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Primavera Ristorante

4.5
873 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
PrimaverA ristorante serves both quality interpretations of classic Italian dishes and daring new ventures into the new territories of food. Our restaurant offers the choice to watch the art of cooking as it occurs in the open-kitchen main dining room or with the nearly year-round beautiful weather that allows for our guests to enjoy the action of the surrounding area and fresh air, dining on our outdoor side patio. The bar and lounge dining area is certainly open for all guests enjoying lounge setting for both lunch and dinner service. For drinks, we offer a well thought for and premium handcrafted cocktails & beers created and chosen by our manager as well as an ever evolving Wine-List with plenty of choices by the glass. For larger groups and more private dining, our Tuscan Banquet dining room is open every day for all party sizes when availability permits. Catering and preparing Food for large groups for offsite delivery is accepted by prior arrangement.
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vipRaviR
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always had a great experience at Primavera Ristorante. Our favorite appetizer is the Avocado Caprese Salad. Avocado adds a unique touch to this classic dish. Tried their Lamb Shank Risotto and the meat was tender literally fell of the bone.

The only improvement opportunity would be their check-in process. There was no one at the hostess table and we waited for a long time. Assumed that we had to go in to check-in and this woman rushed up to us to tell us "the manager will be with you in a minute". Other than this blemish, the rest of the experience was awesome!

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TerrieL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had lunch on a weekday under the outside Pavillion. Tables were well distanced and open sides allowed for good airflow. I had the salmon quinoa salad. The salad had a generous portion of salmon but salmon was overcooked. Had the tiramasu for dessert. It was perfect.The service was good but not outstanding.

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RichardH
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

First time I have been there. Is was ok. Nothing super special. My pasta with seafood was laden with a heavy sauce. However my wife’s Osso buco was very good. Hard to believe but they had no coffee at the end of the meal. Could not deliver or did not want to make a fresh pot. Hard to believe.

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vipBearBob
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I somehow think it is the job of the server to plate your leftovers rather than just dropping off boxes for you to do the plating. Fortunately there was a large spoon in one of our dishes to accomplish that. Sometimes they forget that we have no large spoon and trying to place the leftovers with a fork is ackward. They should remember that we are their guests until we turn over the table. Tips are effected by their behavior.

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GaryS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They were closed. How does Open Table book restaurants that are closed? Rather embarrasing.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I had a reservation on Monday at 12:30. When my guest and I arrived the doors were locked and we were unable to eat there.

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JohnR
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Primavera Ristorante has done a really nice job of adapting to an outdoor venue. Their large tent is comfortable (spaced tables, open airflow), warm (plenty of heaters) with good ambience (Wine barrels, Plants and red decorative curtains)

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vipSteveB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

I want to give them the benefit of the doubt. I made a reservation for Valentines Day a week in advance. Their website showed a Valentines menu with a choice of several different 3 course meals, one of which was rib eye steak. When I went to order my meal, the waitress had no knowledge of a special valentines menu. At that point I was a little annoyed, but she said she would ask her boss about it. She came back with an excuse about there supplier couldn't provide the food they had ordered, so they canceled the whole Valentines Menu. Now I am even more annoyed. At that point we ordered drinks. I ordered a Grey Goose Martini and my wife ordered a Chocalatini. We got our drinks in a timely manner, my wife loved her Chocalatini, my martini was probably the worst martini I have ever had. First thing I noticed was, no olives. I am trying to make it an enjoyable evening for my wife, so I bite my tongue, then I tasted it. It was like a slushy, there were tiny pieces of ice in a martini? My wife and I were really looking forward to the meals we had chosen from the "Valentines Menu". I ended up ordering the Veal Saltimbocca and my wife ordered the Lobster and Shrimp special. They brought out our meals and they looked great! Problem is, my veal was not veal, it was chicken. I asked the waitress if it looked like veal or chicken. She said it looked like chicken and brought it back. Our waitress was great! They brought me the veal dinner in less than 5 minutes. The veal was terrible! It was like leather!! The reason I want to say I will give them the benefit of the doubt is I understand how hard it it for restaurants to be consistent in this time of covid. They were overwhelmed on Valentines Day. I just hope that after all the covid regulations are over, they can recover and be my favorite restaurant again!!!

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vipMrSanRamon
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

It started out well, we were seated when we arrived.

They brought bread and some water and disappeared. We had to wait for a while then finally the waiter came and took our wine order. Then we waited ate bread And after 15 minutes or so Our wine arrived. That was how the evening went...wait, wait, wait.

When our food finally arrived it was cold...the plates felt as if they were left outside in the cold and then used for our food.

I sent my food back and my wife tried to eat hers, but by the time mine came back hers was too cold to eat so she didn’t eat it and just brought it home. I ate part of mine but the meet was tough and my wife ate most of my pasta. She mentioned that the food quality was not what we have experienced here previously, and she never really says anything bad about the food when we go out.

I made a note of what happened on my receipt along with my phone number so perhaps they could call me and we could discuss what happened. But no phone call.

All in all it was a fairly poor experience for our Valentine’s Day dinner. They definitely were disorganized and slow with service. Twice people try to bring other people’s food to us and we had to send them away.

We won’t be returning anytime soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was excellent but the service was not typical. The gal did not seem organized and brought our food out at different times so meals got cold. She didn’t listen to our order and brought double the salads. We didn’t say anything because she seemed so distracted. We enjoy the restaurant and food and hope our next experience will be with better service.

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Andrew
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They’ve done a great job in this environment with outdoor dining in a tent with heaters. Food and service exceptional.

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vip2AgingLikeFineWine
Las Vegas
19 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Brian, our server, was friendly and personable. They did a great job with the outdoor dining.

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CarmenL
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there on my birthday which was a Monday night so not many customers around. We were seated outdoor promptly and heated. Our food came piping hot and very tasty! Love the server’s attentiveness and ambience was really good! We were in and out quick but still made my day!
My daughter and I fav pasta place in the Bay Area!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Poor service, we had to wait 20 minutes for our check after asking for it twice

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Jcwc
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Felt very comfortable in outdoor enclosed dining area. Food was very good. Great value.

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PatriciaL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

They did a nice job providing a large outdoor tent. Food was good. I would go back

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor experience ! They do very well making you feel comfortable . Food versus price is a great value

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vipMelissaV
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor under a tent with heaters; very comfortable. They have tables spread over six feet and clearly are being safe. The food was fabulous and hot. Such a treat to eat a wonderful meal at a restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They’ve done a great job with outdoor seating. The food has always been very good as is the service. I had the chicken Dijon risotto. Excellent!

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vipPastalover
San Francisco
124 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was excellent; we really love the pear and strawberry salad. Our only criticisms focus on the outdoor setting, which is necessary. We did not get close enough to one of the heaters for our comfort, and we were in the path of servers and customers going in and out of the restaurant (some customers unmasked). Even so, the noise was still less than the noise from the kitchen on a busy night! The menu and the food are good enough to bring us back again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant great food he’s eating inside but because of the Covid they have great big tent and they have heaters inside suits a great place to have dinner

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viprose
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great evening at Primavera. Our server Nadine was great. She was very attentive polite and friendly. We will be back very soon

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vipSansReview
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing staff, friendly and helpful. Great food!

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vipChristinaS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was great as usual but the service was not as good as we've experienced in the past.

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vipSansReview
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Pasta Primavera in San Ramon. The staff is beyond amazing!! Marcus and Eva always treat us like family.

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vipandy
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Consistent. A great experience.

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Snizzlefritz
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t say enough about how enjoyable a time we have consistently when we choose to dine at Primavera! Food and service is excellent!

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Kathleenw
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I had the chicken piccata and it was way overcooked.

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vipDemetrodon
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The Salmon salad entree is very good. Nice restaurant but can be noisy inside.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

We arrived at our scheduled time and were told to seat ourselves outside. We sat and waited 15 minutes with zero service, not even water or a menu. We moved to the front and after 15 minutes, someone finally came by with menus. We had to ask for silverware and drinks finally came after 10 minutes. The food took forever to arrive, the waiter did apologize and offered a free dessert. After finishing dinner, we had to ask someone else for the check because our waiter had disappeared. We left without a free dessert and a pretty bad experience. BTW, they were not very busy so that could not have been the reason for the poor service. I am very understanding under the current Covid mess but it was just a bad experience. We go to this restaurant frequently for lunch and dinner but probably not again.

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vipsilver
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pasta Primavera Restaurant was excellent they take very good care of their customers and precautions under the circumstances. It's always consistent

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall it was a pleasant evening. I got the chicken parm which I thought lacked some flavor, but I would eat it again. My girlfriend got the fettuccini walnuts and added grilled chicken and that was amazing.

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vipEm1nSanRamon
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Food is okay. Kind of pricey

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vipTerri
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

I’m a regular customer and have always enjoyed their food. Nothing has changed except the way we were greeted last evening was quite surprising. We had a reservation and with a few minutes wait, the gentleman basically asked if we wanted to choose where to sit or shall he. While he went into the restaurant to acknowledge our reservation, we chose our table. Later, he confronts us and challenged us with what he said. He claimed that he had a seating plan for a larger party for a later reservation and us sitting where we chose presented a problem. He was quite argumentative and denied he said what we heard. He left us where we sat but also left us with a negative experience. Being fair, the food is always good but that is not the only thing that makes up a positive dining experience. As it ended up, we finished before any other table around us.

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Mike
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Covis-19 forced outside service. It was still great and the foods we enjoy tasted the same as inside eating. We dine here often and they are well prepared to make it very enjoyable, even outside.

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SocialGrammy
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Primavera always does a great job on the service, and the food. They are making the best of the Pandemic with service outdoors.

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kvhnorcal
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We haven’t been out to a restaurant for dinner during Covid-19 and thought we’d try one of our favorite places. Dinner was great even though we were outside in the parking lot! We’ll most likely try other places, too, but Primavera is one of our favorites.

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vipLisaH
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a small table outside the restaurant to celebrate our birthdays. I had veal Piccata and he had jambalaya. Food was delicious as always. Service was very good.

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Philerick
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our favorite Italian restaurant. Meals prepared before your eyes and service is ale=ways good. Even now during the pandemic they are really on top of things.

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Primavera Ristorante is rated 4.5 stars by 873 OpenTable diners.

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