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 & Steve Walker
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Trattoria Corso reviews from OpenTable diners
186 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (134)neighborhood gem (126)special occasion (82)romantic (48)notable wine list (46)hot spot (20)vibrant bar scene (14)good for groups (12)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (7)scenic view (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Special Place
    Pharmboy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Can'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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just right
    DrSook
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Sitting 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pork Chop
    4mft99VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    A 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The 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:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Italian in Berkeley
    moreofeverythingplease
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Can'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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Corse of Dishes at CORSO
    SFoodLoGiK
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant in Berkeley
    Sherwood
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Excellent food, great service, wonderful ambiance. We go there often.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner here!
    ATLdiner
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Recommended 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:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • in the top 5
    SFbornandraised
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Hadn'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:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pasta!
    OaktownDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This 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:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Elegant but unpretentious
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Corso 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty but noisy
    petals
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The 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:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quite good for big group
    Bambot
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Had 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:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kate
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Service was very good, but the food was disappointing, as well as cold when served.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, service disappointing
    Capitoladiner2
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Overall 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:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • too noisy, but good food
    wjg1
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    too 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 appropriately
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bkdefend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Drove 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:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Corso - 08/02/14
    Bubba
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good find
    mojo
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Recommended 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:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • great time!
    gottaeat
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We showed up a little early and they seated us right away, and after that everything was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Italian Restaurant
    anders59
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Our 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:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trattoria Corso
    Bin38
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This 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:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I couldn't stop eating
    pablo
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Davei
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Everything 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 back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Portions are tiny and disappointing
    Kim813
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I 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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • You must order the salumi!!
    OaktownDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Subtle changes to ambiance.
    ThreeToGoVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    No 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great atmosphere, great food!
    Valerie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I was in the market for a restaurant that had great food and a cozy, date-worthy ambiance and I couldn't have asked for a better experience! We were seated by the window (always a plus) and had the friendliest, well-timed service so our conversation was never cut short. The food came out quickly and it was absolutely delicious (the eggplant appetizer and the beef/pork tagliatelle were amazing). Large wine menu as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still Great
    CanuckChef
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I had not been to Trattoria Corso for many years. The food and dining experience was just as great as I remembered. I plan on returning much more frequently.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • At Corso
    bobbyBEA
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    A fine place, lots of care. Lively, a little noisy. The cocktails could be somewhat more imaginative, but the food is imaginative. Too bad they aren't open for lunch -- I would go more frequently. Conveniently located in Berkeley, enough street parking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dinner
    2Travelers
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We had a table for four. Great food a knowledgeable and attentive waiter and atmosphere that allowed a night of quiet conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still good
    Glory
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    getting a bit more expensive but still excellent and they aim to please on the menu, the farro which accompanied the duck leg was said to be seasoned with coriander it tasted like cilantro to me, which i actively dislike they took my plate away, gave me a new duck leg on a bed of braised kale, which was delicious
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nana
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We took friends who had never been to Corso before and they loved it as well and will, I'm sure, return. My friend has difficulty walking and uses crutches. The host was exceptionally kind to her and it was much appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This is my second time at the restaurant, and the food was even better than I remembered. We had the bean soup, spaghetti with prawns, and the pan fried chicken leg. All were delicious. I would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • super find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great food using quality ingredients, excellent drinks and wine,very reasonable for the quality
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem.
    Local30VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    It is our "go-to" spot and once again, it did not disappoint!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    This was a brithday celebration. We had been to Corso three or four times over the years. The food is just as excellent as always. The wine we ordered had problems: the first bottle was definitely corked and the second bottle brought still was a bit musty, but drinkable. The staff cared that we were pleased with food and wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delectable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We went to Corso to celebrate my husbands birthday. The food was delicious, the service was great and the pacing of the meal let us enjoy our night without being rushed or waiting between courses.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious. Delightful
    Bellyfull28
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Meat is delicious! People lovely. Veggies and appetizers tasty.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    jfhsVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Great from start to finish. Attentive service, worthy of the finest restaurants. Over the top excellent Italian food. Portion sizes just right. This place has it all down!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic