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About Stanford's - Walnut Creek

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.

1300 S. Main St
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

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.

Cross Street:
Main St & Broadway Plaza Blvd

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(925) 944-0895

Website:
http://www.stanfords.com/

Parking Details:
OPEN DURING CONSTRUCTION! Complimentary parking spaces are available in the two public lots for your convenience.

Executive Chef:
Rick Green

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access

Stanford's - Walnut Creek Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

90% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (20)
Cozy (19)
Good for a Date (17)
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Comfort Food (17)
Special Occasion (16)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Great for Lunch (15)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Business Meals (11)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Fun (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Romantic (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Healthy (5)
Authentic (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Seasonal (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Valentine’s Day

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 6 days ago

Good food, and good service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 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

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Late-night Find, Romantic, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Fillet mignon was perfect. Service was excellent and very friendly. Low noise level allowed for easy conversation with friends. Parking in parking structure next door easy. Perfect for a quiet new year.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Seating very crowded and seated on main aisle...lots of traffic thhroughout lunch. Service not up to usual experience. Disappointing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We had a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner. All our food was cooked perfectly according to our specific orders. Thank you for a great experience!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Cozy
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas eve and not many restaurants open. Chose Stanford's. Heard it wasa pretty good restaurant. Very dark, loud music playing constantly. Football on the TV. Very dark, badly lit. Personnel very friendly and helpful.Menu very limited andexpensive.Had the special Prime Rib.Had very little taste. Partner hAd the Halibut, very little taste. Very good wine. service good.

Tags: Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

My teen chose this restaurant for her birthday. In an attempt to make it special, I called and spoke to the manager in the afternoon prior to our 6:30pm reservation to let her know that it was a sorcial occasion.
Again, upon entering the restaurant, I told the hostess, who replied that she would let our server know. The keal was fine, as was the server, but not a mention was made nor was a dessert brought out. I didn't want to being it up in front of my daughter, so we just left. I would not choose this restaurant for a special occasion again.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Exceptionally nice and attentive server. Delicious cocktails. The ribs were also very good.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

As always, the food was wonderful. Only disappointments were :
No Christmas decorations up yet. The waiter said they were still in the box in the hall and it was already Dec. 12.

Then the walnut crusted brie was overcooked, dark and tasted burnt.
But the Rasberry Crush cocktail was yummy, and the Dijon chicken was excellent.

Tags: Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Ashley did a great job handling all 11 of us. And the hostess set us up in a nice table and location.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We went here for my birthday because we'd never tried it. The food was nothing extraordinary but we all had a good time. The restaurant is a little on the dark side, which I don't usually like. I liked that they were able to accommodate our big group.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Prompt service, friendly staff, generous portions...a nice holiday lunch!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

It was a great meal everyone enjoyed their lunch and the service was great as usual. We were celebrating our grandsons 16th Birthday and he really enjoyed his meal as did all 6 of us.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Tapas
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

As usual.. great service, great food and great ambiance!!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Healthy, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Everyone enjoyed the food and the chance for quiet conversation. Our server, Aarron, was very attentive and our food was served very promptly.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

My wife and I have been enjoying the food , friendly servers and pleasant atmosphere since Stanford's opened a long time ago. We feel that Macerich, the owner of Broadway Plaza has neglected Stanford's by blocking them behind what used to be a parking lot with a fence around it containing building supplies.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had an exceptional experience at Stanford’s on Thanksgiving. We we’re seated promptly and everyone was very accommodating. We will be back!

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Good for a Date, Cozy, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Overall the food was very good with great menu selection. For some reason this time the service was not as good as usual.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Casual, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Went here for Thanksgiving 2017. Was surprised to see the place packed at 630p and there was a little wait ... even if you had a reservation. The place did empty out around 8p. They had a Thanksgiving menu. We got the halibut, turkey, and ribs. They were all really good. Would definitely try this place out on a regular day to test out the food on their regular menu.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We were there for thanksgiving dinner. There was a limited menu and it was moderate to expensive in price. The kitchen sent out food that was lukewarm. Given the limited menu, they should have executed better. I cannot believe they execute much better during the weekend when they are busy. The water glasses sweat all over the table. They need coasters. I had to ask for an extra napkin to wipe off the table after our main courses. It was very disappointing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

While the place is a little pricey, the food was very good. We all had different things and all were good. The waiter was accommodating - switched the Brussels sprouts that came with my halibut for seasonable vegetables (that were very tasty). Had a children's menu with good options - not all fried! Parking is all metered 24/7 except on holidays, so be prepared to pay to park. We will differently go here again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Seasonal, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We went for Thanksgiving dinner. The prime rib was cooked perfectly. Service was good, especially for such a busy day. We will definitely return.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

My family and I had Thanksgiving dinner at Stanford’s and had lower expectations just because holidays can be iffy in terms of good service and high quality food. The food was very well done, the atmosphere and service were great - everyone agreed, so I highly recommend.

Tags: Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

The parking is not good. Only garage parking and we have to pay $5 after 3 hours.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We were celebrating two birthdays plus had an out-of-town guest. It was the perfect place - easy to get to, plenty of nearby parking, nice atmosphere, excellent service, good choices of delicious food (including gluten-free required by one in our party), and we were not rushed.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Cozy, Casual, Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Experienced Happy Hour in the bar. Service was great. Food was good and the price was right. Like the atmosphere as it is not so loud.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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