Corso Ristorante

4.6
2236 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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CJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went here to celebrate our anniversary before a show at The Greek theater. Great choice! We got stuck in traffic and they were able to accommodate a later time. Delicious melon appetizer!

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m
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

the food was excellent and the restaurant is very pleasant. I like the location because it is possible to find a parking place easily.

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M
San Francisco
79 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server Claudia was excellent. Food solid not great in my opinion. The tripe was excellent tho As was the Affogato
Will definitely be back

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B
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent. Great staff, but sometimes too eager to clear. Wish I could help with the wine by the glass list.

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m
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had dinner at Corso prior to a Berkeley Rep performance. Servers where attentive to our time constraints. The food is very good. I particularly like the chicken liver pate. Great flavor and interesting preparation. Nicely priced wine list.

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GA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner.

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RH
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been to Corso many times. Food is always fresh and well prepared.
Branzino is a winner, corn fritters & polenta delicious.
Service is attentive with out being pushy.
A comfortable, lively place to eat.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You eat here because you want to enjoy the company of your friends, the quality of the food and general atmosphere if others doing the same. No tricks or gimmick. The best.

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JW
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had appetizers, salads, pastas, and desserts. Every dish was perfect.

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JL
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat here whenever we are in Berkeley. Yes it can be noisy, but there is nothing you can do about that. The food and the service far outweigh any other inconvenience.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my dad for his birthday. Corso is always my go to for Italian and we always leave impressed, from wine to food to service.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I loved it. Great food

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had amazing meal
As always

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New England
13 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We all had very enjoyable meals.

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FL
Sacramento
72 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the 3rd time my dining partner and I had dinner at Corso. First and second time . . . .very good. This time, Thurs 6/13, was even better. Just amazing service, food, and ambience. We both had a pasta dish, and both were exceptional . . . .mine was squid ink cannelloni . . . .just fabulous . . .with a sensational glass of Barolo. Proceeded the pasta with veggie appetizers . . .again, just amazing. Dessert was the BEST panna cotta and a flourless chocolate cake (think rich, like a brownie). Excellent service, from start through finish. Corso, you rock . . . . .

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H
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was splendid except the noise level, which died down about 9:30. That's a problem with this place, otherwise you are doing great.

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C
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Disappointing pasta dishes, both were under seasoned and overpriced, given the quality and quantity. Service was outstanding, however.

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t
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

When we return from an out of town holiday, It’s our family tradition to always dine at Corso the evening we get back in order to re-connect with our home town, our neighborhood and our culinary roots. “we’re home!”
(0Lucky us)

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OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very special evening. Excellent execution of simple dishes and creative starters made this a winner

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A
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our food was beautifully prepared and delicious. Fantastic Negroni and an interesting wine program.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good, Very pricey little spot in Berkeley with all kinds of great culinary accolades.
Took server 10 min to get to our table so we could order an expensive - delicious - sparkling

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MW
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Excellent, each course surpassed the previous (witch is a good sign when the primi is more exciting than the antipasti). The butter braised chicken was a revelation. Everything served was excellent.

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R
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As frequent diners at Corso, we love to introduce it our friends. As usual, we got raves for the food and service. It's rare to find anything so predictably excellent.

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JE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Who would imagine a beautifully appointed semi-funky eatery in Downtown Berkeley? Well, almost anyone who knows anything about Berkeley, would. However in my case, I discovered, with the able assist of my trusty spouse, the gem called Corso. From our first spying of the awning to the mouthwatering aroma wafting from the kitchen, we were entranced.
This mid-sized dining area, appointed with rustic, wooden tables and chairs, instantly raised the "comfortable, we want you here" vibe to 100%.
Out food was more than simply delicious, it was a tantalizing treat for the taste buds. My meal, complete with lamb sauce, was nothing short of, at least for me, a paradigm shift. My spouse had the pasta, lemon, cream sauced decadence that was a delight on the tongue.
We kept it reasonably simple with dessert, I opted for lemon sorbetto, spouse had the chocolate, warm cake which is the best way to end a meal.
Five out of Five Stars, just a lovely dining experience.

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E
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Delightful delicious food. Great options. Wonderful service. Consistent whenever we visit.

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JR
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A favorite; consistently outstanding. Server, presentation, timeliness, quality, all were best in class. Menu, cocktails, wine selection great as before. My 4th time, but my guest’s 1st time at Corso. Left most favorable impression with guest, which was important given the occasion

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o
San Francisco
103 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, great food & drinks & service. We both had the mushroom lasagna and it was killer!

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M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is excellent and the ambiance is great. Service is friendly and courteous. Love the place!

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L
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an phenomenal meal at Corso. We shared two appetizers (lettuga and frittelle di baccalà ), a pasta course (the spaghetti cacio e pepe), a fish course (branzino) and dessert (pannacotta.)

Everything. Was. Amazing. Seriously. it was one of the best meals I've had in a while.

The ambiance is nice although the tables near the door get a bit of weather and foot traffic.

The bar menu was phenom, as was the wine selection. Our waiter made great wine pairing recs.

It's pricey; $170 for two with drinks and the 4 courses. But, it was truly a delectable meal. Enjoy!

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Grand as always!

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m
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were outstanding; the high noise level was the only drawback. When I go out to a nice dinner, I like to be able to talk with my dinner companions without shouting.

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CB
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food Delicious - Bartender Darling!!
Couldn’t ask for more!

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DS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service from Brian. VERY personable and attentive. The food is soo unique and fresh! Had the whole grilled fish and loved it! Highly recommend the restaurant! Lovely neighborhood too.

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J
Sacramento
18 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice dinner.

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The staff was nice. Great location. Food was ok. Unfortunately, due to a mistake by the cook, we received an order which the server originally asked to remake for us. Instead, he returned with a different dinner combination asking "will this do?" Really?? I didn't complain as my niece doesn't like confrontation. But that wasn't ok. Especially when you're charged for the original order. Do better

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EC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We sat at the chefs counter and loved it.

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DB
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Corso delivered a delicious dinner in a welcoming atmosphere. Wonderful intimate birthday dinner.

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FF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Intimate dining space, excellent services, decent food.

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RG
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Corso has the best service - attentive, warm, attuned! It’s such a pleasure. The food was perfection from salad to dessert! We love the chicken with a side of polenta, it’s our go-to but I’ve never had a bad dish. I think Corso is my favorite restaurant in Berkeley!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We so look forward to dining at CORSO. Believe we have enjoyed same five times this year alone. This eve we brought friends to enjoy your restaurant and they found it to be ten star. All of us enjoy fine vino and find your menu to always be the best in accommodating our palate with your every changing menu... fresh ingredients and an innovative menu. ALL your waitstaff are superior.
Job well done CORSO Peter and Gini Ragsdale

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