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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Food and service were very good; wine was disappointing."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "It's worth a visit any time. Always outstanding. Lovely staff."
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Loved the portobello frites--one of the best appetizers ever. Good wine selection by the glass."
    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
  • "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
  • "My husband and I have the same birthdate and decided to treat ourselves in celebration at Rivoli. It was our first time there and it is now our favorite dinning spot close to home. The noise level is a bit high, but other than that the restaurant offers everything else expertly. Eva and Joe"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We took our daughter to RIVOLI for graduating from college. We had such a wonderful time! We arrived early, because we wanted to have a drink at their bar, which is very small, but the service was incredible, and it made it more intimate. The bartender, Chris, was very knowledgeable with wine, and food, and mixing drinks. He made our daughter a beautiful drink called Rose' of Sangria(I think) They escorted us to our table through a small hallway that passes the kitchen, so you can see how clean they are! The dining room is on the small side, but it was totally fine. There is one huge window wall that looks out to a beautiful, green garden area. The service, the meal, and wine were all exceptional! Lamb cooked to perfection! Please go!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Haven't been back to Rivoli for a while, it was as good as ever, especially the food. My husband kept raving about the Chicken Cooked Two Ways dish. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "We went to Rivoli to celebrate my parents 57th wedding anniversary and they had happy anniversary & heart confetti on the table which was a special touch that made the evening and the delicious meal absolutely fabulous! "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We went to Rivoli for the first time and would return next week if we were back in Berkeley. Had a marvelous dinner beginning with their house specialty of portabella mushroom fritters. Our waiter Tiffannie was exceptional and the owner/chef came through the dining room on two occasions to chat with guests. A very pleasant evening and dinner!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Food is very good - fresh ingredients, thoughtful combinations, friendly to vegetarians. Great cocktail and dessert menu. On the pricey side."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Wonderful intimate atmosphere, good food (great appetizers, solid entrees and desserts), great service - server was knowledgeable about the food and about wine/liquor pairings with each course. All in all, a great meal!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "All three courses were excellent. Tables are generously spaced so there was no noise that interfered with dinner table conversation."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "I have sent a review on Yelp. So this is a repeat. The food and setting were excellent. But our waitress's attitude is condescending and left us with a bitter taste. So this is to remark how important the waiting staff is to our dining experience especially one that is expensive and saved for special occasion. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "This is our go-to date night/special occasion/bring out of town guests restaurant. We are regulars and simply love the elegant feel and delicious food."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We dined at Rivoli for a weekend dinner and were extremely impressed with the quality of food, drink and service. In particular, the desserts were outstanding (e.g., chocolate brioche bread pudding) as were the cocktails. Hope to be back soon!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Monday's dinner was delicious, but that is what is always expected at Rivoli. We did have to send back one salmon entrée that was overcooked. The replacement came out quickly, properly prepared and with apologies. The calamari appetizer was exquisite as was a caramelized onion soufflé served with veal."
    Dined on 5/12/2014