Chianti Reserve

4.4
345 reviews
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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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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

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
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.

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K
San Francisco
9 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.

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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

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G
San Francisco
10 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

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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?

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

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

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

Easter lunch. On point

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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.

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

Great food, wonderful service!

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

Work friends birthday party

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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.

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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!

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M
San Francisco
49 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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f
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Cozy spot in downtown Pleasanton with authentic Italian menu. Several specials (a little pricey) but we found good choices in the menu. Everything was fine, and the food was served piping hot, which is a big deal to me. Service was friendly but not intrusive.

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NF
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation for 3 but only 2 of us could make it. Good food and wonderful service. I have been going to Chianti’s for year. Always love coming back and taking new people to dinner here.

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O
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, great service, an intimate family run place.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow, what a great find. A small Italian restaurant owned run by a family. Went there on late Valentines Day dinner and everything was absolutely delicious. Waiting staff was friendly and helpful, a real pleasure to ho. Can’t wait to go again.

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chianti Reserve was recommended by a family member. The restaurant was beautiful and a great location. The service was impeccable, the server, manager and hostess all checked in with us from time to time and made Valentine's Day more special. The food was beyond my expectation and our server, Francesco, offered suggestions. We will definitely go back soon. Lunch and dinner are both great.

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G
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Night out with cousins

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H
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

They need to let their customers know how much the specials are instead they wait until they get the bill.

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DJ
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Make sure to ask for prices on specials, so you don't get surprised when the bill comes!

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k
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food
good company
relaxing and fun

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food was great. The service was excellent. This is my go to place for Italian on Main Street.

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NF
San Francisco
88 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our group of six women enjoyed a great birthday dinner, except the large table seated next to us was extremely loud and we could barely hear each other. Maybe be groups shouldn't be seated so close to one another. Service was excellent. I was very happy that my Caesar Salad was served with real anchovies! The taste of the salad was authentic, and the quantity was ample! I decided to try something different, since I seem to always order the eggplant parmesan. The Bolognese was delicious! I loved it. My friends enjoyed their meals, too. I was also pleasantly surprised to see Flora Springs wines available, except they only offered the merlot, which was wonderful. Overall, our experience was fabulous. I look forward to a visit in the near future. I need to try the veal next time! BTW, one of my friends is on a gluten free diet and they accommodated her without any problem.

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SL
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chianti is our absolute go-to! Always fabulous food, service and ambiance.

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m
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was very good and the wait staff friendly and competent. But it was very noisy as we were seated at a table that was adjacent to a counter where the staff gathered and spoke VERY loudly at one another.

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DK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They didn’t honor our reservation that was booked on Open Table.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

New Year’s Eve dinner before moving on to our next venue. The service and food were a wonderful experience. Would definitely return.

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L
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I have eaten here many times and generally loved it. This time, the waiter/manager was rude and rushed. The minestrone soup had nothing but broth-when he came to pick up the bowls, he saw that none of us ate it, but didn’t ask us if we liked it. I was so excited to see that they put calamari steak back on the menu and ordered it. It was the tiniest piece of calamari steak I have ever seen and it was horrible. I’m not sure what happened here, but I can guarantee I will not be back. The people I was with felt the same way.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Christmas Dinner

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Rude staff; very poor service.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas Eve we had exceptional service, fabulous food, and a truly fine relaxing evening. We began with Minestrone Soup, no beans and no pasta, was very tasty. We ordered three dinners: Piccata do Vitello, Scalloppini al Funghi, and Pollo alla Veneziana. Mr and his father liked their Veal dishes. My chicken breast was stuffed with asparagus, mozzarella, and a light layer of pesto. The chicken was tightly wrapped covered with a light tasty cream sauce, also served with polenta and fresh mixed vegetables. Excellent meal. Of course we each had a dessert: cannoli, spumoni (large serving), and tiramisu. We will be returning. Be sure to make a reservation as there are about 20 table, but they definitely can accommodate groups. 5 Star Evening!

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r
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

We've come to Chianit Reserve a couple of times now and while the atmosphere is warm and friendly, and the service is great and welcoming, I'd have to say that the food quality doesn't match to the ambiance and price. This time I had the swordfish special and it was a very thin slice of fish and about 10 penne pasta and some vegetables for $37. Definitely not worth the price. Others in the party felt the food was average or below average

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G
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to go there food service lunch or dinner if your looking for a great Italian meal try this place! You’ll look no further!

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p
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we dine at Chianti Reserve the experience is nothing but pure enjoyment!!! The greeting, service, food, and ambiance is always perfect!!!! Absolutely love and we always bring out if town guests here!!!!

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WP
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Excellent Service. Just a perfect balance.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Cozy place. Average Italian food. My fettuccine seemed over cooked and the salmon tasted old. We were not impressed with the dessert menu so we left.

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RH
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Salmon was cooked to perfection and flavorful. Veggies were very good. Martinis
made well and nice wine list. I have dined here several times and food is always
great.

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L
San Francisco
218 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is so good. I had the Lobster Ravioli it was so good my friend had the veal she also said it was delicious also had the side salad which was very nice and the Caesar was all very good too. Our Cosmo's were perfection made just as we requested .

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