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Rivoli Restaurant
Rivoli Restaurant

Rivoli Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rivolirestaurant.com
  • Phone: (510) 526-2542
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Wendy Brucker
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Neilson
  • Public Transit: North Berkeley BART
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Easy street parking available.
A word from Rivoli Restaurant
Rivoli strives to be a hands on, moderately priced restaurant with simple and creative food, carefully selected wines and comfortable service in a warm and lively atmosphere. Rivoli’s distinction comes from the heart and soul of its owners and staff. The menu relies on what is seasonal, local and fresh, using mostly organic produce, sustainably caught fish and naturally raised meats and poultry. The wines are selected for their affinity with the food, and offer the best values from the cooler regions of California and the Old World. The dining room staff provides friendly and attentive service and the chefs and cooks are skilled artisans of their craft.Continued
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Diner Reviews
  • "Food was wonderful, service faultless. Entire evening was delightful."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I have known the chef-owner, Wendy, for at least 30 years, since she was "chefing" at a restaurant in a Berkeley hotel, and her food just keeps getting better. The menu changes weekly and is always seasonal, but you can always count on finding two things: the portabella mushroom fritters, and the hot fudge sundae. She tells me that she gets a revolt from her customers if she tries to take these items off the menu. I had a great shrimp with grits a few days ago, (not your ordinary grits, either...) and shared a couple of desserts - the chocolate brioche bread pudding, and the peach cobbler. Small but well curated wine list, including some good half bottles, excellent service, beautiful garden view - what's not to like?"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We have eaten at Rivoli many times over the years and always enjoyed our meals. We chose the restaurant to take friends for a special dinner. All four of us were disappointed in our meals and our service. Upon being seated we asked the waiter to open our wine, it took him a very long time to get around to the task, not allowing the wine enough time to breathe properly. Two people ordered the scallops, the plate looked messy, to much going on and the scallops themselves were just ok. I ordered the mushroom fritter, it had to thick of a batter on it and the aioli tasted like mayo. The butter lettuce salad was a hit. All entrees were good, but not the outstanding meal we remembered from previous visits. Rivoli what happened?"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The staff went out of its way to make our 21st anniversary dinner lovely, from decorating our table to making an adjustment when one of the courses was less than perfect. Excellent food, gracious service and a beautiful garden view make Rivoli an excellent choice for a romantic dinner or convivial get together. It's nice, too, not to have to shout to carry on a conversation."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "With the menu changing every few weeks that are reasons to come back to Rivoli for unique and delicious food selections. Service was more attentive than on my previous two visits and the ambiance provides a comfortable and special dining experience."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Rivoli's food is consistently superb. There are just the right amount of choices so that there is always at least one option for me. I like the size of the restaurant (not too big, not too small), the ambiance, the lush greenery to look at outside and the service is excellent."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I took my wife to this restaurant based on the good reviews and was disappointed with some of the dishes we ordered. My dishes were fine and had little to complain about. I had the portobello mushroon fritters and the steak entree which were fine. My wife started out withe the scallops on a bed of lettuce which wa fine, but the two scallops were extremely small. She then had the lamb and pork meatballs on saffron risotto. The risotto was not creamy at all and the rice was not complely cooked. She did enjoy the necturine crumb dessert. We probably would not come back."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Awesome food. I have never had a bad or mediocre dish here. The ingredients and preparation are all top notch. The slow braised lamb and pork meatballs on risotto were intensely flavorful."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Our dining experience was very pleasant in pleasant surroundings. The wait staff was very attentive and gave descriptions of the entrees. A good restaurant for a special occasion."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Loved it, found this on open table and we were so pleased. no flaws, all good"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Thanks so much to the great folks here for another wonderful dining experience. Monica"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "As a 1st time visitor, the ambience was great, as well as the food and service. Would definitely return."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "friendly, knowledgeable and professional service was perfect on our visit to this neighborhood restaurant. We dined with a friend and regular from the area and she said "you must have the Portabella Mushroom Fritters". She was right, they were out of this world. The Scallop entree was perfectly grilled, although with a sweet relish and potato and corn "risotto", I thought it could use a bit more acid. I may have made a bad call when I asked that they leave the padron peppers off the dish as our friend had her's with the peppers and didn't think it too sweet. The Flat Iron Steak was wonderfully seasoned and tender and my partner enjoyed the accompaniment of potato and olive oil puree, broccoli di ciccio and fried shallots. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Lovely spot to enjoy a great meal and conversation with friends or a special someone. The view of the garden is very relaxing. The service is polished and professional as well as friendly and welcoming--a regular couldn't have received better attention than we did. The staff are knowledgeable about the menu and the wines. Rivoli is unassuming Northern California elegance--exellence delivered without affectation. I will go back."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Food and service were very good; wine was disappointing."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "One of the finest dinners we've ever had. Truly outstanding restaurant in every way. The shrimp appetizer was exquisite with carmelized, crushed beets. My wife had the scallops entree and I had the flank steak. Both entrees were superb. Beautifully presented; creative mixture of vegetables and sauces and the steak was cooked to perfection. They were out of the wine we initially ordered, so they gave us a bottle of the next higher rated wine at the same price which was better than what we originally ordered. The restaurant is a single dining room with approximately 12 tables. The back wall is made of glass with a beautiful, landscaped garden for the diners' viewing pleasure. Outstanding service by the staff."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Dining room, very attractive with glass wall to show outdoor greenery. Food, well-prepared, delicious and well served. I had the scallops which were just right; so many places they are overcooked. Cocktails, very good and generously sized. One of our favorite places for dinner."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I heard about restaurant, people liked it. I do not like a vodka straight up in champagne glass. The glass was not iced and waiter never checked on our meal after it was served. I had steak and was a waiter. Always make sure it is cooked to your satisfaction. The food was very good."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "the apps were good, the main dishes were disappointing. The chicken was over salted, the scallops were good but the rest of the dish was boring."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "On Sunday night I took two friends from the east coast who had never been to Rivoli before --- and they were as delighted by the meal as I have come to be on all of my visits there. The food and service are completely reliable, and always excellent. It is a great restaurant."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Everything was just lovely. The service was room and friendly. The dining room looked out to a lovely garden. The food was delicious, but not pretentious. The service attentive, but not hovering. The wait staff knew the menu."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Rivoli is a cozy and charming place, and the menu includes some delicious things. The fried mushroom fritters are my favorite appetizer. The staff are friendly and helpful and the entire experience has always been pleasurable for me."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The service was excellent and the ambiance was good but the food was mediocre. The crab bisque soup and special heirloom salad were both good. Ordered slow cooked pork which was ok but the flat iron steak was tough and bland. The waiter was concerned and called the manager over to talk to us. Thought perhaps they would comp the flat iron steak or perhaps one of the first courses, but they didn't make any adjustment to our bill. Will not return or recommend."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Cozy setting with nice landscaped view of yard. Just too noisy and too many tables squeezed in small space. Service is outstanding that really stood out."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Excellent food in a restaurant highly rated on Tripadvisor. Wines a little pricey (from a UK perspective). Very popular restaurant, busy even at 5 pm."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "It's worth a visit any time. Always outstanding. Lovely staff."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We have been coming to Rivoli for many years. It has never been disappointing and we always find a wonderful new dish or two each time we visit. It is ideal for any special occasion."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We have been coming here for years and absolutely love the restaurant. Food is terrific, excellent wine, service and ambiance. Thank you for making this restaurant so special!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Rivoli is consistently fantastic - food is creative and amazing in taste and presentation, service is wonderful - they don't make you feel rushed,"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Rivoli is our favorite East Bay restaurant, and even though our expectations are high, it never lets us down. The food is consistently perfectly prepared whatever we order. The service is top notch, and the ambience lovely and inviting."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My husband and I have been coming to Rivoli for years and just by doing so, it's a special occasion. The small dining room doesn't feel crowded with the wall of windows out to the beautiful garden. The food is exquisite for the eyes and phenomenal for the taste buds. Never disappoints!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Fabulous dinner! Everything was top notch from the appetizers to the salad to the main course. Each plate was beautifully presented as well as cooked to perfection. Our waitress, Tiffany was fabulous. She was attentive, (not overly), sweet personality, knew the menu well and took really good care of us. I know this will become one of our favorite restaurants in Berkeley, and we live in Marin!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Lovely night, a neighborhood restaurant that is also a destination for foodies."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "It remains a gem of the East Bay. Always delightful and friendly. An extremely welcoming feel."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Highest level culinary ART from Kitchen. Warm hospitality from entire staff, all of whom work effectively as a team. Top Quality Fresh ingredients and Beautiful presentations. A WORLD CLASS FINE DINING EXPERIENCE without self-conscious arrogance from staff. Moderate pricing for this peak level of experience."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Loved the portobello frites--one of the best appetizers ever. Good wine selection by the glass."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Rivoli truly went out of their way to make our dining experience a wonderful one. I mentioned when making the reservation that it was our wedding anniversary. They had sprinkled party confetti with Happy Anniversary on the table and served us a glass of complimentary sparkling wine at the end of our meal. The food was really excellent with a nice selection of wine and authentic cocktails. Great evening!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Consistently Wonderful food, intimate atmosphere. Special place!"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Our party of four had a hard time deciding whose main course was best, but all agreed this was a fine dining experience we will be back for. The space is tight, but thoughtfully and creatively designed. Don't miss out on the portabello fritters to start and the excellent cheese course to finish."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "We've had dinner at Rivoli a few times before, and it always lived up to its reputation as an amazingly good neighborhood restaurant. This time was no exception. In fact, it was even better than I remembered, with excellent service and good food. We were about 15 minutes early for our reservation, but the staff accommodated us very quickly and gave us a terrific corner table by the window. My wife didn't much like her salad - and she loves salad - but my baby greens salad was excellent and the pork was startlingly flavorful. The wait staff seemed very concerned that we might not have liked the food, but in fact the food was excellent except, apparently, for that one salad. The place was quiet even though full of interesting diners."
    Dined on 5/31/2014