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- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Trout Caviar Deviled Eggs
Fennel, green onion, preserved lemon, herbs
Fried Chicken Benedict
Fried eggs, Bloomsdale spinach, pickled radish, bearnaise, house-baked biscuit
Happy Boy Beet Salad
Kale, fennel, kohlrabi, goat cheese, walnuts, herbs
It was a great experience. The ambiance is very welcoming and charming. Amazing wines, food and service. Staff are extremely knowledgeable and make great recommendations.
We originally booked an outside table, but just wasn’t that inviting. Pivoted to being seated inside. The better choice. There was adequate spacing. The aesthetic was inviting.
We were seated and served by both a trainee and an experienced, great server. We knew going in that Revival had recently opened. Whatever mistakes were made, I think everyone overlooked or found excusable and to some extent entertaining. Our meal lasted two hours. We never really waited for a course. We were asked our opinions of the dishes. It was very interactive and fun.
Started with the deviled egg and the kale salad. The pickled vegetables brought more complexity than the average dill pickle. The kale salad was simply the best form of kale I’ve had. The lemon and crunchy quinoa added texture and flavor.
The main course was very good. My wife had the rock fish and I had the fried chicken. Excellent on their own (perfect), but the tapenade with the fish and the yam puree with the chicken were great. I don’t know what was in the puree. Not all yam and definitely rich with butter and cream.
We finished with the yogurt pane cotta. The yogurt added a tartness that I really liked. Try the Manhattan Project cocktail.
We will be back.
Overall the food was quite good, but not exceptional. The prices were reasonable. If you include pizza, then vegetarians will be happy. Beyond that there are several salads and appetizers, and one full plate. My wife really enjoyed the fried chicken, and our cocktails were good. Outdoor dining was nice and quiet. So quiet we used a phone to listen to some soft jazz.
We were so psyched to see the Revival was open again and it did not disappoint! The food and drinks were delicious, as we have come to expect, with a nice range of foods for eaters of all types (my wife is celiac and had plenty of great choices - not always the case!)
What we were surprised at was the service. It was superb!!! Everyone knows how tough it is for restaurants to get good staff right now so I have been cutting places a LOT of slack for poorly trained, inexperienced, short staffed issues. But not last night at Revival!!! Super attentive and charming staff! It felt like pre-COVID days. Actually better than that! We were so taken care of!
So great to have you open again Revival!! So glad you survived and can’t wait to return!
At first, I was excited to enter, feeling like the decor was cute for a date. The restaurant was not full, yet we were sat in the middle of the restaurant at a 2 top one seat with a booth side, the other a chair. The server took our order and brought out our appetizers before our drinks even arrived. The rillettes and burrata were both tasty. Shortly after the first few bites, our entree was at the table. The paella was less than palatable- tasted like old rice warmed up. Not fresh at all. Poor timing all around made for a rushed date experience. Then all the waitstaff started clearing out the tables in the room, quoting they needed to clean the carpets. Finally, they had a farewell photo shoot in front of our table for a staff who was leaving.
All in all, the environment and behaviors of the staff were underwhelming. I’ve worked in the restaurant industry for many years prior to this. I feel as if the team could have worked better to seat us in a more private area knowing the rest of those activities were going to be happening.
The servers and bartender seemed annoyed/irritated when taking our order when it came to the food and drink. When we asked about certain items what was in the website menu and the actual menu the waiter seemed annoyed. Food was decent, not worth the price tag given but was okay. The charcuterie board was totally over priced for the amount of food given.
Our sincere apologies for these issues. We are in the midst of re-training the team and hiring. All staff should be informed and kind--and able to answer questions. The $27 Charcuterie has 16 ounces of protein, handmade, organic and quality. I will make sure the cooks are plating it correctly with the prescribed amounts. Thank you for your visit and feedback.
The space feels dated , lots of reclaimed wood, vintage light fixtures and filament bulbs. Very 2002. Needs an update.
Bar was decent but bartenders kept removing their masks. Kitchen staff as well. We mentioned it to hostess who replied, “I just work here.”
Food was decent, good calzone, oysters were fresh although they only offered one variety.
Outdoor seating had sparse heat lamps so it was chilly.
Thank you for your feedback, Spencer. We are 100% vaccinated and now allowed by the County to work without masks. We built out this space in 2010, as a Revival of the building, and the downtown. We would love to refresh the decor, and hope that the RRF is refunded soon so we have the funds. The Pandemic nearly killed the downtown businesses. We are grateful to have made it thru, thanks to our gracious, supportive community!
Not sure what to say this was so bad.
We were one of the first tables there, they had a ton of staff yet it took forever for people to get their food.
Bread was stale, Bloody Mary was undrinkable, French fries a soggy ball, the radishes in our radish salads were dry husks, oysters looked old and not shucked properly, even the Water tasted like the glasses were dried with dirty towels. I’m barely scratching the surface. You know when you see a hydroponic herb garden in the window and the greens are all wilted it’s not a good sign. For what it’s worth, I know I come across as difficult here but I can’t remember having ever sent back a dish anywhere or left a restaurant not being able to eat.
I give props, it must be hard coming back from the pandemic…I’m not judging like it is normal times. It was our servers first day, but that’s totally ok…he was nice and doing the best he could. Cappuccinos were very good.
Thanks for the feedback. You were difficult to please, we comped 1/2 your check, you could have stated that. Oysters came in on Friday, we sold 18 dozen, everyone loved them. The garden is a homeless project, I checked it after you posted, it was 80% vibrant. The glass polishing towels were damp/good point, fixed. And did you not like the shakshuka or benedict? The battle to survive Covid has been unreal. We are sincere in our efforts, Mother's Day is always extreme. Positivity For the Win!
Food was beyond dissapointing. The deviled eggs with rock crab and roe was practically rancid, the duck leg was as salty as the sea, and the pizza was astonishingly mediocre... Seriously, nothing tasted fresh here. The crab for the deviled eggs was hilariously briney it's ridiculous they dare to charge $16 for 6 pieces. The soggy duck was supremely salty yet under seasoned at the same time, tasting like nothing else but salt. The pizza was also a sad, soggy, and overpriced affair. Again, friends, the food here is not worth your time or your money. The server was nice and friendly, and I'm sure he would've been glad to take the food back to the kitchen with our critiques, but I'm not one to complain in front of others. We ate what we were given and left. Don't make our mistake, and please don't sit down in the first place. Also did I mention that the outdoor dining section was riddled with flies? Either the dining tables are right next to the dumpster or the rotting hay bales left outside are attracting literal swarms of flies, at least a few hundred for sure. There's a reason the reservations don't fill on a Sunday night. Trust the crowd on this one.
We are sorry our food didn't please you. Everything we make is fresh, and made to order. Picked Crab is $40/#, Salmon Keta Roe is $4 per oz, thus the cost. Our seafood is from Two by Sea, who sources from the best boats. Duck leg confit is cured in salt and 7 spices, but should not taste salty. Margherita is $18, pretty standard, and our's has burrata, a free upgrade There's no dumpster, but we've called the City to address the fly issue, who appeared with the warm Spring. Sincere Apologies
Marvelous restaurant with great food. Glad we can return to it.
Thank You, Dave! We are so happy you enjoyed! The Revival Team
Very good food and drinks, service was a bit slow but not too big a deal. All the service staff was helpful and polite.
Thank you! We are rebuilding our team as fast as we can. Every week is better. We love and appreciate our community, and making delicioius food+drink that pleases. We hope to see you again! The Revival Team
Really nothing good to say. Poor service, ordinary cocktails and food served cold. Burger was decent, fried chicken dry and flavorless, and pizza was out of a freezer.
Service and food were both excellent. Was a bit pricier than I'd expected though hence the not great value rating.
Food was overly sweet, but cooked appropriately. Excellent drinks and good service. Happy to sit inside, with a good ambiance
Always a pleasure at Revival Kitchen. Consistent food and quality. Always enjoy it all.
Among the best places to eat in the Bay Area. Highly recommended!
The food was delicious. We had the vegan Calzone and pink trout. The ambience was curbside Covid-19 vintage. Not much anyone can do about that. The service however was lacking.. Our server was not very attentive. There was a heater nearby that he put right next to twp other diners. We had to ask to share some of the heat. Highly recommend Revival Bar and Kitchen
Revival did a nice job setting up outdoors. That's kinda it for the good stuff.
The host was acting strange and we only got good service from one waiter. We didn't even have a single waiter helping us out - we probably flagged down 4 different employees throughout the night to get help (put in an order, ask for the check, etc.). The food was okay. Under-seasoned but decent dishes. A limited menu doesn't help in this regard.
I know I won't be going back, but maybe we just caught them on an off night and you'll have a better experience.
Super slow service!! Inattentive server. Ordered the brisket - it was about a 3 oz portion—half of which was fat. Dessert looked tempting but was not up to another 30 minute wait for a dessert. Had a snack when I got home.
so lovely-- kind servers. DELICIOUS food. Especially the ribs/ kale salad/ pizza
Will go again and again
Great place. Great food. Go!
Despite short wait staff, the Maitre Di filled in with enthusiasm.
We went for brunch before going to the Berkeley Rep. Great food and friendly service. The restaurant is very nice with a mediterranean flare. The prices were a surprise. Great value.
Thanks for your nice review, Peter. We love providing delicious food from our favorite local farms and making our community happy!
Service took a long time, even for drinks, even though the place was mostly empty at 7 pm. My appetizer was good, but my vegan paella was completely inedible- burned on the bottom to a one-piece solid gummy black mess, and dried out on top. It was a poorly thought through combo of whatever veggies were on hand and wouldn't have made sense anyway. The waiter asked if we all enjoyed our meals, and I shook my head sadly, but he just sort of stared and didn't follow up.
Dear Anne, Please accept my sincere apologies for your unpleasant experience on Tuesday. The paella is one of our most popular dishes--you should have enjoyed every bite. Clearly we have an issue with our kitchen staff. I am off on Tuesdays, so I unfortunately was not able to intercept the poorly executed dish. I would love to make this dish for you on your next visit, the way it should be--slightly crispy on the bottom, with an interesting tangle of sauteed vegetables on top. Chef Amy
We had reservations for the theater break intermission to Gatz on 2/22. All went well. We got our seats timely, enjoyed an excellent meal and great service. Also, please accept our sincere thanks for providing vegan fare.
Thanks, Bart--so glad you enjoyed RBK. Vegan food is becoming a bigger part of our menu!
My son and I were there at the theater intermission of Gatz. We had an hour and a half. It was crowded. Our order was taken. We received our drinks and one of the two appetizers we had ordered. We waited another hour and nothing came. At that point we had lost our appetite. The waitress and manager were apologetic and gave my son some credit for the future. It was a weird mess up. The apologies were welcomed, but still.............
Please accept our apologies, Odette. We do work hard to seat and feed everyone in a timely manner. We are training and shaping our team to be stronger. Chef Amy
Server was great, a little overworked, but as attentive as he could be and he remember our drink orders from our last visit. However, the bar was very slow. It took half an hour to fill the drink orders. Salads were inventive and delicious, however most in our party thought their mains were just 'ok.'
A perfect place to go when seeing a show at the Berkeley Rep. Worked out great. Walked right from theater to our table in about three minutes.
Service was good and the place was packed. Make a reservation for sure. For was pretty good, good enough for how convenient it is.
Excellent food, excellent service. Noisy. Restaurant was very busy with waiters literally running between tables, but service was good in spite of the crowds. Food was exceptional.
I always love revival! This visit there was a flock of theatre goers trying to eat dinner in a short timeframe. They did great! Super friendly service and they got us out on time. And as always, the food was fabulous.
terrible service. server would disappear for 35 mins at a time. food he initially recommended was not available to us. We spent 4 hours waiting to be served everything.
Our main course never got filled by the kitchen - seems there was some sort of mixup. We needed to get to a show, so couldn't stay while they worked on it. However, our server handled it very well. He was apologetic, credited back an appetizer and did the best he could to attentively resolve the problem. He is the primary reason I will overlook this mishap and return to Revival again.
We were part of a large group of people taking a dinner break from a six-hour Berkeley Rep production. We were seated and fed quickly. The waiter offered to bring all our courses at the same time, which we gratefully accepted, getting back to the theater in plenty of time. I enjoyed the fish and the salad. The staff did a very good job
Excellent food, cooked exactly to order, efficient, friendly service. Tables for two are arranged with enough space in between to allow for privacy of conversation. Of course, the noise level is high enough to make conversation difficult, but that seems to be par for the course in restaurants these days.
Service was slow since several people arrived at the same time and lots of them ordered pizza, as we did. But managment recognized the problem and poured extra wine into our glasses. The food is consistently good at Revival, and the staff is courteous and attentive. I always find this restaurant meets my expectations, and I go there a lot.
The food is good, but service very slow. We waited an hour to have any food or drink even though we had a reservation
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...
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
Love love love Revival. Great decor, spacious, excellent staff, creative delicious food!
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...).
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