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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

4.8

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (22)
Fit for Foodies (20)
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Special Occasion (11)
Authentic (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
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Romantic (9)
Casual (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Cozy (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Fun (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Business Meals (4)
Seasonal (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Organic (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Healthy (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Disabled Access (1)
People Watching (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 1, 2017

The food was exquisite. The best Italian cuisine we've had from appetizers to dessert.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Every bite was a delight and our server was terrific. We'll be back very soon!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 30, 2017

The minestrone was the best dish we ordered. The salad was overdressed romaine lettuce with grated Parmesan on a flat plate for $11. The branzino was over cooked and the swordfish was okay. We didn't even want to stay for desert.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 29, 2017

we had a very enjoyable dinner at corso. the frisée and cherry salad was wonderful, the swordfish was good and served on a bed of vegetables. the meatballs were also delicious, and our waitress was very nice. the only glitch was when two other servers wanted to box up my dinner before my friend had even finished her dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Small, but did not feel crowded. Great service, our waitress was perfect. Excellent wine selection. Limited, but very nice menu selections. Portions are on the smaller side, so plan accordingly. Perfect for our particular visit as we were not looking for a big meal. Plates were well presented and the food was delicious! Would re visit.

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Great staff. I was unable to make my appointment in time, so they held 2 seats at the end of the bar for us. Staff was very attentive and courteous. We enjoyed our entrees I had the lamb and and wife had the chicken. Both cooked perfectly. Will definitely visit again if I am going to a concert at The Greek theater.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quick Bite, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 26, 2017

As always, fantastic food and wonderful staff. One of my wife's and my favorites of all time.

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 26, 2017

They have great seasonal options as well as mainstays that are always on the menu--like the butter chicken! And Brian is a great server--very friendly.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 26, 2017

One of the best Italian restaurants you can find! Great Italian wine list and the pasta is some of the best in the Bay Area!

Tags: Healthy, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Seasonal
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 24, 2017

The wine list is exclusively Italian but also quite good. The food is tasty and our guests from Germany really liked it. The service is very spotty and they have no clue how to time the delivery of food to the table; as one example, they brought my main course 20 seconds after delivering my first course. The waiter also had a knack for showing up right when the conversation would get going. As long as you go with the expectation of spotty service, you will enjoy yourself -- another friend warned me of this, so I was ready.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 16, 2017

Fantastic flavors, unusual dishes, really good on all levels. A serious delight!

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 16, 2017

My experience started with chipping a tooth on a bone (a bone that was in the salad!). Then with the entrees, the quality of our food was good, but the quantity was poor. After spending almost $100 on a dinner for two, we left the restaurant hungry. My friend said she need more food and took me to another restaurant down the street. I've never had to do that before.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 15, 2017

Spectacular meal and excellent, warm, professional service. Special kudos for their thoughtful & organized way of marking a special occasion. Best restaurant experience in years.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The service was excellent. The food was OK... Nothing special

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Excellent northern Italian style closer to French (no tomato sauce) and California (super fresh ingredients). Friendly waiters, knowledgable about food and drink. Close in dining with enough energy buzz but not too loud for conversation. Servings are not large but excellent mixture of individual ingredients.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Food was great. We were early for our reservation and they took us right awat. The place was full when we left! My Caesar salad was big enough to share, and the lasagna was unlike any I have ever tasted, that said, delicious!

Tags: People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Always dependable, nicely focused menu that changes with the season, friendly and familiar wait staff. Lots of regulars, and for good reason

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Very attentive service and decent food. Pleasant atmosphere.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 7, 2017

This was my fifth visit to Corso, but my first as a single diner. I'd heard that single diners get treated nicely there, and it was all true. The service was excellent (and charming) as always.

The food was also wonderful. I recommend in particular the crostini di fegato, a chicken liver mixture served on toasted baguette slices. They are out of this world. I tried the pasta of the day (torchio) in a ragu of veal and pork with carrots and peccorino. It was delicious as well.

This is my favorite new restaurant. The food is always good, the service is great, and the ambiance is very nice.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 30, 2017

We come here a couple times a year and Corso never disappoints. Dishes are impeccably prepared and presented. One can enjoy seasonal offerings that rotate through the menu, or turn to their standbys. Service is attentive and you never feel rushed.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Loved everything about our experience at Corso. There was, however, a glitch in our reservation.
On April 14th I received a confirmation through OpenTable for a reservation at 6:00 p.m. on April 28th. Then I happened to spot a confirmation on April 27th stating that our reservation was for 7:30p.m.! WHAT? Unable to reach Open Table, I called the restaurant. They were unable to explain what could have happened, but they made it right! They accommodated us with our original reservation time of 6:00 p.m. Class act!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Staff was most accommodating to the add on to our reservation; food fresh, delicious and we had terrific service. I don't remember a "noise level" so I guess the sound level was low enough that we were able to have pleasant conversation without raising out voices.

Cheers.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Define food. The T-Bone was so simple yet delicious. Amazing lasagna that has an exquisite palate combination.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Best meal we ever hard!!!! Amazing!!
Great service worth every penny!

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Our reservation was for 8:30 and the noise level was sanely relaxed and quiet. Usually it's bustling and we have to either strain to hear our dining partners or yell at one another. So this made it more pleasant. However, This was the first meal at Corso that disappointed me. We ordered the mushroom anti-pasta, which ended up being a poor choice. A bowl of mushrooms, while finely seasoned, was just too much of one thing for two people. We ate half, and enjoyed it less than that - we don't expect one dimensional courses at Corso. The vegetarian lasagna on the other hand was rich and complex and rose above the usual, pedestrian red sauce in creativity and execution. We have had the branzino before. We didn't agree on how well it was prepared. One thought it moist, and naturally oily; the other thought it was dry although not over cooked. The spinach was not over cooked and lumpy. It was just right.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 25, 2017

I love Corso. I especially like to sit at the kitchen counter and watch the various chefs manage their work in concert with one another.

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Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 24, 2017

Our table was ready for us and the servers had water and bread and butter ready at once and once our drink orders were taken they came promptly and when we ordered our food the server was helpful in explaining each question. Food came quickly but we were never rushed.

A brilliant evening and all six of us were extremely happy and will return.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 22, 2017

My husband and I love going to Corso's. Burrata was delicious, and we always enjoy the salumi. Had a great meal.

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Really nice restaurant. Service was excellent. Food delicious. Noise level low. Parking not the easiest as it is located in a residential area.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 19, 2017

Love going to Corso despite high prices, but it is SO NOISY, it's hard to converse with your date. Good service and wonderful food, fabulous porterhouse steak starts at $60--enough to share with another, but pricey, nonetheless! Still...I ordered it!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 18, 2017

This was a really nice place. We were early, but were made to feel welcome. Everyone with whom we came into contact was friendly and looked to our comfort. Our dinner was lovely, and I found myself wishing that we had room to taste more. Little gems salad was perfect. The oxtail paparadelle was full of wonderful flavor and richness. I am happy to have chosen this cozy restaurant based upon Open Table reviews when we visited Berkeley.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 18, 2017

This was my fourth time at Corso. I continue to enjoy the excellent food and great service.

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Never been disappointed at Corso.
Would prefer not to have servers keep appearing to clear plates, when one diner is still eating; interrupts conversation. But this seems to happen everywhere now - gotta get those plates away!!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 16, 2017

It is. Consistently amaxing

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Raining day, the restaurant was warm and welcoming. As usual, I ordered pasta and wine; just the comforting meal I wanted. Nice selection of grappas, red wines. I've been here pre-theatre with friends and for a quiet dinner alone. Each time I felt well cared for and well fed. Very attentive staff, and parking isn't impossible, it just takes a bit of hunting. Will return again soon.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 15, 2017

BRAVISIMO! This is the 4th time I've eaten at CORSO, and I hope to return soon. Everything we ordered hit the mark. Service was excellent!

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 14, 2017

The food was great and the service even better. Go to Corso to dine, not for a quick eat.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 13, 2017

They did a great job accommodating my requests for a quieter table near the window. Alas, it is still VERY noisy.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Cocktail was yummy. Pate was too gamy, could not eat it. They were nice to take it off our check. Pastas were delicious one beef and vegetarian lasagna. Very good value.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 12, 2017

Went for my partner's birthday, and it was our second time there. I had the best pork chop I've EVER had an the Sea Bass my partner had was simply amazing. Super friendly waiter and host. The food is served at the perfect pace for relaxing and conversing. Didn't feel like they were rushing us, at all. It was a Wednesday night and packed, which shows you how good it is. Was a bit on the noisy side, but not bad and sort of added to the ambience. Will be going back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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