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About Montecatini Restaurant - Walnut Creek

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!

1528 Civic Dr
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Contemporary European, Wine Bar

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

Cross Street:
Between Main and Locust

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(925) 943-6608

Website:
http://www.montecatinirestaurant.com/

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)

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.)

Executive Chef:
Ermes Paulin

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

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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Montecatini Restaurant - Walnut Creek Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (17)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Special Occasion (14)
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Authentic (12)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Good for a Date (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Fun (9)
Casual (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Romantic (7)
Bar Seating (5)
Business Meals (5)
Cozy (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 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.

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Business Meals
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food5
ambience4
service5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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food5
ambience4
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·Dined on October 19, 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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

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

Tags: Comfort Food
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fun
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food4
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Always the best meal an service!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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

Tags: Local Ingredients
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food4
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date
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food5
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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food4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Live Sports, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Business Meals
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food4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 1, 2017

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!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Bar Seating, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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food5
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service5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 24, 2017

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".

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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food5
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Very very loud.
Food was good though

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service4
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 9, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2017

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

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food3
ambience3
service3
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 28, 2017

"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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fun
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food5
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·Dined on July 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Great food and very good service! Highly recommend it!

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Casual
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating
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food4
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 29, 2017

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour
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food2
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 21, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Fun, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

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

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 11, 2017

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

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Notable Wine List, Live Sports, Happy Hour
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2017

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 25, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 21, 2017

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

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Wonderful as ever. Osso Bucco was perfect.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 16, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The food is excellent! The service is impeccable. I recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves Italian food. Everyone in our party loved the dining experience.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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