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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

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4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (36)
Fit for Foodies (35)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Romantic (30)
Business Meals (27)
Authentic (26)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Cozy (20)
Worth the Drive (19)
Great for Lunch (15)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Good for Groups (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Tasting Menu (10)
People Watching (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Casual (6)
Seasonal (6)
Fun (6)
Bar Seating (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Healthy (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Went for birthday celebration and we both had the chef’s menu with wine pairings. It was an Italian Alpine menu, and we are going to that area soon, so we decided to try the menu. We loved the carefully prepared dishes with the wine pairings, best meal in a really long time! Costly, but very special.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

We had an excellent dinner with friends. The swordfish was memorable! The service was perfect and for my first time to Prima, a wonderful experience. Thank you!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

My chicken was fatty and gross. I returned it for a pork chop which was dry but the marinade on top was good - but overall a total miss. Pasta was average and they were stingy on the meat sauce. Service average.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

We recommend getting the chefs four course meal. It is divine and reasonable.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Truly impeccable service and great Italian cuisine.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

We arrived early after playing golf and were made to feel welcome. We were able to choose our table in a quiet section so we could easily converse while enjoying the fine food and service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was great. The service was slow and the waiter not very helpful when it came to ordering wine

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

The food wasn’t that great compare to the price ($400 for two). The menu didn't deliver a value or have a wow factor vs cost (I would value the food at $150 for two) actual value of the food $150v/$400c = 37.5%, 62.5% under delivered or inflated price. Nice place I would say.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Great food, service and knowledgeable about the wines of course. A bit noisy at times but I’d return

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Food was above average as was our very attentive waiter Alex. He was so aware of all of his tables and spent time to really elaborate on the menu and specials. He made for a very enjoyable dining experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 12, 2018

The best in the Walnut Creek area

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent food. The rack of lamb was the best I have ever had. The service was also great. The server recommended several items. Altogether I delightful evening.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Prima’s treated us to champagne on our special occasion of having met for the first time at Prima’s 15 years ago!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We were at Prima's to celebrate the birthday and the new home our client purchased from us. Our waiter was very attentive and the food was amazing. Everyone enjoyed their dinner and we had a nice cozy table to enjoy each other's company.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Service was very nice and they seated us right when we got there (little after our reservation time). It was a bit interesting as we had several different people/servers attending our table, but the service was still very good. My only complaint was the wait for soup wine and finally main course food was longer then expected. Overall the food quality was great. Full but not huge portions sizes with great flavor. With that said neither of our meals where beyond amazing. Finally I would say the room was quite and an older crowd. Great for dates and romantic evenings, but not a high energy experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great experience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

The atmosphere was quite relaxing and romantic, the food was exquisite and they were even able to put together a vegan dish that was absolutely delectable! Additionally, the service was exceptional and our server was very attentive and friendly. Our experience was absolutely delightful and we’re looking forward to dining there again!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

It was great!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Fabulous Italian food and wine! Prima is always one of our go to spots in Walnut Creek when we are in town.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

From start to finish PRIMA delivered on an amazing experience. Servers and hostess were charming and helpful with all questions. The food was indescribable, it was so good. Our party surprised the restaurant by bringing a cake (without calling prior) and were given amazing care. It was plated and served with the kind of detail the rest of their in-house creations were given, a beautiful touch of artistry. I can't wait to have an excuse to go back and experience PRIMA again.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We were celebrating my husband's birthday and had a wonderful evening. The food, ambiance and service was what made it so special. Our food server was attentive and made recommendations. We split a salad and two entrees and she made it quite easy to do. We had not been go Prima in quite a while given the prices, but the prices are justified for a special occasion.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My husband and I enjoyed an early evening “date night” at Prima this past Saturday. We cannot say enough good things about our evening! We loved the ambiance (cozy and romantic), the service (our server was Fallon, who was amazing), our pre-dinner craft cocktails (delicious), our meal (my husband thought that his rack of lamb was “the best he has ever had”), the wine recommendations during our meal (paired beautifully with our entrees) and the pace of our meal (perfection! We felt like we were in Italy)! We will definitely be back for a special date night, birthday or anniversary celebration!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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 on January 13, 2018

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 on January 11, 2018

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 on January 11, 2018

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 9, 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 7, 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 6, 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 6, 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 5, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Perfect as always!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 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 26, 2017

Most enjoyable

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

Great food and service.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 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 18, 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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