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General Info
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!

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (925) 935-7955

Phone: (925) 945-1800

Fax: (925) 935-7955

TollFree: (800) 707-7462

TollFree: (800) 945-1800

Payment method
amex, master card, visa, debit, discover, all major credit cards, cash
Price Range
Downtown Walnut Creek

Prima Restaurant

Prima Vini Wine Merchants

Italian Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Caterers, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street, Validated, Lot, Valet, Private

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: No

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Mediterranean, Caterers, Take Out, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Italian, European, Continental

Alcohol: Full Bar, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes


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Solomon S.



I went here for my birthday with high expectations and Prima did not not disappoint at all. Would love to come back again.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Fine dining

This place is fantastic!!! Delicious food and great service.... ........ ....... ....... .... ... .



Provided by Citysearch - 

First of all... no, I don't work at Prima. But I've dined there about 15 times in the last year, and I was just there last week. The food is some of the most authentic regional Italian in the Bay Area (my other favorite is A16 in San Francisco). The menu changes weekly, the ingredients and the spirit of the food is top notch, the service is knowledgable and elegant, the tables are romantically lit, and the wine list is one of the most comprehensive and extensive in the Bay Area (they have a wine shop attached), and the managers are always keeping a watchful eye. If you're a foodie, don't miss this restaurant. If you're a wine lover, make sure you check out the display of large format first growths!



Provided by Citysearch - 

My mother is italian, so granted, I may be biased. I thought that the food was terrible, over-priced, and downright lowsy. They obviously do not understand the basics of Italian cuisine- SIMPLICITY=QUALITY.

Past was certainly NOT al dente, and eating pasta any other way is a sin.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Not a good value for your money

Prima has a very nice atmosphere. With that said, the food and service is mediocre. We went to Prima to celebrate my husband?s birthday. It was a very rainy day and there were accidents all over. A few people in the party were late and this irritated the wait staff. We understood and ordered quickly. When all was said and done our bill for 8 people was over $1000 and we were asked to leave because the room was reserved for another party! I could not believe we were asked to leave. I will never go to this place again.



Provided by Citysearch - 
True Italian Food in Walnut Creek

Prima has come a long way since I first dined here 10 years ago. The new chef/owner is a real asset to this establishment. For a very unique dining experience, ask for the chef to prepare a meal for you. There is no chance that you will be dissappointed. From antipasto to pasta, fish, meat and dessert - every dish is fresh and flavorful. I loved the wine we were suggested to drink and was able to take a bottle home with me (after purchasing it from their wine shop next door).



Provided by Citysearch - 
Focus on the apetizers and the wine

Prima didn't disappoint us entirely, but at the same time it didn't impress us immensely either. Their service and decor is quite good. The tuna appetizer and the spinach gorgonzola salad was very good, comparable to some of the good S.F. restaurants. But the New York steak that I ordered was quite mediocore. Considering I spent almost $35 dollars on that piece of meat, I had higher expectations! The osso buco my husband ordered was more flavorful, but to me this restaurant has a long way to go before people start queing up for their entrees. If I could do it all over again, I would get more of their appetizers, make a meal out of it. Have their wine, skip the main course entirely, and head for their desserts, if I have any room left!



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I loved this restaurant. The food was absolutely amazing. The service was fantastic. My server was extremely knowledgeable, which seems to be rare lately. I came on a Friday night. There was a live Jazz band that is there regularly. The wine list was amazing. There were well over a 1,000 wines on the list. Overall, I'd have to say this one of my most memorable dining experiences.