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, 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.
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PRIMA Ristorante Ratings and Reviews
2nd time here, and it was just as good a ...
2nd time here, and it was just as good as the first. Food was excellent and wine list phenomenal. Service was very attentive. The only negative thing I can say about this place is that it is pricey, but you get what you pay for.
Servers made me feel uncomfortable from ...
Servers made me feel uncomfortable from greeters/hostess to wait staff who made me feel like I had to hurry and finish so they could clear the table. Pretty annoying. Food was outstanding and I commend the cook staff for delicious food and excellent presentation. The ambiance in the back room is pretty bland and indeed feels like a back room. I'm sure it is nice to have this type of room available for group reservations that want privacy.
I love coming to eat at Prima. It is an ...
I love coming to eat at Prima. It is an occasion for dressing up and being taken care of by attentive and thoughtful waitstaff, eating good food in sensible portions and spending as much time as needed on a meal. it is our go-to place for special events and celebrations.
What a meal! I had the pot roast and a r ...
What a meal! I had the pot roast and a roasted romaine side dish that was wonderful. My husband had a fish we had never heard of, roasted also and terrific. We made reservations for 5:30 cause it is VERY popular, since it by far one of the best restaurants in Walnut Creek. We don't go here often since it is quite expensive, but if you want to be treated like a queen and fed like one too, well worth it!
The food and service was excellent. On t ...
The food and service was excellent. On this occasion there was enough noise in the restaurant was not whether it was in the area we sat on this occasion, had a good time. They have good selection of wines, my recommendation is to have more affordable for all budgets.
I have been to this restaurant of 20 yea ...
I have been to this restaurant of 20 years, in the old days it was much more like a local restaurant, where you would often see the owner at dinner, they used to have a policy that if you bought a wine from there wine list they would wave the corkage fee, you could also buy a wine from the wine shop & they wouldn't charge you corkage. But now what ever you chose to do bring it or buy it they will charge you for the opening of the wine, which seems really cut throat, this is not a inexpensive restaurant you wouldn't think they would have to be so tight with there money. But sometimes restaurants are only interested in the $$$$$. Don't care about making friends or see repeat customers. Not to worry there are many more restaurants all over the bay area that are dying for a chance. I have to say that they did give us a 4.00 dish of ice cream for free, but only after they forgot are friends birthday candle on the dessert that we did order. Thanks so much for that Birthday Wish.
Prima never disappoints. We tend to sit ...
Prima never disappoints. We tend to sit at the bar, although table seating is excellent. Have been there for lunch as well as to celebrate our wedding anniversary. On both occasions I ordered ghocchi (sp?), with green & yellow squash. Absolutely amazing. Looking forward to our next visit which hasn't been planned yet, but it won't be long!
We arrived for our 6:00 PM reservation l ...
We arrived for our 6:00 PM reservation last Friday evening, and were greeted and seated promptly. Nice table for two in the corner next to the fireplace. My fiancee was very happy with everything, and she thought it was so romantic. The hostess remembered what I had noted on the Open Table reservation that this dinner was to celebrate our engagement, and she congratulated us! The service was great, and the food & wine were wonderful. Best swordfish I have ever had. I love going here for my birthday and other occasions. We'll keep coming back!
Great vegetarian options, nice ambiance. ...
Great vegetarian options, nice ambiance. I like this place. I'd just say two things - In the U.S., good service equates to cleaning up your table the second you put your fork down and it doesn't matter if the other person still hasn't finished their meal. I really hate this. In Europe, they know how to do it. They generally don't clear the table until everyone is well and done and it's so much more relaxing. The servers could be a little less efficient in whipping away your plates. I guess next time I'll just tell them to leave them until everyone's done. Also the dining areas in this restaurant are quaint and nice with white table clothes and candlelight but the back bathroom needs updating. It's pretty funky for a nice restaurant.
The noise level sitting in the patios wa ...
The noise level sitting in the patios was very loud. The street noise with motorcycles and nearby bar was notable and made conversation almost impossible. The staff agreed but could not change our table. In general the volume from other patrons was also problematic as the acoustics of the restuarant did not lend to a quiet experience. It is expensive and not a desirable experience.
We visited for our anniversary, and both ...
We visited for our anniversary, and both food and service were impeccable. Our server congratulated us more than once on our celebration, and made sure that the food and beverage was exactly what we wanted. What a delightful experience!
I reserved a table last night to celebra ...
I reserved a table last night to celebrate my father's 83rd birthday. There were three of us including my sister. The meal was quite lovely, the restaurant is warm and inviting, very friendly and the staff and hostess were impeccably helpful.
The food was amazing! Truly one of the best meals I've had in a long time. We started with Gorgonzola stuffed dates, then a grilled hearts of palm salad which was divine. Lemon, herbs and olive oil complimented the grilled romaine perfectly. My father and I shared two dishes, the braised beef ravioli with brown butter and sage, and the lamb dish from the chef's special menu. Both outstanding. The waiter was very helpful and knowledgeable, they obviously train their staff well.
One single detraction from the experience was that we were seated by way too many business dinner groups who were talking so loudly it drowned out our conversation. I had no idea this was such a hot spot at 8pm for business dinners! We counted not one or two but THREE tables surrounding us in the front room, with 6-8 people at each table, talking business very loudly over each other. They were not related with each other, each group filed in separately after we were seated.
That being said, it was one of the best meals I've had in years. I will definitely go back, I will just request to be seated on the patio or in a quieter area of the restaurant!
The only reason I stated that the noise ...
The only reason I stated that the noise was energetic was that the table next to us was very noisy - 3 women chatting like it was their restaurant. We finally asked them to lower their voices and they did.
Also, our guest is Italian and is allergic to cheese so she asked for the risotto to be made without cheese and the chef complied. BTW, cheese is NEVER included in risotto in Italy - it's an American thing that makes risotto goopy.............
All in all a good experience.
There was an event in WNC that day, it w ...
There was an event in WNC that day, it was very busy. They still did a good job despite how busy they were. Food is consistently good, service is good, good wine list. I keep going back because it is consistently good
The restaurant failed to inform us that ...
The restaurant failed to inform us that there was a big parade occurring in front of the restaurant during our reservation. In general, the food was good. I had a tuna crudo which I thought had too much lemon. My Cesear salad was good and my steak was perfect. I was disappointed with my chocolate dessert.
It's been a while since we've eaten at P ...
It's been a while since we've eaten at Prima and we were pleasantly reminded just how good the place is. We were seated out front so you could watch the Walnut Creek sideshow go by on a Friday night. The wait staff were informed and very helpful. Our server took the time to help us sort through the immense wine list and found a bottle that was "at the right price point" and exactly what we were looking for. The food, especially the ravioli, was delicious and served hot . And the dessert was just right...not too sweet and a great combination of tastes. All in all a fun night.
Very attentive, friendly and knowledgea ...
Very attentive, friendly and knowledgeable service. My husband and I both enjoyed our appetizers and entrees. Portion sizes are perfect. My favorite dishes of the evening were the pasta dishes. We tried spaghetti arrabiata, Gnocchi with Pesto, and ravioli with braised short ribs. All were fresh, tasty and cooked AL dente, and the risotto with rabbit was also excellent. We were also pleased that the final bill was less than we anticipated. Overall, great date night experience. I'm sure we will be back.
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