Trattoria Corso
Trattoria Corso

Trattoria Corso

  • 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.

Getting there

  • 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.
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Trattoria Corso reviews from OpenTable diners
226 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (173)neighborhood gem (165)special occasion (96)notable wine list (64)romantic (57)hot spot (30)good for groups (21)vibrant bar scene (20)kid-friendly (11)late-night find (10)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Wow! What a find
    Lola
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Corso.... what a fabulous experience! The food and service were truly outstanding, and lived up to all the great things I've heard. I've been there once and it's already on my favorite restaurant list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Absolutely the only thing wrong with Trattoria Corso is that there are way more wonderful things on the menu than two people can possibly order! Go with at least four people!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oh... that chicken!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Stop in to Corso, order the butter-poached chicken, then you'll know.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday dinner
    LisaGVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Trattoria Corso was warm and welcoming for our party of 4. The food was magnificent. Our server could not have been more attentive and really got into the spirit of the evening. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best polenta and panna cotta
    ValStone50
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Their polenta has mascarpone cheese and is so silky smooth and rich, it just glides over your tongue. The panic coater is the most delicate and light dessert I have ever tasted--flecked with vanilla beans, I ask them to hold the fruit compote, as it overpowers the sweet and simple Panna Cotta, which is so delicious on its own.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Corso!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Every time we come here we have a fantastic meal. Great for celebrations and romantic dinners, though the noise level gives it a more active/interactive feel. We love Corso!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NOISE!!!!!!!!
    lov2eatVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Wait staff was very attentive. Got there early, before the crowd. I ordered the ricotta and leek tart. It was not at all what I expected and was not happy with the dish after the first bite. The staff was very happy to have me order something else. Five Stars for that. I ordered their mixed lettuce salad and I was not disappointed. For my main dish I had the Butter-Roasted Chicken Breast. Cooked perfectly with crispy crispy skin. My one big problem. Once the tables were full the noise was unbearable. I have been in noisy places all too often but this was by far the most distressful. It will be hard to go back because of it. Sorry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special place to dine
    Ignatz49
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The food was terrific. Try the risotto with smoked oysters! But don't miss the fennel au gratin either. We didn't get to the dessert menu, as we were too full. The waiter was very helpful and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uneven
    critiqueVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We generally consider Corso a solid choice but sometimes it disappoints. This time was one of those uneven meals.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Experience
    TheJMayVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I went to Corso with my brother to celebrate, and we had a lovely time. The chicken liver crostini, pappardelle and duck were all fantastic, and our waiter recommended excellent wine to go with our entrees. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a nice experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    But time for some more diverse menu selections--made with olive oil not butter!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I come here several times a year and our last visit was just as exceptional as every other visit. Sample the housemade charcuterie, melt in your mouth delicious. Pasta entrees were outstanding, as was the Farmers' sausage. Topped off with the panna cotta and the flourless chocolate cake for a perfect meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Corso Redux
    BioSciCharlie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Dark and intimate sans television, noisy and vibrant; the food is generally excellent mirroring a tiny complex kitchen that bubbles with activity. Risotto very good, sausage tasty and unusual; green salad excellent, spinach to perfection and same on salad. The skate might need to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently satisfying
    lawman
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    DON'T HAVE TIME TO WRITE A REVIEW. BEEN TO CORSO MANY TIMES. ALMOST NEVER DISAPPOINTED, THOUGH THE SEATING IS RATHER CROWDED.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hot and Noisy!
    SHBEVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We had been at Corso before, in the winter, when it is nice to tuck into a cozy restaurant and eat good food. This time, in late summer, the restaurant was uncomfortably hot (for all four of us), and extremely noisy, where we had to really strain to hear each other. Such a shame that the good food and the friendly service, two positives in this restaurant, have to compete with a truly uncomfortable environment. In the end, we did not find the experience enjoyable and tried to eat as fast as we could so we could get OUT! We will not return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • visiting Cal parents
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We have had dinner at Corso twice and have really enjoyed it both times. The only drawback is the noise level. We took my 84 year old father there on a Sunday night hoping it wouldn't be too loud but unfortunately he had a really hard time hearing the conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Gourmand's Delight
    CMB2B
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had heard about Corso as a superb place to dine and were looking forward to eating there. We met some friends for dinner and were quite pleased with the interesting variety of menu options. The service was excellent. The food lived up to its reputation and beyond. Everything from appetizers to main course to dessert was delicious. We will definitely return there again in the near future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • delicious authentic Italian
    deepvintageVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    with great service & food that is sometimes beyond expectation & always delicious. my only objection is that if Corso can't find your reservation they sometimes get their back up & act like you're a guilty nuisance until you're proven innocent. this happened when it was the fault of the computer & later they explained & apologized. Based on the welcome we got the first time we came in, we probably wouldn't have come back except the atmosphere was so inviting. Always made a reservation in advance and DON'T be put off if you happen to wander in without one or there's a screw-up and it gets a little chilly. The warmth is there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful surprise!
    delicious
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our first time, we were looking for something new and a little special as it was our anniversary. Charlie greeted us, heard it was our anniversary, made the night very special. Food was especially good, loved the home made aspects of the menu. A pleasant surprise, can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really terrific Italian Cuizine
    BayHolz
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    An Italian Bistro that has remarkable food, exceeding the quality of most such bistros in Italy, and at a lower price. Great and unusual main diskes, great side dishes, great service, and a wonderful wine list -- ranging from delicious house wines to rare imports from small Italian producers. It is within walking distance of the Berkeley theater and music venues
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality Italian/CA food
    Comelon
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    A slight California twist on Italian food, beautifully prepared and with tasty results. Very good value for the money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highly over rated
    Betty
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The food was over cooked, over sauced and overpriced for the quality! Much more French than Italian in style.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dinner
    Derekwh
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We had a wonderful experience at Corso Monday night. Everything was excellent, timely service, terrific food and a great wine list. We started with the salumi board followed by a couple of shared pastas, for the mains we had the chicken breast in butter and the pork loin. While both were delicious, the chicken blew me away. For dessert we shared the Offogato and the Amarena Cherry Sundae, both were fantastic. We will make a point of returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • best dining in Berkeley
    miakoda
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Corso is simply divine. the Food is amazing. They have sounds absorbers on the wall so you can actually have a conversation. Our entree was taking a while to come out, and our waiter noticed before we did, bringing us a plate of warm olives and apologizing for the delay. you don't find service like that anymore. My mother has owned multiple 4 and 5 star restaurants in NYC, so I hold very high standards for fine dining. Corso is simply one of the best restaurants in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    + Was very happy with food, service-----my only complaint (and I knew ahead of time this would be a problem)---it's very, very noisy even for people who do not have a hearing problem. However, I made reservations at opening time, (less noisy) and was given as quiet a corner as possible----you were most accommodating! Had a wonderful time as did my friends who were leaving to go back to Vienna where they live. Everything was wonderful! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still going strong
    YCymroVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Corso has a revised menu although many old favorites remain. We appreciate that tripe is always on the menu and recently it was there as a cold salad and excellent. Other dishes achieve a high level of quality and the panna cotta is particularly outstanding. We'll keep on going back for the quality of the food and the reasonable pricing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another good but too salty dish
    goodwine
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Just like a restaurant I went to some months ago, the spinach side was way too salty to be enjoyable and we were comped a dessert. Rest if meal fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time Diners
    joyceeowenVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We tried Trattoria Corsso because it was on Michael Bauer's top 100 Restaurants. It was our Anniversary and as soon as we were shown to our table, they said "Happy Anniversary"..a sweet touch. We shared a lot of the dishes and really glad as we could try more things. The waitress suggested 2 different wines and brought tastes of each. We weren't thrilled with either and she suggested a third, bingo! The main attraction was the Roast Chicken in Butter..soo yummy we even dipped the baked Polenta in it. We will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food and evening
    GustavVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Our waitress was superb - everything that she recommended was perfect! The host and hostess moved our table X2 because of the noise level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best branzino!
    barolinaVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I love branzino, a fish that is very common in Italy and Croacia. At Trattoria Corso they cook it as good and it taste as good at it does in Italy and Croacia!!!! I love it!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent and Creative
    critiqueVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Corso really feels like a trip to Italy, with the same kind of earthy, creative dishes you might find there -- the liver crostini, the tuna bolognese. Service is always friendly and expert as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding In Every Way!
    bethmarlin
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    My family came to Corso, from San Francisco, for a birthday dinner and were delightfully surprised. We shared EVERYTHING, loved the home made pasta dishes, the chicken breast cooked in butter, absolutely everything was fantastic, as was our server! We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Italian Food
    StevAVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Very much enjoyed the meal and service. Very well done
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place!
    dandel
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    I suppose its not "hip and trendy," why I am not sure. No gimmicks? But its great food and drinks. One of our favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DrJackVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    This 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:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rushed
    crocodile
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The 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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    pickypatty
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kitkat
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We'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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect dining!
    SunnySandyVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We will be back!
    KatorindaVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great service, great cocktails, and overall very good meal. The smoked sausages with lentils were amazing. Ambience and noise level were just right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate