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Stanford's - Walnut Creek

4.2
714 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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Welcome to Your Neighborhood Restaurant & Bar! Whether you're craving fresh seafood, a gourmet burger, a perfectly prepared steak or another of our delicious offerings, come join the neighborhood crowd for lunch, dinner or our award winning happy hour. Signature dishes include our cedar… plank-roasted warm brie, our famous barbecue ribs, and delicious cocktails created by our experienced team of local bartenders.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Friday 11:00 AM-12AM Sat 11AM-12AM; SUNDAY BRUNCH AVAILABLE FROM 11AM-3PM!
OPEN DURING CONSTRUCTION! Complimentary parking spaces are available in the two public lots for your convenience.
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Phone number
(925) 944-0895
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Rick Green
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Main St & Broadway Plaza Blvd
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Parking details
OPEN DURING CONSTRUCTION! Complimentary parking spaces are available in the two public lots for your convenience.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access

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What 714 People Are Saying
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food
4.2
service
4.0
ambience
3.9
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 4 days ago

Not a great experience. The restaurant was nearly empty yet we had to wait a long long time for our order. I did not want a two hour brunch. The food was good though. However with the poor service, we will not return for brunch.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Reasonably good food but way over-priced. There are other 5-star spots for the same money.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Get together with friends had a nice dinner , thew waiter was friendly and not pushy Happy hours was the best for beer & wine , the food was tasty and well per paired.
I would go back

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Everyone was very helpful and listened well to requests

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1.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The waiter was rude. She slammed a glass of water at the table. Hardly checked up on us. When we got our food it was cold, like it has been sitting out for a while. Would never go back.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Very nice place and excellent food. We tried the Tomahawk and it was just delicious.

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Solid 4 rating good menu selection, quiet, and clean. Service was outstanding. Food was very good and tasty. Convenient to Main St. parking structure and the new Broadway Plaza retail stores.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

I would describe Stanford's as your typical chain restaurant food. Quite average in most ways but still enjoyable.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Service was terrific. Food was good and above average. Serving size was pretty generous. Ambient was also nice. Parking is street side meters, thus not so convenient.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

We enjoyed the portabello mushroom appetizer and the 2 steaks. Everything was delicious. Also we got a tasty bottle of wine for 1/2 off thanks to wine down Wednesday! Our server was pkeasant and attentive as well

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Met friends here for dinner on a Wednesday night. Wine was half off, so the evening started out on a good note. Our waiter was excellent - attentive but did not hurry us. We ordered the special (beef medallions with Shrimp w/sides of brussels sprouts and garlic mashed potatoes) which was very good. We also ordered Steak cobb salad which had plenty of advocado, bacon and steak. Since we were celebrating birthdays, they gave us a free dessert. It was a sampler with tiramisu, creme brule, chocolate mousse. All delicious and gave our evening the perfect ending.

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2.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The place is a little dated. I ordered the special of medallions and shrimp. The steak was chewy and had no flavor, the shrimp were gummy. The Brussels sprouts were burnt with no taste and the mashed potatoes were cold. The prices are way beyon was the quality of food is worth. The soda was watered down with no carbonation. The waiter did apologize and asked if I wanted something else to drink, apparently the soda was not going to be fixed. Won’t be back but the clue may have been no wait on a Friday night . The place was empty.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Overall good experience. Excellent service. Would definitely recommend for casual evening.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Great food..excellent service..very personable and knowledgeable servers. Food is delicious!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Excellent as usual! Whenever we come to Walnut Creek it is one of our favorite places to dine.

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2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

One of the servers, an older red headed woman, coming out of the kitchen was swearing- saying the “s-word”. We were seated next to the kitchen and we had children with us. Needless to say we were shocked to hear the expletive and showed a disregard for the few patrons there. It was not a good experience. Our server was nice but the food took long to come out considering we didn’t order a lot of dishes.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Had the top level steak--which was stringy and chewy. Prepared perfectly, but just a poor quality piece of meat for $30. Potatoes and veggies were excellent and cocktails actually made with liquor. Wife's chicken was tasty and crust but too much of it.

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3.0Dined on March 2, 2018

does not have enough waiters or inexperienced waiters at this time

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2.0Dined on March 1, 2018

We had dinner with another couple in the main dining room, and it would have been a much better experience if the service hadn't been so terrible. It took forever even to get a glass of water, then our server kept disappearing for long periods of time. He did get our special meal requests taken care of satisfactorily, but not our request for separate checks. Getting water refills was not easy nor getting our check because of his long absences. He had to re-do the check to separate it, but didn't get it correctly. By that time we just wanted to leave so we didn't have him re-do it again. The portion of 3 fish tacos was generous, but so so in quality. My husband's chicken parmesan was satisfactory, though. The wine list was excellent and reasonably priced.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

I am from the south and we love the BBQ spareribs.
Dont say that often.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

I always like to have lunch at your restaurant when I want to visit with a friend and want privacy to chat. The waiter was outstanding and lots of fun to interact with. We had a great time!
I love your booths because it affords some privacy.

I will be back,
Thanks!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great good and service by Lola. We thoroughly enjoyed her charismatic personality, recommendation with food and wine, plus Bloody Mary. Will return because of her.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

My friend wasn't happy with her quesadilla, but my salmon was very good. And they allowed me to have more vegetables in lieu of mashed potatoes.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Good service, quite

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

This will be one of the bad news, good news reviews.

First visit to Stanford’s and likely last. First, was met in a non accommodating way by host. We arrived 15 minutes early and had reservation, but were told to wait, despite restaurant not being busy. Then we were seated as wait as walk in guest arriving after us, in need of same table size were seated ahead us.

This family dinner last was quickly becoming a forgettable dining experience. In Stanford’s defense, I hope they figure things out as the appetizers were as good as I have had anywhere. Unfortunately, that was the last good thing on the food front. 4 out 5 of our main courses were messed up. Everything that could be wrong was... Prime rib was cold first and then when delivered hot, it was unbelievable bland (dining guest wouldn’t eat, but dogs loved). Next, requested baked potato with everything on the side and instead got mashed potatoes. When they delivered bake potato, it had everything on it. Even the burger ordered without blue cheese had it included.

Clearly the kitchen was not running well last night.

The reason why I didn’t completely pan Stanford’s on this review is they tried make everything right by adjusting my bill, without me requesting it. Oddly, service was good when we got attention, but unfortunate the pace was too slow. Management did try, but the food at a restaurant is why you return. With all the other great choices in Walnut Creek, I wonder how long Stanford’s will be in business, if others experiences are as poor as my dining experience was.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Good food, and good service.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Enjoyed our dinners for the most part. I was disappointed with the house slaw today with my rib dinner. It usually is very tasty but this time it was a bit bitter and not very good tasting. Overall our dinner was very good. It was an enjoyable evening.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

It was my son's birthday and we had a great time. Our waitress had knowledge of the menu and shared options (because it was our first time there-and we are picky eaters)!
We enjoyed the food as well as the atmosphere. There was a larger party that sat adjacent to us and their dinner in ng wasn't at all distracting!
My son loved his food and my two year old daughter even had a blast.
We will return (I may return alone- I truly enjoyed my halibut fish)!

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1.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Stanford's in Walnut Creek is the most poorly managed restaurant that I have been to in many years. Consequently, our experience was poor. Food was mediocre at best, and overpriced for the lack of quality provided. Service was poor due to the lack of competent management. Our first visit to Stanfdord's. And our last.

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2.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We were very pleased with the customer service. We had a party of 12 and were very late for our 5:15 reservation as we had a hard time getting out of San Francisco. They held our table for us which was greatly appreciated.
The food was less than stellar and not worth the $631 we spent. I will not be returning.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The service was good, its a nice restaurant for a small get together.

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4.0Dined on January 31, 2018

The drinks and service were great. I would have expected a $30 7oz filet mignon to have been a much better cut and cooked properly all the way through. It wasnt any better than Outback. And the green beans were overcooked and drenched in oil. The prime rib was pretty good. It's a nice restaurant and we appreciated the ambiance, but a little disappointed in the food.

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3.0Dined on January 25, 2018

We have liked Stanfords, and have gone to several in Restaurants Unlimited chains over the years. Sadly, this one has seen better days and is in need of an update. The staff is friendly, and the food is ok, but the place is really dark, and in need of some cleaning, maintenance and repair. This is the second time we have been there where the air conditioning blasts freezing air in the middle of winter, and the dining area was not all that pleasant. We ended up cutting our meal short just to get outside where it was warmer and raining.

It used to be a really nice place to go, but now it seems they only use the middle room booths and the bar during the day, which are dark and not very private for conversations if more than a few people are there. We have been seated in the booths the last few times we have gone, and the main area in back seems to be not used. The last time we were seated there was in 2012.

We will still go, because there are a few items we enjoy, but we won't be recommending it for visitors any more. It probably has too much competition from the newer restaurants in the area to survive without a remodel and new energy. It would be nice to be able to see outside, have a little more natural light, and not freeze from the vents. The newer remodeled downtown area really makes this one look tired.

The updated menus seem to also be going for a lower-priced appetizer-deal crowd rather than the fine dining crowd, so maybe the demographic has changed and it is no longer for us. I hope they can update and stick around.

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3.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Disappointed in the special menu "steak tacos", which came without any side dish (menu mentioned a type of cole slaw but that was actually in the tacos themselves. Also, last time I was at Stanford's, a year ago, I used a gift card which after paying, was returned to me with $14 of money supposedly left on it. Yesterday our waitress said there was zero residual money left on the card, which makes me wonder if our waitress last time somehow stole that money yet returned the empty card with a statement showing the "should be" residual value. Very disturbing, and it makes me wonder if gift cards are really a bargain or not, if there is no way to double check the actual remaining value.

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2.0Dined on January 15, 2018

The food and service was ok
I am a restaurant owner.
Sanford’s does something that is a large turn-off.
In California there is a high minimum wage for employees.
In my opinion that is the restaurants owners responsibility .
Sanford put a sign on the table advising all customers that they add 2.9% to the bill
Due to the minimum wage
They also note that this does not count as their gratuity so they want you to tip them above that also
This will make me not come back.
Again
It is the owners responsibility to pay for the employees if they were that concerned they should just raise the prices of the food

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3.0Dined on January 14, 2018

It was a Sunday night, and the place was full. Even though we were 8 minutes late for our reservation we had to wait, and then walked past a hole line of empty tables on our way to be seated. The service isn't quite what it used to be. The staff were nice, but they seemed rushed and not the normal attentive staff we are used to. The food was different, my basmati rice was very oily, and the burger on the Kruise burger was bland. Lastly, when my plate was brought to me, I was told that it was hot...and I looked at it as she placed it in front of me and her thumb was "in" my rice. Again, just a little off, and I hope it was because they were busy. We will be back as it's been a favorite for years.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Service was decent, drinks were good and the food was amazing.

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2.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Bar service and experience was better than the table dining. Sparking water was very expensive and entree name was misleading. A steak and shrimp “scampi” that literally only had one noodle. The red snapper jambalaya was very good though.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

I love that they never rush you at this restaurant. And no matter how long I stay they keep refilling my Diet Coke, water whatever I’m drinking.

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