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About Riva Cucina

Our Emilia-Romagna inspired menu offers a selection of organic foods from nearby farms and waters, as well as a few of our favorite products from Italy. We’ve created a place for people to gather and relax with good food and good company. If you would like more information, please feel free to contact us or simply stop by and say hello. We’d love to have you!

800 Heinz Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94710
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner: Tuesday, Wed. & Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm; CLOSED on Sundays.

Cross Street:
7th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(510) 841-7482

Website:
http://www.rivacucina.com/

Parking Details:
We have ample parking available at night both on the street and in the lot behind our building.

Executive Chef:
Massimiliano Boldrini

Private Party Facilities:
We have a private dining space that holds up to 22 people. The entire restaurant is also available for private events of parties up to 60.

Private Party Contact:
Jennifer Boldrini: (510) 841-7482

Additional:
Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Riva Cucina Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (27)
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Authentic (22)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Worth the Drive (18)
Romantic (17)
Comfort Food (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Cozy (12)
Healthy (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Casual (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Business Meals (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Great for Lunch (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Seasonal (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Organic (4)
Great Beer (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
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Great for Brunch (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Romantic place - delicious seafood risotto - they close kitchen at 9:00 weeknights

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Bomb dinner. Love the staff.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Very good food! Endive salad was excellent. Loved the split of breadcrumb sausage. Osso bucco was quite tasty but the light was so dim that it was hard to tell the meat from the fatty bits. The dark room with velvet theater curtain has a nice feel, but a few more lumens on the table please!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Wonderful food and atmosphere for a modest price. Osso buco is oh so...yum haha

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Always a hit with us. A neighborhood special, and secret gem.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

I loved the theater curtains. The decor was old world integrated with new world. Gnocchi was delicious. There were plenty of vegetarian options on the menu. Service was efficient and not overbearing. I very much enjoyed this restaurant as a single diner.

Tags: Organic, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Very good quality food. Fresh and tasty. First time here and everyone enjoyed their meal. I would return.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Very nice locale, though at night feels a bit out of the way with ample parking. Food is very good and average portion. Ambience is good, low key. Would return when there's an opportunity. Enjoy.

Tags: Healthy, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The only drawback is the noise level. Really too loud for my partner and I to talk comfortably.
But our waitress, Bethany, was just awesome!

Tags: Special Occasion, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

All the food was simply delicious......what more can I say....

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We invited two friend and everybody had a good time and a very nice dinner.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Incredible food, ambiance, service and the chef owners put their heart and soul into the restaurant everyday -- it shows.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Organic, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Our go to restaurant in Berkeley. The food is outstanding and the service is on point. A must experience

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

As usual, the pasta dishes were the best. Both the "primi" and the dessert were a bit rough around the edges. All the best ingredients and intentions are there, but some fine tuning is needed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Perhaps my favorite Berkeley restaurant. Reasonably priced, and everything I have ever had here has been tasty. Limited but good selection of wines by the glass. Always friendly service. I've probably eaten here 6 times and have loved everything!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Riva Cuchina always amazes me with their consistency of great food and excellent service. We have been coming to this restaurant for at least 15 years, if not more & each experience is a wonderful as the last! Great wait staff!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

i LIKE THE HOMEMADE PASTA VERY MUCH. i HAVE BEEN GOING HERE REGULARLY SINCE IT FIST OPENED SOME YEARS AGO. THE ONE PROBLEM IS HAVE IS THAT THE PASTA OFFERINGS ON THE MENU DO NOT CHANGE FREQUENTLY. SINCE I GO TO RIVA CUCINA ABOUT EVERY 3 MONTHS, AND ALWAYS WANT PASTA, THIS IS A DRAWBACK

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Legit authentic Italian food. No Alfredo sauce, no chicken or meatballs on pasta.
Normal people portions, nice cozy ambiance and friendly service!
This restaurant is a real gem and I can't wait to be back for more.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Came here as party of six to celebrate a birthday. The location is somewhat out-of-the-way, but easy to get to. Parking is easy at night as there's not much open then. Atmosphere is nice, well decorated, but slightly dark and noisy. All six of us thought the food was okay, but not great. Portions are generally small, but prices seem consistent with that. Waitress brought free slice of cake for the birthday boy. Desserts were excellent. The best thing about the restaurant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Riva Cucina is the best Italian restaurant in Berkeley. The food is unique and well crafted. The service is efficient and friendly without being intrusive.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Kids loved the food. Normal sized portions, appetizers were stellar.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Very nice atmosphere, easy going vibe. The ribs were spectacular, and the deserts were fantastic.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Gluten Free Options
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

We go to Riva Cucina often, usually on Wednesday nights when we can bring our own wine with no corkage fee which leave more $$ to order more of the terrific food. It's easy to get a same day reservation and occasionally we've gone without one and still been seated. The staff is super friendly without being bothersome, just helpful and they always seem happy to be there and happy to see us again. Good salads, wonderful pasta choices, a couple of fish options, and my favorite is the scallop baked in the shell. And the other diners always look like interesting people. It's a bit out of the way so people intentionally choose to go there, like us, because it's such a great dining experience.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The food is good. Weight staff couldn't seem to agree on the lighting (low for ambience, but staff kept changing it slightly lighter, slightly darker).

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Our server was delightful, helpful and attentive! Food superb.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Really loved this place! Wonderful staff and delicious food.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Superb dinner, inventive and attractive menu, very good service, and a pleasant atmosphere. Most of all, top-caliber cooking, respect for best ingredients, and perfect presentation. Each dish was delicious and memorable. We'll return often.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Riva Cuchina remains a consistently great restaurant! The food & service never disappoint. Ingredients are fresh & dishes are innovative!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 6, 2017

A lovely restaurant, great food, excellent food and service!

Tags: Healthy, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Our meal was just incredible! I've already recommended this restaurant to others.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Healthy, Organic, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 30, 2017

I love this place! Been here a bunch of times. Great Food, Great Deserts, Great wait-staff. My only complaint... Bread is now a menu item.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We visited Riva Cucina for a girlfriend gathering and the staff was fabulous and the food delicious. We will be definitely coming back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

This place has a great menu, the food lives up to expectations that the menu builds, often surpasses them even! The kids' menu has several options for kids who are more adventurous and also offers something for the more picky eaters. The food is fresh and the chocolate cake is to die for! The staff are wonderful and friendly and were exceedingly nice cleaning up and checking in on us after my son got sick.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date
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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Excellent food served by knowledgeable and professional staff. Enjoyed greatly

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

I have dined here twice. Food was exceptional both times. Love the osso bucco and the eggplant ravioli. The beet salad is the best I've ever tasted. You must try this spot!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Dinner was delicious. Service was excellent. A true hidden gem, reliable and friendly.

Tags: Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great food and service but note that they only serve beer and wine; no cocktails.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Good, reasonably authentic Italian food in a spare, but still inviting setting. Attentive, prompt service, friendly and helpful staff. My Cal student son and I spent a very enjoyable evening. Recommended.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Great meal. Great Olive Oil if fact we purchased some to take home

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 12, 2017

excellent local foods nicely prepared
good service
very fresh ingredients
excellent pasta

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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