Revival Bar+Kitchen

4.3
2355 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 2355 people are saying
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Tahoe
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

There was no outdoor seating available but it was lovely inside with lots of space.

Service was a tiny bit slow especially once we asked for our bill. Somehow the beginning was great and the end took a long time to get the final bill.

Great food!!!

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SusanJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Appetizers should be served before the entrees , not after in one case and with in the other. Part of the meal was very good and part was disappointing. I'll try again, because they have been good in the past.

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JANEL
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience3

My friends enjoyed their pizzas but my rockfish was overcooked and lacked the featured vegetable. Our waitress never once came near us so I could not ask for it in time to enjoy it, and she also failed to offer anything to compensate. We're looking for another restaurant near the theaters.

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded 5 days ago

Dear Janel, We are sorry to hear of this now. Yes, the server should have intercepted this issue so we could have fixed it. This dish has been well-loved and we invite you back to have it as designed by the Chef. Thank you for your constructive feedback-it does help us improve our team.

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ProfChocolate
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Tables are spaced to provide more space between diners. They were diligent in asking to see our vax cards and IDs. Seems as safe as possible in these troubled times.

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Step
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A bit cold inside with the door open. Still a nice experience and the food was tasty.

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JanisH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Perfect location for dining ahead of Berkeley Rep show. They are used to this, so are able to get you out in plenty of time for the extra time now required at the theatre.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good servise,average the food,not cheap, resturant a bit noisy

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vipGaryR
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a 6 pm reservation at Revival on 11/19. Heavy traffic and a wrong turn caused us to arrive very late. We walked into the restaurant at 6:30 very frazzled hoping to be placed on a wait list. The very kind host greeted us at the door and calmly listened to our tale of woe. He led us to a table and got our order started. When we explained that we had theater tickets he helped expedite our order so that we could make our 8 pm curtain. We enjoyed a lovely meal and got to the theater on time. Our heartfelt thanks to our gracious host who changed our evening from a disaster to a joy!

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TonyF
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Revival Bar and Kitchen was amazing! Food was perfect and service was amazing!! Drinks were flowing and we had a blast!

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Sunflower
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was excellent and came to our table on warm plates. Our server was attentive and knew we had to be on our way to hear our concert at the Freight in 45 minutes. My only complaint is that I think they need to offer a wider variety of choices : at least 2 Pasta dishes and soups.

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MargaretP
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful to have such a lovely restaurant in such close proximity to the theaters.

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Lynnetta
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When my fiancé and I first arrived, it was empty because they had just opened. We were then greeted by the most pleasant host/server - Cody!

He made our evening really chill and the food was amazing. We also met the chef who was sweet and very personalbe.

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on November 10, 2021

Thank you, Lynetta! We are so glad you enjoyed RBK!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

very disappointed by both the quality of the food and the overall service. starters arrived after the main courses,, linguini was cold, pizza cold and not crispy.

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on November 10, 2021

We are so sorry for the errors you experienced. We are improving our new staff daily. Your food should have been perfect! We had mostly raves that night, we hope you give us another chance, and please ask for Chef Amy, I will make sure your experience is on point.

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RobinS
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

When I make a reservation 3 months ahead, I honestly don’t expect them to have to get a table ready for me when I arrive, especially since I had called 2 hours before to confirm the reservation. I also expect one of the best tables (a booth or window table), and not be stuck in a tiny table in the middle. There was barely room fir pizza, soup, salad, drinks, and pasta.

Once seated, the waiter noted that we had a bottle of wine and was offered a taste. After 20 minutes, we had to ask someone to open the wine and bring glasses and take a martini order. The wine and glasses showed up before our food, but not the martini. Also the Dino salad never showed up (mentioned to the waiter who made sure it was not on the bill).
Overall, the food was good, and the prices were reasonable. I won’t bother making a reservation again and will allow plenty of time for the slow service (I know many restaurants have staffing issues).

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on November 10, 2021

Dear Robin, some of our staff is new, still learning, and these missteps should not have happened. Thanks for bringing it to our attention, we will keep polishing our team skills. Please keep making rsvts, they do help! We need our community, their patience, and the feedback. Our staff is improving daily.

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HelaneZ
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

A lively vibe, great ambience, great food. Flun place to have an almost normal, safe dining experience.

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on November 10, 2021

Thank you, Helane!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

They did not take walk ins so we reserved online and then they let us in?
Waiter took forever to show up and when he did was always in a hurry catching his breadth
Took forever to bring drinks and appetizers
We asked for bread because we were so hungry
Wine was bad. House Chardonnay
Drink Red Lady was tasteless
Ordered dinner with the jumping waiter
Had to flag down another waitress to bring more wine. She was super fast
Food came. Tomato burrata salad and a hamburger
NOT worth $106

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on November 10, 2021

We were at max capacity that night, we let people know that at the door, due to covid/staffing shortages, we could not take walk-ins because we did not have enough staff! Going online to grab a reservation doesn't change our staffing issues. You found an online table and came in anyway, against our requests. You had bad service because, as you already knew, we were short staffed. To then post a negative review after disregarding our attempt to protect you, by turning you away...shameless.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Booked based on the great and many reviews. Unfortunately, I think we were victims of the labor shortage. Opted to sit at the bar thinking we could get served quickly and make our concert around the corner in time. What we didn't realize is they were down a couple bar tenders and the poor guy Eric that was taking over was overwhelmed. Took us 45 min to get in a drink order and after he wasn't able to enter our food order had to hit up the host to help us place our food order. Eric explained that the chef was also the owner and we were looking forward to some great food. The fries were good along with the oysters, but the salmon that we had ordered medium rare came out way over cooked and well done. Hard to eat. Maybe an off night, but based on our experience definitely won't be returning

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ClaudiaM
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, good atmosphere, and great service. Highly recommended.

Revival Bar+Kitchen
Responded on November 10, 2021

Thanks, Claudia!

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Miranda
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

I'd like to start with empathy for the complexities of staffing and keeping a restaurant afloat right now.
Historically, in the years prior to COVID, Revival has had slow service in my experience. I can remember dining there prior to theater performances and always cutting it close, a few times not being able to enjoy a rushed meal that took too long to arrive.
I went back 3 weeks ago with a friend who knows the chef. The food was amazing but after our appetizers we wanted to order more and it felt like we were forgotten for at least half an hour. And then our burgers took a long time to come.
Last night, I was headed to a concert next door and took a chance and told the server we were in a time crunch but again the service was way too slow. it was a full 40 minutes between when we were seated and when the food arrived. The food was excellent, but I will only be back when I have ample time to wait.

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TomS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

An always interesting menu with creative choices in keeping with the theme of the restaurant's cuisine. Can be a little challenging to find a heart-healthy meal. Service is always very solicitous without being overbearing. Overall, a very pleasant dining experience.

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vipcreekrose
San Francisco
76 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Have dined here many times before theater and shows and was never dissa

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vipPinotlady
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gerardo & his team are top notch! Fabulous experience in every way!

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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
12 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
3 reviews
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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Revival Bar+Kitchen is rated 4.3 stars by 2355 OpenTable diners.

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