Pasta Primavera Walnut Creek

4.4
256 reviews
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Italian
Pasta Primavera Walnut Creek offers excellent food and courteous service in a casual, contemporary setting ambiance, and also offers a fine dining bar which serves great draft beers, spirit selections, beautiful and delightful wines, all while broadcasting the latest televised sporting events.
We have been in this business since 1988 and since then we have been consistently utilizing the freshest ingredients to prepare our zesty dishes. Our attitude of "going with the flow" has kept us in business for almost three decades.
Today, Pasta Primavera Walnut Creek is an independent restaurant and has no affiliation with any other Pasta Primaveras.
Pasta Primavera Walnut Creek is currently owned by Amir Tehrani (the founder of the original Pasta Primavera) and managed by Allen Pourkhomami.
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DG
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Pasta Primavera several times and I am always glad I came. The red sauce is the best around and I will come back soon.

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From beginning to end Dodd and service great for our table of 15 with 6 children that I waiter patiently treated them like adults when asking their orders.

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TL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family finds Pasta Primavera to be a great place to celebrate special occasions with kids in a fancier atmosphere. We all enjoy the complimentary bread and tapenade, and the adults enjoy the beverages (although Italian, they have a good Mojito) and mussels appetizers. Our favorite dishes are the cheese ravioli in creamy red sauce, grilled salmon with lemon cream sauce angel hair, and mixed seafood. The flavors are delicious and unique, and the pasta is consistently cooked perfectly. We like to finish the meal with the chocolate lava cake (we sometimes need 2 it's so good), tiramisu or gelato (it's all yummy!)

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MS
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We as a party of three were very over all disappointed because it was our first time in a long time having Italian food. So when we ordered a soup that we were not aware that it was a cold soup. We would have thought the server would make sure we new that. I am grateful they took it back, but it would have been avoidable. Then my husband ordered a Veal Piccata dish and the veal was very hard and chewy and lacked of other flavors besides the strong taste of lemon. It was totally disappointing. We just took it to go and threw it away once we got home. It became hard to have spent over $100. in a meal that was not enjoyable. Oh and I forgot to mention that the server never came back not once to see if the meal was ok and if we wanted more wine, water or anything else. We just had to flag her down and ask for our check. Would I recommend it to a friend, my answer would be to find another Italian Restaurant elsewhere.

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HE
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Talented and passionate mixologist Allen created some incredible cocktails... Family of 4 always enjoy delicious dinner. I'm the health nut and I got a beautiful salad and added the perfectly cooked moist and tender grilled salmon. My son loves the Rigatoni. Love the dipping sauce!

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j
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The manager/host seemed lost. Seated a number of people ahead of us and needed to be reminded a couple of times we were there. Food and portions were great.

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AC
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

I am sorry to say nothing was as we remember. Not too long ago we ate at Pasta Primavera at least once a week and were never disappointed , but I am sorry to say the food was not as good as we remember. The service was very sparse. I'm not sure if our server had too many tables or not use to a large party. She was very sweet and did accommodate our requests, but everything seem to take a long time. Anyway, I so appreciate your willingness to take a large party and maybe that is the problem. Sometime with a large party the experience can vary. Like I stated, our server was very sweet and did do her best to meet our demands and I am grateful.

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m
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have not been there for awhile, other than the occasional take-ous.
Everything was nice, was happy to see that the quality standards are kept being upheld. Great job, i will definitely be back

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WC
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant! We go there regularly and haven't had a bad meal yet.

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N
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a very nice dinner with 4 adults and two toddlers. They accommodated us very nicely in their side room. And despite the place being busy (two large groups of 12-14 people near us), they were very attentive and our meals arrived with no delay. Overall very good experience. Parking, of course, is always a bit challenging at this location unless you have parking Karma like I do (parked right out front). I recommend this place, especially for families. And the food is ample and always excellent.

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GT
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Used to love this place, one that was special. We planned a special occasion and were disappointed. The veal was good, but two of the other entrees, one the special, the other pesto gorgonzola, were very bland. Tried salt and pepper but still not good. Cesar salads were ok, nothing to write home about and the house salad (according to the person that had it) was also not very good.

We were very surprised as the food has always been good and something to look forward to. Not sure if we will go back. However...…… they have the best tiramisu, which was a great ending to what was otherwise a lackluster dinner. Thanks also for the jelly bellies.

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LN
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had not been here in many years and were nicely surprised at the good quality and variety of food.

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BF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food is always very tasty and well-prepared. Salmon Dijon was excellent!

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W
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Even on a Thursday night, it was very busy. My husband always gets the chicken carbonara and I ordered the butternut squash ravioli. Both were good although the ravioli could have had a bit more flavor in the filling. We will be back.

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r
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We came with another couple on our way to a concert. We all enjoyed our dinners and our server was very attentive and helpful.

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OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal here.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was great the service was amazing and the food was delicious

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OT
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always

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A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

New Year’s Eve dinner

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BF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

New Years Eve dinner. Food is tasty and prepared well. The mixed seafood was outstanding. Service was a little slow. Split a salad and it was a nice size even split.

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A
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Owner was extremely accommodating, great service. Food was great and they provided us with a space that our group could converse comfortably. We would recommend this place to anyone.

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JF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

A wide variety of traditional Italian meals. We usually go there for dinner. This is an unusual find in a neighborhood strip mall.

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OT
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always

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K
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Pasta primavera is a family favorite. The food is delicious and the staff is friendly. Service at lunch is always top notch. Dinner time can be slower if there is a large party. Overall we love Pasta Primavera!

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EB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Attentive but not overbearing service. Tasty food, as always. Somewhat noisy, but we had a large party beside us. We appreciated that we were not hurried to clear the table for a second seating.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Our party of three enjoyed the evening. We all ordered different dinners and cocktails. Service was great and food was delicious.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!

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SD
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I ordered the bolognese (sp?). It was not the usual. Had large pieces of tomatoes. Large. I had to pick them out. I usually have a 4 star experience but this evening was different. I don’t t know if there was a different cook or what. I wil, definitely go back as I have eaten there for many years. Tiramisu was very good as usual.

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OT
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy!! As always

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O
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We eat here when we’re in town. The food is always good and the service is top notch.

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OT
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always

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OT
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always

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r
San Francisco
63 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

We came for dinner on our way to a concert. While the food was tasty and the atmosphere nice, we encountered something unusual that we have never experienced in dining (and we are senior citizens). When we were ordering dinner from our server we ordered a salad to share and then, without giving us an opportunity to order entrees, she abruptly turned, walked away and started bringing wine to a large group dining in a adjacent room. When she did not return for some time I voiced my displeasure to restaurant employees and another server asked if we were in a hurry. When I replied that we were in a bit of a hurry, she took our orders. When the original servicer returned she said she had been summoned to leave us and provided good service for the rest of our meal. We were really taken aback by the way we were treated when we were ordering our dinners. We think all patrons should be treated with equal courtesy, regardless of the size of their party and how much they are spending. We have dined at this restaurant before, and while their service has not always been top notch, we have never been treated like this!

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GB
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Came here for dinner last Saturday. Food was standard. Our server was abrupt and not friendly and for no apparent reason. Our party of 3 commented on this. Conditions did not approve throughout our visit.

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SC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

They were out of menus when we got our table. Hostess had no idea what to do. Could not order a drink until someone else gave up their menu. Salad was made incorrectly and butternut squash ravioli sauce was horrible. Have had it many many times but the dinner chef obviously doesn't have the correct recipe. Pink in color and little flavor.

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GT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Especially liked that it is not noisy so able to talk & be heard by tablemates

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MC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Low key. Good food with proper portion size. Attentive service overall a very positive experience

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SO
Orlando
9 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The service was poor.
Once seated, we never saw the waitress, and the bus employee had to get our drinks.

No bread was offered, and the food and appetizers were served at the same time.

Food was average at best.

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CB
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Very disappointed...the service was terrible. We were sat at one of two tables in the bar area so the bartender was supposed to service our table but she would become busy with guests at the bar and we were completely forgotten. We sat for over a half hour without our drink order be taken or even being given water. The food was very good as always. We will not be going there for awhile.

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KA
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We have been here a few times now and we'll keep coming back. The food is great...we were here for my husband's birthday. The service was not quite what we've had in the past...we had to ask for water more than once, etc., but everyone has moments...great place!

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