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About Corso Ristorante

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.

1788 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Delaware

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 704-8004

Website:
http://www.corsoberkeley.com/

Parking Details:
Metered street parking on Shattuck Ave. Unmetered 2 hour parking available on side streets - Delaware and Francisco.

Public Transit:
Downtown Berkeley Bart is a 5 minute walk.
AC Transit bus service travels the length of Shattuck Ave.

Executive Chef:
Scott Eastman

Private Party Facilities:
Please contact the restaurant for more details.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
rivoli offers a special prix fixe menu on New Year's Eve, cost is not yet available.

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Corso Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (22)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
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Special Occasion (16)
Romantic (14)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Authentic (12)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Casual (8)
Cozy (7)
Fun (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Business Meals (5)
Seasonal (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Kid-friendly (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Organic (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

I've been to Corso several times and they are consistently good. I love their homemade pastas and they always have good fish dishes. This is my go-to spot for a yummy enjoyable meal.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Always the best service and food. Nice wine list for exploration. Hard to beat, even in the Gourmet Ghetto.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Steak for two is our absolute go to for anniversary or other celebration dinners. Perfection.

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

An incredible tour de force of a meal. From the appetizer (get the scallops! and the salumi!) to the dessert, this was one of the finest dining experiences I've had in ages and we eat out a lot. Take your friends and family and go enjoy.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Italian food at its Best!!! Homemade pasta mixed with amazing fresh ingredients. Everything we ate from the salted cod and scallops to risotto and gnocchi were a mouth watering delight! I would highly recommend this place. Fit for foodies for sure. Creative cocktails too!!! One of the best flourless chocolate cakes I have ever had. Great find. We will be going back soon!!

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 12, 2017

This is our new favorite restaurant! Everything was amazing!

Tags: Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Food and wine pairings consistently great. Nickolas at the bar makes the best cocktails and offers accurate descriptions about the food. The new summer salad of necturenes , cherries, and a roasted almonds was terrific. The branzino is always great.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Casual, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2017

pasta delicious.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 9, 2017

This is now our favorite restaurant in Berkeley, although I have to admit that we haven't tried them all yet. We loved Rivoli, but Corso is closer to campus, where my husband is teaching, and the food is just as good as Rivoli's, if not better. My husband loved his vegetarian lasagna (he called it spectacular and he never praises food like that - he doesn't like to analyze food, and claims he only eats to stay alive). Service was terrific, too. My duck livers weren't cooked enough (I don't like raw liver) and my lamb leg special was just okay, but the sherry vinaigrette under it and the tian was delicious.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Indiana)·Dined on August 8, 2017

The branzino was very good despite its charred skin. There was no assistance given in deboning the whole fish (as I have enjoyed in other restaurants at more moderate prices). The arugula accompaniment was good too but didn't seem to fit the dish. I loved my bubbly glass of Prosecco from the Valdobiaddenne.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Excellent food and service in a non-stuffy atmosphere.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 3, 2017

My in-law is gluten and dairy free. They were from out of town. My husband and I new Corso would be great in accommodating with my mother in law's diet needs. She was very pleased that evening with her dinner and the waiter that helped us.
We are a huge fan. Thank you.

Tags: Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Excellent food and ambience. We had the special, which was a delicious lamb dish. For dessert, the flourless chocolate cake was heavenly.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We came for dinner. Love the ravioli and chicken liver pate!!!!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Wonderful, creative entrees and salads. Always great and original preparations. Great wine list, great cocktails. Nickolas was a great server.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Fun, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 25, 2017

We had a great meal here -the charcuterie was fabulous - the branzino was lovely --the side dish of beans was only ok -didnt realize they would come in the pods - also enjoyed the cannelloni stuffed with eggplant and mushrooms. we will be back

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Wife, son and me. Menu seemed just slightly on the too limited side. Opened with a Salumi board that was flavorful; an interesting mix of meats, cheese, pickles, peppers. Also had sauteed mushrooms; tender, served room temp; better than avg. Tomato soup was very flavorful but could have used more spice. Wife liked her canneloni, large portions. Son and I thought our lamb chops were good but nothing special. The Sundae was delicious, and enough for 3 of us to share. We brought our own special occasion wine, but were not charged corkage when two flies showed up on my son's glass and the wine in the glass had to be tossed. Comped us a glass of delicious desert wine . Service was attentive but stretched thin. Could have used one more body on the floor. Total cost with 20% tip about $300. We dine out frequently and have for many years. There are other places that for the same price provide better value, but Corso is not so far off the mark as to be ruled out of that category. We may return again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

Fabulous, best lamb chops ever and I live in San Francisco

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on July 18, 2017

I thought the price was high because of food was amazing. Turns out, the food is just okay.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Pricey but delicious. Branzino excellent. Lamb chops good but with the polenta a bit heavy. Nice twist on prochuitto with melon. Attentive service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

A great place for business and romance or just hanging out with great friends!

Tags: Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2017

It is unusual to dine at a restaurant frequently and never be disappointed. Corso provides that experience. I go with high expectations that are consistently satisfied.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Always awesome here!!! I eat here 3 x a month!! Never been let down.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2017

I don't know how this place food is rated one of the best by SF chronicle.
The food was not as great as it was rated.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Corso experience was a good one. The lamb chop, tuna main dish, and the squid ink pasta were outstanding. The dessert panna cotta was extraordinary as well.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Lively evening with excellent food; servers helpful, knowledgeable and not overbearing. Baked polenta marvelous as was calamari, spinach and chicken liver pate on crostini. Others in our party liked the tombo tuna and the special pork dish. Chocolate budino for dessert delectably decadent and not too dense. Noise level often a problem at Corso in the evening, but we managed to have a four way conversation.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

There was a seasonal menu which we weren't aware of so limited options especially since we don't eat pork . Otherwise drinks and entrees we did order were delicious and didn't disappoint.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Our dinner was beyond delicious!!! We shared the pasta with pork sugo as an appetizer and it was incredible! Two of us had the chicken breast roasted in butter...heavenly (I had this the last time we ate here and could not forget it-it is SO good), one had the tuna, and the other the lamb chops. Everyone loved what they had ordered. Dessert was a hot fudge sundae with 4 spoons. Everyone on the staff was helpful and accommodating. We can't wait to come back again!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Very nice restaurant. Excellent service and advice from server on dishes, wine. "Lemon cucumbers" in the salad and warm olives for appetizers were fabulous. Entrees the same.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 6, 2017

The food is always interesting and delicious. This time was no exception. It's a great place to eat if you are going to a concert or downtown.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Corso never disappoints. Extraordinary wine list. Great service.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Healthy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Service was efficient, but kitchen was a little slow (very busy at 5:15 PM on this past Sunday). The grilled branzino was perfection; my favorite preparation. Roero Arneis was very flavorful. Spinach side was fab. Ice cream Sundae with Amarena cherries was amazing!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

My wife and I enjoyed every bite, from our first courses to the dessert we shared. That doesn't often happen. Great wait person, friendly and knowledgeable. It had been awhile since we had been here, but will be back soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Excellent Italian restaurant. Charming interior. Excellent service. Nice menu and great food b

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 27, 2017

If you like good food and Italian wines, then Corso delivers - This restaurant offers excellent service and a nice and cozy atmosphere - perfect for special occasions.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Great food...a gem for the gourmet ghetto. The pasta are freshly made, and the fish is great

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Excellent food. Polenta side dish is a real hit.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2017

The food and service are great, but this place is SO LOUD that it can ruin the meal. They need to do something (carpeting, baffling on the walls or ceilings) to muffle the noise or they will start losing customers, including me.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 22, 2017

There were 3 of us. We had chicken under a brick, the pansotti, and the orecchiette (pork sausage, manila clams). I don't normally order pasta at restaurants because it's so easy to cook it at home, but the 2 pastas were fabulous, as was the chicken. The latugga, a Caesar-like salad, was very good. Think BayWolf's old Caesar. They have recently hired BayWolf's old chef, Louis, a great talent in the kitchen. Very good service also.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 16, 2017

It's one of my regular dinner spots and why? Value for money. Not expensive but well prepared food. Good wine selection. Very Italian theme. Great selection from meat centric to vegetarian.

Tags: People Watching, Healthy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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