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PRIMA Ristorante

4.7
2000 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for Anniversaries
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 2000 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The John Dory Special was very delicious. The staff was very accommodating and friendly.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Great food. Can be a little slow at show time on weekend.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We dine at Prima frequently and the reason is simple. This restaurant is simply exceptional in every way. The food is delicious every time and the service is terrific every time.

How can you beat that combination?

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We have eaten here many times before the theatre and never have been disappointed. This last meal was superb. Full of flavor and textures and they were wonderful. Both of us had pasta dishes. Finished off with Tiramisu. Service was spot on.

We always come away pleased.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We love dining at Prima - the food and service are always excellent - and this was no exception. The table behind us was ridiculously loud- we couldn’t hear our conversation and I left with a headache. Not Prima’s fault but maybe they should have offered to reseat us. You couldn’t miss how loud this table was.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Incredible Wine List and amazing food. Frank the Sommelier was truly amazing knowledge of Italian wines and we were able to compare pallet notes with each other and he nailed it!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Prima was the best restaurant in Walnut Creek when we moved here 26 years ago and it is still the best restaurant in Walnut Creek, if not in all Contra Costa County. I had braised romaine hearts as an appetizer and my wife a beet salad which were both delicious. My agnolotti (stuffed shells with cheese) and our friend's capellini with Prawns were outstanding as well.
My had wife a vegetarian entree which would make a vegeterian out of the most devoted carnivore and our friend's risotto entree was excellent as well.
Our server was pleasant ,knowledgeable and efficient. Dining out does not get better than this.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Service was excellent! Food was wonderful. There was even music.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Wonderful in every way. Do not miss the warm olives, risotto with chicken, short rib ravioli, budino and chocolate raspberry dessert. Very attentive service and outstanding wine list. Had a wonderful 2 and 1/2 hour lunch.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Very noisy good food good service

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

excellent food and service. there wasn't any salt and pepper on our table we had to ask for it ....but it wasn't an issue

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great food, great service, only issue was that 1 of our table seats was too close to another table.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

How lovely it was to be greeted by the hostess and the wait staff on our anniversary. We had a choice table--window seats in the solarium. The room turned out to be noisier than expected but great for people watching on Main Street. The wood fire roasted romaine ends with pecorino was delicious--a different addition to our meals. A plus for us was having quite a selection of good wines in the half bottle.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Awesome!! Great food and service. Prima is a wonderful place to eat.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Our server, Andrea, was very attentive. The food was excellent. There were four of us: two ordered the chicken, one the lamb and one the beef steak. We were all pleased. We plan to dine there soon.

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3.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Great appetizer and meal; dessert was just ok, overt sweetness of American suburban restaurants. Service was poor. We were offered a complimentary appetizer for late attendance of the waiter but the service remained poor throughout.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

I have been to Prima many times and the mark of a great restaurant is not just great food, but also great food all of the time. Prima is consistently great, and this consistency also carries over to its service and ambience. It isn't cheap for Walnut Creek standards but it's every bit as good as the top Italian restaurants in San Francisco that are considerably more expensive. Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Celebrated friend’s 80th birthday. Food was excellent but noise level was an issue.

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3.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Food portions not generous, but tasty. Pricey. Service was uninvolved but polite.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We have been eating here for 30years and have always been amazed by Peter’s cooking. His food is creative and clean.
We often wonder why we eat any place else!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Brought a friend here who was visiting from Canada who is Italian and a vegetarian. Lots of options for her. Had a fabulous meal and our server was fantastic. Will definitely dine here again !

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Great dinner with options for specials of the day.
Service was great. We love the valet parking

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

The food was imaginative, well prepared and the presentation was elegant. The service was outstanding without being obtrusive. Thank goodness there was valet parking available, on weekends this is a very busy area.
This was our first visit and we will definitely return, hopefully soon.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Prima is our favorite restaurant in the Walnut Creek area. Food is authentic, wine list is great, and service fantastic. A can’t miss dinner!

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants in Walnut Creek. It’s been a staple in the community for decades.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Absolutely outstanding food and incredible and attentive service

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Food and service great. Unfortunately we sat out on the porch by the windows and it was quite loud and noisy out there. Best to stay in the main dining area.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Excellent. Attentive wait staff. Waitress had a good sense of humor. Accommodated our special wine request. Made inquiries of the chef for an "off the menu" item. First choice for a restaurant in the Walnut Creek area. I have been a steady customer since it was just a one door wine shop 25+ years ago.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

This is my favorite restaurant. I've been eating here for 20 years. They have the best Pork Chop but this time one of the two was over cooked. We should have sent it back.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Delicious lunch but spendy. Our lunch was $100.00! The lunch menu is limited and pricey. Nonetheless we had a nice lunch. The warm olives were the best. I had the monkfish which was flavorful and well-prepared. My husband had the cannelloni, also yummy. Be prepared to drop some cash when you dine here.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

I was with a friend for lunch...it was a rainy day so we were able to sit in the smaller dining room with a fire going............which was lovely ambiance. Our waiter was Antonio and he was excellent! Service was superb (granted, the restaurant was not full and busy) but still, he took care of us. I had the monk fish which was a bit pricey but very tasty. My friend had the minestrone which she said was delicious. We were the last ones dining but we were able to stay a bit longer as we were having a great discussion...........and they let us stay. All in all a favorable experience. Would highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Prima is a favorite place. Chef Peter is an amazing talent. He does not get the acclaim that he deserves. He makes our favorite dish ailio olio if we ask nice. Jordana is a special lady too. She makes so sure that you feel at home and enjoy everything. Frank will help you manage the perfect wine list if needed. Love this place!!

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

We are somewhat biased, since we have been going to Prima for over 30 years and counting plus have seen managers and wine specialist become owners. It is truly a remarkable spot very very nice people....

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I have been enjoying Prima for more than 20 years. Always excellent.
Fine and extensive choice of wines to complement the meal.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I have written many reviews for Prima over the past ten years and I have stated that Prima is the absolute best restaurant in the bay area. I feel qualified to make that statement as I am a retired restaurant owner and I know quality and excellent service. Also I have traveled extensively, Europe, South America, Central America, Japan, China and the Caribbean. So if you appreciate excellent food, an extensive wine selection and exceptional service make a reservation at Prima, you will pleased that you did.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Made reservations here for an anniversary and the staff was outstanding! The food was tremendous and it made our special event that much better! We will continue to dine here for all our special occasions.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Best restaurant in Walnut Creek for over 25 years. We ordered fish, beef, lamb, and pork, and every dish was done to perfection. Glad to have this fine dining option in our local downtown.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Wonderful dinner. Food was fantastic. Som was helpful and Chris our waiter made an enjoyable evening even more fun!

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Another wonderful dinner at Prima it never disappoints!

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