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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Trattoria Corso reviews from OpenTable diners
205 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (150)neighborhood gem (142)special occasion (91)romantic (56)notable wine list (55)hot spot (24)vibrant bar scene (17)good for groups (15)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (8)scenic view (3)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • best dining in Berkeley
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    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
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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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time Diners
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best branzino!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    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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    • 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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    • 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
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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
    • Ambiance
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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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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud and disinterested
    Collegekiddiner
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Looking forward to this restaurant and when asked to move to a corner table we got a glare from the maître de. The polenta was fabulous but the penne pasta was average at best. The anchovy appetizer was made up of two anchovies and the bruschetta had too much olive oil on it. Hardwood floors accentuate the loud sound. Service was average, perhaps due to the crowd.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reliably fabulous!
    Local30VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We love coming here and look forward to enjoying a dinner here at the end of a long week. It has a neighborhood vibe with reliably fabulous food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highs and lows
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The hyped chicken breast dish was overlooked to the point it was tacky to chew. However, the bucatini pasta was fantastic.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glad to revisit
    nadia1m
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I had not been to Corso in a few years but my friend wanted to go because it had recently been reviewed by Michael Bauer. I hadn't been back because there are so many great places to eat in the Bay Area but Corso is a place I hope to return to frequently. Everything was wonderful :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A gem
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We must have driven past this restaurant at least 100 times. Luckily we decided to give it a try. The food was wonderful and the service was warm. Great night
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great dinner
    professor
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    One of the best restaurants in all of East Bay. Food never disappoints. A must-go
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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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.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • 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.
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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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.
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    fit for foodies
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  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • 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.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • 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.
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  • 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!
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    fit for foodies
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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
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic