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1606 North Main Street, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 (Lincoln & Civic)
(925) 930-8008
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 30
    Excellent
  • 9
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
New favorite local restaurant

I had to schedule a business dinner and with so many places to go in downtown Walnut Creek I didn't know where to start. Of course I decided to check Tripadvisor and Ottavio came up. The reviews sounded great and I decided to give them a try. The wait staff was very pleasant and explained the chefs... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 9, 2014
851travelbug
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Benicia, California
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Reservations
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42 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Benicia, California
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I had to schedule a business dinner and with so many places to go in downtown Walnut Creek I didn't know where to start. Of course I decided to check Tripadvisor and Ottavio came up. The reviews sounded great and I decided to give them a try. The wait staff was very pleasant and explained the chefs specialties which made... More 

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Pleasant Hill, California
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I was looking for a new place to have dinner close to home and so glad I went here. The staff was attentive and love that I can taste a wine before ordering a glass. Being able to get game meat and not have to go to Canada is great. The wild boar, venison and duck were fantastic and the... More 

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San Francisco, CA.
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014 via mobile

this restaurant has it all going on 1) an owner- chef that has a passion for excellent Tuscany cuisine 2) intimate romantic setting that lends itself for a night out with a significant here or a business lunch 3) hip environment 4) trendy music 5) unique cuisine that you w int see elsewhere, hence the high ratings from diners on... More 

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Alamo, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

I have been to Ottavio's 4x since the week after it opened a couple of years ago. Each meal has been memorable. I especially recommend the duck breast with figs on a bed of polenta. YUMMY!!!! A panna cotta with berries was delicious!!!! The burrata cheese appetizer is wonderful too! Recently I hosted a birthday dinner for 17 there and... More 

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Walnut Creek, California
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Truly, you must try Ottavio!! This chef/owner turns out the most authentic food I've had, outside Italy. The grilled sardines were just like the ones from the lagoon in Venice, served over "pepperonata"...like no other I've had. It was more like a fabulous salad of heirloom tomatoes, arugula and pine nuts...heaven. For our mains, we had the roasted chicken with... More 

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Walnut Creek, California
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Outstanding food, prepared well and nice presentation in a understated, but very nice atmosphere with an open kitchen (nothing to hide). Would have been 5 stars except the service was slow and spotty. Not the waiters fault. It appeared they only had one for approximately 10 tables. Fairly long waits between courses and check. We will return for the Food.

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Chicago, Illinois
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This place is by far the best Italian restaurant in WC. I travel here for work frequently and have made the rounds saving this one for near last. The food is simply Wow factor. I had a chance to talk to the proprietor (di Venezia) and he was quite frank with me. He has a mission to create the best... More 

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San Francisco, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Six of us arrived at 6:15 PM for dinner before a night at the Lesher Theater. We informed the waiter of our theater plans at that time. The menu is confusing with no clear separation between courses. It's difficult to tell what are appetizers, 1st and 2nd courses etc. After some clarification from the waiter we ordered. A salad arrived... More 

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Walnut Creek, California
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I have been there 3 times now. The food has always been near perfect as well as the service. This place can use a little more business as it's usually slow, especially on weekdays. The last restaurant in this location was a French restaurant but it failed due to lack of business. From the outside it doesn't look like anything... More 

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Walnut Creek Ca
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

One of the best restaurants in the East Bay. I have eaten here 20+ times and have never been disappointed. The cold smoked swordfish to start is wonderful. The pastas are fresh and excellent. The gnocchi with smoked dunk is delicious. Had the veal steak and it was tender and very flavorful. Go early, before ^:30 and you will have... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1606 North Main Street, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
    (Lincoln & Civic)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Walnut Creek
  • Phone Number: (925) 930-8008

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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