We brought visitors from Japan who continued to rave about the food and wine here for days after their meal. The delicious food, fine wine and superb service made a truly lasting impression.
We have enjoyed many wonderful meals over the years at Riva. Tonight did not disappoint! We tried the day boat scallops for the first time and did somersaults with a simple formula of breadcrumbs, lemon, parsley, butter... perfectly executed. We then returned to our favorite menu items around fresh lettuce salads and the delicate pasta Bolognese. We love Wednesday night's no corkage that is hard to find at a restaurant of this caliber. Service is attentive, and personable...and we always come away feeling that we are part of the Riva family.
a delightful surprise with good service, and very good food, and easy parking. We would come again.
How Osso Buco could be made so bland and tasteless is beyond me, but they managed to do it. Risotto was similar. Maybe the kitchen ran out of seasonings. Won't be back.
This was my first time and I will definitely go back. Great food. Particularly appreciated the setting and the ability to hear my table mates (not always true these days)!! Easy parking and easy access to freeway. I am spreading the word!!
Limited menu. Preparations overall were average. Wouldn’t rush to return
always reliable, well prepared tasty food in a non pretentious atmosphere
Lovely dining experience overall. I'd definitely come back again!
Riva Cuchina never ceases to be just wonderful! Even on Valentine's Day where you might expect things to be a little crazy, everything was "spot on"! The special menu of halibut was great & we had the pleasure of the owner's sister-in-law waiting on us which made our evening more special! Great food, great place!
Wonderful food, great service, and nice outdoor seating space (weather permitting). I recommend this restaurant to everyone I know.
This place is always great. Will return again and again.
I've visited Riva Cucina 4 times. Each meal was delectable. My friend and I go before concerts. It's a small drive to the theater, but there's nothing that comes near the quality anywhere near the University anymore. It's an extremely quiet neighborhood and offers some outside seating in warm weather, I believe. Despite a full restaurant, it is no problem hearing one's companion. I love quiet restaurants and this hits the mark on all scores.
a favourite and underpriced local restaurant, which we enjoy on a regular basis. Highly recommended.
Excellent food at a reasonable price in an elegant setting.
Excellent food, really good for dates and business meals
Two of us dined here and chose the Restaurant Week menu. I was not impressed, sorry to say. My past experiences dining here and choosing from the regular menu have been much better.
Great food and ambiance. You were given time to savor your food between courses and were not rushed out the door after dining.
Secret Berkeley spot. We always have the scallop. Fresh and local new-Italian flavors.
Wonderful Saturday night meal!
Great food and service. Nice to find great Italian food close to home.
One of our favorite restaurants now! So happy we found Riva Cucina!
Excellent Italian food, amazing pasta and great selection of drinks and wine!
The service & ambience were good; no complaints. We ordered the fritto misto of shrimp, squid & green beans. The beans were flaccid & unappetizing; the dish was unseasoned and bland, with an unappealing dipping sauce. We had the pasta Bolognese, the pasta w/salsiccia, & the butternut squash ravioli. The ravioli were undercooked; the Bolognese pasta slightly over cooked. The ravioli were tasty. The salsiccia was dry and a little tough. I found my Bolognese to be lackluster. We were comped a piece of chocolate cake for my friend’s birthday & it was absolutely delicious. They were very nice to provide that. I won’t be returning unless I only want dessert.
We had a group dinner for 6 and all enjoyed the offerings of the menu. The Burata is still as good as I remember it. The pork belly/pork loin entree was fantastic. Charging for bread with olive oil was a bit much but you really don't want to fill up on this form of carbs. Actually was glad I only had one slice.
I've been going to Riva Cucina for years and will tell you that this amazing restaurant is a GEM.
The food is amazing, the ambiance incredible and the service is stellar.
Massimiliano puts out some of the most authentic Italian flavors in the Bay Area.
Only one of four enjoyed her main course. The lamb shank was tasteless, everything brown. The gnocchi were tough and the duck sauce tasted like the shards of the lamb. Endive salad was delicious. Excellent wine. Dessert - nonna - was delicious and made in Italy. It was clear we were disappointed with food not eaten; waiter gave us one piece of cake as a token.
I almost don't want people to know about this place, but it really really deserves a larger following. Highly recommended.
Lovely room and ambiance!The New Year’s Eve menu was wonderfully crafted. There was a variety of great sounding salads which in hindsight wish we had ordered instead of the lobster bisque. As far as bisques go, it was executed well but the taste was bland. Tha pasta was excellent and reminded us of pasta dishes we had in Italy. The star of the dinner was the lamb shank! Simple preparation, few ingredients with amazing results! A definite winner! Worth mentioning was also the interesting selection of side dishes, including my favorite lentils! I strongly recommend Riva Cusina and look forward to my next visit !
We enjoyed a delicious halibut dinner on New Year's Eve with porcini mushrooms and sauteed spinach accompanied by a nice Napa chard. Maine lobster bisque and desserts were also delicious. Soft background music added to the comfortable ambience. Staff members were attentive and provided good service. A very enjoyable New Year's dining experience!
We had another wonderful experience at Riva Cucina. Servers are excellent and the food is exquiste.
Met some friends here for dinner. We wanted to try a new place and found this gem. Great service, food and ambiance all for a price that didn't break the bank. A good find in an out of the way Berkeley area and I'll definitely be back.
We always enjoy frito misto & the sausage pasta. Their new dish of baby back ribs is delish!
It’s nice that in this quiet industrial neighborhood of Berkeley there’s this quaint Italian place. But it disappointed for the following reasons: really spotty service and feeling that you’re neglected. Refills of water that was not cold. While apps were good, esp fritto misto, why is bread being charged for? Handmade pasta is supposed to mean something except if you’re ordering what should be al dente tagliatelle. It looked like it was dried out and the under seasoned sauce didn’t help much. Short ribs were fine but polenta also needed a lot of salt. Dessert of lemon cake underwhelmed and panna cotta was serviceable. But the biggest problem really was the clamoring awful noise. Bad acoustics to blame I think.
The food is always delicious. The service is attentive and accommodating. There are light options: Great soups, salads, vegetable side dishes. The entrees tend to be rich, with deep flavor. Good wines.
What a nice find this restaurant was! Lovely atmosphere off the beaten path with easy street parking and friendly service. We had several vegetarians in our group and were thrilled to find the delicious soup was vegan! Our fresh pasta and brussel sprouts were also highlights. Will definitely be back!
excellent food, nice atmosphere, attentive service.
Overall a very good experience and value.
Riva Cuchina has maintained it's excellent food & service after 10 years in business. Everything is as good as when they first opened!
All around wonderful food, service and ambiance
I came here for a birthday party and really enjoyed every bit of my dining experience. The waitress was friendly, helpful, and checked up on us frequently. The food was excellent and the surprise chocolate cake they gave for the birthday girl was very delicious - moist and not overly sweet. Would definitely come back again!
We love this restaurant. We have been coming here since the restaurant first opened. Quality has never waivered. The hand made gnocchi is incredible as are the various pastas. They carry a Syrah, 8 Arms, that is just lush.
When friends ask, we tell them to try here for dinner.