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About Benvenuti Ristorante
To share our love and passion for Italian cooking, Benvenuti Ristorante (formerly know as Salvatore Ristorante) features exceptional traditional Italian cuisine in a warm and welcoming environment with local, sustainable, organic ingredients, an extensive list of Italian and Californian wines, a full bar and a robust cocktail program.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Italian, Sicilian, American
Hours of Operation:
Happy Hour: Tue-Thur & Sun 4:30pm-7:30pm
Dinner: Tue-Su 5:00pm-10:00pm
Lincoln and Civic Ave
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
From an office meeting a a few to a corporate conference of many, we have menus for every occasion and dietary preference.
The First Republic Bank at the corner of N. Broadway and Civic Drive is allowing all Benvenuti diners to park at their lot at no cost after 6pm.
Walnut Creek Library parking garage offers metered parking on the corner of N. Broadway and Lincoln.
Also there is a metered parking lot behind Benvenuti that is accessible only threw North Main St.
14 min walk from Walnut Creek BART Station
The 4 take exit Locust St/Bonanza St
The 21 take exit N California Blvd/Bonanza St
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Benvenuti Ristorante Ratings and Reviews
As always, the food is outstanding, we had the Cannelloni and Veal Picata, both very good!
However, the noise level is very disturbing, we had to shout to be heard across the table!
This has been one of our very favorites for years, but if they do not do something about the noise level, we won't be coming back.
Enjoyed the restaurant very much. We were on a time schedule as had tickets to a play. They were very responsive to the timing. However bus boys were a little to aggressive - our bread plates were removed before main course was served and table was wiped with a damp cloth before we were done with our dining experiece - plates had been removed but was waiting for dessert - find wiping table with a wet cloth before we were done was a little unpleasant.
Food is great - upon entering restaurant noise level very high - maybe because of bar - however after being seated it seemed to not be as bad and could carry on conversation.
Overall love this restaurant and will return.
I had the pleasure of visiting this restaurant when it was rented for an office special occasion; and it was fine for that experience. However, going back under normal operations we found:
1. The food was good; 2. Portions were inadequate (we all left hungry after dinner!); 3. The noise level was intense; 4. the prices for the portions we received were simply outrageous! (we might as well have been in SF for what we got). However, the service was good. Would I recommend this restaurant for special occasions or events...not until prices drop and portions increase!
After reading the reviews, we were looking forward to an excellent Italian dinner. Unforutnately our expectations were not met. Two of us ordered the Papardelle ad Ragu, which would have been good if they had left off the two very bland meatballs. Another had the Vitella Piccata, which was so-so. But the bread, wine and chowder were very good. Sorry, but we will not be going back.
Now that Benvenuti has been open for a while initial service kinks have been worked out. And they still make the best martini in town. While we have been regular customers over the years, we went for the first time on a Tuesday and were surprised at the reasonably priced pre-fixe menu; 3 courses for $30.00. Their minestrone soup and lasagna were excellent. The dessert (cake) was a bit too sweet for my taste, so I’d go for the gelato next time.
I highly recommend Benvenuti. Angela, the owner, is always gracious and goes out of her way to make you feel at home.
Our reservation was for 4 people, we arrived first and were seated immediately. The 2nd couple arrived right on time and joined us. Our table was quickly served water, and our beverage requests were filled. We were able to browse the menu casually and then placed our order. Everything arrived in a perfectly timed manner, no pressure but perfect service! The food was very tasty (we had a combination of vegetarian dishes as well as pork chops and chicken), all perfectly prepared! I have a severe fish allergy and the server made note to inform the kitchen too. Coffee and desserts were exceptional! After dinner, there was no push to get us out, and we were able to continue our conversations quite comfortably. It was a perfect evening with friends!!! Great restaurant, we’ll be back!
The remodeled Benevenuto in Walnut creek has a great bar and a welcoming. Clean décor. The service is friendly and swift. The restaurant is really noisy. It’s hard to hear your tablemate speake. The beet salad is a winner. Very pretty and nicely done. The fettucine pescatora looked fabulous but didn’t have much flavor. The guys ordered the veal piccata which was tough and the presentation was sloppy.
I want to thank open table for providing us this fabulous restaurant! We are Italian food fanatics and are very picky and this met any and all of our expectations! We are all grateful for Pamela our server, she was amazing! The lasagna the veal scalopini, the meatballs and papardella and chicken Marsala were all outstanding!!!! Kudos to Benvenuti!!!
Another great Italian restaurant with great food and service. Hostess and waiter were very helpful and courteous. We had the butternut ravioli (adult and children’s half portion) both were well received. The veal parma ordered by 4 persons was delicious. The wine list was extensive with a number of good, restaurant value wines. A short ride from Embassy Suites Walnut Creek.
This is my new favorite place to go. You can actually have a conversation and hear the person you are talking to. The bartender is service oriented and makes the best manhattens and they have an excellent bourbon selction.
All the happy hour items are delicious and then I usually then stay and order the wonderful dinner choices.
A great place to go not far (one block) off the beaten path of the Main street in WC.
Excellent meal for my wife's birthday at the newly reborn Salvatore's now Benvenuti. Everything looked fresh and tasted fresh. Service was efficient and courteous and prices were fair. Italian comfort food and there were come creative touches on the menu. My wife said this would now be her "go to" Italian restaurant in Walnut Creek. We'll definitely return soon.
Service very slow upon arrival with a large group in our section. There was only one server for the large group and multiple 4-tops. But as the crowd diminished it quieted down a lot and the service improved. The food was excellent. In the future we will not go on a Friday or Saturday night.
We've been a few times to Benvenuti since it changed from Salvatore. We find the re-model to be very nice. The food is as good. The owner, Angela, is delightful and very accommodating. My favorite pasta is no longer on the menu but she had the Chef make it for me all the same. I was very happy with it. Dessert, the Tiramisu, was one of the best that my husband, our friend and I ever tasted. Definitely, we'll be going again and again!
The noise level has improved but could still be better. The food is definitely better...I enjoyed my osso bucco and my husband liked his lasagna, although it is not quite as good as it used to be. The arancini were delicious for appetizers. The pork belly was just okay, we probably would not order it again. Service was friendly and efficient, we arrived at 5:00 to be sure. Our main problem was with the pricing-a margarita was 15$, which was beyond my husbands comfort level for his favorite drink and our entrees were quite expensive as well. That being the case, we will not frequent it as often as we used to in prior years.
This was a new find for my friend and I; we were looking for a fabulous Walnut Creek restaurant in which to relax and catch-up prior to a concert. Unbelievably, we arrived prior to the restaurant's official opening time and one of the owners - Giuseppe - greeted us and let us in early, seating us and treating us to delectable antipasto while the restaurant came alive at opening time. Giuseppe provided us with an amazing history of how his family came to America from Sicily and featured family-kept-secret recipes for all of their delicious dishes. We, of course, will be back... again and again!
Party of 10 on a Saturday night - table was ready on arrival, waitress was aware of our time schedule (had to make the show!) and was super helpful but not intrusive, extremely friendly, and took good care of everyone. Bar was a little slow to get drinks out, but no biggie. Food was fabulous (over half the table ordered the special, a smoked salmon fettuccine (yum!) and prices a little high but not bad. Will definitely return!
My friends and I dined at Salvatore's for really good Italian. We were delighted when we were greeted by Angie. We weren't sure who would be there. Our waitress was an original too. We were thrilled to be back. The food was fabulous! We both had the house made seafood fettuccini. Great choice but other dishes were pulling us too. Another trip...
Our first visit. The heirloom tomato appetizer and special grilled prawns over corn were flavorful and refreshing for summer. My son had the manicotti and loved it. We had a very nice peppy waiter... made us smile. We were in a rush so did not get to try the desserts. We will definitely return.
Explorer - My husband and I came here before going to the Lesher Theatre. We had been here before it had changed hands. We shared a salad which was very good and ample for both of us. Then my husband had pasta which he raved about. I had the salmon which was excellent. So were the vegetables. We both had a dessert. I had the tiramisu which was huge but tasted light. He had the chocolate dish which was heavier but very tasty. We were there at 6:00 on a Saturday night. The restaurant filled up fast. Our waiter was excellent but he was kept hopping. The hostess took care of our dessert order because the waiter was busy. Yes, we will definitely go back.
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