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1522 N Main St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-4607 (Lincoln)
+1 925-935-7780
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Montgomery Village, Maryland
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113 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Valentine's dinner and our first time to visit Prima Ristorante. It's a very welcoming space; warm colors and a friendly greeting. It was a chef's menu and it looked good. The starters: I ordered a crab timbale with pickled chanterelle mushrooms; excellent flavors and textures. My wife got a mixed beet salad that she liked and I got to taste.... More 

Thank jwhallgren
Lafayette, California, United States
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

I've been going to Prima in Walnut Creek since it was just a small wine shop on Main St. Now it has become a destination restaurant for many and one of the most popular places in Contra Costa County. We had dinner with friends there. We were seated promptly in the back room, which is a little quieter than the... More 

Thank Bob L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

Planned to go to a different place for dinner and walked by Prima. They had a table open. What luck!

Thank John M
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

Walnut Creek has a vibrant restaurant scene these days. However despite being tested against some strong new openings, Prima retains its 'first place' status in our family. We visited last night and even on a wet Wednesday the dining room was reasonably busy, warm welcoming hostess and a nice glass of prosecco sent over to us as we are frequent... More 

Thank Ruth S
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57 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Excellent food across all the courses and very attentive service. While it's not my best meal in a restaurant, it is certainly in the top 20. The evening's special was lamb chops cooked in the wood oven -- fantastic. All the pasta dishes were as good as what I recently ate in Italy. Really. Homemade and they tasted it.

Thank Chodo
Walnut Creek, California
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Excellent 4 course meal for our New Year's Eve dinner. Spendy, especially if one course is pasta and another is dessert, but it IS a Holiday. Would recommend offering an amuse bouche or glass of champagne next time. Amazing how much that unexpected little touch will go to please customers. We've had many meals at Prima since they opened 40... More 

Thank kurt d
Benicia, California
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354 reviews
262 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

It had been 15 years since I had dined at Prima. My memories were all positive. However, on Christmas Eve night, this changed. In order to make a restaurant GREAT, a list of things must occur: good service, good food, good location, and good wine. Our party of 4 had reservations at 6:15. We arrived in time, used valet parking,... More 

Thank hutchss
Lafayette, California
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523 reviews
251 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

I have eaten at Prima 20+ times over the years - both for business meetings and special occasions. Every experience has been very good to great - until this one. Looking for a special Christmas eve dinner experience with old family friends, I booked a table 2 weeks in advance. The restaurant has charming atmosphere enhanced by the holiday decor... More 

Thank LightFighter
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

been coming here for years-- solid food always. there is a great bar and we enjoy eating at the bar. also there are very nice private dining rooms

Thank Mark A
Walnut Creek, California
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

We were a party of four. Two of us went strictly a la carte and two chose the price fixe menu. The two who chose the price fixe were very happy with their selections. The other two of us were disappointed. I suspect that Prima does meat very well; those of us whochose seafood were disappointed.

Thank Diane M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Italian, Wine Bar, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1522 N Main St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596-4607
  • Public Transportation: Prima is a few short minutes from the Walnut Creek Bart Station.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Walnut Creek
  • Phone Number: +1 925-935-7780
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!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?