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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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4.7

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 (21)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Good for a Date (18)
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Creative Cuisine (10)
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Casual (9)
Authentic (8)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Romantic (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Cozy (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Fun (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Business Meals (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Seasonal (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Healthy (2)
Organic (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Disabled Access (1)
People Watching (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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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·Dined 6 days ago

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 5, 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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·Dined on December 2, 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 22, 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 21, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 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 11, 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 6, 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 29, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Corso never fails. Staff friendly & helpful.
Great food, interesting wine list.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food and wine pairings . Salad was great as was the Branzino. My friend had the chicken which is always terrific.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was high quality; service was wonderful — professional and friendly; ambience was intimate yet festive

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Having been in Florence this summer makes you appreciate how good the food is at Corso. All dishes are spot on plus they have one of the best panna cotta’s around.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 13, 2017

I sent my parents here for my moms birthday and they had a wonderful time. I had heard good things from a friend, and it lived up! The restaurant was helpful in coordinating (I left my card number with them) and I only heard good things. They loved the crostini, fungi and salads, as well as delicious breads and gelato with limoncello for dessert. Winner all around.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food was top notch and so was the service. Chicken breast with lemon and butter was amazing!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Fantastic!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

They were great with our grandchildren . Everyone enjoyed their meal.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great service, food has slightly decreased in.... well the choices have changed for the worst. There was a tomato salad to die for... now the dandelion is very meh. But service is always amazing.

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 (Richmond)·Dined on September 29, 2017

It was nice!

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·Dined on September 21, 2017

Surprisingly tart funghi, yet delicious; very crisp lattuga. I've never had as fresh a spaghetti as I did here, and the swordfish was also well-seasoned. The panna cotta is a must here - I rarely order dessert, and when I do, I rarely finish it - here I ordered one all to myself and ate all of it :)

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Great little restaurant. They make their own pasta and everything was delicious. But beware, they use a lot of anchovies in their cooking. Not a problem for me but may be for others. I had a magnificent branzino, fresh grilled that was really divine. Interesting restaurant. Very Authentically Italian.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Food and atmosphere were great! Met interesting people and clearly Corso is a favorite and a place to repeat.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Outstanding service. Great wine list. Food was exceptional. I had the petrale sole nicely cooked with nice sauce with tasty potatoes. Flower less chocolate cake was a wonderful taste treat

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2017

pasta delicious.

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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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