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  • Review Count
    3
  • Helpfulness Votes
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  • First Review
    May 6, 2014
  • Last Review
    July 14, 2014
  • Featured Reviews
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  • Average Rating
    4.7
 
 
dragonrees's Reviews
 
Massimo's is perfect for enjoying a quiet elegant dinner in an open and airy atmosphere.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Old school elegance, great food
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/10/2014
 2002
Dined on 7/10/2014
 2002
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"This is our favorite Italian restaurant in Walnut Creek, which has several great ones. Although there is a full bar as part of the property, the restaurant is elegant and quiet, as advertised, with a romantic atmosphere. We dine here several times a year, and the service is always exemplary. The food tends toward the traditional rather than the modern, which is great with me. WE both had the pan-seared California Sea Bass special this time and it was delicious. Service, under the direction of Tim, was efficient and ever-present, but not in the way. There is a nice sidewalk patio for dining on those warm Walnut Creek evenings."
Dined on 7/10/2014
 2002
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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A Latin-inspired, gourmet restaurant..
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
good now, but great promise
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/15/2014
 2002
Dined on 6/15/2014
 2002
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Do not come here expecting a steak house. The cuisine is latin-inspired and includes a number of seafood entrees and a few steaks. The restaurant is reflective of many recent openings with the emphasis is on the bar and tapas. Food quality for the most part was very good, but with a few misses, particularly the duck breast. Great small dishes included the bacon wrapped asparagus and the crispy brussel spouts. Service, overall, was good. The hostess was excellent but there were a few glitches with the server such as an order that was not placed. The cocktail list was excellent with a number of whisky-based creations. The ambiance is nice, but the restaurant is cramped and noisy. The good outweighed the bad and we will come back again."
Dined on 6/15/2014
 2002
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot
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Committed to Chef Joachim Splichal's impeccable food and quality service, Café at the Opera is available for pre-theatre dining. Located in the lower lounge of the Opera House (Lower level), the Cafe serves an elegant hot buffet beginning two hours before every performance. Lighter fare is also served before performances and during intermissions at Patina's Café Express and Dress Circle Café. Please note that reservations can be made for Performance Ticket Holders only.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Who knew..............
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/02/2014
 2002
Dined on 5/02/2014
 2002
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"That one could fine dining in a great setting so close to a SF Ballet or Opera performance. It is in the basement of the War Memorial Opera House, a stately and marvelous building. Only dinner is served, a buffet featuring prime rib, chicken, and fish as entrees. There are a variety of salads with many vegetarian options. Desserts are separate. Keep in mind that this is fine dining and prices are commensurate, but well worth it. Also, reservations and entrance is open only to ticket holders for that evening’s performance. Service was perfect led by Luis. He, and they were efficient, competent, and very friendly. The chef and sous chefs would also stop by and chat. It certainly beats hunting for a restaurant nearby and making two stops."
Dined on 5/02/2014
 2002
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, fit for foodies
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