1539 Solano Ave
Berkeley, CA 94707Neighborhood:
CalifornianPrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.rivolirestaurant.com/
- Phone: 5105262542
- 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
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
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
- Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
- Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
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Rivoli Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
220 reviews since June 3, 2014
- Ambiance4.4Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (161)special occasion (160)neighborhood gem (153)romantic (105)notable wine list (62)scenic view (28)hot spot (13)good for groups (11)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
- Very disappointedOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 9/27/2014The 2 appetizers and the 2 entrees we ordered fell short--each one of them. We went here for our anniversary and had to go to a local favorite down the street for dessert in order to end the evening on a positive note. The food or the service wasn't bad, it just wasn't good--at all. I would absolutely not recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys a quality meal.
- Bravo, Rivoli!OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIPDined on 9/27/2014I don't get to dine at Rivoli often enough, but every one of my visits has been a delicious and memorable experience. Once again, my dining companion and I were (almost) speechless in our praise of every item we ate -- the starters we shared were superb, and each of us had a main course of which we ate every single molecule (and we would have stabbed our server's hand with a fork had he tried to remove a plate that wasn't empty!) We shared a truly astonishing dessert and if we hadn't thought it would make us conspicuous, MIGHT have licked the plate clean. Keep up the good work, people ... I will go back next time I want to enjoy a truly outstanding meal on Solano!Special Features:
- Consistently satisfyingJbfoodieDined on 9/27/2014Consistently very fine and original food. They take chances gastronomically, which is cool, yet all the food is comfortably tasty. Out of the Chez Panisse tradition, they are farm to table and adjust their menu accordingly every 3 weeks, which us very impressive to me. Their wine list deserves mention for variety and affordability. The service is good enough to solid, and pleasingly authentic and unpretentious. The room is pleasant and the noise level reasonably quiet. Simply said, you get what you pay for with some delightful upsides. This is a place where real modest people eat really good food. Fresh, fresh and respectful of ingredients! Delicious time and time again without breaking the bank. Kudos Rivoli!Special Features:
- Good food, service less soMarcellaDined on 9/23/2014As always, I enjoy the food at Rivoli very much. The scallops were cooked to perfection. Love the small room with the view of the garden. Yes, as has been true of our last three visits, the service leaves much to be desired. You have to flag down the waiters at virtually every step of the meal. Long waits between courses. Difficult to get their attention. Just inattentive and sloppy overall. It's too bad; I would go more often but my irritation at the slow and sporadic service annoys me and makes me enjoy the meal less.Special Features:
- So accomodatingbetsyDined on 9/19/2014The employees here were just wonderful, would do just about anything to make our dinner perfect!!!Special Features:
- Great foodAlibabaDined on 9/16/2014I rarely enjoy restaurant food but liked this placeSpecial Features:
- Excellent RestaurantPleasantondinersDined on 9/16/2014The menu is varied but not extensive. The food is unique with fabulous flavors.Special Features:
- Always excellentNancyDined on 9/13/2014I've been going to Rivoli for many years and find it to be as reliable as ever with excellent food and service. Keep up the good work.Special Features:
- Great Neighborhood GemDinerproDined on 9/13/2014We love Rivoli! Great ambiance with the special little garden, wonderful food and wine, and terrific service. We frequent it often and it never disappoints. Plus, you can actually hear yourselves in conversation even on a Saturday night when the place is packed. It's just great!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- JanSDined on 9/12/2014We had a lovely evening meal at Rivoli for our weekly TGIF and plan to be there again soon. Thanks
- A long-time favoriteOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 9/12/2014We just went for our anniversary - again. We have shared many special occasions there and find ourselves returning, after 25 years.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- consistent and deliciousfreshfoodloverDined on 9/10/2014Rivoli's is a special occasion restaurant for our family. It varies from excellent to very good, and never dips below that. I love the attention to detail. The simple salad I started with was composed of absolutely fresh greens lightly dressed in a perfect vinaigrette...just right! Wonderful, interesting sides with the entrees. We'll be back!Special Features:
- Outstanding food and serviceredMeatDined on 9/6/2014Romantic ambiance. Our third visit and a very consistent dining experience.Special Features:
- Delicious, interesting good!Sar56Dined on 9/3/2014Small menu but it changes ever coule of weeks. Great food and the service is phenomenal. A bit pricey but worth the cost for a special occasion.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- beyond expectationsdinnerinBerkeleyDined on 9/1/2014We confused our Open Table reservation date and arrived to celebrate our wedding anniversary to find that they were completely full. Though the confusion was completely my mistake, the manager and hostess were really apologetic that they couldn't seat us. When we came back two days later for our reserved dinner, they greeted us warmly, sat us at the most private table scattered with "happy anniversary" cut outs and a great view of the garden. They comped us a taste of the delicious corn soup. The food was flawless, wonderful quality and creatively prepared and the service was attentive. We had a wonderful evening and especially appreciated their caring attitude. It was a perfect experience in every way. Thanks, Rivoli!Special Features:
- As usual, Rivoli was greatWhymeVIPDined on 8/30/2014We make it to Rivoli from time to time. We have always enjoyed the food. The service is first rate, and the atmosphere is very lively.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice local spotroadman3313Dined on 8/30/2014Small intimate dining room. Menu changes every few weeks to take advantage of fresh ingredients. Friendly staff. Meal tasted excellent. Prices were decent for a special occasion. I will be back for certain in the future.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Amazing food!!!Suni123Dined on 8/28/2014We went for our son's birthday, I informed them we were coming to celebrate. When we arrived, the table was decorated with birthday sprinkles that looked very nice. We are vegetarians and they had enough options for us to really enjoy the dinner. Food was amazing and they surprised by delivering the dessert with a candle for my son, that was very nice too!. I definitely recommend Rivoli for their amazing food and an equally amazing and caring service!!!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- teamk1966teamk1966Dined on 8/28/2014Went for anniversary with wife, hadn't been in years. Food and service were better than ever. Portabella mushroom appetizer still the best in the area. Main dishes were excellent as well as the lemon cheesecake with blueberries. Food was fresh, flavorful and enjoyable. Service team had Happy Anniversary confetti on our table and were very attentive. Finally, prices here are very reasonable compared with similar places with this quality of food. We will be back again.Special Features:
- Our favorite restaurantOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 8/26/2014For my husband's birthday this year I was determined to find someplace other than Rivoli, our stand-by for all special occasions. But after spending time looking at menus on-line, nothing was as good, or as reasonable. Once again, our family had the perfect meal.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 8/24/2014The food was fabulous - presentation and content. The hospitality was superb. The atmosphere was upbeat and fun. Do not pass up dessert!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Amazing RestaurantfoodiefabulousDined on 8/23/2014We celebrated my husbands 50th Birthday. The service was impeccable, the ambience just delightful, the food, well insanely delicious would be a good description. Everything was perfect..highly recommend Rivoli any time for an amazing dining experience. 5 stars Thank youSpecial Features:
- Birthday celebrationBaltofoodieDined on 8/22/2014Wonderful service and surprise decorations for a birthday celebration at a requested table overlooking the garden. Phenomenal salmon. Wine steward took exceptional care with the cork on a very good bottle of wine.Special Features:
- Not quite up to its past reputationUCity63Dined on 8/21/2014We were expecting to have a really great meal at Rivoli's, after seeing The 100 ft. Journey. It was so-so. Our waiter was extremely slow in coming to our table. We had inordinately long waits for cocktails, bread being brought, food coming, etc. The artichoke soup was tasty, as was the prawn appetizer. Salmon main course was good, but the pork chop entree was tough and would have had no taste w/o the jus. Bland corn pudding tasted like canned corn. The usually excellent hot fudge sundae came without whipped cream and too little ice cream, which was partly melted, and an over abundance of nuts. It had been perhaps waiting too long on the counter, and someone was definitely unclear on the concept of a hot fudge sundae.
- Modest exterior/brilliant interiorLAVLISHDined on 8/19/2014You enter through a diminutive bar and a short service hall to an exotic interior . The entire back wall of the intimate dining area is a verdant oasis of greenery that transports you far from Solano avenue. We started with a shared appetizer for 3.Everyone devoured the Portobella fritters .They were robust, crispy and satisfying. The Wild King Salmon was grilled to perfectly reflect the flavor and delicate, melting texture. A spicy Romanescu (sp?) sauce with the right amount of crunch was an awesome complement along with the potato gratin and fresh veggies. Try the nectarine crisp with hazelnut gelato. It bursts with flavor and won't disappoint. Our leisurely dinner was well paced and we never felt rushed.Food and wine were well matched .Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2005Dined on 8/19/2014Rivoli was once great. but it's been going downhill for some time now. I had a ravioli dish that was truly odd, even disgusting; I shared it with everyone at my table and they were all appalled as well. No one had a good word to say about any part of the meal except the desserts, which were each exquisite.
- A Berkeley jewelMagistra504WDined on 8/17/2014On a recent trip to the Bay Area, I found myself dining twice in Berkeley. The first time was at the grande dame Chez Panisse, and the second time was at Rivoli, about which I knew nothing prior to going there. While Chez Panisse acquitted itself admirably in its consistently fine tradition, Rivoli absolutely charmed me on every level. Service was precise and unpretentious. The food was inspired and memorable. Ambience was pleasant and understated. Noise level was modest, especially for a one-room setting. Dinner at Rivoli was truly a delight for both my partner and me.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- leadcarbonateDined on 8/16/2014We enjoyed our meal at Rivoli, as usual. Good food, low-key atmosphere, mostly good service.Special Features:
- Soryy, I wouldn't go backOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 8/16/2014Rivoli was disappointing. One appetizer was great but the other, deep fried mushroom fritters (were they called fritters?), was just mediocre bar food; fried, crispy something or other. The two way chicken was very good, but the risotto wasn't. The seafood in the risotto was great (lobster), but the rice tasted like chicken soup.
- Not up to standardsOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/12/2014I usually have a good meal at Rivoli, but I would not recommend the rissoto. I think this just wasn't their dish or the night for this dish. The risotto was terrible, something along the lines of a Swanson's rice and pea dish, with a few rubbery scallops and a couple of lobster pieces- not even good ones. It was more of a soup than risotto. I have been going to Rivioli for years, so this certainly won't stop me from going again, fortunately I've had more good meals there than bad.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful for a low-key birthdayanddsDined on 8/11/2014I took my boyfriend here for his birthday this past week. When I made the reservation on opentable I mentioned that it was his birthday and how we would like a table near the window that looks into the rear garden (it's beautiful) if it was possible. Not only did they give us a table near the window but the host wished my boyfriend happy birthday as he sat us and there was happy birthday confetti on the table when we arrived. These small gestures were really thoughtful and made our night. The service and food were fantastic. We will certainly be returning soon!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- never a disappointmentalbanydinerDined on 8/10/2014As always we enjoyed our dinner at Rivoli. It was an excellent choice for our 44th anniversary. The food was very good, the service attentive and efficient. We look forward to future dinners there, even for no occasion.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Quiet Special OccasionlessismoreDined on 8/5/2014My husband and I dined at Rivoli for the first time to celebrate his birthday. I asked for a window table to celebrate the occasion when placing the reservation and mentioned we were keeping the occasion low-key and there was no need for special treatment (i.e. candles or attention). Sure enough they took note. When we arrived, the hostess quietly wished my husband a happy birthday, seated us at a beautiful window table, and our fantastic server also wished my husband a good birthday. The service, feed and wine was fantastic. The pace was relaxing and we will certainly go back. No birthday needed to feel special there.Special Features:
- Rivoli DisappointmentBayEatersVIPDined on 8/3/2014We went to Rivoli Sunday night to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Unfortunately the meal was less than memorable. Both of our entres were cold to room temperature and basically tasteless. We haven't been there for a while, but remembered the superb meals we have had there in the past. This restaurant has clearly lost a step. Mid way into our meal we both agreed that we would never go back again.Special Features:
- Great FindpjjdDined on 8/2/2014Scallop appetizer, shrimp on grits and vegetarian lasagne were delicious. A little too creamy for our taste otherwise I would have given the food a 5 star. Tables are close together; close enough that we could hear the next table's conversation. But we had a great dinner and experience overall.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- ZZZBerkeleyDined on 8/2/2014Rivoli is a neighborhood jewel that can really serve a place for multiple occasions. And it's child-friendly! We took three kids to have dinner there including our two year old boy. The staff are super nice and making sure the "demanding toddler" is taken care of. Even though we have to rush through the meal, we received best service and a wonderful dinner experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always Excellent!OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 7/30/2014We are never disappointed at Rivoli. It remains my absolute favorite restaurant. Every single course was amazingly delicious, from the portobello fritters on a bed of arugula to the hot fudge sundae.Special Features:
- rivoliOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 7/30/2014Overall it was a good experience. The food is good and well prepared The service adequate...My disappointment was with the main course. I ordered the veal shoulder. I was served rare beef. When I told the waiter he said that it was veal. I let it go, as it was my wife's birthday and I did not wish to get into a debate. But veal is not bright red and served rare. Eugenio Massoni.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A delightful findBravoDined on 7/30/2014Old friends came together, all of whom are world travelers, and found Rivoli to rival most of our favorite restaurants. It is a small restaurant with a lovely view of their garden. The Moroccan chicken was wonderful and I fell in love with their chickpea fries. The salmon was fresh and perfectly prepared. It is rather noisy however, made worse by the loud voices of children. It would have been a perfect spot if young children were not encouraged. But all in all, a lovely restaurant with a fabulous chef in a location where you can actually find parking!Special Features:
- LizKDined on 7/29/2014Rivoli never disappoints. Food and service have remained consistently outstanding over many, many years. The signature mushroom fritters are all-time favorites. The entrees are always creative and give diners plenty of delicious options. This time it was the grilled shrimp with grits, etc. Our server was a pro. Can't say enough about this restaurant!Special Features: