Massimo Ristorante

4.6
702 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tues- Fri 11:30pm - 3pm
Dinner: Tues - Thur 5pm - 9:30pm, Bar Open until 11pm
Dinner: Fri & Sat 5pm - 10:30pm, Bar Open until 12am
Dinner: Sunday 5pm - 9pm, Bar Open until 10pm
Closed Monday
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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
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 702 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

I have been here numerous times. This time, for some reason, things were SLOW, both in the taking of the order (after 20 minutes) and the arrival of the first course (20 more minutes and a complaint). The food was delicious, even though things took so long. Don't think it was only the waiter; also a slow kitchen.
And they were not THAT busy that night.

Alas... I know they can do better and I WILL give them another chance.

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WW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fresh salads. Attentive servers. Excellent Italian fare.

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T
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my husbands birthday with his Dad and girlfriend. The service, food and ambience was outstanding! This was our second time at the restaurant and we will definitely be back!

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PF
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place to have lunch or dinner, especially before the theater at Lesher. It's right across the street. It's pretty quiet and you can actually have a real conversation.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would give 10 stars to Massimos if I could! Massimos is a great place to have a business meeting. The food is fantastic. The staff is super friendly and accommodating. Thank you!

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S
San Francisco
147 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very good meal served by an even better waiter. We were very early for a pre-show meal at Lesher, so he had time to explain some dishes, make us feel comfortable, etc. It was a delightful meal & experience.

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RR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Fresh crisp salads. Great Waldorf Salad. Delicious desserts and entrees.

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JW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love to walk across the street from Lesher Center of the Arts and enjoy a Wonderful dinner at Massimo's. It never disappoints us. See you again soon. Janet

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c
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

We normally enjoy dining at Massimo's, however last Saturday night it was jammed and the noise level was painful. Your starting to pack too many people into too small a space. We will rethink our next visit.

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OT
San Francisco
561 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

A comfortable old-fashioned Italian restaurant, of the type fast disappearing from the restaurant scene. Good place for quiet conversation and a decent if not exciting meal. Food is good, not inspired; but execution is excellent which helps. Salmon was generous size and beautifully handled. Prawns flamed with tequilla, avocado and cilantro made an unusual and pleasing addition to a Caesar although salad was overdressed. Gnocchi w/shrimp and cherry tomato sauce was rather dull. Desserts are a "B": apple tart was overcooked apples and panna cotta on the heavy/rich side. Very good service; staff is well-trained.

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P
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for dinner pre-show, convenient to parking and theater.

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d
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely spectacular! Service was off the hook! Our Server was friendly, smart, professional.... yet very personable. She made our dining an outstanding experience.

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LC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very attentive and made our friend’s birthday celebration a nice one.

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CS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I was having a craving for pasta and found this had high reviews. Our waitress was very sweet. The food was fine, but it fell short from other homemade pasta locations. It was busy so we must have been there on an off night.

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M
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Danielle our server was fantastic! We would definitely go back when we are in the area.

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CM
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food and ambiance. We were there early in the week so it was not crowded and was quiet. Booth seat was perfect for relaxed and private conversation. Server was prompt and acccomodating and overall a great experience. Neither of us had been there before. The food was exceptional other than the chocolate sin cake - it was too spongey and very eggy. But two thumbs up on the linguini Massimo and wild salmon spinach risotto.

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D
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Relaxed atmosphere, very good food and the service was excellent. Our server Shawna was a pleasure to talk to, and she allowed my wife to customize her entree so that she got exactly what she wanted. We'll definitely be going back to Massimo's!

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D
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It's such a rare thing nowadays to visit a restaurant with delicious food and to be able to have a conversation with others in a pleasant atmosphere. There were four of us wanting to have a yummy meal while catching up with each other. Massimo's really fills the bill. I'm partial to the risotto with wild boar ragu while my husband loves the duck confit. All four of us were super pleased with our selections, the wine list and wonderful service. Everything was just right.

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S
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food + top flight service = an outstanding dining experience

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TS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious meal that stood out from the other ho-hum / just ok meals so many restaurants provide. Half off wine was a nice bonus. Really tasty halibut special with red pepper fettuccine --generous portion but didn't leave you feeling stuffed. Husband enjoyed the carbonara and said it was really really good. We will come back. :-)

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SA
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service. Can’t beat this long time Walnut Creek gem

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MB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had been here several years ago and enjoyed very much. My experience this time was a little disappointing. I had looked at the menu on line and the meal that I selected at the restaurant, which, I thought was the same was not. It was good, but I had my taste set for something else.

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PA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice venue: attractive, fine food, and attentive service.

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R
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

My wife and I have been trying various restaurants in the area and picked Massimo given its high ratings. When we arrived at the restaurant, we were told that because we had made the reservation earlier that day, we could not be seated in the main dining room, despite the fact that there were several vacant dining room tables that remained vacant throughout the duration of our meal. Our options were to sit either by the bar or outside. Given it was Saturday night and we were unlikely to find a reservation elsewhere, we opted for outside.

The quality of the food was sub-standard. The antipasto platter was not fresh and the pasta seemed like it came out of a box. For the prices, I'd expect fresh pasta. My veal was pretty good, but everything else was just sort of not quite right. My wife, who was born in Naples, Italy, felt like most of the menu items were inauthentic - e.g., cream based clam dishes, chorizo (??), etc.

Icing on the cake: Because of the last minute seating snub, I received an email from Open Table a few days later saying that my reservation was ineligible for points, I suppose because we were seated outside. Not that I'm hugely concerned with my point balance, but it was what prompted me to take the time to write this review. Honestly, it's probably the second bad review I've ever written in my life - we are typically pretty easy to please. We won't be going back here again.

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M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

We had been to Maximo when we firest arrived in Walnut Creek, 27 years ago. And didn’t return until now. We should have just stayed away. But the reviews made it sound wonderful. My wife started with the mixed green salad, which had lots of greens but the vinegarettc dressing had practically no vinegar. Someone came and doused it with lots of vinegar. My Tower of Heirloom Tomatoes was swimming in oil and the waiter just kept pouring on the vinegar. The Heirloom tomatoes were not as good as a tomato grown in our back yard.

For the main courses Amy had the steak, which she couldn’t eat, and I had sautéed sole with risotto. The fish was tasteless wasn’t creamy. No dessert. It’ll be another 27 years before we go back.

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m
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A very comfortable restaurant with a nice ambiance. Our waiter was very friendly and attentive. The menu is pretty straightforward Italian food which is nicely executed. I had a veal marsala which was delicious. Portions are large. Prices are very fair.

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Q
San Francisco
141 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good, the service was good and we liked the 50% off a bottle of wine so much, we had two.

Despite placing us in as quiet a location as possible (thank you!), the sound level was "animated."

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JC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have dined at Massimo’s on several occasions over the past 6 months and each visit has been outstanding ! The food was amazing and the servers were very attentive. Will continue to recommend to friends.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for our anniversary and birthday! Simply amazing. Danielle and the staff took such great care of us and the courses were out of this world. We will be coming back!

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YW
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We come all the time because it’s close and always outstanding. We brought friends that hadn’t been there in years, they were pleasantly surprised at the extraordinary experience

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c
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We always relax and enjoy our dinner at Massimo. It is peaceful, beautiful and the service is excellent.

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IH
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First-timer. Delicious food, great service for a pre-theater dinner with my mom. Our server Brian was attentive but not overbearing, offered suggestions when asked, and contributed to a very enjoyable dining experience. Would definitely go back.

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d
San Francisco
126 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten at Massino’s a number of times and it never fails to be a wonderful experience. It is a white-tablecloth fine dining restaurant with gracious service (no matter who is serving), a very nice ambiance, and great food. There is a full bar as part of the restaurant and an outside dining patio. And occasionally there is live music. The filet mignon was excellent as was the pork chop. The wine list is extensive with a large number of selections by the glass. Also, there is a nice menu of craft cocktails (try the Godiva chocolate martini – mmmm). A parking garage is located across the street.

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LB
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My first time at Massimo's. Will definitely come again.

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DS
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I would recommend this restaurant to everyone. It was casual, yet had that sophisticated atmosphere. It also had a full bar, which is rare these days. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. Very Italian and very tasty. The ambiance was that of a fine restaurant. I would definitely go again.

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K
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was very salty. Our table wasn’t ready when we arrived and then they were going to stick us in a corner but we asked to be moved.

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L
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Food was delicious and service was great! My family and I had great time!

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AZ
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every dish was excellent. The shrimp cocktail was so great shrimp so fresh and cocktail sauce tasty. The salads are excellent. The salmon was perfection as was the special halibut
Service from Laurie superb

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r
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were fortunate to have Danielle as our server, she is pleasant and efficient with a good sense of humor. My Veal Scallopine was cooked perfectly. My wife enjoyed her Halibut with polenta. It was a nice piece of fish that was not over cooked like many restaurants prepare theirs!

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LN
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved sitting outside. The food was delicious and our server went out of her way to make sure we were satisfied

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