Corso Ristorante

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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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m
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

corso is one of my favorite restaurants—-always delicious!

RJ
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was spot-on. Ingredients were very fresh. Menu changes every two weeks so possibility for something new on return trips. Interesting and tasty culinary approaches to classic dishes. Seems like restaurant has made some steps to reduce noise level (fabric wall boards to absorb sounds).

OT
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Corso never disappoints. I have been there a dozen times before attending the Berkeley Rep Theater, and the food/service/ambiance is always excellent. The menu is authentic Italian, and varies. The wine list is pure Italian too. This restaurant is a real gem and the new "Chez Panisse" of Shattuck Avenue!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal with a great ambiance.

A
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great scene, relaxed and refined. Quieter times are best for conversation.

M
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent staff, service, and food! One of our favorites to go when we want a wonderful meal with friendly people!

p
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is fab. We had the broccolini with EVO, lemon etc & the restaurant’s wonderful preparation of Florentine Tripe. We shared their fab grilled branzino. Service was excellent but took a while to reach us, even though we were dining very early.

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

The only downside was the noise level due to the closeness of the tables to each other.

SJ
New England
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Everything was great until they brought me an overdone, dried out chicken breast. Why ruin a delicious meal with this piece of hide served in a hot metal pan of liquified fat? It was not tender. It lacked any manner of flavor (burned off?) Again, the rest of the meal, and the other dishes on the table, were excellent. But my meal was ruined by this dish which you were proud enough of to place in front of me.

DO
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate and we were not let down! Another wonderful meal.

M
San Francisco
87 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I like Corso a lot and this eve everything was excellent.
The Tripe was absolutely killer as were the Prawns with
pimenton. Done perfectly,
Veal piccata was outstanding as well.
Bryan( or Brian) was great. Took very good care of us.
In spite of being very busy

MA
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my go to place when I don’t have time to cook!!

H
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was still quite a dinn at 8:30pm, but our friend was there and we were three. Our server was great in getting wine and the Salume (?) multiple cured, sliced meats and pickeled veggies and bread and butter, together. We were then deep in converdation, but before we lost the ability to order, we decided to split three things: 1) the first home made pasta dish with a little meat, 2) the phenomial side of baked polenta and 3) yet another side of garlic spinach! Wooo-hooo! My affogato correto came with chocolate gelato and a candle--my birthday--and David's affogato correto came with vanilla gelato! We closed the place down and so enjoyed our dinner! A great time was had by all!

P
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love their pastas and wines. Service like no other restaurant!

AG
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We try to go every time we are in Berkeley. Rivals our best Italian meals on our recent trip to Italy. Highly recommended.

AK
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Skip the corn and clam chowder; the flavor was just weird. The branzino with a side of polenta was lovely. The panna cotta was a revelation.

YC
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Corso has been a go-to restaurant for us in N. Berkeley and in the past several years the food has been excellent. The food this last time was uniformly poor. One diner had cannelloni that was clearly not freshly prepared and was swimming in a bland tomato-based sauce, and the other had the fegato starter that was also poor. Both diners had a fish main course that consisted of fried cod (that tasted fine) and squid on a large heap of beans that were not tasty. If this will be the culinary standard for Corso going forward we will not be dining there.

D
San Francisco
83 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the next night before surgery for one of our party and the food, service, and ambience for 3 close friends made it memorable. Thank you.

BS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Service here is excellent and so is the food. This time my favorite was the corn chowder. The sauce for the shrimps was too salty for my taste and I would have preferred oil and garlic to the tomatoey sauce. I would love to see more dishes that come with some form of vegetables. The noise level is far too high for my preference. Still, overall, I love Corso. Would like to try the other dishes but can't afford to come more than occasionally.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good stuff

K
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, adjustments to orders, and consideration

m
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After all these years consistently good food incredible service Berkeley institution!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and experience. Will be back!

h
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent food and service. Always outstanding. A delicious find for us. We happened to walk in one evening 3 years ago, just randomly and fell in love. One of our all time favorite restaurants. Their signature Butter Roast Chicken is an absolute must😍

H
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A nice reliable neighborhood stalwart and always pretty good, but nothing super special these days.

BD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service! Relaxed atmosphere with amazing food.

M
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always an amazing dining experience! The steak is cooked to perfection. All the dishes are extremely executed and filled with pure flavor.

c
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Visit regularly and find the food to be genuinely authentic, fresh and well presented. The service is top notch, attentive but not overwhelming. It can be a little noisy but sitting in the corners near the windows may assist.

m
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

the food is good and the portions are veery ample, but this time some dishes were a little too salty: the shrimp fritters, the large sheet of pasta stuffed with three cheeses (panna... whatever the name).

h
San Francisco
132 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had not been in many years and had forgotten how good the food was. We had the whole sea bass, polenta, and chocolate fourless cake. Everything was excellent and will return soon.

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy dining at Corso. The food has consistently been Great

BO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delightful experience. Always SPECTACULAR service and yummy dinners. Many locals, many travelers, great for special occasions and intimate meals.

L
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Corso is an outstanding restaurant, even by Berkeley standards. The meal was excellent, the service was superb, and the ambiance was great. There isn't anything on the menu I wouldn't try,. but I would especially recommend the Salsiccia with superb homemade sausage. My wife had the salmon and though it was wonderful as well. And for dessert, it's hard to get better than the chocolate budini.

m
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely meal, great food, starters and primary dishes +!cocktails

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First and foremost, the food was exceptional. We had a salmon dish which was prepared to perfection. The appetizer course, grilled sardines, were wonderful as well. The ambiance was great, but we did score a table that was near the front window so we were not surrounded by other patrons. The service was exceptional as well. Our server provided excellent descriptions of the dishes and regularly checked-in to ensure our experience was satisfactory.

C
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite North Berkeley restaurants. Fresh ingredients, meticulous preparation, great menu, in a lovely dining space that is easy to get to on foot (from Berkeley BART). The wait staff always provides friendly and knowledgeable service (ask about any dish and they will give you all the juicy details). The pasta is made fresh and it is always perfect. If you don't like pasta, there are so many other options; something for every taste. Tables book fast; advanced booking is recommended. Sitting at the bar also is nice, if you can get a spot.

o
San Francisco
104 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, great drinks, attentive and efficient service. We had (as always) a great evening at Corso! Thank you!

E
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Usually the food is consistently good and predictable. Today’s visit was an exception. The Raviolo and the Shrimp Fritters were bland and pretty tasteless - badly I need of salt and pepper. Even the olives were not in the usual charming oil with citrus. Not sure what was going on but s suggestion is for the beds to taste food they’re user influence

P
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience in the restaurant was incredible, the service was great and the food just spectacular!!
I found this restaurant through the open table app and after reviewing the comments I decided to give it a try. Absolutely delicious.
By the way, if you see the pictures of the food, don’t get fooled, they are much bigger!!
A must try

O
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as usual.

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