friendly here and everything on the menu is eaxceptional. I had veal and my wife had shrimp with Linguini. We both enjoyed our dinners and the total experiences.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ristorante Salvatore
    georgeVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This was my first visit and it was a wonderful "discovery" for me. I had the lasagna and it was just like mom's. My companion had the pasta primavera (and there was a choice of pasta). It was also delicious. No question that I shall return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Early dinner
    bikebaker
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had early reservations for dinner so we could avoid the Friday afternoon commute traffic. We were the first dinner guests and asked to be seated outside. The patio is not attractive and more like a wide sidewalk, though the dining room looked pleasant. Our wait staff was excellent, knowledgeable and efficient. My husband and I split a salad which was fair, not special or memorable. My calamari was a little rubbery, polenta was a square and kind of hard on the grilled outside and vegetables were overcooked. My husband ordered the tortellini which was a pretty small portion but very tasty. My husband's tortellini was a small portion but tasty.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AnneVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Our favorite Italian restaurant in Walnut Creek and has been for over 15 years. Food is home cooking, service is friendly and efficient, and the restaurant is cozy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Favorite Italian restaurant
    joe94553
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We have been here multiple times, and honestly have never had a bad meal nor a bad overall experience. Our go to place when we crave an Italian dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 24 reviews are from the Salvatore Ristorante reviews archive.
  • Never go wrong
    veep
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Dinner with clients and they were so impressed with the friendly atmosphere and the terrific food. They will always remember dinner in Walnut Creek as one of their best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AnneVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    One of our favorite Italian restaurants in the east bay. The food is home cooking, and they have the best lasagna you'll ever have!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice neighborhood restaurant
    casjfVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I had lasagna bolognese, which was excellent. Caesar salad was average -- needed more anchovy flavors in my opinion. I wasn't so impressed with the tiramisu -- no rum flavoring at all that I could taste. My husband had the grilled eggplant with veal, Italian sausage, potatoes, pine nuts and cheese over marinara sauce served in a bed of mostaccioli pasta. I preferred the lasagna, but he enjoyed the eggplant. Nice wine list for a restaurant this size and the restaurant has a full bar.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food ever
    veep
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    This place does it right. Cooked and seasoned to perfection.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pasta heaven
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Excellent pasta sauce so flavorful and generous portions Pear salad special was amazing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My family from out of town
    Cfiwca
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    (North, South, and middle.)..All enjoyed the excellent food and service. In particular the assistance to my ailing sister at the table. We were most grateful for your immediate help. Will be back when in town again... C.R.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food & family restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This restaurant is a crowd pleaser. The food is consistently fresh and well done.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AnneVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Our favorite Italian restaurant in the east bay. The food is home cooked Italian, the service warm and friendly, and atmosphere very cozy. The lasagna on Sat night is best ever!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We used to love this place but it has changed. Seems like cost cutting measures are all adding up to food that is just okay, at best. No lemon in the water, under dressed Caesar, but good dressing, meatballs with very little meat in them. Excellent Gnocci, but no more fresh basil on top. The bread is really good but the dip is watery tasting-needs garlic and salt, perhaps? No more sausage in the lasagne, which is otherwise very good. Inconsistent drinks in the bar, they guy is good, but if the girl is there, she makes bad drinks every time. The reason we come here is really because the owner is so sweet-Angela, I think.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LeslieVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Overall we thought Salvatore was just ok. I would characterize it as a 'every day restaurant' to stop for pick up yet that's not how it's priced or presented. It's priced at a higher point, so overall I'd go to Rocco's or Sorrento's in Walnut Creek before Salvatore. Same quality but Rocco's and Sorrento's are cheaper. Service was good at Salvatore though.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One Of Our Favorites
    goodfoodseeker
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    We have been going to Salvatore for years. It is our favorite restaurant in Walnut Creek, both for the food and the people, especially Angela. We always feel like family whenever we go there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Food
    LaurieP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    My husband & I ate here the other night, and we were not disappointed! Everything we ordered was excellent! From caesar salad, eggplant & spaghetti and meatballs - the food was fabulous! Can't wait to come again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AnneVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Salvatore's has been our favorite Italian restaurant in Walnut Creek for over 15 years. The food is always amazing (lasagna is best in the east bay!), the service very friendly, and the ambiance comfortable. It's our go to restaurant for a casual meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet