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Prima Restaurant

1522 North Main St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
+1 925-935-7780
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1522 North Main St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a staple restaurant in Walnut Creek, that not withstanding, it also offers excellent wine pairing events. We attended a Pinot Noir pairing events a couple nights ago and it was spectacular. Excellent wines and delicious food. We had the opportunity to speak with...More

Thank Michael L
Reviewed 4 days ago

My husband and I recently spent 5 months in Italy, and the lunch we had at Prima was as good as any meal I had there!! My husband started out with an autumn soup featuring garbanzos which he declared delicious and he and our friend...More

Thank Martha L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Walnut Creek has its share of fine restaurants . For Italian, this is the place. The grilled octopus and the prosciutto/ Parmesan antipasti are mouth watering. Pasta dishes are well executed especially the Tagliatelle, and the ravioli. Generous fresh Italian bread. Outstanding wine list.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Second visit with friends in the past three months. The service was great and the food was outstanding. Everyone enjoyed their meal. I had the pork chop, cooked to perfection and very tasty.

1  Thank Kent B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really enjoy Prima . Some delicious Italian food to be had although you can find great salads and steaks. Nice bar area also.

Thank Maggie M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Been to Prima over the years and it remains a great place for a romantic date. Had the roasted romaine hearts as a stater which was excellent. Pine nuts with Italian vinegar was a great. I had the chicken dish with spinach. Excellent. Had cooked...More

Thank Eric B
Reviewed 5 September 2018

Peter is a true professional and his staff are top notch. I've been coming back for years. The menu usually has some of the same, great dishes, but some rotate depending upon what is in season, etc. The bar is very good, too. Greyhounds need...More

Thank Benjamin S
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

I have always been impressed by Prima! Over the last 25 years I have gone to Prima for business dinners, Romantic dinners and family celebrations. Great wine collection and great food and service.

Thank Kathy R
Reviewed 29 July 2018

Prima is go to spot for wine, however the food is also outstanding. The staff is friendly and strives to meet the customer needs.

Thank RBC0727
Reviewed 26 July 2018

You know you are at the right place with a wine shop to the right, white tablecloths, and a nice welcome from the hostess. Wonderful menu, wine list, and ambiance. Chef came out to visit the regulars and check on things. Had the tasting menu....More

Thank Nancy M
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Deb G
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Response from janetperlman | Reviewed this property |
California casual is the right approach but you certainly can dress up as well...
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 50
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1522 North Main St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
  • 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
  • E-mail
When Michael and Janet Verlander rented the shoebox-sized storefront at 1522 North Main Street in Walnut Creek in May of 1977, they had no idea that 38 years later, it would have become the East Bay's premier wine and food destination. It started as a deli with a cheese counter, a hot plate and a few racks of wine. But these were dynamic times, and Michael, driven by a passion for wine, quickly forged close relationships with some of California's newest and best names in the wine business. Duckhorn, Silver Oak, Kistler and Au Bon Climat, for example, all sold their first vintages at Walnut Creek Wine & Cheese. Michael still tells of talking Dan Duckhorn out of 14 cases of his first vintage of Three Palms Merlot and selling it for the princely sum of $14 per bottle! Everything changed when the Verlanders, while taking a rare vacation in Italy in the late eighties, had an epiphany while dining at Ristorante Belvedere atop La Morra hill in Barolo.
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