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About Massimo Ristorante

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.

1604 Locust St.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday & Monday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Bonanza & Civic

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(925) 932-1474

Website:
http://www.massimoristorante.com/

Entertainment:
Jazz piano

Catering:
Limited catering is available. Please call for details.

Parking Details:
A five-story parking lot is across the street. They validate for two hours.

Executive Chef:
Roberto Rodriquez

Private Party Facilities:
The private dining room upstairs has a romantic atmosphere.

Private Party Contact:
Max Wolfe: (925) 932-1474

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Massimo Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (30)
Good for a Date (22)
Special Occasion (22)
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Good for Anniversaries (21)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Romantic (13)
Cozy (12)
Authentic (12)
Business Meals (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Casual (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
People Watching (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Fun (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Live Music (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

There were 5 of us and the noise level made it hard to converse across the table. The food was good, but the veal was too thick and tough. The lasagna was very good. The scallops very worth trying, although only 2 small scallops. It is not a cheap restaurant.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The best lobster bisque I have ever had. The pasta the salads everything was excellent. The prawn cocktail so simple but so good. The prawns are crisp fresh and the presentation is beautiful.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Went here to celebrate a 70th birthday on Christmas eve. The restaurant was packed at 6:30, and while noisy, it wasn't enough to drown our conversation. Our waiter was quite attentive all evening, despite how busy he and the restaurant was. We loved the seasonal Christmas decorations and you felt like you were part of a large family party.

The food was excellent as well , with a lot of variety in the number and types of dishes which clearly leaned heavily towards Italian. I particularly liked the veal piccata and the Waldorf salad and the Carbonara special was outstanding!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, People Watching, Authentic, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Romantic, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We love to come here for special occasions. The cocktails are very well mixed, there’s an excellent pianist on a grand piano playing jazz standards, the food is creative and high quality. Our favorite items are the beet and pink grapefruit with goat cheese salad, the hanger steak and whatever fresh fish special they have. The service ia also very high quality with enough staff so they have time to spend helping you choose your meal and wine to pair with it. In warm weather, the sidewalk patio is fun. Yes, it is not cheap but with all of the above you definitely get your money’s worth.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

This is a wonderful restaurant that we can always count on for delicious food and excellent service.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We went for my husband's birthday - which I included in the reservation so the restaurant would know. When we arrived, the host was on the phone. He didn't look up once during his conversation while we stood waiting for about 2-3 minutes. When he was finished I told him our name and time of reservation. He nodded, got menus, took us to a table, put the menus on the table and returned to the host station. Not quite the warm welcome I was expecting. It took about 3-4 minutes for someone to approach our table and ask for dring orders. After that the service was fine, basically the basics. The food was quite good. When we did not want to order dessert, the waiter promptly brought us the check. No happy birthday, no thank you for coming. So would I go back? I don't know. We don't go out often, so when we do it needs to be great for us to return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

4 of us had full dinners. 3 were excellent as always. I had veal scallopini and was disappointed. Every recipe I've ever seen called for tenderizing the veal down to a 1/8 inch thickness. My pieces were almost a 1/2 inch thick, mushy and had an odd flavor. Definitely not up to your usual standards but we shall return.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great food, great service! Our favorite restaurant in WC! Our server, Danielle made the evening really special. We’ll be back again next month.

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Casual, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Vibrant restaurant, great service and and a varied menu with selections to safisfy. Only complaint was the noise level that made conversation mostly impossible. Great location-close to Lesher Center.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 9, 2017

As usual, Massimo's food, service and ambience was outstanding. We had reservations, so we were seated immediately, and soon after were presented with a menu and requests for beverages.
This spot is well suited for a pre-theatre dinner, as it's close to Lesher Center. We had to book at least 2 weeks in advance to get a coveted time that works. Would definitely go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Massimo is our favorite restaurant. We always enjoy our meals and the welcoming feeling we get.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Consistently great.. friendly hospitable wait staff... always a winner!

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Another fine dining experience. Continues to shine as our favorite restaurant in Walnut Creek. Variety of choices on the menu every time we visit. Specials are always top notch (I had the Lamb Shank - delicious!). Looking forward to coming back for my Birthday Dinner next month.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Fantastic as always. Massimo never disappoints with food or service!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food, great service, great ambience. We'll be back.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Overall a great experience. Everything we ordered was incredible and reasonably priced.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I booked Massimo because i thought it would be a bit older crowd and thus a little quieter for a dinner meeting someone for the first time. I was wrong... it was louder than Spinal Tap's "goes to 11" and my hope to find a quieter table was just that-- a hope. Food and service great but a real bambox of noisr in there....

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food has consistently been outstanding. Even with a busy Saturday night, and last minute reservations on Open Table, we were seated quickly and greeted by our server, Jason. He made awesome recommendations and they turned out to be spot on! I want to go back on a quieter night and maybe sit at the bar first before dining. Everyone at the bar seemed to be having a fun time!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Another great dining experience with Max and his staff. Beautifully prepared meals and sevice.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We love the location and the food. Great before theatre at the Lesher Center.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The pork chop was wonderful, we really enjoyed the dinner.

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

A perfect way to start off the evening followed by the theater.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Had your mushroom ravioli’s and they must have been previously frozen as they were like shoe leather to chew, and sauce was just a pool of cream, so disappointed. Why do you advertise your chocolate cake as flourless when it is made with flour...very dangerous for celiacs!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

I recently had dinner there with friends to celebrate a birthday. The service was outstanding with an attentive server who was fun and willing to accommodate a few requests regarding meal size. Everything was served at the perfect pace and we had a lovely evening. The food was delicious and our server helped contribute to making it special.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Absolutely too noisy on a Saturday night. Will stick to week nights except Friday.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great place. Loved the ambiance and the tasty food. Not that pricey either!

I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great adult restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Fun, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Had their special. Two days in a row. Yellow tail over risotto. Wonderful both days. Food was great. Staff was great!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Excellent neighborhood restaurant. We dined here twice during our 4 days visiting Walnut Creek. Outstanding fresh fish specials and wonderful fresh house-made pasta. Highly recommend the cannelloni. Also excellent tiramisu.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Cozy, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great service, Halibut and Veal Scallopine dishes were both excellent as was the chocolate cake!

Tags: People Watching, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

The service and food was excellent. We went for a birthday celebration and thoroughly enjoyed everything.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We went to Massimo prior to a Saturday night performance at the Lesher. When we sat down the waiter asked if we were attending a performance so that he could make sure we were able to get there on time. The place was really busy, but they did an outstanding job of providing us with timely service and outstanding food at a very reasonable price. I highly recommend Massimo's.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Been there multiple times, but this time was notably better food and service. Yay- keep it up!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Portions were very good and plentiful. Never have I seen the size of prawns in the shrimp cocktail. There were six in the service and each of the three of us had two each and that was plenty. The beet salad had a nice variety of beets and olives. The veal scaloppini, pork chop and pasta Massimo servings were so large we all took our leftovers home and enjoyed another dinner.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Our first time here. Waitress was wonderful...knew we were going to theatre & got us out in plenty of time. Food was delicious. Highly recommend this place for dinner.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

My friend and I celebrated our birthdays at Massimo Ristorante. Our waitress, Lori, was attentive and very helpful. We enjoyed a cocktail before dinner. We each ordered a different delicious salad then shared one entree, grilled black cod. Divine! The restaurant's atmosphere was cozy. We enjoyed talking with each other without having to shout. I can't wait to return to Massimo.

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Great friendly staff; excellent food. Good spot for before theater dinner. We are walnut creek residents & have been going to massimo since it was maxmillans.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Nice menu and wine list. Very attentive wait staff. A pleasant surprise worth trying

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Lovely downtown restaurant with great classic Italian food, fresh ingredients, and wonderful service. First time there but would totally go again!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

I really like the restaurant and also the easy parking across the street

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2017

We enjoyed a tasty meal, The service was outstanding. My wife needed to use a walker and we had good access to all facilities.

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