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Montecatini Restaurant - Walnut Creek

545 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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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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Chef Ermes delicious cuisine can be served at your home, your office, Church or anywhere. Please see our catering menu at

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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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.
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Gift Card
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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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipexplorer (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 26, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 24, 2017

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on October 18, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 13, 2017

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

vipRomanticOnes (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

vipFrancesca (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

We had asked to speak with ermes, the chef owner, because we brought friends from his home town, but he left. So disappointing .
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vipBarb (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

Always the best meal an service!

vipRADN (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

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