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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!
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Prima can accommodate almost any catering needs.
Valet parking is available for $11.00 with validation.
Prima is a few short minutes from the Walnut Creek Bart Station.
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
Food was excellent. Service was extremely poor. Waited 15-20 minutes for initial contact by our waitress. Had to chase her down multiple times during the meal. Very different experience from our first visit a few weeks earlier when we had an outstanding server
PRIMA is my favorite restaurant in downtown Walnut Creek. The Tasting Menu is always great and I love it that you can get half portions on the pasta dishes half pours on some of the wines. We had Angela as our server last time and she did a great job. It is also nice that valet parking is available.
Prima is consistently one of the very best restaurants in the Diablo Valley. Certainly the best Italian cuisine. Chef Peter never ceases to amaze with creative dishes, from pasta to lamb, and of course the outstanding Florentine steak. We went with friends the other night and received the usual expert service and wine recommendations from Prima's friendly staff.
Amazing dinner and service to celebrate a Birthday! Really enjoyed our table at the front of the restaurant. It is a great indoor / outdoor space. Perfect for summer or warm fall nights. Our meals were delicious. Best Italian meal I have had so far in the East Bay. We really enjoyed the seasonal ingredients. Great wine menu too! We will be back!
The food was delicious. We had one vegetarian and the wait person didn't seem to connect the dots. The vegetarian salad had anchovies on top. We asked for vegetables with his spaghetti and no vegetables. The wait staff needed to consider who he was serving.
Prima is another restaurant that we hadn't visited in a while and craving Italian we thought we'd check it out on a busy Saturday night. We were seated in the rear dining room which was quieter than the main room but generally the whole restaurant is pretty quiet.
The service was initially attentive and the appetizers came out pretty quickly. The chef's selection of salumi was pretty good but was a huge portion. We asked for the $16 version and he brought us the $32 version so that explained the huge size.
Our main courses soon followed and both the tagliatelle and the pot roast were really good and we couldn't finish either after our salumi extravaganza. We sat there with finished plates for quite a while before our waiter stopped to check in and see if we were done, despite him passing us a few times. The back room was not exactly overflowing so not sure why the drop in service.
We finished up with the lemon curd dessert and that was really good.
Overall a nice experience with good food but I probably wouldn't want to go back for a few months to try anything else.
Service was poor. Server kept disappearing. Asked for wine and took forever. Said sorry very busy. Not our problem. Pork chop lukewarm and tough. air conditioning freezing over table and each time we asked to turn down , nothing happened. Literally blew our food cold. Restaurant needs updating. Bathroom was not kept up for evening and also needs upgrade. Been customers since late 80’s/90’s. We have a experienced Very disappointed.
I have mixed feeling about this restaurant. We got there a few minutes before our reservation but it seemed that we were overlooked clearly by another party who came in after us. I think they were setting up for dinner service when we got there which was fine with us. We actually approached someone a few minutes later but then I noticed another party was seated before us. I know for a fact that dinner is at 5pm so there was not way someone had reservations sooner than we did. The service was good and food was fantastic. I thought it was a little pricey for the portion size but I did really enjoy the food. We had dessert and coffee afterwards. Loved the coffee the dessert was so so. I think for me the biggest concern was having someone being seated before us as I find that very rude. Service for the staff that waited on as after we were seated would be 5 stars but I am only giving 1 because we did not get seated promptly. I has also noted that we were celebrating something when I made the reservation but no one asked us or followed up on that even when I got the call to confirm the reservation.
Having dined at Prima before many times for dinner and lunch, it has never disappointed me or my quests. The food is outstanding and the wine list is superb. The wait staff and hostess is always very accommodating. This is our favorite restaurant in the east bay and I would highly recommend it. We were there yesterday.
Prima never fails to deliver a well done, interesting meal with good wine paring. We often go for special occasions, this time was a birthday. We shared a salad, pasta, main, and dessert. All were outstanding. Service was attentive but not overbearing. We will return.
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