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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Cozy (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Fun (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Seasonal (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

It Used to be better . Portions got smaller and pricier .

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Had a wonderful Valentines Day dinner at Corso. The prix fixe menu had multiple options, all of which looked delicious. All in all a great evening out.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

The shrimp with squid ink pasta is one of the most flavorful meals I have had in ages.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The rockfish with black garlic sauce was absolutely delicious. My server recommended a great wine to enhance my dining experience. For dessert: gelato and limoncello - heavenly!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Awesome food and overall dining experience. Best of gourmet food with friendly warm feeling welcoming atmosphere and attention to detail.

Plan to make this my number one East Bay restaurant for special and everyday dining.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Corso never fails us!!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Three of us sampled a number of the limited vegetarian options, the one stuffed pasta entree ordered was delicious.
Cauliflower soup, spicy; the arugula pistachio and grapefruit salad was refreshing and very tasty.
Only concern was that vegetarian options were very limited. However, we were more than pleased with what we ordered. The side of polenta was like a savory custard, almost a flan, topped with perfectly "caramelized" shredded Parmigiano. Magnifico!
Plenty of excellent bread, perfect house chianti, and mixed olives to round it out.
The dessert options seemed overwhelming and being charged by my companions with the decision, I chose the simple Meyer lemon sorbetto, stunningly smart, sour sweet and enough bitter to balance perfectly, and the vaniglia gelato, which was rich, creamy and very slightly gritty from the real vanilla bean.
Very glad to have chosen Corso for our celebration of friendship. I'm now back in the midst of a Midwestern winter, but I look forward to another meal, next time!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

There are so few restaurants that have the chops to pull off what Corso does with seeming ease.

Try the tripa, it's not menudo or Pho! It's different and amazing!

Try the ravioli - I guarantee that you haven't had anything like it!

The chicken, steak, calamari, doesn't matter what we try... it's all incredible and the service to match.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2018

The first time I ate at Corso the food and wait staff were over the top. the second time, a year later, it was good but not great. This recent time, another year later, the food was not that interesting or special, and the wait staff very average. I do not think I will be back.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was delicious the service and the dessert . Nice place for romantic dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We love this place! This was our 3rd dining experience at this location, and once again, we were pleased with every delicious bite. We ordered the meat/salami appetizer and it was fabulous! Also ordered was the sea bass, chicken, and a pasta dish, all we’re cooked to perfection. For dessert we ordered the delectable gourmet sundae and the sorbet, both heavenly. Even though the restaurant was crowded, with people waiting to be seated, our server never made us feel rushed. The host, however, fretted and hovered nearby, making it obvious to us that we needed to eat and get the heck out.... Regardless, we will return, and we will take our sweet time enjoying our meal.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

I’ve been trying to convince my wife to go here for years. We finally have Corso in regular rotation now and she loves their food. Me too.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

As always, an excellent, enjoyable meal. Good food, good wine selections, excellent service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Excellent food and service. Best in Berkeley!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

It was okay food. Overpriced for what you get. Service was good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The food and the staff at Corso are both awesome. The dishes are creative, vegetarian options delicious, and the desserts are great too. We love it!

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I really wanted to like this place, but the more I think about it, the less there is to like. The food was good, what there was of it. My pork shoulder portion was just way to small. The polenta was delicious. The wine list is skewed to the expensive side, which is just out of touch with what diners want. Want me to come back? Offer more price points. Service was slow and when I asked about the A.Q. steak on the menu the A.Q. was never addressed. I think our waiter's girlfriend was at the bar so he seemed distracted.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Food was perfectly seasoned. The fresh pasta was very delicious! Staff was attentive and friendly. I will definitely be coming back here anytime I visit Berkeley!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 2, 2018

The space is a cozy, upscale little dining room right off a main street in Berkeley. Great dinner ambience, and a thoughtful wine selection.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Very noisy but not he service was great and the food was great

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Get the lemon butter chicken & your life will be changed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Probably the 15th time we've been, and it never ever disappoints. The Branzinno is the best in they Bay. Fabulous friendly staff, feels like home.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Holiday dinner

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Great food as always. White bean soup is the best ever. Chicken terrific.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

I love Corso! The food, the staff and the ambiance.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Celebrated Xmas & exchanged gifts w/ family.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Excellent food and service, but just too noisy. The quality of Corso's food continues to be high and I recommend it for that reason UNLESS you want to have a lovely conversation with friends while you eat. Service was sophisticated and unobtrusive. But it's just too noisy and until that changes I will look for other places when I want a nice dinner with friends.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

My favorite birthday spot. We brought our own bottle of wine, $20 corkage. We started with marinated mushrooms (spot on), the liver paté (really delicious), then shared two pastas- the oyster mushroom lasagne was rich and wonderful. Then we shared the sea bass, with rapini on the side. We finished with cherry sundaes which are the best dessert in town. Then we waddled home. Happy Birthday to me!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

After dining at its sister restaurant several times without a hi-cup, I thought I try Corso. The menu is interesting. I had the veal dish. Veal was close to well-done, the sauce too much, and the vegetable over-cooked. I informed my server about my disappointment with the dish and he simply told me to try a different dish, such as their chicken, the next time. What? I was starving, on a deadline to be somewhere else, and did my best to enjoy was a fair dish.

The Panna Cotta was excellent.

Service lapse. I had discussed three options with the server and it was clear I was close to choosing. The waiter said he'd bring me water and be right back to take my order. Instead he went to two tables to open up and poor wine, leaving waiting for 5 minutes. Huh?

Very disappointing. Skip it an try any other number of less expensive options in the area.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

I invited my boyfriend to dinner at Corso to celebrate his birthday. Food and service were fantastic but the environment was not festive enough for the occasion. Designed and decorated as an authentic Italian trattoria, the space is non-pretentious and bare bone which is fine for everyday dining but not for a special night like the one we had hoped for. My mistake for not checking! The drinks were awesome. Food was beyond delicious and service could not have been more gracious.

Tags: Bar Seating, Organic, Seasonal, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Tonight's soup was great. Branzino was terrific as always.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Food was excellent, a beautiful room. Downsides: gets very noisy by 6:30, and I had trouble finding a white wine I liked. Ended up trying tastes of four out of the six or so white wines by the glass. I guess I just didn’t like the style of the wines they serve, which just about never happens to me. There was no hint of fruit and they were all super super dry.

Definitely warrants a return! I’ll drink red next time.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

We love this cozy spot. The service is professional and friendly. The prices are a good value, especially for the really nice food. Loved the orange, about, beet and fennel salad. The smoked trout farfalle with trout caviar was beautiful. My husband enjoyed the saltimboca. And, I had the best affogato ever!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The food was excellent. The service was great. The ambiance was perfect. Will definitely go again.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

I chose this place because I wanted to try their version of the bistecca alla Fiorentina. We had it for the first time in Florence (its origin) and it was the most amazing steak I’ve ever had...and it was no more than $40. Corso’s version... flavor was pretty darn close, but they cooked it medium well despite saying it would come to us medium rare. Huge difference. Plus, it cost twice as much and it was half the weight. We ordered sides and the orecchiette too... not bad but the portions were really small and cost a pretty penny . I’m sure the ingredients weren’t THAT unique or special. Service was good.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Outstanding homemade pastas make this a great stop for lovers of authentic Italian fare.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We had another wonderful meal at Corso. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. We especially loved the butternut squash ravioli and the lamb. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

First visit. Friends birthday. Food and service were perfect!!! Wonderful wine list.

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Hot Spot
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Refined Tuscan Italian food, delicious! Recommend all the pasta dishes, especially the fettuccine with bolognese. Do not miss the baked polenta side dish, or the broccoli rabe. The desserts are all fabulous but we mostly gravitate to the panna cotta (best we have had). The atmosphere is warm and cozy and vibrant, the service is perfection.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Fabulous as always. Service is top notch. Food is delicious. The pastas, branzino, and polenta are superb. Great wine list and cocktail selection. They actually read my note in Open Table indicating we were celebrating a birthday. The last two places where I made a note completely ignored it. So kudos to Corso for being excellent!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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