Revival Bar+Kitchen

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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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4.2
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently outstanding!

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SusanJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite short wait staff, the Maitre Di filled in with enthusiasm.

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PeterM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on March 12, 2020

Thanks for your nice review, Peter. We love providing delicious food from our favorite local farms and making our community happy!

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AnneB
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience4

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.

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on March 8, 2020

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

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BartC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on March 8, 2020

Thanks, Bart--so glad you enjoyed RBK. Vegan food is becoming a bigger part of our menu!

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Odette
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food1service1ambience4

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.............

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on March 8, 2020

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

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vipCharlotte
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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.'

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vipToddB
New England
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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.

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SMV1
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

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.

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vipBethW
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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charlotter
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

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.

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MoReen
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

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.

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WilliamB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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

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Revivalist
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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.

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Sally
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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.

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Mary
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
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

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KathyM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
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 on February 20, 2020

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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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love Revival. Great decor, spacious, excellent staff, creative delicious food!

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vipAliceBT
San Francisco
100 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
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...).

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CharlesJ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
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.

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Graff
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
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.

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vipberkcal
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent food for sharing and great service
Thanks Amy

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viplaurenc
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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.

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vipTheatreGoer
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
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.

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vipKarenJ
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good food and nice ambiance. Staff were accommodating.

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Smiles
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 on February 20, 2020

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

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vipgingembre
San Francisco
43 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 on February 20, 2020

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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vipCorsetiere
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
85 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 on February 20, 2020

thank you for your lovely review!

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Karen
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 on February 20, 2020

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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AmyM
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!

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satiable
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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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vipLisaF
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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vipOpenTable Diner
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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OpenTable Diner
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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OpenTable Diner
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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MaryE
1 review