10 Most Loved Walnut Creek Restaurants, According to Real Diners

Walnut Creek, nestled in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, is a dining destination teeming with exceptional culinary experiences.

It’s one thing for critics like us to pick too places, but for the best choices, it’s often better to go straight to the source—the diners! To make this list, we crunched the numbers on hundreds of reviews from real diners, posted on multiple review sites.

The results are in. Here’s a list of the top 10 restaurants that you should definitely check out when you’re in the city.

1. Va de Vi Bistro & Wine Bar

Famous for its extensive wine list and tantalizing tapas, Va de Vi Bistro & Wine Bar offers a cozy atmosphere, outdoor seating, and exceptional service. The quality of their food is often praised by patrons, making it a top choice for locals and visitors alike.

2. Rooftop

As the name implies, Rooftop offers diners a breathtaking view of Mt. Diablo. With creatively prepared New American cuisine and a beautiful outdoor lounge, this venue is perfect for a romantic evening or a casual lunch. The stunning ambiance, complemented by flavorful dishes, will surely make your visit memorable​.


If you’re craving Spanish cuisine, TELÈFERIC BARCELONA is the place to be. With a history that began thirty years ago in Barcelona, Spain, this restaurant offers a unique dining experience. Enjoy the best Spanish Tapas in the Bay Area, innovative paellas, and hand-crafted cocktails in a lively ambiance with high-end European decor.

4. Montesacro Walnut Creek

Located in the heart of Walnut Creek, Montesacro introduces Pinsa – a type of pizza with an exceptionally crispy crust – and pays homage to Roman culinary traditions. This is the place to enjoy a taste of Italy without leaving California.

5. Elia

Indulge in a memorable dining experience at Elia, where you can enjoy authentic Greek food in an ambiance setting that transports you to the Mediterranean. This restaurant is known for its quality service and delicious cuisine​.

6. Sauced BBQ & Spirits

Sauced BBQ & Spirits brings authentic southern BBQ to Northern California. Known for its unmatched southern charm and ambiance, this restaurant also offers axe throwing reservations for a fun-filled dining experience. With crafted cocktails, a variety of beers, and award-winning BBQ, you’re sure to get Sauced​.

7. La Fontaine

La Fontaine combines French and Italian cuisine to present a vibrant menu made with local and seasonal ingredients. The team at La Fontaine strives to provide a sophisticated and unique experience every time you visit.

8. Bounty Hunter

Bounty Hunter Walnut Creek serves up incredible food, from signature campfire cuisine items to new exciting menu options. With a warm, welcoming atmosphere, Bounty Hunter aims to provide an elevated guest experience both in their restaurant and retail shop.

9. Fleming’s Steakhouse

Fleming’s Steakhouse is the place to enjoy an exceptional Prime steak, a glass of wine, or a handcrafted cocktail. Conveniently located in the heart of Walnut Creek’s boutique and international shopping district, Fleming’s offers a fine dining experience that can also be enjoyed at home, thanks to their curbside pickup and delivery options​.

10. Sasa

Sasa, a Japanese inspired restaurant, provides a unique dining experience in a historic 100-year-old building that was once a meat market. With a commitment to fresh local seasonal fare, Sasa offers a blend of tradition and innovation that will satisfy any palate.

Interestingly, several of these are different from the places we would pick if we did a “critic’s choice” selection of Walnut Creek restaurants (which isn’t a bad idea…). We’d definitely include Parada on the list, for example.

Va De Vi is a great one, though, and definitely a perennial favorite that’s been around a long time. Take a look at these most-loved places, but also remain open to the full amazing culinary scene in WC.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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