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About Revival Bar+Kitchen

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.

2102 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:

Brunch : Saturday & Sunday 10:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday , Wednesday and Thursday 5:00-9:30pm , Bar open til 11
Friday and Saturday 5:00-11:00, Bar open til 12
Sundays 4:30- 9:30
Late Night Menu Thursday, Friday & Saturday 10:00-11:00
Weekend Afternoons Bar is open all day through brunch til late
Happy Hour Tuesday-Friday 4:00-6:00 , Sundays 8pm-close
Check the website for live performance details!

Cross Street:
Addison

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 549-9950

Website:
http://www.revivalbarandkitchen.com/

Entertainment:
We are hosting special events on occasion. Please sign up for our email list (via our website). We will send out announcements a few weeks prior to events. Your email will remain confidential.

Catering:
Revival Bar + Kitchen provides excellent and innovative lunch box catering in downtown Berkeley. We create tasty, and organic menus with generous options for interesting sandwiches, grain salads, vegetable salads, and desserts.

Parking Details:
Street parking may be tight, but there are numerous options for reasonably-priced pay lots within a few blocks. Downtown Berkeley Parking Map link on our website.

Public Transit:
Downtown Berkeley BART is just a few steps away. It's a major hub for AC transit as well.

Executive Chef:
Amy Murray

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Revival Bar+Kitchen features culinary, cocktail, and musical events on occasion. Special Artisan Wine Dinners, and Thematic Farmer Menus are our specialty. Sign up for our email list to get notified. Your email will remain confidential.

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Private Dining

Our private dining room is elegant, quiet, and customizable. Revival offers the finest in local farm-to-table cuisine, a lively wine list featuring vintages from all over the world, and a full bar. We have numerous options for your event, including custom cocktails and menu options.

Revival Bar+Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.0

service

3.8

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4.2

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Lovely atmosphere and service but food was pretty mediocre for the price, especially for a special occasion. Tiny, barely bigger than a muddle sized oysters and whist tender the short ribs didn't have any flavor. Desert, salad and wine were nice.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Nice atmosphere with excellent farm to table food. Ricotta Gnuddi with mushrooms was savory satisfying vegetarian dish, and baby back ribs were falling off the bone tender and smoky. Will definitely go back.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

This was for brunch, not dinner like I'm used to from Revival.

The food was high quality, but during our visit there was some expediting/timing issue in the kitchen. Add to that an apparently new server and it was a recipe for slow and inattentive service. The server kept putting drink orders and bills down at the wrong tables, water glasses sat empty for tens of minutes, and the server seemed unaware of food delays from the kitchen until we got a little rude about it - but we weren't the only ones complaining that morning about slow food delivery.

I never had such problems with Revival for dinner service. But the number of diners was low and so there was only that one inattentive server and their manager on the floor. I think if the server had more experience, they could have covered the number of tables with customers at them easily, but they were pretty much in the weeds, even with help from the floor manager.

It twas disappointing given how good my experiences have been with them for dinners.

Still, because we had about 1:45 hours set aside for a leisurely brunch, we weren't late for our matinee movie. But 1:45 hours is pretty long for a casual brunch.

Tags: People Watching, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Organic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

The service, ambiance were both great. I loved the burrata app we got but everything else wasn't as good as I expected. I got the Box crab with risotto and the meat of the Box crab was almost liquidfied. It was clearly older and it's gastric juices have already had a field day with the body of the crab. We also got the duck confit dish and it was ok. It was slight salty but good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Great food, great service and ambiance. Good value.

Tags: Good for Groups, Disabled Access, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Perfect Valentine's Day date. We had duck leg confit with several sides and everything was delicious.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great food, service and ambiance. Not cheap, but high quality. Very conveneint to theater if that's your gig!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Spicy, Fun, Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent food, great service. A bit noisy, but not too bad.

Tags: Happy Hour, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Service started out great, but deteriorated after our order was placed. Different servers brought the dishes and at the end of the meal it was very difficult to get the bill. Food is OK but not outstanding

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Enjoyed it thoroughly.
The street was busy and parking was a bit tough, but there is a parking garage a few blocks away ;)

Tags: Organic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Revival is my 'go to' place whenever I have an event to attend in Berkeley, usually the Berkeley Rep or the University Museum. It never disappoints in the quality of food and service, and my friends and I always love the fixed price 'theater' menu - delicious food, portioned appropriately so you can enjoy three course but not be in a food coma. Energetic and fun place to be, always!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

So fabulous - we had a fantastic meal and evening altogether! The food is BEYOND - expertly prepared, the service is knowledgeable and attentive, the ambiance is warm and festive. TWO THUMBS UP!

Tags: Fun, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

party of 6, good food, good service, great place to have drinks and food for downtown Oakland location. Parking not that bad since a lot is one block away. Food was enjoyed by everyone (international group). Good wine selection.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Service was friendly. Joe was awesome and was able to accommodate a late addition to our group, and a slightly later reservation from our original. Food was very good. Didn't realize it was restaurant week, but ate off that menu. Had Osso Bucco - fabulous!
Would go again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Service was slow. We were told they were short-staffed. Otherwise great!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Service was excellent despite. I had the quarter rack of ribs, which was just the right size. The ribs were unbelievable, tender and fell off the bone. The custard I had for dessert was incredible. This restaurant is worth a repeat when in Berkeley.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

We went for Berkeley Restaurant Week, this was one of the few participants that actually offered great choices at a great value. Kudos to Revival for respecting their customers! We tried every item on the restaurant week menu, and it was all good. Appetizer choices were varied--we loved the orange/radish/greens salad-- and generous. The vegetarian entree was outstanding, like a tasting plate of differently cooked vegetables, very flavorful. The pork shank was large and cooked to fall-off-the-bone perfection. The accompanying polenta was quite heavy. Desserts were wonderful and perfect portion size.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on January 19, 2018

I know this is a popular pre-theater spot, and it would be a nice (if a bit pricey) place for a drink, but I wouldn't stay for dinner again. We had cheddar fritters (ok but blah), a small lamb chop (way too much fat but tasteless meat), and a pork chop which was ok--the potatoes were good. Service was erratic and at the end we got barely warm coffee. Given the hefty by-the-glass price, the syrah wine was poor as well. It's too bad, it is a great location, and the decor and atmosphere are attractive.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Small and boring menu. The food was ok, nothing I would go back for. Overall disappointing. The most frustrating thing was the lack of choices. A beautiful Restaurant, but the food and service was just ok. Not worth the price.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

This is a good place to go if you have reservations at the Berkeley Rep. Its just right up the street and they are used to getting people out in time for the shows. Food is really good. It can be a little noisy, especially if you are in the middle of the room. Ask to be at a table farthest from the bar.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We often eat at Revival prior to going to the Berkeley Rep. It's convenience, delicius food and good service have been our experience. I have some diet restrictions and the kitchen is very accommodating. Two comments about our recent experience...first, the lamb shank was delicious, but waaaay too much food. I can't think of a way the portion could be smaller, but it's enough for two people to share, I think, with a few extra veggies on the side. Second, what happened to the flourless chocolate cake? The item on the menu marketed as such was a chocolate mouse/custard of some sort--definitely not their delicious signature flourless chocolate cake--too bad!

Tags: Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Revival Bar & Kitchen has the best spareribs in town. I didn't even need a knife because the meat literally fell off the bone. The sauce is really tasty and the accompanying items were also quite good.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

rocked New Years eve with surprise service at midnight

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food arrived before the wine and was cold. The taste was good but it was apparent the food had been sitting around.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Popped in for an early NYE’s dinner- server was great, cocktails well crafted, and food was delicious. Very nice atmosphere.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We miss what Revival used to be. We miss the flat breads, the excellent wines, the sumptuous kale salad, the top-knotch service. It’s still a good option for pre-show dining, but we miss the early days.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Salad was good. Food was just ok, no flavor. Duck was greasy. Service is cold but ok but at least she asked us if we were attending a show to make sure we were out in tine. Ambiance is great. There aren't many choices of places if you want to walk to the shows. They should get a decent cook and nicer wait staff.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Not much vegetarian and gluten free on menu...

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We have enjoyed our dinners at Revival in the past, however this night, though we were the first seating at 5:00 on a quiet night, service was slow and our meals lackluster.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

I love this place for a burger, but I was so disappointed on a special occasion that I wouldn't recommend.

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We often go to Revival when the mood strikes. This was the first time we were badly disappointed. The occasion was Christmas eve. They had a prix fixe menu that was badly overpriced. Roughly 20% more than when the same items are offered on their regular menu and then poorly executed. Deserts were clunky, the baked oysters were barely warm with a gloopy concoction on top other and nether entre was worth the money. In addition, it felt like they were under staffed even though they were not particularly busy. Again we were badly disappointed.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We came here for the Xmas Eve prix fixe meal, and we really had a wonderful evening. The food was wonderful and will add that the stuffed quail melted in my mouth! My husband loved the cocktails. I wish there was live music like last year but people in Berkeley are very odd and actually complained to the owner that they found caroling offensive, so no music this year (though there was a very nice variety of holiday jazz on the sound system).

A great option if you want a nice Christmas Eve dinner that is both festive and intimate. Revival is also on our list for any special occasion.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

During my visit, service was off. I ordered a cocktail but my entree arrived before the cocktail w/ unsatisfactory explanation of why. I ordered the bar-b-que ribs w/sauce on the side but it was slathered heavily on the meat. Maybe just an off night but more attention to service needed.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

I’ve been a long time patron but hadn’t been in a few months. Food quality and menu selection have both slipped. Too bad — it’s the most convenient place for pre- and post-theatre dining.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Consistently flavorful dishes prepared in surprising ways. Another great pre-Theater dinner.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Waitress and drinks were good. Fries and coleslaw were good. Expensive pork chop was overdone. Ribs were stringy and chewy. Mussels were few and small. Many had no mussels at all. This restaurant gets worse instead of better. Too bad.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Our experience was mixed. We've been here a number of times. This time the French fries were dry and not very good. The cocktail (vodka on the rocks) was small. When I asked for salt for my olive oil, the bus boy gave me sugar which I of course put in the olive oil. It was a busy night and our waitress seemed plenty busy...nice but not as attentive as I would have liked.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food OK ... nothing special. Wine selection quite thin. Service hectic; one dish we ordered was never delivered. Once the place got crowded, it was VERY noisy ... or should I say typical for the Bay Area.

The one saving grace is that Revival is just a few steps from the Berkeley Rep, Aurora, and Jazz Caffe. So if you can do without exceptional food before your show, tolerate spotty service, and stand the roar, it's a decent pre-show bet in the immediate vicinity.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Poor service. 10 Minutes seated before we literally had to go find a waiter to acknowledge our presence. Last two of four entrees served 15 minutes after the first "set" was delivered ... only upon flagging our waiter to investigate. He was very nice, but way too harried. Lamb shank entree tasted downright bad ... poor flavor and undercooked preparation. Revival probably gets away with substandard, overpriced food and service only because it looks pretty. But it is not able to handle the pre-theater crowd. This was our third attempt ... wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt. Revival failed the test again. Don't waste your money expecting a fine meal.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

If this restaurant were not so close to the Berkeley Rep theaters and The Freight & Salvage, I’m not sure we would go as often as we do (five or six times a year). However this proximity makes it a go-to for us.
The room has a nice ambiance; the food is always inconsistent: each time we go one person seems happy with the order (for example My swordfish last night was cooked perfectly and quite delicious) and one not so much (the lamb shank was not to my husband’s liking). My kale salad was OK but he loved his persimmon salad. The wine selection is quite limited, which I’m my opinion is weird for this price-point of restaurant. What they have is fine but nothing to write home about. The red wine seems to be served consistently a bit too warm. My husband liked his Rye Manhattan and my cava was good.
The service is also always inconsistent. Of course during the pre-theater rush this is somewhat understandable, but one would think that after all these years of serving this crowd the management would have figured out a way to manage it. Our waitress was simply lovely, yet a bit overwhelmed. It took forever to get our drinks, which was not her fault of course. No again- the use happens every time there are plays or concerts or both.
Overall its fine but as I said we probably wouldn’t go if it weren’t so convenient. There are too many restaurants in the Bay Area that get five stars across the board.
We are grateful it’s there.

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