Benvenuti Ristorante

4.6
702 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
To share our love and passion for Italian cooking, Benvenuti Ristorante (formerly know as Salvatore Ristorante) features exceptional traditional Italian cuisine in a warm and welcoming environment with local, sustainable, organic ingredients, an extensive list of Italian and Californian wines, a full bar and a robust cocktail program.
Please note that our restaurant only accepts parties of 8 or smaller to book via OpenTable.
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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Been here few times, even before the renovation and name change, and it was bustling. Lately it’s been relaxed, even the menu has gone basic as well as the amount portion. For what we spent, there’s another place that my family will continue to go going forward, sad to say..This place needs to be consistent with new fresh menu specials including cocktails to keep customers coming back! So will see...

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C
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious! We had the cod special and the raviolis with short rib meat and Caesar salads, all wonderful. The noisey atmosphere calmed down after 8pm but initially at 7:30 it was extreme

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EB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific service and tasty food. It was our first time but we noted there were several regulars whose habits and preferences the staff obviously knew. Very welcoming.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food. My picky 11-year son loved the meatballs and the pasta meat sauce.

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e
San Francisco
106 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Explorer - My husband and I have eaten here a number of times and have never been disappointed. The food is excellent. I had a a fish dish with unique vegetables (e.g. purple colored cauliflower). My husband had a pasta dish that he ate very quickly as it was also quite good. Both entrees were served very hot. It's a good thing we made reservations as the place was packed. It was Sat. night on Mother's Day weekend.

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D
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Seated 30 minutes after reservation
Main courses took a long long time to come out
Waiter had way too many tables to handle
Had to flag waiter to when we needed anything

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E
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed the delicious food and very nice ambiance. We arrived by 5:15, and Benvenuti was extremely busy by 5:45 p.m., so if you have a post-dinner engagement, allow enough time. It was Mother's Day weekend, so perhaps that's why there so many big groups (6-10 or more), leading to service that was somewhat uneven. We would definitely go back for that wonderful food!

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MC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service! Probably one of my favorite restaurants to dine at in Walnut Creek. Manny and his staff are always pleasant and make you feel at home.

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M
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All pasta and desserts are homemade with love. Everyone is so kind and it shows in the food. It is really great to be able to support a family owned restaurant where they all work so hard. A family favorite!

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San Francisco
105 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was good. First time back since it reopened. Just wish they were not out of one of their specials at 6:30 on a Saturday ! However we will return.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love this family owned place!
Our family went last night. The lasagna is to die for.
I love the feel piccata the salads and appetizers were magnificent and the ambience and experience is a huge positive. We’ve been going for years and will be coming back. My kids love this place as to my wife and I

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BG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our new favorite Italian restaurant! Love the gluten free options too.

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FP
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. Food was great. Service was great

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our new go to for Italian food. Great food, drink and service

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RF
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent family run Italian restuarant in a quiet se tin of downtown Walnut Creek. The Calarmi Fritti was tender, not heavily seasoned and a big portion. The Artichoke was amazing
Garlic Bread was fantastic.
The Veal Romana and Veal Picatta was some of the best we have ever enjoyed.
Again, large portions, cooked to perfection.
Be sure to also e joy their Tiramisu.
The best ever - better than we had in Italia.

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RD
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went for my birthday dinner. He wanted to take to one of our special places, and Benvenuti is now one of those special places. Our meal was spectacular and the service warm and professional. We hope to habe many more visits so we can enjoy all of their delicious offerings. Definitely check them out!

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HG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined here several times and have always enjoyed the food and attention of the owner and servers. We recently asked the owner how they have survived the very competitive Walnut Creek restaurant business. "No one works as hard as we do" was the reply. It shows in the attention to customers and to the details of making and serving great Italian food.

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E
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food, fun, friendly server, in a casual

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n
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Discovered this place on my recent trip to Walnut Creek...I’ve been there 4 times now, stop in every time I get to Cali and love the food and the staff !

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R
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The restaurant is fine. I would suggest they try and seat poorly dressed people (shorts and T shirts) away from people obviously having a special occasion. The restaurant is must noisier since they stopped using table cloths.

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EG
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice selection of food and wine. Service was very good with plenty of staffing. Overall, a very pleasant experience.

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L
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant. D is the very best. She always takes great care of us. The food is fantastic. Try the Veal. Don’t skip the lemon chiffon cake. It’s just air.
Love this little slice of Italy.

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a
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time and it was just wonderful from every standpoint-
such nice presentation for the delicious dishes and on point attentive service as well. My only issue is with patrons eating with their baseball caps on- just flusters me in such a nice place. This lovely restaurant is my new go-to!

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GN
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Restaurant was bustling on a Friday evening, looked like everyone was enjoying the evening. Service was attentive and the food was very good — swordfish was fresh and grilled to perfection. Gnocchi was light, sauce was tasty. Overall a very nice dinner out.

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MC
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With a name that means "welcome", Benvenuti met the challenge from the moment we arrived. A smiling hostess greeted us and was prepared with a nice table for our reservation. We were pleased that the room was lovely and inviting, busy but not too noisy. The swordfish special was our favorite, and my husband also enjoyed the chicken marsala. They kindly accommodated our requests to taste a couple of wines before deciding, and the server was pleasant and efficient. We will look forward to returning when next in the area!

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AC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

This restaurant was a wonderful find! We were a party of 6, and our experience was excellent throughout. The seating hostess was super sweet, our main waiter was fun and gave us great food recommendations. The food was really good (but we all thought it could use more salt...which is not a bad thing). If you’re looking to feel like you’re visiting a family owned restaurant in Italy, then you need to make a reservation at Benvenuti Ristorante!

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M
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn't been to Benvenuti for quite a while & then remembered it was there so made a reservation. A great decision! Food & beverage were outstanding & exceeded our expectations, the service was top notch, and the place was full of family groups, friends, & couples all seemingly enjoying their experience here as much as we were. Also, a fun people watching place with a lively bar! We definitely will come back, only much more frequently!

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GP
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The evening was quite delightful. From the moment we walked into the restaurant till we left everything was superb. The waitress gave us ample time to decide on drinks, appetizers & main course. The food was delicious & the service was excellent. We were celebrating a friends birthday & the dessert was a huge success.

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SS
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy coming to Benvenuti. The food and service are excellent. We enjoyed it as Salvatore's and there has been no fall off with the change in ownership. The staff even remember us!
We were 6 older adults and all of us enjoyed our meals. The waitperson was helpful and friendly. Not much more to say.

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b
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great friendly people and wonderful food the veal picatta is so tender.

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FM
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our group of six all enjoyed their delicious entree. Appetizers and desserts were also very good.

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N
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I had a really great meal together! Everyone was really attentive, our food was amazing, and the ambiance felt intimate even though the place was packed!

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DG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. They even made me a special dinner of homemade pasta, chicken, and veggies that wasn't on the menu! And it was delicious! Portions we're good size. Had the apple crisp, chocolate hazelnut and coffee gelato. Amazing! Will definitely be going back!!!

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K
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant has a warm family feeling with authentic Italian food (and authentic Italian waiter Sicily). Our waiter makes us laugh yet he is very professional and prompt. We always have a great meal. We really enjoy ourselves here and have brought several friends and family members to join us. Everyone has really been impressed too. My husband says they have the best veal dishes hes ever had. I really love the eggplant appetizer.

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MB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The atmosphere is excellent after the remodel. The food is very good but it is a slightly over-priced but I would definitely go there again

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JB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was excellent. I was disappointed with the service, starting with being asked by the Host to move tables after already being seated and the server asked us to place our order several times, even though we told her we were not in a hurry to eat our main course. And she was a little rude to us after we explained that to her. Her service was not good after that.

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j
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

My food was good. My wife’s minestrone was luke warm and the chicken on her ceasar salad was cold

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DB
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was over the top. Artichoke was perfectly cooked and dipping sauce was fantastic.

Pasta dish with sausage and it’s sauce we’re outstanding. Just the best sauce.

Staff always attentive.

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CP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Friendly greeting upon arrival by owner and server. Nice quiet corner table for 6 when we arrived so we could chat. Noise level rose as restaurant filled up. Good menu with selection of the evenings specials. Delicious meal and dessert. Will go back.

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AD
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. I really liked the additional Tuesday dinner menu with a choice of soup or salad, pasta or meat, and 2 different dessert options. I had my heart set on the gnocchi dish, which was delicious!

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