Massimo Ristorante

4.6
793 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Massimo Ristorante is one of Walnut Creek’s best fine dining Restaurants. Savor our Northern Italian inspired cuisine specialties featuring prime meats, poultry, fresh seafood, superb pastas, and tempting appetizers.

To complement our mouth-watering cuisine, indulge in one of more than 200 bottle selections of premium wines or a full bar serving specialty cocktails. Check our Event Calendar for our upcoming entertainment schedule of the month. Enjoy the warm weather and dine alfresco on our charming patio. Banquet rooms are available for private parties, business functions, and holiday gatherings. For your parking convenience there is a five story parking structure located directly across the street.
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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve lived in the area for over 30 years and just haven’t been to Massimo before. I went there for lunch the food was excellent the service was excellent and it was a good value. Definitely going back.

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GB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food; excellent service. It was pleasant sitting outside on the patio. We will be back!

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ML
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Massimo is my favorite restaurant in Walnut Creek, it has been in business since the 1970's and always feels warm and inviting and the food is always excellent.

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AZ
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Consistently excellent food and service. The grilled salmon is perfection.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant

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PO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time great food will go again. Nice place to celebrate

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JL
San Francisco
89 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Massimo's many times and will return many more. The food is excellent and the service is outstanding, Danyel was attentive, very pleasant, and professional. We will see you again soon.

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RL
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the special: Halibut with polenta. It was delicious. My client had the Carbonara pasta. The service was amazing. The wine selection was very detail and inclusive. I will be back.

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H
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Massimo for many years, which in itself is a positive review. Max and the waitstaff are so welcoming and warm that we look forward to each visit with anticipation. The food is consistently good and the service is excellent. Listening to the pianist in the evening before going to the theatre is another added delight.

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PG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Has a nice atmosphere but I was surprised to pay $18 for 2 (yes 2) scallops. They were okay. Wowza! Pricey place. I don’t mind paying for good meals but I do t like throwing money away.

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WS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our meal and the wine. The service was excellent and the evening was very enjoyable.

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KL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful service. Little light on the alcohol in the drinks. We were celebrating our 5th Anniversary and they sat us at a really nice table so we can sit cozy next to each other. I would travel the extra distance to eat at this restaurant.

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TO
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to Massimo for several years now and have never been disappointed.

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a
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love this restaurant because of the ambiance and the good food and service. It is also conveniently situated very near the Lesher Center for the Arts with ample parking across the street.

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CC
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was greeted as we walked in, seated quickly, waitress was awesome (Very attentive, made sure we were doing alright our entire meal, very friendly). Food was amazing, cooked to perfection. Atmosphere is upscale, but not uptight. Highly recommend Massimo Ristorante, will be dining there again. Thank you Massimo Ristorante staff, Christopher Crismon.

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WC
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a lovely birthday dinner at Massimo and as always it was lovely. Our server was especially attentive and courteous.

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WI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an outstanding meal celebrating our 48th Wedding Anniversary! Service was very attentive. Highly recommended.

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R
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Long time favorite. Max, the owner is always welcoming. Paula is positive, friendly, helpful and efficient.

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N
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We love dining at Massimo! Host Marcus, bartender David and server Shawna all made a sincere effort to make our dining experience so much fun. Already looking forward to our next visit.

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OH
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have dined here several times. Always a consistent value with great service. Really enjoy the live piano--so much nicer than the places that blare annoying loud music while you're dining. Recommended!

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

This is our go to place for special occasions. Can be noisy when full, so I could do without the piano player on busy nights. ( Not there this time. ) Wedge salad and bean soup both excellent Crab Ravioli and filet Mignon both reliably very good.

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RG
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Mothers day and restaurant was moderately (not so) busy. Waiters rushing around and literally crashing into each other and guests as well. What's the rush? Our waiter and others bumped into tables, guests and each other multiple times. As we were getting up to leave a waitress with a full platter of empty glasses bumped into my wife who was on her way towards the door. Waiter spilled ice on the table and forgot one of the desserts. Entree Meat was hot but pasta and veg under the Chicken Parmesan was cold. The plate was sitting waiting for the final entree to finish? Apple Tart dessert was ice cold from refrigerator. Generally apple tarts are warm/hot when served with ice cream? Salmon and seafood entrees were good. Wine by the glass was pricey at $13/glass for a Bay Area Chardonnay.

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OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Magnificent food. We came in from a performance across the street. The restaurant got swamped with similar people. They handled it beautifully.

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PD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have a good experience with friends and family!

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SW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going to Massimo‘s for many years. I always have fantastic service and a wonderful meal. You can’t go wrong with the meal at Massimo‘s. It is always a wonderful evening. I have used their private rooms several times for group dinners. They are great also.

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DR
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice services. Nice restaurant with white tablecloths. Brings back memories from childhood. Good menu and location thanks

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MJ
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner to celebrate our 57th anniversary. They gave us a large booth and made us feel special. Food delicious. We usually go for their happy hour & enjoy it so much.

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d
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are always great! Wonderful ambiance with friendly staff.

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MR
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Group of four for dinner and drinks. Drinks were great! Dinner delicious. Waitress was awesome and friendly. Great ambiance. Two thumbs up.

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D
San Francisco
136 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again a great experience at one of our favorite go-to restaurants in the East Bay. Service is exemplary. Servers are efficient, friendly, and courteous. regular menu items including the great porkchop and the seafood specials are all excellent. there is an extensive wine list including a large seletions of wines by the glass. A piano player is often present. Prices are reasonable and there is a large parking garage across the street.

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OT
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Made reservations but told they were overbooked. Limited our table selection then made us feel rushed to leave. We were the first customers in the restaurant. Very poor customer service

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AZ
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire meal was spectacular. Service was superb.

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JM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate before show nearby. Excellent and timely service. Good well prepared and served. Excellent cocktails.

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b
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dinner at Massimos is always a treat..........whether you are sitting at the bar and having dinner or at one of their white tablecloth tables.....the food has always been excellent, the service exceptional, hospitality warm. I like sitting at the bar during this time of year as we watch the Warriors Basket-ball otherwise we sit at the table and on warm sunny days we sit outside. The bartendar Dave is friendly but not intrusive....makes excellent drinks and gives great service for food as well as drinks.
We love it there. We always feel welcome and appreciated! It is my favorite restaurant.

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G
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice meal and service. We’ll go back again.

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T
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Masks is a classic. Lovely interior with nice piano music on the weekends. It a tradition for my son and me to go here on the anniversary of his adoption. The food is good, the veal is exceptional. Was a little disappointed with the side dish to my veal, however which consisted of grilled squash mixed with plain pasta. Plain and lacking creativity in my opinion. My son’s salmon was served on a bed of risotto. He enjoyed it very much. Will be back.

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

Great meal. Great service. Warm, lovely atmosphere. Even though the tables are relatively close there is no sense of being overheard or of being impinged on by adjacent tables. I brought a special bottle of wine but the wine list had a nice range of reasonably priced options.

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RL
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the dinner. Dressing for Caesar salad need little work.

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TM
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went there for my birthday lunch with spouse. Have been going for years and as usual did not disappoint. Oh, Our waiter was perfect, brilliant. Did not get his name but he cared about us. He does speak Italian

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OH
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

MassimoRistorante is always a class act—great food and great ambiance . You can actually hear your partners voice when you have a conversation, contrary to many larger restaurants. Recommend!

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