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PRIMA Ristorante

4.6
1960 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Continental, Mediterranean
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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
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Phone number
(925) 935-7780
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Peter Chastain
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Catering
Prima can accommodate almost any catering needs.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lincoln
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Parking details
Valet parking is available for $11.00 with validation.
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Public transit
Prima is a few short minutes from the Walnut Creek Bart Station.
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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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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
What 1960 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

The food and service (thank you Amanda!) was outstanding!!

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Another wonderful dinner at Prima it never disappoints!

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vipPapalamma (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Couldn't say anything but a rave review. The food, service and ambience were great.

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vipsarif (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 5 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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Mark (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 6 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!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined 6 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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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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

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Shaun (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Truly impeccable service and great Italian cuisine.

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vipFussyeaters2 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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

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Obya (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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zacharys (San Francisco)
4.0  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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

The best in the Walnut Creek area

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KathleenD (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

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KevinK (San Francisco)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Great experience.

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DeacSatchmo (San Francisco)
5.0  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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viptutu (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

It was great!

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OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
5.0  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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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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.

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Sunny (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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!

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Ducky (San Francisco)
5.0  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!

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  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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TBD4 (San Francisco)
5.0  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!

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vipRusry11 (Los Angeles)
4.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  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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