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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
Private Party Facilities:
Our restaurant is available for private events and cocktail parties during lunch and/or dinner hours upon request and based on availability.
Please contact us or visit our website for samples of our menus that can be customized for your special event.
Private Party Contact:
Angela Alagna: (925) 932-2828
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
We've been waiting for the former Salvatore Ristorante to reopen as Benvenuti for many months, and we were delighted to be able to celebrate my birthday there. It was our favorite restaurant in the area before and is even more so now. The food is even more delicious than ever, from appetizer to soup/ salad to main dish. The grilled artichoke, potato-fennel soup, Caesar salad and filet of sole (both of our choices) were fabulous, good, satisfying portion sizes too. Even the dipping sauces for the Acme bread (gratis) and artichoke were scrumptious. The cuisine is delicate, flavorful, well seasoned, with herbs and complex flavors. Birthday (gratis) tiramisu with whipped cream was yummy, and the drinks were outstanding. Truly perfection all around!
First time after the remodeling of the old Salvatore's. Same good service, with slightly updated menu and a nice uplift to the decor. Still sold and authentic Italian food with great ingredients and taste. Highly recommend for dinner.
This is my home away from home. These people treat you like family. Total comfort food, and the staff is amazing! When my husband and I go out to dinner we like to take our time and they really let you enjoy yourself. I always tell my husband this place is my Disneyland. The Salmon is my favorite and the servers even remeber my favorite dessert! I don't even have to ask for it. Its their homemade tiramisu! It pairs great with a glass of port wine and cup of coffee! Thank you all for always making us feel welcome!
Angela and the crew are back, and none too soon. It was a long time coming, but we can once again experience the family feel of dining at an old fashioned Italian restaurant. Her greeting upon arriving sets the tone for the whole meal, with courtesy and good will to spare, the people who make this restaurant great are genuine and positive, and the food is superb.
Always try the special if they have one, since it was likely made in their own kitchen, and it's going to be memorable. On our last visit the risotto was the special, and what a pleasure it was with a deep nutty, subtle savor. Fresh shaved parmesan cheese lightly dusted over the dish provided both complimentary flavors and aroma, as well as a fun, loose visual affect.
The Angela Salad is our favorite, with the gorgonzola providing just the right contrast to the sweetness of the apple and honey vinaigrette. Have it split to share, and they'll bring it in two bowls.
The drinks are delightfully paired with the food, and we recommend the Dessert in Bloom for it's spiciness and kick. It was wonderful for snapping the eyes open and providing contrast that worked well with the risotto.
With luck you'll score Giuseppe as your waiter. His energy is contagious, and by the time he's bringing you your food if you don't also have a smile on your face you need therapy. Put yourself in his hands, sit back and relax.
The name has changed, but the people haven't, and we're pleased to report that the food is as good as ever, if not a touch better. Bravo! Benvenuti Ristorante is once again going to be our "usual place."
Koan Seeker Reviews
I was so happy to see our "old" Salvatores opened again however, under the new name Benvenuti. It was also great to see Angela's smiling face greet you as you enter. I was slightly disappointed with my meal selection. For years I usually had the manicotti (cheese stuffed pasta tubes). This time they were flat like enchiladas and I didn't care for the cheese and Swiss chard stuffing. My husband had salmon and didn't care for his that much either. Someone else at the table had the meatballs and pasta, again, he thought they were okay. Bring back your old tried and true recipes. They were always a winner. Because we love Angela so much we will definitely go back and give it another try.
We often dine at Benvenuti's (formally known as Salvatore) and always enjoy it. I miss my favorite dish which is the pasta with squid and hope it will be returned to the menu. The owner, Angela, is delightful and her staff is very friendly and helpful. Three of the four of us had the veal and all loved it.
The menu is very pared down from what the predecessor (Salvatore's ) used to offer, which was a classic Italian menu with tasty original Italian dishes. This new restaurant offers pretty much what other restaurants have on their menu - it no longer is a different option from your typical middle of the road California restaurant. It seems that even the recipes for whatever dishes have been kept on the menu have been changed. After 30 years of happy dining at Salvatore's it was sad to see what has happened to the menu. I can see that the remodel was needed, but not the change in the food. For example, salmon was featured that day, so everything was salmon, the pasta , the fish of the day etc. What happened to Frutti di Mare or Alfredo sauce pasta? I hope they change back , but I am not holding my breath. It seems to me that a restaurant consultant was used to develop the new menu .
So happy to see the beautiful renovation of Benvenuti, formally Salvatore. We've been going once or twice a year for years. We don't dine out all that often or we would go more. The new décor is tastefully done. The beautiful wooden tabletops are smooth and warm. Yes, it is loud but the owners are aware and are addressing this problem. Please don't let this keep you from a delicious meal. Our cocktails were delicious, and served promptly. We were dying for their delicious calamari fritti and it did not disappoint. We loved the new dipping sauce served with it! Warm bread was served with another new bruschetta type sauce which was also delicious. Veal picatta was flavorful and good sized portion. Housemade fettuccini with hopper shrimp and snap peas was delicious as well. Had to bring the leftover pasta home. Happy to see some of staff/servers are back. We wish Benvenuti many more years of success.
Soooo disappointing. We were so looking forward to the re-opening and I fully understood they are having a "soft opening" for the next few weeks. The food was OK, nothing like I remember from the old Salvatore's. The noise level is unbelievably loud. So bad we almost got up and left when we finally got our menu's. We were told by both the owner and the server that new noise panels were going to be installed in about a month. The service was absolutely terrible. They were out of several of the wines on the list. The ladies in our party wanted coffee and desert, but we could not attract our server, so we finally just asked for the bill and left. Won't be back for a long, long time.
The food is just ok. Salads were overdressed. Clams were swimming in butter. Manicotti was just ok, very bland. If you liked the original Salvatore's you'll like it here. Love the bread with tomato olive oil compote. Nothing's changed. Very nice, friendly service.
okay, so there is an extreme noise issue here in the newly remodeled restaurant which the owners plan to address, which is essential. Food is in transition, drinks were ok. Time will tell.
We love the owner so will continue to check in and hope all goes well.
We were excited to try this place, as it is a refreshed and rebranded version of venerable Walnut Creek restaurant Salvatore's. The decor is much lighter and brighter and the menu is also improved. The service was pretty slow, but they've just reopened so we gave them a "new restaurant" break for that. I ordered a second glass of wine which didn't arrive until well after my entree plate was cleared from my table, which was disappointing, but they took it off the bill, so no big deal. What is truly awful about this place is the NOISE. IT IS SO LOUD THAT EVERYONE WAS SHOUTING WHICH MADE IT EVEN LOUDER. IT WASN'T "ENERGETIC" LIKE THE OPEN TABLE SCALE SUGGESTS, IT WAS PAINFUL AND THERE WAS LITTLE WAY TO HAVE A CONVERSATION WHICH DEFEATED THE PURPOSE OF GOING OUT WITH OTHERS. ANYONE WITH TINNITUS (LIKE AT LEAST ONE MEMBER OF MY FAMILY) WOULD HAVE TO LEAVE. I WON'T GO BACK UNLESS THIS IS FIXED. Don't like the shouting? Neither do I while trying to have dinner with my friends and family. Truly painful and unacceptable. My low stars are entirely because of the ridiculous noise level, which is a shame because otherwise the place would be a fun place to go.
Way to much noise,had to seek out a waitress and request service. Taste of food was good but serving size small for the price. Almost done with the entree before the wine came. Very disappointed,this used to be a very good restaurant.
This is the first time we have been here since they changed their name (and owner) from Salvatore's. The food is still terrific. Angela is always very welcoming and had the best service from her son Giuseppe. Glad to see that Angela and Manny are keeping the restaurant as wonderful as it has been for all the past years. It was on the noisy side, but were informed that they are working on doing something to get the noise level down to a manageable level. We will definitely keep this on the top of our list for "go to" places.
I had been waiting for this place to reopen its doors. I've loved since it was Salvatore restaurant and now as Bienvenutti! Food is great as always, I highly recommend it! I can't wait for them to finalize last details w/decor to minimize noise and to expand their regular menu, other than that it's all great! 😊
This was one of our favorite restaurants and we looked forward to the reopening. The service and food continue to be excellent but the menu selections are reduced in number and my favorite dish, a squid pasta, is no longer on the menu. The noise level has increased so it was very difficult to hear our friends. Our hope is that the missing menu items will be returned. We also hope that carpeting will be added to help with the noise level. If these are done, the restaurant will be perfect!
The noise level was NOT energetic. It was LOUD, VERY LOUD! We were a small party of four and could barely hear each other without yelling. My ears were actually ringing when we left. We've enjoyed Salvatore's for years but won't go back until an enjoyable, conversational evening is a possibility.
Note to Open Table: Loud restaurants are NOT energetic. They are awful! I honestly have never talked to a person, young or old, who enjoys a meal when table conversation is a constant struggle.
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