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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.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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
Bonanza & Civic
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Limited catering is available. Please call for details.
A five-story parking lot is across the street. They validate for two hours.
Private Party Facilities:
The private dining room upstairs has a romantic atmosphere.
Private Party Contact:
Max Wolfe: (925) 932-1474
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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....
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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