1788 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709Neighborhood:
ItalianPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.corsoberkeley.com/
- Phone: 5107048004x
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Italian
- Executive Chef: Scott Eastman
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
- Private Party Facilities: Please contact the restaurant for more details.
- Cross Street: Delaware
- Public Transit: Downtown Berkeley Bart is a 5 minute walk.
AC Transit bus service travels the length of Shattuck Ave.
- Parking: Street Parking
- Parking Details: Metered street parking on Shattuck Ave. Unmetered 2 hour parking available on side streets - Delaware and Francisco.
A word from Trattoria Corso
Corso is the sister restaurant of Rivoli Restaurant, which Chef/Owner Wendy Brucker & GM/Owner Roscoe Skipper opened in 1994. Corso is a casual trattoria featuring the simple, rustic food of Florence, with a full bar & an all-Italian wine list. We serve dinner nightly.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
- Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
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Trattoria Corso reviews from OpenTable diners
224 reviews since July 3, 2014
- Ambiance4.1Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (172)neighborhood gem (165)special occasion (97)notable wine list (64)romantic (59)hot spot (32)good for groups (20)vibrant bar scene (19)kid-friendly (11)late-night find (10)great for brunch (3)scenic view (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
- DrJackVIPDined on 9/2/2014This restaurant is consistently rated in the top 100 by the Chronicle, but in two visits a year apart, we must have hit them on an off night. The chopped liver on toast was OK, the orchietta was thick, underdone, and tasteed like glue, and the sausage with lentils was too strong for our taste. The outstanding Budino for dessert raised the average score, but not enough that we would recommend it By the way, we love the apace and feeling in the room, and our waiter was very good.Special Features:
- RushedcrocodileDined on 9/1/2014The food was very good. However, my husband and I had the feeling that we were rushed through the meal; the courses arrived very quickly one after the other, and we had only just finished our dessert when we were brought the check (without having asked for it). I do not consider this a pleasant dining experience.
- Great dinnerpickypattyDined on 9/1/2014We had a great dinner at Corso. Best fritto misto ever, chicken liver pate is out of this world. The pastas were perfect and we had a wonderful server. Great place.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- kitkatDined on 8/31/2014We've been to this place a few times before and we've always loved the food. The first time we sat at the counter and watched food preparation, which was lots of fun. The next few times we were in the middle of the room and it was very noisy and cramped feeling. This time we were in a quiet corner by the window, which was lovely! It was cozy and we could hear each other, and the service was attentive but never cloying. We had a perfectly delicious sole, wonderful frito misto veggies, and the famous panne cotta. Our favorite experience so far!Special Features:
- Perfect dining!SunnySandyVIPDined on 8/31/2014We enjoyed our dinner experience very much. We were greeted in a very friendly manor. Our table was ready for us. The waiter was prompt and answered all questions for us. The meal was served without much wait and was hot as prefer it. The food was prepared perfectly and was delicious. Definitely will return! The one thing that our friends and my husband wishes is that the kitchen or waiter would bone the fish.Special Features:
- We will be back!KatorindaVIPDined on 8/31/2014Great service, great cocktails, and overall very good meal. The smoked sausages with lentils were amazing. Ambience and noise level were just right.Special Features:
- Loud and disinterestedCollegekiddinerDined on 8/30/2014Looking forward to this restaurant and when asked to move to a corner table we got a glare from the maître de. The polenta was fabulous but the penne pasta was average at best. The anchovy appetizer was made up of two anchovies and the bruschetta had too much olive oil on it. Hardwood floors accentuate the loud sound. Service was average, perhaps due to the crowd.Special Features:
- Reliably fabulous!Local30VIPDined on 8/29/2014We love coming here and look forward to enjoying a dinner here at the end of a long week. It has a neighborhood vibe with reliably fabulous food.Special Features:
- Highs and lowsOpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 8/29/2014The hyped chicken breast dish was overlooked to the point it was tacky to chew. However, the bucatini pasta was fantastic.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Glad to revisitnadia1mDined on 8/29/2014I had not been to Corso in a few years but my friend wanted to go because it had recently been reviewed by Michael Bauer. I hadn't been back because there are so many great places to eat in the Bay Area but Corso is a place I hope to return to frequently. Everything was wonderful :)Special Features:
- A gemLuv2eatVIPDined on 8/29/2014We must have driven past this restaurant at least 100 times. Luckily we decided to give it a try. The food was wonderful and the service was warm. Great nightSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Another great dinnerprofessorDined on 8/28/2014One of the best restaurants in all of East Bay. Food never disappoints. A must-goSpecial Features:
- always reliable.OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 8/27/2014We've been coming to Corso since it opened and enjoy the wonderful Italian food, unique wine list and friendly casual service still.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Special PlacePharmboyDined on 8/23/2014Can't really say anything negative about this wonderful gem. From appetizers to main dish to desserts I haven't had anything that I haven't truly found spectacular.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- just rightDrSookDined on 8/23/2014Sitting at the bar, sampling wines & expert mixed drinks from the Italian tradition- almost every dish is delicious - from Branzini to steak, pastas are sublime.. Not cheap, but so worth it to never be disappointed ! Even desserts provide essential dark chocolate notes.Special Features:
- Pork Chop4mft99VIPDined on 8/22/2014A nice late evening find in Berkeley. Would absolutely come back for the Pork Chop with great flavor and texture without being overcooked as it is most of the time elsewhere. Dinner for 3 was perfectly met with a rich Tagliatelle in the meat sauce, Pork Chop, Polenta appetizer, and 2 other sides. The table service was attentive and personable and made up for the rather abrupt and opinionated waiter, who assumed my tween son hadn't ordered off a menu before or knew what he would enjoy eating. Looking forward to trying other items soon.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIPDined on 8/22/2014The style of Italian served reminded us of dinner in Florence. Staff was enthusiastic, the food was served at the proper temperature and the presentation was well done. We were very pleasantly surprised.Special Features:
- Great Italian in BerkeleymoreofeverythingpleaseDined on 8/22/2014Can't go wrong on the menu here, everything they turn out is tasty. If they have Osso Buco on your night, get it. Whenever they have something strange (to me) on the menu, like tripe salad with mint, I go for it and it's always delicious. Their sides are excellent too, especially the polenta. Bummed that I haven't seen tomato bread soup on the menu lately. Been here five times or so and will happily continue.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Superb Corse of Dishes at CORSOSFoodLoGiKDined on 8/22/2014Great interior, comfortable tables are well spaced so diners do not disturb/overhear people at the next table. The menu is excellent with a lot of rare or unusual choices. The appetizers are very good and very nicely presented. Those who shy away from the tripe salad would miss a delicious dish. The duck liver mouse and the chicken liver pate were superb. The branzino, the sausage and the steak were superb, the pork chop was better than in most restaurants. The roasted chicken breast is just a superb, unparalleled masterpiece. The desserts match the quality of the food. This restaurant is a very worthy competitor to any of the top restaurants in SF. The prices are somewhat lower then in SF and the servings are large.Special Features:
- Great restaurant in BerkeleySherwoodDined on 8/20/2014Excellent food, great service, wonderful ambiance. We go there often.Special Features:
- Great dinner here!ATLdinerDined on 8/19/2014Recommended by a colleague so stopped by here one Tuesday night. Server was super helpful in pointing out her favorites and general customer favorites. We followed her direction and had an awesome dinner.Special Features:
- in the top 5SFbornandraisedDined on 8/18/2014Hadn't heard much about this small restaurant in Berkeley but it has killer food. Made it into my top 5 restaurants in bay area. Had the Yellowtail and Kale salad (the best) plus their improvement on Affogato - chocolate, espresso and bourbon - what a great way to make something perfect better.Special Features:
- Pasta!OaktownDinerVIPDined on 8/17/2014This is the second time in a month I've dined at Trattoria Corso. My 91-year-old Italian mother loves this place--and believe me she knows Italian food! First the service here is personable, friendly, and very knowledgeable. I've had the same waitperson both times and she's fabulous. She knows the menu and wine list, and steered us to the best selections. For me, "Trattoria Corso" is synonymous with "fresh pasta". In my opinion, it's the best pasta in the Bay Area--cooked to a perfect al dente. The perfect meal for me is the house-made salumi plate (amazing), a simple salad, and pasta with a beef or lamb ragu. And of course, a hearty glass of red wine!Special Features:
- Elegant but unpretentiousAnonymousVIPDined on 8/16/2014Corso consistently provides great meals that really show off the flavors of the ingredients rather than peddling some gimmicky menu. The crowd is mixed and tends toward the casual side, but I think the ambiance is suitable for "special occasion" meals. Good wine and cocktail selection. Service is helpful and attentive, but also low key.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Tasty but noisypetalsDined on 8/16/2014The food was very good, but it was hard to have a conversation. The tables are very close together and it was very loud. It is worth going back for the food.Special Features:
- Quite good for big groupBambotDined on 8/14/2014Had a party here and the waiter was very professional. It was a really good experience. I don't usually like Italian food so i can't comment on the food. I liked the ones I ordered. They were really savory but not something id eat everyday.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- KateDined on 8/10/2014Service was very good, but the food was disappointing, as well as cold when served.
- Great food, service disappointingCapitoladiner2Dined on 8/8/2014Overall it was good, but I would try somewhere else next time I am in Berkeley. The food was excellent although the portions were small. if you are really hungry order first and 2nd plates. I asked for corkage ($20) kind of high. When I brought out my bottle, no one was anywhere around to pour it, I had to ask for service. We only saw our waitperson at the beginning and end of our meal. Where did she go? I hope they share the tips. We ordered our food, it was there in about 10 minutes - whoa - that was fast! But we weren't in a hurry. It took so long to get a glass of wine poured I had to stop eating in order to have any food to enjoy the wine with! Service should have been better. The Budino was great!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- too noisy, but good foodwjg1Dined on 8/8/2014too noisy. why is the Opentable 'noise' category only topping out at 'energetic'?? that's absurd. Too much noise is downright ENERVATING. That is, it robs us of energy to have to shout to our friends to be heard!! This isn't the only too-noisy restaurant in San Francisco. But OpenTable gives us no way to identify ANY of them appropriatelySpecial Features:
- BkdefendOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 8/5/2014Drove from San Francisco for this meal. Now every time I am in San Francisco I will always make that drive. T Bone the best I have had in 10 years.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Corso - 08/02/14BubbaDined on 8/2/2014We brought a party of 6 to the restaurant. The food, service and ambience were outstanding. We look forward to dining at Corso on our next trip to Berkeley.Special Features:
- good findmojoDined on 7/31/2014Recommended by a local, Corso was all my traveling friends and I could wish. My friends, lovers of fine food, were delighted and impressed with their selections. I have to follow a very restricted diet, so they put together a perfectly plain tagliatelle, very tasty, and steamed greens. Our waiter was very helpful. We loved the feeling of the place.Special Features:
- great time!gottaeatDined on 7/30/2014We showed up a little early and they seated us right away, and after that everything was outstanding!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice Italian Restaurantanders59Dined on 7/30/2014Our group gave mixed reviews to the menu items we tried. The bruschetta was terrific. One of the pasta dishes was fantastic. And, the other was just okay. The carafe of wine was very good. It would be nice if the menu described the different dishes a little more thoroughly. The one negative was how close the tables are to one another. It is impossible to have a private conversation.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Trattoria CorsoBin38Dined on 7/27/2014This was my 2nd time there in a month. Both times, I enjoyed 1/2 of the Florentine Steak (it's big- so we shared it). It was just like I remember in Florence in Dec 2007. Wait help was very attentive. We felt a sense of welcome there. There's a 'good feeling' within the place. Food is awesome.Special Features:
- I couldn't stop eatingpabloDined on 7/25/2014The food was so tasty and the waitstaff were so attentive and helpful that I could not stop eating the hand-made pasta, home-made sausage, and the best polenta I've ever had. And I couldn't stop drinking the delicious and innovative cocktails or sampling the wine. I had to pull myself away in a half drunken stupor caused mostly by the overwhelming feelings of culinary bliss I had just experienced. This place is serious and seriously exceptional.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- GreatDaveiDined on 7/24/2014Everything about our experience was quite enjoyable. Food was delicious, 4 of us split 2 pastas as starters, ordered bistec fiorentina, pollo al burro, sous vide pork loin with plums (special), and grilled whole fish. Hard to decide which was best but the pork and chicken were particularly good. Our waiter Nicholas was outstanding and picked us two memorable wines. Can't wait to go backSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Portions are tiny and disappointingKim813Dined on 7/24/2014I normally don't expect huge portions at this type of Italian restaurant, but the $16 pasta dish that I ordered was tiny and definitely not worth the $16 price tag. I'm a pretty petite person, but this dish would not even satisfy a child's appetite. It was an appetizer portion at best. I was done in about four bites and left very hungry. Although the shrimp and spaghetti were cooked well, the butter based sauce lacked flavor and ended up being oily. I had to eat a slice of pizza at Cheeseboard down the street. My husband's salmon wasn't cooked through. Usually, I don't mind fish being cooked rare or medium rare, but it depends on the type of fish. They didn't even ask how we wanted it cooked and it didn't specify on the menu.
- You must order the salumi!!OaktownDinerVIPDined on 7/20/2014I had a very enjoyable meal with my family here. It's an intimate place, and if you're like me, it's easy to enjoy the activity of the kitchen. The service was great. Very attentive and well choreographed. Food was more than great, and I really enjoyed the pasta. Minor flaw but easily fixable: I asked for a premium dry martini and got a drink with way too much vermouth. The cured meats here are fantastic and not to be missed. Better than Italy. This is a sister restaurant of Rivoli (I used to be a big fan of Rivoli but somewhere along the line they lost their mojo), so it's great to see Trattoria Corso thriving.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Subtle changes to ambiance.ThreeToGoVIPDined on 7/20/2014No more foreign films shown at the bar unfortunately. It really added so much to the ambiance that it is really a shame. Also, the formatting change to the menu similarly reduced the quaint nature of the restaurant. Food and service remain outstanding however.Special Features: