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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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4.7

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4.7

ambience

4.6

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4.2

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Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (56)
Good for a Date (52)
Notable Wine List (51)
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Good for Anniversaries (51)
Romantic (46)
Fit for Foodies (46)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Business Meals (32)
Creative Cuisine (32)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Worth the Drive (25)
Authentic (23)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Cozy (20)
Good for Groups (17)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Great for Lunch (14)
Tasting Menu (12)
Local Ingredients (11)
People Watching (11)
Fun (10)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Healthy (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Casual (6)
Seasonal (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Organic (5)
Kid-friendly (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Tapas (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Music (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Fabulous lunch for my birthday. Great menu selection and equally magnificent wine options. We had an amazing pizza appetizer that was so light yet intensely flavorful - then a Calimari salad that was amazing. Had fresh shrimp grilled to perfection. The freshness relates to Chef Peter Chastain’s passion for intense freshness and flavor. Wonderful!!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Cozy
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

food was good...wine prices are way too high (have been a wine collector for years and have some of the wines they carry in our cellar and their mark up is sometimes 300 per cent...crazy dumb in my view)

like the ambiance...

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

I have been to Prima several times, they never disappoint! The menu changes so you can always find something new Chef Peter has created. The wine list is extensive and there is always someone helpful to recommend a great pairing with your menu choices.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I always say the same thing after dining at Prima. The food is great and the service very professional. Walnut Creek is a happening place.

Tags: People Watching, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Cozy, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Haven’t been here in a while. E#verything was excellent, although a bit pricey.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

My husband took me there for my 65th birthday dinner. The food was wonderful and the waitress was great. Would definitely recommend Prima for any occasion. The whole staff was very attentive.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Prima's food is beyond excellent and the service is stellar. Always a wonderful experience!

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Prima is an excellent restaurant in Walnut Creek. The food is exquisite. The ambiance is lovely. The service is among the best around.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Consistently one of the best restaurants in Walnut Creek.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had a lovely lunch, celebrating my birthday and the champagne made it even better, definitely go with the ravioli!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Always dependable lunch or dinner spot. Consistent quality of food, great Italian wine selection, friendly staff.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Very pleasant, private feeling with a delicious meal!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Christopher our waiter was great, and did an excellent job.

Tags: Authentic, Tapas, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Have gone to Prima for years & it
Never disappoints.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The service was impeccable as always and the food was delicious. We were entertaining foodies from Boston. I believe they were surprised to find such fine dining in Walnut Creek.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We were celebrating our anniversary and were given a lovely table and complimentary champagne upon arrival. Lovely way to start our meal. The food was delicious!

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Prima has been our first choice for special occasions for many years. We especially enjoyed attending the Beaujolais Parties in previous years.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Always excellent. A bit pricy, but I knew that going into it and still went!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Our meal was fabulous. Service was excellent. Recommendations from both waiter and sommelier were spot on. Can’t say enough good things about our experience!

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Spectacular food with warm, friendly, professional service. The entire experience was excellent. I was traveling on business with 3 other work associates and we were all in agreement that we will return again in the near future

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Prima is a real gem in Walnut Creek. The Italian cuisine, particularly the homemade pasta, is exceptional, the service is personal and knowledgeable, and the atmosphere is warm and class. This place is a home run.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Dinner was amazing and all the wait staff is very nice. We sat outside and it was lovely!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

One of our best dinners out in a while. The service was excellent and everything was delicious. We'll be back.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fun, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Service was great. Main selection of pasta are small as well as the wine by the glass seemed small to me.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Probably the best restaurant in the area! The food is absolutely fabulous!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Portland)·Dined on September 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 17, 2017

My fiance and I had a great night. The service, food and wine were all excellent.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Wonderful cocktails. Great pasta and main courses and the service was very attentive and professional.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Excelent service, nice place and delicious food. My husband and I had a great time

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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