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Elia - Walnut Creek, Walnut Creek, CA

Elia - Walnut Creek

4.5
4.5
309 Reviews
$31 to $50
Greek
At Elia, we create a memorable dining experience for your friends and family. Our authentic greek food in ambience settings will tend to take care of its name and quality.

We look forward to serve you soon at our Pleasanton and Walnut Creek downtown locations.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Greek, Mediterranean, European
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–12:00 am Sat, Sun 10:00 am–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (925) 322-8671
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Mehmet Duygu

What 309 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Greek

309 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambience, food fresh and flavorful and truly different from other experiences. I would definitely recommend for the Greek and Mediterranean experience lovers! Staff were so kind and attentive!

    1 person found this helpful

  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time here at this restaurant for Mother’s Day. The ambiance inside was lovely and reflected authentic Greece with decor and color, however the service took a long time and there were only 4 tables occupied inside at the time. The food was tasty overall, but nothing incredibly spectacular and the portions were on the smaller side for the price. One person in our party had the Seafood Paella and he said it was bland. Not a bad experience but can’t say I’d be going back there again soon.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious! The ambience/ decorations was the real thing..Greek colors (white and blue) , even the evil eye was a nice touch. Will go back there for sure.

    1 person found this helpful

  4. Luv2Eat

    San Francisco

    72 reviews

    1.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Overbooked. Very disorganized. Not friendly hostess or server. Not one smile. Food was served cold-smelt, calamari and sea bass was tasteless. Not sure what is going on with this place but disappointed. It was a Saturday night and loud as hell. They just kept letting people in despite full bar area and table. Line for bathroom was 5-6 people at any given time. Avoid this place!

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  5. BasilR

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, atmosphere, and service. Sitting in the patio, for lunch, feels like a Greek taverna, and the dining room and bar at night, is like a night club on Mykonos.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were great. Being seated next to kitchen we could smell all the fryings ; at least if the salon was more ventilated it would be more comfortable Thank you

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  7. MelJ

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service, food, drinks and ambience. Street parking or garage very close by.

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  8. JLuna

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Server and staff was amazing, food fresh and delicious. Our favs of the evening: spanakopita, lamb chops, filet mignon. The restaurant inside was beautiful but very loud. I had read the reviews and requested a reservation for the patio, which was covered and peaceful. We’ll keep this as a special occasion restaurant!

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  9. MarkT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience: friendly waiter and great food. We will definitely return.

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  10. AVTeal

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a wonderful experience. Great food and service.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The tables upstairs are not the ambiance your looking for when booking Elia on a Friday or Saturday. Be sure to put main dining room in notes section

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had amazing time with my husband, good delicious. Great services. And the music fantastic, I recommend for my everyone.

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  13. Priti

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is always excellent and ambience and service is lovely. However the live music is insanely loud to the point of being irritating. I literally was shouting at my friend to be heard across our two person table. It's a restaurant - why is the music level so terribly loud? Other than that, everything was excellent.

    1 person found this helpful

  14. Fang

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and amazing Greek wine. Service was attentive but not intrusive.

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  15. clk878

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friday DJ. Super loud but lively. My third time here and will always be coming back.

    1 person found this helpful

  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food felt a little tired. Not much pizazz in the presentation or taste of the food. I have eaten in the restaurant 6 months earlier and the food was much better. Did they change the chef? I may give the restaurant another chance to impress me?

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  17. Lindagsan

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second time dining at Elia and we will definitely be back. The staff is well trained and attentive, the food is delicious and management stops by all the tables to ensure you are having a a wonderful dining experience. Good value for the price.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing 10/10! the staff was so friendly. Definitely would recommend for a date night

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  19. TinaL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful ambiance; you feel like you are truly in Greece. Delicious food and stellar service. I cannot say enough great things about Elia!

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  20. Barb

    San Francisco

    137 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    137 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious. I did order a drink that was supposed to be a spicy drink and it wasn’t spicy and just tasted like juice. When waited asked if I wanted another I said yes but the last one wasn’t spicy and tasted like juice and no alcohol he said it’s a spicy drink. He brought me the new drink and it was delicious but still charged for the missing ingredient drink. No bueno

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great, ambiance was excellent! Service was fantastic- BUT the only thing I have to say bad about this place is that they barely list ingredients. It’s very vague what is in your dish- I’m allergic to walnuts/pecans (same tree family) for instance and I ordered things that I wouldn’t think would ever have this in it- they did and I suffered. I ordered zucchini fritters and the tzatziki dip!! They should at least list nuts where they include it for the sensitive. Thankfully it’s nothing serious for me, but for those that are, you shouldn’t go here. The filet dish was great!! Be aware for those sensitive to nuts.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, cute location. Recommend going at least once.

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  23. BryanD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I truly love this place, however, there was a bit on confusion about who our waiter will be that it prolonged to take our drink and order that night. Overall, the waiter did a great job and I love the ambience. I feel like the restaurant can benefit from a more organized staff. Oh, before I forget, I love that they printed the name of the birthday celebrant. I think that was very thoughtful and an impeccable gesture.

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  24. NeilB

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Was a wonderful experience! Food was delicious Dined on patio, which was perfect spot on such a beautiful evening Did not expect hear live Irish music at a Greek restaurant, even if it was St Patrick's Day. If wanted Irish Music would have chose. A different venue

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What am amazing place to celebrate a birthday. Reservation at 930 so definitely in the loud side as it has a great nightlife feel with a DJ. The flaming cheese, bubble shot, and birthday baklava with sparkler made the night magical and exciting! On top of all the show…. The food was delicious! Highly recommend.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It’s a decent restaurant with good ambiance and average food. Service was good and we had a pleasant time.

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  27. KimandJoe

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Really nice restaurant with great food. Be sure to request to sit inside in the notes section when you book through OpenTable. Since it was our first time eating there, we didn't know they had both indoor and outdoor seating . Because I didn't "specify in the notes section" they tried very hard to seat us outside. The outside section is pretty small with heaters and they give you blankets but it doesn't have the ambiance and it was cold and raining outside. Just something to be aware of. Especially if you don't bring a jacket. When we were leaving we saw them do the same thing to another group who were just as unhappy as we were about the surprise requirement to sit outside.

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  28. Priya

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    I selected a standard seating as opposed to outdoor seating in my reservation. But we were still seated in their unimpressive outdoor area. I was told by the hostess that the seating choice is not guaranteed. Very disappointing!

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  29. GlennP

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Boisterous, but with excellent service and even better food.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was amazing. The staff did not skip a beat.

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  31. Locald

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun restaurant, great ambiance and terrific service with live music. Best service I've seen in a long time. Food was very good, large portions on mains, small portions for dessert. I had paella. It wasn't a traditional Spanish paella, but good nonetheless. Appetizers were shared: calamari, smelts and fried Halloumi greek cheese that they soak in brandy and light on fire. This kind of Cheese is naturally salty. I wish they had served it with pita however, instead we had small soft unremarkable rolls. Smelts are not for me. Too fishy but it was to be expected. Calamari excellent and tender. I had a gin and tonic cocktail which they made exactly as i like. Empress gin with fever tree tonic. My husband and I shared Baclava for dessert. It was tiny, but very good. I will definitely go back.

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  32. Barbara

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend and I shared 3 appetizers and loved all of them. My friend also got a cocktail which she said was delicious.

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  33. HarryG

    San Francisco

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was interesting and inventive. The restaurant definitely is a great addition to the Walnut Creek dining scene. It isn’t a place to go to engage in deep conversation however as the music is quite loud and can overwhelm the senses. While the music is nice, I’d suggest they turn it down, maybe during the week (and crank it up over the weekend).

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  34. NewNapaNeighbors

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I have eaten at Elia in the evening and it was quite vibrant, where the lunch crowd was more subdued. The food was very good but smaller portions.

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  35. Rosemary

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    We hosted a birthday dinner for six people. Our meal was superb and our wait person was professional and personable, but the sound level was so intense that we could not hear each other. We could only attempt to raise our voices and lean in to try to carry on a conversation. Our server claimed that if we request music to be lowered it will be temporary. The meal was excellent, but we will not be back.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really delicious, high quality food, good-sized portions. It was loud in there with the music & the people because the acoustics aren’t good in that space (same with the last restaurant, too).

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  37. bluebike

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    1.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We had a 7pm reservation on Saturday night. I've eaten here for lunch twice, loved it, and decided to take my partner here for date night. The front of the house was chaos when we arrived with gen Zs packing the bar, a high decibel of noise blaring. Our table wasn't ready yet but they estimated 10-15 more minutes. We ordered a drink at the bar, noticing that two separate tables set up for large parties and a few two-tops sat empty. They continued to remain unoccupied for the next 20 minutes. Then one of the large parties was partially seated, then inexplicably left the restaurant, but the empty table remained. I waved down one of the hostesses to ask about our table. She seated us a few minutes later at 7:35, telling us that there would be a 90-minute limit to occupying the table, no apologies. After waiting this long to be seated despite having a reservation, this was a rude thing to drop on us plus smacked of 'do as I say, not as I do' attitude or policy, maybe both. The table was across from the bar so it was very loud. My partner was steamed and said he didn't think they deserved our money. I had to agree, so we left. Sad. What happened to the delicious restaurant with great service that I dined at previously?

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  38. LizW

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great choice for near the theatre. Food, drinks, service were all excellent.

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  39. Chanice

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great vibes! Loved the food and cocktails. A great place for a date night .

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place looked exactly like something from Santorini Greece. I went for the Valentine’s Day experience, and it was definitely worth it. The food was amazing, ambience on par with a live violin, and the service was speedy.

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FAQs

Elia - Walnut Creek is rated 4.5 stars by 309 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today
Google Map for Elia - Walnut Creek

1520 Locust St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-4117

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Walnut Creek
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–12:00 am Sat, Sun 10:00 am–12:00 am
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Greek, Mediterranean, European
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Executive chef
    Mehmet Duygu
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