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About PRIMA Ristorante

Guests from the Bay Area and the world over celebrate Italian sensibility in this stylish ristorante, with the comfort and sophistication reminiscent of Florence and Rome.
Dining at PRIMA is like taking a culinary journey throughout the regions of Italy. Executive Chef, Peter Chastain, changes the menu daily, using the freshest of nature's bounty - creating a dazzling mix of the finest ingredients, resulting in authentic Italian cuisine that is exquisitely pure and immaculately simple.
Of course, dining at PRIMA wouldn't be complete without a choice of over 1,600 wines from international "artisan" producers. With PRIMA VINI retail wine shop adjacent to the restaurant, guests may purchase their favorite vintage to take home, or special order wines through PRIMA VINI's wine clubs.
PRIMA is the perfect venue to celebrate a special occasion, linger over a sumptuous meal, or design a special dinner party (with customized menus and wines to match) Buon Appetito!

1522 North Main St.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Continental, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; BAR Service Available 2:30pm - 5:00pm Mon thru Saturday; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Lincoln

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(925) 935-7780

Website:
http://primawine.com/

Catering:
Prima can accommodate almost any catering needs.

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available for $11.00 with validation.

Public Transit:
Prima is a few short minutes from the Walnut Creek Bart Station.

Executive Chef:
Peter Chastain

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Visit our website www.primawine.com/events.php to view a list of our up coming special events and Friday Night wine tastings. Note that BAR Service Available 2:30pm - 5:00pm Mon thru Saturday.

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PRIMA Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
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4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

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Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (51)
Notable Wine List (43)
Good for a Date (40)
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Good for Anniversaries (39)
Fit for Foodies (38)
Romantic (33)
Good for Birthdays (31)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Business Meals (26)
Worth the Drive (26)
Authentic (24)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Cozy (19)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Good for Groups (15)
Great for Lunch (14)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Local Ingredients (12)
People Watching (11)
Fun (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Comfort Food (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Seasonal (8)
Casual (5)
Healthy (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Organic (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Hot Spot (2)
Tapas (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Wife and I went for our first time last weekend. We had an underwhelming appetizer but it was made up by incredible mains courses (chicken with polenta, and the pot roast)! Service was great, wine menu extensive, overall excellent!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 4 days ago

Bartender was very busy. He did not get to our friends drink order at all and they were at the bar for at least 15 minutes. Bartender not friendly at all.

They will only allow you to bring in 2 bottles for cot age fee even though we had six in our party. We like to bring our own wines As we belong to several wine clubs.

Waitress was very good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Great service, food and friends!
Birthday celebration with a surprise element and our server was quick to play along.
Thank you!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

The ambiance and service great. Their food is just average. I ordered pork chop. It was very fatty and wasn't prepared well. I do not recommend it.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

As always is was delicious - all three of us had the Ahi special and it was perfect!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 10, 2018

2nd time with poor service and a lack-luster meal. Server had an attitude to not make what I asked for but To Sell me what was a standard menu item. Not a big deal but the lack if flexibility and average tasting food will not get me back to visit again

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Classy place with good quilts. Loved the cauliflower & grilled octopus

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Excellent food and service. It was very loud, and occasionally became impossible to hear, but some people like that atmosphere. It was very loud when we arrived at 7:30 but by 8:30 the background noise was reduced, so eat later if you like a quieter atmosphere. Daniel was our waiter and was the peak of professionalism and poise.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We had a great family dinner. We were seated quickly. Our server was prompt, knowledgeable, friendly and attentive to our table but did not hover. Everyone enjoyed their entrees, the wine suggestion by Frank was great as usual and the deserts capped off a great meal.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We have been to Prima many times and it never disappoints. The food is spectacular and the service is friendly and attentive. The wine list is lovely and knowledgeable people can discuss choices with you. The food reflects the seasons and certain regions of Italy. There are enough choices to satisfy any appetite or food requirement and the kitchen has been known to modify menu choices as well. The meal is well paced and we leave relaxed and satisfied. And of course knowing that we will happily return. Sometimes Chef Peter even makes a visit at our table...

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Worth the Drive, Organic, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 5, 2018

Perfect as always!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

excellent food and service, but expensive. The prix fixe menu on New Years Eve had an appropriate amount of variety.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

A wonderful dining experience! The short rib ravioli and ribeye steak are the best I have ever had!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Most enjoyable

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great food and service.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

I have been to Prima well over a dozen times over the last 16 years and held a company dinner there. I made reservations for Christmas eve. I had asked for a quiet table when I arrived, and the hostperson inquired if I would like a table in the fireplace room as a party had finished their meal. Sure, and I would wait. After waiting 15 to 20 minutes for a fireplace table I was instead seated at a table that was adjacent to a doorway that led to the fireplace room. When I was seated, I happened to notice that a table was vacant in the fireplace room and was told that it was reserved for someone else. No one ended up being seated at it in the hour I was there.

My table was directly in the path of a pass-through area. This was not a quiet table and I had to switch sides just to avoid being grazed and occasionally bumped by the servers coming to and from it. In fact, this was one of the least desirable tables in the place. So much for years of my patronage.

The server seem inexperienced, was slow, and failed at key metrics. The entree was acceptable, although swimming in sauce which overwhelmed the pasta itself. I did not have time to raise these issues as I was running on a tight schedule and needed to be somewhere else.

This is not what I expect of a restaurant of this caliber and at the higher price point. Although I have in he past written favorable reviews, I cannot currently recommend this restaurant. There are better options right in Walnut Creek that have never failed me.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Met a colleague and partner for lunch. The service was great. We were seated promptly and the waiter was over asking for a drink order very quickly. The ravioli with sage and butter and the beet salad were fantastic. I loved sitting by the fireplace!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Came here for my parents’ 34th anniversary. What a gem. Service and ambiance were terrific. The steak, pizzeta and tiramisu were delicious. The tagliolini pasta, lamb and burrata were just alright. We had a wonderful time overall.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Another wonderful meal at Prima. My wife and I treat this restaurant as that “special” restaurant when food, service, experience all has to come together on a consistent basis. Chef Peter is a master...the staff is exceptional and always striving to provide the best service. I rarely go into the city when I have this special restaurant in the east bay. If you don’t try this place, you are missing out on a truly great experience. Tip...don’t pass up Gnocchi when you have the opportunity here :)

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

We brought over some very close friends to dine their for the first time. Everything was excellent from Jose the waiter all the way through the meal. Outstanding ambiance and decor.

Tags: Cozy, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

One guest's meal was inedible, too salty and still half frozen. The bill was incorrect.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

I have gone to Prima the last 2 years for my birthday and it never disappoints! Food and the service was excellent!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Wonderful meal and fantastic food. The chef, Peter and the wine list and the service are all exceptional. BEST place in the Bay Area for a lovely evening with family and friends for a relaxing perfect dinner!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

It was all good! IT was a birthday celebration and was so delightful I would recommend to anyone...

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Very ecelctic menu. Nicely prepared, however, our guests ordered their lamb medium rare and it was cooked to well done. Not wanting to make a scene, she did not send it back. i would have.

Other than that (fixable) problem, always a great experience.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

I was very pleased with the service and the selections that we made were delicious and everyone was very comfortable

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Consistently good food and fantastic service - Amanda -thank you! And, the wine list is second to none!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Service was so slow we really wondered if they had no shows for wait staff

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Very good food. Parking is problematic. Cost is a bit on the high side.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

The food was quite good, although the menu was rather small. We were seated in the front of the restaurant in the atrium section and as it filled it became increasingly loud in there until we had to focus to hear each other while trying to have a conversation. A bit too loud for my taste.

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·Dined on December 5, 2017

Food was awesome. Service outstanding. A great dining experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

We went to Prima for my wife's birthday. The waiter was personable and very helpful. The food was delicious and the drinks were great too. We missed our favorite app. but the chef replaced it with a great and different item. Prima is a wonderful place for a date or a special occasion. We will be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Romantic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We haven't been to Prima for many years and now that we're bacj, the food continues to be outstanding..This is a must !

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Good for Groups, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Good service, VERY LOUD, no gluten-free bread or pasta options.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Exceptional food. Extensive wine list. No brainer.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Quite average for the price; so i see little value in this restaurant. Looks very tired, awkward seating locations in spots; food just average. Nothing special here. Don't bother.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We have enjoyed many fine dinners and the service has always been perfect. However, this time the bartender was also our waiter. While he did his best to provide us with good service he was really stretch between tables and manning the bar. Hopefully in the future this will not happen again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Prima is an excellent choice for a special occasion. The chef - Peter Chastain - is creative, and a great cook! The staff is professional; service excellent; special requests accommodated (a quiet table, a combination of antipasti). Recommended without hesitation.

Tags: Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We had a wonderful time and enjoyed the food and the wine. We had assistance from the sommelier for pairing with seafood spaghetti and lamb and swordfish. It was a great super Tuscan . He also assisted with the grappa choice paring with lemon tart. We also purchased the House olive oil which is lovely. They never rushed us. We eat here at least once a year .😀

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Thought the menu and wine was a bit pricey for the offering. A biscotti served with the $6.50 cup of cappuccino would be a nice touch as well as some mints and toothpicks upon leaving. Access to valet parking for a handicap person was a challenge.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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