Corso Ristorante

4.6
2194 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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J
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had houseguests who don’t eat out a lot and they really enjoyed it as we always do! Great cocktails wonderful food -pastas, chicken, seafood and veggies! My swordfish was excellent!

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GC
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good! Service and food was outstanding! Pastas were creative!

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CS
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unassuming and casual, Corso surprises your mouth more than your eyes. The flavors of the small plates are especially delightful: three cheese-filled, garlic risotto balls, lightly deep fried and set next to an aioli dip. (Foodie alert! Not to be missed) The descriptions on the menus often below the genius of the creations. Amazing creations make the simplest appetizers feel like picnic food at the Ritz. (e.g. simple mushrooms in a lemony oil.) Dessert lovers: make sure you get two of the ice cream sundaes because you will not want to share the cherries.

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n
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Berkeley. Sometimes the noise level is too high - I wouldn't say energetic but rather too loud to have a conversation. The food is always delicious.

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JR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and a delicious meal! Our favorite place to dine in Berkeley and it never disappoints.

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YD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very relaxed ambiance. The food was amazing, specially the chicken with lemon. All their pastas were super tasty.
Loved the half glass wine tasting option.
Definitely my new favorite place to eat.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Retirement celebration

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chicken dish was amazing - highly recommend. I split a few sides with a colleague and we both also loved the spinach and polenta.

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MK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally LOVED it! The food is excellent and the employees are lovely, friendly and helpful

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l
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food! Very flavorful, properly cooked and tastefully plated. It's innocuously placed on the block but definitely worth going back to.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Lost their touch. Won't be going back. Used to be my favorite Italian restaurant.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Unfortunately my (quite expensive) streak was not really medium rare. Not was it’s replacement. Seems that my idea of “mid-rare” isn’t the same as the chef’s. I’d order it rare next time.

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E
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had 6:45 PM reservations with a friend I was surprised how packed the restaurant was at that point. Everything was delightful from beginning to end a tad noisy but it is a small venue

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LF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing - had rockfish and pasta. Service was great. We loved it!

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TM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Been here a few times and had a good experience. This time, it was a fast food experience. Just received our pre meal cocktail and our entrees arrived. Had ask the waitress to cancel our wine pairing. In and out in 35 minutes. Very disappointing!

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OT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and food. The presentation was neat and the wine was excellent. 👌🏽

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m
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pasta, wine and service were excellent; salad must have been pre-made &/or pre-dressed and consequently the Romaine was not as crisp as it should have been. Nice menu options--will definitely return and recommend to friends.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The ambiance was great but since the menu changes so often it can be hit or miss. Although usually it’s very good!

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FC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We have dined here many times. I read some reviews that said that it had fallen off. Not true last weekend- absolutely delicious and great service. Love Corso

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DT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a totally enjoyable meal. Service was warm and friendly and the food was very delicious.
Next time we are coming to the East Bay this restaurant will be our first choice.

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JK
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most delicious, complex, mouth watering food that I have ever tasted at any price. Do yourself a favor and sit at the bar and have Brian order for you!! You will be so happy that you did but don't tell any how awesome the food is at Corso as it is hard enough to get into already:)

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A
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were shown to a 4 top at the entrance way to the kitchen. A very trafficked and cramped area and one that I had sat at before. I asked to please move to another empty table that was close by, but the male host said he couldn’t do it. Then a female worker came over and since we were all standing, still, I told her the problem and my previous experience sitting there. She was very receptive, asked us to wait a moment, and lo and behold we were seated at the other table across the aisle. We were all very appreciative of the way she handled the situation. The irony was that the original table remained empty throughout our meal! The entire meal could have been disastrous, but instead we celebrated a family birthday in good spirits and with an exceptional meal that all four of us enjoyed! With future reservations I will be sure to stipulate that we will not be seated at that tAble!

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BS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food & outstanding service. Corso never disappoints.

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a
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I enjoyed the food, service and ambiance

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M
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Travel to the Berkeley area on business often and have eaten at many great restaurants in Berkeley. First time at Corso and it was a disappointment. Service was very good, attentive. Salads had good flavor but were overdressed. The Saltimbocca was excellent. Fettuccini with pork sugo was not very good. Flavor profile was surprisingly spicy. Homemade pasta was average.

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SF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite neighborhood restaurant. It never disappoints.

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KR
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Corso has fallen on hard times. What used to be amazing pasta dishes are now average. The stuffed meat dish we had was disappointing. We have come here often in the past but will not in the future.

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H
San Francisco
47 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Corso is always a great choice before a Berkeley Rep play. We enjoy sittiing at the bar, enjoying the variety of drinks and the great menu. The other night I had the rock cod that was delicious. My wife had the lamb which she really enjoyed.

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g
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first time here. The food is very good and the service was excellent.

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s
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Fish too salty and dry, wine list not big enough, too noisy

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p
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We come here frequently, and one of the main reasons is the staff. They are so welcoming and helpful. The food is exceptional, but the atmosphere created by the waitstaff & bartender helps one really enjoy the food.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious pasta and prompt service! An excellent meal all around

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SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian place, good service. Polenta and Branzino were delish.

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OT
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was excellent, very accommodating and answered questions. Everything was delicious - the Lattuga salad was fresh with a wonderful freshness, the stuffed pasta shells were yummy - the fresh ricotta filling was very flavorful. We shared the Sea Bass special which was the whole fish then boned at the table - cooked over the grill, it was a real treat - just a squeeze of lemon - the fish was moist and very fresh. Instead of dessert, we opted for the Amari flight but ended with two Amari's and one Grappa just to mix things up. Our server picked the options and we were very happy with the choices - definitely a fun was to end a great meal. Can't wait to go back.

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b
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

I love Corso, the people who work there, the bartender, the maitre d, Brian Cohen, and definitely the delicious food, good every time. Last time it was wonderful until 7:00 when the restaurant was full and we had to scream and i got a headache. Not fun.

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P
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Increíble! Enamorados de la pasta! La opción de carafe de vino fue una idea perfecta, el host y mesera fueron tan tiernos. Gracias.

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d
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Corso is one of my go-tos, but last Saturday night the food was far below its usual standard: Mushroom custard tasteless. Putannesca oversalted. Artichokes overfried. A stuffed pasta dish under seasoned. The pasta itself did not taste homemade. I hope the chefs were on vacation.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! Get the porterhouse.

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T
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great table in the window... food was sensational, our server outstanding. Loved the fun cocktail list, and the wine list is excellent, particularly if one wants to try interesting Italian wines, both whites and reds! Cine! Cine!

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TW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Alexis, was very attentive and made helpful suggestions to guide our wine selections.

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