Revival Bar+Kitchen

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$31 to $50
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Revival Bar+Kitchen is serving distinctive, locally sourced, farm-to table, snout-to tail, utterly delicious food for brunch and dinner. The full bar is mixing original, hand-crafted cocktails, and our bar menu is available to satisfy after-the-show appetites.
Brunch features excellent, organic egg dishes, oysters and a rotating menu of Chef Amy's favorite classics--shakshuka, benedicts, fried chicken benedict, and avocado toast!
We have a 40 person private room for everything from business dinners to wedding parties.

The entire dining room is available for meetings and buy outs.
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Enjoy a complimentary bellini with your brunch entree

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 5, 2019

Ends: October 6, 2118

Availability: Sun 10:30AM-2:00PM
Sat 10:30AM-2:00PM

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4.2
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M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food is good, but service very slow. We waited an hour to have any food or drink even though we had a reservation

KM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience4

We had 5:45 reservation to dine In between Berkeley Rep program (as did half the audience!) We were seated at 5:50. Had great server who took our order promptly. However, we ordered entrees only and those didn't arrive until 7:00!!! Play started again promptly at 7:30!! We had to eat in 15 minutes. Given all the advanced reservations, why didn't you offer a Theater Special that could be served quickly. We didn't hold it against our very apologetic server, but I've never had to eat dinner for two at $150 in 15 minutes...

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded 5 hours ago

Dear Kathy, Thanks for your review--please accept our apologies for Sunday. We were down a cook, and the entire crowd arrived at once, but many of the guests arrived 15-20 minutes late, adding to the crunch. We do have a theatre special on the menu exactly for this need-speed. We will work with our staff to direct guests to the "speedy menu". Thank you for understanding. Chef Amy

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AB
San Francisco
100 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Service wasn't the server's fault – the kitchen was way back up and it took over 40 minutes to get our order. Revival serves a lot of the pre-concert and pre-theater crowd, and its inability to organize the kitchen enough to send out orders in a timely way is bad news for diners, who, when they get their dinners, have to wolf them down and bolt. And that's a shame, because the food is very good (although the scallops on the paella that I paid an extra $12 for were overdone...).

CJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Food was awesome! Service was horrible. It took 45 minutes for the wine to get to the table. I guess they don't chill their sav blanc. We ordered a bottle and they said they had to flash chill the wine? Never heard of that. So we ordered another bottle and they returned 20 minutes later and told us that bottle was not chilled either. So I said can you bring us a wine list of what you do have chilled! Crazy.

G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Came here for Valentine’s Day dinner based on listing in OoenTree, (mis)understanding the chef had prepared specialties for the day. Instead we weee met with “regular menu” fare. It took more than 10 to meet the waiter. Once we hid, he was very attentive. Kitchen was supper slow. Appetizers & entrees took over an hour to come out to the table. We weren’t in a rush, but that’s not timely. And, many around us must have been waiting as long or longer.

b
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent food for sharing and great service
Thanks Amy

l
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Location is great for going to Berkeley Rep. Good bar and desserts. Food is meh. $11.00 green salad is small and uninspiring for price. Butternut with ginger soup bland and served lukewarm. Steak tasty but overcooked veggie, nothing special for $35.00. Overall, convenient but overpriced for so-so food.

TG
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience1

The food is lovely. The music/noise/whatever is horrid. We found ourselves eating fast just to get out. We remembered that was why we had stopped coming here.....now we were reminded.....too bad....the food is very good and we would love to have this as a convenient restaurant for the Theatre and Cal Performances.....we probably won't be back.

KJ
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good food and nice ambiance. Staff were accommodating.

S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was very attentive and thorough with explanation. I loved the charcuterie broad; the presentation was simple but very elegant. The pork chop entree was a bit blanded, a little under seasoned. Overall, waitress was great and atmosphere was wonderful.

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded 5 hours ago

Thank you for your nice review, Smiles. We appreciate your support. Chef Amy

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g
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've eaten here many times and the food is consistently, reliably good. It's a great place to have dinner before a Berkeley Rep performance, or just for a nice evening out. Tonight we had hot crunchy sweet potato croquettes, a delicious salad with pears, radicchio, and blue cleese, and perfectly cooked salmon. The atmosphere is lively and the service was good.

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded 5 hours ago

Thanks for your nice note, Gengembre. Those are some of my favorite dishes and I'm so glad you enjoyed! Chef Amy

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C
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, cocktails, and service. A little pricey, but worth it!

OT
San Francisco
83 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Revival - great food....delicious vegetarian dishes, all food well prepared and well seasoned...nice wine and beer available. great location for dining in downtown Berkeley. The venue is broad enough, that I eat there a few times a month and always feel there is a wonderful tasty variety.

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded 5 hours ago

thank you for your lovely review!

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K
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

we had a nice dinner, but the service was erratic... lots of people bringing out food who did n't know what the other was doing..... wines were not great. ambiance was a bit cold and stark.

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded 5 hours ago

Thanks for your review, Karen. Unfortunately you witnessed the first night of two new hires who were still green around the edges. We appreciate your patience, and support. Chef Amy

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AM
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Revival is fantastic - even a pretty standard Kale & Beet salad was just wonderfully flavored, and the cheese was melt-in-your-mouth high quality. The vegetarian croquettes were divine, 10x better than the ham and cheese ones I got at an unnamed high end restaurant in the City last week. The service was a little slow to start (it was restaurant week), but our server was just the right amount of attentive, very knowledgable, warm and authentic (and my family works in fine dining, so I'm attuned to these things!). The ambience is fun and stylish, with wallpaper that came out of vintage music machines. We had a vegetarian meal this time, and ate like queens, but last time I was there I had the burger and thoroughly enjoyed that too. The dessert, salted caramel hot fudge sundae, was divine, and even the decaf was delicious. Amy Murray has created an excellent approachable menu - it's a new favorite!

s
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I had a 5:30 reservation on a Sunday and service and kitchen were simply overwhelmed. Everything was slow and came with a lot of apologies, when I saw a waiter at all. This whole experience felt understaffed and it showed. The food was fine, but not so fine as to justify the service experience.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience5

Worst service ever

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on January 30, 2020

I'm sorry to hear that, and am looking into staff training to resolve this issue. Thank you for your feedback. Best, Chef Amy

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LF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our meal was just right. We'd gone to a more expensive restuarant the week before and notice just how great Revival way in comparision and NOT over the top pricy. Yummy beet salad and yummy pizza! Dessert was espresso was heavenly too!

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on January 30, 2020

Thank you, Lisa, we are so glad you enjoyed the food and service. We love to make our guests happy!

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OT
San Francisco
56 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Three words: perfect duck breast

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on January 30, 2020

Liberty Farm grows great duck, and my cooks, do it justice! Thank you! Chef Amy

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OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy appetizers, ample entrees. Great tea and cocktail selections. Dessert was incredible! Our sever was attentive and helpful.

We will be back soon.

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on January 30, 2020

thank you! glad you enjoyed!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner. Would highly recommend!

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on January 30, 2020

thank you! glad you enjoyed!

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ME
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Unbelievable the worst experience my husband and I have ever experienced. We made reservations well in advance. We arrived on time, the host seated us....and that is the end of the story, The noise was loud, the staff was clueless on table assignments. We sat at the table 25 minutes without a hello. Thus, We left and no one even noticed. So...this restaurants needs to train their employees to be more responsive to their customers. Look for better restaurants in Berkeley ....sadly this place needs management training,.

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on January 30, 2020

Dear Mary, Please accept our humble apologies. This should not have happened, and both the server and the managers should have noticed your table was still waiting for service. I am sincerely sorry you did not get to enjoy what we have to offer--which is usually great food and service. Chef Amy

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LK
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pleasantly surprised. They should get rid of the televsion, why cheapen the place?

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on January 30, 2020

Thanks, LIsa. We got a tv for sports aficionados who wanted to keep up with games at the bar. And the debates. We try to keep it on the down low and show foreign films at other times. Thank you for your feedback.

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PL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

great food, but service was slow; not good if going to the theater afterwards

HP
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The menu on Open Table was not accurate to what was offered at the restaurant.

OT
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Our service at Brunch on Saturday can't even be kindly called lackadaisical. It was non-existent. The only person doing his job was the young fellow filling water glasses. The food is consistently good here, although pricey, but we won't be returning unless the service improves.

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on January 30, 2020

Please accept my apologies for your lack lustre service at saturday brunch. We were training a new server, somehow he did not notice your frustration. We've addressed this issue, and encourage you to give us another try. Thank you for your honest feedback. Chef Amy

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o
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The complimentary Belini (mimosa) was the best I have ever had. Everyone enjoyed their food but I thought mine was the most amazing. creative and flavorful eggs Benedict ever seen. The crispy fried chicken and the whole presentation makes it unlikely that I will ever order another standard Benedict. I look forward to another visit.

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on January 30, 2020

THanks, OPera Girl, I am most proud of our Benedict. We appreciate your feedback. Chef Amy

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OT
London
23 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very noisy. Food uninspiring. Pizza good, but cassoulet mediocre (beans very good, duck not). Very pleasant attentive staff.

MK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

One of the best salads (beet) and seasonal pizzas I have ever had. The service person was one of the best I have had in years! I will be back.

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on January 30, 2020

Thank you Mary! We appreciate your feedback. I put a lot of thought into each element of a dish, to coax out the most flavor! Chef Amy

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M
San Francisco
146 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We had Sunday brunch with friends. Setting was nice, tables by window or inside. Banquette seating might be a little difficult for seniors. Servers were excellent though cocktail, bar service was slow- no problem for us as we had plenty of non rushed time to chat before our Bloody Mary and variation of Ramos fizz arrived. They accommodated our dietary restrictions (lactose intolerant and preferred substitutions) easily. Highlights were farmhouse omelet, French toast, billionaires bacon,beignets and recommended deviled eggs with trout roe we had on earlier date. Coffee was hot, full bodied. Great brunch or dinner spot if going to Berkeley Rep. or Freight & Salvage. Highly recommended!

OT
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

A major disappointment last Sat. . We have been dining there for more than three years, before Berkeley rep.. it was our go to place - more than a dozen prior visits... in the past, always good meals, interesting menus... Now, the opposite.. very sad decline.

The menu is a truncated version of our prior visits [ about two months ago]. Many familiar items gone.

The dishes were all misses.... Mezze plate, skimpy as opposed to opulent in prior visis.
Veggie Paella, no flavor, items tossed on rice.. no thought or care to the dish.

Their "famous pork chop" which was always a favorite, used to be juicy and flavorful, now over cooked, dry and no taste.

An usual crash and burn for a place we used to count on...

Will not return.

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on January 16, 2020

I can only offer our sincere apologies. I am the same chef, cooking the food I believe in, training my cooks to cook it and plate it correctly. The mezze should be a full plate of 6 different vegetables. The Vegan Paella is getting rave reviews--lots of thought and care behind this, including a custom sauce of meyer lemons that I pick from my sister's tree, then preserve, and puree with roasted peppers and toasted almonds. The Chop should have been juicy. We strive for perfect, we do care.

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OT
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Excellent. So great to have the place mostly to ourselves. Accommodated a large party with three children happily.

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on January 16, 2020

Glad you enjoyed! Thank you.

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C
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Revival is hit or miss. Lately it’s a hit! Get deviled eggs, vegetarian paella, salmon, etc. And Nika is simply a GEM!

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We chose Revival for its proximity to Berkeley Rep. The meatball appetizer was good. The side salad was nice, but for $11 a little small. The vegan paella was some Spanish rice with a few veggies. For $24 I expected a whole lot more for my money. The food came quickly which makes me think things were just reheated. The tea selection felt pretentious, and no decaf coffee. We won’t be back.

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on January 6, 2020

Dear Anonymous, I am so sorry to hear you did not enjoy your paella. It is a pretty hearty dish, chocked full of butternut squash, broccoli, olives, chard, mushrooms, red bells, garbanzos, capers, olives, and a romesco sauce. I'm sorry you felt our selection of Art of Tea is pretentious--I love good tea, and researched tea companies thoroughly, with the goal to have interesting teas that you don't find everywhere. Just a holiday fluke that we ran out of decaf. Thank you for the feedback.

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IH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience3

The $15 Kale and Beet salad consisted of a pound of rough Kale with 2 or 3 small pieces of beets and barely any dressing. Terrible.

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on January 6, 2020

Dear Ingrid, Our apologies for your unpleasant experience on 1/5. This is one of our most popular salads--we will work with our cooks to ensure everyone is executing the salad as intended--robust with yellow and red beets, kohlrabi salsa, walnuts, fennel, and goat cheese--and we do train them on perfect execution. Your salad should have been perfect. Thank you for your constructive feedback--it helps us to improve.

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BD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Theater (Pre-) dinner

WP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous meal at RBK. The staff were friendly and efficient. The food exceeded expectations - every bite delicious.

n
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

delicious dinner and excellent service -- not enough room between tables however for private conversations --too noisy as a consequence -- still recommend that people try it

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Good food, good cocktails, lame service. It took forever to get a waiter to even take a drink order — and our “waiter” was very difficult to get to the table...and once came after clearly being out smoking. Yuck. I would like this place to get its table service right...

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thanks for your honest feedback--it really does help us to improve. We do take service seriously, and will strive to correct these mis-steps. Drinks should be faster, and NO ONE should reek of smoke. Sincerely, Chef Amy

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SH
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our New Year's Eve experience here. Manuel was fantastic as a server and he helped us with wine and food selection. Everything was fantastic!

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on January 16, 2020

So glad you enjoyed, Susan. Thanks for the nice review!

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