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Massimo Ristorante

4.4
609 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
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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
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Phone number
(925) 932-1474
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Roberto Rodriquez
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Private party facilities
The private dining room upstairs has a romantic atmosphere.
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Private party contact
Max Wolfe: (925) 932-1474
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Catering
Limited catering is available. Please call for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bonanza & Civic
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Parking details
A five-story parking lot is across the street. They validate for two hours.
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Entertainment
Jazz piano
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Gift Card
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 609 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BriannaK 
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

I have been here 4 times for dinner and enjoy the service everytime. The same staff is there everytime and I love the owner who greets u at the door and walks around talking with a glass of wine in his hand.it feels like an authentic Italian atmosphere. Sometimes it gets a little loud in there so it’s not a super great spot for a first date but wonderful for old friends getting together and birthday bashes. This is my go to fave Italian spot!

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vipmatts (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

Everything was just average. The food was average at best. Not impressed at all. I had made the reservation and mentioned it was a birthday celebration but nobody acknowledged it.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

Great location in downtown Walnut Creek with good food, especially the Hanger Steak. The Salmon was ok, nothing special. Had an Apple- Tini , watered down and tasteless, the pomegranate-tini was the same. We were seated quickly and brought menus and water right away, then the server disappeared. After a long wait the server returned to take drink orders but never asked if we wanted an appetizer or if we were ready to order. Once our drinks arrived I had to ask for bread and that we wanted an appetizer. From this point on the server was more attentive but we noticed other servers were attending their tables with great efficiency. Bottom line, service left much to be desired, room was very loud, drinks watered down, food was good to great, and a nice wine list. I will go back with reservations as we may have had a bad server.

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vip575108 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Excellent location, quiet, attentive service, and my chicken sandwich selection was very enjoyable.

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Pamelasue (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was great and service was fine. Bread was great!

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vipCoco (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Always consistent delicious food. We have been coming to Massimo since we moved to Walnut Creek 22years ago and always enjoy the service, ambience and food!!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Overall a great restaurant. Excellent food and very attentive service. The only negative was that it was our anniversary and I'd requested a private corner table and we were instead seated at a table with about two feet on either side right next to two other couples. My wife was a bit annoyed but after a glass of wine we settled in and enjoyed our meal.

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vipJohnL (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The food and service was excellent. I highly recommend Massimo's the staff are very professional and attentive.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Green vegetables should be included with the main dishes.

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Susan (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

We go there often and are never disappointed. The food is always delicious, and the service exemplary.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Our server was excellent, knew the menue well, did some extra things for us, was attentive, but not overally so. She also was most efficient, friendly, and professional. The pasta dishes were delicious.

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dmartin (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

food was very good, servings adequate, accommodated several requests for changes, wine menu extensive and reasonable pricing. will definitely be back. service was excellent

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vipChiefmeisterandwife (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Another great dining experience as we celebrated my wife's birthday. The consistency of the food preparation is top of the line! Great dishes are staples on the menu, with specials always thrown in for just the right amount of diversity. We love this restaurant!

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Bays (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Food consistently good, attentive service and good ambiance.

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Shelley (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Friendly staff, very good food. Dining area spacious, but dimmed lighting created nice, cozy atmosphere. Would make this a regular dining spot if we lived closer.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Way too loud. Impossible to have a conversation. Food and service not good enough to make this worthwhile.

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Pilly (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Massimo's Restaurant is a very reliable place to dine with good food and service. It's across the street from the Lesher Center and convenient when my friends and I attend performances there. There are always interesting specials on the menu.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Food had no taste tables are too close together way too expensive for the quality

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zottie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Great Restaurant. We went ar 5 PM were the first guest, one hour later the place was full and louder. Food and service were great.

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Kichan (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

Well, I came this restaurant Twice and had very good experiences for both time - so I decided to pick this one for my birthday dinner -It was a group of 6pp incl. me.
I thought it is nice to use the coupon ( which I received by mail) for the b-day dinner.
Not sure if the discount was applied (since my bf paid quietly before everyone noticed ... I handed the coupon to the waitress... she didn’y come back to the table so not sure the total bill was adjusted ???

Not just about this , unlike the server I had in the past , this server was not attentive ( even though it was very quiet night)
we couldn’g find her to ask for the bread , wine , .. etc.
My b-day cake (beautiful cheese cake which my friend made it for me was half melted - I guess it was not put in the cold place)
Then over all service was so slow!!!!

I am not sure if I want to come back this restaurant again ....

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vipdoug (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 12, 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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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 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.

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vipCabotom (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 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!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
3.0  Dined on December 19, 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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author (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 15, 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.

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vipChiefmeisterandwife (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 14, 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.

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Grandpargus (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 14, 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.

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vipWinnie (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 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.

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