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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (25)
Neighborhood Gem (25)
Fit for Foodies (22)
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Special Occasion (21)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Cozy (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Authentic (15)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Local Ingredients (14)
Romantic (14)
Good for Groups (12)
Comfort Food (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Healthy (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Casual (8)
Business Meals (7)
Seasonal (6)
Organic (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

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

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Seasonal, Organic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Romantic, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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food4
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Cozy, Healthy, Notable Wine List
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Excellent food at a reasonable price in an elegant setting.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent food, really good for dates and business meals

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options
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food2
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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food5
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Wonderful Saturday night meal!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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food3
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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vip
 (London)·Dined 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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 !

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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food4
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 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!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Organic, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had another wonderful experience at Riva Cucina. Servers are excellent and the food is exquiste.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We always enjoy frito misto & the sausage pasta. Their new dish of baby back ribs is delish!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

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.

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food3
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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!

Tags: Organic, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Casual, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

excellent food, nice atmosphere, attentive service.
Overall a very good experience and value.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Riva Cuchina has maintained it's excellent food & service after 10 years in business. Everything is as good as when they first opened!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

All around wonderful food, service and ambiance
Highly recommend

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

This was our third visit to this restaurant, which we’ve always enjoyed. Our appetizer of beet salad was smothered in a farro and lettuce shredded concoction which was barely seasoned leaving the whole dish, including the beets, which should have been the star of the dish, tasteless. The salmon was good and predictable, cooked perfectly. The branzini was salty. It arrived with “roasted potatoes” and an arugula salad with fennel. The potatoes were rock hard and cut very small, making them impossible to eat. When I told the waitress, she explained that they ARE roasted, but then they are “reheated” in a pan before serving. WT? Cooled en masse and then reheated? No wonder. They were like dry road gravel. She offered me polenta instead, which arrived after we had finished eating. We had mentioned in our reservation that we were dining for a birthday dinner, and after dinner, no dessert or coffee menu was offered. Instead, a piece of chocolate cake with a candle was brought, which would have been a nice touch, except we were not offered coffee or anything with it. I don’t recall whether tablecloths were used in the past but I did notice this time that they aren’t used (this was a Saturday night) and the ambiance suffered because of it. At the usual interval when the wait staff would scrape the crumbs from the table, (oh wait, they don’t serve bread! No crumbs) the waitress appeared with a wet rag to wipe the bare wooden varnished table. This happened at two courses. In addition, the lighting was dull, relying on a single miniscule votive in a two inch holder to illuminate our table. Overall, we were disappointed.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Bomb dinner. Love the staff.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 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 4, 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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