Chianti Reserve

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Italian
Chianti Reserve is proud to have been voted the Best Italian and Best Seafood in the East Bay by the Bay Area News Group.

Chianti Reserve prepares the finest authentic and homemade Italian cuisine in Pleasanton. We bring a little taste of Italy to downtown serving your favorite Italian meals. All of our pasta is homemade and prepared daily. Our chefs use only the freshest ingredients and extra virgin olive oil.

Our head chef, Bilarddi Carteli, was trained in Italy and along with our wait staff strives to ensure that you will always feel at home. The Chianti Reserve maître d’ is a wine expert and will help you pair your wine with your meal. Our management team is proud to provide the highest quality of meals and service, making Chianti Reserve your first and best choice.

Check out our menu and specials at http://www.chiantireserve.com.
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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was very good, the server was very attentive without being pushy. We enjoyed the meal very much and would recommend the restaurant .

RH
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

One of the few places with an extensive lunch menu not consisting of just burgers, pizzas, sandwiches and salads.

Their fresh fish was absolutely delicious!

JG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food, and atmosphere. Will definitely be back.

JB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

We made our reservations with a note that we were celebrating our friends Anniversary and reminded our server as we were seated. No special recognition, it would have been nice. The bread we were told was being warmed but not only was it cold it was very stale. The caesar salad was overdressed and the veal piccata very salty and too much brown sauce. This is our third try and we won't be back.

MP
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening food was fantastic servers were outstanding

BD
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

These folks take an extraordinary interest in making sure your service is top-notch. The food is very, very good, but the service is a step above. I had a spicy penne with Italian sausage, and I swear it was the best sausage I have ever had in an Italian dish, and that includes the time I spent living in downtown Chicago (where nearly every block has an Italian restaurant). Hats off to Chianti's who are doing their very best to stand out in a town with more than its share of Italian eateries.

g
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The restaurant was understaffed and was very slow to provide us service. The staff gave more attention to the larger parties in the room than to my wife and me. I do not plan to return.

J
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

More than just the food for us, it is the entire experience and Chianti Reserve did not disappoint! We had a family dinner here Saturday evening and had the best time. Made reservations through OpenTable for 6:30 (6 people) and were greeted and seated promptly at the table I had requested on the patio. We were only seated a few minutes before our drink orders were taken by our waiter, Michelangelo who my husband and I had experienced before. He was just the right amount of attentive, funny and warmth and while some quirky things happened throughout the evening - it just made the experience that much more authentic and fun.

We really enjoyed the food - veal parmesan was tender, gnocchi with prawns cooked to perfection, beef ravioli was ok... and Tutto Mare which my husband loved. The drinks were also on point. I'm not a huge fan of the dipping sauce for the bread personally, and the cannoli wasn't the freshest, but given the overall evening we had, we will continue to come back. The prices are reasonable compared to most places on Main Street and the service was way better than our experience at Pasta Trattoria and Baci Bistro & Bar.

We loved eating at our leisure and not once did we feel rushed, or that they were in a hurry to turn tables (a huge pet peeve for us). No hovering either ;o).

I can't remember the last time a waiter followed me out of a restaurant to say goodbye - nice touch Michelangelo - I'll take a few bella's and flirting with the ladies... it worked for us (especially mom) and added to the charm and ambiance. All about the experience and memories and our family will remember this one.

N
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and eats! I highly recommend the lamb chops if they have them available!!! Eating on the patio just watching people go by is an experience.

CC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Kind of disappointed to see so many empty tables in a Friday night. But our food and service was good.

T
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved this place! The food and service...excellent!! Super attentive staff and very friendly. We brought our grandson who is one and they were great with him! The food is really well prepared and the desserts were amazing! Highly recommend this place!!

CR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good but a little overpriced. Staff were very friendly.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Chianti Reserve four times and I absolutely love this place. The food is authentic Italian and the owner, Michaelangelo is a great host who provides the greatest service to his patrons. I will continue to frequent this fine establishment. The best Italian food in the east bay!

DM
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second visit to Chianti and we will definitely return. The food is excellent, and the service is even better. The staff are extremely welcoming and friendly and make you feel at home.

RA
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a win at this establishment. Extremely friendly, excellent food, good wine by the glass selection.
Our go to

AG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was not bad also not great and very overpriced . Once we placed our order it took about 30 minutes to get it

LC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place, service is timely and food is great. Will come back to try other entrees in the menu. The friends that joined us also like the food.

LH
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and night. Dinner out side on a beautiful night.

GS
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly, genuine service. Amazing food, with a wide selection of dishes. A good ambience, without being too noisy.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated Fathers Day here with my family. Thanks to Chianti Reserve for making it special!

ML
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food, Great Service...

We sat outside on a beautiful Father's Day Sunday... The owner was charming and fun

Great Energy

Everyone enjoyed their Entree's and we had the Gnocchi as an appetizer split 4 ways - Outstanding

Parked in the lot behind the restaurant..

Would recommend to all!

A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great authentic Italian food. Good to spend time with friends and family

RA
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always, our Go To place. You are always greeting with smiles and a hello. You are remembered if you have been there before, even with the meal you last ordered. Good red wine selection by the glass and not overpriced. Will not disappoint

s
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We only dine here occasionally, but were greeted enthusiastically and seated immediately. Our drink order was taken very quickly and the specials were recited and explained. As always, the food was excellent and the service attentive but not intrusive. Will continue as a regular and highly recommend.

CR
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Chianti the food is authentic and delicious. The service is flawless and friendly.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it here! Service and food are always great. Delicious Italian dishes. Always our Italian go-to!

BL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was not the best.
I ordered the lobster ravioli.
It tasted like a lobster paste out of a can.....Ughhhhhh

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated Mother’s Day here. My wife loved it as well as we did. We look forward to a return visit. Excellent food & service.

K
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

I looked at their menu prior to going to the restaurant. There was no mention that things would be different because it was Mother's day. We went there for lunch. When I arrived they gave us a menu that was more than doubled in price. My daughter ordered the raviolis with walnut cream sauce the menu on line says $13 they chard $30. The bruschetta was $10 on the online menu and the menu at the restaurant charged $18. My Mom's food had a hair in it so she had nothing. My risotto was yellow rice very watery with shellfish not a good flavor to the risotto. My mom had a watery lemonade and my daughter had one mimosa while I drank water. NEVER going back total rip off for lunch for two $120.

s
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the time we walked in to the end of dinner, everything was great. Exceptional service and great food. Thank You

G
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good been their 15 times if you want Italian come here you’ll be glad

JD
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere, great service. It was a bit spendy but we wanted a nice lunch that day and we got it. What more could a person want?

RA
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a dependable place to dine. Quality of food and service spot on.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Easter lunch. On point

BM
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, atmosphere and food. Out door seating. Staff was friendly and helpful with the recommendations.

M
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, wonderful service!

FF
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Work friends birthday party

S
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

My wife and I typically have dinner at Chianti Reserve once every few weeks. It is located in a prime spot in downtown Pleasanton. The owner is very friendly (if a bit loud) and service is prompt. Most recently, we had the halibut (a special) and spaghetti and meatballs, along with wine and a martini. The halibut would have been better without the dill sauce but the portion was more than ample. We took home half of the spaghetti and meatballs. The restaurant also has an outdoor dining area which is nice when the weather permits. We think the restaurant is one of the better Italian restaurants in Pleasanton which is why it is on our rotation. Dinner with drinks will be in the neighborhood of $100.

MC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone at our table enjoyed the very delicious meals served. From the seafood-based to the vegetarian options, all were winners!
We also agreed that the very homey atmosphere was perfect for celebrating family birthdays. This was the 4th time we gathered there and it certainly won't be the last!

M
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. We had the whole place to ourselves.

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