Montecatini Restaurant - Walnut Creek

4.4
546 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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About

Montecatini's opening day was October 17, 1989, the day of the Loma Prieta earthquake in California. Since then, Montecatini Ristorante has become a place of true Italian dining experience in Walnut Creek, California. All our dishes are meticulously prepared with the finest and freshest ingredients. Our pastas and entrees are served piping hot from our kitchen to your table.

Currently, Montecatini is awarded "Best of East Bay 2017" for the Best Italian Restaurant in the SF East Bay Area by Diablo Magazine and "Best Pasta" by Walnut Creek Magazine. Our chef-owner Ermes Paulin has been our executive chef since our restaurant's opening day 28 years ago. A true Italian chef, Ermes was born in Vicenza Italy, and was classically trained in Rome at one of the finest culinary academy hotel in the world at the age of 17. Ermes is the heart and soul of Montecatini. You can find him at the restaurant almost every day creating the most delicious and consistently amazing dishes for everyone!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary European, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Dinner: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Tues, Wed, Thurs
Dinner: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Fri-Sat
Dinner: 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm, Sunday
Closed Mondays
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Phone number
(925) 943-6608
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Ermes Paulin
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Catering
Chef Ermes delicious cuisine can be served at your home, your office, Church or anywhere. Please see our catering menu at http://montecatinirestaurant.com/catering/

Here is one customer's review of us regarding our catering for her private party of 30 guests: "The folks at Montecatini went above and beyond when they catered our party. The food was a huge hit that our guests couldn't stop talking about and the process of working with them couldn't have been any easier. We would definitely use them again!" (Liani K)
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Main and Locust
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Parking details
We suggest parking at the Lesher Center for the Performing Arts Parking Garage on Locust St. and Civic Drive. (Rates most of the time:1st hour free, $0.50/hr afterwards.)
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Special events & promotions
Our dining room is available for meetings, private parties and special occasions. Please call us at 925-943-6608 to discuss.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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San Francisco
98 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Explorer - This was our first time at the restaurant even though we had walked by it a number of times since it is so close to the Lesher Theatre in Walnut Creek. It always seemed so crowded and noisy. It was crowded at 6 PM on the Sat. night we went there but the noise didn't interfere. The food was ample and outstanding. My husband and I both had soup and their special pork dish.The service was also very fast. There was so much food we had to take some home. Yes, we would highly recommend it and see why others have recommended it.

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j
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love for meal and atmosphere, Food is really good and the atmosphere is bustling with a lot of people and conversations.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service, combined with an easy to get to and park alternative to the normal Walnut Creek restaurants. We were having a business meeting and the owner and serving staff allowed us the privacy and the time to not only conduct our meeting but to enjoy the very good food.

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OT
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and great and vibrant athmosphere. Enjoyed an authentic Italian meal

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JS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Horrible service and cold food. We will not be going back. This restaurant used to be the best but our last two visits were terrible . Food was also bland and pasta watery. Had to get up from the table and ask for lemon (to add taste to the veal) and parmeasean cheese. Getting a drink refill was impossible and they forgot to serve my husbands salad with the rest of our salads. Then brought out the cold food and said they could put under a heat lamp if my husband wanted his salad.

Horrible! Save your money and go somewhere else. There are plenty of restaurants in Walnut Creek that blow this one away.

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LM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Wonderful restaurant - first visit for our party of 5. Service was slow. Very noisy - hard to converse. Food was plentiful and excellent!

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RO
San Francisco
85 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to celebrate our son-in-law's work promotion. Food was very good, service was good, although I didn't appreciate the server pouring all the wine in the bottle into our glasses at once. Food was as always very good, staff friendly and caring. This is probably our 4th or 5th time at this restaurant, and it has never left us wanting. We will go there again.

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F
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had asked to speak with ermes, the chef owner, because we brought friends from his home town, but he left. So disappointing .
Fran davis

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B
San Francisco
105 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best meal an service!

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RA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Plain awesome good Italian cuisine with everything fersh. you can't go wrong here.

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T
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed with service, menu, great location for after Theatre at the Lesher.

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YI
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Get there early. Great service, fast and you can have a conversation!

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G
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We both enjoyed our time here. Both entrees were great and the service was outstanding! We will be back.

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HV
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant with awesome staff! Very accommodating for a birthday celebration!

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R
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Montecatini! AMAZING food and wonderful staff...thank you!

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JD
Sacramento
22 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As always a wonderful dinner. Daughter's birthday and again the food and service was top notch. Standard Italian fare done well. An old school Italian place. A bit noisy, but worth it.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had a great dinner here last week. Service from starting with the host who had our table ready to go to the wait staff who were friendly and accommodating, was excellent. Wine selection is extensive and covers the gambit of locals to imports, bottles and glass. Food had an authentic feel to it and the hand-made gnocchi were melt-in-your-mouth good. All in all a great experience with good food. Will be back.

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CN
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Eat here several times a year and never been disappointed with food or service. We've had most of what is on the menu and all is equally good. Only recommendation is make a reservation as they can get pretty busy and it's often tough to get in.
Who doesn't love great Italian food!

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S
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My first visit and I loved it. My reservation was honored promptly, the service was wonderful and the food was the best Italian I've had in Walnut Creek. It was packed early on a Tuesday night; reservations are definitely a "must".

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Although Montecatini has been around for sometime it was our first time easting there. We will definitely go back as the food was excellent and our server, Mark, was exceptional- very attentive and polite. A very enjoyable evening, indeed.

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LP
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very very loud.
Food was good though

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. We have been patrons for 22 years!!

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m
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was mediocre, service was rush and it seems try to kick u out ASAP

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w
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

"Monte's" is a Walnut Creek favorite for good reason. Year after year of just plain excellent Italian food, a fun atmosphere, unpretentious, and works for couples, big families, and everything in between. Monte's is classic neighborhood Italian restaurant in every sense of the word. Eat their once and you'll be returning again and again, just like us.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best chicken piccata in the Bay Area. Also had the Chicken Rosmarino and the aioli was so delicious. Wish I could get the recipe.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and very good service! Highly recommend it!

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P
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

the food and service were excellent. Our server, Aida, was very helpful with suggestions. We shared the tomato pamadoro...tomatoes,mozzerella, basil. It was more than enogh for two people. the clam liguine was excellent...an abundance of clames. The place was full and the noise level was high. After 9 o'clock it went way down.

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M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very consistent restaurant that always satisfies me and my party.

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l
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place - it feels like a neighborhood spot - food is great service spot on and it's across the street from Lescher Center for performance events

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AZ
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Had higher expectations on the food then what we received, my Veal Scallopini was the best part of the meal and I was disappointed by the cheapness of the sides: Baby carrots which looked like they came out of a bag from Safeway and Broccoli which didn't look much better. They could do with a better selection of sides such as Organic Carrots & Asparagus or similar. Our other dish was the Shrimp Capellini which came with a whole pound of Capellini that was drenched in oil, dish could do with more flavor and much much less oils. Didn't bother with desert and our $10 salad was mediocre, wouldn't go back even with a Groupon deal as the total cost was way more than it should have been.

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B
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Danny the bar tender make you feel like a regular, my first time here and the service is like everyone is a VIP.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently delicious food with fair prices. Best Italian restaurant in the East Bay, rivals most in San Francisco as well.

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B
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a fun place to go for good food that is exceptional value. Across from the Dean Lescher theater so perfect for pre-theater dining. Can get a little loud at times.

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p
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

very good restaurant and the food was outstanding.. We enjoyed the carpaccio and the two
specials, cannelloni with veal and meat sauce and tagliarini with shrimp and artichokes

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LO
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My husband and I dined at Montecatini Restaurant recently with another couple. We all thoroughly enjoyed our dinner, and our server, Lauren, was awesome! Highly recommend this
long time Walnut Creek establishment for delicious old fashioned Italian food.

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f
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is always excellent! They could beef up their desert menu. Only a couple of choices and they haven't changed it in the last 15 years

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Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great find in Walnut Creek. Fantastic Italian food and great service. They know how to please a hungry patron. You won't be disappointed.

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T
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dining as always. Service, food & value are always exceptional. The small kitchen really puts out.

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KF
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful as ever. Osso Bucco was perfect.

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our twentieth anniversary and the food, service and wine suggestions were fantastic. My beautiful wife of twenty years telling me she was leaving.. yeah, that could have been better

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