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!
Italian, Continental, Mediterranean
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; 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.
Private Party Facilities:
PRIMA offers both private and semi-private parties.
Private Party Contact:
Lori Johnston: 9259357780x26
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
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.
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PRIMA Ristorante Ratings and Reviews
We went for lunch on a Saturday afternoo ...
We went for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. We were both craving a classy Italian lunch-- you know, fresh homemade pasta with a rich sauce and nice glass of wine. Walking by a couple of weeks earlier, it looked busy for Saturday lunch but when we arrived for our rez, there was no one in the restaurant (1PM). We therefore had a quiet table. The lunch menu only had one pasta dish that fit the bill, however, when ordered the sauce was still in progress and wasn't servable. We each had a starter-- mine was better-- the tonno and white bean salad which was made especially good with fresh mint. For mains, I had a salad with grilled seafood and he had the short rib ravioli with a broth or butter sauce. It was all good, the wine was nice, the service was fine, but it didn't hit the spot and was pretty expensive for lunch ($144 for two if I recall... one glass of wine each).
$25 is way too much for corkage. This l ...
$25 is way too much for corkage. This little fee is getting out of hand generally. I understand the insult to the wine list implied in bringing your own, but the cure is to rationalize the prices on that wine list, and reduce the 100% gross margins.
I won't be back at Prima unless this gouging stops.
We enjoyed a variety of lunch options. ...
We enjoyed a variety of lunch options. The ahi salad was outstanding. The roasted chicken was reported as excellent as was the halibut and calamari salad. We had to go back to work after lunch so we had no wine which is sad because the wine list is extraordinary. One of us had a salad before the entree and we shared two desserts. It was all wonderful but $46 dollars a person, no wine, and. $48.00 tip forces us to enjoy Prima only on very special occasions.
One bonus to remember is the remarkable wine store attached to the restaurant with a knowledgable and truly helpful staff. Also, the valet is $11 plus I gave him a $7.00 tip because it is not included in the $11 valet charge. It all comes together for a very expensive and outstanding lunch in a very attractive dining experience.
Walnut Creek excellence. Prima is our go ...
Walnut Creek excellence. Prima is our go to for any occasion. The food is great and the wine list is tremendous. Chef Peter is known for Northern Italian, but everything is good. The grilled romaine salad is always fabulous. We had two pastas. Both were delicious. The staff is terrific. Home away from home.
Visited for my wife's birthday. Everyone ...
Visited for my wife's birthday. Everyone made the occasion extra special. Amazing food and staff! Every course was incredible . And there was no rush as we took our time. They have an exceptional wine list but I brought something special from my cellar and they were absolutely fine with that.
Prima always shines. We went for my hus ...
Prima always shines. We went for my husband's birthday, with another couple whose wife shares the birthday (not the same year). We ordered wine tastes of champagne before our meal and again with the meal. None of us are big drinkers, but at Prima one needs to pair the meal with wine. We had a slow, meal with very attentive service. They did not push us out as we sat and visited for some time after we had paid our check. We find Prima to be a great place for a special occasion meal and have come here often. It never fails to impress.
Remarkably excellent food. The wine lis ...
Remarkably excellent food. The wine list is superb. The sommelierr knows the wines very well and much to our amazement selected a wine more reasonably priced than we might have chosen and it paired beautifully with the meal. The tables are not jammed together like so many good restaurants these days so it is a wonderful restaurant where one can have a conversation. The restaurant was full at 7:00 p.m. but almost empty at 8:45 when we left. So good spot for later dining. We can't wait to return!
This is a special place for me. I have t ...
This is a special place for me. I have taken my mom there for Mother's Day; my girl friend for any-old day; my business colleagues to smooze; and my Warriors buddies to commiserate. Yes, this place with its food, service, ambiance and wine list, met every challenge. First, it's about the food. The Italianesque cuisine is never over-fussy or over-saucy. Peter, the chef/owner, lets the ingredients and the cooking technique shine-without smothering the food in flashy sauces or baroque presentation. Any pasta dish is exquisite, and the meat, poultry, fish (steak, lamb, chicken, duck, fish, and pork on a rotating basis) are not after thoughts. These preparations are simple and honest, reflecting a true understanding of the food. The service is always special. The wait staff is professional, but with personality. The wine sommelier is there, if needed, but neither pushy nor a know it all pain in the a... The ambiance fits the cuisine: pleasing, but understated and not in competition with the food. Two thumbs up!
Hadn't been to Prima for a few years, bu ...
Hadn't been to Prima for a few years, but they are as good or better than I remember. Food was outstanding, excellent service, wine list off the charts, and friendly people as always. Hostess remembered me from two years ago - awesome!
We enjoyed our evening immensely! We wer ...
We enjoyed our evening immensely! We were celebrating my daughters 21st birthday and wanted a lovely dinner with drinks. We could not have chosen better! We started with a Manhattan and a Persephone, both lovely. We split the salumi platter and grilled romaine salad, continued with linguine con vongole and cannelloni, again split the Tuscan pot roast and finished with tiramisu and cafe affogato. It was an incredible meal that was served beautifully over 2.5 hours by Ricky. We took our time and never felt rushed. We will be back for another special occasion.
We've enjoyed PRIMA before, so I booked ...
We've enjoyed PRIMA before, so I booked a table for our anniversary. Unfortunately, we got an awful table right by the front door; I was cramped in a corner. While my husband enjoyed his entree, the "Tuscan style potroast," my New York strip was disappointing--just not a good cut of meat. We'll go back, but I'll be pickier about where we sit and what I order.
It was an awesome dinner for my son's Birthday (over 21 years by the way...). Our waitress was superb - she listened to who we are, found ways to make our dinner even better, and overall made us feel very special. The food was excellent from start to finish, and we could not have enjoyed the time spent at PRIMA Ristorante any more than we did. Kudos to the whole team who obviously work together well to make a delightful evening.
I had the Halibut, which had been sautée ...
I had the Halibut, which had been sautéed with capers on top. Fava bean side. Two fairly generous cuts of fish. I typically order a fish disk when going to Prima, and have always been pleased. I little pricey, but very good quality. I like the al fresco dining when weather is nice.
A Special Occasion
I wanted a special place to celebrate my wife finishing her 18th Chemo treatment there in Walnut Creek. I asked her nurses and everyone recommended Prima for that special occasion. I was specifically interested in a quiet, romantic location, with emphasis on the cuisine, service, and ambiance. On the day of our meal, I received a call from the general manager of Prima. She had read my Reservation Request and advised me that a portion of the message did not come through, for whatever reason. I went ahead and informed her of all I had requested and wanted this occasion to be a special one for my wife. Upon arriving at Prima, we were immediately greeted by a friendly server who, upon checking our reservations, took us to our table. It was a perfect location, away from the general crowd, near the fireplace, tucked away in a corner where we could be alone and enjoy the moment. The manager appeared shortly, introduced herself, and welcomed us to Prima. Our server was first class, and he saw to our every needs. There was no rush, and trust me, we took our time enjoying the entire event. The cuisine was fantastic; my wife had the risotto, I the ravioli. The wine list long and spectacular. Of course, we saved room for desert and my wife ordered the tiramasu while I had the lava cake. The entire evening was made special by Prima's manager seeing to our EVERY needs and requests, even went as far as presenting us with a complimentary glass of champagne for the event.
If you come looking for a cheaply priced dinner meal, over the counter service and soda dispenser, then don't come here! However, if you want a 5 star restaurant, with the excellent service, cuisine, wine and ambiance, a location to impress your spouse/date/partner and make that person feel first class ... Prima is the place to go in Walnut Creek. Remember the old saying... you get what you paid for. And you will definitely get your money's worth at Prima. We can't wait to go there again!
Always a pleasure to visit Prima
We've been going to Prima since around 1990, it's always a pleasure to dine at Prima. They have a great wine list and I like how the menu changes with the seasons. We will continue to visit Prima, and if you have a chance you should also go for one of the wine pairings as well.
it took nearly 30 minutes to get bread! ...
it took nearly 30 minutes to get bread! When asked why so long we were told "you have to order your dinner before we will serve you bread"! Really, really!! Don't think we have ever been to a restaurant where this is a pre-requesite!!
I have been coming to Prima for 20 years and I somehow believe it keeps getting better. Service was spot on as I've grown accustomed to. Food has been consistently wonderful and inventive but this time I feel like I ordered an overly sweet pot roast. Thank goodness the short rib ravioli was on the menu as that always rocks my world.
Well be back for sure.
This restaurant has a very good reputati ...
This restaurant has a very good reputation, but unfortunately does not deliver. It's a bit tired and could use an injection of new life into the menu and the decor. If you are over 60 you might love it, though you'd find it pricey. At 40+ I was definitely the youngest one in the room. It's too bad, I wanted to love it. The wine list is the bright spot, as is the attached wine shop.
This is our favorite restaurant in Walnu ...
This is our favorite restaurant in Walnut Creek. The menu changes with the season, but there are always so many great choices. It is fine dining, but don't ignore the pizza. If you love Italian wine, Prima is a must. Mangia!
PRIMA e bellissimo !!!
Love Prima. Love Italy - have eaten in both frequently. Prima understands very well how to pair foods, be creative, offer healthy choices, food always fresh. It is a gastronomical marriage. Staff is lovely, always making certain clients well taken care of, very good knowledgable of food choices and very very professional. They are great!
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