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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.
Berkeley, CA 94709
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Metered street parking on Shattuck Ave. Unmetered 2 hour parking available on side streets - Delaware and Francisco.
Downtown Berkeley Bart is a 5 minute walk.
AC Transit bus service travels the length of Shattuck Ave.
Private Party Facilities:
Please contact the restaurant for more details.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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