Revival Bar+Kitchen

4.3
2345 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
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.

The entire dining room is available for meetings and buy outs.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 2345 people are saying
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JosephM
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Reservation was lost due to system error? Seated for 20 minutes...no server. We left.

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KatherineE
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It seems everyone is struggling getting help, but aside from that everything was beyond expectations. I will return again in spite of lack of personnel because everything was so professional in spite of demands on them.

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on October 7, 2021

Thank you, Katherine, for your wise, compassionate, aware note. It is exceedingly difficult to find enough staff these days. We are doing our level best. We appreciate your kind review.

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CollieMan
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Arrived on time for a 6:45 reservation. The host seemed flustered when we arrived but he did a good job of dealing with multiple customers at once trying to be seated and checking the vax cards of others trying to saddle up to the bar. As soon as we sat down the host (who was also our waiter apparently) asked for our drink order. 15 minutes after we ordered drinks our waiter told us the drinks were almost ready. 15 minutes after that (30 minutes after we originally ordered) we asked where our drinks were. Our waiter then proceeded to walk to the bar and he said the bartender would make our drinks right away. We waited 30 min and the bartender had not even started our drinks -- a beer and the cocktail of the day. How hard could that be? This is all while several other tables were also complaining about service at the same time. We decided to walk out after not even getting a drink after 40 minutes and the restaurant was only about 30% full.

In conclusion, our waiter/host seemed to be running around with his head cut off so I can't fault his effort but something must be seriously wrong with their management. Everyone seemed confused and working slowly except for our waiter and it showed. We understand that everyone is short staffed because of Covid but this seemed like a different level.

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Lisa
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful night to eat outside on the awesome deck overlooking the harbor. Staff was so friendly and attentive and food was delicious!

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on October 7, 2021

Thank you, Lisa! Glad you had a good night.

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vipLarry
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

My wife and I had a very enjoyable meal. We both ordered the short ribs and they were delicious. The service was slow and a little disorganized, and we had to rush because we had a concert to attend after dinner. Other than that, the meal was very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good food. Good service. Grateful for the outdoor seating, despite the noise on a Saturday night.

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vipMarkusF
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a bit rushed for dinner before a concert, but we got great service, and the food was excellent.

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vipRCS61
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

We sat outside which was a little noisy. Nothing they could do about that. Other than that, it was a great place to eat.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was decent when it finally arrived. Our server forgot to submit our order to the kitchen and the restaurant had to reopen the the kitchen for us.

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ChellyZ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were delicious, and service was great too!

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vipezra
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was delicious, beautifully made and presented. Drinks were good, bar service is slow.

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SlowService
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Service was terrible. Not sure if this is b/c there were two few servers for the number of patrons? Everything took an incredibly long time and often had to ask several times about drinks / food / etc. Example, ordered a drink. After 30 minutes asked about it and then another 5-10 minutes asked about it again...

Ambience is wonderful. I have been here many times for business dinners. Quiet / nice atmosphere that is great for conversation. Food is very good as well (though it takes forever to get anything).

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vipFoodlover
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This place has a very weird vibe. Food is average.

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PatrickK
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In the heart of Berkeley, outstanding food service and ambience. Prices are on the high side though.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was lovely, and our server was very attentive without being overbearing. Was very happy with our service.

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RicoW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been to Revival before, but not since Covid. I’m happy to report that the kitchen continues to be excellent, as does the service. With its high ceiling and spaced tables, we felt comfortable and safe. Everything was delicious—we tried a number of appetizers, mains were short ribs, seafood paella and a pizza. Everything was very good. I highly recommend Revival for a downtown Berkeley, upscale dining experience.

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ClareU
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE HAD AN ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS MEAL AT REVIVAL! CHEF AMY MURRAY'S DELICIOUS MENU WAS A TOTAL DELIGHT. EACH APPETIZER AND ENTREE WAS PERFECTLY CRAFTED AND COOKED TO PERFECTION. THE DESSERTS TOPPED OFF THE MEAL WITH A CREATIVE FLAIR THAT WAS PLEASING TO ALL. JUST CAN'T SAY ENOUGH HOW DELICIOUS THE FOOD WAS!!!

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ScottM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Great Food... We are monthly regulars here and I would like it as "excellent" if every dish came out more perfectly...
Last couple times one dish came out below expectations - the ribs were "meh" last time and time before that the calzone below par... other dishes and drinks came out very good - excellent
Still satisfied, just want them to "up their game"

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JuliaC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Entertaining guests from Paris - where to take them for a delicous meal during the pandemic? Thank goodness RBK was open! Although the indoor seating is much more beautiful and fancy, our guests opted to dine outdoors in the very functional and airy outdoor seating area. All of our meals were simply divine. Two in our party had the steak and I heard lots of "mmmm's" from them. I had the seafood paella and another had the famous fried chicken. Delicousness all around. We weren't planning on dessert but Chef Amy sent over a slice of the chocolate gateau and we were in heaven. Looking forward to our next visit!

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vipImTheAdMan
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was excellent but our server was rude and not helpful at answering questions at all.

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vipLorenaP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I never give bad reviews, but for this one I just had too.

Service: Horrible service - lacks hospitality. Staff needs a lot of training
Food: Mediocre pepperoni pizza - tasted as if it was out of a box
Tomato burrata salad was good
Drinks: I order an Arnold Palmer. The waiter suggests I try the turmeric lemonade and in the same sentence he says; they are ran out of lemonade ( we got there when the place opened. How do run out of something on your menu 10 minutes after you open?) I ask for a sample to make sure I like it. Brings drinks and he brings me an Arnold Palmer! Did I miss something?!
Manhattan was good,
Would I recommend this place. No. Maybe we came on a bad day, but I would not want to give it another try.

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vipltufromberkeley
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our dinner and our server. We had the vegan mezze platter, the rockfish and the ribs. The rockfish was a lighter meal and the ribs and their included sides were substantial. The mezze platter was a fun assortment of spreads and veggies which I wish I could prepare at home. Recommended

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Foodie21
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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UeliZuri
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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GeoffO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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.

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JourDanP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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.

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on June 27, 2021

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.

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vipSpencer
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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.

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on June 27, 2021

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!

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JoshM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

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.

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on June 30, 2021

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

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.

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on May 5, 2021

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

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vipDave
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marvelous restaurant with great food. Glad we can return to it.

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on May 5, 2021

Thank You, Dave! We are so happy you enjoyed! The Revival Team

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very good food and drinks, service was a bit slow but not too big a deal. All the service staff was helpful and polite.

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on May 5, 2021

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

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vipFreddy
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

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.

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vipSarahfromSF
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service and food were both excellent. Was a bit pricier than I'd expected though hence the not great value rating.

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KevinK
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was overly sweet, but cooked appropriately. Excellent drinks and good service. Happy to sit inside, with a good ambiance

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vipFood4you
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a pleasure at Revival Kitchen. Consistent food and quality. Always enjoy it all.

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PeterM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Among the best places to eat in the Bay Area. Highly recommended!

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JerryD
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

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

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KevC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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.

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Revival Bar+Kitchen is rated 4.3 stars by 2345 OpenTable diners.

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