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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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

99% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (27)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Good for a Date (22)
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Good for Birthdays (18)
Special Occasion (18)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Authentic (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Romantic (11)
Cozy (9)
Business Meals (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Casual (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Fun (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
People Watching (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Live Music (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 4 days ago

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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food5
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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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food5
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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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food5
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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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food5
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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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food5
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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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food5
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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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food4
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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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food5
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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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food5
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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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food2
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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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service4
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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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food5
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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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food5
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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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food5
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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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food5
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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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food4
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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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food4
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service3
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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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food5
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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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·Dined on August 7, 2017

Came here for my birthday. Food was excellent, the lady owner is very nice. We waited 10 minutes for our table to get ready even with a reservation all because the people at our table didn't want to leave.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fun
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 (Houston)·Dined on August 5, 2017

We were celebrating our 45th wedding anniversary and couldn't have been more pleased. There was a special on wine (all wine bottles half off) and the food was exceptional. Best of all, our waitress was super attentive, friendly, and helpful; even though she had a lot of patrons to deal with. We are anxious to return.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Service was fantastic. Food was amazing, particularly the prawns wrapped in prosciutto. Great wine menu. Would come back again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The food was fabulous: We had the VEAL SCALOPPINE and the cannelloni. They both were delicious! Our waitress was wonderful!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Always fantastic food & service at Massimo's any time any day!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Authentic, Seasonal, Healthy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 19, 2017

First time visit. Outstanding Calamari! Other dishes satisfactory. Service very good. Poor expresso. No foam on top. Sugar sank to the bottom of the cup. Overall, will return but will not order an expresso.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 18, 2017

We went for a birth celebration, 2 couples. Seated immediately. We each had a starter course and entre. My wedge salad was perfect. Others enjoyed their Cannelloni, Halibut, pork chop, and hmmmm (can't recall).

All was cooked to perfection. We have been here many times before. Always excellent

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Good food, pleasant surroundings and very good attentive and polite service

Tags: Great Beer, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Massimo is an old-school white table cloth restaurant, a true fine-dining restaurant. We dine here frequently and once again it did not fail to provide a great experience. The service, provided this time by Shawna, was gracious, friendly, accommodating, and very efficient. The ambiance of the restaurant is very nice with banquettes along a wall, window tables, and an outside patio. The menu has not changed much over the years, but it doesn’t need to. The Italian menu includes filet mignon, bone-in pork chops, duck breast, pan seared salmon and there is always a fish special. This time it was baked halibut on a bed of pappardelle. There is a full bar and a very nice wine list, including by-the-glass. There is a parking garage directly across the street.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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