Prima Vini

Welcome to Prima

Prima Ristorante welcomes guests for a celebration of Italian food and connection around the table. Over 37 years ago, Prima was at the very forefront of the wine and food bar tradition that is so widespread today. Prima, the Italian word for ‘first,’ or ‘premier,’ serves contemporary and seasonal northern Italian cuisine using fresh, locally sourced ingredients in a comfortable and enchanting setting. Prima’s warm and illuminated walls, tiled floors, fireplaces, cozy niche areas, and intimate dining rooms evoke places found in the Italian countryside. Prima is conveniently located from all points in the San Francisco Bay Area in the heart of quaint yet bustling downtown Walnut Creek.

Executive Chef/Owner Peter Chastain demonstrates a keen Italian sensibility at Prima using the highest quality local and sustainable ingredients the market has to offer each day. Peter considers the essence of Prima’s cooking to be an act of stewardship in preserving Italian food tastes and traditions and providing good value to guests. Allow Peter to craft a special Italian dining experience for your visit with a “Prima Chef’s Table” menu.

Today Prima is established as one of the can’t-miss food and wine destinations of Northern California, featuring one of the most extensive and distinguished wine collections in the world. Wine director John Rittmaster leads Prima Vini, a full service wine merchant specializing in wines from all over the world. Thirty years in the business have enabled Prima Vini to forge close relationships with some of California's premier wineries as well as offer particularly strong selections of Italian, French, Spanish, German, and Australian wines. The wines at Prima are for guests to have in the most complementary way with our cuisine or to stand on their own. Prima’s wine list paired with the fresh and innovative menu brings to life the ultimate goal of a restaurant: to give guests a memorable and unparalleled experience.

Prima looks forward to your visit and the opportunity to exceed your expectations for a special day or evening of Italian tastes and hospitality. Come see us also any day for a bite, a glass, or a visit with friends, family, or co-workers...


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