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Date
Fri, 4/20
Time
11:00 PM
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Riva Cucina

4.5
877 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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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.
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Phone number
(510) 841-7482
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Massimiliano Boldrini
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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.
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Private party contact
Jennifer Boldrini: (510) 841-7482
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
7th Street
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Parking details
We have ample parking available at night both on the street and in the lot behind our building.
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Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 877 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

A gem !!! What a great dinner we had at Riva. The food was delish starting with the endive salad and followed by two excellent pastas. Our server was outstanding , attentive, friendly and had great suggestions. The atmosphere was understated and elegant and yes quiet enough to actually hear each other!
We will return a great choice👍

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Always love the food and atmosphere at Riva Cucina--they are best at using high quality ingredients to make classic, simple, delicious food. Their pasta is so tasty you could almost eat it plain, though that would be a shame because then you would miss the excellent bolognese, sausage or mushroom options. The one dish that didn't sing was the beet salad--the beets were oddly flavorless and the lettuce tasted undressed. The entire effect was bland.

The truly lovely thing about this meal, however, was our server's conscientiousness. I noticed a little gleam in her eye when she heard my daughter and me toast my husband, wishing him a happy birthday. Still, did not expect what she did: after our meal, she brought out a complementary piece of delectable chocolate cake with a lit candle on top! How thoughtful was that? So make the trip for the pasta and the atmosphere, big bonus for the gracious service--enjoy your evening at Riva Cucina!

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Our grilled salmon was over cooked and had to be replaced. Pasta meals are better.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The cocktails were good as were the salads. The four different entrees were all very good. The pasta was cooked to perfection. The raviolis were also done perfectly. The issue I have is when the waitperson leans across the table to clear dishes from the far person. If there wasn't room on the other side of the table for the waitperson to get in, it wouldn't be such a big deal. But to be lazy and lean across my face with dirty dishes to grab the dirty dishes from the person to my left was just wrong.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

I feel fortunate to live close by this gem of a restaurant. Some of the best N. Italian food I've found in a long time. The service has always been friendly and professional. When the weather permits, eating outside is also a plus.
I've lived in this area for four years now, and Riva Cucina remains on the short list of favorite restaurants.
I can't wait to go back.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The ambiance is quite good . The antipasto misto was delicious and is enough to satisfy you before you even think of having a main course. The Pappardelle al Funghi needs improvement. The noodles were luke warm, stuck together and you had to use your fork to "cut" through blobs/knots of noodles - they weren't easily swirled into the fork when the fork was spun, if you know what I mean. It may just need to be sprinkled with some olive oil right away after being taken out of boil, and served as soon as possible. For that reason, I gave it a 3 instead of a 4. I don't believe it was worth $18.50. The highlight was the mint panna cotta which was a special dessert just for the night that I went (was not on the dessert menu).

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

😀 amazing food
Great service

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

A couple friends were late, but the restaurant was very accommodating. The food was delicious from appetizers to dessert. One person raved about the artichoke soup, another the scallop appetizer, another the endive salad. The service was impeccable. We will definitely come back when we are in Berkeley again.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Casual Italian featuring local ingredients paired with a short but interesting wine list. The five of us started out with salads and soups all of which were very good and filling. We followed up with pastas and grilled fish leaving no room for desert. A great place in a hidden location and well worth a visit.

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The menu looked really good and I was looking forward to a grilled branzini which was expertly deboned, but lacked flavor; the potatoes were not hot and not crispy; the pear salad seemed to have little pear in it, and no dressing

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Love this restaurant. But oh, how we wish they would offer specials! Or maybe vary the menu once a month. Just by one entree and one appetizer. If we knew we would find new dishes from time to time, we'd dine there more frequently.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

a delightful surprise with good service, and very good food, and easy parking. We would come again.

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3.0Dined on March 1, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

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!!

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Limited menu. Preparations overall were average. Wouldn’t rush to return

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

always reliable, well prepared tasty food in a non pretentious atmosphere

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Lovely dining experience overall. I'd definitely come back again!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Wonderful food, great service, and nice outdoor seating space (weather permitting). I recommend this restaurant to everyone I know.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

This place is always great. Will return again and again.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

a favourite and underpriced local restaurant, which we enjoy on a regular basis. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Excellent food at a reasonable price in an elegant setting.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent food, really good for dates and business meals

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3.0Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Great food and ambiance. You were given time to savor your food between courses and were not rushed out the door after dining.

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2018

Secret Berkeley spot. We always have the scallop. Fresh and local new-Italian flavors.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Wonderful Saturday night meal!

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food and service. Nice to find great Italian food close to home.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants now! So happy we found Riva Cucina!

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Excellent Italian food, amazing pasta and great selection of drinks and wine!

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3.0Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

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.

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1.0Dined on January 9, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Great Semi-Secret.
I almost don't want people to know about this place, but it really really deserves a larger following. Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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 !

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

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!

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